Linden Lumber recognized with Governor’s Trade Excellence Award

Pictured are Linden Lumber’s International Logistics Specialist Michael Kennedy and his wife, Hannah, Linden Lumber’s Director of Marketing Jamey Hurst and his wife, Morgan, Linden Lumber President Hugh Overmyer and his wife, Adrienne, Pete Reynolds of the Demopolis Area Business Council and Ashley Coplin, Director of the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce.

Pictured are Linden Lumber’s International Logistics Specialist Michael Kennedy and his wife, Hannah, Linden Lumber’s Director of Marketing Jamey Hurst and his wife, Morgan, Linden Lumber President Hugh Overmyer and his wife, Adrienne, Pete Reynolds of the Demopolis Area Business Council and Ashley Coplin, Director of the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce.

Linden Lumber, LLC was one of eight Alabama businesses recognized Wednesday for its export success. One of the larger employers in Marengo County, Linden Lumber received the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award in recognition of its efforts in making Alabama products available to an international market.

“Exports are an accelerator for Alabama’s economy, creating new jobs and expanding trade opportunities for businesses across the state,” Governor Robert Bentley said via a Made in Alabama press release. “The world-class businesses being recognized today are not only creating great ‘Made-in-Alabama’ products, but also showing the global marketplace just how innovative and competitive Alabama companies are.”

Linden Lumber, LLC stands as one of the largest single-site sawmills in the United States and is recognized as one of the highest-quality manufacturers and exporters of southern hardwood lumber. The company has 250 employees and an estimated total output of 35 million board feet per year.

The company specializes in kiln-dried hardwood lumber, unfinished hardwood flooring and a variety of lumber products utilized in mining, railroads, oil exploration and other industries.

“As a manufacturer closely tied to the health of our natural resources, we work closely with our procurement arm, Majestic Timber, LLC, to ensure a sustainable harvest of hardwood timber across Alabama and East Mississippi,” the company stated via its own release.

Linden Lumber became a multinational company in July 2015 when it added four Chinese sales and support staff and established an office in Shanghai, China.

“Domestically, we are proud to support a wide customer base – from California to New York and everywhere in between. However, our international markets are even more diverse,” the release stated. “We are actively selling our kiln-dried lumber to various countries across Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa – our highest value markets being China, Mexico and Germany. Our lumber finds its way into home across the world, whether that be wide-plank flooring in China, window scantlings in Germany, moldings in North Europe, white oak bedroom suites in Vietnam or Indonesia, hand-carved sofas in the Middle East, kitchen cabinets on the West Coast or unfinished flooring just up the road from your home.”

Even with the recent growth, Linden Lumber indicated its expectation of continuing to grow its export business.

“Linden Lumber looks forward to sustained export growth over 2016 as we continue to expand our business into new markets in Europe and Southeast Asia,” the release read. “With the recent addition of a trading arm, we expect to double our total export volume in 2016. Linden Lumber’s future is bright, and we hope you all stay tuned as we continue redefining Southern Lumber.”

Other Alabama businesses to be recognized Wednesday with the award were Aker Solutions, Inc. of Mobile, GATR Technologies of Huntsville, MapuSoft Technologies of Mobile, MMI Outdoor Inc. of Montgomery, Schreiber LLC of Trussville, TriVector Services Inc. of Huntsville and Life Data Labs Inc. of Cherokee.