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National Lumber Hires New Vice President of Millwork

Mansfield, MA — April 6, 2017 —National Lumber is pleased to announce the return of Michael Manter to the National Lumber Family, as the new Vice President of Millwork. This is Mike’s 34th year in the building materials industry, and his well-rounded knowledge of the industry has allowed him to assess the big picture in an organization to accomplish the goals of that business and his own. Manter will report directly to company President Manny Pina.

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Brandy Souza, Vice President of Kitchen Views, a division of National Lumber

Kitchen Views at National Lumber Promotes Brandy Souza

Mansfield, MA — January 26, 2017 — Continuing the tradition of promoting from within the company, National Lumber is proud to announce the promotion of Brandy Souza to Vice President of Kitchen Views, their cabinetry and design division. Souza will continue to report directly to company President, Manny Pina.

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Brandy Souza, Vice President of Kitchen Views, a division of National Lumber

 

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ProSales 2016 Top 100
National Lumber is #19!

With 5.9% growth in sales, National Lumber is
competing well against the largest nationwide
companies, and staying in the lead compared
to other independent building materials
suppliers in New England.

The biggest dealers on the 2016 ProSales 100 outpaced the rest to capture a much larger share of the nation's LBM sales. Here's who made the list and how they did. Read more >

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National Lumber Welcomes Babel's Paint & Decorating to the Family of Companies

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Babel's - Experienced Designers at Your Service

 

K+BB features Kitchen Views at Oxford Lumber in their February-March 2016 issue, pages 32-33  

Staying True to the View

Kitchen Views at Oxford Lumber in Connecticut

The February-March 2016 issue of Kitchen & Bath Business magazine, pages 32-33 features Gabe Cabezas and Danielle Valenti in our newest Kitchen Views showroom at Oxford Lumber in Connecticut.

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LBM Journal names Manny Pina of National Lumber as 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year  

Expanding Beyond the Lumberyard

National Lumber Company grows with the building business.

When National Lumber Company’s co-CEO Steven Kaitz talks about the entrepreneurial culture at his company, the conversation always comes back to one name: Manny Pina. More >

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October 19, 2015 - Press Release and Photos

National Lumber Company and our manufacturing division, Reliable Truss and Components, Inc., have spent $2.1 million to install solar panels on all three of our buildings in the Welby Park Industrial Park, off Exit 5 of Route 140, in New Bedford.

This is one of the largest roof panel installations in the state with just over one megawatt of solar energy production. Our average electric cost has been $135,000 per year. With tax credits, we expect to recoup the installation costs within four years.  Then, save 75% annually to run our manufacturing facility for wood trusses and other structural components, as well as their offices, National Lumber retail store and drive thru lumberyard. Since the store will have the lowest electric usage, the power generated will be shared with the manufacturing buildings. Read more >


Jonathan Frazier, Senior Engineered Wood Products Designer at National Lumber in Mansfield, MA

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Obituary for Jonathan Frazier

National Lumber lost a great employee in June.  I regret to inform you of the passing of Jonathan Frazier.  His work as a Senior Engineered Wood Products Designer will surely be missed.

Bill Walker
Manager of Engineered Wood Design
National Lumber
 65 Maple St, Mansfield, MA 02048


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ProSales 2015 Top 100
National Lumber is #22!

With 10% growth in sales, National Lumber is
competing well against the largest nationwide
companies, and staying far in the lead compared
to other independent building materials
suppliers in New England.

For the industry however, ProSales is forecasting seismic shifts in the coming year. Read more >

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ANDERSEN RECOGNIZES NATIONAL LUMBER'S CUSTOMER SERVICE

For the second consecutive year, National Lumber received the "Highest Satisfaction & In-Home Experience" award at the 2014 Andersen Window and Door Dealer Conference held recently in Hollywood, Florida. Paige Whitman, Andersen Sales director presented the award to Bob Nickerson, Millwork Sales Manager for National Lumber.

"This award reflects the commitment our company has made with Andersen and all our other suppliers and vendors to support our customers. Being recognized by Andersen aligns with our mission statement which reads in part '… by being passionately committed to consistent, extraordinary service beyond expectations.'" Nickerson said.

Bob Nickerson  | Millwork Sales Manager
National Millwork   | 90 Norfolk St. Mansfield MA 02048

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NATIONAL LUMBER PROMOTES FROM WITHIN

Brandy Souza has been promoted to
General Manager of Kitchen Views

Mansfield, MA - March 3, 2014 - Continuing a tradition of promoting from within the company, National Lumber has proudly announced the promotion of Brandy Souza to General Manager of Kitchen Views, their cabinetry and design division. Souza will report directly to company President Manny Pina. Read more about Brandy Souza.

Brandy Souza, General Manager of Kitchen Views, a division of National Lumber

ProSales 2013 Top 100 - National Lumber is #19!

Home Channel News 2013 Top 300 - National Lumber is #35!

Andersen Windows and Doors

ANDERSEN RECOGNIZES NATIONAL LUMBER CUSTOMER SERVICE
Mansfield, MA - February 15, 2013 - National Lumber received the "Highest Satisfaction & In-Home Experience" award  at the 2013 Andersen Signature Dealer Rally held this past week in Marco Island, Florida. Paige Whitman, Andersen Sales director presented the award to Bob Nickerson, Millwork Sales Manager for National Lumber.

“This award reflects the commitment our company has made with Andersen and all our other suppliers and vendors to support our customers. Being recognized by Andersen aligns with our mission statement which reads in part '...by being passionately committed to consistent,  extraordinary service beyond expectations.'” Nickerson said.

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NATIONAL LUMBER AWARDED TRAINING FUNDS
Mansfield, MA - January 3, 2013 - As reported by Wicked Local, the state has awarded National Lumber $79,250 in workforce training grants to train 79 workers and create six new positions.

Maria Fratiello, Director of Human Resources, and John Intravaia, Vice President of Operations, worked for a year and a half to get these grant funds. Training classes start Wednesday, January 9, 2013 in the 245 Oakland Street training room and will continue for the next 18 months.

In all, the state has awarded $6.85 million in workforce training grants to 87 Massachusetts companies, including two businesses located in Mansfield. The money supports up to two years of training, creates 682 new jobs and trains over 6,300 workers.

“We are focused on addressing the skills gap issue in the Commonwealth so that workers can compete in today’s ever-changing jobs market,” Governor Deval Patrick said Thursday.

The fiscal year 2012 budget established the Workforce Training Fund as a trust fund, allowing for collection and disbursement of funds as needed by businesses, rather than on an annual appropriation cycle.

The companies are located in 66 cities and towns across the Commonwealth and training will be provided to employees in a range of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, engineering and hospitality.

This project is funded by a Workforce Training Fund grant through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program is administered by the Commonwealth Corporation.

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NATIONAL LUMBER PROMOTES FROM WITHIN
Mike McDole, Senior Vice President of Sales Kim Pavao, VP of Sales
Mike McDole, Senior Vice President of Sales, National Lumber Company Kim Pavao, Vice President of Sales, National Lumber Company

Mansfield, MA - August 8, 2012 - Continuing a tradition of promoting from within the company, National Lumber has proudly announced the promotions of Mike McDole to Senior Vice President of Sales, overseeing all aspects of sales for the company, and Kim Pavao as Vice President of Sales, responsible for outside sales eastern and southern coast region, PRO Force remodeling division and inside sales. Pavao will report to McDole, and McDole will report directly to company President Manny Pina.

Mike McDole joined National Lumber in 2001 as Sales Manager responsible for the territory of southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 2007, he was promoted to VP of Sales, responsible for outside sales eastern and southern coast region. Mike has been a driving force behind National’s expansion into Rhode Island, with the 2010 opening of a location in Warwick.  Better service to the building industry is the focus of this dynamic company’s growth. Mike has been involved in finding sales people who are building experts and training them in National Lumber’s procedures. The result is an expert sales staff that is eager to help contractors with every aspect of their building projects. 

McDole lives in Narragansett, Rhode Island and has been in the building materials business since 1983. He initially worked for “84 Lumber”, and then moved to “JT’s Lumber” in RI where he worked his way up to Vice President/General Manager. He left JT’s in 2000 to start up the “Building Supply Channel, Inc.” with industry veteran, Greg Brooks. National Lumber uses BSCi Pro as part of their very extensive employee training. A published writer of many articles, Mike enjoys contributing his expertise in professional trade magazines.

Pavao lives in Somerset, Massachusetts and joined National Lumber in 2009 as a Sales Manager responsible for the territory of southern Massachusetts.  He has been in the building materials industry since 1975, working in inside sales at the Schwartz Lumber main branch in Fall River, MA. During college, he worked in commercial roofing, residential estimating, commercial drywall and millwork. In 1983, he began working for P.D. Humphrey Company in outside contractor sales. In 1992, he moved to Pioneer Plastics, a laminate manufacturer of engineered surface technology, as a wholesale representative and commercial project representative. In 1994, Kim joined Dartmouth Building Supply as a Sales Manager. His wide range of experience shows his continued growth, and he is expected to increase National Lumber’s customer base in the eastern and southern coast regions.

National Lumber has been serving the New England area since 1934. Now in its third generation, this family owned and operated company is led by co-CEO siblings Steven Kaitz and Margie Kaitz Seligman, and company president Manny Pina. With eight lumberyards (MA, RI, NH), eight Kitchen Views showrooms in each National Lumber location, plus divisions that include Engineering, Drywall, Installed Insulation, Millwork and Truss & Wall Panel Manufacturing, National Lumber is qualified to provide building solutions to those in New England and beyond. Call Manny Pina at 508-339-8020 x5629 or visit www.national-lumber.com for more information.

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May 3, 2012 - Newton, MA Paint Expert Bob Baia Recognized in Boston Herald Article

Bob Baia, Paint Department, Newton, MA
Photo credit: Dominick Reuter, Boston Herald

From "Loyal Customers Would Prefer These Experts Stay Secret"
by Jill Radsken, May 3rd, 2012 in the Boston Herald:

"The Paint Whisperer"

Bob Baia, National Lumber, 15 Needham St., Newton; 617-244-8020

Bob Baia’s customers gave him the nickname. The 50-year-old has been leaving his mark on houses across Greater Boston for 15 years, and customers say his uncanny sense produces brilliant results.

“It’s like dealing with Martha Stewart. He’s got the eye,” said Lauren Brooks of Auburndale.

Brooks, who was inspired to paint her Victorian in shades of eggplant, discovered Baia at National Lumber in Newton, where he works part time (he’s a stay-at-home dad).

“He picked orange for the door, and even when I tried to go around (his suggestions) I came back to his color,” she said. “He, ultimately, had the right stuff.”

Baia, who worked previously in the dry-cleaning business, said the biggest mistake customers make is choosing the paint before the furniture or fabric.

“Realize it’s only paint. You can always go over it,” he said. “Choose fabrics first. Understand that your walls don’t need to make a statement. Your artwork will be doing so for you. You’re looking for comfort, not statement.”

Baia chalks up his popularity to the fact that he’s willing to make decisions for people. “Homeowners, you have to lead them by the hand. That’s where most people in my industry balk,” he said. “Nobody wants to be responsible for decisions in other people’s homes.”

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National Lumber's Social Media Efforts Recognized in ProSales Magazine

Steve Linsky - Social Media Expert

April 2012 - National Lumber's Steve Linsky was recognized for his work in social media in the April 2012 issue of ProSales magazine in the article, "Social Studies."

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National Lumber in Newton, MA is Participating in Newton's New 'Energy-Smart' Initative

March 2012 - National Lumber in Newton, MA is once again participating in the NSTAR Energy Savings program as part of Newton's new 'Energy-Smart' initiative.

“This is the second time National Lumber will be participating in the NStar Energy Savings program,” said Newton manager Gregory Assarian. “We first had our lighting system upgraded through the program in 2008. That event, along with upgrading several of our furnaces and HVAC units, helped us reduce our overall Heat/Light/Power bills by 27% from 2008 to 2011. With the expansion of the program into the heating and air conditioning systems, along with more recent advancements in lighting technology, we look forward to helping reduce the carbon footprint for the environment, while being as efficient and economical as possible."

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National Lumber Launches New Website

February 2012 - National Lumber has recently launched an updated version of its website. The major new features are drop-down navigation and a front page slideshow featuring a wide array of National's services. Many sections of the website have been updated, with more in-depth information about our major product lines such as Boise Cascade Engineered Wood Products and services such as National's Engineered Wood Products Division.

There is also now a Google-powered site search, which allows visitors to find what they're looking for from the National Lumber Family of Company websites, including the National Lumber eShowroom. The intention is that the redesigned home page will help customers find what they need more quickly and easily.


 

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Statements and Invoices Now Available by Email

Reduce the amount of paper you receive by giving us permission to send monthly statements and invoices electronically. Click here for a printable PDF permission form that you can return with your next payment or fax to
508-261-6429.

If you have any questions about receiving your monthly statements and invoices by email, send an email to Crystal Nicholson or call her at 508-339-8020 x5777.