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Highland Hardwoods marks 25th anniversary

Highland Hardwoods, a retailer and wholesaler of hardwood lumber in Brentwood, N.H., is celebrating its 25th year in business.

Founded in August 1986 by Rick and Wendy Lang, the company originally began as a hardwood lumber wholesale operation in the couple’s home. In 1987, Highland relocated to a small leased yard facility in Brentwood, where it began to service some of the smaller woodworkers, cabinet shops and millwork houses in the area. It soon purchased a small lumber delivery truck and started making regular deliveries throughout the New England area. Highland also soon began a modest retail division that featured high-quality hardwood lumber and plywood.

After approximately 10 years of operation, Highland eventually outgrew the yard it was leasing and looked to relocate. In 1997, it purchased a 7-1/2-acre parcel of property just north of the existing location on Route 125 in Brentwood, N.H., and built a new and modernized lumber facility. Highland’s retail lumber warehouse currently offers more than 400 individual lumber bins where customers can hand-select the hardwoods they need from a complete inventory of 4/4 through 16/4 Northern and Appalachian hardwood lumber, mahogany and exotics either rough or surfaced. In 2005, the company built a new flooring showroom to respond to its steadily growing sales of prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring.

“Like many other businesses, the last two-and-a-half years have been a huge challenge due to the severe and lengthy downturn in our nation’s economy. After necessary downsizing and adjusting to a significant drop in sales, things have finally stabilized and we feel the worst of it is over. Through it all, our company maintained its high quality standards for our lumber and secondary wood products, and more importantly, level of service to our customers. That is something we take a great deal of pride in, especially considering the difficult times we have been operating in,” Rick Lang said in a statement.

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