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Monday, 14 December 2015 18:29

Do you think value or price?

When you buy lumber do you focus more on the cost of the load or the value the lumber can bring you?  We find that when manufacturers focus only on the cost of the lumber they may be missing a chance to fully understand how better lumber can improve their prduction efficiency. We all know that we in the hardwood lumber the industry’s grade book guides us on what type of lumber can be classified…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:54

Do you ask for referrals?

Just like any other B2B business, hardwood lumber professionals can benefit from receiving sales referrals. Whether you are a hardwood manufacturer, distributor, lumber wholesaler or importer, when you receive a referral from one of your customers it is a great opportunity.
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 14:31

Tour a sawmill with a purpose

Sawmill tours are a very popular activity in our industry. Customers and prospects from all around the world like to visit sawmills to gain a better perspective on what a hardwood lumber supplier may or may not be able to provide. But if you are new to the industry what should you be looking for when visiting a sawmill? Here are a few suggestions...
If you have been associated with the hardwood lumber industry for a while you are probably well aware of the differences in species based on their region of origin. However, if you are new to the industry you might find the lumber characteristics based on regions a little confusing.  Here are a few simple thoughts that should help you understand the different North American growing regions.
Thursday, 15 October 2015 15:22

Hickory is not just for baseball bats!

What do you use hickory for? Hickory is a popular North American hardwood species for many things.  It is harvested throughout the hardwood forests of the eastern United States and is used for many different applications.  Years ago it was used significantly in the production of sporting equipment like bats, tennis rackets, golf club shafts and skis. 
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:21

How narrow of a moulder blank can you order?

Many factors contribute to the ripped hardwood blanks a supplier would have available for sale.  Existing cut bills, species and sizes already in production, kiln dried boards available to be ripped, and rip saw capabilities all impact what type of rip sizes a supplier would have available to ship.  American Lumber is fortunate to have a state of the art rip saw, a move-able blade Weinig Raiman KR450M, that is capable of producing ripped hardwood…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 21:06

What are the ways to purchase hardwood lumber?

We are constantly told by new people who join the industry that purchasing hardwood lumber is complex. Now, for some of those hardwood lumber industry veterans that might come as a surprise. But if you think about it, in today’s pre-packaged off the shelf, just in time world I can see how people feel that way. With hardwood lumber each bundle you get is unique. So maybe it is good for us to go back…
How would you define great customer service? Would it be always being able to reach a person on the phone? How about answers to your questions in 10 minutes or less? Would it be your supplier always having the products you need in inventory? Or would it be 100% billing accuracy? Maybe you would say you can’t define it fully but you would certainly know it when you see it. In reality, I am sure…
Have you ever heard the saying, “if you share you’ll get more?”.  Chances are you have.  It might even be one of the sayings you grew up with as a kid.  For us, when it comes to matching a customer’s need for hardwood lumber with the products we produce, we think the concept of sharing would be great.  Sharing wider individual hardwood boards amongst various types of customers that require narrower widths would be ideal. …
For decades craftsmen have considered using North American white ash as a substitute for Appalachian red oak.  But why? In general ash (Fraxinus Americana) and red oak (Quercus rubra) are excellent hardwoods to use for many products.  Moulding manufacturers, cabinet makers, and even door and window manufacturers could use either to produce their products. Red oak is a more traditional fiber to use for products such as those listed above, however, ash has become a…