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 firstname.lastname@example.org. He’ll be happy to serve you!
The Smile: Made with North American Hardwoods
When people across the globe think about North American Hardwoods, they often think about flooring, cabinets, moldings and furniture. The 2016 London Design Festival might change all of that. Architect Alison Brooks has built a structure that demonstrates that American Hardwoods are not only attractive, but strong. The Smile, as seen in the picture to the left, was created using cross-laminated tulipwood (poplar). This North American Hardwood product was used instead of the traditional softwood by Brooks, a team of engineers, and the American Hardwood Export Council. The end product is a marvel to be seen. The London Design Festival is held at Chelsea College of Art in southwest London. The Smile can be visited there until October 12, 2016. Photography courtesy of :
Current and former employees of MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company alike know one thing for sure about the president and owner of MacDonald & Owen–David Twite cares about them. When a new employee joins the ranks of MacDonald & Owen, an employee profile is created to highlight the new employee’s personal interests, family details, and path to M&O. These employee profiles, which includes a picture of the individual, are shared with David so that he knows who is serving his company no matter whether they work under the same roof as he does in Sparta, WI or if they work in PA, KY or northern WI. David wants to know the names and faces of his team. He wants to take an interest in them. He wants to understand their background and future goals.
Considering David’s unique approach to leadership as the president and owner of MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company, it is no wonder he was asked to speak on the topic of Inspirational Leadership at the Excellence in Leadership Seminar & Luncheon in early October. This seminar will be hosted in Oshkosh, WI and will be attended by business leaders from across the state. David will speak to attendees of this seminar about what Inspirational Leadership looks like on a day-to-day, practical basis. He will share stories of how he and his leadership team at MacDonald & Owen are strategic about the leadership of their teams. The seminar will also feature a recently-made video of M&O employees who speak to the inspirational culture of MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company.
Inspirational leadership is not something that every business leader can personify. Fortunately for the employees, customers and vendors of MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company, David Twite does. Excellent leadership is one of a handful of attributes that make M&O a great place to work and a great place to do business. We aim for inspirational in all that we do–it’s what drives us. And, fortunately, David provides a great example to follow.
On the INC5000 List Again!
While bragging isn’t our style here at MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company, celebrating is. This month, we are celebrating our recognition by INC Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately-held companies in the U.S. for the FIFTH time. It is estimated by The Wall Street Journal that there are about 25 million private and closely-held businesses in America. To be named one of the top 5000 fastest growing companies in 2015 is quite an accomplishment and one that we are celebrating whole-heartedly. MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company has seen growth in market share and sales volume year-over-year for nearly a decade. This growth, at times, can be hectic and challenging. But, an honor like the INC 5000 list makes it all worthwhile. We know that we are reaching more customers with top-notch service and world-class products than ever before. As we partner with our customers here in the U.S. and across the globe, we aim to help them grow as companies as well. It’s an exciting venture to be a part of. We are always looking for more customers to serve and supply with stellar hardwood lumber. Contact a member of our sales team today if we can take a shot at meeting your needs. Contact info is: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lights, Camera, Action!
As a hardwood lumber company that strives to be seen as a leader in our industry, we are thrilled to roll out our new MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company promotional video which highlights what sets us apart. This recently-created video will be launched via our website and social media sites as we strive to communicate who we are here at MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company to our customers, vendors & even to our competition. The video shows footage of our facilities, our owner, and our greatest commodity—our people. The message of the video is clear. We care about what we do and we work tirelessly to do it right. While our company keeps changing and evolving and as our headcount grows and expands to new zip codes, one thing has remained constant: MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company is Hardwoods Done Right! If you’d like to talk about what you learned about MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company by viewing our new video, please contact us today via phone at 800-657-6990 or via email at email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Record Breaking Month!
Each 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 email@example.com.