National Hardwood Magazine

Cover Story:


Downes & Reader Hardwood Co., Inc.

In January of 1973 on Bradston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, Rod Reader and Ed Downes started the Downes & Reader Hardwood Company. With a total inventory of 500 board feet of 4/4 Yellow Birch, 500 board feet of 4/4 Red Oak, and a 1960 Ford F-6 they were “in business”.

Currently Downes & Reader has over 4 million board feet in stock in our four locations in Stoughton, MA, Blakeslee, PA, Milford, CT, and Gorham, ME. They offer delivery and milling services such as surface planing to a specific thickness, straight line rip 1 edge, gang rip 2 edges, S4S, and custom mouldings.

For more information about Downes & Reader Hardwood, call 800-788-5568, 781-341-4092, or visit their website at



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