You Said It
Kurt Batey, owner of T.J. Forest Products, answers questions from the Pallet Enterprise about working in the industry.
Date Posted: 6/1/2013
Kurt Batey is the owner of T.J. Forest Products, a woodproducts remanufacturer and lumber broker located in Nampa, Idaho.†
Pallet Enterprise:What is the hardest challenge your company faces right now?
Batey: Aside from the pricing fluctuations that are reallyonly part of the job, Iíd say the biggest single challenge facing our companyis shipping.†We pride ourselves on working hard to make our deliveries ina timely manner, but the shipping industry has taken such a hard hit in recentyears that itís limited our options.
Pallet Enterprise:What is the best piece of business advice that you have ever received?
Batey: I was told the most important thing you can do foryour company is to surround yourself with good, hard working people.† Thenyou just have to stay out of their way.† Iím lucky in that thatís exactlywhat Iíve been able to do.†
Pallet Enterprise:What is the best part of working in this industry?
Batey: The best part for me is the long term relationshipsyou build with the people with whom you work.†Whether itís your customers,your suppliers or your co-workers, the lumber business is really a smallcommunity of people that you get to know very well over the course of a career.
Pallet Enterprise:If you could change any business decision that you have made in the past, whatwould you do differently and why?
Batey: There may have been a credit check or two along theway that I wish I would have paid a little closer attention to. If we wouldhave said no on some shipments we wouldnít†have lost money on these guys.There are a lot of people that go†bankrupt and start up new companies thenext day.† I have always thought this is wrong, but it happens. Itísavoidable if†youíre†more careful!
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