A Record Breaking Month!

D_009Each day of business offers the opportunity for MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company to serve our customers, improve our products, and sell more boards. As our team of 100+ employees looks back at April, we are celebrating a month in which we accomplished these objectives at a greater volume than ever before. April was a record-breaking month for M&O. We sold more lumber than we have ever sold before, and we had fun doing it! In order to keep up with the explosive growth our company is seeing here in 2016, we have added staff at all levels, we have improved processes, and we are working long hours. But, we are glad to do it as we strive to meet the needs of our customers old and new. If you are a customer of MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company, we thank you for helping us have our best sales month ever in April of 2016. If you are a potential customer, we urge you to give us a call today. We’d love to add you to our list of happy customers. Contact a sales representative today at domesticsales@hardwoodlumber.net.

The Month of March for M&O

March was a busy month for MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company.  Among all the many travels of our sales team, International Sales Director, Adam Hyer, Director of Asia Sales, Patrick McBride, and Sales Representatives Frank Mao and Chi Linh all met in Guangzhou, China for the Interzum Wood Show.

The Interzum Wood Show is Asia’s largest and most highly influential production and woodworking trade fair. The show came to a close on March 31,, 2016 with another record year in the books. The show consisted of 1,243 exhibiting companies including 26% of those companies being from 38 different countries and regions. With some 67,000 visitors, more than 100 countries and regions made an appearance at the event. Why send our employees all the way to China for a four day event you ask? Well, as CIFM states, “Interzum Guangzhou is a ‘one-stop’ sourcing platform for the entire furniture and wood production industry.”

MacDonald & Owen Lumber Co. is always pleased to work with new customers. If you have any interest in connecting with our International Sales Team or any of our Sales Representatives either in the U.S. or internationally, please do not hesitate to connect with us. Contact one of our sales representatives today at: exportsales@hardwoodlumber.net.

FSC Certification Expanded

As a company, MacDonald & Owen is committed to sustainability. For many years, our company has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as a supplier of hardwood lumber products that carry the FSC certification. In recent years, this certification has been li_MG_6737mited to the distribution of FSC certified products. In February of 2016, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company expanded its certification such that we are now certified as FSC manufacturers of products out of our Sparta, WI facility. We are able to rip, plane, sand, gang rip and sort FSC lumber at this facility. We are also able to distribute hardwood lumber products to our customers to meet their needs for responsibly harvested hardwood lumber. If you are looking for FSC certified material, please contact a member of our sales team today. They would be thrilled to serve you in this way. We can be reached via the phone at 800-657-6990 or via email at domesticsales@hardwoodlumber.net


Each month, MacDonald & Owen focuses on one of our company’s ten Core Principles. These Core Principles define who we are and how we conduct ourselves as a company. In the month of February, our focus is on the following Core Principle:

We do hardwoods right. Meeting our customers’ needs in terms of quality & timeline sets us apart.D_015

As a company, we are celebrating some recent recognition from a long-time customer who evaluates their suppliers on an annual basis. In their most recent evaluation, we are thrilled to share that MacDonald & Owen Lumber Co. received a rating of Excellent–their highest rating. We received this enviable rating because of our attention to quality and because: We do hardwoods right! If we can meet your needs and exceed your expectations, please contact a member of our sales team today at either domesticsales@hardwoodlumber.net or 800-657-6990.

A Trip to the UK to kick off 2016

Sales Representatives Erik Skjervem and Adam Hyer crossed the mighty Atlantic in late January of 2016 to connect with our UK customer base as well as explore strategic growth areas within the UK. As business capacity and supply options have increased for MacDonald & Owen Lumber over the course of recent years, we have been intentional about re-connecting and making new connections in marketplaces around the globe—the UK is one of those markets.

While Erik & Adam travelled throughout the UK, they found the people to be incredibly hospitable and welcoming. They are excited UK visitabout opportunities to grow business with the customers they met, and they look forward to growing partnerships with the new customers they encountered.

MacDonald & Owen Lumber Co. sends representatives outside of the borders of the United States quite regularly as we recognize that sometimes business is best done face-to-face with our customers. If you have an interest in meeting with one of our sales representatives during one of their upcoming trips outside of the U.S., please connect with us so that we can coordinate that opportunity. It would be our pleasure to meet you to see how a partnership between MacDonald & Owen and your hardwood lumber company could be mutually beneficial. Contact one of our sales representatives today at: exportsales@hardwoodlumber.net.

15+ Years in the Lumber Biz

D_147As of January 2016, General Manager of MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company, Clint West, will be beginning his 18th year in the hardwood lumber business. Clint started at MacDonald & Owen straight out of college as an unpaid intern. The challenge laid in front of him by long-time mentor, friend, and owner of MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company, David Twite, was to blaze a trail for himself. Twite challenged his young, new intern to work the phones and treat his customers with respect & fervor. Clint took that challenge and ran with it. Over the course of the last decade, with Clint at the center of the company’s growth and vision casting, MacDonald & Owen has seen much change. Three locations have been added, employee head count has doubled, and MacDonald & Owen’s international presence has gone from none to 20% of its overall business in 2015.  With a new year ahead, Clint has plans to continue to grow MacDonald & Owen’s market share and to continue to meet customers’ need with respect & fervor. If MacDonald & Owen can meet your lumber needs in 2016, please reach out to us. Clint and the crew he has helped assemble over the course of the last 15+ years would be thrilled to partner with you. Call today at 800-657-6990 or email us at exportsales@hardwoodlumber.net or domesticsales@hardwoodlumber.net.

Vision Tally in 4th M&O Location

Vision Tally scanning pack
Vision Tally scanning pack

One of MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company’s main objectives is to be accurate in all that we do. This includes how we grade our lumber, how we complete our paperwork & how we tally our lumber. Today, in Luck, WI, the installation of a state-of-the-art scanning system called, Vision Tally, was completed. Vision Tally allows us to scan each pack of lumber produced in our facility and get a piece count and tally of each board’s length and width. In a matter of 3 minutes, we have all the information we need on a newly-produced pack to get that pack out to the market with exact specifications of board footage, length & width. It’s an awesome tool and one our customers appreciate very much. Stop by one of our four locations anytime so we can show you how this machine helps us accomplish our goal to be as accurate as possible. Because at MacDonald & Owen, We Do Hardwoods Right!

M&O Leadership Summit 2015

M&O Leaders Gather
M&O Leaders Gather

The month of October ended in a bang as 29 members of the MacDonald & Owen Lumber sales, purchasing & management teams gathered in Minneapolis for teambuilding and strategizing about growth for the company in 2016. The two-day Leadership Summit included a tour of our new Luck, WI facility, formal introductions of all team members, reflection upon 2015, goal setting for 2016, and a few activities planned just for the fun of it. Feedback from the event has been very positive. And, general consensus is that MacDonald & Owen is positioned well for growth in 2016. If you are a customer or vendor who would like to link arms with a company that is motivated to keep growing and improving, contact a member of our sales team today at 800-657-6990. We’d love to speak with you!

MacDonald & Owen Adds a 4th Location

Luck, Wisconsin
Luck, WI Facility

We at MacDonald & Owen are excited to announce that we have expanded! We are now operating a facility in Luck, WI. This dry kiln facility was previously known as St. Croix Valley Hardwoods and will now be the fourth location for MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company. Owner and CEO David Twite notes, “We see this expansion as one that will allow us to increase the volume of high-quality products we put in to the marketplace.” Now with kiln drying facilities in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania & Kentucky, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Co. is excited about the variety and volume of products we can provide to current and future customers. Products offered by MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company include over 20 different species of Kiln Dried lumber in most thicknesses. Services also available include custom drying, planing, sanding, gang ripping, re-sawing and chopping. As a company, MacDonald & Owen wants to assure our current customer and vendors that they can continue to expect the extraordinary service they have grown accustomed to from MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company. The addition of the operation of the Luck, WI facility will allow MacDonald & Owen Lumber Co. to serve all of their customers more effectively, extensively, and efficiently. We are certain that our customers and vendors alike will benefit from this expansion of our company.

New Stacker Line in Bowling Green

Stacker Line
Stacker Line

How many board feet did we sticker today? This has been the question posed by our stacker crew in Bowling Green, KY since the installation of our new stacker line was completed earlier this month. Our Operations Officer, Jared Lehman, was the lead on our stacker line re-vamp project. After traveling to Bowling Green last week to inspect the final product, Lehman said, “This line will allow us to run more efficiently and accurately than we have ever been able to run in Bowling Green. Stickering 60,000 BF of lumber per day should be no problem for us now.” Achieving increasing levels of speed, accuracy, growth and profitability is the mission of MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company. This new stacker line will allow us to sticker lumber more quickly thus reducing the potential for stain and improving overall lumber quality. The automated trim saw and tallying software will improve the accuracy of our green tallies. The speed at which we are able to process green lumber through this line will allow us to grow our volume of lumber produced in Bowling Green. And, cumulatively, these improvements will increase our company’s profitability. We are very optimistic about this new-and-improved production line. And, we are confident that our customer will benefit from it as well. Is you’re a current or prospective customer of ours and would like to see our re-vamped production lines in Bowling Green, we would love to show you around. Give us a call today at 800-657-6990.