About UTD

Whether the building business runs in your family or if you enjoy watching Ax Men, there is something about lumber that sticks with you. We see it all the time in our customers…family businesses that are carried on to third and fourth generations.

During high school, working lumber with his dad was a way for Chad Epperson to make some extra cash. But his experience grew to name him the king of the ‘saw & stack’ process on the reman side.  After living in Texas with the ARMY, Chad returned to Alabama and the lumber business in 1990 to manage the sales and operations for a local company that branched off to develop United Treating & Distribution, LLC, in 2006.  During that first year, UTD grew to a team of 14 employees with more than 100 customers.

Today, UTD has 50 employees with more than 300 customers in 18 states.  Our customer range is very broad.  We work with retail lumber yards, independent building material dealers, portable barn builders, decking pros, fencing pros, metal manufacturers, trailer manufacturers, retaining wall companies, specialized industrial suppliers and contracting groups.  

The UTD team has two dedicated partners with its own freight company and freight brokerage.  This means we can deliver to you on time with access to 30 of our own drivers and hundreds of trucks outside of our own network.

Lumber buying is done by Chad and Ken (70+ years of combined experience and a network of industry friends that can make the impossible somehow happen).  As a Christian owned company, we strive to do what we say we will do and expand the business to the degree that the Lord brings us opportunities and enthusiastic people.

Check out our company values and find out what that big Committed... on our company logo means.

 

Creating Value for You

Personal service

  • You will work with the salesperson that knows your business and your state like a pro. 
  • We're committed to learn the areas of your business to keep you competitive and profitable. 
  • Our leadership is not afraid to hit the road and find a great restaurant in your hometown to meet and understand the important money and time saving practices that are unique to your team…you know, the stuff that can take years over the phone to figure out.

Lots of options

  • We have partnered with great buying groups to offer specials, bill through choices and payment terms that fit your books.
  • UTD will deliver to your job site and haul loads for your business.
  • Lumber handling & delivery preference are noted and customized for every customer.

Secret weapons

  • Our teams inspect every pack of lumber coming in and going out.  We hand write the mill number on every pack and give each one a grade (think of a lumber report card that tells us exactly who is cutting the best pine available that month).
  • We partner with companies that are smarter than we are.  Wolmanized and Lonza keep our treatment technologies and equipment current and efficient.  TPI spends time with our quality control team each month to make sure our daily samples are above industry standards.

Faith and values 

  • As a C12 partner, our leaders are accountable to live out Biblical priorities.