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Civil | BELL LUMBER & POLE CO./ALAMCO WOOD PRODUCTS LLC Bell Lumber & Pole is expanding its footprint in commercial buildings. « Closely Involved BELL LUMBER & POLE AND ALAMCO WOOD PRODUCTS VALUE CUSTOMER SERVICE. BY CHRIS PETERSEN N o matter how sophisticated or "smart" utilities or commercial builders have become, they still rely in many cases on products and services that one might think Bell Lumber & Pole Co./ Alamco Wood Products LLC * Headquarters: New Brighton, Minn. * Specia y: Wood utility poles, timber bridges and custom laminated wood construction "We're going to be in front of e customers, olving problems." - Tom Bell, president 62 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 aren't very complicated at all: the wooden utility pole and the laminated wood beam. For more than 100 years, Bell Lumber & Pole Co. has provided poles for utilities throughout North America, and its success in that market has allowed it to branch out to other areas such as laminated wood beam construction for commercial and industrial applications. President Tom Bell says the key to Bell Lumber & Pole's success throughout its history has been its insistence on dealing with customers face-to-face and always keeping one eye on the long-term. As the company gears up to commence its 10-year plan in 2016, Bell says the company's future looks as promising as its past, even as the needs of its customers continue to evolve. The company was founded in 1909 by M.J. Bell, a former lumberjack who opened a series of sawmills in Wisconsin that were soon incorporated as the company that would eventually grow into Bell Lumber & Pole. Although the larger part of the company's business remains high-quality, pressure-treated utility poles made of Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, Red Pine and Southern Yellow Pine, its determination to diversify is what led it into the realm of commercial laminated beam construction and installation, building unique wood structures such as religious structures, water parks, timber bridges and other commercial structures. Bell Lumber & Pole's customers are spread across North America, but Bell says the company has its sights set on an even bigger customer base in the near future. As http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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