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Consider Width Sorted Hardwood Lumber

  • Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:23
If you are familiar with the hardwood lumber industry you would know that the standard way to sell hardwood lumber is in random width and length bundles. However, quite often manufacturers will look to your suppliers to provide boards  sorted and packaged in a special way which enhances their manufacturing process.  We see requests for width sorted hardwood lumber frequently, if not daily, and we are always eager to try to accommodate! Width sorted lumber…
Most experts in the hardwood lumber industry will tell you that not all red oak is the same. For many reasons, most people will categorize red oak into two general classes. Northern red oak and southern red oak and in our opinion they truly are different. When we refer to northern red oak we are referring to lumber from the Quercus rubra family. This is typically found in the hardwood forests stretching from Southern Canada…
Most business leaders would agree that innovative thinking within their organization is important. At American Lumber, we strive to create an environment where employees are encouraged to come up with new creative ideas to help the business grow. We find that great new ideas and better ways of doing things can come from every department and from anyone in the company. It’s not realistic to think that innovation should only come from your senior leadership…

White Oak Continues to be a Hardwood in Demand

  • Thursday, 17 November 2016 13:59
White oak is one of the most popular hardwoods requested from our customers. It is a common wood for some of the finest flooring, cabinet and furniture produced today.  We find that much of our white oak is often harvested in the Appalachian region of the United States which ranges from the foothills of southern New England all the way down to the mountains of Tennessee. White oak from this region is world renowned for…

Does speed in business make a difference?

  • Wednesday, 26 October 2016 15:33
How important is speed in your industry? Do you value speed more than other aspects of business? In the hardwood lumber industry, we feel speed makes a difference these days. Thanks to vast amounts of online resources we find buyers are more educated than ever before. We have heard the statistic that as much as 70% of the buying cycle is probably complete before a prospect makes first contact with you. Therefore, you have to…

Tropical Hardwoods and Solid Hardwood Flooring

  • Monday, 26 September 2016 18:49
Many people think of us as just a provider of North American hardwoods. However, that is not the case. We have developed a great deal of expertise in sourcing and providing tropical hardwood species as well, and we have found that many of these imported hardwood species are used successfully to made solid hardwood flooring. In many instances, their color, grain patterns and unique lumber figure can give a room a real enhanced level of…
I had the opportunity last month to spend a few days with some of our newer employees. These individuals are young, bright, energetic and new to the hardwood lumber industry. One of the conversations we had was rooted in what some of their initial impressions were of the hardwood lumber industry. Some of their comments surprised me but in general I was pleased that they perceived many of the great qualities that we normally do.…
Manufacturers and millwork plants have been using MDF, (Medium Density Fiberboard), in cabinet doors and other products for years.  Since painted finishes have been growing in preference with consumers this trend seems to be on the rise. Many cabinet manufacturers have utilized various different hardwood species, including soft maple, hard maple and even poplar in conjunction with MDF for painted cabinetry.  However, if you have been using MDF or plywood for your center panels, have…
Do you think there is more to hardwood lumber than the cost per board foot? We do! Many people less familiar with the industry might consider hardwood lumber a commodity, but in reality not all hardwood lumber is the same! We find that there can be many differences and they are not just species, grade and thickness. We all know that the market rate for hardwood lumber is influenced by supply and demand. With hundreds…
Just like many other industries, those of us in the hardwood lumber industry are constantly looking for ways to satisfy customers in ways other than a price concession. It is not always easy, but we have found that focusing on a few value added concepts that improve communication and build stronger relationships can help.   We strive to focus on these areas daily and work hard to make these part of our overall corporate culture.…