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.

M&O Hosts Meeting in Brookville, PA

Our crew with Congressman Thompson
Our crew with Congressman Thompson

On Monday, August 24th, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company proudly hosted the August meeting of the Penn York Lumbermen’s Club at the Pinecrest Country Club. There were well over 100 in attendance. Attendees included vendors and customers representing 9 states, 17guests from Canada, and U.S. Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson. Many of the guests also took a tour of our Brookville, PA facility. Jack Monnoyer, Curt Burkett & Diane Beauchamp, as members of the MacDonald & Owen sales & purchasing team, represented our company well as the on-site hosts. If you missed the event but would like a tour of our Brookville, PA facility, stop in sometime! We would be happy to show you around and see how we can partner with your company to meet your hardwood lumber needs. Contact us today at 800-657-6990. On behalf of MacDonald & Owen, we send out a big thank you to all those who joined us for this event. And, a huge thank you to our hosts—Jack, Curt & Diane—for making this event a success!

Golfing for a Good Cause

Golfing for a Good Cause
Golfing for a Good Cause

On Thursday, August 20th, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company was invited to attend the 17th annual “Partner’s Tournament” hosted by Boa-Franc in Saint-Georges in the providence of Quebec in Canada. Sales Representative, Jack Monnoyer, was one of 150 lumbermen who attended this event. Through the event, $33,000 was raised for local charities in the Saint-George area. Boa-Franc is a very community-based company known for the way that it gives back to its community year after year. MacDonald & Owen Lumber is proud to have been a part of this event an honored to partner with Boa-Franc to support their community.

Inc. 5000 Recognizes MacDonald & Owen AGAIN!

We Made the List!
We Made the List!

Between the years of 2011 and 2014, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company saw tremendous growth as a company. This growth has recently been recognized by Inc. Magazine. Each year, Inc. Magazine publishes a list of the top 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America. MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company landed on the list once again in 2015. This is our company’s 4th time being recognized by Inc. Magazine and we couldn’t be more excited about adding this to our list of accomplishments. Of course, our company’s success is closely linked to the success of our customers and the hard work of our employees. So, a huge thank you to our loyal customers and our dedicated employees who help us win each and every day. Thank you!

Governor Visits Brookville Yard

A pic with the governor
A pic with the governor

On July 17, 2015, our crew in Brookville, PA had the opportunity to rub shoulders with a guest of honor. Senator Joe Scarnati stopped in to congratulate MacDonald & Owen Lumber Co. for our recent recognition as the winners of the Governor’s ImPact Award in the arena of Exporting. Salesman Jack Monnoyer and Buyer Curt Burkett hosted Governor Scarnati and had the opportunity to show him around our yard a bit and to share with him why MacDonald & Owen Lumber Co. has expanded so rapidly as exporters of hardwood lumber. Jack & Curt sited MacDonald & Owen’s commitment to producing high-quality product, increased presence at international trade shows, and development of relationships with customers and sales agents across the globe. “One of our company’s goals for 2015 is to nearly double the volumes we exported in 2014,” explained Curt Burkett, “it’s a focus of ours and one we are working each day to achieve.” MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company is always looking for opportunities to partner with customers throughout the U.S. and overseas. Call us today at 800-657-6990 for your hardwood lumber needs.