The J. Gibson McIlvain Company has been providing high quality wood products since 1798 and is a trusted and well known name in the wholesale lumber business.
Our global reach makes us a powerful distributor of both domestic and imported, exotic hardwood lumber such as Teak, Genuine Mahogany, and Ipe.
We supply hardwood plywood in many popular species as well as Marine Grade plywood in Bruynzeel Okoume and Douglas Fir. J. Gibson McIlvain also offers hardwood moulding services with our extensive millwork catalog and custom profiles available upon request.
Our millwork department is prepared to create your custom mouldings, run your flooring, create panel layups, or run entire millwork packages for your project; we’ll then ship it nationwide right to your job site.
Our knowledgeable and experienced staff can help you determine the right product for your project and even suggest alternatives when budgets are tight and supply is low. With over 7 million board feet in stock and our own trucking fleet, we can deliver top quality materials just in time wherever your project is located. We are the wholesale lumber experts.
Any call or email we get for marine grade plywood results in a series of questions about why it is needed and how it will be put to use. The term “marine grade” is used a bit too liberally by manufacturers to be trusted at face value. In other words there are many shades of […]
As if it were some kind of perpetual motion machine, wood will never stop moving. No matter how old it is, what has been done to seal it, fasten it, or restrain it, the wood will move. Accept it, and move on. Understanding how and why your wood moves is necessary if you are going […]
As an importer of record in many exotic species like Genuine Mahogany, Teak, and Ipe; J. Gibson McIlvain is acutely aware of the stigma attached to rainforest wood species and the spectre of global warming that looms over our industry. The facts are that deforestation is not a result of the lumber import trade, but […]
Spring time is here and with it comes deck building season. This is the time of year when our millwork department spends 75% of the day grooving Ipe decking boards for hidden fasteners. At any given moment there are several trucks being loaded with Ipe to be shipped off to our customers around the country. […]
For more than a century, the hardwood lumber industry has held to a central grading standard established by the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA). Thanks to the foresight of the early founders of the NHLA in 1898, some order has been added to the chaos that had become the lumber trade. Finally there was a […]
Plywood is confusing. There, I said it. Especially when it comes to how the sheet of plywood is constructed. You can have 2 panels of identical species and thickness, but is one sheet the same as the other? Is a 3/4 sheet with 12 plies actually better than a 3/4 sheet with 6 plies? As […]