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We believe superior products make their mark on projects. But, we also are confident that people make a difference. When you add HDG to your extended team you gain our design and contracting backgrounds. We work closely with you and your clients on material selection and constructive solutions. It’s part of our HDG Difference.

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Even if you’re not project ready, “meet us” on our contact page and say hello. Connect with us on social media, signup for the HDG Newsletter, and follow our blog updates. Not feeling social or want to connect another way? We’d love to hear from you at 503.360.9551.

Sales Representatives

Sales representatives for HDG Building Materials are located in the Pacific Northwest, Southern California, and Iowa. Outside of those regions? No problem, we are happy to serve. Please contact us.

Angie at HDG Building Materials

Thanks for the wealth of information, I really appreciate it. Thanks again, great service which unfortunately is getting rare.

Tom Morris


Erik is more than a rep for HDG Building Materials; he’s a landscape architect with design sensibility. In addition to buying products, I’m handing him designs for the homes in which we’re using those products. Erik knows the capabilities of his products. He’s been helpful in coming up with designs to meet the architecture of the house. His design and architecture sense make HDG products more effective. This added feature is why I like doing business with HDG Building Materials.

Marty Treece

Principal, Treece and Lambert, LLC.

We worked with HDG Building Materials on one of the most complicated jobs we’ve done in our 40-year history. For the Horton Plaza Improvement project in San Diego we used a variety of shapes and sizes of dimensional stone in various finishes, vertical and horizontal installation methods, and including stairs on a radius. From initially receiving stone samples to visiting a quarry on-site in China, HDG provided great service and inspired confidence.

Kent Klaser

Klaser Tile Co., Inc.

Extended Team

We can also provide technical consultation and installation training for projects that involve Buzon Pedestals. Please contact us to discuss your particular needs. HDG Building Materials also has a network of experienced installers in many major cities. Please contact us for introductions or referrals.


Dick Harris Sample Coordinator HDG Building MaterialsDick Harris

Sample Coordinator

I spent my formative years growing up in Tucson, AZ. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a major in Horticulture, I went to work for the Arizona Dept. of Agriculture. Five years later I was Assistant Director for Plant Quarantine. I was later selected as the Director of the newly created Weights and Measures Dept. Needing a change, my wife and I moved to Portland where I started my own landscape business. After a few years I made the move to working inside. I worked in manufacturing and warehousing, shipping and receiving, inventory, purchasing and as a manager.

Dream Superpower: X-ray Vision
Favorite Place to Get Lost: Disneyland
Person From History I’d Like to Meet: Richard the Lionheart (My 43rd great uncle!)
Secret Hobby: Watching YouTube
If I Were An Animal I’d Be: An Eagle (My Native American spirit animal)
Hidden Talent: Perfect pitch
Favorite Music: Two Steps From Hell (two guys who compose movie music)

Jay Ashland at Construction Site - HDG Building MaterialsJay Ashland

Sales Manager

I started at HDG as a part-time sample coordinator hoping to earn extra money for my wedding and wound up leaving my day job to join the HDG team full-time as sales manager. I love helping our clients work through complex design challenges while elevating their understanding of what’s possible.

Dream Superpower: Time Travel
Favorite Place to Get Lost: Somewhere that’s either way too hot, or way too cold.
Dream House Must Have: Vaulted ceilings
If I Were An Animal I’d Be: A Mantis shrimp
Favorite Book / Movie: Ender’s Game / Moana
Hidden Talent: Technical Minecraft (very secret)
Favorite Music: Musical Theater – Hamilton. Wicked. Beetlejuice.  In that order.
Memorable Vacation: I once hammocked my way across Costa Rica.

Erik at HDG Building MaterialsErik Nelson


As Founder and Managing Partner of HDG Building Materials, Erik is responsible for HDG business development and vendor relationships. He has a Master’s in Landscape Architecture, lived and worked in China for three years, designing and building golf courses for Jack Nicklaus, managed the construction of the national-award-winning Portland Chinese Garden, and founded an architectural building stone company in 2000. Erik speaks Chinese and has 20+ years of combined design, construction, and international logistics experience.

Dream Superpower: Hyperpolyglot
Person From History I’d Like to Meet: Socrates
Dream House Must Have: Multiple Decks and View Terraces 🙂
If I Were an Animal I’d Be: A Dolphin
Hidden Talent: Chinese (conversational)
Worst Song Lyric Interpretation: “A wiener-wrap, a wiener-wrap….a wiener-wrap, a wiener-wrap…in the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleep’s tonight” — or “A reverend in blue jeans”.

Angie at HDG Building MaterialsAngie Bagg Lutz


Angie has worked in residential and commercial construction prior to working with Erik and starting HDG Building Materials. One thing Angie enjoys about HDG is that the company is not simply looked upon as a supplier of innovative materials but that many times HDG becomes part of the design process, providing solutions to all types of clients including architects.

Dream Superpower: Time Traveler
Favorite Place to Get Lost: Anywhere outside as long as it’s warm.
Favorite Book / Movie: Harry Potter Series
Secret Hobby: I can’t tell you…
Dream House Must Have: As long as it was located along a small river or stream and had some views of the mountains, I’d be good 🙂
If I Were An Animal I’d Be: An Eagle
Sports: I love playing soccer and watching USWNT Soccer. Played college basketball and still dream of being able to dunk someday.

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