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Very Exciting News From Meek’s!

We have some exciting news to share with you, our loyal customers and fans. Today marks the start of the next era of growth for Meek’s. Angeles Equity Partners (“Angeles”) and Clearlake Capital Group (“Clearlake”), leading private investment firms, have acquired the Meek’s Lumber Company with the full support and endorsement of the Meek family. These experienced building products investors have purchased Meek’s to grow it nationally, make it stronger, and become an even more valuable partner to you.

Angeles and Clearlake recognize and appreciate the tremendous responsibility to build upon the strong foundation the Meek family has assembled over four generations. The Meek’s legacy of quality and personalized service will continue as we strive to always be “The Builder’s Choice”. Meek’s will continue to earn the right to your business every day. We know this is a people business built on local relationships.

We are thankful to our customers and look forward to serving you for years to come!

To find out more, please visit https://bit.ly/2Q6WeDx.

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Lumber Byproducts — Where Do They Go?

Have you ever wondered what happens to the other parts of the tree that don’t make it into your next 2×4? Our friends down at Humboldt Redwood walk us through the byproducts creation process, including the different products that are offered, and how they may be used. To learn more about their operations, please visit https://mendoco.com/.

 

How to Stain & Restore Your Wood Deck

We’re back with another deck-related how-to. This one is courtesy of our friends at Duckback.

Do you have a natural wood deck that you absolutely love, but it’s starting to look weathered? While you certainly can replace the deck with a composite or PVC material, you can also take a little time and restore your deck to its former glory!

Watch the video below to see what a little elbow grease can do for you and your deck. It’s a simple as mix, pour, brush, wash, dry, and repeat. With these tips, you’ll have a refreshed deck in no time!

Share your before and after photos with us, using the #MeeksWestern and #TransformationTuesday. We’ll share some of our favorites on our Instagram.

How to Choose the Right Caulk for Your Project

Our friends over at DAP put together this video to help guide you when it comes to choosing the right caulk for your project.

Check it out and stop in one of our stores today where one our experts can help you find the right product for your project! We’ll see you soon!

OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety App.

HeatIndexApp_phoneWe can’t quite tell yet when the cool-down is coming or if the heat-waves will continue for months.

Thankfully, OSHA and NIOSH have partnered up to create the “OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool” to keep team members safe nationwide.

This app will help you plan out your days and jobs to know what temperature it will be outside and better yet, what it will feel like temperature wise.

Not only can it forecast out by location, it also will give you occupational safety and health recommendations from OSHA and NIOSH. As a bonus, you’ll be able to access information on signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and get first aid tips right from the palm of your hand!

Download the app to your smartphone today by clicking one of the buttons below or for more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/heatapp.html.

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Shop & Buy Online @ MeeksShop.com!

Did you know that in addition to the items on our store shelves and lumber racks, we have an online warehouse with over 67,000 items?

Head on over to MeeksShop.com and start searching! Once you find something you like, click “Add to Cart.” From there, it’s as easy as searching by zip code to select your local Meek’s store. Select the “Ship to Store” option and you’ll get FREE shipping! Then complete your checkout and we’ll give you a call when it comes in and have it ready for you to pickup.

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Tips to Beat the Heat & Keep the Team Safe!

Now that summer is fully upon us, so is the scorching heat. Keeping your crew safe is still of the utmost importance. Here are a few tips to help keep you and your team safe.

1) Hydration is key. Have plenty of ice, water and Gatorade on the jobsite.

2) Avoid energy drinks and cigarettes as both make it more difficult for your body to move oxygen throughout your system.

3) Keep junk food and anything fried off the menu. In high heat, these add stress to the body. Make sure everyone’s had a hearty breakfast and keep lunch on the light side. Eating a smaller lunch should also keep your team from hitting the afternoon slump.

4) Whenever possible, work in the cooler part of the day. Ideally, you would want to finish the sun-intensive jobs before 10AM or after 4PM. If you must work in the heat, be sure to have pop-ups or shaded areas for employees. If you can avoid spending hours unprotected in direct sunlight, you’ll be set!

5) Switch up your uniforms. Keep the colors light and the sleeves short and thin. Wearing less material and lighter colors allows the breeze to cool you down and reflect the sun rather than soaking it in. Hats are great too. They keep the sun off your face and neck.


6) Make sure your eyes are covered. You’ll want to keep sand, wind, water, porous materials and of course sunlight out of your eyes while you work. We’ve got glasses in stock that can double as sunglasses and safety glasses.

7) Most important of all, keep an eye on your team. If someone starts stumbling, dropping tools, slurring words, or something out of the norm, it might be time for a break. Lie them down under a tree or in the backseat of a truck, take off their boots, and cool them down.

Knowing the signs of heat stroke and knowing your team’s everyday routines will only help to make each job safer. Do your part to make sure everyone comes prepared and leaves with the job complete.

2018 Customer Appreciation Nights Recap

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In June, we wrapped up our Customer Appreciation Nights for 2018. We had 2,000 of you  join us for an evening of free dinner, loads of prizes, and just a time of celebration.

For those of you who joined us and those who couldn’t make it, thank you for your continued business. Here’s to the next 99 years being as grand as the first 99!

Stay tuned for news on something very exciting coming in 2019!

PVC Decking on Sale Now!

Select 1×6 AZEK PVC Decking is on closeout now! Stop in to save, while supplies last!

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