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!
Setting our sights on…
Now that the winter holidays are a few weeks behind us, M&O employees are back at it, setting their sights on 2017 goals. At M&O we set measurable expectations because we know that what we measure improves and we like to celebrate improvement. So with that in mind, M&O’s leadership has identified the following four goals that will guide employees as they navigate 2017:
- $70 Million in Revenue
- Turn inventory faster and more efficiently
- Zero lost time incidents (we want ALL of our employees to be safe and injury free)
- Improve overall employee engagement (making M&O a place our employees are proud to work and like so much so they’d even recommend us to a friend or family member.)
Employees at all four M&O locations will be challenged to assist in completing the above mentioned goals. It is sure to be an action-packed year and we would love for you to be a part of the fun! We look forward to the opportunity to serve you in 2017 and to celebrating our successes along the way. Please contact us today at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can meet your hardwood lumber needs.
Kiln Expansion Project to Bolster Sales out of Bowling Green, KY
The completion of recent updates to the green line at MacDonald & Owen’s Bowling Green, Kentucky campus created a more efficient facility, which is a win for M&O. The higher efficiency of the green line quickly filled the air dry yard to capacity at 1.1 Million board feet and created an opportunity. This opportunity was the ability to increase overall volume produced at the KY facility. It was determined that this would be achieved by adding more kiln space on our campus. Two new 55,000 board foot SII Kilns are in the process of being installed at the Bowling Green, Kentucky campus. The project is expected to take 10 weeks to complete with an anticipated completion date of February 28, 2017. The additional kiln space will increase lumber availability by an estimated 275,000 board feet per month.
MacDonald & Owen will be ready to meet the increasing needs of the domestic and international markets with our high quality Cherry, Hickory, Poplar and Red Oak. Contact us today at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can meet your needs.
Chinese New Year Bolsters Lumber Sales
October 2016 was a record-breaking month. Our sales goal was set at a $5.2 million, but we came in at an all-time high of $6.3 million dollars, far surpassing our previous sales record by more than $1 million! A major contribution to this success was the push from our export sales team to move international shipments by the end of the month. This ensured that our lumber would arrive at our Vietnamese and Chinese ports prior to Chinese New Year celebrations.
In 2017, Chinese New Year will fall on January 28. Many employers close their doors one to two weeks prior to the holiday and remain closed for several weeks after. This means that Chinese and Vietnamese ports can be shut down for nearly a month; no shipments are accepted during this time. We’re already looking ahead to the post Chinese New Year shipping push to meet tight deadlines for our customers.
Export sales continue to climb for the month of December; 2016 has proven to be favorable, and because of this, we’re forecasting even more growth for 2017. If you are looking for a growing company to support your hardwood lumber needs, contact a member of our sales team today at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
See You in Atlanta
At MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company, we aspire to grow our presence in the hardwood lumber industry. A strategy we have identified to help us achieve this objective is to be present at notable industry trade shows. One of the trade shows we are most excited about is the IWF show in Atlanta, Georgia between the dates of August 24th and 27th. We will have four sales representatives at the trade show to meet and greet current and potential customers. We look forward to sharing about products and services MacDonald & Owen can offer its customers. If you find yourself at the IWF show, please make your way over to booth #4137. We’d appreciate the opportunity to speak with you about how MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company can serve you. See you in Atlanta!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.