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VAAGEN BROS. Carves Name
In Competitive Industry
Colville, Wash.—Whether it’s the
chance to introduce a new product,
open a new facility or explore a new
geographic market area, the team at
Vaagen Brothers Lumber, which is located
here, is always on the lookout for new
out as a
g r o w s
thanks to its
ability to fulfill
needs by utilizing
in 2X4, 2X6
and 2X8, 8 to
B r o s .
in Colville and
a stud mill (for
the 8, 9 and
1 0 - f o o t
18 to 22 million
m o n t h ,
John Branstetter, sales manager.
The company manufactures a high volume
of machine stress-rated lumber,
and sells its products mainly to wholesale
distributors and truss manufacturers,
most of which are based in the
Western U.S. “Spokane is our main market,”
said Branstetter, “followed by Salt
Lake City, Phoenix, Denver and all of
Vaagen Bros. purchases its raw materials
from landowners located within a
200-mile radius of its Washington plants,
which are situated about 50 miles south
of the Canadian border. Branstetter said
the firm’s reputation for small-log utilization
has put it ahead of the pack in its
“Not many of our competitors focus on
that segment,” he said, adding that the
small log goes a long way in enhancing
timber stands, improving forest health
and reducing fire danger by thinning.
“We’re able to do that in an economical
In light of current market conditions,
Branstetter said Vaagen Bros. is challenged
when it comes to finding logs,
particularly the affordable kind. “Logs
are very expensive right now,” said
Russ Vaagen monitors the firm’s planer line.
By Bridget McCrea
To work through the issues, Branstetter
said the firm works to expand its market
and scout around for alternative and/or
specialty products that help the manufacturer
costs at a minimum.
also strives to
stay on the
24 knife highspeed
A big investment
firm, the planer
John Branstetter, Duane and Russ Vaagen are among the key personnel
at Vaagen Brothers Lumber Inc., located in Colville, Wash.
who said it has
the plant that
“This is the
using it, and
“What used to
take 10 shifts
s t r e s s
use of cameras
every step of
the way,” said
Branstetter. “That way, we always know
exactly how dry and strong it is. Once
that information is fed into the grading
apparatus, the machine will view it and
see how that stacks up for that particular
grade. It is very dependable and accurate.”
Looking ahead, Vaagen Bros. has purchased
a portable HewSaw mill that previously
operated in New Zealand. The
team is in the process of selecting its
first location. “We’ve revamped it to fit
the U.S.-type electrical supply,” said
Branstetter. “We plan to get that up and
running this year.”
Expansion may also be in the cards for
Vaagen Bros. which will continue to
focus on meeting customer needs and
responding to their demands while at the
same time dealing with challenges such
as the lack of affordable logs. “We’ll continue
to keep our eyes open for opportunities,
whether it’s a new product or facility,”
says Branstetter. “It’s a strategy
that’s worked well for us for 55 years,
and we expect it to keep working for us
well into the future.”
Darrell Evans is the plant manager of the new Vaagen Brothers’ stud mill
in Usk, Wash.
CUSTOM LUMBER’S High-End
Customers Prefer Cypress
D o t h a n , A l a . –When the Bridge
Hampton Golf Club in Long Island, N.Y.,
was searching for a wood supplier for its
new facility, the upscale club flew the
project’s architect, contractor and lumberyard
person here to confer with
Chuck Harris, president of Custom
Lumber Manufacturing. They found what
3x4 and a
5/4 x 8 vertical
S e l e c t
center of the
product is now a
regular item in
C u s t o m
and will be able
to offer vertical
grain, bevels, v-
and interior siding,”
go far beyond
use. It’s popular
for interior residential,
and we’re even
supplying a cabinet
is now producing
as an alternative
to Cedar decking.
Both natural and
treated with a
clear stain are
10x18 and as long
as 26 feet,
although Harris concedes that this size
“takes monster trees. Most of what we
supply is 12x12s, 10x10s, maybe a 6x16
or 8x16. We go back and resaw for a
fresh face on these architectural timbers.”
He noted that more customers today
are seeking a high-grade, number-one
timber with no wane and no-rot characteristics.
“And Cypress fills that bill over
and over again,” he added.
For moulded products, Custom Lumber
grinds its own knives to produce patterns
as wide as 12-inches, utilizing five
Weinig moulders and one Woods moulder.
“We can also surface any size timber
up to 12x12,” said Harris. “We often
have architects calling us to find out if we
can produce a product before they actually
With Cypress being a more affordable
product than Cedar or Redwood and its
equal durability, Harris noted that the
current limited supply of this increasingly
popular species is driving industry-wide
efforts to protect this species’ future.
“The Southern Cypress Manufacturers
Association is compiling data to submit
Cypress as a sustainable green-product
species. We sold about 8 million board
feet of Cypress last year and we have
about 1.5 to 2 million board-feet in our
yard. We’re seeing indicators that there
is more Cypress growing today than
what we are harvesting,” Harris said.
“And, of course, there are the limitations
in harvesting a species that primarily
grows in very wet areas that can’t be
m u c h
Jane Fuller has marketed Cypress products 25 years for Custom Lumber
Manufacturing, which is located in Dothan, Ala. The firm’s president is
Chuck Harris, also pictured.
The Bridge Hampton Golf Club, Long Island, N.Y., was recently
constructed with Custom Lumber’s 3x4 and a 5/4 x 8 vertical
grain Cypress in a slect grade all clear product.
primarily in a
the company is
the appeal of
Cypress in key
K a n s a s ,
shipped as far
he said. In their
C y p r e s s
in Orlando, Fla.,
has plans to
attend the same
event in Las
Vegas next year
and will also display
Market ® in
end-users about proper application and
installation is a key component in the
preservation of wood siding of any
species, whether that installation is exterior
or interior. “It’s important, for example,
to use backer board behind a pecky
Cypress accent wall, because it is true
peck and will have holes completely
Custom Lumber is also installing a
shrink wrap to sub-bundle its products.
To further educate customers on proper
application, every bundle will include finishing
instructions for the products to
help people understand how to get the
best performance from Cypress products.
“It’s our purpose to protect the reputation
of a fine product by helping educate
those who work with it on the proper
application for its use,” Harris said.
For more information about Custom
Lumber’s Cypress offerings, visit the
company’s website at www.plantationcypress.com
or contact Harris or Jane
Fuller at 800-633-0906.
This is a closeup of the 3x4 and a 5/4 x 8 vertical grain
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A.W. STILES Expands Into Boiler Industry
A.W. Stiles Contractors installed this new main steam line from a new AFS boiler
A.W. Stiles Contractors fabricated and replaced these kiln roofs with new, full
length panels, shown here.
A.W. Stiles Contractors has recently expanded into
the boiler industry through AFS Energy Systems. This
is an example of their new product.
McMinnville, Tenn.–In the lumber
business, dry kilns and predryers at
some point and time will need to be
repaired or upgraded, and finding a good
repairman is a necessity. A.W. Stiles
Contractors has set itself apart from the
pack by being readily available when a
company’s dry kilns or predryers need to
be worked on. With three different crews,
the A.W. Stiles team of 19 employees
can cover a lot of ground and do a lot of
Recently, A.W. Stiles Contractors has
expanded into the boiler industry. The
opportunity for growth presented itself
once again and was taken advantage of.
One Success Story After Another...
A.W. Stiles Contractors has teamed with
AFS Energy systems and can now fulfill
all your boiler needs. From the boiler
itself, to dust collection, to steam piping,
they have it covered. Not only are they
now a boiler supplier, they do repairs and
are capable of retrofitting existing boilers
to modern day standards.
“We have worked in 19 different states.
It keeps growing every year and we’ll go
coast to coast,” said Tommy Stiles, president
of the company. “Lumber companies
that have dry kilns and predryers will
need to have repairs. They have to be
maintained and customers rely on us to
take care of them. Not everybody’s got
“We Know it Pays to Advertise in The Softwood Buyer!”
“We’ve been advertising in The Softwood Buyer for several
years running, steadily increasing our budget to larger and
more colorful ads. We receive regular phone calls, faxes, and
emails directly from our ads in your newspaper.
We don’t look at advertising in The Softwood Buyer as an
expense. The money isn’t going into a black hole. For us it’s
like making an investment for the future of our company.
We know it pays to advertise in your newspaper. You’ve
made a believer out of us. Your newspaper is part of our sales
effort and will continue to be.”
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SISKIYOU FOREST PRODUCTS remanufactures Redwood, Western Red Cedar
and Alder. They also produce cut-stock, Primed finger-joint sold under RESERVE
label, engineered wood products, edge glued panels, fascia and mouldings. You
can call Siskiyou Forest Products at 530-378-6980 or fax at 530-378-6987. You
can view their website at www.siskiyouforestproducts.com
the equipment, manpower, or the knowledge
to do that type of work, but we do.
We are an aftermarket specialist in this
line of work.” To get in depth information
about their currently provided products
and services as well as contact info;
please visit their new website at
“It’s a huge asset to have over 30 years
of experience and to gain the many different
customers trust and respect,”
Stiles said. “You only get repeat business
if you’re doing a good job. In this industry,
everybody seems to know everybody
and word spreads about who does a
good job. In fact, most of our new customers
come from referrals from other
customers. This to me is a good sign
that we are doing a good job. I feel like
our record speaks for itself, and we strive
to make sure that our customers are satisfied
with the work we do.”
The company is not only backed by
experience and knowledge, but it is a
“one stop shop,” so to speak. “We do it
all from A to Z. We go in there after the
kiln has been shut down, and get the job
done. We bring the proper equipment
and people to get the job done as fast
and efficiently as possible to keep downtime
to a minimum.”
“There are always scheduled maintenance,
repairs, and modifications that
need to be done to dry kilns,” Stiles said.
“The list is very long, but here are a few
of the most common jobs that we do.”
Those services include:
Apply kiln and predryer protective coatings;
Door repair and replacements; Dry
kiln and Predryer roof replacements;
Construct and install heating coils;
Complete steam line installations; Power
Venting; Walnut steamer installations;
Relocation of existing dry kilns; and most
recently, Boiler maintenance and supplier.
Drying processes have changed
throughout the years. For example, in
years past, the highest percentage of
mills manufactured primarily oak. Today,
diversity rules, especially in regard to
wood species. At this time, about 80 percent
of the company’s customers are
hardwood and the balance is in the
Softwood lumber industry.
“It’s a revolving cycle and there are still
a few companies that manufacture one
species of lumber, but not many,” Stiles
said. “We go in and change the kilns for
what their market is today. For instance,
with maple and poplar you can dry it fast
compared to oak which is slow and easy.
If your kilns were built 20 years ago for
oak and you are drying maple today,
you’re really shooting yourself in the foot
by not modernizing your kilns. Install the
proper amount of vents, heat, and wind
flow. Your drying time per charge of lumber
will be less, and a lot brighter which
makes it a lot more attractive for your
Tommy’s father, A.W., founded the company
that bears his name in the 1970s.
“Since that time, we have done everything
imaginable to the dry kilns. We
started out by only coating the kilns.
However, as time went by, we started
doing more and more in the lumber dry
kiln industry. We have the capacity to
build new kilns. We built 6 (95,000 BF
capacity) kilns from the ground up for
Mayfield Lumber Company in
McMinnville, Tenn.,” said Stiles.
“However, at this time, building new kilns
is not our focus. There are plenty of people
out there who can build the new kilns.
We want to take care of the older kilns
that need repairs.”
Companies across the country that
need their dry kiln or predryer repaired
are truly relieved to see A.W. Stiles
Contractors pull onto their yards. Repeat
customers know they will be taken care
of and will be completely satisfied when
the job is complete. New customers can
check with some of their contacts and
find that when a dry kiln repairman is
needed-you need to look no further for
one you can depend on.
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SISKIYOU Web Site Attracts Customers
By Wayne Miller
Darren Duchi, general manager of Siskiyou Forest Products in
Anderson, Calif., stands beside a shipment of lumber bearing Siskiyou
Reserve, a priming product for wood siding and trim.
A n d e r s o n , C a l i f . —Siskiyou Forest
Products’ new corporate web site at
attracted many customers in recent
months. Many of these companies have
come to depend on Siskiyou Forest
Products for its ever-broadening array of
products, including industrial lumber, cutto-size,
finger jointed and edge-glued
The website, which was created by a
local firm, allows customers to flip
through book pages to obtain information
on such topics as Our Products, About
Siskiyou, Wood Facts and The Facilities.
Contact information for the firm’s sales
and purchasing sales at its 35-acre manufacturing
plant in Anderson and satellite
office in Weed, Calif., are also provided.
Siskiyou has also gained sales with one
of its newest products, Siskiyou Reserve,
a primed product for wood siding and
“Our Reserve line of primed Western
Red Cedar and Redwood has been
specifically formulated for siding, fascia
and trim. This durable exterior primer
system includes two high performance
coats; the first coat is an alkyd sealer that
is used to block tannin migration, the second
coat of a high performance acrylic
primer. Our coating department uses
state-of-the art application and curing
equipment that enables us to produce a
quality primed product,” said Darren
Duchi, general manager of Siskiyou
“Creating our Reserve line of siding and
trim has been a major investment for us.
It is imperative for Siskiyou to ensure
quality to our customers,” said Duchi.
Until recently, customers typically
shipped wood products purchased from
Siskiyou to a third party, who then primed
“We were just not satisfied with the quality
of the third party priming. If our
Siskiyou name is going to be on lumber
out in the field, we want absolute control
of the quality, whether it is raw or primed,”
Duchi said. “Prior to the availability of our
current coating system, customers purchased
a product that had one coat of an
oil-based primer. That single coat would
generally look semi-transparent. In other
words, you could see through the coating.
Siskiyou Reserve primer is 100 percent
In response to customers’ needs,
Siskiyou Forest Products designed and
developed its Reserve primed products
by utilizing soft-cure technology and low
heat application. Assistance from The
Valspar Corporation enabled Siskiyou to
engineer the coating system.
“Siskiyou has something special. Their
prime line allows them to use a coating
system that’s not commonly used in a
continuous production process on
Western Red Cedar and Redwood,” said
Kevin Simpson, Valspar technical sales.
“Most businesses that apply an alkydbased
sealer will rack the lumber and let
it air dry,” Duchi said. “They physically
place this product on a rack with finger
marks and then they allow it to dry for 24
hours, restack it, re-wrap it, and send it
on its way. In addition to these quality
issues, a third party primer can often add
additional costs due to increased time
and shipping expense. One benefit of our
service is that when you receive an
invoice, the product is en route to your
Siskiyou inserts a plastic slip-sheet
between each layer of its primed product
to prevent damage during delivery and to
assure consistent quality. Siskiyou markets
its Reserve line of siding and trim
Siskiyou staff members are involved in off-bearing of the company’s
through wholesale distributors.
The company’s exterior primed products
will become a valued part of Siskiyou’s
growth projections. Siskiyou markets
both Softwoods and hardwoods. The use
of Incense Cedar and alder is primarily
for door and window components.
Reserve trim is only available in Coastal
Western Red Cedar and Redwood.
The majority of Siskiyou’s merchandise
is traded domestically. The company
maintains an inventory of 7 million board
feet at its facility, which is situated on 74
acres. The facility includes 12 kilns and
employs 75 people.
Siskiyou has added new machinery at
Stock at Siskiyou feeds into the soft-cure oven.
its facility in recent years that contributes
to the ongoing evolution of the company.
The technology utilized by Siskiyou
includes a rip line, two moulders, a crosscut
line, two finger jointers, a precision
end trimmer and three radio frequency
edge gluers with sanding and double
Siskiyou plans to further develop its
technology by implementing an optimizing
rip line; an optimizing crosscut line
and a continuous edge glue line.
Mike Webster serves as the purchasing
agent of Redwood and Western Red
Cedar for Siskiyou. Other key company
personnel include Bill Duchi, who oversees
purchasing of Incense Cedar and
hardwood, at the company’s Weed,
“All of the employees at Siskiyou strive
to enable us to provide the best products
possible for our customers,” added
Duchi. “We have received positive feedback
from customers about our Reserve
line. This is a credit to every person here
who has participated in developing the
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COASTAL LUMBER CO. Adds Imported
Hardwood Plywood Division
Summerville, S.C.—Coastal Lumber
Company (“Coastal”) is proud to formally
introduce to the U.S. wholesale distribution
yard market its new imported hardwood
plywood division, Coastal Global
Coastal is a private, family-owned and
in its third
ownership. It is
Va. It has grown
Weldon, N.C., to
sawmills and concentration
230 million board
feet of lumber
annually. Most of
s o m e
l u m b e r .
Coastal is a
and saw logs
all over the
G l o b a l
(“CGR”) is a
C o a s t a l
L u m b e r
from a handful
manufacturers in China.
Coastal formed CGR because some of
Coastal’s customers were having problems
purchasing a steady, consistent supply
of reasonably priced, high quality hardwood
plywood from their existing hardwood
plywood suppliers. According to
CGR’s Asian Export Sales Manager, Bert
Gary, “With any number of manufacturers
producing their product, Coastal’s customers
never knew what they might get
from one order to the next. They needed
someone who could guarantee high quality
With Coastal’s decades of experience
doing business in Asia, and with Coastal’s
China-based employees having already
established close working relationships
with some of the best hardwood plywood
manufacturers in China, Coastal knew that
it could resolve its customers’ issues. “We
may be relatively new to the imported
hardwood plywood business,” Gary
explained, “but Coastal has been doing
business in China as long as anyone has
and we know the terrain. We know what
works and what doesn’t work, so there is
no learning curve for us to climb.”
“We went into this with one goal in mind
— we were going to be known for our
quality,” added CGR’s General Manager,
Tom Boyce. “The first thing we did was
carefully audit the numerous hardwood
plywood manufacturers operating in China
to determine which ones could actually
provide the consistent supply of reasonably
priced, high quality hardwood plywood
that Coastal’s customers needed,”
Boyce continued. “Then, instead of choosing
to rely on any number of suppliers’
inspectors to make quality control deci-
By Gary Miller
sions for us, we hired and trained our own
inspectors to work at each of these prequalified
hardwood plywood mills on a fulltime
CGR’s obsession with quality is evident.
According to Boyce, “We’re in a unique
quality from the
stump to the
are able to
hand pick logs
Coastal Lumber Co. has 18 sawmills and concentration yards producing
230 million board feet of lumber annually, which includes mostly domestic
species of hardwood lumber, but also Southern Yellow Pine and Cypress
lumber as well.
Bert Gary, managing director of Coastal Global Resources, and Tom Boyce,
sales manager for Coastal Global Resources based in Summerville, S.C., are pictured
by a sheet of fancy plywood manufactured by one of their Chinese suppliers.
them to China,
then have our
them into fancy
N o r t h
work with a
that is the
only way we
B o y c e
sure our plywood
than 48 different
e v e n
in our imported
12 percent or less. We then import our plywood
in containers because that is the
only way to fully protect it as it travels back
to the U.S. ports.”
CGR also intends to be known for its loyalty
and integrity. “Loyalty and integrity in
our relationships with our wholesale distribution
yard and warehouse customers will
ensure our success,” Gary conveyed. “For
example, we probably had about 70 small
to large woodworking plant owners visit us
at our booth at the recent IWF show in
Atlanta who told us they wanted to buy
directly from us. We referred them to our
wholesale distribution yard and warehouse
customers because we respect and
appreciate the value that they provide.”
CGR maintains offices in Northern
Europe, Southern Europe and the Middle
East in addition to its offices in Shanghai
and Shenzhen, China and Ho Chi Minh
City, Vietnam. CGR imports birch, poplar
and okoume plywood in 4x8-foot sheets in
1/4-inch, 1/2-inch, 5/8-inch and 3/4-inch
thicknesses with 16 crates loaded in each
container. CGR sells its plywood only to
wholesale distribution yards and warehouses
located throughout North America.
For more information about Coastal
Global Resources and its products go to
www.coastallumber.com, contact Tom
Boyce at 843-709-6195 or e-mail
Coastal Global Resources has their Chinese employees carefully make a final
inspection on some imported plywood the company will be shipping to customers
in the United States.
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Continued Improvements, Expansions
Occurring At ENYEART CEDAR
T i g a r d , O r e . —Enyeart’s recent
upgrade to their new computer networking
system allows ‘real time’ communication
and viewing between the home office in
Tigard, Ore., and the plant in North Idaho.
This communication is resulting in efficient
and simultaneous tracking of customer
orders by Enyeart personnel in both of the
company’s locations. The 2-story mill
office and a spacious storage area were
built two years ago. This year also brought
many other improvements to Enyeart’s finished
products manufacturing facility,
C o e u r
this time the
sorting line to
The mill also
has a dry kiln
mill, which is
15 acres of
about 20 million
a large inventory
a new hammer
the mill’s planer
away from the
mill to be
trucked away. Other improvements
include a new labeling, bar-coding, and
tracking system on every unit of Cedar
leaving the shipping facility.
At least 12 to 15 truckloads of specialty
items are shipped daily from Enyeart,
which has grown from a company of two
people in 1995 to 40 employees today.
Products shipped from the operation
include rough timbers, rough dimension,
S4S dimension, green and dry boards,
clear and knotty bevels and clear and
knotty trim, along with Cedar roofing and
sidewall products. Ron Enyeart, company
president and owner, credits his staff’s
ability to procure the right raw materials for
manufacturing, which enables the company
to excel over its competitors, particularly
in regard to the company’s Cedar
Mountain Brand products. This allows
Enyeart to consistently meet customers’
needs for specific, customized orders for
length, width, pattern, quality and volume.
The bevel siding and kiln-dried products
continue to be kept in the newly built storage
area at the mill in order to protect the
quality of these products.
This new storage area enables Enyeart to
keep customer orders fulfilled on schedule
while providing adequate storage and protection
for the products. It’s also big
enough to allow Enyeart to continue to
grow in customer orders.
Last year Enyeart also introduced their
new product logo, which is significant
because it better reflects the region in
which the mill is located. The Silver Valley
is a beautiful area with mountains and
trees, rivers, wildlife, and attractions that
the new logo proudly displays in its scene.
This new logo is now being placed on the
wrap of all company manufactured products.
“Thus far in 2008, our sales have been
consistent with previous years in spite of
the economic challenges, and we have
enjoyed steady growth as a company,”
both our customers
keep us fully
with our products
The staff at
the mill works
Enyeart Cedar, headquartered in Tigard, Ore., makes efficient useage
of the spacious storage area that was built at the facility two years
ago. Enyeart’s mill produces about 20 million board feet of Cedar
Mountain Brand products annually.
At least 12 to 15 truckloads of specialty items are shipped daily from
Enyeart Cedar’s facility.
days a week,
5:30 a.m. and
1:30 a.m. to
the steady volume
well as benefits.
that we have
order to offer
C e d a r
about 20 percent
sells, and purchases
rest of its finished
Cedar and Inland Red Cedar manufacturers
in the Pacific Northwest, and through
their exclusive marketing agreements with
several Cedar producers.
In addition to Ron Enyeart, key personnel
at the company include: Marc Irby, sales
manager; Ryan Walters, manufacturing
supervisor; John Reed, sales; Marty
Goldsmith, accounting and accounts
receivable; Jocelyn Evans, accounts
payable; Carol Perrier, dispatching; Alexis
Enyeart’s mill expansion includes a new sticker stacker and sorting
line to move Cedar through the manufacturing process more efficiently.
support/advertising; Brock Enyeart, sales
support for local warehouse operation;
and Greg Enyeart, sales support for local
warehouse operation. Ron Enyeart credits
his sales, shipping, manufacturing, and
accounting staff for working together as a
team in order to provide the best possible
service for his customers.
Enyeart Cedar Products is a long-standing
member of the North American
Wholesale Lumber Assoc., and a distributing
member of the Western Red Cedar
Lumber Assoc. Enyeart continues to grow
because of their service and ability to provide
highly mixed truckload shipments. In
regard to the company’s recent upgrades,
Enyeart added, “It’s all in the name of
gaining efficiencies, controlling costs and
meeting and exceeding customer expectations.
It all adds up to superb customer
October 2008 Advertorial Page 47
BENNETT LUMBER PRODUCTS Well-Positioned For The 21st Century
By Terry Miller
Jim Vandegrift is sales manager for Bennett Lumber Products Inc., Princeton, Idaho,
which has been in business in the lumber industry since 1939.
Princeton, Idaho–Four generations
of the Bennett family have seen plenty of
ups and downs in the lumber industry at
Bennett Lumber Products Inc. since the
company opened in 1939. A fifth generation
stands ready to join the team, unintimidated
by current market conditions as
the company prepares next year to mark
its 70 th anniversary.
“The family takes pride in providing jobs
for the community,” said Jim Vandegrift,
sales manager. “A lighter production load
is an appropriate response to the current
market, but even so, it will never be our
policy to shut down for weeks at a time,
but rather utilize a four-day work week to
minimize impact on our team of employees.
During the good times, we’ve put
money aside so we’re riding out another
market change from a position of
Much of Bennett Lumber’s recent focus
has been on developing specialty markets
by offering more specialty patterns in
boards in such species as Ponderosa
Pine, Engelmann Spruce, Lodgepole and
Cedar, which can be produced in runs as
small as 5,000 board feet per order.
“These are all value-added WWPA patterns
in both single- and double-sided
formats,” said Vandegrift. “Two separate
patterns on one board allows customers
to market the boards without stocking two
The company’s turnaround time on specialty
pattern orders is among the best in
the business, according to Vandegrift,
with freshly run stock loaded onto trucks
or rail within 24 hours. Bennett’s products
are shipped to all 50 states, Mexico,
China, Germany and other countries.
Bennett Lumber’s standing inventory is
more varied than ever, with the company
happy to offer half- and third-packs for
customer satisfaction. “More and more of
our trucks are going out with three or four
orders per truck, sometimes as many as
seven or eight,” said Vandegrift.
He noted that as recently as 2007,
Bennett Lumber invested in equipment
modernization procedures to improve
production and the quality of fiber in its
mills at Princeton, Idaho and Clarkston,
Washington. Such foresight enables
Bennett Lumber to sustain its reputation
among the top 90 lumber producers in
the United States, with a workforce of
nearly 300 on the payroll.
Last year’s capital improvements included
upgrading and updating the sorter and
stacker system at the Princeton mill, as
well as upgrading the computer technology
in the company’s dry kilns at Princeton
and in Clarkston. Vandegrift noted that
these improvements have resulted in
turning orders faster and more consistent
moisture content that contributes to the
overall quality of the company’s products.
With those technology improvements
firmly in place, Bennett Lumber continues
to hone its ability to switch species on
Bennett Lumber’s inventory and sales
list includes Dimensional lumber, boards
and Shop in 4/4, 6/4 and 8/4 Larch, White
Fir, Engelmann Spruce, Lodgepole Pine,
Idaho White Pine, Inland Red Cedar and
Ponderosa Pine. Bennett Lumber exclusively
markets to wholesalers and wholesale
distributors and posted sales of 130
million board feet last year. The Clarkston
mill’s output is approximately 45 percent
Ponderosa Pine, 25 percent each Fir and
Larch and White Fir, with 5 percent ESLP.
The Princeton plant produces 35 percent
each of Fir & Larch and White Fir and 15
percent each fo Ponderosa Pine and
Inland Red Cedar.
As Idaho landholders, Bennett Lumber
is expanding its commitment to a sustainable
forest initiative by working as a
chain-of-custody SFI facility. Vandegrift
noted that the company’s recent reduction
in production represents a responsible
attitude toward a weaker dollar and
the long-term prosperity of the lumber
industry‘s economic vitality.
“Our focus on building and preserving a
company that can be passed along to
each successive generation means we’re
also committed to the sustainability of the
A deer rests comfortably in the shade of product at Bennett Lumber. The company
has been developing specialty markets by offering specialty patterns in
boards in such species as Ponderosa Pine, Engelmann Spruce, Lodgepole and
product that is harvested from our mills,”
said Vandegrift. “We’re not just harvesting
in an environmentally sensitive manner.
We also have been replanting trees
for the last 50 years. Few of us in the
industry will be alive to see that harvest,
but this company will be here.”
In addition to Vandegrift, key personnel
at Bennett Lumber include Frank
Bennett, president and son of founder
Guy Bennett; Brett Bennett, vice president,
and Frank’s son; Jan Dimke, secretary-treasurer
and Guy’s daughter; Mitch
Dimke, general manager and Jan’s son.
Cedar boards pass before a panel of graders at Bennett Lumber
Several of Frank’s grandchildren work for
the company, representing the fourth
generation of the family active in the firm.
For more information about Bennett
Lumber Products, Inc., visit
www.blpi.com or call (208) 875-1321.
Please Visit Us At Booth No.519
Wholesale/Wholesale Distributor Special Buying Issue
NAWLA Traders Market ®
2008 Booth # Co.
221 AZEK Building Products, Inc.
725 Abitibi Bowater
700 Ainsworth Group of Companies
327 All-Fab Building Components. Inc.
324 Allwood Industrials
801 Ambassador Services, Inc.
642 Anglo American Cedar Products
220 Ante-Holz GmbH
615 Anthony Forest Products
330 Anton Heggenstaller GmbH
736 Arauco Wood Products
627 Arch Wood Protection
108 Arrow Reload Systems Inc.
923 Ashton Lewis Lumber Co.
223 Asia Building Materials Limited
833 Auto-Stak Systems, Inc.
827 BLG Cargo Logistics Gmbh & Co. KG
302 BNSF Railway
410 Bay Tree Technologies - USA
724 Beadles/Balfour Lumber Company
720 Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated
519 Bennett Lumber Products
310 Biewer Lumber
106 Binderholz Deutschland GmbH
823 Bitterroot Valley Forest Products
602 Boise Cascade
602 Boise Wood Products
111 Bondurant Lumber Wholesale & Export
312 Boozer Laminated Beam Co.
921 Bouchard Products Ltd.
907 Brown & Rutherford Co. Ltd.
413 C&D Lumber Co.
804 CME Group
905 CN Worldwide North America (CNWNA)
832 Cambia by Greenleaf
427 Canadian National Railway
812 Carrier Lumber Ltd.
712 Cascade Structural Laminators
919 Cedar Valley Shingle Systems
711 Central Cedar Ltd.
336 Century Aluminum Railings
822 Cersosimo Lumber Company
326 Coastal Plywood Company
718 Collins Companies
500 Columbia Cedar
836 Colville Indian Plywood & Veneer
834 Colville Indian Precision Pine Co.
126 Contact Industries
605 Correct Building Products LLC
422 Cowichan Lumber Ltd.
119 Cox Industries
124 Creatus Wood Products, Inc.
109 Dakeryn Industries Ltd.
815 Deschutes Pine Sales
130 Desticon Transportation Services Inc.
527 Diacon Technologies Ltd.
709 Digger Specialties, Inc.
218 DiPrizio Pine Sales
601 Disdero Lumber Company
110 Domtar Forest Products Group
423 Duckback Products, Inc.
419 Durgin & Crowell Lumber Co., Inc.
842 Eagle Plywood Specialties
629 Empire Lumber Company
437 FLW International
525 Federated Co-operatives Limited
612 Filler King Company
537 Finnforest USA - Engineered Wood Div.
913 Fletcher Wood Solutions, A Tenon Co.
222 Florida East Coast Railway
532 Forest Grove Lumber Co.
321 Forest Products Distributors, Inc.
304 ForesTel, LLC/NAWLA TeleLink
206 Fortress Wood Products
234 Fraserview Cedar Products Ltd.
631 Fritch Mill
821 Gator Joist LLC
722 Gilbert Smith Forest Products Ltd.
809 Gilman Building Products
117 Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
931 Gossen Corporation
803 Grant Forest - Coated Wood Products
920 Great Southern Wood Preserving
112 Greenwood International Inc. (GWI)
937 Gulf Trading LLC
132 Haida Forest Products Ltd.
Booths – November 6-8, 2008 – Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk – Chicago, IL
730 Hampton Lumber Sales
719 Hancock Lumber Company
943 Hardel Mutual Plywood
626 Hiab, Inc.
702 Hoover Treated Wood Products, Inc.
231 Howe Sound Forest Products Ltd.
407 Huber Engineered Wood LLC
118 Hy Mark Wood Mfg., Inc.
208 ISIS, INC.
230 Idaho Forest Group
518 Idaho Timber Corp.
403 Idaho Veneer Co.
412 Independent Dispatch, Inc.
732 Industries Perron Inc.
404 Inteplast Group, TUF Board
715 INTERFOR PACIFIC
115 International Beams Inc.
429 International Forest Products - IFP Canada
802 InterWrap Inc.
622 Irving Forest Products
835 J.D. Lumber, Inc.
523 Norman G. Jensen, Inc.
909 J.W. Jones Lumber Co., Inc.
402 K Ply, Inc.
728 KP Software Systems
939 Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd.
214 Kenora Forest Products
421 Klausner Group
311 Klenk Holz AG
608 Krauter Storage Systems
708 Kullik & Rullmann AG German Timber Export Co.
313 LISA Technologies Inc.
729/727 LP Building Products
739 LWO Corporation
501 Lazy S Lumber, Inc.
843 Leslie Forest Products Ltd.
425 Limington Lumber
927 Long Hoh Enterprises Canada Ltd.
431 Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance
735 MacKenzie Sawmill Ltd.
825 Madison Lumber Mill
734 MadWood Lumber
829 Magnolia Forest Products
128 Maibec Inc.
925 Maiweave, LLC
226 Majure Data, Inc.
123 Mallory Alexander International Logistics
120 Manke Lumber Co., Inc.
539 Manning Diversified Forest Products Ltd.
933 Roy O Martin
415 Mary's River Lumber Company
911 Master Mark Plastics
205 Maze Nails
743 McShan Lumber Co.
424 MetroWest Transload
121 Mid America Lumber Inc.
814 Mid-Valley Lumber Specialties Ltd.
705 Middle Tennessee Lumber Co., Inc.
922 Mill & Timber Products
331 J. Mueller Breakbulk Terminal GmbH & Co. KG
839 Neiman Enterprises, Inc.
916 Nordic Engineered Wood
529 NorSask Forest Products Inc.
828 North Florida Lumber Co., Inc.
619 North Pacific
414 Northland Forest Products Inc.
533 Old Town Lumber Co.
224 Olson Search International, Inc.
315 Oregon-Canadian Forest Products
325 Owl Distribution Inc.
613 PLS Logistics Services
634 PPG Machine Applied Coatings
733 Pacific Western Wood Works Ltd.
306 Pacific Woodtech Corporation
405 Pactiv Building Products
322 Palliser Lumber Sales Ltd.
721 Patriot Timber Products, International
305 Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Ins. Co.
329 Pine Tech, Inc.
638 Plum Creek
540 Plycem USA, Inc.
531 Porcupine Wood Products Ltd.
811 Postsaver USA
618 Potlatch Corporation
225 Power Wood Corp.
432 Precision Lumber Co.
918 Premier Logistics Incorporated
903 Probyn Group Ltd.
820 Progressive Solutions Inc.
807 RPM Wood Finishes Group
723 Raven Logistics, Inc.
213 RBI Enterprises Trading, LLC
824 Reality Sales Training
737 Reload Inc.
636 Rielly Industrial Lumber
333 Robbins Lumber, Inc.
805/806 Roseburg Forest Products Co.
227 Rukert Terminals Corporation
914 SJS Components LLC
935 Samuel Strapping Systems
319 SASCO, Inc.
418 Sawarne Lumber Co. Ltd.
621 Scoopsoft/BCE Business Solutions
704 Seattle-Snohomish Mill Co., Inc.
522 Selkirk Specialty Wood, Ltd.
633 Seneca Sawmill Company
530 Setzer Forest Products, Inc.
406 Shasta Green Inc.
611 Shawood Lumber Inc.
411 Sherwin-Williams Co.
830 Sierra Forest Products
628 Sierra Pacific Industries
433 Simpson Timber Company
831 Sinclar Enterprises Ltd.
526 Siskiyou Forest Products
614 Skana Forest Products Ltd.
808 Snavely Forest Products
726 Snider Industries
409 South Coast Lumber
623 Spruceland Millworks Inc.
520 Starborn Industries
632 Stimson Lumber Company
528 F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co.
233 F.C. Stone
212 Sundance Forest Industries Ltd.
401 Swan Secure Products, Inc.
706 Swanson Bros. Lumber Co.
122 Synergy Pacific Engineered Timber Ltd.
610 TATA Enterprises, Inc.
738 TMO Global Logistics
714 The Teal-Jones Group
228 Terminal Corporation
900 Terminal Forest Products Ltd.
818 Teton West Lumber, Inc.
320 Timber Holdings International
435 Timber Products Inspection, Inc.
837 Tolko Marketing and Sales Ltd.
430 TradeTec Computer Systems Ltd.
334 Tri-Pro TM Cedar Products, Inc.
838 TrimJoist Corporation
133 Trinity River Lumber Company
400 Tripp Lumber Company
620 Tristar Companies
428 Tri-State Lumber Co., Inc.
426 Trout River Lumber LLC
232 C.M. Tucker Lumber Companies LLC
309 Ty-Lan Enterprises, Inc.
236 UCM Forest Products
307 U.S. Fence
703 Union Pacific Railroad
408 Unity Forest Products
521 Versatex Trimboards
210/211 The Waldun Group
114 Watkins Sawmills Ltd.
915 Weaber, Inc.
113 Welco Lumber Corp.
826 West Bay Forest Products & Manufacturing Ltd.
624 West Fraser Mills Ltd.
332 Western Forest Products Inc.
301 Westervelt Lumber
600 Weston Forest Group
744 Westran Services Limited
819 Westshore Specialties
318 Weyerhaeuser Company
810 Williams Lumber Co. of NC, Inc.
104 Wolf River Lumber Inc.
524 WoodPro Software Inc.
219 Woodtone Building Products
235 Wynndel Lumber Sales Co. Ltd.
209 Yakama Forest Products
710 Ze-VO Technologies, LLC
420 Zip-O-Log Mills
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LOWER EAST WACKER DRIVE
Page 50 Advertorial Wholesale/Wholesale Distributor Special Buying Issue
Quality, Service, Efficiency Keep MULTISAC On Top
The shipping and receiving department at Multisac, in Saint-Laurent,
Que., is managed by Peter Johnston, who has been with the company
for more than 20 years.
S a i n t - L a u r e n t , Q u e . —Quality,
service and efficiency have been
Multisac’s rules since 1923. As a family
business being passed on from generation
to generation, it started as a jute
and cotton bag manufacturer—then
called The Workman Bag Company—
for the agricultural and mineral market
and quickly became one of the largest
producers of textile bags in Canada.
Following the changes that the 20 th
century brought, Multisac’s present
owner, Mark Kraminer, son of founder
Jacob Kraminer, refocused its product
The production is now directed by Peter Byrns, counting 23 years with
the firm, and Andrew Byrns, counting 14 years, following the retirement
of their father, Melvin Byrns in 1999.
line towards resistant, flexible protective
In 1983, Plastex R 3, a woven polyethylene,
was introduced to the forest
products, metals and recreational vehicle
industries to ensure total protection
during storing, handling and transportation.
Mills across the United States,
especially in New England, were some
of the first to discover the advantages
of this material and to this day, remain
amongst Multisac’s most valued customers.
Now, 24 years later, Multisac is changing
it’s reliable protective material’s
name to Pro-techT TM offering the same
flexibility at temperatures as low as –40
degrees Fahrenheit, the same white
over black opacity to protect against
heat build-up and condensation, the
same UV stabilizers and the same
multi-color print for mills or dealers.
Pro-techT TM will not weaken from moisture
absorption, resists staple pull-out,
end-coring, tearing and ruptures, and
ensures that shipments arrive clean
and dry through heat, cold, rain and
wind whether by truck, rail or sea.
Multisac staffs more than 100 employees.
Although Multisac is changing its product
name, the company itself remains
the same, offering a locally converted
product, which provides employment
for more than 100 employees. The production,
directed by Peter and Andrew
Byrns, has sewers producing more
than 6,000 covers per day, press operators
running the presses 24 hours a
day, 5 days a week to offer quality,
sharp and bright printing as well as a
cutting department accomplishing the
link between the printing and sewing
stage. All manufactured goods are produced
in the Montreal plant while still
offering a very competitive price. This
provides Multisac with the capability to
react quickly to rush orders and to offer
stable and efficient deliveries with lower
minimums, without sacrificing constant
quality. The dedicated and professional
customer service department, managed
by Steve Smith, located in the
same new building as the production,
ensures total customer satisfaction.
A fully-integrated software system
allows Multisac to coordinate the workflow
through all departments and production
stages, from order processing
to manufacturing to timely delivery of
products. The plant’s engineering and
maintenance departments, directed by
James Arsenault, maintains the production
facilities at the highest level of
efficiency. In addition, they design and
build most of the equipment utilized by
the plant. Since the company moved to
it’s current premises in 1999, it added
important equipment such as automated
bag fabrication and end-cutting systems
(for covers), 140-inch, four color
roll-to-roll flexo printing press with automatic
doffing system, edge guiding and
slitting equipment, automated cover
folding system, new graphics software,
C-folding equipment and ink-drying
systems in order to produce a high
quality result every time, which is verified
daily by a quality control department.
Prompt deliveries and cost efficient
transportation is ensured at Multisac by
the shipping department, directed by
Peter Johnston. A sales team, consisting
of Mark Mann, Marcel Dumais, and
David Bernstein, directed by vice president,
Randy Jackson, offers on-site
technical support as well as constant
assistance for each and every customer.
Accompanying the launch of its new
product name Pro-techT TM , the company
also introduces a new product line:
Bulk Bags (F.I.B.C.). These bags are
used to maximize the utilization of storage
and shipping space. They are ideal
for light density products, they increase
stability and stackability and they are
recyclable. Also made from woven
polyethylene, Bulk Bags can be produced
in a variety of weights and styles,
with a complete range of filling, discharging
and lifting methods.
Inspired by the evolution of the industry
and driven by strict rules of customer
care and efficiency, Multisac
improves and innovates every year to
bring to conscious companies the
wrapping excellence their product
deserves at the best price.
October 2008 Advertorial Page 51
LAZY S LUMBER, COLUMBIA CEDAR And PANEL CRAFTERS Introduce Western Red Cedar And Okoume Siding Panels
Panel Crafters, Inc., a sister company to Lazy S Lumber
Inc. in Beavercreek, Ore., and Columbia Cedar Inc. in
Kettle Falls, Wash., recently began production of their
new line of Cedar Craft - Cedar Siding panels.
White City, Ore.–Panel Crafters, Inc. is
a sister company to Lazy S Lumber Inc. in
Beavercreek, Ore., and Columbia Cedar Inc.
in Kettle Falls, Wash. Ralph Schmidt, owner
of Panel Crafters explained it this way, “We
are in a very competitive market, and my
wife, Merry, and I have over 35 years in the
Cedar lumber industry with Lazy S Lumber,
and Columbia Cedar. It was a natural progression
to bring that experience to our
Panel Crafters, a specialty hardwood manufacturing
plant in White City, Ore., recently
began production of their new line of Cedar
Craft - Cedar Siding panels. The Cedar
Craft product line has earned the APA grade
stamp for T1-11 sidings and is manufactured
to APA (American Plywood Association) 303
“Our skins come from selected Cedar logs
taken at Columbia Cedar. We’ve selected
sound, second growth tight knot logs, and
shipped those to be peeled and composed,
and then bring the skins to Panel Crafters
where they are graded, sorted and laid up
into the Cedar Craft line of panels. So I know
the quality of the skins and can assure my
customers of the integrity of the panels.”
What makes Cedar Craft unique is the skins
are exactly as nature made them.
“We don’t cut or blow out the knots and
replace them with a synthetic putty. We only
repair the knots that fall out during the creation
of the skins, so the natural look of tight
knot Cedar is
graded into our
rough saw, will
texture and pattern
exactly as specified
by the APA.
very closely with
them to assure
are getting a
product they are
familiar with in
but unique and
natural in appearance.” Ralph added, “To
add versatility to our product lines, we are
also providing an Okoume faced line we call
Craftsman. It’s an A grade Okoume panel
that will have the same textured finish as the
Cedar Craft panels, but is a true clear, light
Nice & Knotty
The Cedar Craft product line has earned the APA grade stamp for
T1-11 sidings and is manufactured to APA (American Plywood
Association) 303 sidings specifications.
Chris Retherford, Sales Manager at
Columbia Cedar, added, “Some of our customers
have been mislead to believe that
okoume is Cedar. I think it’s important to
know the difference. Okoume is an African
hardwood and is also known as Gabon. It
has a light salmon to tan color, and in
veneers it rarely has knots. Our Cedar Craft
panels are authentic Western Red Cedar
from our own Cedar logs, that have all the
qualities and appearance of natural Cedar.”
“I’ve been in the Cedar business my whole
life, and have on my team the most knowledgeable
group of guys in the business selling,”
Schmidt said. “For the Cedar and
Okoume panels, call Todd Fox, Dave
Duncan or Larry Petree at Lazy S Lumber, or
Chris Retherford at Columbia Cedar. At
Panel Crafters, the best guys in the business
are Mike Palmerton who is our sales team
manager, Tom Overbeck and Paul Kell.
These guys have integrity and do their best
for our customers in service. They are hardwood
specialists and can get the job done.”
Panel Crafters has expanded their hardwood
facility to include a Globe rough/spe-
cialty saw for
the Cedar Craft
lines to the
e x i s t i n g
sanders, and a
sander to compliment
their 5 x
8-foot and 5 x
Green in many Colors
Paul Kell, sales at Panel Crafters, said,
“Panel Crafters is unique in the panel business
because we offer FSC certified as well
as no added formaldehyde products and can
obtain products in ranges that most other
suppliers can’t. With our 5-foot wide presses
and sanders, we offer product dimensions
that save you time and money on both material
costs and cut waste that needs to be disposed
of after the job is finished. Our versatility
allows us to manufacture panels from 3
x 6-foot to 5 x 10-foot and any dimension in
between. Cross grain, book match, slip
match or whole piece. We like the ‘out of the
norm’ and can mix those with our standard
Panel Crafters Inc. is a sister company to
Lazy S Lumber Inc. of Beavercreek, Ore.,
and also to Columbia Cedar Inc. of Kettle
Falls, Wash. Lazy S Lumber is a manufacturer
of top quality WRC products including
bevel sidings, channel sidings, deckings and
boards. Known as industry leaders for service
and customer satisfaction. Columbia
Cedar is a specialty WRC sawmill and planer
mill producing T&G interior paneling,
boards and fence.
The companies are owned and operated by
Ralph and Merry Schmidt who at this writing
have transferred to Eagle Point, Ore., from
their home in Kettle Falls, Wash., to spearhead
the Panel Crafters “Cedar Craft” project.
“This is what we do,” said Merry
By Merry Schmidt
Panel Crafters’ skins come from selected
Cedar logs taken at Columbia Cedar.
At Panel Crafters, they are graded, sorted
and laid up into the Cedar Craft line
i e s .
T h e
C e d a r
P a n e l
C e d a r
grades; Smith River 6 Patch Clear;
Deschutes 6 Patch Premium Knotty; Rogue
Valley 18 Patch Knotty; and McKenzie Paint
Grade in sizes of 4 x 8-foot – 11/32”, 15/32”
amd 19/32”; and 4 x 9-foot and 4 x 10-foot,
15/32” and 19/32”.
Craftsman A grade Okoume panels in
sizes of 4 x 8-foot – 11/32”, 15/32” and
19/32”; 4 x 9-foot and 4 x 10-foot, 15/32” and
Patterns available are 4” and 8” T1-11,
Reverse Board and Batten, and flat textured
panels with square edge or shiplap edge.
The Cedar Team includes: Todd Fox and
Dave Duncan, 503-632-3550, sales - Lazy S
Lumber; Larry Petree, 360-229-4013, sales -
Lazy S Lumber; Chris Retherford, 509-738-
4711, sales - Columbia Cedar; Mike
Palmerton, 541-830-0088, cell no. 541-944-
2316, sales manager, Panel Crafters; and
Paul Kell and Tom Overbeck, 541-830-0088,
sales - Panel Crafters.
Please Visit Us At Booth No.500 & 501
Lumber Co., Inc.
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High-End Products, Customer Service Sustain TRINITY FOREST INDUSTRIES
Greg Ryback is the president and owner of Trinity Forest
Industries Inc., headquartered in Hurst, Texas.
H u r s t , T e x a s —Trinity Forest
Industries Inc., located between Dallas
and Fort Worth, has served the wholesale
lumber, and millwork needs of its
customers since 1982. Business has
been good—so good that a second location
in Albuquerque was added in 1997.
Trinity specializes in Softwood species
such as Ponderosa Pine, Sugar Pine,
Douglas Fir (both flat sawn and vertical
grain), Eastern White Pine, Yellow Pine
and Radiata Pine. The company also
uses a wide variety of kiln-dried hardwoods,
such as alder, poplar, red oak,
white oak, walnut, soft and hard maple to
complement its main product.
Thicknesses start at 4/4 up to 8/4
through most of the firm’s inventory, with
some 10/4 and 12/4 in Sugar Pines and
Trinity’s Albuquerque location keeps in
stock Spanish Cedar and alder in addition
to their main Sugar Pine and
Ponderosa Pine inventory. To maximize
the firm’s flexibility, Trinity Forest carries
as lean an inventory as possible while
maintaining an average inventory of 2.5
million board feet.
“Our strengths are in the Pines and
m e e t
o u r
A d a m
with a lot
of stocking the lumber yards, of
course, but we also work with window,
door and furniture manufacturers,
cabinetry people, millwork
manufacturers, and even toy and
craft manufacturing individuals.”
Trinity Forest has even indirectly or
directly provided service for such wellknown
restaurant chains as Chili’s,
Macaroni Grill, Texas Roadhouse, Ruby
Tuesday and Olive Garden, among others.
Some of these millwork packages
are shipped all over North America,
Japan and Korea.
“We can take care of any pattern work
that’s needed,” Morris said. “If we don’t
have the knives already, we can produce
them for the customer and can develop
profiles from a detail or sample. We’ve
got Weinig moulders; we’ve got gang
rips, straight-line rips, planer, sander,
resaw. We can do anything from cut-tolength
jobs to random length. As long as
it can fit through our machines we’ll run
it. We even run 24’ 7 piece bending
handrail, a 24 piece bendable landing
tread, and as well as other stair parts.”
Trinity Forest is able to fulfill most exact
orders for high-end millwork within two
weeks. With high-end moulders and
some of the highest-grade inventory
t h o s e
needs to the mills Trinity Forest
buys from. At times the mills will do a
special cut just for Trinity’s requirements.
Morris said, “Some people don’t even
want to ask the mills to do things like we
do and some mills don’t even want to
look at it, but there are some that will.”
The benefit—in the long run—is that
clients who may not have purchased a
particular special order from Trinity
Forest Industries do remember Trinity’s
assistance and often come back at a
future time, trusting in the company’s
honesty and consideration for their budgets.
Trinity delivers daily in the Fort
Worth/Dallas metroplex and runs trucks
to Austin, San Antonio, Houston, East
Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. With a
multi-drop truck itinerary, Trinity includes
protective packaging for its inventory of
high-grade lumber products.
In addition to Morris, key personnel at
Trinity in Hurst include: Greg Ryback,
Adam Morris is a territory marketing representative for the firm.
By Terry Miller
president and owner; Keith Cortez, operations,
sales and product manager; Scott
Morris, product management and sales;
Antonio Para, mill supervisor; Dion
Ingersoll, assistant mill supervisor; Scott
Scott Howe, yard supervisor, talks with Alfredo Cardona, inventory
Howe, yard supervisor; and Alfredo
Cardona, inventory specialist. In
Albuquerque, Gary McIntyre heads the
crew. When you add up the experience,
Trinity’s core staff boasts well over 100
years of know-how in the lumber industry
– yet another reason for the company’s
Trinity Forest Industries holds a variety
of memberships in several lumber associations,
including the North American
Wholesale Lumber Assoc. (NAWLA), the
Western Wood Products Assoc.
(WWPA), and the Fort Worth
Lumbermen’s Assoc. The company’s
new website is located at www.trinityforest.com.
For more information, call 817-
“THE SOUTHERN CEDAR”
#2 & SELECT KILN DRIED
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WRCLA Members Increase Promotion To Counter Tough Markets
The Western Red Cedar Lumber Assoc. (WRCLA) recently
released the Cedar Book, which recognizes innovative projects
utilizing Western Red Cedar.
Vancouver, B.C.—During this difficult
market period, it’s only normal for companies
to more closely examine their cost
structures and reduce spending wherever
possible. One cost area that is often debated
is marketing and promotion. The members
of the Western Red Cedar Lumber
Assoc., headquartered here, recently went
through this process by examining the
association’s marketing impact and concluded
that continuing to invest in a strong
promotional program directed at raising the
awareness of Western Red Cedar products
is more important than ever.
The benefit of pooling together the dues of
individual companies to create a promotional
program, which far exceeds that
which a company could do on its own, is
evident. The following are highlights of the
WRCLA’s promotional activities conducted
during the past year.
Perhaps the most exciting element of the
WRCLA’s Real Cedar promotional program
is its PR (earned media) campaign, which
makes use of a combination of print, online,
radio and television mediums to provide
The WRCLA has maintained its presence at major industry shows such
as the International Builders Show.
information about Western Red
Cedar to an audience of more than
72 million, with a value of $3.5 million.
This program included the circulation
of 505 articles in print
media, 1,086 online news stories
and 94 broadcast placements on TV
One of the exciting components of the PR
program pursued by the WRCLA was the
“Satellite Media Tour.” This involved the
WRCLA’s “Mr. Cedar” Paul Mackie doing
30 separate TV and radio interviews with
morning news outlets across the U.S.
These on-air interviews ranged from two to
22 minutes, and reached an audience of
almost 2.1 million. The ad value of this initiative
was approximately $1.7 million.
Advertising is another key component of
the WRCLA’s Real Cedar promotional program
for reaching the target audiences,
and during the last year more than 140 ad
insertions were placed in consumer, professional
and trade publications reaching a
readership of more than 16 million. The
value of this exposure is more than $1.8
million. In keeping with the significant shift
in audience preference for online resources
instead of print media, WRCLA has greatly
expanded its Internet advertising to participate
in a number of high profile sites including
Better Homes and Gardens and
To broaden the reach of its promotional
program, the WRCLA is collaborating in
joint advertising programs with organizations
and companies that manufacture
products that complement Real Cedar.
Examples of this include DuPont’s Tyvek
(house wrap), Cabot (stains) and Maze
The WRCLA’s Internet resources continue
to reach an ever-increasing audience with a
record 2.6 million visitors making use of the
sites during the past year. Those who are
not yet familiar with these sites can visit
www.wrcla.org to discover a valuable
resource tool that contains a wealth of information
on topics such as how to specify,
where to buy, how to install, how to finish
and maintain, environmental practices and
valuable training resources.
The development and distribution of technical
and promotional literature is a key
activity to ensure that users of Western Red
Cedar have access to essential information
regarding the proper use of Cedar. During
the past year, WRCLA distributed nearly
85,000 brochures, CDs and DVDs. New for
this year is the Cedar Book recognizing
innovative projects utilizing Western Red
Cedar. This architect-oriented publication
has proven to be an excellent vehicle to
facilitate discussions and engender interest
in Western Red Cedar among architects
and designers. For a complimentary copy
of this publication, please contact the
The Real Cedar booth is a showcase for Cedar products at these
WRCLA by e-mail at email@example.com.
WRCLA maintained a high-profile presence
at major industry trade shows such as
IBS, AIA and PCBC. The eye-catching Real
Cedar booth is a great showcase for Cedar
products and positively reflects the image
of wood at these events. In addition,
WRCLA participated at numerous smaller
regional tradeshows such as several JLC
Live events where installation seminars
were provided for the audience.
WRCLA’s in-market staff complements the
Real Cedar promotion program by delivering
technical support training and marketing
services. They responded to 6,027
technical inquiries and conducted 67 training
seminars for distribution, retail, contractor
and architectural audiences of 3,067
participants. Their services are available to
affiliate members at no charge.
The considerable technical and promotional
resources of WRCLA are available
free of charge – including literature – to
members and affiliate members. To learn
more about the WRCLA’s efforts on behalf
of the Western Red Cedar industry, or how
to become involved with the promotion program,
please contact WRCLA by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Peter Lang,
WRCLA general manager, directly at
October 2008 Advertorial Page 55
PPG MACHINE APPLIED COATINGS Leads The Way
The sales staff of PPG Machine Applied Coatings includes David Jeffers, Raleigh, N.C.; Dave Siteman,
Porters Lake, N.S.; Chris Andrews, Port Byron, Ill.; Craig Combs, Medford, Ore.; and Jason Adams,
P i t t s b u r g h , P a . —PPG Machine
Applied Coatings, headquartered here,
is a leader in providing coatings products
for the lumber and home building industries.
PPG’s unyielding dedication to
research and development enables the
company to continuously improve its
well-known lineup of pre-finish coating
products, and its dedicated and knowledgeable
team keeps the company at
the forefront of the industry.
David Jeffers, national sales manager
for PPG MAC, said, “Since PPG is a
global coatings leader, our MAC business
is able to tap incredible technological
resources to make the best products
to meet our customers’ needs. Our customers’
success is our success, and how
we support and service their needs
drives that success.”
PPG continues its focus on a strong
product lineup for the lumber and home
building industry by providing coatings
and programs tailored specifically for
customer needs. As the market leader,
PPG prides itself on quality customer
service, whether the customer is a mill, a
machine applicator or a distributor. Rindy
Learn, technical service manager, commented,
“Machine applicators are looking
for quality products with excellent
performance characteristics, a supplier
service team to support those products,
and a partner to help them move their
business into the future. PPG Machine
Applied Coatings is dedicated to providing
the products and services that our
customers need to grow their businesses.”
As the eco-friendly “green” movement
gains momentum in the industry, the
PPG Machine Applied Coatings team is
focused on developing coatings and providing
support that can help move the
prefinish market in that direction.
Beth Kirol, technical manager for PPG
MAC, noted, “Our current paint technology
market provides a firm base on which
to build new ideas and technologies to
provide the best coatings for our customers.
Our dedication to developing
high-performing yet environmentally sensitive
products will allow our customers
to position themselves to meet the most
Other key staff of PPG Machine Applied Coatings includes Liz Singell, Westerville, Ohio; Rindy Learn,
Springdale, Pa.; and Beth Kirol, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (back row) Tim Hurly, Springdale, Pa.; and Patrick
Hanulak, Pittsburgh, Pa.
stringent environmental standards without
PPG Machine Applied Coatings currently
offers such products as
Machinecoat®, Machinepro® and
Duracolor FC® that are low VOC
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No Load Too Large For
ATLANTA METRO LUMBER & RELOAD
SNIDER INDUSTRIES Stays Committed
Through Three Generations
Oakwood, Ga.—As many as 30
large A-frame cars from the Norfolk
Southern railroad can be handled by
Atlanta Metro Lumber & Reload Co.
Inc.’s two rail spurs at one time.
Located north of Atlanta, the company
receives Softwood lumber, plywood,
oriented strand board, engineered
and other forest
m i l l s ,
as well as
“We also handle
a lot of
as well as the
i o n e d .
can unload it
here at our
October 2007 after outgrowing its
original location in nearby Duluth.
Hipps said, “Our 40-acre yard is completely
fenced in and we have a large,
insulated warehouse. We have our
office inside this complex and inventory
forest products in this building as
well. Also our operation is monitored
24/7 with security cameras all around
Hipps keeps five 17,000-pound forklifts
and a crew of eight busy from
6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on a five-day
workweek. “We put in 50 to 60 hours
a week to do what needs to be done,”
Atlanta Metro Lumber & Reload was
started by Mike and his father Mickey
in 1990 in Duluth. Mike’s 30-year
experience in the lumber industry
came from his working at the family
business, Mickey’s Lumber and
Supply Co., which opened in 1979.
“I’ve been on and off forklifts for 30
years,” said Hipps. “In the past I was
the lumber buyer and manger for
Mickey’s Lumber and Supply.”
Products stored outside the warehouse
remain protected in their paper
wrapping while waiting for redistribution.
“We precision end trim lumber to
specified lengths with a Holtec
Precision Trim Saw upon request for
Atlanta Metro Lumber & Reload ships
their customers’ lumber and building
materials primarily to retail lumber
yards and distribution centers
throughout the tri-state area of
Georgia, North Carolina and South
Carolina. It also offers in-house and
job site delivery.
own fleet of
985 and I-85
Mike Hipps, president of Atlanta Metro Lumber & Reload Co. Inc.,
headquartered in Oakwood, Ga., stands by several railcars loaded
with bundles of lumber.
Atlanta Metro Lumber & Reload precision end trims lumber to specified
lengths with a Holtec Precision Trim Saw upon request.
all of the
the past few
prices. It has
y a r d s
now it has to
As a lifelong
l u m b e r
Hipps maintains Atlanta Metro
Lumber & Reload’s membership in the
North American Wholesale Lumber
Assoc. “Working with forest products
is what I have always done, it’s what
my dad taught me,” he said.
Although the company has left its
original base in Duluth, Hipps’ parents,
Mickey and Rosie Hipps, are
partners in the firm. “They taught me
to do whatever is needed to do the job
right,” he said.
When he’s not tending to business,
Hipps enjoys spending time with his
wife Casey and their two sons. His
oldest son, Jason, is also in the building
industry and builds custom homes
in the area. Blake, his youngest son,
is in the Army and recently got back
from a 15-month tour in Iraq. Mike
also spends time restoring vintage
cars and tractors.
In addition to Hipps, a key person to
Atlanta Metro Lumber & Reload is
operations manager Jimmy Conkey.
Conkey has been with the company
since 1992 and manages the daily
This is a picture of railcars that will be unloaded for customers.
Marshall, Texas—As a third generation,
family-owned operation of over 70
years, Snider Industries produces the finest
quality one-inch Southern Yellow Pine
boards available in the lumber industry. The
plant has an annual production of 50 million
board feet of which approximately 30 percent
is sold as pattern stock.
“We have spent over 30 years perfecting
our manufacturing and drying processes to
produce the highest quality one-inch
boards in large volumes.
This allows us
to have most items
available in our
warehouse so our
customers can count
on availability whenever
they need it,”
said Jill Snider Parr,
owner of Snider
process is at the
heart of what makes
quality lumber products.
steam-dried in conventional
kilns at 180
for three days, and
then equalized for
about two weeks,
allowing the lumber
to regain moisture
below 15 percent.
prefers the conventional
not the hightemp
by most mills.
allows for a
for multiple purposes
patterns. All of
receive a SPIB
HT Grade of D
& Better, No. 2 or
No. 3; and a moisture
of 15 percent,
With a fully
enclosed facility of
square feet of finished
Snider prides itself
on the clean, dry
and dust-free delivery
of their finished
lumber. The lumber
stays under roof
and is never
exposed to elements
once the drying
process is complete. Customer trucks
are able to load, weigh and tarp inside the
massive building. With an exceptional
skilled, well-trained labor force and an efficient
storage and loading process, Snider
can provide most items for immediate,
same day shipment.
The planer mill has three production lines
including a separate pattern line. All of
Snider’s patterns are available in No. 2 and
D & Better. All No. 2 patterns are run from a
selected highline No. 2 stock, not “No. 2
Common.” Pattern material is available in
dimensions of 1 x 4 through 1 x 12, and 8
through 16 foot lengths.
No. 105 Siding
1 x 6 and 1 x 8
Grades No. 2 and D and Better
No. 117 Siding
1 x 6
Grades No. 2 and D and Better
No. 131 Siding
1 x 8
Grades No. 2 and D and Better
1 x 10
Grades No. 2 Rough Face
Snider Industries, headquartered in Marshall, Texas,
has an annual production of 50 million board feet
readily available for shipment.
No. 116 Interior Paneling
1 x 6
Grades No. 2 and D and Better
No. 122 Interior Paneling
1 x 6
Grades No. 2 and D and Better
The company has a warehouse facility of over 220,000 square feet
with the capacity for truckload, weigh and tarp.
1 x 4 and 1 x 6
Grades No. 2 and D
1 x 4 and 1 x 6
Grades No. 2 and D
1 x 6
Grade No. 2
1 x 6 and 1 x 8
Grade No. 2
Snider operations are
run efficiently and
effectively by department
Hanson, lumber sales
plant manager; Jimmy
Brewer, timber procurement;
Cayce and Jason
S u z a n n e
Timber is at
the heart of
it’s no different
for Snider. In
addition to purchasing
off the open
m a r k e t ,
land base of
acres helps it to
steady supply of
raw materials for
its sawmill operations.
us to take advantage
local timber markets
and lets us
stay out of overpriced,
said Gerald Cayce,
over 20 years.
since 1982. In addition
to providing all
electrical and thermal needs for the plant,
and generating revenue from electricity
sales to the local utility, the five megawatt
biomass power generation facility has been
certified by the Public Utility Commission of
Texas as generator of Renewable Energy
Credits (RECS). They expect to have
approximately 32,000 RECS available for
A Renewable Energy Credit (REC) or
“green tag”, represents one megawatt hour
(MWh) of renewable electricity generated
and delivered somewhere on the power
grid. A REC also represents the environmental
benefits of replacing traditional, fossil-fuel
power with clean, renewable power.
“I believe our power plant helps to make
us a very strong competitor in this business.
It’s the final piece of the puzzle that
allows this mill to operate in an efficient and
environmentally sound way,” Parr said.
For more information, contact David
Hanson at 903-938-9727 or
Snider offers some of the finest 1-inch quality Southern
Yellow Pine available in No. 2, D & Better.
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October 2008 Advertorial Page 57
FOREST GROVE LUMBER Expands Facility, Enhances Custom Milling
Forest Grove Lumber (FGL), located in McMinnville, Ore., is expanding
its 25-acre facility to make room for an advanced timber sorting line.
FGL is adding a modern resaw, a precision corbel-cutting machine,
increased capacity for hand-hewn texturing, and two new Radio
Frequency Vacuum lumber drying kilns.
This building is among the many new features at FGL. The facility
expansion will include a new building to house the custom designed
timber-sorting machine, which includes inline moisture reading, weighing,
and electronic measuring equipment.
M c M i n n v i l l e , O r e . –Forest Grove
Lumber (FGL) is expanding its 25-acre
facility to make room for an advanced timber
sorting line, which will allow the company
to handle more timber orders. In
addition to this expansion, FGL is adding
a modern resaw, a precision corbel-cutting
machine, increased capacity for
hand-hewn texturing, and two new Radio
Frequency Vacuum lumber drying kilns.
The facility expansion will include a new
building to house the custom designed
timber-sorting machine, which includes
inline moisture reading, weighing, and
electronic measuring equipment. This timber
sorter will allow FGL to increase the
volume of timber orders filled, reduce
turnaround time on orders, and enable the
company to continue to raise the bar on
its high-quality Radio Frequency Vacuum
(RFV) kiln dried timber line, Tru-Dry ® .
Precise measurements will be recorded
and saved in order to optimize timber handling
and drying techniques for the company’s
six RFV kilns. The company will be
increasing drying production as well with
two new RFV kilns coming online during
Forest Grove Lumber’s milling enhancements
include a specialized resaw for
handling appearance grade timbers,
which will allow FGL to resaw up to 36-
inch by 36-inch beams to precise sizes up
to 40 feet long. The custom-built resaw is
specifically designed to gently handle
large timbers. The company also intends
to use the machine to provide a resawn
texture, which will complement their other
textures: Accuruff ® , Circle-Sawn, planed,
The company’s new corbel-cutting
machine will allow precision, design cut
corbels to be made more accurately, and
quickly. In addition to their pre-designed
corbel-patterns, FGL gladly accepts custom
patterns from their customers. The
sophisticated machine will also make
other design cuts more readily available
as well, including arches, precise angle
cuts, chamfers and knee braces.
FGL increased its capacity for creating a
hand-hewn texture. Increased production
will allow the company to provide the
product to more customers. FGL can now
provide custom patterns, and pattern
matching for some hand-hewn patterns.
Forest Grove Lumber employees worked
together on a solution in response to customer
demand. Sid Smith, FGL president,
said, “Our customers let us know they
wanted a better hand-hewn texturing
solution. We put our heads together and
came up with some ideas that we’re
happy to say are working very well.”
“Our customers often ask us for a special
product; something no one else is willing
to provide. We pride ourselves on the ability
to meet their demands, and this new
method helps us do just that,” said Gene
Secco, sales manager for FGL.
Of the new timber sorting line, Ted
Dergousoff, VP of Technology and
Process for FGL, is excited about the
opportunity to track and record weights,
size and moisture content of each piece
quickly and efficiently. “Tracking each
piece individually will allow us to provide a
better product, and to improve our methods
to ensure the greatest customer satisfaction,”
In addition to new equipment, and the
new building housing the sorting line, FGL
will be adding a timber staging area,
space for timber inventory, and additional
space for future projects and expansions.
Those future projects and expansions
are underway according to Dergousoff.
Without providing any detail about the
projects, he said the company’s goal is to
continue to increase the quality, and quality
assurance for its premium products,
such as Tru-Dry, and their custom milled
Forest Grove Lumber supplies Tru-Dry
Douglas Fir timbers, their high-end Radio
Frequency Vacuum kiln dried product, in
addition to green timbers, and commodity
products. Tru-Dry is most often used in
residential timber frame applications, but
is also ideal for lodges, resorts, and commercial
projects requiring exposed
beams, according to the company. FGL is
also home to Accuruff, the original
process for providing a rough-texture to
four sides of a timber in one pass.
Accuruff is the ideal rough-texture
process for appearance grade rough lumber
FGL ships by the piece, unit, truck or carload,
to wholesalers and distributors
across the U.S. and Canada. For more
information or to find out how Forest
Grove Lumber can help with your next
project call 800-647-9663, or visit the
company website: www.fglco.com.
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Yesterday and Today: ROSBORO Supplies
Timber Products Through Decades of Change
102 Years of Excellence
S p r i n g f i e l d , O r e . —
Today, Rosboro is one of
the largest private timber
holders in the Pacific
Northwest. However, the
roots date back to 1906
when T.W. Rosborough
started the Caddo River
Lumber Co. in western
Arkansas. Heading west in
1939, by 1940,
Rosborough had started
Rosboro Lumber Co. in
Springfield, Ore.—and the
legend of the “Northwest’s
most modern lumber manufacturing
Looking back, our world
of 2008 bears little resemblance
to the timber marketplace
of more than 100
years ago. Market
demands shift, expand and
contract. Economies cycle.
as well as the very way
business is conducted on a
daily basis. To put it mildly,
the rules have changed.
Rosboro has not only survived
changes, but flourished in
them. Sustaining a robust
company through decades
of change requires a longterm
view of the future, and
a willingness to invest and
evolve. Over the years,
Rosboro has grown into a
vertically integrated forest
products company with
large timberlands to support
its mills. Today,
Rosboro is the leading producer
of glulam products
in the nation
along with a wide
range of lumber and
plywood products for
the home building
plywood, a stud mill, a
glulam plant and a
dimension mill that
and 4-inch timbers.
Springfield is the
plant. Having a mix of
products on one site
allows customers to
manage their inventory
with mixed loads.
In addition, Rosboro
W a s h i n g t o n
Hardwoods, a door
and window frame
located in Seattle that caters primarily
to the commercial construction industry.
One constant through the decades is that
Rosboro products are known for their ease
of use, convenient installation, strength
and stability. Consistently employing the
latest and smartest innovations in manufacturing
technology, improving efficiency
and identifying economies of scale,
Rosboro has always provided its customers
with high-quality products at competitive
Rosboro’s Family of Products
Rosboro manufactures a wide variety of
quality stud products and timbers. Up-todate
technology gives Rosboro the ability
to offer custom trim lengths, special grade
sorts and custom package sizes. The stud
product mix consists of 2x4 and 2x6 8-foot,
9-foot and 10-foot kiln dried DF, kiln dried
Hem-Fir and green DF and 3x4, 3x6, 4x4
and 4x6 8-foot, 9-foot and 10-foot surfaced
green DF. Also available from our dimension
mill is 4x6 and 4x8 No. 1 FOHC and
No. 2 & Better S4S. Rosboro takes pride in
producing great quality products and providing
superior customer service.
A diverse selection of exterior plywood is
produced in a variety of lengths and thicknesses.
Rosboro specializes in 9-foot and
Rosboro’s BigBeam combines strength,
stability and versatility, making it a popular
product among builders. BigBeam is made in
typical I-joist depths of 9 1/4-inches, 9 1/2-
inches, 11 1/4-inches, 11 7/8-inches, 14-inches,
16-inches and 18-inches, and is sized to
match framing widths of 3 1/2-inches, 5 7/16-
inches and 7-inches.
Ideal for I-joist floor systems and other conventional
framing applications, Rosboro
1.8E IJC is a 24F beam that’s designed to
match I-joist widths and depths eliminating
the need for shimming. This beam has a balanced
layup, no camber and is lightweight,
making it simple and easy to install.
Available in a 3 1/2-inch width and common
depths of 9 1/2-inches, 11 7/8-inches, 14-
inches, 16-inches and 18-inches.
Rosboro Glulam – Architectural appearance beams are
perfect for load-bearing applications where the beam is
exposed and appearance is important. Manufactured to
match standard architectural beam sizes they are available
in 3 1/8-inch, 5 1/8-inch, 6 3/4-inch and 8 3/4-inch
widths, and depths from 6-inches to 25 1/2-inches in 1 1/2-
10-foot panels and struct. I.
Loads can be paperwrapped
and can be transported
vans and A-frame rail cars.
Along with producing
veneer for their own plywood
plant, Rosboro produces
and sells veneer to
other plywood and LVL
manufacturers as well.
While most mills only produce
Rosboro additionally has
9-foot and 10-foot capabilities.
We have Metriguard
testing capabilities for LVL
products as well. We also
sell AB and nickel and dime
Rosboro is the largest
glulam manufacturer in
North America with an
extensive product line. The
company’s line of engineered
• Rosboro Glulam is manufactured
for exposed applications
and Framing appearance
for those applications
where framing widths are
• At 30F, BigBeam TM is the
strongest engineered wood
beam in the industry. It
matches EWP depths and
is compatible with I-joist
• 1.8E IJC beams are a
24F 1.8E glulam that is also
I-joist compatible, has a balanced
layup and is perfect
for those times when a 30F
beam just isn’t
• Treated Glulam
beams are rated 24F,
1.8E and made from
Southern Pine then
treated with a low-toxicity
beams carry a 25-
year limited warranty.
• NEW: Tall Wall glulam
of a 1.9E column with
either 24F or 30F glulam
and stiffer than most
products, this valuable
a range of
options for building
tall walls that have
excellent wind resistance.
In addition to our
wood products, transportation
has always been a service
Rosboro provides to its customers. The
customer service staff identifies competitive
rates, tracks cars to each destination,
and assists with freight claims. Unlike
some suppliers, Rosboro does not profit
from shipping. We consider this a service
our customers deserve and therefore part
of what a good supplier should do.
It Matters Who You Talk To –
Rosboro is large enough to meet customers’
needs, yet small enough to offer
the best, person-to-person customer service.
Lasting relationships are why distributors
look to Rosboro as a supplier they can
communicate with and count on. Although
Rosboro continues to grow, all divisions
share the same commitment to customer
service. Our customers have always been,
and will continue to be, the first priority.
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Booth No. 742
PARTON LUMBER Offers A
Diverse Line Of Products
This photo shows an aerial view of Parton Lumber Company’s expansion project. The N.C.-based company
added five dry kilns and a storage building.
Lumber Company Inc., was founded
in 1949 by Verno Parton. Today,
Parton Lumber Co. is owned and
operated by a third generation,
Furman and Patrick Parton. The
company now employs approximately
The company, situated on 75
acres, produces all grades
of kiln-dried Eastern White
Pine shop grade lumber
and Appalachian hardwoods.
The company manufactures
about 37 million
board feet of Eastern
White Pine annually, along
with 19 million board feet
of hardwoods in 4/4
through 8/4 thicknesses.
Approximately 5 percent of
the production is sold green/airdried
and the remaining is kiln
The firm operates three band
head rigs with one being a twin
band mill, a slant 48-inch carriage
with a seven-foot McDonough
band mill. A Prescott six-foot
resaw, SII steam dry kilns with 2.3
million board feet capacity, two fan
sheds that can each dry 1 million
board feet per charge, a USNR 90-
bay sorter, a 48,000-square-foot
heated lumber storage shed, planing
mill, grading facility and a custom
Yates American S2S planer.
A new twin band horizontal resaw
and a thin kerf edger with chipping
heads were installed in 2004.
“We had bottlenecks in the mill
that existed due to our board
edger not being capable of handling
quite the production,” said
Scott Hughes, vice president.
“Optimization is the name of the
game these days and there is no
substitute for increasing yield, and
this new equipment will help in
Hughes said the company had
added five new dry kilns for a total
of 29 kilns. This allows for approximately
2.8 million board feet of
lumber to be produced.
Services offered include: export
prep, container loading, dipping
and/or end coating of lumber.
Parton operates six companyowned
trucks for short deliveries
within a 200-mile radius of the
facility and long hauls are contracted
The company ships products
America and into Asia,
Europe and Mexico.
“One way we have diversified
is to manufacture
logs for the log home
industry,” said Alfred
Mayo, director of sales
and marketing. “Sizes
range from 4x6 to 8x12 up
to 16-feet long with
approximately 9 million board feet
of timbers each year.”
Parton Lumber is a member of
and produced Western Wood
Products Assoc. shop grades, as
well as National Hardwood
Lumber Assoc. In addition, the
company is also a member of
the Appalachian Hardwood
Manufacturers Inc., American
Hardwood Export Council and the
Appalachian Lumbermen’s Club.
Mayo said that Parton Lumber
practices sustainable forestry at
the modern state-of-the-art manufacturing
facility that helps to meet
prompt shipments for customers.
The sales team consists of Jimmy
Clay, Norman Atchley and
Kimberly Clayton for lumber needs
and Stephen Snider for log home
Parton Lumber is an integrated
lumber manufacturing company
from stump to finished goods and
plans on continuing for many years
to come with production of quality
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DESCHUTES PINE SALES Announces “GEMS OF THE NORTHWEST”
B e n d , O r e . —Deschutes Pine
Sales, a cornerstone in the industry
since 1974, has created a new trading
division, “GEMS OF THE
NORTHWEST.” The trading groups
of Deschutes have combined their
expertise to bring all the products of
the Northwest to customers on one
truck with just one phone call.
“One afternoon we were loading a
truck at our Pine yard. We had VG
Fir, Alder, Ponderosa Pine PC
Maple, Hem Fir Lodgepole Pine and
Western Red Cedar all under one
roof,” recalls Steve Fetrow. “We
decided at that time that each division
should start offering their customers
our other products from the
Northwest. It just took off from there.
We now specialize in mixed full and
partial loads. It is a real complement
to any distribution sales operation
that buys a little bit of everything
from the northwest. It sure makes
sourcing easy, not to mention
Deschutes envoy’s a successful
hardwoods trading group, which
offers a full line of kiln-dried hardwood
lumber, dimension, hardwood
flooring and Tiger Ply imported hardwood
Matt McCoun is heading up the division.
Matt brings 15 years of hardwood
trading experience to
“Business is done by invitation
only. I know if we take care of our
suppliers and customers and are
willing to go the extra mile, we
Steve Fetrow, Frank Cammack, Matt McCoun and Pete McCracken of Deschutes Pine Sales.
should continue to earn those invitations,”
The company also offers a wide
range of high-grade West Coast
Softwood species that include
Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar
Pete McCracken is sourcing and remanufacturing
primarily clear grades
in those species. “I have a real passion
for these specialty materials,”
said McCracken. “We are excited to
be supplying clear vertical grain
products in rough sawn lumber, timbers
and value-added products,
such as paneling and flooring.”
Steve Fetrow continues Deschutes
Pine Sales’ tradition of supplying
quality Pine boards and commons.
Deschutes Pine keeps an Inventory
of Pine, including paneling and
decking in Bend.
Call Steve with any inquiries or
questions on Deschutes’ Pine products
Frank Cammack, founder of
Deschutes Pine, continues to handle
Doug Fir and Fir/Larch laminating
stock. Deschutes Pine handles the
sales of Ochoco’s Lithuania Spruce
and Pine into the U.S. markets.
Deschutes partnered with Ochoco
Lumber in 2005. Ochoco Lumber of
Prineville, Ore., a company known
for its diverse product line is excited
about the addition at Deschutes.
Please Visit Us At
Booth No. 815
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Skana Forest Products has been selling into the North American market for the last twenty
years. Our head office is located in Vancouver, B.C. and we have a small office in Florida,
Vernon, B.C., as well as a remanufacture specialty WR Cedar products in Vernon, B.C. and
Spruce in Herbert, Saskatchewan.
At the end of 2007 we took the opportunity to open an office in Montreal with a couple of very
experienced traders in the eastern market, Marcel Picard and his son, Louis Picard. We look
forward to new opportunities in this ever changing lumber market.
Congratulations NAWLA on another successful Traders Market!
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products and our new venture here in
Montreal, Originally from British
Columbia, I have been in Quebec for 17
years. I have been in the lumber business
officially since 1998, unofficially I have
been a part of the lumber business all of
my life as my father is a lumberman himself.
I have a beautiful wife and son.
A graduate of the University of
Montreal, I have been in the lumber
business since 1973. After 20 years
in Vancouver at Tiaga Forest
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head their distribution yards in
Boucherville and St-Augustin. I
retired in 2003, but was persuaded
to come back in 2007 to work with
my son Louis at Skana Forest
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