November 2015



Tools, Tips and Information from our business to yours - Building better business together!

November Lumber Market Report

The Green Fir market is still firm and will remain that way until we get into the holiday season. The western sheathing market continues to be flat. The OSB market is firm and increasing with order files out until late November. 

November Store Special

15% off Mouldings

Limited Quantities. While supplies last. See an Associate for details.  11/2/15 - 11/30/15.


Got Too Much Business? Here's How to Manage in Busy Times

Focus on what you truly are capable of doing to produce the best results

By Paul Winans

Many of the folks I consult with are doing very well now. Business has picked up, often remarkably so.

When business is good a company can find itself overwhelmed. How can you handle the work without going crazy? I have three suggestions.

1. Be Realistic

When the market is hot, a company might take on too much work. Doing the designs and the estimates becomes challenging because of all the business that the company wants to sign. Consequently, the production department likely is given job packages that are incomplete and/or inaccurate. The lead carpenters run more jobs than they are capable of handling well. And slippage in gross profit occurs, with production blaming sales, design and estimating.

Not a happy situation.

Work as a team on limits for both the sales department and the production department. Use real-life painful situations as motivators to determine maximum caps on number of jobs that can be handled by each department.


Community Support - Meet Unchained


Written by Melissa Wolf, Founder of UnChained

The mission of UnChained is to help shape lives and save lives by matching at-risk youth with homeless dogs in need of training and adoption. While the dogs learn basic skills and good manners, the youth develop values of patience, respect and responsibility for themselves and others.

They gain skills and abilities that are essential to successful human relationships, while helping to increase the chances of adoption for the dogs.  Many of the youth understand the plight of their program dog because they both may have lived behind bars at one time, or been neglected by a caregiver, or abandoned by family. 

When the youth see the effects of change they have on the dogs, by giving them a second chance at a better life, they can begin to take the risk in believing they can do the same for themselves. 

Pictured above are some of the volunteers with the dogs being presented with a check from the Santa Cruz County Fair fundraiser. To learn more about Unchained or to adopt a dog, visit:

Employee Spotlight

Esteban Rodriguez - Wholesale Delivery Driver

How long have you been working for Big Creek Lumber? Esteban Newletter.jpg

I've worked at Big Creek for four years now.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I love the company and driving a truck. I like where I deliver. Every day I get to go to a different place.

What is the coolest thing that you've seen on the job?

At the mill in Davenport, I like seeing the airplanes, hang gliders and whales. Last year we saw a fire on the hill and watched airplanes help put it out. I love to be here and enjoy the weather.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to play golf, I play to win! I also enjoy spending time with my family. And my favorite things to eat are ribs and Chinese food.

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