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MacDonald & Owen in Vietnam

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VIETNAMWOOD exhibit

In late September, two representatives from MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company participated in the 10th Vietnam International Woodworking Industry Fair at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City. MacDonald & Owen’s International Sales Director, Adam Hyer, and Lead Lumber Inspector, Bona Lam, were honored to join the 260 exhibitors from 19 international countries at VIETNAM WOOD this year. The convention provided many opportunities for Adam & Bona to connect with many vendors and customers from international woodworking and furniture-related industries and associations. MacDonald & Owen would like to thank the AHEC—American Hardwood Export Council—and Sharon Shek for helping our company plan for & obtain a booth at VIETNAMWOOD this year. We’re very excited about connections made in Vietnam at this year’s convention and are excited about future business in Vietnam and across the globe. If you are interested in products MacDonald & Owen could offer your company, please contact a member of our sales team at 800-657-6990 today.

MacDonald & Owen Hosts Penn York

With Congressman Thompson
With Congressman Thompson

MacDonald and Owen Lumber Company recently hosted the September meeting of the Penn York Lumbermen’s Club. The meeting was held at Pinecrest Country Club in Brookville, PA. MacDonald & Owen rolled out the red carpet for 72 guest representing 36 companies. We were very fortunate to have many of our valued customers and supplier in for facility tours prior to the meeting. We were also very excited to have United States Congressman Glenn GT Thompson as the guest speaker for the evening. Congressman Thompson currently serves as chairman of the house agriculture subcommittee on conservation, energy and forestry. He gave a short speech regarding issues those in the lumber industries are up against, followed up with question and answer time. MacDonald & Owen is proud to have had the opportunity to host this event and offer tours of our Brookville, PA facility.

MacDonald & Owen named by INC Magazine as Fastest Growing Company in America!

INC Magazine
INC Magazine

Between the years of 2009 & 2012, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company saw nearly 100% growth in Annual Sales Revenue. That exceptional growth was recently recognized by INC Magazine. Annually, INC Magazine puts together a list of the top 500 and 5000 fastest growing privately-held companies in the U.S. MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company was selected as one of those companies in 2013. Providing high-quality lumber sorted to meet customers’ specific needs has always been MacDonald & Owen’s niche in the lumber industry. MacDonald & Owen is thrilled to have landed at number 3270 on the INC 5000 list due, in large part, to our commitment to our customers. But, we also recognize that the success of our valued customers is the reason our company has seen so much success in the last 4 years. To all current & future MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company customers: thank you! We’re pleased to share this accomplishment with you!

Meeting our Customers’ Needs

_MG_1234We have a number of seasoned sales representatives within our ranks. They have said a time or two that the 2013 lumber market is one of the craziest in their memories. How does a top tier lumber supplier respond to such a market? Well, here at MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company, we have bolstered our efforts to secure lumber to meet our customers’ needs. While inventory shortages have been a theme of 2013, MacDonald & Owen has focused the efforts of our purchasers to reach out to our suppliers, to develop relationships with new suppliers, and to figure out creative ways to fill our customers’ needs. For us, the committments we’ve made to our customers is what drives us. We want you to be successful in your marketplace. And, despite a lot of competition for lumber, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company is meeting our customers’ needs. If we can meet your lumber needs, please contact one of our seasoned sales representatives today at 800-657-6990.

Pushing the Pace

One board at a time
One board at a time

Over the course of the last 3 years, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company has invested time and resources in to improving the equipment and efficiency of our production lines. One of our main productions lines is our planer line at our Brookville, PA facility. We are seeing the fruits of our efforts in improving this production line. As of July 1, 2013, we had run 5,749,715 board feet through that production line–that’s nearly 1 Million Board Feet per month! Our lumber handlers on that line are averaging 721 board feet of production per hour. We’re not only thrilled about this accomplishment because it demonstrates the efficiency of this line, but, more importantly, we’re excited about what that means for our customers. Quick production through that line means quick turn around in meeting our customers’ needs. The added efficiency also means we can produce high-quality products for our customers at competitive prices. We’re excited about this accomplishment. We know it will continue to serve our customers well. We’re always happy to host our customers at any of our facilities. If you’d like to see our crew in action, give us a call so we can coordinate a tour of our facility at 800-657-6990. We’d love to see you.

Cross training, cross training, cross training!

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Training is Key!

MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company LOVES being the company that our customers call when they’re in a pinch. In order to meet our customers needs no matter their timeline, it is important that we have well-trained, skilled employees who can perform various functions within our company. Despite a busy 2013 thus far, MacDonald & Owen has poured a lot of resources in to training, cross-training, and re-training our employees. Between leadership conferences, kiln drying courses, a lumber grading short course, and safety training, our employees are better trained and skilled today than they have ever been. It is our goal to be able to respond to our customers needs promptly, professionally, and personally. Training our people is key in that effort. Let us know how our skilled sales team can serve you today. Give us a call at 800-657-6990 so that we can meet your lumber needs.

Sales Representative Jack Monnoyer elected to Penn-York Board of Directors

Treasurer/Secretary Jack Monnoyer on the far right
Treasurer/Secretary Jack Monnoyer on the far right

At a recent Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club meeting, Sales Representative Jack Monnoyer was elected to the Penn-York Board of Directors. Jack will serve as the treasurer/secretary for two years, as the Vice President for two years and will conclude his service to this organization as the President of the Penn-York Board for two years. Jack began his hardwood lumber career straight out of high school and is a leading salesman for MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company. He serves many customers domestically and overseas. Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club was established in 1952 to gather representatives of the hardwood lumber industry from Northern Pennsylvania and Southern New York state. Newly elected Treasurer/Secretary, Jack Monnoyer, has been an active member of Penn-York Lumberman’s Club for 7 years.

MacDonald & Owen visits Mexico

Mexico
Mexico

In an effort to be proactive in our approach to meeting the needs of our customers in and outside of our borders, MacDonald & Owen recently paid a visit to our neighbors to the south. General Manager of our Brookville, PA facility, Adam Hyer, and Export Sale Representative, Jack Monnoyer, spent 10 days in March visiting with customers in Mexico. During the visit, Adam & Jack had the opportunity to visit current customers as well as meeting with some potential new customers. MacDonlad & Owen, as always, will continue to service international customers with the finest Appalachian and Northern Applicachian Hardwoods. If you’re looking for a partner able to offer a steady, consistent supply of quality hardwood lumber, please contact us today at 800-657-6990.

Poplar Flies off the Shelves in TN

Air Dry Yard in TN
Air Dry Yard in TN

The end of February brought a milestone for MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company—we are now producing lumber in the fine state of Tennessee. Our company has partnered with a company in eastern Tennessee to implement a green to kiln dried custom drying program. The first kiln charge of poplar popped out of the kiln in late February, was down piled, and promptly loaded on to trucks for shipment to customers throughout the country. We are very excited about the interest in the material we are able to provide through this hub and are excited about how much demand there is in the hardwood lumber market from our domestic and international customers alike. With facilities in Sparta, WI, Brookville, PA and now eastern Tennessee, we are bolder than ever in the product and service we can offer our customers. There’s never been a better time to be a customer of MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company. If you have interest in talking with a sales representative, please contact us at 800-657-6990. We’d be thrilled to get your call.

Vision Tally Up & Running in Brookville

Vision Tally in action
Vision Tally in action

Our Brookville, PA facility is now the proud owner of a Vision Tally scanner. Every pack that comes out of our main production line is brought over to our Vision Tally and scanned. This scan gives us a picture of the pack, piece count, exact footage, lengths, and weight of the pack. We are excited about taking our accuracy to the next level with the assistance of this machine. Whether our customers are stateside or overseas and whether they are receiving material from our Brookville, PA or Sparta, WI hub, they can be certain that the footages, lengths, and piece count represented on the MacDonald & Owen paperwork is accurate. Now that’s Hardwoods Done Right!