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July 5, 2016

Robinson Lumber: Competitive price and high quality commitment

Robinson Lumber Company was featured in GO Viet Magazine’s April 2016 edition. Check us out on page 30 of the online publication through the link below!

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May 27, 2016

Andy Nuffer is “One To Watch” in New Orleans’ City Business

Andy Nuffer certainly is ‘One to Watch’ here in New Orleans. He became the first vice president of sales at Robinson Lumber Company in its history. In less than a year, he has helped grow North American sales significantly and has led charges in important areas including hiring, compensation and strategy.

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March 16, 2016

Industry Veteran Duncan Mathews Joins Growing Robinson Team

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Robinson Lumber Company today announced that industry veteran Duncan Mathews will join the company as a Sales Executive, focusing on selling flooring and decking in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Mathews will be based in Winchester, Virginia, at the company’s new location there. He will also take over key customer accounts in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

“Having run my own independent trading business for the past 18 years, joining forces with a larger company was a significant decision to make. After much consideration, I felt that Robinson was the only company in our industry that shared my passion for hardwoods, valued my independence to take smart risks, and also asked me to have the courage to speak my mind.”

Mathews comes to Robinson with decades of experience in the hardwood industry, both from his own family business in Australia, as well here in the United States, where he has lived since 1994 honing his skills in imported finished products as well as export hardwood lumber.

“We are excited to announce this key addition to our sales team, with experience in many products we bring to market,” said Andy Nuffer, Vice President of Sales. “As we continue to grow, Duncan’s skillset will be a vital component to our seasoned team.”

Robinson is very excited to welcome Duncan to the team, not only for the great relationships he has fostered in the flooring and decking industry within the United States, but particularly in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, where with its new facility in Winchester, Robinson looks forward to significant growth.

Mallory Robinson, the newest member of 5th generation of Robinsons to join the company, commented “being new to this industry, I am continuously amazed by the strong, talented and diverse mix of people at our company, from knowledgeable industry veterans to newcomers.”

Duncan can be contacted at (540) 817 3005 or via email at duncan@roblumco.com

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February 3, 2016

Robinson Lumber Company Hires Marketer Mallory Robinson

Robinson Lumber Co. (New Orleans) hired Mallory Robinson to head the Marketing efforts for the company and its growing North American and International sales teams.

Mallory is responsible for spearheading the marketing initiatives to support the growing North American and International lumber sales teams at Robinson Lumber Company and is the first Robinson woman to join the 5th generation of Robinson men.

Mallory graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Communications and Consumer Psychology. She has experience in sales, project management as well as marketing strategy from her time at Macys.com. Most recently, Mallory was teaching English in Italy before moving back to New Orleans to begin her role within Robinson Lumber Company.

“It’s ironic that in a sales-driven industry such as ours, so many of us fail to recognize the importance of marketing,” noted Garner Robinson, the company’s President. “We are excited to have a skilled marketing professional join our team. Mallory’s joining the company is an exciting addition to the fifth generation and an essential component to our sales growth plan.”

She can be contacted at (504) 896-6138 or via email at mallory@roblumco.com

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December 16, 2015

Robinson Lumber Company Welcomes John Vick to Sales Team

Robinson Lumber Company is proud to announce the addition of John Vick to the company’s North American sales team.

Mr. Vick will help spearhead sales for the company, focusing on growing lumber sales in the Southeast and Gulf Coast. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Mr. Vick has successfully led and implemented successful strategic sales plans across North America.

“John joins Robinson Lumber at a time of tremendous growth, and we are incredibly excited to have him onboard,” said Andy Nuffer, Vice President of Sales for Robinson Lumber Company. “As we continue to expand our North American sales and overall presence, we look forward to having John help lead the team to success. He’s one of the best in the business and a great addition to the Robinson team.”

Mr. Vick joins the company after spending the past fifteen years as North American Sales Manager for Bozovich, a leader in sustainable forestry practices. Earlier this fall, RLC entered into an exclusive partnership with Bozovich to become the sole distributor of the company’s products east of the Mississippi River.

 


 

November 20, 2015

Robinson Lumber Company Featured in International Wood Magazine

We’re happy to share that RLC is featured in the 2015 issue of International Wood Magazine. We recently refurbished the Octavia Art Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana with Caribbean Heart Pine.

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November 11, 2015

Garner Robinson Becomes Youngest Ever NHLA Board Member

Robinson Lumber Company (RLC) is proud to announce that Garner Robinson, the company’s President, has been elected to join the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) Board of Managers. RLC has over a century of participation in the NHLA, with membership dating to 1911. NHLA Chief Executive Officer Mark Barford noted that “Garner joins NHLA as the youngest member of our Board, probably in the organization’s 117 year history.”

As part of the fifth generation of family leadership of the company, Mr. Robinson has a great understanding of the importance of the NHLA.

“I am honored to join the NHLA Board of Managers, said Garner Robinson. The Board is vital to our industry, setting the standards that govern the hardwood lumber business worldwide. I look forward to offering my perspective to the Board.”

Mr. Robinson joins a dynamic, forward-thinking group of recognized industry leaders. Since its founding in 1898, the NHLA has grown to represent over 1,200 American companies and one million American families that produce, use and sell North American hardwood lumber, or provide equipment, supplies, or services to the hardwood industry.

Toto Robinson, CEO of Robinson, recognized the importance of maintaining a Robinson family presence on the Board: “In the past NHLA has been focused exclusively on USA domestic hardwood training, grading, and quality disputes. Our membership was valuable for networking and social purposes. Now,” he continued, “NHLA has become active in export areas, especially the Far East, because such a high percentage of American hardwoods now ship outside the country. Thus, Robinson’s membership has become even more important to us; we plan to be more involved in the leadership of NHLA, and we are very proud that Garner has joined the Board.”

Mr. Robinson’s appointment to the Board was announced at the NHLA’s annual convention in Nashville.

 


 

October 20, 2015

Robinson Lumber Company Hosts Company-Wide Meeting at Headquarters in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Robinson Lumber Company (RLC), a leading importer and exporter of lumber, decking, and flooring, recently hosted a week-long, companywide meeting and retreat at the company’s headquarters in New Orleans. Global team members traveled from numerous US states and several countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Honduras, the Netherlands, Thailand and Malaysia, to spend time together in New Orleans, where RLC held festive dinners, parties, trainings and team building exercises throughout the week.

The company meeting kicked-off with a “parking lot party” held on site at RLC headquarters. Team members new and old mingled and danced to a lively jazz band on a 250 square foot dance floor constructed from 25 sample boards of different types of Robinson solid hardwood and Pine flooring. Additional events included a teamwork seminar led by Eric Coryell, held offsite at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in the historic 9th Ward neighborhood. The Ellis Marsalis Center is a non-profit community music center that provides educational programs and housing assistance to local musicians. All out of town team members were encouraged to travel the week before the meeting, with many visiting suppliers, customers, and the company’s facility in New Albany, Indiana.

The meeting also included many highlights and announcements such as the introduction of the company’s “Mission, Vision and Values” statement, which was unveiled by the management team. “With our recent growth, now is an important time to consolidate gains and integrate our global team,” said Garner Robinson, RLC President. “Everyone says that their people are the most important part of their success, but we like to think that we put our money where our mouth is by bringing everyone together like this. This was an important week for our global team.”

At the company meeting, management also announced a new company structure organized around customers in North American and International Markets. Teamwork will continue to be a core component for RLC as the company moves into the second century of operation. RLC will continue to develop and nurture new talent, as evidenced by its international business internship program.

 


 

October 7, 2015

Robinson Lumber Company and Bozovich Announce Exclusive Partnership

New Orleans, LA – Robinson Lumber Company and Bozovich, an award-winning leader in sustainable forestry practices, today announced an exclusive partnership agreement. Through this strategic partnership, Robinson Lumber Company will become the sole distributor of Bozovich’s high quality, responsibly sourced products east of the Mississippi River. Robinson will distribute Prefinished and Unfinished solid hardwood flooring, decking and lumber from Bozovich including, Incadex, Santos Mahogany and Brazilian Teak.

Robinson and Bozovich are both well-known and respected family owned companies in the lumber industry. This partnership will allow for expanded customer service, a strategically located inventory, and focused sales and marketing of products in the eastern half of the country.

“The Robinson and Bozovich families have been working together for three generations and thanks to our exciting new partnership, will continue to do so in a much more expanded capacity for many generations to come,” said Garner Robinson, President of Robinson Lumber Company. “We look forward to our continued growth, expansion and collaboration as partners in both the U.S. and Perú.”

“Our strategic partnership with Robinson, in both the Eastern U.S. and Perú, is just one step closer towards a deeper cooperation and integration that started more than 30 years ago between our families,” said Drago Bozovich, CEO of Bozovich. “Our many shared values and principles have been the glue of our ever evolving relationship. I am confident that the synergies generated by this alliance will be powerful, creating a more efficient and dynamic logistics and distribution process that will serve our newly combined customer base.”

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About Robinson Lumber Company:
Robinson Lumber Company has operated since 1893 and is in its fifth generation of family ownership. The company is widely recognized as a leader in wholesale international wood products purchasing, manufacturing, processing and transportation, working to serve customers and suppliers in over seventy countries. Robinson Lumber Company is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana and operates globally. The company’s experienced team offers institutional product knowledge, innovation, and a sophisticated understanding of global trade.

About Bozovich:
Bozovich is an award-winning leader in sustainable forestry practices with more than 55 years of experience in the production and distribution of fine and exotic wood products around the world.
Since inception, the company has been committed to providing high quality products and services, generating long-term relationships with clients and suppliers, and making Bozovich one of the world’s foremost tropical wood trading groups. Bozovich is headquarted in Lima Perú and serves international markets, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Asia and the Pacific Rim, the Caribbean and Europe. For more information, please visit: www.bozovich.com.

 


 

June 3, 2015

Robinson Lumber Company Welcomes Andy Nuffer as Vice President of Sales

New Orleans, LA – Robinson Lumber Company is proud to announce the hiring of Andy Nuffer as the company’s first Vice President of Sales.

Mr. Nuffer will oversee overall sales growth strategy for Robinson Lumber’s expansion. He has over ten years of experience in the industry and has designed and implemented strategic sales, business development and operation planning throughout the industry.

“Andy joins the Robinson Lumber community at an exciting time, as we have begun to plan for long-term growth and expansion,” stated Garner Robinson, President of Robinson Lumber Company. “Andy has held various leadership roles in our industry, and brings strong knowledge of sales, purchasing and industry expertise to the table. We could not be happier to have Andy join the Robinson Lumber family at this critical period of growth.”

Mr. Nuffer joins the Robinson Lumber Company team after spending the past two years as General Manager for Thompson Mahogany Company, one of the of the nation’s largest direct importers of luxury hardwood lumber and decking. Prior to Thompson Mahogany Company, Mr. Nuffer spent six years in sales and operations at Baillie Lumber. He is widely recognized for his sales acumen and knowledge of the industry. Andy and his family will relocate to New Orleans later this year.

About Robinson Lumber Company:
Robinson Lumber Company has operated since 1893 and is in its fifth generation of family ownership. The company is widely recognized as a leading importer/exporter of lumber, decking and flooring in the United States. The company is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana and operates globally, serving customers in over 62 countries. The company’s experienced team offers institutional product knowledge, innovation, and a sophisticated understanding of global trade.

 


 

September 3, 2014

Courtney Robinson joins RLC

New Orleans, LA – Robinson Lumber Company recently announced that the third of the fifth generation of Robinsons, Courtney Robinson, has joined the family business as a member of the Pine Department.

The son of Reginald Courtney Robinson, Courtney graduated from the University of Richmond in 2005, earning a B.S. in Business Administration. He spent five years in Richmond, VA working at Ameriprise Financial as a Financial Advisor. He then completed his MBA from Tulane University in 2012, and has since worked as a Project Manager for Capital One. Courtney and his wife Kristen have a daughter, Anna, who will be turning 2 this year.

 


 

June 24, 2014

Robinson Lumber Company a Finalist in National Wood Flooring Association Wood Floor of the Year Contest

Robinson Lumber Company is excited to announce that we are a Finalist in the 2014 NWFA Wood Floor of the Year Contest.

Our entry this year is in the “Best Commercial” category and the “Member’s Choice Floor of the Year” category for the American White Oak flooring project in the Museum Hof Van Busleyden in the city of Mechelen, Belgium.

The Hof van Busleyden was originally constructed between 1505 and 1515 by Hieronymous van Busleyden, and was the first Renaissance style building in the region. From the 17th century until World War I, it housed a bank specialized in no-interest loans to the poor. The building was bombed during WWI, but rebuilt in 1938 by the City of Mechelen to serve as a Museum honoring the history of the city. In 1999, the city launched a project to renovate the inside of the building and increase the interior space from 2000m2 to 3000m2. The winners of the project were the local firms of dmvA architecten and Ontwerpbureau HLC.r, and the installation work was carried out by Rudy Dekeyser Wood Industry. The focus of the newly renovated Museum is to concentrate on 3 aspects of the city’s history: Religion, Cultural Diversity, and Craftsmanship. It is the final element which is the most interesting for the physical project, as Mechelen was historically a focal point in Europe for the woodworking industry in terms of sculpture, cabinetry and furniture making. At the turn of the last century, Mechelen was home to over 200 woodworking companies, and it is no accident that the renovation prominently features Oak as a focal point.

In order to accomplish the addition of so much space without altering the exterior of this historical building, the architects had to work vertically, creating a new underground exhibition space and an overhead loft area. The central element which ties the project together is a striking staircase entirely clad in American White Oak. The existing window openings were also lined with Oak to give a warm, honey color to the light filtering in. The downward stairwell and basement landing are also dressed entirely in American White Oak, giving a pleasing visual effect to the inviting entrance of the underground gallery space. The architects have done a fantastic job of making an underground space both light and comfortable, and the craftsmanship of the installers is a tribute to their workmanship and attention to detail. We hope that this project will serve as an example to other designers and architects around the world of what can be accomplished with the versatile and sustainable material that is American White Oak.

To see images of this project, please go to our “Projects” page

 


 

May 1, 2014

Joe Buckhaults promoted to Vice President of Tropical Hardwoods

Robinson Lumber Company recently announced the promotion of Joe Buckhaults as Vice President of the Tropical Hardwoods Division. He most recently served as Vice President of the Flooring Division and has been with the company for 25 years. Mr. Buckhaults previously worked in the Pine Export Division at Robinson. In his new position, he will have overall responsibility for Robinson’s Tropical Hardwood products including both lumber and flooring.

Mr. Buckhaults has more than 35 years of experience in the wood products business in both export and import. He is a former member of the American Wood Preservers Association and became an NWFA Certified Wood Flooring Inspector in 2006. Mr. Buckhaults is a graduate of Armstrong Atlantic University (BBA) and Georgia Southern University (MBA).

 


 

April 28, 2014

Charles Wesley Robinson, IV joins RLC

New Orleans, LA – Robinson Lumber Company recently announced that the second of the fifth generation of Robinsons, Charles Wesley Robinson, IV, has joined the family business as a member of the Tropical Hardwoods Department team.

The son of C. W. “Toto” Robinson III, Wesley graduated from The Marin School in Sausalito, California and earned a BS degree from Chapman University, Orange, California, after which he spent two years with Jimmy Whittington Lumber Company, Memphis, Tennessee. Wesley and his wife, Werner, were married in early 2014 and are looking forward to moving to New Orleans.

Founded by Charles Wesley Robinson in 1893, Robinson Lumber Company offers many domestic and exotic species including Red and White Oak, Ash, Sassafras, Walnut, Hickory-Pecan, Genuine Mahogany, Jatoba, Ipe, Muiracatiara, Cumaru, Andiroba, Cabreuva, Spanish Cedar, Canary Wood, Muirapiranga, Purpleheart, Tatjuba, Tauari, Angelim Pedra, Angelim Vermelho, African Mahogany, Sapele, Makore, Utilie, Wenge, Honduras Pine, Southern Yellow Pine, and reclaimed Heart Pine.

Robinson Lumber Company is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certified and is a member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA), American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Mississippi Lumber Manufacturers Association (MLMA), International Wood Products Association (IWPA), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA), Southern Lumber Exporters Association (SLEA), National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), and the Tropical Forest Foundation. For more

 


 

March 31, 2014

RLC announced as Finalist in National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) 2014 Wood Floor of the Year Contest

Robinson Lumber Company is excited to announce that we are a Finalist in the 2014 NWFA Wood Floor of the Year Contest.

Our entry this year is in the “Best Commercial” category and the “Member’s Choice Floor of the Year” category for the American White Oak flooring project in the Museum Hof Van Busleyden in the city of Mechelen, Belgium.

The Hof van Busleyden was originally constructed between 1505 and 1515 by Hieronymous van Busleyden, and was the first Renaissance style building in the region. From the 17th century until World War I, it housed a bank specialized in no-interest loans to the poor. The building was bombed during WWI, but rebuilt in 1938 by the City of Mechelen to serve as a Museum honoring the history of the city. In 1999, the city launched a project to renovate the inside of the building and increase the interior space from 2000m2 to 3000m2. The winners of the project were the local firms of dmvA architecten and Ontwerpbureau HLC.r, and the installation work was carried out by Rudy Dekeyser Wood Industry. The focus of the newly renovated Museum is to concentrate on 3 aspects of the city’s history: Religion, Cultural Diversity, and Craftsmanship. It is the final element which is the most interesting for the physical project, as Mechelen was historically a focal point in Europe for the woodworking industry in terms of sculpture, cabinetry and furniture making. At the turn of the last century, Mechelen was home to over 200 woodworking companies, and it is no accident that the renovation prominently features Oak as a focal point.

In order to accomplish the addition of so much space without altering the exterior of this historical building, the architects had to work vertically, creating a new underground exhibition space and an overhead loft area. The central element which ties the project together is a striking staircase entirely clad in American White Oak. The existing window openings were also lined with Oak to give a warm, honey color to the light filtering in. The downward stairwell and basement landing are also dressed entirely in American White Oak, giving a pleasing visual effect to the inviting entrance of the underground gallery space. The architects have done a fantastic job of making an underground space both light and comfortable, and the craftsmanship of the installers is a tribute to their workmanship and attention to detail. We hope that this project will serve as an example to other designers and architects around the world of what can be accomplished with the versatile and sustainable material that is American White Oak.

 


 

August 7, 2013

Ivens Robinson to retire

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana Robinson Lumber Company today announced that its President Ivens Robinson will retire later this year. This decision is part of a company wide plan for transition of operations to a new generation of management. Over the upcoming months Ivens will communicate with customers and suppliers on transfer of his responsibilities to other Robinson Lumber Company managers. After his retirement Ivens plans to pursue personal projects but will serve as an advisor to company management.

Founded in 1893, Robinson Lumber Company is a family owned company selling hardwood and softwood lumber, flooring, and related products in over 40 countries. Ivens’ nephew Garner Robinson, the first fifth generation Robinson working in the company, will assume additional leadership responsibilities, especially in the company’s tropical hardwood business. Expanding on his five years’ experience Garner will work with Ivens’ brother Toto and cousin Courtney to build on Robinson Lumber Company’s 120 years of success.

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April 3, 2013

Robinson to be at NWFA Expo – April 2-4, 2013

Robinson Lumber Company is exhibiting at the NWFA Expo, April 2-4, 2013 in Dallas, TX. Our booth number is 218. In additional to our line of exotic flooring from South America, Brazilian Cherry, Brazilian Walnut, Brazilian Teak, Tigerwood and Santos Mahogany, we will also feature our heart pine flooring. In addition to Caribbean Heart Pine we are now producing Antique Heart Pine from reclaimed timbers. We look forward to seeing you there. Remember booth #218.

 


 

January 28, 2013

Robinson staff attends Surfaces 2013

Four Robinson staff members attended Surfaces 2013 in Las Vegas Nevada the week of January 28th. We saw our many friends in the flooring industry. Attending were Steve Stoufflet, Dan Lennon, Garner Robinson (fifth generation) and Joe Buckhaults.

 


 

January 25, 2013

Proposed standard for due diligence requirement of the Lacey Act

I recently had the opportunity to serve as a member of an International Wood Products Association (IWPA) task force charged with reviewing and commenting upon a proposed standard for meeting the due diligence requirement of the Lacey Act.

As most everyone in the wood products industry is aware, the Lacey Act was amended in 2009 to include wood products. This amendment makes it illegal to trade wood products in the US that are produced in such a way so as to be in violation of laws of the country of origin. This law applies to imported wood products and domestically produced wood products that cross state lines. Under the law, buyers are required to exercise due diligence to ensure that the products they purchase are legally produced. All segments of the wood products industry have wrestled with the question of what constitutes due diligence since it is not specified in the law.

In an effort to answer this question, the Hardwood Plywood Veneer Association (HPVA) has written a proposed ANSI standard titled, Standard for Due Diligence in Procuring/Sourcing Legal Timber. In August 2012, the proposed standard was sent to many industry associations requesting comments. The first comment period closed in December. After making revisions, HPVA will open a second comment period, but no date is set for that. I have several concerns about this standard as it was originally written. Here are a few that I hope are addressed in the revision.

The methods for assessing legality under this standard are heavily weighted to country risk. If illegal products are believed to have originated from a particular country in the past, that country is put into a very high risk category and any wood products from it are eliminated from the supply chain. This does not make any provision for responsible companies operating in high risk countries. I believe that we should encourage responsible wood products producers in any country. If we do not help make responsible producers economically viable, then timberland will be converted to agricultural or other uses.

The standard includes broad statements eliminating wood products from areas associated with armed conflict, human right violations, or in violation of UN Sanctions from the supply chain. With the United States at war in Afghanistan, this requirement could be interpreted to eliminate US hardwood production – among the most sustainable on the planet. While this was not the intent of HPVA, it is an example of how the standard’s broad and non-specific statements could be misinterpreted.

The standard proposes that buying product that originates under a “Sustainable Forest Management certification scheme” (SFM) constitutes due diligence. The most well known SFM is the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). As stewards of our planet’s forests, companies such as Robinson Lumber Company are in favor of sustainability in all aspects; this has nothing to do with the Lacey Act, which is solely focused on legality. All reference to sustainability should be removed.

I commend the HPVA for assuming such a difficult task. Writing a standard that can be applied across such a diverse industry in a fair way is going to take much more time. Meanwhile, any company in any segment of the wood products industry must exercise “due diligence” to ensure that all wood products in their supply chain are legally produced.

Joe Buckhaults
VP FLooring Division
Robinson Lumber Company, Inc.

 


 

December 12, 2012

Robinson exhibits at Domotex Hannover

Robinson Lumber Company exhibited at the Domotex flooring show in Hannover, Germany from 12-15 January 2013. We enjoyed seeing all our friends old and new.

 


 

November 15, 2012

Ryman Auditorium chooses Robinson FSC Cumaru

The current edition of International Wood magazine features an article about the newly installed Cumaru floor at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Over 60 years of use, the original oak floor was the stage for famous musicians from Elvis to Johnny Cash. The Robinson family hopes that the new FSC stage lays the foundation for many more years of historic music making. Full article here.

 


 

October 10, 2012

Robinson to sell Nature’s Peruvian Flooring

Robinson Lumber Company and Nature Flooring Industries have entered into an agreement under which Robinson will warehouse and sell Nature’s line of solid exotic prefinished flooring produced at Nature’s subsidiary in Peru. Robinson will have exclusive sales rights in the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona.

The product line, marketed as “Nature by Robinson”, consists of 20 skus. Widths are 3.75” and 5”. Several species are unique to Peru such as Olive Amazonia and Peru Tigerwood. Inventory will be maintained in Carson, CA. Steve Stoufflet, a 29 year employee at Robinson, is handling sales. Steve can be contacted at 1-888-234-5215 and sjstoufflet@roblumco.com.

This agreement affects neither Robinson’s nor Nature’s other product lines.

 


 

September 6, 2012

Thank You!

We appreciate your messages of concern regarding Hurricane Isaac. Robinson’s New Orleans office reopened yesterday, having sustained only minor damage. None of our lumber or flooring was damaged, though several employees’ homes were. Thankfully none flooded.

This August marks the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed much of our home town of New Orleans and claimed over 1,800 lives. During those difficult times, everyone in our community came together to help each other rebuild. In the community of our family company, we established a relief fund for the worst-affected among our employees. Many of our friends, customers, vendors, colleagues, and supporters joined together to help our people get back on their feet. Your support in those dark days brought an overwhelming sense of light, hope, and courage. Your donations – both large and small – helped us to get through. We can never thank you enough.

As we reflect on all of the hardship and success of the past eight years, we remain grateful to those who made donations and to everyone who rallied to our support. Next year, Robinson Lumber Company will celebrate its 120th year of doing business in New Orleans. We look forward to many more years of success servicing the needs of our customers, strengthening ties with our vendors, and continuing our friendships with industry partners & colleagues.

We thank you for being a part of our community.

 


 

September 5, 2012

MTC Global Woodmart, Kuala Lumpur, 4-6 October

Representatives from Robinson Lumber Company will be manning RLC’s booth at the second Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) Global Woodmart convention at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center from 4-6 October. Please stop by and visit our booth in Hall 1, Booth IK02. View the full invitation here.

 


 

August 27, 2012

Hurricane Isaac

Robinson’s New Orleans office will close at 2:00pm Monday, August 27th due to approaching hurricane Isaac. The New Orleans warehouse will close at noon on Tuesday. Both will remain closed until the storm passes later this week. We will be available by email and cell phones during this period assuming those services are not affected. All other Robinson locations are operating as normal.

 


 

August 23, 2012

Garner Robinson to present at Forest Product Export Conference

This coming October, the Arkansas & Mississippi Farm Bureaus are hosting a Forest Product Export Conference in Vicksburg, MS. This conference is designed to give forestry professionals the tools they need to participate in the international market, with speakers who will cover pricing, export financing, risk management, logistics, and finding new clients. If you are considering exporting, we encourage you to come to this conference. In addition to great speakers, there are opportunities to network and find partners who can help you reach your business goals.

Representing Robinson Lumber Company, Vice President of Strategy & Finance W. Garner Robinson will speak about the “Role of a Broker/Exporter”. See below a synopsis of his presentation, and click here for full information about the conference.

Exporting forest products is not as simple as finding a foreign customer. From phytosanitary certificates to international claims to foreign letters of credit, this presentation will cover the pitfalls of the export business and highlight the role of a trusted and experienced partner. Brokers can help navigate global opportunities, and exporters can develop or access markets for pine and hardwood forest products, while handling credit risk, which in many export markets includes extending payment terms of up to 90 days or more.

 


 

April 10, 2012

Robinson Hickory featured in Vogue UK

In the current edition of Vogue UK writer Angela Moore covers the latest work of famed architect Amanda Levete, whose recently renovated London townhouse features Hickory floors supplied by Robinson Lumber Company.

Read the full article: http://www.roblumco.com/wp-content/uploads/Vogue-UK-2012.pdf

 


 

February 2, 2012

Historic Ryman Auditorium installs Robinson FSC Cumaru

‎Robinson Lumber Company’s FSC-certified Cumaru (“Brazilian Teak”) flooring will be installed on the stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Apparently over the years Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Garth Brooks, and others wore out the old stage! Many thanks to our distributor Jeffco Flooring and to installer Ideal Flooring for doing a great job.

See the full article here: http://hardwoodfloorsmag.com/editors/blog/default.aspx?id=934

 


 

November 29, 2011

RLC to exhibit at Domotex Hannover in January 2012

Robinson Lumber Company will exhibit its products at Stand C18, Hall 8 of the Domotex convention in Hannover, Germany, from 14-17 January 2012.

 


 

October 19, 2011

Port of New Orleans features RLC

The Port of New Orleans publication Port Record features Robinson Lumber Company in its September/October 2011 edition.

View page here: http://www.roblumco.com/wp-content/uploads/ShipperSpot.pdf

 


 

October 3, 2011

RLC participates at UK Timber Expo

Robinson Lumber Company participates at Timber Expo, Coventry, UK

Hank Marchal, Managing Director European Division (back row, second from right), participated in the recent Timber Expo in Coventry, UK along with the American Softwood pavilion. The debut edition of this new show ran September 27-28 and served as a good meeting point for many in the UK timber sector.

 


 

October 3, 2011

RLC attending AHEC convention in Warsaw, Polans

Robinson Lumber Company to attend American Hardwood Export Council European Convention in Warsaw, Poland October 27-28, 2011

Robinson Lumber will be represented by Toto Robinson and Hank Marchal at the 2011 European Convention. The Convention this year is placed under the heading “Sustainable American hardwoods – A market opportunity”. Panel topics will include discussions on how new European legislation focused on proof of legality and a new Life Cycle Assessment commissioned by AHEC may increase European market share for America’s sustainable hardwood resource.

Robinson Lumber is a long time supporter of AHEC and hopes to see many friends and customers in Warsaw.

 


 

September 30, 2011

Forrest Service report touts wood as a green building material

Yesterday the US Forest Service released a long-awaited report that confirms what the hardwood industry has been saying for years: that wood is a “greener” building material than alternatives, yielding fewer greenhouse gases, improving the health of our forests and environment, and supporting hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

View the full press release here: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os_gAC9-wMJ8QY0MDpxBDA09nXw9DFxcXQ-cAA_1wkA5kFaGuQBXeASbmnu4uBgbe5hB5AxzA0UDfzyM_N1W_IDs7zdFRUREAZXAypA!!/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfUDhNVlZMVDMxMEJUMTBJQ01IMURERDFTODU!/?printable=true&contentidonly=true&contentid=2011%2f09%2f0426.xml

 


 

August 26, 2011

New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper honors RLC

As part of its 175 year anniversary, the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper honors Robinson Lumber Company’s history. RLC thanks Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, L.L.P. for sponsoring.

View page here: http://www.roblumco.com/wp-content/uploads/TimesPicayune.pdf

 


 

June 14, 2011

RLC hickory flooring in Vogue magazine

Last year, Robinson Lumber Company supplied a beautiful Nature Grade Hickory floor for the London home of architect Amanda Levete. Ms. Levete and her home are now featured in the American Edition of Vogue magazine, and our flooring figures prominently in the design element photos. Remember to keep us in mind for your next project; we’d be happy to work with you to give you the look you want.

View full article here: http://www.roblumco.com/wp-content/uploads/Vogue-Article.pdf

 


 

May 19, 2011

President joins congress in recognizing wood as green

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today USDA’s strategy to promote the use of wood as a green building material. At an event this evening to launch the International Year of the Forest, Secretary Vilsack will lay out a three-part plan addressing the Forest Service’s and USDA’s current green building practices.

“Wood has a vital role to play in meeting the growing demand for green building materials. Forest Service studies show that wood compares favorably to competing materials,” said Vilsack. “In keeping with the Obama Administration’s America’s Great Outdoors conservation agenda, USDA has made a strong commitment to conserving and restoring our forests to protect watersheds, recreation, and rural jobs.”

The strategy includes the following parts:

1. The U.S. Forest Service will preferentially select wood in new building construction while maintaining its commitment to certified green building standards. USDA will also make a commitment to using wood and other agricultural products as it fulfills President Obama’s executive order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance.

2. The Secretary has asked the U.S. Forest Service to examine ways to increase its already strong commitment to green building by reporting to him on ways to enhance the research and development being done around green building materials.

3. The U.S. Forest Service will actively look for opportunities to demonstrate the innovative use of wood as a green building material for all new structures of 10,000 square feet or more using recognized green building standards such as LEED, Green Globes or the National Green Building Standard.

In carrying out this initiative, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell issued a directive to all units this week calling for increased use of locally milled timber in all new agency buildings and facilities. Secretary Vilsack also directed the heads of all other USDA agencies to incorporate the Forest Service policy of using domestic sustainable wood products as the preferred green building material for all USDA facilities and buildings.

“Our country has the resources, the work force and the innovative spirit to reintroduce wood products into all aspects of the next generation of buildings,” Tidwell said. “As we move forward with restoring America’s forests, we are getting smarter and more efficient in how we use wood products as both an energy and green building source, which will help maintain rural jobs.”

A recent Forest Service lifecycle analysis found that harvesting, transporting, manufacturing and using wood in lumber and panel products in building yields fewer air emissions – including greenhouse gases – than resource extraction, manufacturing and using other commonly-used building materials. In fact, wood –based wall systems can require significantly less total energy for manufacturing than thermally comparable houses using other common material systems.
Research arms of the U.S. Forest Service are also experimenting with new and innovative ways to use smaller diameter timber and leftover branches and limbs for wood products, which includes nanotechnology advancements and the use of laminate technologies.

Finally, the Forest Service is also encouraging the use of current renewable energy advances, such as wood-to-energy power systems, low-impact environmental site designs, green purchasing and operation and maintenance practices. USDA is highlighting its green building policy in the Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan, the Department’s blueprint for implementing President Obama’s sustainability executive order (E.O. 13514). USDA will complete an update to that plan this June.

 


 

May 19, 2011

Aimpex and RLC join forces

Robinson Lumber Company is pleased to announce that we have recently reached an agreement with Aimpex (Singapore) to be their sales representative for the European market. We will be replacing their previous agent, Ole Mellentin, who after over 50 years of distinguished service to the lumber industry has decided to take some time to enjoy the finer things in life. We wish Ole, a long-time friend of the Robinson family, all the best in his retirement and hope to provide his customers with the kind of professional service they have come to expect.

Aimpex is an exporter of rough lumber and finished products from Indonesia and Malaysia. It is owned by Meranda Chia and Teo Cheng Lai, both of whom have over 25 years experience in the lumber industry. Aimpex maintains offices in Singapore and Surabaya and manages a network of graders to inspect all outgoing production.

Below is a list of some of the products and species we currently sell into Europe:

Products
Bed Struts
Deck tiles
Decking
Edge glued and F/J Deck Supports
F/J Decking
Flooring
Industrial Flooring
Laminated Door Jambs
Laminated truck/trailer/container flooring
Laminated Window Scantlings
Lamparquet
Moldings
Rough Lumber, AD or KD
Skirting
Solid deck supports
Solid Door Jambs

Species
Bangkirai/Selangan Batu
Balau
Benuas
Bintangor
Durian
Kapur
Kayu Lara
Kempas
Keruing
Meranti
Merbau
Mixed Redwoods
Nyatoh
Palapi/Mengkulang

We look forward to offering these products to our customers across Europe and encourage you to contact us with any requirements you may have.

Thanks,

Hank Marchal
Robinson Lumber Europe

Meranda Chia
Teo Cheng Lai
Aimpex PTE LTD

 


 

December 7, 2010

RLC exhibits at Domotex 2011

http://www.roblumco.com/wp-content/uploads/Domotex-2011.bmp

 


 

December 1, 2010

Strantwerpen 2010 – Antwerp

Robinson Lumber Company supplied the lumber for 1000m2 Brazilian Garapa decking machined and installed by DeKeyser Wood Industry using the Hardwood Clip system. Sponsored by Perrier, our decking installation was the fashionable place to be seen in Antwerp this summer.

See article and photos at: http://www.roblumco.com/wp-content/uploads/Strantwerpen1.pdf

 


 

September 23, 2010

Museum Aan de Stroom – Antwerp

Robinson Lumber Company recently supplied a high profile architectural project in Antwerp, Belgium. The new Museum Aan de Stroom is scheduled to open its doors to the public in May 2011. Visitors will discover not only exhibits on the maritime history of Antwerp, but also over 8000m2 of our Prime American White Oak flooring, specially selected for the architect’s requirements.

 


 

December 14, 2009

W. Garner Robinson, fifth generation, joins RLC

Click this link to view the article appearing the December, 2009 edition of National Hardwood Magazine on Robinson’s newest employee, W. Garner Robinson, the first of the fifth generation of Robinsons to join the company.

 


 

December 14, 2009

Article on Robinson Lumber Company appearing in the Import/Export Wood Purchasing News

Click the link below to see the feature article on Robinson Lumber Company in the December/January edition of the Import/Export Wood Purchasing News.

http://www.millerpublishing.com/FullFeatureStory.asp?ID=506&Publication=2

 


 

October 13, 2009

Hickory and Hard Maple Flooring now available!

Robinson Lumber and Flooring now has both Hickory and Hard Maple unfinished flooring in stock in its New Orleans warehouse. This is excellent stock made from high quality Northern Michigan trees. Now you can mix these products along with our imported exotic species to complete full truckload orders. Please call Steve, Liz or Dan today for the details.

 


 

October 12, 2009

Robinson Lumber and Flooring completes its move into new warehouse in Chalmette, Louisiana.

The warehouse is not just new, it is BRAND NEW. The five acre site is fully paved, drained and fenced. The main building is 72,000 square feet and includes a covered loading and unloading area for flatbeds, four container loading docks, and a mechanical line for grading and sorting lumber.

One area of the warehouse dedicated to exotic flooring. Special fans in this area provide extra air movement for better flooring storage. Of course the facility is fully lighted.

This warehouse replaces our old facility in Chalmette. Matt, Omar and the whole crew look forward to efficiently processing and shipping our customers’ orders.

 


 

August 5, 2009

Antique Heart Pine Flooring

Robinson Lumber and Flooring is excited to announce that we are now manufacturing Antique Heart Pine flooring. This beautiful flooring is made from large Heart Pine timbers being removed from century old buildings.

We convert these timbers into solid ¾” flooring in widths up to 7-1/2” and lengths up to 12 feet. Each piece is end-matched speeding up installation time compared to other Antique Heart Pine flooring with rough cut or non-square ends.

All lumber is kiln-dried prior to its manufacture into flooring to produce a consistently dry product reducing acclimation time.

Robinson offers three grades; Prime Vertical grain, Prime and Rustic. All are 95%-100% heartwood.

To learn more call 800-874-1165 and ask for Steve, Liz or Dan.

 


 

June 8, 2009

Hardwood Clip System

New! We now distribute the Hardwood Clip System in Europe, the best way to fasten your deck!

 


 

January 20, 2009

Jan 17-20, 2009 – Hannover, Germany

Domotex 2009
Hall 8, Stand c-18

Come join us at Domotex 2009 in Hannover Germany. There you will see Robinson’s complete line of hardwood flooring. Click here for your invitation or contac Hank Marchal in our Belgium office for details.

 


 

April 16, 2008

Come see the new Robinson G5 Sure-Loc!

Robinson will exhibit AT EUROPARKET SHOW in Belgium, stand 4121.

The new Robinson G5 Sure-Loc, Robinsons precision engineered hardwood flooring, which features lengths of 7′+, and has an emissions rating of E1. Available in a number of hardwoods, Robinson G5 Sure-Loc can be floated, stapled or glued.

 


 

March 28, 2008

Join us at NWFA 2008!

Robinson will exhibit at the NWFA Show , March 25-28, 2008 at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The new Robinson G5 Sure-Loc, Robinsons precision engineered hardwood flooring, which features lengths of 7′+, and has an emissions rating of E1. Available in a number of hardwoods, Robinson G5 Sure-Loc can be floated, stapled or glued.

 


 

February 14, 2008

ROBINSON JOINS FLORESTECA TO SELL FSC TEAK IN CHINA

Robinson Lumber Company has signed an exclusive Sales Representative Agreement with Floresteca to market Floresteca’s FSC Plantation Teak products in China and Thailand.

Initially these products will be mostly logs developed from the thinning operations of Floresteca’s 25,000 hectare plantations in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Larger harvested logs will be available in the coming years. Later this year squares and lumber will also be offered followed by more value added items.

These products will be mostly logs developed from the thinning operations of Floresteca’s 25,000 hectare plantations in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Larger harvested logs will be available in the coming years Later this year squares and lumber will also be offered followed by more value added items.

Floresteca began planting these carefully located plantations in 1994, using seeds of the “Tennasserim” type from Myanmar (Burma) that were brought by British foresters to Trinidad in the early 1900’s.

The areas of planting were selected based on general soil characteristics, environmental variables required for productive teak plantations (temperature, humidity and rainfall), satisfactory topographical characteristics, as well as the existence of transportation infra-structure plus the availability of a dependable power supply and work force resources. Floresteca has its own laboratory to experiment with cloning the best of teak trees to provide the finest of this Tectona grandis species.

Every year about 3,000 hectares are added to the existing plantations including new areas in Brazil.

These areas were in most cases previous cattle grazing lands, now they are beautiful stands of teak trees. Fragments of native vegetation located close to the teak plantations will remain untouched making it easier for fauna to move within the plantations.

The development of these plantations have had a considerable impact on the social and economic conditions of the regions where they are established.

The relationship of Floresteca with the local communities is a very important component providing more than 1,200 direct jobs, which increase every year.

 


 

January 1, 2008

Presenting Robinson’s new G5 Sure-loc!

Robinson will exhibit at Surfaces, where they will present their new solid hardwood engineered flooring, which features E1 (Europe’s best rating) designation for extremely low formaldehyde emissions. The new Robinson G5 loc system allows for a fast easy installation, whether floated glued or stapled. See Robinsons ne G5 Sure-Loc engineered hardwood flooring at booth G 1013.

MORE INFORMATION HERE: ROBINSONG5.COM

Surfaces Show
Sands Expo Center
January 29 Feb-1 2008
Las Vegas Nevada

BOOTH G1013

 


 

November 24, 2007

The Joy Of Giving/ Amazon River Style

Robinson Lumber Company and its Brazilian subsidiary, Robco Madeiras
will distribute Christmas Gift Baskets to families along the Amazon River near their headquarters in Breves, Brazil.

Christmas in the Amazon
The Joy of Giving

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Robinson Lumber Company and its Brazilian subsidiary, Robco Madeiras will distribute Christmas Gift Baskets this December to families along the Amazon River near
Breves, Brazil.

This is the third year that families along the Amazon River near Breves will receive gift baskets with toys, food and medicines, donated by Robinson Lumber and Robco Madeiras, their employees, friends and supporters, led by the tireless efforts of Norma Deffren.

In 2006 they distributed 116 food baskets in Breves and 87 in Melgaco, reaching a total of 200 families on the River.

Food baskets consist of several pounds each of items such as beans, rice, flour, cooking oil, crackers, salt, pasta, coffee, sugar, powdered milk, and other basic need items.

The women, children, and elderly also needed attention to their health and education in addition of the need for basic foods.

The 2007 mission was expanded to include educational orientation, basic hygiene information, health care, as well as the distribution of toys, clothes, books, shoes, and food items.

The distribution will be carried out this December, beginning in Breves, then extending to Melgaco, then the Quaquajo River, the Maparizinho River, the Jangui Rriver, and the Mapari River (all part of the Amazon River Basin).

HELP IS NEEDED NOW!

Send your donation in dollars, large or small made payable to

Robinson Lumber Company, Inc.
Christmas in the Amazon Fund
4000 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70115 USA
Phone: +1 504-895-6377
Fax: +1 504-897-0820

Thank you for your support!

The Robinson Team

We need your help now!

Send your donation in dollars now, large or small, made payable to:

Robinson Lumber Company, Inc.
Christmas in the Amazon Fund
4000 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70115 USA
Phone: +1 504-895-6377
Fax: +1 504-897-0820

 


 

March 12, 2007

Robinson will exhibit at National Wood Flooring Association Show in Denver, CO (NWFA)

 


 

November 20, 2006

Robinson will exhibit new products at Domotex Show in Hannover, Germany, Jan. 13-16, 2006

 


 

November 6, 2006

Robinson will exhibit at the Surfaces Show in Las Vegas, February 7-9, 2007

 


 

August 15, 2006

Robinson Flooring Europe now now provides a double layer of plastic protection.

 


 

February 6, 2006

Robinson to exhibit at Europarquet 2006 in the Netherlands – See us at Stand 2119

 


 

December 7, 2005

Robinson Katrina Relief Fund Update for December!

 


 

November 7, 2005

Robinson to exhibit at the DOMOTEX January 2006 Show in Germany

 


 

October 17, 2005

Robinson will exhibit at Surfaces Show 2006 in Las Vegas

 


 

October 16, 2005

UPDATE! ROBINSON LUMBER HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF FUND (RLCHKRF)

 


 

October 6, 2005

Robinson’s Chalmette Plant Is Spared by Hurricane Katrina/ LISCO IS BACK

 


 

October 3, 2005

Robinson attends Domus Legno fair in Italy– Honduras Pitch Pine is a hit!

 


 

September 15, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund established for affected families…

 


 

March 5, 2005

ROBINSON’S FACILITIES IN PORT OF BREVES MADE AVAILABLE

 


 

January 24, 2005

ROBINSON PITCH PINE FLOORING PLANT IN HONDURAS IN FULL PRODUCTION

 


 

October 1, 2004

ROBINSON EXHIBITS AT DOMOTEX SHOW, HANOVER, GERMANY JAN 15-18, 2005

 


 

July 4, 2004

WILDLIFE RELEASED AT ROBCO MADEIRAS REFORESTATION PROJECT

 


 

June 15, 2004

ROBINSON BEGINS PRODUCTION OF BRAZILIAN HARDWOOD DECKING

 


 

June 10, 2004

ROBINSON ATTAINS SUSTAINABLE GENUINE MAHOGANY FROM FIJI

 


 

May 12, 2004

ROBINSON ATTENDS NATIONAL WOOD FLOORING ASSOCIATION (NWFA) SHOW

 


 

January 29, 2004

ROBINSON EXHIBITS AT DOMOTEX SHOW 2004 HANOVER, GERMANY

 


 

January 25, 2004

ARTICLE IN HARDWOOD FLOORS MAGAZINE JANUARY 2004 ISSUE

 


 

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