Archived News

MacDonald & Owen Expands in to TN

FAS Poplar
FAS Poplar

In an effort to provide increasing levels of high-quality products to our customers, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company has expanded in to Tennessee! Beginning in February of 2013, we will be custom drying lumber at a facility located in eastern TN. Our primary focus will be Poplar and Red Oak products for many of our domestic and overseas customers. Certainly give one of our sales representatives a call if we can help you meet your hardwood lumber needs out of our Sparta, WI, Brookville, PA or TN location.


A Snapshot of our Packaging
A Snapshot of our Packaging

MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company aspires to be a company that puts out a product that is desirable in quality and appearance to our customers. In the last few months, we have devoted time and resources in to making sure that our packaging represents our product and company well. We want our customers to proudly unload our product in to their warehouse. We want our product to represent itself well domestically & across the globe. Customers of MacDonald & Owen can expect tight, square, tidy packs. End painting and logos of various colors are also available.

Vision Tally coming to Brookville, PA

Vision Tally
Vision Tally

MacDonald & Owen is excited to announce that our Brookville facility will be adding a piece of equipment that will allow us to provide our customers with precise tallies of each and every pack we ship. We will install a Vision Tally system in January of 2013. MacDonald & Owen installed its first Vision Tally system in our Sparta, WI facility in 2010. We have found that Vision Tally has improved our internal controls and inventory management, has provided our customers with invaluable, precise tallies, and has benefited our vendors. We are confident that the addition of the Vision Tally system in Brookville will reap similar rewards.

MacDonald & Owen Lumber Visits China

MacDonald & Owen at FMC Wood 2012

In a continuing effort to supply the world with the highest quality lumber, MacDonald & Owen Lumber recently attended the FMC Wood 2012 in Shanghai, China. The FMC show ran from September 10th through the 15th and was part of our 10 day Far East journey. During this visit, we were very fortunate to visit current customers and to be able to secure a few new ones. Rest assured, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company will continue to be on the forefront of delivering the finest Appalachian and Northern Hardwoods to all ports of the world.

MacDonald and Owen Continues as FSC ® Certified!

FSC_Logo_1MacDonald & Owen has been supplying FSC certified lumber since June 2011 and plans to continue this for 2012. We at MacDonald & Owen have implemented our best efforts to avoid trading and sourcing wood or wood fiber from places considered unacceptable. If you are interested in knowing more about FSC certified lumber, please contact us at 800-657-6990.

Brookville, PA Facility Hosts International Buyers

Jack_internationalPartnering with the State of Pennsylvania and the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company was proud to host 9 international lumber buyers at our facility in Brookville, PA. There were buyers in attendance from the following countries: India Mexico Pakistan Taiwan – As always, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company strives to provide the highest quality lumber to the world.


IMG_0421May of 2012 will be remembered as our month of big projects! We recently gutted our green grading line and expanded our KD grading line. We tore out our old trim saw and installed a USNR drop trimmer with 10 saws on the green line. At the same time we put installed an Omega board dealer and a Lucidyne grade mark reader on the green line. The Lucidyne system tallies every board for width and length, and gives a full grade report to allow us to qualify all of our green lumber suppliers. As if that was not enough of a project, we installed a tilt hoist on our kiln dried grading line along with extending the pull chain by 52 feet bringing the length of the pilling chain to a total of 120 feet long. We have had both lines back up and running for a few weeks now and we are pleased with the increased speed, efficiency and accuracy that we have gained.


india_woodMacDonald & Owen Lumber Company in our strive to locate and penetrate new markets recently took part in the India Wood 2012 wood exhibition. This exhibition was held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Center located in Bangalore, India on February 10th- 14th. Our international sales team spent four days at the “MacDonald & Owen booth” meeting and greeting potential customers and must admit volume was up this year. We met some very nice people in India and see plenty of opportunities in the near future.

Penn York

PENN_YORK_160Penn York Lumbermen’s visit Western Pennsylvania

On Monday, September 12th, PW Hardwood/MacDonald & Owen hosted the September meeting of the Penn York Lumberman’s Club at the Pinecrest Country Club. Close to 100 lumberman were in attendance for this meeting. Our owner, David Twite, addressed the attendees on the progress being made at MacDonald & Owen since the acquisition of PW Hardwood in June of 2010. This was without a doubt the best meeting of the year!

PW Hardwood/MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company has been an active member of Penn York Lumberman’s Club for many years.

Turkish Invasion

turkish_customersTurkish Invasion!

In a joint partnership with the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company’s division in Brookville, PA hosted a group of lumber buyers from Turkey in August of 2011.

Six gentlemen, representing 5 hardwood lumber companies from Turkey, spent the day in meetings at Clarion University in Clarion, PA followed by a site visit to our Brookville, PA facility. All meetings attended by representatives of the Turkish lumber companies and by MacDonald & Owen’s sales and purchasing staff were deemed a success.

As a company, MacDonald & Owen is completely committed to the export market and would be willing to host any groups of buyers willing to come to either of our facilities—Sparta, WI or Brookville, PA. Contact MacDonald & Owen today if your company is interested in a tour of one of our facilities.