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Four Tips for Touring a Sawmill

  • Friday, 08 December 2017 14:06
In the hardwood lumber industry, sawmill tours are the norm. When customers can visit a sawmill, they can get a better idea of the suppliers capabilities, products and ability to service them.  Many times, especially for someone new to the industry, customers find it interesting to see firsthand how a log is processed from a round log to a bundle of random width and length boards. However, not all sawmill visits are the same. We…

Using Customer Feedback for Improvement

  • Tuesday, 21 November 2017 16:43
We know how competitive the hardwood lumber business is. From firsthand experience, we have learned there is no room for complacency when it comes to meeting the needs of your customers. It is important to think of each interaction with your customers as an opportunity for your team to provide significant value and further enhance your customer’s overall experience. These interactions can also be of great value to your any your organization and lead to…
Many business leaders understand the importance of delegation. But delegation isn’t always easy. Some contend it’s in the psychological makeup of business leaders to insist on doing (or trying to do) everything themselves - or at least insist on overseeing how others get things done. Here at American Lumber, we are constantly reminding ourselves f the importance and value of proper delegation. We work hard to leverage best practices in this area and constantly monitor…
Manufacturers that use hardwood lumber to produce their products typically order lumber is random width and length bundles.  However, some request their hardwood lumber suppliers to provider them products in special width sorts or even SLR2E ripped-to-width lumber they can use as moulder ready blanks. From our experience, we find the manufacturers that request ripped-to-width blanks are using this type of hardwood lumber product to manufacture specific cabinet parts, face frame, mouldings, custom flooring and…

Is Rustic Grade Hickory for Flooring on the Rise?

  • Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:09
Rustic grade lumber has been a popular request for some time now. We often receive inquiries for rustic white oak, cherry and even walnut. But recently requests for rustic hickory have been on the rise. People define rustic grade lumber in numerous ways. In general, it is boards described as having all of its natural characteristics present.  The lumber is structurally sound with tight knots, color variation, and a general natural appeal included. We find…

Focusing on Teamwork Can Pay Dividends

  • Wednesday, 06 September 2017 21:07
Sometimes bringing individual employees together to transform business practices and work as a high-performing team can be one of the more difficult decisions for a leader. At American Lumber, we know firsthand how important, and how difficult, building and maintaining a culture of teamwork can be. We promote it constantly because we recognize it is one of the best ways to make the organization better. From green hardwood lumber buyers and kiln drying supervisors to…
One of the less requested North American hardwood lumber species is American beech. This species, (fagus grandifolia), which is sometimes alrso referred to as red beech, white beech and gray beech, grows throughout the hardwood forests in the eastern United States. It is found mostly in the States of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky and grows side by side with more popular species such as soft maple, hard maple and cherry in most…
Besides the basic species, grades and thicknesses everyone thinks about when they discuss hardwood lumber, what other products or services do you include in your hardwood product line? When was the last time you added something to your product offerings? If you are a hardwood distributor it is important to keep your offerings fresh and in line with the needs of your target market. Since the hardwood industry is usually a rapidly changing marketplace, it’s…
North American Black Walnut, (Juglans nigra ), been one of the most valuable hardwoods in the industry for generations. Consumers have regularly chosen walnut as the species of choice for everything from fine furniture to doors. This year it seems there has been a steady increase in demand in walnut. Inquiries from many of our customers in various regions of the world have been on the uptick. One example of an increase in demand we…
Cherry is one of the most popular North American hardwoods. For generations, woodworkers have chosen cherry as one of their preferred species for quality manufacturing. Cherry, (Prunus serotina), is commonly used in everything from cabinets to fine furniture. But, as with any hardwood species, not all cherry lumber is the same. Besides the standard differences in grade, thickness, length and color, there are other issues that you will need to understand when ordering cherry lumber.…