Hardwoods is North America’s largest distributor of architectectural décor panels, decorative surfaces, high-grade hardwood lumber, sheet goods, architectural millwork and non-structural architectural grade building products to the residential and commercial construction markets. Hardwoods operates a North American network of over sixty distribution centers, as well as one sawmill and kiln drying operation. Consisting of four distinct brands; Hardwoods Specialty Products; Rugby Architectural Products; Frank Paxton Lumber Company and Hardwoods of Michigan, we have approximately 1200 employees across North America and the Head Office is located in Langley, BC, Canada.
Hardwoods is committed to operating with the highest standard of social and corporate responsibility; core to our philosophy is the protection of the environment. In support of these commitments we have developed internal policies and programs that allow us to meet or exceed relevant legislation and regulations regarding environmental compliance, safety and sustainability. This, in addition to our focus on the well-being of our customers and employees, has allowed us to successfully operate in North America for over 50 years.
Hardwoods Specialty Products is built around renewable and recyclable resources. As North America’s largest hardwood wholesale distributors, we are active in our efforts to minimize our environmental impact in addition to providing products that are recognized for contributions to sustainability.
Every one of our distribution centers has been certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) for Chain of Custody . FSC guarantees the integrity of the supply chain for certified products and insures that products have been harvested from forests that meet stringent environmental, social and economic standards or are from verified recycled sources.
We are also members of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC), supporting green building initiatives through accredited programs such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®). This program is active in 30 countries around the world and has rapidly become the most widely used standard in certifying green construction; our LEED® Credit Product Guide provides information on product credit contributions.
CEU PROGRAMS: Hardwoods is a proud member of the Composite Panel Association (CPA) This association is an approved provider of Continuing Education Courses for the American Institute of Architects. CPA has developed the following courses for architects and designers to learn about the benefits of sourcing wood-based composite panels and decorative surfaces
Hardwoods reduces the environmental impact of our operations through waste prevention. Both paper and aluminum recycling programs are standard practice, as is electronic invoicing, which reduces our requirement for paper and the use of fossil fuels in the delivery of those invoices. Our distribution centers only purchase consumable paper products made from post consumer, recycled or Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) fiber, and all cardboard cover sheets are made from 100% recycled cardboard.
Product and Supplies
We strive to continually add new environmentally responsible materials to our product offerings. We know that the strength of our green product line is only as environmental as our supply chain. Therefore we look for vendors whose products have been certified through a third party. Many of our vendors are certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Composite Panel Association’s Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP), the Program for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC) , and ISO 14001 1 for environmental management, as well as by the California Air Resource Board (CARB) for composite wood product emissions.
Global and local communities vastly benefit from well managed forests, and we understand that the decisions we make in how we conduct our business and where we source products, also implies a social and economic responsibility to the people and communities that live in those regions. For this reason, we ask that our foreign manufacturers supply us a statement of compliance with all government regulations regarding fair wages and labor unions’ rights to collective bargaining, as well as contribute to the laborer’s social insurance benefit programs as enforced by their local governments.
- Ethics: Integrity, always do the right thing, “golden rule”
- People: Provide a lifetime career of challenge and opportunity
- Company: Fundamental belief that company success drives individual success
- Passion for Success: Constantly raise the bar, sense of urgency, embrace change
- Simplicity: Keep distractions out. Focus on a few critical priorities. Decide what not to do.
The people at Hardwoods get things done. We are committed to the safety of our employees – our utmost priority – and we encourage innovative thinking to help us identify new and better ways to do things in all areas of our business.
We focus on the needs of our customers in everything we do, with knowledge of our products that is unparalleled in the industry.
Never standing still, we understand that our customers’ needs change and we look to continue to grow with our customers and meet their needs for new and innovative products.
We ensure our people remain market leaders in their knowledge and in the distribution of our products.
Hardwoods is a great company to invest your career with. As a Hardwoods employee, you have the opportunity to develop your career within our company. Our promote-from-within culture gives those who are passionate, the opportunity for on-the-job training and career advancement, and means many talented people spend their entire careers with us.
We offer regionally competitive benefit packages and employee support services and take pride in working hard to support and care for our people. We understand that by investing in our people we are investing in our company’s success.
We understand that the strength of our business is directly related to the power and commitment of our people. We believe in providing our employees with the support, the compensation and the tools necessary to succeed, both personally and professionally.