Viva Las AWFS!

Bright lights? Summer in Las Vegas? You guessed it! It was HOT! The Las Vegas Convention Center had a strange mix of people drawn to it as it had many events under the same roof. To list a few, AAU Basketball, IDEA World Fitness 2017, and Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers (AWFS) were among the organizations that inter-mingled throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center. The atmosphere really made for an interesting affair.

For the most part, woodworking trade shows are regional, but once a year, there is a show that garners national attention. This year, my friends, it was AWFS 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. While there were many attractions under the same roof, it was the AWFS 2017 fair that took center stage. With about 15,000 attendees and over 500 exhibitors from throughout the United States and abroad (the veneer booth next to us was from Turkey!) were in attendance. In an effort to represent our company well, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company Sales Interns Jerry Flores and Keonte Turner joined veteran Sales Representatives Justin Briski, Heidi Hurtis and Erik Skjervem to host a booth at the AWFS 2017.

For our M&O sales team, there was never a dull moment.  There were displays of woodworking tools, supplies, finishes, accessories and countless customers and vendors to connect with. There were aisles and aisles of innovation, new products and technology. Additionally, Axalta (A paint coating system manufacturer), had Dale Earnhardt Jr. as a speaker!

Another noteworthy thing about this year’s AWFS was the new way that attendees exchanged information with one another. This year’s innovation took us from old fashion business cards to Compulead. Compulead is a smart phone app that allows individuals to swap information. Two easy steps of opening the app on your smart phone and scanning someone’s QR barcode on their badge could give you access to their company’s name, location, phone number and email. This served as a very useful tool!

Overall the event was both exciting as well as a success! The sales team of MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company had the opportunity to talk with current and potential customers and suppliers. It was an invaluable experience & we can’t wait to do it again at AWFS 2018!  

MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company Does Lakes States

This year’s Lake States Lumber Association summer golf outing was another impressive event in the beautiful northwoods of Minocqua, Wisconsin. Returning to the Timber Ridge Golf Course every three years, this event is one to look forward to boasting friendly competition and great prizes. Our attendees worked hard on the golf course enjoying their winnings and making connections with vendors. Golfing was fun and networking resulted in confirmations that the lumber market should remain strong despite the high levels of rain we received this past season. The main thing to celebrate at this year’s Lake States event was not our golf scores. Instead, strength and confidence in the lumber industry is something we at MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company are thrilled to be celebrating alongside our customers and lumber suppliers. If you missed this year’s event, reach out to one of our sales team members here at MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company. We would love to catch you up on what is happening in our industry and sell you some boards while we’re at it. Visit us at www.hardwoodlumber.net today!

Tour De M&O

For the month of June, many M&O employees strapped on their walking shoes to compete in a company-wide step challenge.  The competition was fierce! Labeled the “Tour De M&O”, the goal was to walk a scaled down map of our locations, starting at Brookville, PA and ending in Luck, WI. One tenth of the actual distance equated to about 140 miles (10,000 steps per day).  By the end of the first week, there were a few clear leaders, but they were no match for Ms. Katie Hawes!  Not only is she an Export Logistics extraordinaire but also a mean walking machine.  Last Friday, just half way through the month, she completed the challenge with ease leaving the rest of us in her dust.  Buzz of cheating circulated through the office but little did we know, she and her husband had just purchased a new treadmill–and boy did she use it! They clearly got their money’s worth!  Give her a shout out on her big win!

Leadercast: Powered by Purpose

On May 5th, Dahl Automotive welcomed 400+ local leaders to The Weber Center for the Performing Arts for La Crosse’s Leadercast Local Leadership Panel. The panel brought together 5 of La Crosse’s most recognized and respected leaders to create a leadership experience unlike any other. Member of the panel included Shane Holden, Senior Pastor at First Free Church; Misty Lown, Owner of Misty’s Dance Unlimited; Dr. Scott Rathgaber, CEO of Gundersen Health System; Gelena Temple, President of Viterbo University and our very own, David Twite, Owner of MacDonald and Owen Lumber Company.

Leadercast is the largest one-day leadership conference in the U.S. The conference is simulcast live from Atlanta, GA to 100,000+ people in hundreds of locations around the world. Leadercast endeavors to inspire attendees to become leaders worth following by selecting leaders in the community who strive for something more within their business and personal life. The theme  this year was “Powered by Purpose”.  Each leader dug deep to articulate what their purpose is and how it powers them in their daily lives.

David said, “I had a God encounter in my life that transformed me personally. What it did for me was make me more ‘other’ centered than ‘me’ centered.  I think from a leadership standpoint, people are the core of every business. This new purpose created more of an attractive culture, where I care more about our people than our bottom line. What I found is that it attracts great talent and it inspires people to go to great places.”

Click Here to learn more about David, MacDonald and Owen, and the other great business leaders who were part of Leadercast La Crosse!

M&O又在旅途中

我们的国际销售总监Adam Hyer 先生在过去的这一周和我们中国的销售团队成员Frank Mao和Sabrina Huang在广州

Interzum广州展是目前最专业最全面的展会之一。他汇集了全亚洲包括木制品制造,家具制造及整装设计的一站式服务。搭建了一个买家,制造商和供应商之间的一个平台。总计1329家企业参展,其中外国企业330家。这对我们的团队来说是一个绝佳的机会。在此次展会中,总计有超过38个国家,70000名观众参观了这次展会。

MacDonald & Owen 一直致力于服务优质客户。如果你们有任何问题,请联系我们国际和国内的销售团队。Email:exportsales@hardwoodlumber.net

And We Keep on Growin’

M&O’s family has grown in the past month. Our roll call now includes 139 talented individuals ready to serve you, our valued customers. In addition to our growing headcount of team members, Bowling Green, KY kiln space has grown. Two new kilns on our Bowling Green, KY campus are now up and running, taking us from three to five kilns. The additional kiln space will increase lumber availability – from 180,000 board feet per month to 290,000 board feet per month.

Along with our headcount and kiln capacity, sales for the month of March also increased. We had a record breaking sales month. Great job to our sales team for working hard to smash our previously held record!

If you are a customer of MacDonald and Owen Lumber Company, we thank you for helping us make March our best sales month to date. If you are a potential customer, we urge you to give us a call today. We would love to help you grow with us! Contact a sales representative today at domesticsales@hardwoodlumber.net.

我们的目标是

距离我们冬天的假期已经过去一段时间了,M&O的员工们都回到了工作的状态。我们确定了2017年的目标。我们之所以这么做是因为我们玩却有能力并且享受进步的过程。所以,M&O的领导团做制定了以下四项目标:

  • 7000万美金的收入
  • 更快速和高效的库存运转
  • 确保每个员工的人身安全(我们希望我们的员工都能安全)
  • 提升所有员工的价值(希望M&O是一个让大家有归属感的地方)

所有我们四个点的员工都要面临完成目标的挑战,这注定将是充满挑战的一年。我们期待在2017年更好的为大家服务并且分享喜悦。请联系我们domesticsales@hardwoodlumber.net 或 exportsales@hardwoodlumber.net

Now Hiring!!

MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company is growing again! We are looking for great people to join our team! Opportunities available in Luck, WI and Sparta, WI.

Luck, WI Positions:

  • Forklift Driver – Luck, WI
    • Transport lumber around yard using a lift truck
  • Pre-Dryer Operator – Luck, WI
    • Operate forklift to load/unload pre-dryer, track moisture content and assist kiln operator
  • Dry Kiln Operator – Luck, WI
    • Operate forklift to load/unload dry kiln, track moisture content and set drying schedules in kiln control computer
  • Lumber Inspector – Luck, WI
    • Grade green and kiln dried lumber using NHLA grading rules

Positions are:

  • Full time
  • Require the ability to pass a drug screen
  • Valid driver’s license
  • 3-5 years forklift operation experience
  • All positions are eligible for a 90 day wage increase, benefits and the opportunity for advancement

Click Here for an application. Applications can be returned to 230 Duncan St, Luck, WI or faxed to (608) 269-4418.

 

Sparta, WI Positions:

  • Human Resources & Payroll Manager – Sparta, WI
    • Manage company HR functions, semimonthly payroll processing and other tasks as assigned
    • Click Here for application details
  • Assistant Controller – Sparta, WI
    • Process A/R & A/P functions, prepares financial statements, prepares sales tax returns and assures internal control compliance
    • Click Here for application details

Positions are:

  • Full time
  • Require the ability to pass a drug screen

 

If you are ready to be part of team that really cares about you, please submit your application today and come grow with us!

Welcome Jon Knudson!

We are pleased to announce the newest member of the MacDonald & Owen Lumber family, Jon Knudson.  Jon will be joining the Sales and Purchasing team on February 6, 2017.  While his primary focus will be buying Green Lumber for our Luck, WI facility, he will also be doing some kiln dried lumber purchasing and sales. Jon and his wife currently reside in St. Cloud, MN and enjoy spending their free time with their grandchildren at their cabin in Ely, MN.   For the last 11 years Jon held the position of President of Harris Hardwoods.  He is also a long-time customer of MacDonald & Owen, and a lifelong outdoorsman. Not only does Jon have many years of experience in the lumber industry but he has a passion for serving his customers and a firm belief in M&O’s core principles.

When asked for his thoughts on this new adventure, Jon had plenty to say. “I look forward to being a part of the MacDonald & Owen Lumber team.  Working with a company that has the same values that I have used as my guide in the wood industry for the past 44 years feels right.”  In regards to his experience, he went on to say, “Maintaining positive relationships with suppliers, employees, and customers has always come first for me in whatever position I have held.” Jon’s direct phone number at MacDonald & Owen will be 844-368-4648. He can also be reached via email at jon@hardwoodlumber.net.  He’ll be happy to serve you!

肯塔基工厂增加烘干窑设备促进销售

近期我们对于M&O肯塔基工厂生产设备的更新起到了非常理想的效果。更高效的生产线使我们的产能提高到110万板尺。这能够增加我们肯塔基工厂的总量。同样,这促使我们需要有更多的烘干设备来做配套。所以,我们将新投入两个总计50000BF的烘干窑设备。具体的完工及参与使用日期在2017年2月28日。新的烘干窑将每月增加275000BF的产能

M&O已经准备好为国内外更多的客户提供更多更好的木材。请通过domesticsales@hardwoodlumber.net 或 exportsales@hardwoodlumber.net 联系我们。