Top 5 Reasons to be a Part of the Hardwood Lumber Industry

Regardless of what industry you are in you may have noticed that over the last year or so a lot has changed! While many things in our day-to-day lives look different than they may have in the past, one of the most notable areas of difference for many industries, especially the hardwood industry, is in the way we work and conduct business. Whether that has been the embracing of remote work to how businesses recruit and retain employees, all industries, including the hardwood industry have had to adapt.

However, while it is true many things have changed, some of the most redeeming and appealing qualities that the hardwood industry has to offer are here to stay! And may even offer more appeal to potential employees and customers than they may have in the past.HardwoodLumberIndustry

Here are a few of the top reasons that stand out to some of the people we talk to when asking them what they value the most about the hardwood lumber industry.

Hardwoods are Sustainable – In the past, we mentioned how important sustainability is, and the hardwood industry is a sustainable industry. Many people outside the industry are not familiar with the fact that the North American hardwood forests are in fact growing, abundant and self-generating.  Many recent reports show there is almost twice as much new growth than what is being harvested for timber!

One of the main drivers behind this is the selective timber harvesting techniques used by foresters. Selective timber harvesting means that only the mature, overcrowded, diseased, dying, and poorly formed trees are cut for timber, allowing the forests will continue to regenerate and thrive. 

Additionally, the hardwood industry employs a “no waste” manufacturing practice. Many people are surprised to learn the fact that every aspect of the log is used during production.  When a hardwood sawmill saws logs into boards they the by-products created such as lumber chips, the tree bark, and sawdust are then many times used for energy to heat the kilns or wood chips for a variety of agricultural needs.

GREAT People – This wasn't a surprise to us! Many people we talk to comment on how much they enjoy interacting and working with the people within the industry.

Comments such as honest, loyal, dedicated, intelligent, reputable, hardworking, and down to earth are said to be some of the many characteristics they noticed within the people in the hardwood lumber industry. There are many passionate people involved in this industry who prepare for the day's challenges and opportunities with a deep sense of care for their craft. Being in an environment like that is certainly infectious! 

A Challenging and Intriguing Industry – When you take a step back and examine the complexities apparent throughout the hardwood industry such as the variety of growing regions, species, grades, thicknesses, sorts, characteristics, and sawing techniques it can be a little daunting to take it all in.

From 8/4 90/50 Prime Cherry to 4/4 Rift and Quartered FAS White Oak, it seems there could be hundreds of product variations that one would need a working knowledge about. For many though, that variety can be very appealing. 

That is just the lumber side, however. When you add in the multiple facets involved in the typical hardwood lumber supply chain which includes landowners, foresters, loggers, logistic firms, and the ever-changing use of technological advancements, one thing becomes clear the hardwood lumber industry can certainly be a challenging and intriging industry to be a part of.

Hardwoods are a Global Industry – North American hardwoods are used all around the world! Manufacturers of furniture, cabinets, flooring, and specialty items like tool handles and guitars all over the world look for North American hardwood lumber as the preferred raw material to make their products.

Hard Maple, Ash, Walnut, White Oak, Cherry, etc. are regularly ordered and distributed worldwide. Including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. For those that thrive in diverse and ever-changing environments, there are a variety of global trade opportunities for many within the industry. 

Plenty of Opportunities – Finally, one of the most important reasons many are attracted to this industry is the abundant supply of opportunity.  By using technological advancements to our advantage, expanding markets, and improving efficiencies, there is still plenty of room to grow! Which is exciting to many looking to get involved in this rewarding industry.

Like many of our customers and colleagues, Baillie Lumber continually strives to evolve with the times. From our perspective, however, it is good to know that for the right person, some of the traditional advantages the hardwood lumber industry offers over other industries still ring true. 

What are some of the things you love most about the hardwood lumber industry? We would love to hear your insights! 

Brett Del Prince
Baillie Lumber
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