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GOLDEN STATE LUMBER

amazing, state-of-the-art facility. It has
an indoor, drive-through lumberyard.
There are a lot of these in the Midwest
and East Coast for weather-related reasons, but these don't exist much here.
We're excited to have this new facility to
service our clientele."
Golden State Lumber's facility reach
is wide in order to service its customers, which means another one of Scerri's
goals is to make the distribution process
as seamless and efficient as possible.
She's working with the company's vendors to create less lumberyard traffic in
order to have more room for customers
to get in and out to see the product offerings. With more efficiency, Golden State
Lumber can deliver on its same-day or
next-day deliveries.
"We also have a slightly different array
of products at all the different facilities,"
Scerri explains. "We have a loop truck
that goes to all of our facilities everyday. If
someone wants something that we don't
have in the nearest facility to the customer, our truck can go get it that day from
another facility. We rely on that tremendously for our customers."

I love focusing my time and making this
a place where they really want to be and
want to stay," Scerri says. "Having that
passion for what you're doing and really
being able to support each other, it defines
us as family business. My family owns
it, yes, but we've created a family here. I

really think our employees feel that. No
matter how big we get or how much we
grow, I don't want that family feeling to go
away. I won't grow bigger than northern
California because I want to keep my arms
around it and keep that feeling that makes
us successful." q

FAMILY FEEL
A couple of years ago, Scerri created an
employee committee for Golden State
Lumber. Annually, she handpicks a group
of employees to be a part of this committee for one year and discuss procedures
and processes for the company. Through
ideas and feedback, Scerri is then able to
implement employee ideas to improve the
company. "It's been really great because
these are the people doing those jobs everyday and they know how to do it best."
An employee committee ties into Scerri's approach as CEO. With her open-door
policy for employees at all levels, she can
retain employees and continue to foster
Golden State Lumber as one of the best
places to work.
"I don't think I got into this industry
because of the lumber business; I got into
it because of the people and that's where
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