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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.…
It is no secret, wide plank hardwood flooring is very popular in new home construction and remodeling projects. Actually, wide plank flooring has been popular for many years.  If you think about how homes were built years ago you will recall that wide plank flooring was the flooring of choice in the colonial days! It could be said that today home owners are really just trying to try to recapture that "colonial" or "country like"…
Hardwood lumber pricing changes daily. It is impacted by the overall global supply and demand. Sometimes hardwood lumber buyers think that making a decision on purchasing lumber can be risky. But there are ways to reduce the risk. One way to do that is to buy better lumber, lumber that more precisely matches what you need for production and reduces your lumber waste.    As many people know, traditional industry grading rules define “ranges” of…

Why Board Feet? Hardwood Lumber 101

  • Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:58
Why does the hardwood lumber industry operate on board feet?  Unlike softwoods which are primarily used in the construction trade where most items have to be created in standard sizes, hardwood lumber has had a history of being used to make items such as flooring, cabinetry and furniture.  These are items that woodworkers required materials in all different shapes and sizes to make their finished products. So from a buyer perspective their was a great…