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  1. #1
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    Default Superior service In New York

    As beekeepers go, we are not large and run approximatley 300 hives. Unfortunately, we do not have a competent and ethical supplier nearby but this year I have had occasion to order from Kelley (www.kelleybees.com), Dadant (www.dadant.com) and Brushy Mountain (www.brushymountainbeefarm.com). All were able to quickly accomodate my order. This week's experience was typical. I called Dadant on Tuesday and ordered 50 lbs. of 8.5" crimped wire foundation with hooks, and a package of 200 Apiguard 25gram treatments. They said they would ship as soon as possible, but told me to expect to receive the material during the week of the 27th. I told them I had hoped to get the material before the holiday weekend, but knew they would do the best they could.

    Everything arrived today; one day later! My orders from Kelley and Brushy Mountain we handled just as well. I suggest all those in the Northeast deal with these suppliers.

    As some of you may know, we are also the manufacturers of Ross Round comb honey equipment and Sundance pollen traps, and we are fortunate to sell through all of the ethical and otherwise leading suppliers of beekeeping eq1uipment in the US; including these three firms.

    Lloyd
    Lloyd Spear, Owner of Ross Rounds, Inc. Manufacturers of round section comb equipment and Sundance Pollen Traps.

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    Default Re: Superior service In New York

    Another source for wooden ware is Humble Abodes in Winsor Maine, 877-423-3269. You do need to plan ahead with them as they are very busy. Great quality and great prices.

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    Default Re: Superior service In New York

    Lloyd I like the way you avoid mentioning the elephant in the room. I agree with your suggestion but would add Mann Lake to the list of competent ethical suppliers even though they don't seem to carry Sundance pollen traps. The Dadant branch in Waverly is a pleasure to deal with and for me has the fastest and cheapest shipping. All of these firms have made mistakes on orders but were always eager to make things right.

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    Default Re: Superior service In New York

    I too have had great satisfaction with Mann Lake, & Dadant (Waverly).
    Rmns 1:16/Prv.3:5,6/ Beegan BK May 09/ Zone 5b
    I have NOT failed. I have only found many many ways that do not work!

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    Default Re: Superior service In New York

    JohnAllen said, in part, "Lloyd I like the way you avoid mentioning the elephant in the room. I agree with your suggestion but would add Mann Lake".

    I agree concerning Mann Lake, but I generally deal with other companies because of the distances. In the few instances I have checked, their higher prices more than offet the lack of shipping charges. But they are great people and generally have superior products. Pollen Traps are an exception, but consumers have to decide if their lower price (compared to Sundance) offsets the trap's disadvantages.

    As to the elephant in the room, I don't have any reason to believe that current management set out with any malice. But any organization's culture and success is a combination of efforts by not only the management/owners but also efforts and contributions by employees and suppliers. When one replaces virtually 100% of the employees and very close to that of the suppliers, the culture is GOING TO change. It would be a herculean task to make that change positive and in this case it has been hugely negative. So, I come down to no malice, but gross incompetence. Too bad, but fortunatley 'we' have choices.
    Lloyd Spear, Owner of Ross Rounds, Inc. Manufacturers of round section comb equipment and Sundance Pollen Traps.

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    Default Re: Superior service In New York

    I just bought 150 boxes and 1600 assembled frames from Mann Lake. The NEXT day, the boxes went on sale for $.75 cheaper. I called them up and they refused to give me the better price. Come on ! I just spent $5,000.00 with them. That is why I consider them a supplier of last resort.

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