For a small business like Sozo Firm, clients are our lifeblood. We therefore sometimes like to write up reviews for our clients, detailing who they are, what they do, and what kind of services we’ve provided for them. This review is for McIlvain Company, a very special client for us.
J. Gibson McIlvain Company is a lumber wholesaler that specializes in offering a huge selection of high quality woods. McIlvain Company is one of the oldest lumber wholesalers in the country, having been founded over two hundred years ago in the late 18th century. This long history of experience with serving discerning customers sets McIlvain Company apart from other lumber wholesalers, and they have earned their reputation as one of the nation’s best lumber dealers.
McIlvain lumber wholesaler carries an enormous selection of hardwoods and softwoods of both the domestic and exotic varieties. They stock the basic types of lumber, of course, such as Poplar and Cedar, but what helps to distinguish them from lesser lumber wholesalers is their stock of rare and specialty lumbers. McIlvain specializes in carrying these hard-to-find woods, woods like Teak, which is prized by boat builders and yacht makers, and Ipe, which is world famous for its durability and usefulness as a decking material. McIlvain Company also carries American favorites like Walnut and Cherry, which have been prized in North America since the Colonial Era. Genuine Mahogany, African Mahogany and other Mahogany substitutes, Maple, Sapele, Oak, and many other types of lumber boards also fill McIlvain’s massive stockyard.
But McIlvain goes beyond just having a large inventory of fine lumbers. In fact, they are a full production and mill company that provides the custom millwork needed by many cabinetry makers and other such companies. They make it their mission to carry unusual lengths and shapes for specialty projects, such as timber frame houses and boat building applications, and their in house milling capabilities make it possible for them to do the type of custom work many construction companies can’t or won’t.
Another thing that makes McIlvain Company remarkable is their commitment to delivering the highest quality wood available. McIlvain sends representatives to remote locations all over the earth to source and obtain the best lumber in the world. They develop partnerships with the local communities and governments of these areas in order to bring large quantities of exotic lumber back to the United States for their customers, and in many cases, these longstanding worldwide partnerships allow them to deliver types of lumber that other wholesalers simply cannot obtain. McIlvain always approaches forests in a sustainable and environmentally accepted manner, and they abide by all of the standards and laws of the lumber industry. Additionally, McIlvain Company has one of the most rigorous quality control processes in the lumber industry. Each board is inspected, individually and by hand, no less than three times before being approved for delivery to the customer.
The services we have provided for McIlvain Company include both content generation and graphic design work (for their lead generation sites such as ipeoutlet.com). We have assisted them through the evolution and improvement of their main website, McIlvain.com, and as part of this process, we helped them with developing lead generation sites for each of their most popular lumber types. Their lead generation sites contain information related to a specific type of wood, a certain wood project or application, or the lumber industry in general. We respect McIlvain’s vision and commitment, and so we at Sozo Firm strive to prove that through the quality of our services.