Top 5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Hardwood Lumber Supplier

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Choosing a hardwood lumber supplier isn’t as complicated as splitting the atom, but when your company depends on quality lumber, it can make the difference between satisfying your customers or seeing them take their valuable business elsewhere. If you’re just beginning your search for a full-service supplier with experience in manufacturing, distribution, importing and exporting, here are five key factors to consider as part of the process.

1. Honesty

In an industry that’s still based on a handshake and the value of one’s word, it’s very important to only do business with a supplier who’s honest and will do what they say they’ll do. Baillie Lumber has successfully served customers for 90 years. We don’t make promises we can’t fulfill. Honesty and the fair treatment of our customers are key elements of our core values.baillie7

2. Dependability

The importance of this quality can’t be emphasized strongly enough. Your customers expect you to provide a specific grade and quality of hardwood lumber. Therefore, the hardwood lumber supplier you choose must be able to deliver the type of lumber you require each and every time. Your business depends on it.

What happens when demand is high and supply is tight? A dependable supplier plans for such contingencies, and can work with you to find the lumber you need with prices that work for you.

3. Access to supply

Every business that deals with the lumber industry understands there are peaks and valleys in inventory. What’s less commonly understood is that some hardwood lumber suppliers have greater access to supply than others. Whether it be access to logs, sawmill capacity, existing kiln-dried inventories or relationships with strategic providers, access to lumber supply is not always consistent. When you deal with a supplier that has a great deal of access to potential supply, you benefit in the end by having more hardwood lumber inventory and product options to choose from, without the concern that supplies will suddenly dry up or be diverted elsewhere.

4. Product quality

Hardwood lumber products are graded according to accepted industry standards. For every grade purchased, the customer (rightly) expects to get the proper “cutting units” expected from each grade. When lumber is processed off grade or with other unacceptable defects present, it impacts the lumber quality a customer receives. In essence, when you receive boards that don’t fit your purpose, you’ve wasted money.

Baillie Lumber’s staff has in-depth experience in sawing, grading, drying, sorting and all other aspects of lumber production and delivery. This ensures our customers receive the product quality they require.

5. Creativity

Suppliers who help customers overcome obstacles or find new ways to grow their business are the most valued partners you can find in the hardwood lumber industry.

Baillie Lumber designs unique product solutions specifically for our customers. By better understanding our customers’ manufacturing process, we can match appropriate characteristics of lumber, so they are more efficient, more effective and generate better yields. As mentioned earlier with regards to “peaks and valleys,” Baillie also develops special supply solutions, so customers are freed from worries about excess inventory.

When the time comes to choose a hardwood lumber supplier, keep these factors in mind. Above all else, select a supplier who can serve as a trusted resource and who genuinely understands your business strategy and objectives.

Please let us know how we can assist you. We’re here to help you succeed!

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