In 1973 I had been making custom furniture for two years but found myself, as did other local designer/craftsmen, with the continual problem of sourcing fine hardwood and veneer. This lack of raw material led me, in the same year, to start A & M Wood Specialty Inc. The intention was to sell wood to other craftspeople, giving me at the same time an access to a varied inventory for my own furniture.
Shortly thereafter I moved into the premises that we still occupy, an old two story textile mill overlooking the Speed River in Cambridge, Ontario. By 1976 I stopped making furniture, as the wood business had grown to the point that it occupied all of my time.
In the early eighties we took over the 5,000 sq.ft. warehouse attached to the two storey building we occupied, and in 1984 bought the entire property, giving us a total dry storage area of about 15,000 sq.ft., 9,000 of which is heated.
In the very early days we served a predominately local market. We now ship on a regular basis to all Canadian provinces, all states in the United States, and international destinations such as Germany, U.K., Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Ireland, China and Romania.
In 2007, after being in business for 34 years, A & M Wood Specialty was purchased by the UCS Forest Group. In Canada, this group is comprised of Upper Canada Forest Products and in the USA is known as Sierra Forest Products. Divisions of the UCS Group are located across North America in Mississauga ON, Calgary AB, Kelowna BC, Vancouver BC, Seattle WA, Salt Lake City UT and Chicago IL.
It is Indeed an honour, for all of us at A & M, to be associated with such a fine Team of people.