I skipped out of work early to make a short trip up to sanford (turned out to be 20 minutes from my office so not to bad) to visit Pro Builders and Quality Plywood Specialty.
I arrived at Pro Builders, parked in the wrong lot and was directed to the correct area, when I entered the sales office I noticed a big “Welcome Contractors” sign and for a moment I was preparing myself for another McEwen group. When I entered the building I was greeted with several hellos and I introduced myself mentioned that It was recomended that I come check out Pro Builders as an alternate source for lumber or plywood. One of the sales represenatives aproached me and shook my hand and said that they mostly deal in framing materials and he offered to show me around so I could see what he means.
I took him up on his offer and he showed me around one of the wharehouses. We chit chatted a bit as he explained their primary business and showed me their stocks of wood. They had some various pine but it was pretty slim, they had 3 or 4 sheets of baltic birch that had seen better days .. then they had miles and miles of OSB. He showed me an entire warehouse full of it and he said he has another across the way full of OSB as well and that’s pretty much most of their business. They also do doors that you can order in and some moulding and trims but all custruction stuff.
I mentioned how I was recomended on Lumber Jocks and he said that several of the Pro Builder locations have a retail store front, or have different inventory focus based on the region but for them it’s pretty much 2×4 and OSB.
I thanked him for his time and the tour it was very nice of him and he appologized that he couldn’t be more helpful and I told him that he was plenty helpful.
McEwen could take lessons from these guys, they went above and beyond what they really needed even though they knew there wasn’t any money in it for them. If I needed a truckload of OSB and 2×4’s I would visit them in a heart beat as polite as they treat people I can only immagine how nicely they treat their paying customers.
-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer: http://www.1024studios.com/cuttingboard.html