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  • Customer Feature: Mountain Modern Twist
    From the beginning of a new project, trust is instilled with the right builder or contractor.. Known to their customers as reliable, honest, and innovative, Blue Ridge Custom Builders upholds those standards to their customers. Bill Hughes, owner of […]
  • July STAR Employee Spotlight: Vanessa Fields, North Augusta
    Leadership author and speaker John Maxwell notes that “a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” This is certainly true for this month’s employee spotlight, Vanessa Fields of Harbin Lumber North Augusta, as her […]
  • Harbin Family Foundation, Inc. 2021 Scholarship Recipients
    The Harbin Family Foundation Inc. has announced the 2021 Scholarship Recipients! $38,000 in total funds have been awarded to 19 recipients who will be or are currently attending post-secondary institutions. Established in October 2006, the Harbin […]
  • National Logistics Day
    In today’s world, we are surrounded by logistics operations. Most everything that is not locally made or grown is shipped, mailed, or delivered. Logistics stems all the way back to the 13th century when Marco Polo traveled from Europe to China. He […]
  • June STAR Employee Spotlight: Randall Lecroy, Load Star
    Each designer at our Load Star truss facility brings something different to the table including creativity, discipline, and professionalism. Those are a few characteristics that led Randall Lecroy to joining the EWP and truss design team 27 years […]
  • May STAR Employee Spotlight: Chris Lewis, Harbin Lumber of Lavonia
    Harbin Lumber Installed Services Team has grown exponentially over the last few years. Each member on the installation team brings years of experience and knowledge to their craft and that is certainly true for Chris Lewis, one of our Lavonia […]
  • April STAR Employee Spotlight: Mike Scarborough, Harbin Lumber of Athens
    Our STAR Principles are the basis of what is Harbin Lumber, with each letter symbolizing something special. Smile, Teach & Learn, “All In” and Royal Law are what employees of Harbin Lumber embody and what we hope to instill in future employees […]
  • March STAR Employee Spotlight: Tim Smith
    When Jody Page, General Manager of Harbin Lumber in Eatonton, was asked who he would choose for the next employee spotlight he did not even hesitate to name Tim Smith. Tim has been with our Eatonton location for three years now, driving and […]
  • National Women in Construction Week – The Women of HLC Central Office
    Harbin Lumber Central Office Team There are thousands of construction and building material businesses around the country. Constructing new homes and selling the materials to create those homes is probably the process that comes to mind when you […]
  • National Women in Construction Week – Athens Harbin Lumber Company
    Athens, Georgia Athens, Georgia has become a mecca for building and construction as well as restoring historic homes and buildings. With the complexity of the building projects in and around Athens, there must be knowledgeable individuals to make […]
  • National Women in Construction Week – Eatonton Lumber Yard Ladies
    Harbin Lumber, Eatonton GA The ladies of Harbin Lumber in Eatonton, GA fully exemplify great work ethic but can also put a smile on your face each day! Each of these ladies play important roles in sales and management and provide great support to […]
  • National Women in Construction Week – The Women of HLC North Augusta SC & Lavonia GA
    The next locations commemorating Women in Construction week are the Lavonia, GA and North Augusta, SC stores! Each of the ladies at these locations are great examples of Harbin Lumber’s core values. Harbin Lumber, North Augusta SC Studies have shown […]
  • National Women in Construction Week – The Ladies of Load Star & Harbin Door Shop
    This week is National Women in Construction Week and we are honoring all of the female employees here at Harbin Lumber for their dedication to the company! Each of the ladies featured are all valuable assets to the Harbin Lumber Company operation […]
  • February STAR Employee Spotlight: Lamar Westmoreland
    Commitment comes to mind when describing Harbin Door Shop employee, Lamar Westmoreland. With 42 years of experience with driving for different companies, including Harbin Door Shop and sometimes our Reload facility, his commitment to his role is […]
  • Door Shop Adds New Machine to Assemble 8-foot Doors
    The Harbin Door Shop is making strides after receiving a new system giving the ability to build bigger doors! The new Full-House Hanger Exterior Door Assembly Table is a machine that has the capability to build 8-foot exterior doors, something that […]
  • STAR Employee Spotlight: Julie Mattox
    Not many individuals can say that they have been a part of the same company for 25 years, but Load Star Truss Designer Julie Mattox is able to. But Julie has not held just one position during those 25 years, rather she has accomplished so much more […]
  • HLC Employees Offer a Hand in Giving Back to the Community During the Holidays
    Giving back to the communities our locations are a part of has been a core aspect our values for many years now. Our most recent opportunity was for The Marcus “Trey” Greene Bicycle Giveaway. This giveaway is in memory of Marcus “Trey” […]
  • Load Star Receives New Additions & Upgrades
    Load Star, our truss manufacturing division, has had two new upgrades completed over the last few weeks! Back in May, Load Star received a 2.65-acre paved addition that doubled the available storage space. With this new space, two lumber sheds were […]
  • STAR Employee Spotlight: Kelly Roper
    This year has surely been vastly different compared to years past and we have all had to do some adjusting in every aspect of our lives. But throughout the many challenges experienced over the course of 2020, Kelly Roper, one of Harbin Lumber […]
  • Load Star Trusses Donated to Clemson Homecoming Habitat Build Project
    Many things have been altered amidst covid-19 but the Pickens County Habitat for Humanity still had a goal to complete their home building project for Clemson University Homecoming.  Over the last 27 years, the Pickens County Habitat for […]
  • STAR Employee Spotlight: Travis Fortenberry
    Customers of the Harbin Lumber Lavonia location may recognize this month’s Employee Spotlight, Travis, but some may not realize that he is a significant part of our system, holding the role of Operations and Shipping Manager. In just the four years […]
  • National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
    NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK, SEPTEMBER 13-19, 2020 Harbin Lumber Company would like to recognize all our full-time and part-time drivers during this year’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week! Our dedicated drivers play a significant […]
  • STAR Employee Spotlight: Ricky Smith
    If this year proves anything about the lumber industry, its that it is constantly changing. But this has been no challenge for Athens Outside Sales Coordinator, Ricky Smith. His previous experiences throughout different lumber industry businesses […]
  • Customer Feature: Clarkesville Charm
    The concept of flipping houses has become immensely popular over the last few years with the ease of being able to learn the right steps at our fingertips and on HGTV. But Clarkesville local, Barbara Copeland, started flipping houses before it ever […]
  • Harbin Family Foundation, Inc. 2020 Scholarships Awarded
    Though the school year may look different for some this year, we would still like to recognize this year’s 2020 Harbin Family Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Recipients!   This year 23 recipients have been awarded a total of $34,500 in scholarship […]
  • STAR Employee Spotlight: Corey Smith
      Corey Smith, an Outside Salesman at our Eatonton location, started with us in January of 2014. He had some knowledge of this industry but knew he had plenty to learn. During his first few months of basic training, his recorded sales were less […]
  • Customer Feature: Hidden Gem in Northeast Georgia
    Change is good – it brings new opportunities and a harbinger of possibilities. This is especially true for country club communities as they are adapting to the new way of life around them by having more affordable properties for the everyday family […]
  • STAR Employee Spotlight: Martha Logan
      A positive attitude is formed through learned opinions over a period and that has been instilled into Martha Logan throughout her career. Having been a part of the Harbin Lumber Door Shop family for two years now, Martha has demonstrated […]
  • STAR Employee Spotlight: Jimmy Smith
    If you could name an employee at Harbin Lumber that has done it all, Jimmy Smith is one of them. Though he is currently in the Design Department at Load Star, he has held many roles throughout Harbin Lumber Company over his tenure of almost 38 years […]
  • Kim DevlinSTAR Employee Spotlight: Kim Devlin
    Customers of Harbin Lumber in North Augusta may recognize this month’s STAR Employee, Kim Devlin. Kim was working in Inside Sales when Harbin Lumber acquired the location from Adams Supply, and has proven to be invaluable to the success of our […]
  • STAR Employee Spotlight: Josh Nunns
    By Gary Davis Josh Nunns is what is known as a straight shooter!  Yes, he’s a good guy and you can take him at his word, but he can also shoot straight!  Josh works in Lavonia in our Installed Sales division as a part-time installer. […]
  • We are Family
    Harbin Lumber Company is family owned and family operated. In fact, we employee seventeen separate sets of family members! […]
  • STAR Employee Spotlight: Brenda Parr
      For the last 24 years, customers of Harbin Lumber of Athens have walked in to be greeted by Brenda Parr’s friendly face.  Brenda is many things to Harbin Lumber, and she is the backbone of the excellent customer service that our […]
  • Doyle SmithSTAR Employee Spotlight: Doyle Smith
    If you’re a customer of Harbin Lumber of Eatonton, there’s a good chance that Doyle Smith plays a big role in your successful projects.  Doyle works in Inside Sales, managing orders for one of the top outside salesmen across all […]
  • Customer Feature: Divine Living in Repurposed Church
    Sometimes the best projects rely on having faith in the vision.  Such is the case with what is now New Holland Studios, one-of-a-kind apartments with character inspired by a higher power.  The apartments are a recent project of Harbin […]
  • STAR Employee Spotlight: TJ Brister
    TJ Brister is not typically someone a customer ever sees.  But without him, job site materials would be much less likely to arrive on time.  That’s because TJ is an integral part of the team at Harbin Lumber’s Reload Facility, […]
  • Randy ShifletSTAR Employee Spotlight: Randy Shiflet
    Randy Shiflet is the kind of employee who if you could clone, you’d have as many as you could get.  He first worked for Harbin’s truss plant, then called Harbin Homes, as a summer job when he was in high school.  In 1983, he […]
  • STAR Employee Spotlight: Randall Dobbins
    Randall Dobbins is the kind of man every company wishes they could clone.  For 15 years, he has worked at Load Star, Harbin Lumber’s truss manufacturing plant, relentlessly churning out custom cut engineered wood products at a pace that […]
  • Russel Kozlosky as Daniel CraigHarbin Lumber’s Bond, James Bond
    Athens team member Russell Kozlosky sells lumber, Harbin lumber.  But in his free time, he tours the world impersonating Daniel Craig, the most recent James Bond.   A feature article on him appeared in Online Athens here.  An […]
  • A New Era of Building: Smart Home Tech, Real-Time Apps & Value Engineering
    Homebuilding is entering a new era of meticulous planning, sophisticated processes, smart home technology, and precision construction that help savvy builders achieve the holy grail — delivering high tech homes on time and on budget, with no […]
  • Customer Feature: American Dream Family Builds a Multi-Generational Dream Home
    According to Wikipedia, the American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, […]
  • JCBA Fall Clay Shoot a Blast
    Harbin Lumber was a proud sponsor of the recent Jackson County Builders Association Fall Clay Shoot.  More than 50 shooters participated in the tournament, held at Valley View Clays in Danielsville.  The teams rotated to 12 stations for a […]
  • BJ LeeksSTAR Employee Spotlight: BJ Leeks
    Customers of Harbin Lumber of North Augusta may not know the man behind the scenes making sure their order gets to them.  That man is BJ Leeks, a  yard and forklift operator at the store. The customers who do know BJ love him, and […]
  • Rick HamiltonHarbin Lumber Wishes Well to Retiring Door Shop General Manager Rick Hamilton
    The Harbin Lumber team gathered for a luncheon yesterday to bid well wishes to Rick Hamilton, General Manager of the Harbin Door Shop, who is retiring.  Rick joined Harbin Lumber 17 years ago, managing the Installed Sales location in Royston, […]
  • Harbin Lumber Sponsors AAHBA Meeting
    Harbin Lumber of Athens sponsored this month’s Athens Area Home Builders Association (AAHBA) meeting on 8/20.  AAHBA executive officer Stephanie Johnson recognized Harbin Lumber Customer JOMA Construction’s Founder, John Newland, as […]
  • STAR Employee Spotlight: Valerie Osborne
      Some of the largest Customer accounts at Harbin Lumber are handled internally by Lavonia’s Valerie Osborne.  Valerie is the model of the STAR principle ‘Royal Law.’ Even though she processes quotes and customer orders […]
  • Harbin Lumber and Dealers Choice members at JCBA meetingHarbin Lumber Sponsors JCBA Meeting
      Harbin Lumber of Athens sponsored this month’s Jackson County Builders Association (JCBA) meeting, hosted by Jackson EMC, on August 14.     Harbin Lumber of Athens General Manager Todd Lord recognized Currahee Home Builders, a […]
  • Harbin Lumber Customers Enjoy a Reel Great Time
    Harbin Lumber Customers of our Athens and Lavonia locations recently enjoyed some fun and fellowship on a customer appreciation deep sea fishing trip.  Captain Johnny Green of Intimidator Sport Fishing Charters out of Orange Beach, AL took the […]
  • Hollow Oak Barn welcome wagonCustomer Feature: Hollow Oak Wedding and Event Barn
    The Cross Hill, SC community in Laurens County has a brand new, charming event facility available for weddings and events, courtesy of Harbin Customer Dan Fehr Builders.  Hollow Oak Barn is located on a peaceful 60 acre private farm.  […]
  • Littlejohn Coliseum at Clemson UniversityHarbin Installed Services Team Replaces Failing Rails at Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum
    Clemson University basketball fans love their Tigers, and have enjoyed watching them in the beautifully renovated Littlejohn Coliseum the last few years.   However, some of the fans have been a little too exuberant.  Fans would climb […]
  • Shirley WalkerSTAR Employee Spotlight: Shirley Walker
    She is known around Clinton, SC as “Lumber Lady” but even if you don’t know her by that name, she is the friendly face or voice you work with when you visit our Harbin Lumber of Clinton store.  Shirley Walker is the epitome of […]
  • Customer Feature: Misty Morning Farms Goes to Market
      Misty Morning Farms in Edgefield County, SC recently gained distinction for hosting the 2018 Luke Bryan Farm Tour.  They also produce sought-after locally-raised grass-fed beef, sold currently only at local farmers markets in Aiken and […]
  • Customer Feature: Home Construction Becomes Couple’s Retirement Project
    Retirement. It’s the dream so many of us are working towards.  That time when you can spend all day endulging in a good book, or lounging on the beach, or taking up gardening, or just doing nothing. Or, if you’re like Kieran and […]
  • Eddie ApplebySTAR Employee Spotlight: Eddie Appleby
      There are people who have the wonderful characteristic of being fully committed to a task or endeavor, those who give all of their energy or resources toward something they are particularly committed to.  Then there are people like Eddie […]
  • Harbin Family Foundation 2019-2020 Scholarship RecipientsHarbin Family Foundation, Inc. 2019 Scholarships Awarded
    Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Harbin Family Foundation, Inc. Scholarship!     The nineteen recipients this year were awarded a total of $21,600 in scholarship funds to offset the cost of obtaining additional education. […]
  • Construction Trends: Your Energy Company May Help Pay for a More Efficient Build
    Modern new homes are generally built with energy efficiency in mind.  Building materials used to increase energy efficiency typically include insulation, insulated windows, weather stripping on doors, and energy efficient appliances.  […]
  • Customer Feature: Georgia Center for Sight Makes New Office Vision a Reality
    The providers, staff, and patients of the Lavonia satellite office of The Georgia Center for Sight are soon going to have a beautiful new office to enjoy.  Previously located inside St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital in Lavonia, the busy […]
  • Customer Feature: Insider’s View of Resort Style Living in Reynolds Lake Oconee
    Reynolds Lake Oconee, originally called Reynolds Plantation, encompasses 374 miles of shoreline on Lake Oconee, GA – the state’s second largest lake.  Originally developed by the Reynolds’ family in the early 80’s, the […]
  • STAR Employee Spotlight: Kenneth Brown
    The definition of dependability is ‘the quality of being trustworthy and reliable.’  The picture of dependability is that of our STAR employee in our Lavonia store, Kenneth Brown.  Kenneth began his 30-year career with Harbin […]
  • Harbin Door Debuts in CHS Musical
    By Gary Davis, HR Manager It all started with a statement coming out of left-field (but he’s my 17-year-old son, I have come to expect that).  “I told my drama teacher that you were going to get us a door from Harbin.”  And so began the […]
  • Ryan BlizzardSTAR Employee Spotlight: Ryan Blizzard
    There is no substitute for a strong work ethic. STAR employee Ryan Blizzard is a shining example of that. […]
  • Customer Feature: Home Construction for Aging in Place a Growing Trend
    Today, there are more than 46 million adults age 65 and older living in the U.S. By 2050, that number is expected to grow to almost 90 million. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, within the next decade one in every five residents will be […]
  • Customer Feature: A Vacation Inspired Family Retreat
    The Paynes are the epitome of the American dream.  They married young and began their family, while living in a mobile home and building their own business.  Many years of dedication, countless hours of hard work, and quite a few blessings […]
  • STAR Employee Spotlight: Shelly Walters
    Before joining Harbin’s Door Shop, Shelly Walters had never used a tape measure, worked with wood or had any knowledge of the building industry.  But Shelly is resourceful, determined, has a positive mindset, and is a quick study…and at Harbin, […]
  • March Employee Milestone Anniversaries
    While every anniversary is special, major milestone anniversaries are extra special.  We’d like to wish this STAR employee a happy milestone anniversary this month, with thanks for his continuing commitment to excellence.  We […]
  • Employee Excellence Wallace RidenSTAR Employee Spotlight: Wallace Riden
    Wallace Riden is currently shining in his role as a Class B driver for Harbin Lumber of Athens, but he didn’t start in that position. Wallace was hired August 1, 2017 as a yard and warehouse operator. He had no experience in the building industry, […]
  • doe zero energy ready home Kuntz home pondImery Group Builds DOE Zero Energy Ready Home
    What would it be like to never pay a power bill again? Mark Kuntz, chief operating officer, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US, is well on his way to finding out. With a passion for high-performance building, Kuntz decided to put his knowledge […]
  • 3D Virtual Tour Home Builder Harbin Lumber customer3D Virtual Tours of Homes Increasing in Popularity Among Builders
    Use of 3D virtual home tours is increasing in popularity among new home builders, based on observations by the Harbin Lumber team.  Over the last couple of years 3D virtual home tours have been used frequently among real estate agents, but home […]
  • YellaWood Hosts Harbin Hunters
      Customers and employees from Harbin’s Lavonia, Eatonton and Athens locations were recently treated to a quail hunting experience, compliments of Great Southern Wood Preserving, a.k.a. YellaWood.       […]
  • February Employee Milestone Anniversaries
    While every anniversary is special, major milestone anniversaries are extra special.  We’d like to wish this STAR employee a happy milestone anniversary this month, with thanks for his continuing commitment to excellence.  We […]
  • Big Night for Harbin Lumber at the Athens Area Home Builders Association Meeting
    The recently held 2019 Athens Area Home Builders Association (AAHBA) Officers Installation & Awards Celebration saw two Harbin team members receive big honors. JR Whitfield of Harbin Lumber of Athens will serve the AAHBA in 2019 as […]
  • A Kitchen with all the Fixins
    There’s something so refreshing about a bright white kitchen!  Check out this beauty we recently designed and installed.      The gorgeous cabinets are complimented by glossy white subway tiles, stainless steel appliances, […]
  • Cody GreenThe Good in Goodbye
    Cody Green first joined Harbin Lumber of Athens when he was a student at Athens Technical College, working at the store part time to help work his way through school. Graduating with a degree in information technology, he considered the prospect of […]
  • Blue Ridge Custom BuildersFeature Friday: Blue Ridge Custom Builders Lammers Residence
    Blue Ridge Custom Builders recently completed this fabulous new residence in Sautee Nacoochee, GA.  The 2,809 square foot home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and an additional 2,405 square feet available in the basement and bonus room for […]
  • January Employee Milestone Anniversaries
    While every anniversary is special, major milestone anniversaries are extra special.  We’d like to wish these STAR employees a happy milestone anniversary this month, with thanks for their continuing commitment to excellence.  We […]
  • Homes of HopeHarbin Lumber Partners with Homes of Hope
    Harbin Lumber’s Clinton location and Load Star, the truss manufacturing division recently partnered with Homes of Hope, donating trusses for use in their building projects to provide new job skills training.  Homes of Hope is a […]
  • December Employee Milestone Anniversaries
    While every anniversary is special, major milestone anniversaries are extra special.  We’d like to wish these STAR employees a happy milestone anniversary this month, with thanks for their continuing commitment to excellence.  We […]
  • Harbin Lumber December 2018 birthdaysDecember Employee Birthdays
    Please join us in wishing these members of our team a very happy birthday this month! […]
  • Load Star Strives for Greater Efficiency with New Combilift
    With truss business continuing to grow, Load Star needed a better way to manage the extra truss volume once the builds were done, and also needed to lay out the yard for better efficiency.  As a result, Load Star received a new Combilift […]
  • Harbin Lumber Thanks VeteransA Thank You to Veterans
    Harbin Lumber has helped build dreams since 1917, but it’s our country’s Veterans who have protected that dream.  On this Veterans Day, we would like to thank our Veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedoms.  […]
  • November Employee Milestone Anniversaries
    While every anniversary is special, major milestone anniversaries are extra special.  We’d like to wish these STAR employees a happy milestone anniversary this month, with thanks for their continuing commitment to excellence.  We […]
  • 16th annual customer appreciation golf tournamentHarbin Lumber Celebrates 16th Annual Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament
    Our thanks to all the vendors and customers who made our 16th annual customer appreciation golf tournament a success! Check out the video highlights of the day here:   […]
  • Load Star Aims to Increase Production With New Saw
    Load Star, Harbin Lumber’s truss manufacturing division, is continuing to grow and expand.  As a result, we needed to increase our saw capacity in order to continue to provide quality service.  We built a new structure to house all […]
  • November Employee Birthdays
    Please join us in sending happy birthday wishes to these valued team members!               […]
  • Devon GalesHarbin Lumber Partners with Build for Devon Gales
    (Cover image photo credit Nicole W Photography) On September 26, 2015, during a football game between Southern University and The University of Georgia, Southern receiver Devon Gales collided with UGA placekicker Marshall Morgan during a […]