December 2015



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December Lumber Market Report

The green douglas fir market has slowed and prices have started to roll back. The OSB market has found a top and has dropped a few dollars. The western sheathing market is still struggling with prices flat to down.

December Store Special

10% off of Advantage Plus Products


Limited Quantities. While supplies last. See an Associate for details.  12/1/15 - 12/31/15.

Contractor's College Event  


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How to Make the Most of Online Word of Mouth

With review sites playing an increasingly important role for consumers, you can't afford to neglect your web reputation

By Gary Thill

When Aaron Blank was looking for a remodeler for his new rental property, he didn't ask for recommendations from friends or family. Instead, he did what more and more people are doing today: He used one of the growing number of home services sites to find a remodeler with a good online reputation.

"I'm someone who doesn't have a lot of time to research and find these contractors," says Blank, president and CEO of the Fearey Group public relations agency. "Porch and these other solutions are phenomenal for people like me."

But the question remains: Are these sites phenomenal for remodelers? The answer depends on how well remodelers are managing their online reputations, say experts. And even remodelers with great word of mouth can no longer afford to ignore the growing world of online review sites, they warn.

"It affects everybody," says Andy Beal, CEO of Reputation Refinery. "Whether you're an individual contractor or a multi-million dollar company, anybody can be Googled or Yelped and have their reputation analyzed. Whether remodelers think they need to be online or not, their customers are already checking their reputation online before they make a decision to call them."


Community Support - Santa Cruz Waldorf School

By Lara Triona, Santa Cruz Waldorf School

Last school year the Santa Cruz Waldorf School hired Ryan Judson of Rock Steady Construction to build a beautiful fence for our new Pre-K outdoor play area. This new play area has a beautifully mature landscape, but was missing a sandbox for children to dig and play in.

Over the summer, we designed a natural redwood sandbox that follows the fence line with a bench around the outside of the sandbox. Thanks to the lumber donation from Big Creek lumber and the workmanship of Noah Dillman of DC Construction this project became a reality.

We completed the sand box before students returned to campus in early September. The children have been enjoying it ever since.




Employee Spotlight

Robert Orejel - Contractor Sales Representative

How long have you been working for Big Creek Lumber? ""

I have been working for Big Creek for about nine months. I work out of the Santa Cruz yard on Soquel Ave. 

What do you enjoy about your job?

What I enjoy the most is that every single day is a new learning experience.

What is your favorite product that you sell?


What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I love to get on my kayak and just fish!

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Community Support - Santa Cruz Waldorf School