Effective January 1, 2017, Gulf States Manufacturers and Kirby Building Systems have merged together as two divisions under the Kirby brand name. The divisions will be recognized as Kirby Building Systems - Tennessee (KBS-TN) and Kirby Building Systems - Mississippi (KBS-MS). Both plants will remain, our teammates remain, but the "Gulf States Manufacturers" brand name will no longer exist as a marketing entity. This merge will bring added market strength to both divisions as it now positions KBS as one of the top 10 brands in the industry. This merge increases the marketability and attractiveness of KBS to recruit Builder prospects and grow our distribution base. It also significantly reduces our overall costs of managing multiple systems, products, and tool enhancements moving forward.