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  • 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 […]