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For those operating in the hardwood lumber industry, we are all familiar with the fact that the standard way to package lumber is in random width and length bundles. That is no surprise. However, it does not always have to be that way.
Obviously, we believe North American hardwoods are the right choice for things like flooring, cabinets and furniture. That’s what we do. But why?  Here are a few reasons we believe products made from solid hardwood lumber should be your preferred choice!
When it comes to using walnut hardwood lumber it is not necessarily one size fits all. We all know that certain applications can best be suited by a specific grade or thickness. But we also find that manufacturers looking to produce walnut based products see value in using a certain type of width, length or color consistency to start their manufacturing process.
Earlier this year our dishwasher stopped working. It took us five months to get a replacement. The reason, supply chain disruptions. It is a reality we are all dealing with in today’s marketplace. And for those of us in the hardwood industry we are no different.
Friday, 10 June 2022 18:46

6 Tips for Timber Harvesting

North American hardwood forests offer an abundant variety and supply of hardwood species. From White Oak, Hard Maple, and Cherry to Walnut, hardwood forests are a sustainable source of beauty and resources.
Tuesday, 10 May 2022 19:03

Is All Red Oak the Same

Among the plethora of North American hardwood species, Red Oak is probably one of the most commonly used and plentiful hardwoods in the industry. Today, Red Oak is the most widely exported North American hardwood lumber species.
Thursday, 24 March 2022 17:43

Placing a Focus on Customer Service

The hardwood lumber industry can be highly competitive. That is why providing customers with top-notch customer service is critical. The good news is, no matter what technological advancements we make, Customer Service is always in style, so placing a focus on that can really make a difference with customers. At American Lumber, we see customer service as one of the key pillars of our business. Timely responses to inquiries, strong attention to detail, and the…
Thursday, 10 February 2022 15:23

Spanish Cedar, or “Cedrella Odorata”

Spanish Cedar has an interesting usage history in our market. From the initial interest in this species during the height of the cigar craze in use for boxes, to now being a popular choice for interior and exterior millwork, shutters, blinds, etc. For many years, there were two different types of Spanish Cedar imported. Known as Cedrella fissilis and Cedrella odorata. The most easily identifiable is Cedrella odorata, which possessed the strong, characteristic smell of…
Thursday, 20 January 2022 17:10

Get Active on Social Media, Business Leaders

It certainly should be a surprise that the vast majority of your customers, suppliers, colleagues, etc. are all connected and participating in social media in one way or another. As it further enters the business world it is becoming the digital gathering place for our times, with influence over political, cultural, and economic events. Whatever the platform may be, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or any of the many others available online, decision-makers and those with…
Change is a constant in the hardwood lumber industry. Whether it is in the cyclical ups and downs in log supply or changes ebbs and flows in labor. Each month is a little different, which can be a challenge. Successful leaders in the hardwood industry know that to improve their chances to grow and succeed they must keep looking forward. With this in mind, what are a few areas of focus that sawmill leaders can…
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