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Man days, Baker said K&J mostly focuses on skid production.
“We saw the lumber and build the skids for steel companies,” he said. According to Baker, business in the skid market has been strong for his
“I’ve been extremely busy,” he said, noting that his company has added
about 5 to 10 percent in revenue each year.
As the needs of K&J’s primary customer (which Baker declined to iden-
tify) have increased, the company’s production has grown and become more streamlined in turn.
“I cut probably ... 6 to 650,000 (board feet) per year on the mill,” Baker said. About 95 percent of the lumber produced by K&J goes into skids.
Walk-in traffic at K&J has grown, as well.
“It’s also increased on that front,” Baker said, noting that this is largely due to the fact that K&J now has a dedicated location. When it was known as Pallet Man, the business was located in a less-visible rented space.
While skids have been a reliable source of income for K&J, Baker said he has been exploring other lumber-related opportunities, as well.
“I’m actually in the process of branching out,” he said.
As part of these efforts, K&J has been producing kiln-dried lumber, doing more custom sawing, and sawing beams and timber for timber-framed houses.
Baker said these initiatives have been an ideal fit for his business, as they provide a use for K&J ’s highest-quality lumber while their lower-quality lumber is used for skid production.
“It’s kind of (a) well-rounded business for me,” he said. In the future, Baker plans to focus more heavily on K&J’s newer lines of business while continuing to produce skids.
For more information on K&J Lumber Products, visit www.kandjlum-
Courtesy photos
In the photo above and below at left, wood products from K&J Lumber Products are pictured. The Mora, Minn., business is primarily known for producing skids, but has been diversifying as of late.

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