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Tigard, Ore.—Bridgewell Resources, headquartered here, spans the gap between suppliers and customers as a global wholesale distributor, supply chain manager and sales organization comprised of eight diversified divisions. It serves a wide array of customers including building and construction suppliers, contractors, distributors, industrial manufacturers and processers, packaged goods companies, governments and other entities worldwide.

In today’s competitive sales environment and state of economic flux, Bridgewell Resources has steadily grown and diversified its business over the last three years with new product offerings, adding sales experts and increased annual sales.

Bridgewell’s seasoned, talented team provides prompt, personalized services from sourcing through delivery. Its value-added services include distribution, reload, flexible loads, product disposal, technical consulting, repackaging, mixing, takeoffs and more. Leveraging 14 global sales offices and over 235 inventory locations nationwide, Bridgewell’s global footprint spans six continents. Its diverse portfolio includes a wide range of products in commercial and industrial construction, food and agriculture, mat products, utility and construction, wood, specialty building and renewable energy products.

If you need lumber, boards, moulding and millwork, cut stock, and flooring products, Bridgewell has it. Working with a number of suppliers nationwide, Bridgewell leverages its bulk purchasing power to provide competitive prices for its mill-direct customers. In addition, Bridgewell provides an extensive selection of panel products, including OSB structural panels, underlayment, structural, sanded and industrial plywood rated sheathing, concrete form plywood, MDF, HDF and particleboard, Softwood and a full line of quality imported plywood. Environmentally friendly options such as FSC-certified products are also available.

“We provide complete solutions from a diverse selection of products and provide competitive prices from a single point of contact. Keeping it simple is key,” Jack Henderson, Bridgewell’s vice president of domestic wood products, said.

Bridgewell’s wood products team has expanded its offerings over the last year, most of which are specialty building, packaging or concrete products such as strapping, transportation products like pallets, concrete forms and bracing. Of the uniquely diversified items are seasonal holiday products from an Oregon grower Bridgewell has partnered with to sell Christmas trees, garland, wreaths and scented Pine cones into the retail channel. Over the last two months, products primarily shipped to home improvement stores in Arizona, Colorado and Washington State, as well as New Mexico and some of the Mid-South region. Some were also exported out of the country to military installations.

“This is a new product line and partnership for us,” commented Jeremy Asher, Specialty Products Group Manager. “Things are going well and it is nice to see the retail side of things in action, which we normally don’t see in our everyday sales.”

Catering to builders, contractors and developers as a single source for building materials from the foundation to the roof, Bridgewell’s Contractor Direct Division provides framing lumber, panels, siding, trim, cornice and engineered wood. It offers a number of other building materials and specialty items including: doors, windows, roofing and hardware as well as a full mix of services for jobsite delivery. Bridgewell is also a go-to source for comprehensive job packages and value-engineered options for the end user to reduce delays and complications at the jobsite. With coast-to-coast supply, a state-of-the-art tracking system and superior logistics expertise, leave it to Bridgewell to provide virtually all the products and services you need.

“We pride ourselves on providing the best value-added services to our customers, which allows them to know they’ve made good decisions in today’s marketplace,” said Rob Beasley, Vice President of Bridgewell’s Contractor Direct Division. “And building long-term relationships with each customer is our top priority.”

Bridgewell’s Specialty Building Products Division offers a variety of products through its nationwide inventory locations and invaluable network of sources including flooring, roofing, dimensional lumber and panel products including OSB, plywood, MDF, particleboard, laminated beams, timbers and treated lumber. Various hard-to-find items for special applications including architectural features, furniture and specialty home building are part of their offerings, as well.

The team specializes in closeout deals, liquidations, excess inventory, seconds and obsolete products. Bridgewell is always looking for mills or suppliers that want to sell downfall or off-grade items, surplus inventory, salvage products, and mis-orders.

The company’s recent efforts have included expanding its renewable energy offerings by bringing its customers biomass products and expanded treated-wood disposal offerings. Bridgewell’s biomass offerings include animal bedding material, bark, biomass fuel bricks, wood chips, wood pellets, wood waste and hog fuel. Playing the roll of feed stock supplier, Bridgewell provides logistics, storage and loading solutions for long-term off takes or spot transactions depending on the client’s needs. Quantities range from trucks to vessels.

With November’s Hurricane Sandy, Bridgewell’s Utility and Construction Division assisted utility and telecommunication companies in the Northeastern United States with additional shipments of wood utility poles in a variety of species and lengths. With the increased damage to current utility lines in the area, Bridgewell was instrumental in providing proper disposal of utility poles damaged by the storm, as well as incineration, reclamation and remanufacturing. Look to Bridgewell for utility and construction products including wood poles, cross arms and braces, piling, railroad ties, timbers, and complete bridge kit packages.

Bridgewell’s product diversity helps it cater to its many customers worldwide. Its personalized services allow it to build long-term relationships with both clients and suppliers alike. While Bridgewell’s growth over three years has been impressive, it will continue to diversify with new products, new markets and hire aggressively.

“We continue to grow our business across all divisions and add industry veterans to our team who share the same commitment to excellence and personal service that has become a hallmark of the company,” says Kyle Burdick, President, Bridgewell Resources LLC.

Part of its long-term growth strategy is sourcing opportunities including acquisitions that complement current products, services and geographic reach while adding value to both the company and its customers.

To learn more about the company’s products or services, to check out current career openings or to discuss an acquisition contact them by phone at 1-800-570-3566, web at or email


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