Spahn & Rose Blog

5 Reasons Metro Building Products Is the Atlanta Area’s Cedar Leader

Cedar is an amazing building material. Boards, shingles and accents made of cedar can be incorporated into indoor and outdoor designs alike. The wood’s deep red, eye-catching tones provide a warm, homey feel no matter where it’s used—whether for the beams of an outdoor pergola or as indoor V-joint siding. It’s also an ideal material for gables, inlays or decking, according to Greg Couch, General Manager of Metro Building Products in Marietta, Georgia.


Bogedin Named 2023 Spahn & Rose Employee of the Year

Justin Bogedin, a Driver at the Decorah, Iowa, Spahn & Rose location, wanted to help solve a problem. The company’s forklift inspection process seemed to have duplicate questions that required conflicting answers. He suggested revising the inspection form to be more comprehensible and to-the-point, which would ultimately help make working conditions safer at Spahn & Rose lumberyards.


Bruce Hurda Goes Above & Beyond Every Day

Sometimes Bruce Hurda’s day begins in the wee hours of the morning, about a half hour north of the Spahn & Rose store in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin.“I live north of the store and there are a lot of contractors in my area,” says Hurda, who has been a Spahn & Rose employee since 2000. “Sometimes I’ll bring orders with me and meet the contractors at 4:30 in the morning so they can get their material before the workday. I like being able to take care of the contractors and it saves them a lot of time.”


One board. Just one single board short. One Friday afternoon, a customer who had ordered decking material from the Cresco, Iowa, Spahn & Rose location had an oh-so-nearly-finished deck that was just one handrail board short of being complete. The contractor had already left, and the homeowner had planned to christen the deck with a party the following day.


Customer Review Earns Shumaker Above & Beyond Award

We love hearing from our customers: which building materials they need, information about a cabinet renovation they’re planning or how our employees were able to assist them with a project. Recently, customer Shane Schneider of Wilton, Iowa, shared his thoughts on how Rob “Junior” Shumaker, Assistant General Manager of Spahn & Rose’s Tipton location, helped him with a project.


Decorah Spahn & Rose’s Bogedin Receives August Above & Beyond Award

When Justin Bogedin, Materials Handler at the Decorah, Iowa, Spahn & Rose, read through the new forklift inspection form, he was puzzled by one question. Part of it, he realized, could be answered affirmatively, but another part with a “no.” He thought the question could be worded better and more accurately. Bogedin shared his concern about the form with Cormac Siegert, Spahn & Rose’s Safety Coordinator, leading to a change that clarifies and streamlines the process.