SALAMANCA – Manufacturing a quality product is one reason Jud Beattie has been in business for 30 years.
Beattie is the president of Southern Tier Forest Products Inc. For 30 years, the company has been producing Bundle of Warmth packaged firewood and kindling.
The kiln-dried, easy-to-use hardwood has many uses for starting fires. Whether it be while camping or at home, the wood is a convenient, clean way to start a fire. Products range from wholesale shrink-wrapped .60 cubic feet bundles, to boxed specialty products that include 100 percent hickory, 100 percent cherry, premium chiminea wood and premium hardwood kindling.
Beattie said when he started the business, most packaged firewood and kindling was untidy.
“Thirty years ago packaged wood was nasty,” he said. “The people that want to use this product want a clean, quality product.”
So Beattie went to work to make a quality packaged wood product that would make starting a fire easy and clean.
“If I don’t like what I make, how can I expect someone else to pay me for it,” he said.
Now the business, located at 296 Rochester St., Salamanca, sells between 600,000 to 800,000 bundles of wood a year. Beattie said the wood can be used for fires in a fireplace, home heating, campfires or in a stove.
“There is a pizza company out in Philadelphia that uses it for their brick-oven pizzas,” he said. “It can be used anywhere you want to use wood.”
Beattie said he takes joy in knowing his product makes people’s lives easier.
“I like to make people happy. There is too much sadness in the world,” he said.
Beattie said the job of making kiln-dried, 100 percent hardwood is not easy. He said his dedicated employees work hard to produce the packaged firewood.
“The people who work here have a desire to work. They want to work because they have a good work ethic,” he said. “I treat them like family because they are family.”
Beattie who also helps operate Dr. Green Lawn, which is a landscaping, hardscaping and lawn installation company, said he still enjoys going to work each day.
“Whether it is lawns or wood, I like to work,” he said.
For more information on Southern Tier Forest Products, call 877-696-6060 or 945-4779. To visit the business’s website, go to www.bundleofwarmth.com. For Dr. Green Lawn, call 800-724-8329 or 945-0283. To visit the company’s website, go to drgreenlawnandcustomturf.com.