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At Cersosimo we provide you with the
largest and most consistent supply of
quality hardwood—from the heart of
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On-time Delivery Of
Small Through Truckload
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Dry Kilns with 210,000’ Capacity
S282 Newman Planer
Straight Line Ripsaw
2 Million Feet of Dry Storage
Maple (Hard & Soft)
Various Other Hardwoods
TBM Hardwoods Thrives In Changing Market...........................................22
Cherry Forest Expands Services ................................................................24
Catawissa Focuses On Kitchen Cabinet Industry.....................................26
HMA Members Tour Four Facilities ............................................................28
Attendance Strong For Richmond Expo ....................................................30
NELA Gathers For New York Meeting.........................................................32
Southwest/West Side Share Market News .................................................34
Penn-York Club Travels To Emporium .......................................................36
U.S.A. Trends .....................................................................................................6
Eye On Technology ......................................................................................10
The Hardwood Council ................................................................................14
AHEC Update ................................................................................................16
NWFA Flooring Report .................................................................................18
Who’s Who ....................................................................................................54
Trade Talk ......................................................................................................58
Classified Opportunities ..............................................................................68
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August, 2008 Vol. 82, No. 7
The hardwood lumber business is a business
of relationships. We’ve been building
strong relationships for more than 50 years,
since James W. Howard, Sr., founded
The only thing better than
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tomers know they can count on us to provide
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We are committed to meeting the needs of
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A Family Of Forest
Today, with four kiln-drying facilities
located strategically throughout the Eastern
United States, plus an office in China, we
annually process, distribute and export
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Hardwood Federation Political Action
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Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Assoc., Fall
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National Hardwood Lumber Assoc.
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Supplier news about sales, labor, prices, trends, expansions and inventories.
SOUTHEAST LAKE STATES WEST COAST
A Georgia wholesaler said the forest
products industry in the Southeast is just
now getting back to business following
the July 4 holiday.
“In years past, companies were willing
to take lumber on any day except for the
4 th itself,” he said. “This year, they were
down 10 days to two weeks. That definitely
put a crimp on the Hardwood business.”
The source noted that White Oak,
although the price has slacked off, is still
moveable at a profit, and Ash is improving.
“Construction and pallet lumber are
moving pretty well, and the crosstie business
is fairly good,” he said. “Everything
else is kind of draggy.”
The contact added that the price of
diesel fuel has made it “awfully, awfully
hard to make any money if you’ve got any
distance at all on your product. Escalating
charges are really putting a hard bite on
all of us.”
A Kentucky sawmill source agreed that
the rising price of fuel has made it tougher
for lumber companies to compete.
“Anybody that’s got a lot of debt is going
to be in serious trouble,” he said. “This
will definitely be a test of the strong surviving.”
The source said he believes a lumber
shortage is coming. “I’m expecting a cutback
on lumber production (industry
Despite strengths in some sectors or
species, sources contacted in the Lake
States region said they have continued to
struggle well into 2008.
A Michigan sawmill source said there
are supply issues with raw materials.
“Landowners realize that they don’t have
to sell right now because the markets will
get better,” she said. “There’s also fewer
loggers out there, and a lot of them have
put their equipment up for sale.”
The contact noted that certain items such
as White Hard Maple (Select and Better,
No. 1 Common) and Yellow Birch remain
strong. “But, overall demand for lumber is
very weak,” she said. “The crystal ball
when you look into it is very murky. The
state of the U.S. economy is very scary
The source said added charges for fuel,
especially on inland freight, have been
especially painful. “We’ve always had a
struggle with inland freight,” she said.
“You can’t get any further away if you try.
Fuel surcharges have definitely hurt, but
that’s a given for anybody.”
An Ohio sawmill source said it would be
a “fascinating six months to a year” for
the forest products industry.
“Obviously, our industry is highly
dependent on the housing industry, and I
don’t think we’re out of the woods yet,”
he said. “Our customers have slowed pro-
While the lumber industry continues to
face hardships, some sources on the West
Coast believe there are bright spots in the
marketplace if you look for them.
An Oregon distribution yard source said
the commercial market remains strong,
despite continued struggles on the residential
“Activity is off what it was last year, but
I don’t see anyone in a losing position,”
he said. “The commercial market is still
strong, and the high-end of the residential
market still shows some strength. The
entry level is weak, and mid-range priced
homes are moving at a much slower and
The contact said industries that are not
tied directly to finance and housing are
still performing well. “We’re out there
grinding away every day,” he said. “I’m
glad we’re in the Hardwood business and
not so linked to new home construction.
We’re able to capitalize on the strengths
on the commercial side of the business.”
The source said Alder, Cherry, Walnut,
Khaya and Maple are the standpoint
species for his company. Meanwhile, he
noted concerns for the rising price of oil,
inability of some customers to get financing
and inclement weather that is stalling
transportation in the Midwest.
“People are under considerable pressures,”
he said. “I’ve seen people down in
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News from suppliers about prices,
trends, sales and inventories.
There was a slight upswing in new home construction in the U.S.
recently, but primary and secondary manufacturers have yet to feel
its effects. Contacts acknowledge sawmill production is down, with
demand being an elusive target. Finished goods manufacturers
report they continue to adjust their purchasing to meet changing
Activity is steady for the limited volume of green Basswood
available to the market. While demand is not overwhelming, buyers
are readily accepting developing mill output. Circumstances are
more varied for kiln dried stocks, however. Markets for kiln dried
5/4 and 9/4 FAS Basswood are softer, with supplies outpacing
Activity for Yellow Birch is more subdued in the Appalachian
region than in Ontario or Quebec. However, interest has grown, in
part, because the weak U.S. dollar has made imported species more
The regionally important Hard Maple species continues to experience
challenging market conditions along with low log inventories.
Volumes coming available are more closely in line with the
market’s needs. At the same time, demand for finished goods
remains slow, and buyers are taking a controlled approach to raw
Market gains by Birch and limited availability of Hard Maple had
no measurable impact to Soft Maple business. Demand for this
species is viewed as tepid, with stable prices primarily credited to
The current business stability of Red Oak is attributed to supply
factors. Demand for No. 1 Common and Better grades is still weak,
Contacts report no appreciable relief in log supply shortages.
Although spring weather has warmed up, the seasonal change to
drier conditions appears to be far off as it has rained at least five
times a week since the end of May in certain areas. Markets for
grade lumber are weak, demand is off, and prices for items vital to
Hardwood production in the province are greatly reduced. These
are issues that are restraining log supplies.
Deflated demand and pricing have affected the log supply chain
from the landowner restricting sales, extending to the sawmill
choosing to operate from lean inventories. Skyrocketing fuel costs
are still having a crippling effect on logging and trucking operations.
These fuel costs are virtually impossible to pass along to customers
in a soft market and economic climate but are equally
impossible to absorb without negative repercussions to their businesses.
The limited log supplies and resulting decreases in sawmill
production are more evident in lumber markets. Spot shortages are
commonplace for green lumber items, and developing supplies of
selective species and grades uncomfortably thin for buyers. Kiln
dried inventories are also contracting, with business still being very
Strong demand for White Birch has fueled increased activity for
Yellow Birch. Supplies are stretched thin, with many mills in
Birch-producing areas reporting lumber inventories and upcoming
production runs sold out. Prices have advanced and are sharply
higher for Yellow Birch meeting buyer specifications for color and
minimum distribution of lengths.
Demand for Ash is running ahead of available supplies. Ash prices
are generally static, implying supply/demand is in balance. It is
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A.W. STILES ADDS AFS BOILERS
A.W. Stiles Contractors Inc., headquartered in McMinnville,
Tenn., recently expanded its offerings to include AFS Energy
Systems wood waste boiler systems. The company also became the
southeast sales representative for AFS Energy, based in Lemoyne,
Pa. A.W. Stiles can also retrofit boiler systems.
A.W. Stiles recently installed a 600-horsepower boiler at Baillie
Lumber Co. in Leitchfield, Ky., and a 300-horsepower boiler at
James Ritter Lumber Co. in Summer Shade, Ky.
With over 30 years of experience, A.W. Stiles Contractors Inc.
specializes in aftermarket services for companies that operate dry
kiln and predryer facilities throughout North America.
PIKE LUMBER, WEYERHAEUSER
ADD USNR EQUIPMENT
USNR, headquartered in Woodland, Wash., recently placed
orders for Pike Lumber Co. in Akron, Ind., and Weyerhaeuser’s
Wright City, Okla., mill.
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A USNR 3D LASAR scanning and optimization system
Pike Lumber added a USNR dual scan zone lineal edger optimizer.
The system uses 3D Smart TriCam scanning and MillExpert
optimization on a new lineal edger. Pike Lumber processes premium
grade Appalachian Hardwoods. The company also uses USNR
3D LASAR scanning and MillExpert carriage optimization at its
mill in Akron and Carbon, Ind.
Weyerhaeuser upgraded both of its existing edger optimizers at its
Wright City, Okla., mill to MillExpert. The upgrade included new
computers and PLC changes, which enables the mill to stay up-todate
with current technology and reap the benefits provided by
ever-increasing computer power and improved software. The facility
manufactures Hardwood veneer and plywood.
In related news, USNR recently acquired substantially all of the
assets of Coe Newnes McGehee Inc., based in Salmon Arm, B.C.
The Newnes-McGehee business is now being operated as the
Newnes-McGehee Division of USNR.
WOODWORKS, RISA TO
INCLUDE WOOD DESIGN FEATURES
The Wood Products Council’s WoodWorks educational program,
based in Tacoma, Wash., recently announced an agreement with
RISA Technologies to expand RISA’s popular software to incorporate
wood design features. The improvements will give architects
10 Hardwoods Have Resiliency
This is a photo of the WoodWorks program in action.
and engineers greater flexibility and choice in the selection of
materials for non-residential buildings.
Once the RISA software is updated, it will incorporate information
on building code requirements, gravity design, diaphragm
modeling and design, shear wall modeling, analysis and design, lateral
force design, hybrid design and several other features.
The WoodWorks program was established in 2007 to support
architects, engineers, contractors and others using wood for a full
range of non-residential building types.
WSM INTRODUCES 4400 SERIES HAMMERMILLS
In response to industry demand, West Salem Machinery (WSM),
headquartered in Salem, Ore., recently introduced high volume
hammermills for fine grind applications known as 4400 Series
WSM 4400 Series Hammermills feature a 44-inch diameter rotor
with throat widths from 20-inches to 60-inches wide and drive systems
up to 600 horsepower. They are built mill-duty with “easy
This is the WSM 4400 Series Hammermill.
glide” maintenance access doors, a wide base design for improved
throughput and multiple refiner plates for superior grinding action.
The Hammermills are also equipped with WSM’s near full circle
sizing screens that maximize production in fine grind applications,
delivering higher capacities and consistent product sizing.
Northern and Appalachian Hardwoods
• Specializing in Cherry, Hard Maple, Soft Maple
• Yards and Kilns in Owego and Berkshire, NY
• Export Shipments
• Green and Kiln Dried
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Certification And Those Pesky
by MARK BARFORD, CAE
National Hardwood Lumber Assoc.
These days when the industry talks of lumber
certification, they truly mean forest certification
and that is where the problem begins.
In order for a company to certify lumber, they
must purchase the raw material (trees) from
an independently certified sustainable source. A source, except in
rare cases, neither owns nor controls. In fact, the suppliers of our
raw material are millions of private landowners who are making
decisions about their land and may or may not have any motivation
to become certified. They may cut their timber once a generation,
and the bother and expense of forest certification in many cases
makes no sense to them.
We should begin this discussion by looking around and realizing
how proud we are of the forests of North America. They are a
tapestry of healthy, diverse and natural sustainable stands of trees.
The U.S. Forest Service tells us that in the United States overall we
are replacing our forests at a rate of 1.6 new growth versus
removals. We have a myriad of rules and regulations in place that
ensure that the forest is cut legally and with protections to assure
that the forests will be in place for future generations.
But the real heroes in this story are the millions of small private
landowners who each and every day have to make the “right” decision
for their lands. Due to our system of private property rights,
that “right” decision is judged by each individual landowner who
knows his assets and his needs best, and manages the land to meet
them. What we end up with is a wonderful patchwork of various
management schemes and land use decisions that supports a wide
variety of ecosystems.
For instance, some landowners choose to do nothing to their lands,
and create wild areas. Some enjoy the sound of birds, and cut large
or small openings in the forest. Some want a road system for
access, while others want just a walking trail network. There are
tracts of well-managed forests where the objective may be timber
production where maximum growth is the priority. But for many
landowners neither money or timber is a motivating factor, and tree
cutting is an incidental use of their ownership.
In my 28 years of Hardwood lumber industry associations, I have
been involved and battled successfully to protect private property
rights. Our system is the envy of the world and each and every day
new landowners come on board to share in the dream. These new
forest landowners total several hundred thousand per year. They
need to be educated and encouraged to take care of that newly
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Boards InThe World Are Made Here
All of us at Gilco Lumber Inc. are very proud of our logo
which is shown above on a bundle of our Poplar lumber.
Our dedication to quality at our GILCO facility is obvious to any visitor. Our 20 acre site in Roderfield, West Virginia
includes a 1,000,000 board feet capacity pre-dryer, 16 Irvington Moore dry kilns, air drying sheds and yard with 5
million board feet of open air drying capacity. We have two grading chains; one to grade inbound green lumber,
and the other to grade, sort and surface dried lumber to customer specifications. At the end of this grading chain,
we have two 1,000,000 board feet kiln dried storage warehouses, which enable us to provide our customers with
“just-in-time” shipments to any location in the world by route of truck, railcar or container. This facility was constructed
with three things in mind: Quality, Service and Consistency.
QUALITY • The latest technology in quality lumber production. • All lumber trimmed after drying.
• Highest quality Appalachian hardwoods. • GILCO quality Assurance.
SERVICE • Controlled “just-in-time” shipments by rail, truck or container. • Ability to surface and trim to your
specifications. • Dedicated employees committed to providing you with the highest quality of goods and services.
• Flexibility to meet your needs.
CONSISTENCY • Select harvest area from over 1,200,000 acres we own or manage insures you better
consistency in grain and color. • Length and width tallies on each bundle. • Lumber produced by four GILCO
sawmills with over 70,000,000 board feet annual production.
*We recently acquired a new Hardwood lumber concentration yard in Marion, N.C., which will produce an additional
15,000,000 board feet of kiln dried lumber annually.*
a division of International Lumber Inc.
Contact us when we can be of service.
Phone: 304-746-3160 1-800-718-1488 FAX: 304-746-2999 www.gilcolumber.com
96 MacCorkle Ave., SW P.O. Box 18370
South Charleston, WV 25303-8370
Sales - Scott England, Hank Bishop and Tony Love
Husky Hardwood Lumber
“Division of Commonwealth Plywood”
Northern Hardwood &
Eastern White Pine
15 Boul. Labelle Ste-Therese, Quebec
Canada J7E 4H9
Ste-Therese Office Richard Lavallee 450-435-6541 firstname.lastname@example.org
James Grezenski Forest
3158 County Road X-North
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Tel. (715) 344-0878 FAX (715) 344-1470
Sales - Jim Grezenski
Red & White Oak, Hard & Soft Maple,
Basswood, Ash, Birch, Butternut,
We produce 7.5 million ft. annually
of 4/4 grade lumber, as well as pallet lumber
& cants in various thicknesses that is
available either Green or Kiln Dried.
The Hardwood Council Promoting
Hardwoods And Sustainable Design
Promoting Hardwoods in sustainable design and building is what
the Hardwood Council is all about. So when architects, designers
and builders need information about North American Hardwoods,
the first place to look for information is www.hardwoodcouncil-
.com. Thanks to the Hardwood Council, a coalition of 10 trade
associations working together to promote the use of North
American Hardwoods in residential and commercial construction,
the website provides a wealth of information that is simply a click
away and proves to be a most valuable tool for today’s design professional.
The Council’s promotional efforts extend far beyond the
website. Here are just a few examples of where we’ve been.
In May, Boston hosted the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
2008 National Convention and Design Exposition. This year’s
theme, “We the People,” focused on the architect’s role in society.
The 24,000 architects, designers, and students in attendance were
seeking information and the Council was there promoting the use
and sustainability of North American Hardwoods.
It was a great information exchange. Council representatives
exhibited the impressive seven-flitch display and distributed countless
Material Matters white papers, Continuing Education Units
and nearly 700 Hardwood sample kits which stimulated one-onone
discussions about the practicality, durability and the good
health aspects of using Hardwoods. Attendees who had received
sample kits in previous years raved about their usefulness when
discussing project options with clients and other hot discussion topics
included sustainability and certification issues providing
Council representatives the opportunity to ‘set the record straight.’
In all, the three-day event proved successful for the Council. New
media contacts were made. Attendees were encouraged to submit
case histories via the “Promote Your Hardwood Projects” button on
the Hardwood Council website, www.hardwoodcouncil.com for
use in future Council publications and media relations efforts. Most
importantly, visitors walked away armed with a variety of
resources for smart specification of North American Hardwoods.
Our on-the-road promotional efforts continued in July, with the
Council’s visit to Calgary and the American Society of Interior
Designers (ASID) 2008 Chapter Leadership Conference (CLC). As
a featured CLC Industry Partner, the Council displayed and distributed
resource materials, delivered an on-stage presentation, and
also had the opportunity for one-on-one in-depth conversations
with countless ASID leaders and top interior designers. With more
than 40,000 members, the ASID is the oldest, largest and leading
professional organization for interior designers. Participation in the
CLC 08 was a wonderful opportunity for the Council to promote
residential and commercial Hardwood flooring, paneling, furniture,
cabinetry and decorative millwork to the interior design community.
That’s what the Hardwood Council is all about – promoting the
use and sustainability of North American Hardwoods.
For more information concerning the Hardwood Council, visit
14 Hardwoods Have Versatility
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Everybody, from our seasoned
sales force, to our kiln managers
and NHLA inspectors, is a
top notch pro. Fact is, many have
been with Cole for more
than 20 years.
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Cole Hardwood stays in front.
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COLE HARDWOOD, INC.
P.O. Box 568, Logansport, IN 46947
SERVING THE WORLD
FOR OVER 75 YEARS
Specializing in 4/4 Hardwood Lumber
Cummings Lumber Co. Inc.
P.O. Box 6, Troy, Pa 16947
Roy Cummings Jr. - President
Larry Cordner - Sales
Chip Cummings - Sales
3530 Jonathan Creek Road
Waynesville, North Carolina 28785 U.S.A.
Tel: (828) 926-1621
Fax: (828) 926-3383
Contact: Joe Pryor, Mark Taylor
or our other salesmen
White Oak • Red Oak
Yellow Poplar • Cherry
A view of some of our lumber air drying in our shed.
American Red Oak And Yellow Poplar
Featured At High Profile UK Festival
by MICHAEL SNOW
American Hardwood Export Council
As part of our extensive public relations
campaign around the world, the American
Hardwood Export Council has been actively
seeking out creative opportunities to showcase
the design potential and environmental credentials
of American Hardwoods to an ever-widening audience. So,
while the internationally acclaimed Hay Festival, sponsored by
London’s The Guardian newspaper, might seem an unlikely platform
to showcase American Hardwoods, the festival’s decision to
highlight the environment and sustainable development actually provides
an ideal opportunity for AHEC. Celebrating its 21 st year and
attracting 90,000 visitors as well as extensive television and press
coverage, the Guardian Hay Festival is no longer just about books
and writers. Speakers this year include former U.S. President Jimmy
Carter, Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz, controversial author and
commentator Salman Rushdie, Hollywood actress Kathleen Turner,
award winning architect Ken Shuttleworth, chess grand master
turned politician Gary Kasparov, and American novelist John Irving,
among the many famous faces.
Because of its informal style and rural location, the Guardian Hay
Festival is inevitably dominated by temporary structures and shortterm
solutions. And it was a chance discussion between event organizers
and the European Director of AHEC about the event’s increasing
environmental ambitions and desire to use more sustainable
materials that prompted the idea of a customized and permanent
solution to one aspect of the event’s infrastructure – the stage furniture
and stage sets. So began what may seem an unlikely collaboration
between the American Hardwood Export Council and the
famous Guardian Hay Festival. The result is stunning custom furniture
pieces in American Red Oak, designed and made by renowned
UK furniture maker Philip Koomen and a complementary stage set
made from American Tulipwood, created by local designer Clare
Philip Koomen’s Red Oak collection for the Hay Festival is design
and wood craftsmanship of the highest standard and comprising 10
chairs, four lecterns, four occasional tables and a large discussion
table. The choice of American Red Oak with its distinctive grain patterns
and warm tones makes a strong fashion statement and exudes
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16 Hardwoods...A Renewable Resource
Worth the wait.
A.R. Brenneman, founder of
Brenneman Lumber always said
that anything worth doing was
worth doing right. To him, that
meant having patience and perseverance,
qualities essential to
creating a viable lumber business. This tradition has endured through
five generations of the Brenneman family, maintaining A.R.’s vision
through integrity and hard work. Having evolved into one of the larger
wholesale hardwood lumber firms in the United States, Brenneman
Lumber supplies the finest northern Appalachian Red Oak, White Oak,
Hard Maple, Soft Maple, Cherry, Ash, Poplar,
Beech and many other species. Call 740.397.0573
today to speak to a Brenneman representative.
Green and Kiln Dried Appalachian Hardwoods
51 Parrott Street Extension
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
AJD Forest Products
Premium Kiln Dried Hardwoods
Northern Red Oak is Our Specialty
Lake States Largest Producer of
P.O. Box 629 Grayling, MI 49738
Phone 989-348-5412 FAX 989-348-2500
DRY KILNS • 2 SAWMILLS
25,000,000 BF ANNUAL PRODUCTION
The Parton Companies -
“Integrated Lumber Manufacturing...
from stump to finished product.”
Producing over 50 million BDF of Appalachian Hardwood and
Eastern White Pine lumber annually in: • Red Oak
• White Oak
• Eastern White Pine
and others upon
request 4/4 to 12/4
green, air dried and/or
Parton Lumber Company’s logo is proudly
displayed on the bundle of lumber above.
Export Prep • Container Loading
To serve you, we have modern band mills and other state-ofthe-art
equipment such as: a planer mill; a 90 bay sorter; and,
grading facilities at one site in Rutherfordton, North Carolina.
Please Call Us at (800) 624-1501 when we can be of service!
251 Parton Road, Rutherfordton, North Carolina 28139-9420
Tel: (828) 287-9669 • FAX: (828) 287-9423
SALES: Jimmy Clay, Norman Atchley, Alfred Mayo and Kimberly Clayton
Rebound Expected Through
2012 For Flooring
by ED KORCZAK
National Wood Flooring Association
Information is the key to any successful
business, and in the wood flooring industry,
the National Wood Flooring Association’s
Wood Flooring Market Profile provides the
most comprehensive information available. The Wood Flooring
Market Profile is compiled by the NWFA every two years in conjunction
with Catalina Research, Inc., a research firm with more
than three decades of experience in gathering and analyzing data on
the construction and building markets, as well as related industries.
The new report presents data for the year ending 2007, with industry
projections into 2012.
The report indicates that the United States wood flooring market
declined in both 2006 and 2007, the industry’s first decline in more
than 20 years. After two decades of double-digit gains, the decline
is not significant, just 0.3%, but the effects are having an impact on
the industry. The decrease is attributed primarily to a sharp drop in
U.S. housing starts, as well as a downturn in existing home resales
after several years of very strong U.S. housing demand. The report
states that the downturn started in the third quarter of 2006 for several
reasons: U.S. consumers began to resist record housing prices,
rising energy costs began to crimp many U.S. household budgets,
and rising interest rates cut into the ability of many U.S. consumers
to finance a home purchase. The downturn in the U.S. housing market
then accelerated during 2007 as a developing credit crunch
caused U.S. homeowner foreclosure rates to soar. The bad news is
that this weakness in U.S. housing demand is expected to continue
through 2008, as sales of new and existing homes hit bottom. The
good news, however, is that experts predict that when housing
demand finally does rebound in the U.S., sales of wood flooring
could increase at relatively sharp rates.
Despite the reported decline, the industry still remains strong. The
value of U.S. wood flooring sales are preliminarily reported to be
$2.58 billion for 2006, and estimated to be $2.46 billion for 2007.
Figures for 2012 forecast an industry rebound, with sales increasing
to $3.52 billion.
Volume figures reflect a similar story. U.S. shipments for 2006
are reported to be 928.6 million square feet, a decrease of just less
than six percent, with shipments for 2007 estimated to be 839.9
million square feet, a decrease of nearly ten percent.
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18 Hardwoods Have Workability
Shawn, Brandon, Dan and Mike Ferman with 4/4
Lumber stored under T-sheds.
Rick Frye, dry kiln superintendent, standing in
front of a new dry kiln.
MERIDIEN HARDWOODS OF PA., INC.
(814) 563-4614 FAX: (814) 563-4624
Yard Address: Old Pittsfield Rd., Pittsfield, PA 16340
“Everything You’ll Ever Need From The Forest”
• 18 Acre Concentration Yard •
• Double End Trimmer...Trim Line (40 Sorts) •
• Straight Line Ripping and S2S Facilities •
• We Offer Export Preparations, Container Loading, Mixed Species & Thicknesses •
• Wholesalers of Northern, Appalachian and Southern Hardwoods •
• 800,000’ Dry Storage •
• Dry Kiln Capacity 250,000’ •
BUILD YOUR OWN LOAD
All KD lumber pick-a-pack tallied.
We at Bryant Church Hardwoods, Inc., located in Wilkesboro, NC, are proud of our modern Hardwood
concentration yard facility that we constantly update to better serve our customers with the finest
Appalachian Hardwood and Eastern White Pine lumber available. Call us at (336) 973-3691 when we can
be of service.
This is an aerial view of our modern
Hardwood concentration yard where we
process quality Appalachian Hardwood
and Eastern White Pine lumber.
Some facts about our company are, we:
•Have a 30 acre Hardwood and Eastern White Pine lumber concentration yard
that exclusively represents two sawmills.
•Specialize in all thicknesses of kiln dried Eastern White Pine lumber.
•Deal in Appalachian Hardwood species such as Red and White Oak, Poplar,
Ash, Hard and Soft Maple, Steamed Walnut, Cherry, Basswood, Beech and
•Market our Appalachian Hardwood lumber in 4/4 through 8/4 thicknesses that
is green, air dried and/or kiln dried.
•Specialize in mixed truck loads.
•Have 9 steam dry kilns that have a combined dry kiln capacity of 630,000 bd.
ft. per charge.
•Own a Newman 382 planer.
•Usually carry about 4,000,000 bd. ft. on our air drying yard.
•Usually carry about 1,500,000 bd. ft. of kiln dried lumber in inventory.
•Offer export preparation, container loading and package tally.
•Offer the service of sorting lumber at special lengths, widths and grades
according to customer specifications.
•Use our own trucks and contract trucks for prompt delivery of your orders.
•Have over 75 years of combined experience in the lumber business.
Bus.: (336) 973-3691
FAX: (336) 973-7993
Web site: http://BCHI.com
P.O. Box 995 • Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Distribution Yard: 683 Buck Road • Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Because we’ve been in business since 1953, we have many years of experience that helps us to ship your orders right the first time.
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At PLM, we understand that you need an insurance company with
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President and Chief Executive Officer
Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company
One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, Suite 1200
Philadelphia, PA 19103
SERVING CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES
20 Hardwoods Have Resiliency
Most of our employees were born in Kentucky,
and that’s the state where we obtain and manufacture
large, quality Appalachian logs into quality
Hardwood lumber. At ClearCreek Hardwoods
we have a large, modern band mill operation in
Grayson, Kentucky and two smaller mills in eastern
Kentucky as well. One of those sawmills is
new and recently started producing lumber.
Please contact Dennis Adkins at (606) 474-4425
for your Hardwood lumber needs.
Just Like Our Lumber
US 60 West, Smith Branch Rd. • P.O. Box 847
Grayson, KY 41143
Sales: Dennis Adkins
Mill Phone: 606-474-4425
For our customers and those that need
quality Appalachian Hardwood lumber, we:
• have 3 sawmills, one of which has a six foot
band headrig and six foot linebar resaw.
• cut 4/4 through 8/4 green, Appalachian
Hardwood lumber in random lengths and widths.
• manufacture lumber in these species: Red Oak;
White Oak; Poplar; and others upon request.
• can containerize logs and lumber for you.
• have a value added center at our grade mill in
Grayson, KY, where we recover dimension
stock from 4/4x2x12” long through 4/4x6x40”
• own 3 tractor trailer trucks and use contract
trucks to promptly deliver your orders.
BEE FOREST LLC
S1130 STATE HWY 25
NELSON, WI 54756
715 673-4137 FAX
• 4 kilns - 2 set up for white woods
• Container or flatbed loading
• Newman planer S2S
• 2 sawmills with circular headsaws followed by band resaws
SPECIES include good color Northern hardwoods including red oak,
basswood, cherry, hickory, hard and soft maple, white oak
SPECIALIZING in random length/width
Sales: Bob Bee 715 673-4127 office or 715 225-4954 cell
MEMPHIS, Tennessee 38182-0526 PHONE: (901) 274-6887 FAX: (901) 274-6850
1279 N. McLEAN, P.O. BOX 820526 WEBSITE: WWW.CYPRESSUSA.COM Email: email@example.com
“We see a great
become a one-stop
shop for the full range
of high-end, custom
Thrives In Changing Market
– Baird McIlvain, president of TBM Hardwoods
BY PAUL MILLER JR.
Hanover, Pa.— Throughout its 53-year history, TBM Hardwoods Inc., headquartered here,
has learned to adapt and thrive in the changing marketplace. At no time has that been more necessary
than the current environment.
Baird McIlvain, president of TBM Hardwoods (TBMH), and the grandson of the company’s founder, T.
Baird McIlvain Sr., said customers are demanding more value added services including surfacing, ripping,
moulding, priming and resawing.
“We see a great opportunity to become a one-stop shop for the full range of high-end, custom millwork
shops,” he said. “Our specialty is providing customized Hardwood products with a high level of service,
at a fair price.”
McIlvain said TBMH has always strived to be a leader in the distribution lumber business. “We found
that the distribution yard industry has
changed considerably over the
years,” he said. “To be the leader,
you’ve got to excel in two markets,
lumber distribution and Hardwood
products distribution. We’re investing
our resources and energies into
elevating the millwork side of our
business, while continually enhancing
our lumber offerings. The combination
is helping us broaden our
overall product offerings for customers
and highlight other opportu-
Baird McIlvain is the president of TBM Hardwoods Inc. (TBMH), headquartered in
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Right Hand Page Photos
1. TBMH has a staff of 15 sales representatives,
which is led by Don Bond,
sales and marketing manager.
2. Green lumber is brought in,
inspected and sorted over the stacker,
then put onto air dry sticks to season.
The air dry yard is covered, screened
and ventilated with overhead fans to
protect boards from exposure to the
elements while drying.
3. This is a photo of mouldings being
packaged for delivery. TBMH wraps
and protects each set of profiles
against the elements and damage in
transit. In addition, the company end
stamps every board with the width
4. McIlvain is the grandson of T.
Baird McIlvain Sr., who founded
TBMH, then known as the T. Baird
McIlvain Co., in 1955 in Philadelphia,
5. This is a photo of Sipo boules,
which were imported from Africa,
ready to be unloaded after being
trucked in from the Baltimore, Md.,
6. This is a photo of TBMH’s sales
team following a meeting to review
the quality and different grades of the
22 Hardwoods...The All-Purpose Material
This is an aerial view of Cherry Forest Products family owned sawmill and Hardwood manufacturing facility, headquartered
in Guelph, Ont.
BY WAYNE MILLER
Guelph, Ont.— Established by Edward Baranski as a green sawmill over 50 years ago,
Cherry Forest Products, headquartered here, has remained a success by listening to its customers and
focusing intensely on providing for customer needs.
Today, the family owned sawmill and
Hardwood manufacturing facility is run by
brothers, John, Robert and Jacob Baranski.
For more than 25 years, Cherry Forest
Products has produced grade lumber, cutto-size
products and custom ripped planks.
The company also expanded into sliced
veneer several years ago.
Recently, Cherry Forest was awarded
Chain-of-Custody certification from the
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The
certification ensures that the firm’s quality
Hardwood lumber, cut-to-size dimension,
cut-to-size cabinet parts and veneers,
which are shipped domestically and internationally,
are all harvested from responsibly
Cherry Forest Products has four
sawmills, additionally procures green lumber
throughout New York, Pennsylvania,
southern Ontario and Quebec, and processes
approximately 25 million board feet of
sawn timber per year. Once the logs have
been processed through the sawmill, the
lumber is carefully sticked, and put into
one of nine kiln chambers.
Depending on grade, the lumber is then
produced into either sorted to width grade
lumber, ripped strips, dimensional blanks
or pallets. Cherry Forest processes all
domestic Hardwoods, and produces sorted
to width lumber in all grades of Hard
Maple, Ash, Red and White Oak, Walnut
and Cherry. The company maintains
approximately 6 million board feet of
inventory among five warehouses.
Built in 1986, Cherry Forest’s Guelph,
Ont., sawmill covers 25 acres, employs
approximately 130 workers and boasts upto-date
lumber handling equipment including
a new Walnut steamer, combination
sticker/sorter and optimized ripped-towidth
line. Everything but the log yard is
paved ensuring that products remain neat
The Walnut steamer, which offers 15,000
FBM (foot board measure) of capacity per
charge, was added so the company could
steam its own Walnut and have better quality
control. The sticking/sorting line offers
two grading stations, and can sort and
grade 100,000 board feet of lumber daily.
The machine automatically tallies all
footages by computer, and includes a
moisture sensor to determine the moisture
content of what is produced.
Cherry Forest Products also has a dimension
plant that offers numerous re-manufactured
goods ranging from ripped-towidth
strips to dimensional blanks. The
company offers custom ripping and quality
checks for international customers.
Cherry Forest also hopes to install a thin
kerf band mill in Guelph in the future.
Jacob Baranski, whose responsibilities
include international sales and marketing,
said Cherry Forest’s specialty is increasing
customers’ yields and inventory roll over
traditional production methods. This helps
customers increase productivity and cash
flow, allowing them to focus their time on
pursuing profitable orders.
“No matter where you produce it, be it the
most expensive or least expensive labor
market in the world, wasted lumber is
wasted lumber,” Baranski said. “By buying
a product that is already semiprocessed,
you can definitely gain in efficiency.
The key is to utilize your resources
efficiently and to waste as little time and
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24 Hardwoods Have Versatility
Jacob Baranski handles international sales and marketing for Cherry Forest.
Walnut is the newest species offered by Cherry Forest Products.
Lumber is shown being processed through the company’s new optimized rip line.
This is a photo of incoming logs being tallied.
A trailer load of ripped strips is shown ready for shipment.
Pictured is Cherry Forest Products’ dimension line.
This is a photo of the Walnut steamer Cherry Forest recently installed.
Focuses On Kitchen Cabinet Industry
BY PAUL MILLER JR.
Catawissa, Pa.— With the residential furniture market
moving more overseas, Catawissa Lumber & Specialty Co. Inc.,
headquartered here, has renewed its focus on the kitchen cabinet
While U.S. furniture manufacturers
have steadily moved to other countries,
the kitchen cabinet market is largely
domestic, particularly for low-labor content
solid wood components. In 2007,
approximately 40 percent of Catawissa’s
sales were derived from the cabinet market,
30 percent from the institutional furniture
market, three percent from residential
furniture, 17 percent from lumber
trading with the remaining sales obtained
from miscellaneous markets.
These percentages represent a dramatic
shift for Catawissa Lumber & Specialty
Co., which historically had residential
furniture comprising more than 50 percent
of its sales. Catawissa planned the move
into cabinet components over several
years following the loss of major furniture
customers such as Pennsylvania House
and Broyhill, companies who moved their
operations to China and Vietnam.
William Gittler Jr., chairman and chief
executive officer of Catawissa Lumber,
said his firm is currently finalizing
approximately $2.8 million in equipment
financing, which will be used to upgrade
the company’s rip-first manufacturing
line to an automated “rip first” process.
Catawissa started the shift to a rip first
line in 2005 as a means to develop the
kitchen cabinet component market and
will be adding additional automated
equipment to complete the process. The
automated rip-first line will dramatically
increase the efficiency of Catawissa’s
manufacturing operation, optimizing
yields from raw lumber and further reducing
the labor component of wood processing.
William F. Gittler Sr. and his wife,
Pauline, founded Catawissa Lumber &
Specialty Co. in 1957, beginning as a
three-person wood shop. Over time, the
company has grown to over 300 employees,
operating four plant facilities with a
350,000 board feet per week production
Catawissa Lumber has 450,000 board
feet of kiln-drying capacity and a 1.2 million
board foot pre-dryer at its headquarters
in Catawissa, Pa. The firm’s West
Jefferson, N.C., facility has kiln-drying
capacity totaling 450,000 board feet.
Catawissa’s largest manufacturing plant
is located in Paxinos, Pa. It has two other
Pennsylvania facilities located nearby in
Elysburg, Pa., and Shamokin,
Pa. Catawissa has sales representatives
in Sparta, Tenn.;
Hancock, Mich.; London,
England; Paris, France;
Hamburg, Germany; and
Catawissa Lumber &
Specialty Co. is a manufacturer
and trader of high-quality
Hardwood lumber and
machined Hardwood components
for manufacturers of highend
mouldings and institutional furniture.
The company sells its
products through a division
known as Catawissa Trading
Co., and is organized as a Sub-S
Corporation with independent
members serving with Gittler
family owners on Catawissa’s
board of directors.
Thanks to its location in the
heart of the Appalachian
Mountains, Catawissa specializes
in such Appalachian
Hardwoods as Red and White
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These are some of the cabinet and furniture components that Catawissa Lumber & Specialty Co. manufactures on a daily basis.
26 Hardwoods...A Renewable Resource
Bill Gittler stands with Ken Janette, president/chief operating officer of Catawissa
Lumber & Specialty Co.
Bill Gittler (right), chairman and chief executive officer of Catawissa Lumber &
Specialty Co. Inc., headquartered in Catawissa, Pa., is pictured with his son, Justin
Gittler, facility engineer.
Key executives of Catawissa Lumber & Specialty Co. include Adam Cherwinski, sales
manager; Ken O’Neill, production scheduler; Steve Gemberling, vice president of manufacturing/general
manager of Catawissa Trading Co.; and Rick Vannatta, director of
Pictured are ripped cabinet stiles and rails coming through Catawissa’s rip first operation.
This is a picture of Catawissa’s climate-controlled warehouse.
Kiln-dried and surfaced Soft Maple lumber is shown packaged ready for shipment.
HMA Members Tour Four Facilities
BY TERRY AND PAUL MILLER JR.
Eighty members of the Hardwood
Manufacturers Association gathered here recently
for the 2008 Central Regional Meeting.
Facility tours, dinners, receptions and a guest
speaker filled the agenda for the two-day affair.
Larry Lowe, a timber harvesting compliance
section supervisor with the Kentucky Division of
Forestry, spoke on how to “Expand Your Markets
to Sell More Hardwoods.” His presentation
included tips on how to take advantage of changing
demands in the building industry, such as certification
and green manufacturing, which can
present new sales opportunities for American
On the first day of the regional meeting, attendees
and guests traveled to Cox Interior Inc. in
nearby Campbellsville where the firm is situated
on 105 acres with 16 acres of manufacturing
facilities under one roof. Cox uses Poplar, Oak
and Cherry in the making of interior mouldings,
doors, wood stair parts and fireplace mantels.
In Columbia, Ky., the HMA toured Kentucky
Tie & Lumber Co., which boasts an annual
Hardwood production of 8 million board feet primarily
in Poplar, Hickory, Hard and Soft Maple,
and Red and White Oak.
Later that day in London, Ky., the group toured
Begley Lumber Co. Inc., headquartered here.
Between Begley’s band mill operations in both
London and Hyden, Ky., the company produces
60 million board feet of Hardwood lumber per
year. The firm’s markets include 30 percent cabinet,
30 percent flooring, 15 percent wholesaler/distributor,
5 percent export and 20 percent
Before leaving the regional meeting, the HMA
attendees toured the facility of Harold White
Lumber, located in Morehead, Ky. The firm produces
10 million board feet of Hardwoods each
year, primarily Red and White Oak, Poplar, Ash,
Maple, Cherry and Walnut. Flooring and cabinetry
comprise more than half the company’s
The Hardwood Manufacturers Association is
the only national trade organization with membership
limited to Hardwood sawmills and concentration
yards located in the United States.
HMA is a member-driven association, providing
member companies with networks, information
and 21st century management tools. With
that strong single focus, our trademarks are
value, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
The HMA offices are located in Pittsburgh, Pa. For
more information, call 412-829-0770.
Matthew Netterville, Fred Netterville Lumber Co. Inc., Woodville, Miss.; John Jones, Ward Timber Ltd.,
Linden, Texas; Bruce Horner, Abenaki Timber Corp., Boswell, Pa.; and Eric Porter, Abenaki Timber Corp.,
Jason Twigg, Tuscarora Hardwoods Inc., Elliottsburg, Pa.; Jeff Hanks and Frances Petty, Bill Hanks Lumber
Co. Inc., Danbury, N.C.; and Denny Wray, Tuscarora Hardwoods Inc.
Leslie Rutland, Rutland Lumber Co. Inc., Collins, Miss.; Bill Buchanan, Buchanan Lumber Birmingham
Inc., Aliceville, Ala.; Pem Jenkins, Turn Bull Lumber Co., Elizabethtown, N.C.; and Luke Brogger, Quality
Hardwoods Inc., Sunfield, Mich.
28 Hardwoods Have Workability
Mark Bartoe, American Lumber Co., Hamburg, N.Y.; Bob Zandi, Baillie Lumber Co.
Inc., Leitchfield, Ky.; and Tommy Steele, Kentucky Tie & Lumber Co., Columbia, Ky.
Dennis Wilcott, Steve Niemuth and Jim Baron, Wolf River Lumber Inc., New London,
Larry and Trisha Thompson, T&S Hardwoods Inc., Milledgeville, Ga.; Matt Begley,
Begley Lumber Co. Inc., London, Ky.; and Paul Miller Jr., National Hardwood
Magazine, Memphis, Tenn.
Tommy Petzoldt, East Perry Lumber Co., Frohna, Mo.; Trent Yoder, Yoder Lumber Co.
Inc., Sugarcreek, Ohio; Lucas Hager, East Perry Lumber Co.; and Mel Yoder, Yoder
Lumber Co. Inc.
Gary Booher, B&B Lumber Co. Inc., Jamesville, N.Y.; Chuck Boaz, Corley
Manufacturing Co., Chattanooga, Tenn.; Jimmy Begley, Begley Lumber Co. Inc.,
London, Ky.; and Ken Morris, Corley Manufacturing Co.
Terry Miller, National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, Tenn.; Ken Burttram,
Morris/Softac, Albertville, Ala.; Thom Brown, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington, Ky.; and Scott
Howard, McDonough Manufacturing Co., Hot Springs, Ark.
Tony Messina and Jo Ellen Johnston, Frank Miller Lumber Co. Inc., Union City, Ind.;
Jimmy Jones, J.E. Jones Lumber Co., New Bern, N.C.; and Terry Stockdale, BWP
Hardwoods Inc., Brookville, Pa.
Bill Buchanan and Cheryl Smith, Buchanan Lumber Birmingham Inc., Aliceville, Ala.;
and Donald Hanafee and Billy Hopper, Hanafee Bros. Sawmill, Troy, Tenn.
Sherman Sutterfield and Joe Lewis, Lewis Bros. Lumber Co. Inc., Aliceville, Ala.; and
Fred Boeninger, Corley Manufacturing Co., Chattanooga, Tenn.
Additional photos on page 42
J.H. Northrop, Pike Lumber Co. Inc., Akron, Ind.; Jim Graves, Pike Lumber Co. Inc.,
Carbon, Ind.; Gil Thurm, Hardwood Manufacturers Assoc., Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Brian
Schilling, Pike Lumber Co. Inc., Akron, Ind.
Attendance Strong For
largest exhibition of equipment for the forest products
industry in the Eastern U.S. in 2008 recently
boasted more than 250 exhibitors at the Richmond
Expo, held here.
This biennial trade show touted a high retention
rate of exhibitors who displayed their goods during
the 2006 Expo. The Richmond Expo is held at the
Richmond International Raceway with more than
12 acres of outdoor exhibit space and hundreds of
booths indoors. The Expo features more than
500,000 square feet of equipment exhibits.
Suppliers provide product demonstrations with
machinery functioning under actual working conditions.
Among the active displays are logging
equipment, pallet recycling equipment, automated
pallet nailing machines, sawmills and lumber
An added feature at this year’s Expo was the Total
Productive Maintenance (TPM) workshop. TPM is
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BY GARY MILLER
Teresa Taylor Ktsanes (center) is shown with many of the sales people from Taylor Machine Works,
headquartered in Louisville, Miss. Also pictured in the seat of the new TX 4300 forklift is Teresa’s son,
Matthew, age 6 -1/2 years.
Steve Dagenhart, Air Systems Manufacturing of Lenoir Inc., Lenoir, N.C.; John
Turbyfill and Terry Miller, Turning House Millworks, Landis, N.C.; and Nelson Miller,
Air Systems Manufacturing of Lenoir Inc.
Mark Delosreyes and Wilson Jones, J.W. Jones Lumber Co., Elizabeth City, N.C.; and
John Carter and Richard Harrell, Suffolk Forest Products Inc., Suffolk, Va.
Larry Hunter, Pike Lumber Co. Inc., Akron, Ind.; Robert Stallings, Brunner-
Hildebrand Lumber Dry Kiln Co., Nashville, Tenn.; and Rich Solano, Pike Lumber Co.
Ken Matthews and Thom Brown, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington, N.C.; Bill Rosenberry, Carl
L. Rosenberry & Sons Lumber Inc., Fort Loudon, Pa.; and Dan Mathews, SII Dry Kilns
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Whit Whitmeyer, USNR, Waynesville, N.C.; Mel Yoder, Yoder Lumber Co. Inc.,
Millersburg, Ohio; and Michael Creger, USNR, Hot Springs, Ark.
Jeff Byrd, Oaks Unlimited, Waynesville, N.C.; Kenneth Morris, Corley Manufacturing
Co., Waynesville, N.C.; and Anne and Mike Hoover, Neff Lumber Mills Inc., Broadway,
Mark Williams, Jerry G. Williams & Sons Inc., Smithfield, N.C.; and Jim C. Hamer and
Jim Hamer, Jim C. Hamer Co., Kenova, W.Va.
Peter McCarthy, Scott Howard, Matt Tietz, Bob White and Rob Kittle, McDonough
Manufacturing Co., Eau Claire, Wis.
Ryan Hamilton, Shane Hall, Steve Clark, Kevin Corder, Bret Nufer and Mike Fischer,
AWMV Industrial Products, Indianapolis, Ind.
Jessie and Terri Vigil, Metal Detectors Inc., Eugene, Ore.; and Richard Fothergill,
Gutchess Lumber Co., Freedom, N.Y.
Allen Cannon, Talladega Machinery Sales, Fayetteville, N.C.; Greg Balmer, Tectronix
Systems Inc., Surrey, B.C.; Joe Maitland, Talladega Machinery Sales; and Mark
Strijatk, Tectronix Systems Inc.
Greg Pappas, Coastal Lumber Co., Goldsboro, N.C.; and Stuart Deacon, W.R. Deacon
& Sons Timber Inc., Lexington, Va.
Ken Michaels, ISK Biocides Inc., Oakland, Md.; Peter Hamner, Va. Tech, Blacksburg,
Va.; Lance Johnson, ISK Biocides Inc., Roanoke, Va.; and Thomas Blount, student at
Additional photos on page 38
Jim Collette, Buckman Laboratories, Memphis, Tenn.
NELA Gathers For
New York Meeting
Utica, N.Y.– A
tour of New England Wood Pellet’s
Schuyler facility topped off a wellattended
summer meeting of the
New England Lumbermen’s
Association (NELA), headquartered
in Essex Junction, Vt.
The Hotel Utica served as the convening
point for the group, which
met to discuss current market conditions
with Jack Little (Newburyport,
Mass.), president of NELA, serving
Later, members and guests enjoyed
a buffet style lunch before heading
out to the West Schuyler facility to
tour one of the largest wood pellet
producing plants in the Northeast.
Currently, the plant produces
100,000 tons of pellets annually –
enough to heat 33,000 homes.
NELA members returned to Hotel
Utica to end the evening with dinner,
which included a choice of prime
rib, salmon or chicken vesuvio.
In addition to Little, other NELA
officers include Andy Godzinski,
vice president, Acton, Mass., and
Chris Castano, secretary/treasurer,
Essex Junction, Vt.
Dustin Barton, Industrial Hardwoods Inc., Mt. Union, Pa.; Rob Cafiero and Randy Williams, J&J Log
and Lumber Corp., Dover Plains, N.Y.; and Jeff Barnhart, Barnhart Wood Products, Emlenton, Pa.
PHOTOS BY AJ PHOTOGRAPHY
Yves Chapleau, Goodfellow Inc., Delson, Que.; Jeff Lisk, Greene Lumber Co. Inc., Davenport, N.Y.;
and Tom Eichler, Baillie Lumber Co., Hamburg, N.Y.
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Serge Dubreuil, Les Bois J.M. Arbour Inc., Shawinigan, Que.; and Dave Buxton, New
England Forest Products Inc., Greenfield, N.H.
Rick Lang, Highland Hardwoods, Kingston, N.H.; Marc Kendrew, North Country
Hardwoods, Ripley, Maine; Tom Breen, North Pacific, Springfield, Mass.; and Chris
Castano, Champlain Hardwoods Inc., Essex Junction, Vt.
Steve Szvetics and Jeff Slifka, North Hudson Woodcraft Corp., Dolgeville, N.Y.; Kevin
Gillette, Tioga Hardwoods Inc., Owego, N.Y.; Dale Horn, Wayne Horn Logging and
Forestry LLC, Goshen, Conn.; and Jack Little, Keiver-Willard Lumber Corp.,
Jeff Lisk, Greene Lumber Co. Inc., Davenport, N.Y.; Rob Hill, Holt & Bugbee Co.,
Tewksbury, Mass.; Loren Voyer, Champlain Hardwoods Inc., Essex Junction, Vt.; Dan
Holmes, Peladeau Lumber Inc., Laval, Que.; and Tom Eichler, Baillie Lumber Co.,
Alain Poirier, Boa-Franc Inc., St. Georges, Que.; and Karla Allen, New England Forest
Products Inc., Greenfield, N.H.
Loren Voyer, Champlain Hardwoods Inc., Essex Junction, Vt.; and Rob Hill and Phillip
Pierce, Holt & Bugbee Co., Tewksbury, Mass.
Roger Feltner, Wagner Hardwoods LLC, Cayuta, N.Y.; Kevin Gillette, Tioga
Hardwoods Inc., Owego, N.Y.; and Phil Houseknecht, Wagner Hardwoods LLC
Alain Poirier, Boa-Franc Inc., St. Georges, Que.; Rick Lang, Highland Hardwoods,
Kingston, N.H.; and Marc Kendrew, North Country Hardwoods, Ripley, Maine
Andy Godzinski, Rex Lumber Co., Acton, Mass.; and Chris Castano, Champlain
Hardwoods Inc., Essex Junction, Vt.
Additional photos on page 39
Russell Shamblen, Premier Hardwood Products Inc., Jamesville, N.Y.; Dan Butler,
L&JG Stickley Inc., Manlius, N.Y.; Bob Elwell, Woodcraft Industries, Greenville, Pa.;
and Steve Szvetics, North Hudson Woodcraft Corp., Dolgeville, N.Y.
Share Market News
BY TERRY MILLER
Gulf Shores, Ala.– Approximately
30 members and their guests attended the recent
Southwestern Hardwood Mfrs. and West Side Hardwood
Club annual joint family meeting to enjoy an 18-hole
golf tournament, a putting contest and business roundtable
During the roundtable, many perspectives were
shared. A sales manager for a Mississippi sawmill said
they curtailed production at one of their mills from two
shifts to one, and added that logs have been inadequate.
The flooring market is poor as well and export sales are
off. Most recently, the increase in freight rates and trying
to obtain containers has become an increasing problem.
A mill operator in Alabama noted that domestic sales
are moving well, and export sales are respectable. He
added that lumber is moving, and they’ve seen increased
interest in 5/4 Red Oak and FAS.
A mill operator in Mississippi said they missed a couple
weeks of production in recent months and are now
running 45 hours in one shift. The volume of their sales
has been good, and they are particularly pleased with
their export market. Despite the good export market,
their White Oak sales have dropped off. Overall, the log
situation is adequate, but timber sales are not readily
becoming available. As a result, the mills can’t offer as
much for private timber.
A sawmill representative in Louisiana said business is
Chuck Boaz, Corley Manufacturing Co., Chattanooga, Tenn.; Joe Vaughn, Rutland Lumber Co. Inc.,
Collins, Miss.; David Lewis, Lewis Bros. Lumber Co. Inc., Aliceville, Ala.; David Engelkes, Maxwell
Hardwood Flooring, Monticello, Ark.; and Jeff Lewis, Lewis Bros. Lumber Co. Inc.
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Terry Reynolds, Rives & Reynolds Lumber Co. Inc., Louisville, Miss.; Kristi Prince,
Maxwell Hardwood Flooring, Monticello, Ark.; Rick Hanna, Hanna Manufacturing
Co., Winnfield, La.; and Jay Hanna, Woodus Humphrey Insurance, Shreveport, La.
Matthew Netterville, Fred Netterville Lumber Co. Inc., Woodville, Miss.; Bill
Buchanan, Buchanan Hardwoods Inc., Aliceville, Ala.; Bruce Reynolds, Rives &
Reynolds Lumber Co. Inc., Natchez, Miss.; and J.R. Johns, Armstrong Hardwood
Floors, Jackson, Tenn.
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Jack and Joe Kelly, PJ Lumber Co., Mobile, Ala.; Paul Miller Jr., National Hardwood
Magazine, Memphis, Tenn.; and Mike Sumrow, Buckman Laboratories Intl. Inc.,
Russ Kelly, PJ Lumber Co., Prichard, Ala.; John Clark, Kitchens Bros. Manufacturing
Co. Inc., Hazlehurst, Miss.; Kristi Prince, Maxwell Hardwood Flooring, Monticello,
Ark.; and Terry Miller, National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, Tenn.
James Chadwick, Chadwick Timber Inc., Silas, Ala.; Harold Bryant, Buchanan
Lumber Birmingham Inc., Aliceville, Ala.; Bobby Noland, Noland Lumber Co. Inc.,
Gordo, Ala.; and Jack Kelly, PJ Lumber Co., Mobile, Ala.
Jim Barnes, Sara Barnes, Inez Barnes and Phil Barnes, Barnes Hardwood Inc.,
Leigh and Kirby Field, Kitchens Bros. Manufacturing Co. Inc., Hazlehurst, Miss.; and
guests Ryan Field and Doug Bryant
J.R. and Teresa Johns, Armstrong Hardwood Floors, Jackson, Tenn.; and Pam and Eric
Metts, Taylor Machine Works Inc., Louisville, Miss.
Debbie Sumrow, Buckman Laboratories Intl. Inc., Memphis, Tenn.; Cynthia Reynolds,
Rives & Reynolds Lumber Co. Inc., Louisville, Miss.; Joe Vaughn, Rutland Lumber Co.
Inc., Collins, Miss.; and Donna Reid and Melissa Newell, Buckman Laboratories Intl.
Inc., Moundville, Ala.
Donna and Tim Reid, Melissa Newell, Hannah Reid and Matthew Reid, Buckman
Laboratories Intl. Inc., Moundville, Ala.
Travels To Emporium
PHOTOS BY STEPHEN WEST
The Emporium Country Club here
was the site recently for the monthly
Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club
meeting, hosted by Emporium
Association members and guests
took time to network with their
peers during a social hour, followed
by dinner. Morning and
afternoon golf tournaments were
also enjoyed as well as mill tours at
Emporium Hardwoods, which has
manufactured quality Northern
Pennsylvania Hardwoods for more
than 40 years.
The next Penn-York Lumbermen’s
Club meeting will be hosted by
Hickman Lumber Co. on Sept. 8 in
Randy Flament and Jared Fowler, Emporium Hardwoods, Emporium, Pa.; and Dave Marshall, American Hardwood
Industries, Cromwell, Conn.
Nico Poulos, Weston Premium Woods, Brampton, Ont.; and Scott Rossi, Ken Brouse
and Brad Herron, Blue Triangle Hardwoods, Everett, Pa.
Jeff Barnhart, Barnhart Wood Products, Emlenton, Pa.; Bill Baker, Wheeland Lumber
Co., Liberty, Pa.; Randy Devinny, Little River Lumber Co., Montoursville, Pa.; and
Dustin Bartron, Industrial Hardwood Inc., Mount Union, Pa.
Matt Kwasniewski, J.C. Lumber Co. Inc., Elkins, W.Va.; Darrel Reibson, Bingaman &
Son Lumber Inc., Kreamer, Pa.; and Sean Wing and Herb Kwasniewski, J.C. Lumber
Tim Kuhns, Kuhns Brothers Lumber Co. Inc., Lewisburg, Pa.; Mike Tarbell, Ram
Forest Products Inc., Shinglehouse, Pa.; Jack Monnoyer, PW Hardwood LLC,
Brookville, Pa.; and Robert Matson, Matson Lumber Co., Brookville, Pa.
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Dave Marshall, American Hardwood Industries, Cromwell, Conn.; John Caden, C&S
Lumber, Roulette, Pa.; and Scott Seyler, Kuhns Brothers Lumber Co. Inc., Lewisburg,
Cam Koons, Deer Park Lumber Inc., Tunkhannock, Pa.; Garry Drawbaugh and Shawn
Covalt, O’Shea Lumber Inc., Glen Rock, Pa.; and Paul Kephart, Industrial Timber &
Lumber Corp., Beachwood, Ohio
David Yingling and Andy Godzinski, Rex Lumber Co., Acton, Mass.; and Tim
Hammond, Forest Products Co., Hanover, Pa.
Alex Mullins, Augusta Lumber Co. Inc., Waynesboro, Va.; Dan Holmes, Bois Peladeau
Inc., Laval, Que.; and Barry Mullins, Augusta Lumber Co. Inc., Waynesboro, Va.
Herb Kwasniewski, J.C. Lumber Co. Inc., Elkins, W.Va.; Tom Johel, U•C Coatings
Corp., Buffalo, N.Y.; and Dan Brownlee, Brownlee Lumber Inc., Brookville, Pa.
Daniel Larose, Bois Langelier Lumber, Montreal, Que.; Steve Jones, Ron Jones
Hardwood Sales Inc., Union City, Pa.; and Yves Lapointe, Prolam, Cap-St-Ignace, Que.
Reinier Taapken, Salamanca Lumber Co. Inc., Salamanca, N.Y.; Dan Holmes, Peledeau
Lumber Inc., Laval, Que.; Nico Poulos, Weston Premium Woods, Brampton, Ont.; and
Nick Skudlarek, Salamanca Lumber Co. Inc., Salamanca, N.Y.
Mike Tarbell, Ram Forest Products Inc., Shinglehouse, Pa.; Scott Holley, Industrial
Timber & Lumber Corp., Beachwood, Ohio; and Paul O’Brien, J. Gibson McIlvain Co.,
Bob Elwell, Woodcraft Industries, Greenville, Pa.; Tom Monahan, Weyerhaeuser
Hardwood & Industrial Products, Titusville, Pa.; Perry Maze, Highland Forest
Resources, Kane, Pa.; and Darren Hubartt, Banks Hardwoods Inc., White Pigeon,
Terry Hunter, Hickman Lumber Co., Emlenton, Pa.; Greg Fitzpatrick, Fitzpatrick &
Weller Inc., Ellicottville, N.Y.; and Gary Dubler, Emporium Hardwoods (retired),
EXPO PHOTOS - Continued from page 31
Barry Hodgkin and Kim Haven, Simply Computing, Scarborough, Maine; and Richie
Longanecker, Southern Pine Timber Products, Lithia, Fla.
Andy Dwatt, Charlie and Bob Cafiero, Randy Williams and Jeffrey Viola, J & J Log
and Lumber Corp., Dover Plains, N.Y.
Dave Sondel, U•C Coatings Corp., Buffalo, N.Y.; and Matt Brownlee, Brownlee
Lumber Inc., Brookville, Pa.
Jay Rega and Jim Kline, Kline’s Equipment Co. Inc., Pennsburg, Pa.; Jeff Krueger,
Cleereman Sales Inc., Newald, Wis.; Timothy Swarey, Tie County Pallet, Guthrie, Ky.;
Fran Cleereman, Cleereman Sales Inc.; and Mahlon Graber, Pennyrile Pallets,
Mel Crouse, Jim Lichucki, Dennis Goshert Sr. and Dwylan Lefeder, Pendu
Manufacturing Inc., New Holland, Pa.
Jack Corley, David Burns and Jim Burris, Corley Manufacturing Co., Chattanooga,
Stephen Holt, Georgia Pacific Corp., Brookneal, Va.; Robert Coleman, Robert S.
Coleman Lumber Co. Inc., Culpeper, Va.; and Dennis Austin, Georgia Pacific Corp.,
Big Island, Va.
Jack Meredith and Robert Henderson, NOVA Dry Kiln Inc., New Albany, Ind.
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EXPO PHOTOS - Continued
Gary Moore, Janet Meyers and Randy Panko, Wood-Mizer, Indianapolis, Ind.; and
Todd and H. L. Harrelson, H.L. Harrelson & Son Inc., Graham, N.C.
Brian and Paula Turlington, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington, N.C.; Rob Trexler, Pasadena
Skid & Pallet Inc., Pasadena, Texas; and Bill Biedenbach, Allegheny Recycled
Products, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Carl Rosenberry, Carl L. Rosenberry & Sons Lumber
Inc., Fort Loudon, Pa.; and Ginger and Jeff Franklin,
Yield Strategies Inc., Junction City, Ore.
Craig Perkins and Brian Taylor, HMC Corp.,
Contoocook, N.H.; and Dale Bradicich, USNR, Salvisa,
Jim Skiver, Liberty Lumber Co., Liberty, N.C.; Gary
Miller, National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis,
Tenn.; and Carter Flippo, Flippo Lumber Corp.,
NELA PHOTOS - Continued from page 33
Serge Dubreuil, Les Bois J.M. Arbour Inc., Shawinigan, Que.; Jean Desilets, C.A.
Spencer Inc., Laval, Que.; and Steve and Phillip Houseknecht, Wagner Hardwoods
LLC, Cayuta, N.Y.
Greg Devine, Abenaki Timber Corp., Kingston, N.H.; Chad Johnson, Baillie Lumber
Co., Hamburg, N.Y.; Yves Lapointe, Prolam, Cap-Saint-Ignace, Que.; and Chris Breen,
A. Johnson Co., Bristol, Vt.
Jeremy Jacquet, Caledonia Kiln Corp., St. Johnsbury, Vt.; and Peter Duerden, U•C
Coatings Corp., Buffalo, N.Y.
Dan Butler, L&JG Stickley Inc., Manlius, N.Y.; Bruce Horner, Abenaki Timber Corp.,
Kingston, N.H.; and Bob Elwell, Woodcraft Industries, Greenville, Pa.
SOUTHWEST/WEST SIDE - Continued from page 34
Alan Robbins, USNR, Jacksonville, Fla.; Bob and Joy Barnes, Barnes Hardwood Inc.,
Hamburg, Ark.; and Shelia and David Engelkes, Maxwell Hardwood Flooring,
CATAWISSA - Continued from page 26
running hot and cold. The tie business is good, thanks to an apparent
shortage of ties. Jeld Wen, manufacturers of windows and
doors, was building a plant in Winn Parish that promised to provide
82 jobs. However, construction of that building has now been suspended
indefinitely due to current market conditions.
A representative from a flooring plant in Arkansas said that
operation is running 36-hour shifts and they’re maintaining inventory
to complement their production. While all firms are feeling the
adverse impact of high diesel prices, this particular company witnessed
an increase of 20 cents a gallon of diesel fuel in a single
workday. They’re having a tough problem finding 5/4 No. 2
Common White Oak to make flooring, but 5/4 Red Oak is readily
available. This company is moving its flooring inventory, and is
able to sell everything that they’re making.
A spokesman for a flooring plant in Tennessee said his firm is
curtailing shifts, or shutting down some shifts and going from three
to two shifts. He added that they would close all their flooring
plants the week of July 4, which is the first time they would not
take lumber that week in 12 years. They’re scrutinizing every dollar
A sawmill manager in Alabama said this firm appears to be holding
its own; however, they are not running at capacity. Rather,
they’re running about 80 percent of capacity, and certain items are
slow. The export markets in Vietnam, China and UK have been
good, but Spain is slow. Regarding White Oak, Portugal’s curtailed
orders. For this Alabama operation, 75 percent of its business is in
the export market and 25 percent is focused on the domestic market.
The spokesman noted the cost of getting materials into the
export markets has increased substantially although the prices that
they are getting for their product prior to the increase, plus freight,
has been about the same. This company has been a major player in
Red and White Oak and Ash. The company’s veneer slicers are
running currently at about half speed. Freight prices for this company
have increased anywhere from $100 to $200 per thousand,
depending on what countries that they ship. Availability of containers
is a problem for everybody exporting. There is a new port
being built in Mobile, which could increase their access to containers
for the export market.
A sawmill equipment manufacturer in attendance at the
Southwest/West Side Club meeting said his business is soft, but the
firm is introducing a couple of new machines –a carriage and a
horizontal resaw – to stimulate sales.
Another sawmill manufacturer in Mississippi said they’re running
45 hours and seeing loggers go out of business, yet they
remain able to move all their lumber. He said overall sales over the
last three years have been relatively constant. However, due to the
increased costs of doing business, it’s a struggle to maintain decent
One mill operator said that where he is located, they are seeing
pine stumpage now lower than it was 20 to 30 years ago. A different
mill operator in Mississippi said that they’re keeping their lumber
moving, and have tried to diversify a little bit. They’ve also
installed a moulder and curtailed production from 40 hours to 36.
A spokesman for a mill in Alabama, who also runs a flooring
plant, said there’s going to be a shakeout in flooring because
there’s too much capacity chasing too little demand, and it’s the
same regarding the sawmill. He said there has been an erosion in
the sawmill business as far as less players and less production. That
trend will continue until it comes into balance.
Lack of logs has prompted a sawmill operator in Alabama to cut
back to 30 hours per week due to the lack of logs. They’re getting
in about half of what they need and working hard to get log prices
Another spokesman from Mississippi said they have more Face
& Better lumber in their warehouse than under normal market conditions.
The bright spot has been the board road business, although
that market has reportedly become saturated. Also, the tie market
remains an opportunity for business growth.
The winners of the meeting’s annual “Shorty” Rowe Memorial
Golf Tournament, which was held at the Peninsula Golf Club,
included: Chuck Boaz, Corley Mfg. Co., Chattanooga, Tenn.; Rick
Hanna, Hanna Mfg. Co., Winnfield, La.; Gary and Scott Welch,
Barham-Sevier Tie Co., Inc., Fordyce, Ark.; and Larry Wright,
Hassell & Hughes Lumber Co., Collinwood, Tenn. This team beat
five other teams for first place with a score of 10 under par 62.
Oak, Hard and Soft Maple, Cherry, Ash, Hickory and Poplar. The
West Jefferson, N.C., facility provides Southern Hardwoods
including White Oak, Poplar, Ash and Hickory. All kiln-dried lumber
is offered rough, S2S, S4S, width sorted, ripped to specifications,
4/4 through 6/4, FAS 1 Face, No. 1 and No. 2 Common.
Through its trusted suppliers, Catawissa also offers a complete
board program and 8-foot moulder blanks (in addition to its other
After acquiring green lumber from local sawmills, Catawissa
inspects, sorts and kiln-dries its lumber for immediate sale or manufacturing
of Hardwood components. Kiln drying takes an average
of 10 to 15 days, but Oak requires 45 to 60 days for pre-drying and
eight to 10 days to dry. The company’s kiln-drying operation uses
kilns that are heated by boilers that burn sawdust and shavings
from Catawissa’s factories.
Once the green Hardwood has been dried, the wood is traded, or
is manufactured into components under confirmed orders for custom
and semi-custom kitchen cabinets, architectural mouldings,
residential and institutional furniture.
Kitchen cabinet parts represent the fastest growing portion of
Catawissa Lumber’s product line and include such items as door
panels, stiles and rails, face frames, moulder blanks, drawer parts
and turning squares. Furniture parts consist of such items as edgeglued
panels and solid parts for beds, dining room suites and bedroom
furniture. Catawissa also manufactures turnings, squares,
base panels, treads, balusters and newel posts.
Catawissa Lumber & Specialty Co. specializes in supply chain
management and lean manufacturing supply. The firm offers justin-time
delivery and such services as cross cut first and rip first,
random width edge-gluing, planing, sanding, shaping, routing,
tenoning, moulding, edge-profiling, profile edge sanding, face
laminating and boring.
Catawissa has always been committed to sustainable and responsible
lumber procurement and yield transformation practices. For
over 50 years, each of Catawissa’s facilities has utilized its wood
waste to generate fuel for its boiler systems. This year, the compa-
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CATAWISSA - Continued
ny obtained Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification as well
as conformed to the requirements of the Sustainable Forestry
Initiative standards, both through the SGS Systems audit process
meeting Chain-of-Custody standards.
In addition to Gittler, key executives include Kenneth Janette,
president/chief operating officer; Richard Vannatta, director of
operations; Steve Gemberling, vice president of
manufacturing/general manager of Catawissa Trading Co.; Ken
O’Neill, production scheduler; Adam Cherwinski, sales manager;
Susan Runge, corporate controller; and Justin Gittler, senior engineer.
In recent years, Catawissa Lumber & Specialty Co. has consolidated
from 435 to 250 employees. “That’s painful,” Gittler said.
“We’re a family owned company and our priorities continue to be
employees first, followed by the communities in which we work,
the customers we serve and then the stakeholders or owners of our
Gittler said he is increasingly looking towards the international
market to help keep his company healthy during the rapid globalization
of the market.
“Our company has been manufacturing and supplying
Hardwood panels and components to leading-brand manufacturers
since 1957,” he said. “We began by serving U.S.-based customers,
but our company’s success has always turned on our ability to
serve customers around the world.”
To continue breaking new ground internationally, Catawissa
formed a partnership with Baili Arts & Crafts Furniture, based in
Beijing, China. Together, the companies released a new line of
high-end furniture, handmade with Appalachian Cherry Hardwood
by Chinese artisans, called Catawissa/Baili Fine Arts & Crafts.
The wares have been on display during the International Home
A worker is shown finish sanding some Cherry kitchen cabinet components.
Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C., for several years now, and
were noted by the Associated Press Wire Service.
“To me, the fact that AP highlighted what we’re doing and the
continued demands for the products made from our U.S.
Hardwood components indicates that the American public recognizes
craftsmanship at the global level, without restricting its tastes
within national borders,” Gittler said.
For more information, contact Catawissa Lumber & Specialty
Co. Inc. at 570-356-2349, visit www.catlmbr.com or e-mail
CONTACT: JOHN OR MARCUS HAWKINSON,
HMA PHOTOS - Continued from page 29
J.H. Northrop, Pike Lumber Co. Inc., Akron, Ind.; Jim Graves, Pike Lumber Co. Inc.,
Carbon, Ind.; and Brian Schilling, Pike Lumber Co. Inc., Akron, Ind.
Mike Thomas, T.S. Manufacturing Co., Pensacola, Fla.; Mike White, Harold White
Lumber Co. Inc., Morehead, Ky.; Linda Jovanovich, Hardwood Manufacturers Assoc.,
Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Charlie Netterville, Fred Netterville Lumber Co., Woodville, Miss.
Bill Steele, Kentucky Tie & Lumber Co., Columbia, Ky.; Nordeck Thompson and Todd
Nelson, Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods Inc., Huntland, Tenn.; and Chris Ellis and
Kevin O’Neill, Northwest Hardwoods, a Weyerhaeuser business, Titusville, Pa.
Ray, Mike, Harold and Lee White, Harold White Lumber Co. Inc., Morehead, Ky.
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TBM HARDWOODS -
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nities where we can deliver more value.”
TBMH is one of the largest Hardwood
lumber distributors in the United States,
providing superior inventory breadth and
depth, a variety of grade options and
attentive service to customers throughout
the United States and Canada, with a high
concentration along the eastern seaboard.
The firm specializes in meeting the
Hardwood needs of companies involved
in architectural millwork, windows and
doors, musical instruments, flooring, store
fixtures, specialty retail lumberyards, custom
kitchen cabinets and furniture manufacturers.
TBMH stocks quality domestic
Appalachian and Northern Hardwoods
including Cherry, Hard and Soft Maple,
Red and White Oak, Poplar, Walnut,
Yellow Birch, Basswood, Hickory, Ash,
Alder, and imports such as Genuine
Mahogany, African Mahogany, Sapele,
Santos Mahogany, Brazilian Cherry and
McIlvain said TBMH is also committed
to developing a line of Forest Stewardship
Council (FSC) certified products. “As a
company, we have to be proactive in
ensuring that the sources we’re buying
from are legitimate,” he said. “While the
U.S. Hardwood industry has a lot to be
proud of with its forest management
record, TBMH has to meet the demands
of a consumer base that is pushing to have
a third party stamp.”
TBMH actively pursued the FSC certification
to serve its customers’ demand for
well-managed products. “FSC is the gold
standard, recognized by the U.S. Green
Building Council in Leadership and
Environmental Design (LEED) projects,”
At its 20-acre Hanover, Pa., facility,
TBMH employs nearly 80 experienced
workers as well as 15 sales representatives,
and operates a distribution yard
with an inventory of over 4 million board
feet of kiln-dried lumber and 3 million
board feet of green lumber.
TBMH purchases its green lumber from
a network of carefully selected sawmills
then grades and sorts the lumber according
to National Hardwood Lumber Assoc.
(NHLA) rules and company guidelines.
The lumber is put through an extensive
and time-consuming seasoning process
that could take weeks or months depending
on the species and thickness.
“We are proud of the fact that we have
placed five individuals through the 14-
week NHLA Inspection School,”
McIlvain said. “All of our graders must
go through the program. The rules are the
fundamental language we use for establishing
our purchasing specifications and
proprietary grade specifications.”
McIlvain said the firm currently has
three NHLA certified lumber graders. The
imports staff grades according to internationally
accepted grading rules.
TBMH’s south central Pennsylvania
facility is close to the source for high
quality Appalachian Hardwoods, and is
located close to the shipping ports of
Philadelphia, Pa. (120 miles), and
Baltimore, Md. (40 miles).
The company maintains a fleet of 11 curtain-side
tractor-trailers, which allow
products to be off-loaded on the side
while being protected from the elements
in transit. TBMH delivers to most areas
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SPECIALIZING IN EXPORT
AND LENGTH & WIDTH
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Northern n • Appalachian
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P.O. Box 566 Rt 434 Apalachin, N.Y. 13732 (607) 687-1160 FAX: (607) 687-1165
SHIPMENTS TO WEST COAST BY RAIL AND CONTAINER
TBM HARDWOODS - Continued
within its region two to three times per
week, and in some areas as many as four
or five days.
T. Baird McIlvain Sr. founded TBMH,
then known as the T. Baird McIlvain Co.,
in 1955 with one truck and a rented lumber
shed in Philadelphia, Pa. In 1960, he
purchased five acres of land in King of
Prussia, Pa., and built a 2 1/4 million
board foot capacity shed and planing mill.
In 1979, T. Baird bought Sirianni
Hardwoods, Inc.’s facility, which included
a concentration yard and custom kiln
drying operation in Hanover, Pa. By the
late 1980s, T. Baird and his sons consolidated
operations in Hanover, expanding
the dry storage sheds on the 20-acre property.
T. Baird’s son, Tom McIlvain serves as
chairman of TBMH. He joined the company
in the late 1960s in sales and helped
grow T. Baird McIlvain Co.’s customer
base from the local market to a national
In addition to Tom and Baird McIlvain,
key employees at TBMH include Don
Bond, sales and marketing manager;
Elaine Dettinburn, controller; and Chris
Strang, purchasing manager.
Other members of the McIlvain family
involved in the company include Kim
McIlvain Hutchinson, who works parttime
in marketing and promotions from
her home office in Marblehead, Mass.;
and Russ McIlvain, a NHLA Inspection
School graduate, who heads up the New
England sales territory in Boston, Mass.
Baird is also an NHLA Inspection School
graduate, and has a Master of Business
Administration (MBA) from the
Villanova University School of Business.
TBMH invested over $1 million in 2000
to build a state-of-the-art millwork facility,
which today includes an Oliver straitoplaner,
a Mereen Johnson gang ripsaw, a
Raimann gang ripsaw and scanner, two
Powermat moulders, a Delle Vedove
primer and a Baker resaw.
McIlvain said the Raimann ripsaw offers
moveable blade technology, which allows
TBMH a tremendous amount of flexibility
in processing blanks for the moulding
operation. “We invested in two Powermat
moulders to help us serve those customers
that want to outsource their moulding
jobs,” he said. The company also offers
pre-sized moulder blanks for customers
running their own mouldings.
McIlvain said the company recently
added four new Irvington Moore kilns to
expand its kiln capacity to 1.2 million
board feet. “We’re going to be consolidating
our kiln banks into one central area
instead of two separate areas stretched
across the plant,” he said. “We also have
plans for a wood-fired boiler down the
line. We’re looking at the flow of our mill,
and trying to think in terms of future
capacity there as well.”
TBM Hardwoods Inc. is a member of the
NHLA, International Wood Products
Assoc., Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club,
Wood Products Manufacturers Assoc.,
Keystone Kiln Drying Assoc.,
Architectural Woodwork Institute,
Hardwood Federation, and is a FSC-certified
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CHERRY FOREST -
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energy as possible.”
Baranski noted that 20 years ago, many
companies were forced to use random
width lumber, and are still operating on the
philosophy that they have no choice but to
keep doing things the same way. “The market’s
changed, and now you can purchase
cut-to-size lumber,” he said. “Sometimes,
we have to help customers understand that
the true cost of trying to do it all themselves
should be reviewed. We say, ‘Look,
you’re using 80 percent of your resources
to produce and market something you sell
at break even price just to move from
inventory. Look at the intangible costs of
that, and purchase something you can sell
right away and make money on.’ Very few
companies who understand their costs can
truly say that they are better off buying
random width lumber than ripped to width
strips or dimensional lumber.”
Cherry Forest Products can offer its cutto-size
products cut, surfaced and color
sorted to customer specifications, ready for
moulding or S4S. The cut-to-size plant
produces approximately 200 loads of high
quality dimension blanks per year, and has
been running at full capacity for the past
Cherry Forest Products operates its own
delivery trucks, and guarantees swift delivery
in its immediate area. The company
also has over 10 years of experience in
exporting lumber from the Port of
Montreal in Montreal, Que.
A strict quality control program is in
place, in which every bundle of ripped
strips and dimension that is produced is
quality checked on a number of variables.
This system allows management to gauge
the employees’ ability to make quality conscience
Cherry Forest’s veneer facility is located
in Guelph, 40 minutes down the 401
Highway from the Toronto Airport. The
facility produces approximately 1 million
square meters of panel, door, and furniture
veneers in Hard Maple, Cherry, Red and
White Oak, Walnut, Ash and Hickory. The
new dedicated building also provides a
larger veneer showing area and ability to
hold more inventory.
In addition to Jacob, key executives
include John and Bob Baranski, co-presidents;
Brian Walsh, purchasing; Joe Abele,
veneer president; and Max Yott, veneer
sales and purchasing.
Jacob said Cherry Forest Products has
incorporated a number of secondary
processes to build the firm into a fully integrated
Hardwood forest products provider.
“The key to our company is being able to
take the log from its raw form and utilizing
it in the best ways possible every time,” he
said. “We can take the best quality logs and
produce sliced veneer, take the higher
quality sawlogs and produce ripped-towidth
and sorted-to-width lumber, take the
middle quality and produce cut-to-size
dimensional pieces or ripped strips, and
put the lowest quality of the log into our
John Baranski added that Cherry Forest’s
goal is to be the most efficient user of the
log, and find niche uses for each dimension,
width and grade. He said the company
provides “relentless attention” to customer
needs, and will do what it takes to
make sure a client is satisfied.
“We really try to make our customers
understand the value of buying something
that’s semi-produced for them,” he said.
“We can offer customers exactly what they
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CHERRY FOREST - Continued
need, rather than settling for something they don’t really want to
Jacob said Cherry Forest is committed to exporting over the long
term regardless of market conditions. The company’s export prepared
lumber is painted with orange ends, and is recognized as a
high quality product by customers in China, Indonesia, mainland
Europe and Italy.
“We spend a lot of time overseas, keeping track of our customers
and keeping in contact with them,” he said. “It’s definitely a philosophy
that we’ve followed. You need to market worldwide in order to
use your products and your resources most efficiently.”
For more information, contact Cherry Forest Products at 519-763-
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a method of increasing the effectiveness of production machinery
and reliability of production processes, while also involving production
workers in the care of the machines they operate and more
effectively utilizing the expertise of maintenance personnel.
The Richmond Expo is also known as the East Coast Sawmill and
Logging Equipment Exposition and is sponsored by the Virginia
Forest Products Association and the Virginia Tech Extension
NHLA NEWS - Continued from page 12
owned timberland but in the end their rights to do what they see as
best for that land needs to be assured.
Selling the industry on the importance and necessity of certification
is becoming easier with the demand for certified wood, the
potential premiums being paid, and the avalanche of recent press.
Selling the landowner will be a whole different job that seems to
have fallen onto our lap if we want to be able to offer certified
wood under the current systems.
The world’s largest and oldest Hardwood industry association,
NHLA is comprised of over 1,600 companies and individuals that
produce, use and sell North American Hardwood lumber, or provide
equipment, supplies or services to the Hardwood industry. It
was founded in 1898 to establish a uniform system of grading rules
for the measurement and inspection of Hardwood lumber. Today,
its members represent all sectors of the industry.
To contact NHLA, please visit our website at www.nhla.com or
AHEC UPDATE - Continued from page 16
style and quality. Philip’s reaction to the wood is very positive: “This
is the first time we have worked with Red Oak and we were very
impressed by its color and consistency. From a practical point of
view it was good to machine and seemed less brittle than other Oaks
we have worked with. Using a 3-coat oil finish we have been able to
capture and enhance its natural color and characteristics.”
Red Oak is growing in popularity in Europe as more and more
designers like Philip are discovering the potential of this good looking,
versatile and sustainable Hardwood.
On seeing the final pieces, Guardian Hay Festival Director, Peter
Florence is delighted with the result: “The Red Oak is warm and
exciting, Philip has matched the brief perfectly and his designs are
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AHEC UPDATE - Continued
elegant and creative, with an impressive
attention to detail and a real understanding
of the unique nature of this event.” For
Philip Koomen the commission represented
the opportunity to apply ‘body conscious’
design principles that go well
beyond ergonomics to incorporate the
study of posture and the impact of seating
on the human body. Choosing sustainable
American Red Oak, he has produced a set
of 10 chairs with a 95-degree seating angle
that allows speakers to sit on their ‘seat
bones’, aligning correct seated body posture
and allowing freedom of movement
and discussion. The four Red Oak lecterns,
one for each stage, provide a slim curved
design with all the functionality and stability
for speaker presentations. Panels hand
carved with ‘The Guardian Hay Festival’
give a subtle finishing touch.
“This was a wonderful commission for
me. The opportunity to create a series of
design pieces for the Guardian Hay
Festival to a brief which reflected the style
of an event which attracts leading names
from around the world. And American Red
Oak was a natural choice because of its
distinctive grain, strength and beauty for
stage furniture which will be around for
many, many years to come,” says Philip
For David Venables, European Director
of the American Hardwood Export
Council, “The whole Guardian Hay
Festival project has been both exciting and
groundbreaking, with two really inspiring
designers doing fantastic things with
American Hardwood. This is such a unique
event with so many influential and interesting
speakers and a great atmosphere, it
has been really good fun to be involved
and to see American Hardwoods literally
take centre stage.”
The American Hardwood Export Council
(AHEC) is the leading international trade
association for the U.S. Hardwood industry,
representing the committed exporters
among U.S. Hardwood companies and all
major U.S. Hardwood product trade associations.
AHEC’s member companies service
the growing global demand for U.S.
Hardwood and represent the full range of
Hardwood products. AHEC maintains
offices in Japan, Europe, Southeast Asia,
China, Korea and Mexico, in addition to its
Washington, D.C. headquarters, to serve
the needs of the global community. For
additional information please contact
AHEC by phone at 202/463-2720, by fax
at 202/463-2787 or consult our web site at
NWFA FLOORING REPORT -
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U.S. imports from Asia have grown
tremendously since 2001, but have leveled
off in both 2006 and 2007. In the
U.S., imports declined in 2006 by nearly
29% to 159,268 thousand square feet,
with a value of $276,079 thousand.
Figures for 2007 are estimated to decline
nearly 14% to 137,207 thousand square
feet, with an estimated value of $274,002
thousand. This represents a significant
decline from the record import levels the
U.S. experienced from Asia in recent
years. In 2002, the value of Asian imports
to the U.S. grew by 69%; in 2003, they
grew by 100.5%; in 2004, they grew by
87.2%; and in 2005, they grew by 35.3%.
Figures in 2006 and 2007 represent the
first decline in imports from Asia since
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NWFA FLOORING REPORT -
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An Executive Summary of the report is
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wide), and that there will be an incredible
lumber shortage this winter,” he said.
“People will be forced to pay more for
lumber than they want to.”
The contact said hardly any Hardwood
species is “thoroughly dynamic. Although
Ash is moving pretty good, it’s still no big
money maker.” He added that while Red
Oak, Poplar and Cherry are among the
weakest species price wise, demand
remains solid for Face and Better in Hard
and Soft Maple and Walnut. “You can’t
sell No. 1 and 2 Common (in those
species),” he said.
DIESEL PRICES DROP
5.4 CENTS IN SOUTHEAST
Truckers in the Southeast region, particularly
along the Gulf Coast, recently
caught a small break in the fight against
gas prices as diesel fell an average of 5.4
cents per gallon. In Memphis, Tenn., a
hub for many trucking companies across
the country, a gallon of diesel has
remained upwards of $4.60, an increase of
approximately $1.82 per gallon from last
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SOUTHEAST TRENDS - Continued
tration noted that although oil futures
have continued to rise past $135 per barrel
on the New York Mercantile
Exchange, retail fuel stations have seen
enough easing of demand to lower prices.
Nationwide, the average retail price for a
gallon of diesel fuel fell 4.4 cents to
$4.65, an increase of $1.81 per gallon
from last year.
Diesel has nearly topped $5 per gallon
in California, where prices dropped 4.7
cents to $4.92 per gallon, the highest price
nationally. The lowest prices can be found
in the Lake States region, where drivers
are paying approximately $4.57 per gallon.
ATLANTA, CHARLOTTE HOUSING
MARKETS FIRST TO REBOUND
According to UBS, a global financial
services firm, Atlanta, Ga., and Charlotte,
N.C., will likely be among the cities to
lead the U.S. in a housing recovery. UBS
noted an optimistic outlook in those two
markets based on stronger positive trends
in demographics, economic growth,
affordability and inventory. Meanwhile,
Orlando and Tampa, Fla., based on the
same trends, fared the worst.
PENDING HOME SALES
UP IN SOUTHEAST
According to the National Assoc. of
Realtors (NAR), a modest gain in the
level of home sales is possible over the
next few months as more buyers access
The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI),
a forward-looking indicator based on contracts
signed, recently rose 6.3 percent to
88.2 nationwide, the highest index since
last October but down 13.1 percent yearto-date.
In the Southeast, the PHSI
increased 4.6 percent to 88.8, some 22.5
percent below 2007 figures.
Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist,
said pending sales contracts have picked
up particularly in areas with significant
price drops. “Bargain hunters have
entered the market en masse, especially in
areas that have experienced double-digit
price declines, but it’s unclear if they are
investors or owner-occupants,” he said.
“Sharp price reductions are leading to a
quicker discovery of price equilibrium
Richard F. Gaylord, NAR president,
added that the market might be breaking
its holding pattern. “It appears that more
buyers are realizing they can take advantage
of a favorable combination of mortgage
interest rates, home prices and family
income,” he said. “Overall affordability
conditions are the best we’ve seen since
the middle of the housing boom in 2004,
but with far more choices and much less
pressure than buyers experienced four
years ago to make an investment in their
ALABAMA FOREST CHOSEN FOR
The National Ecological Observatory
Network (NEON) has targeted 20 U.S.
sites, including the Oakmulgee District of
the Talladega National Forest in Alabama,
to measure changes in climate, land use,
invasive species and infectious disease.
Amy Ward, a University of Alabama
professor of biological sciences and director
of the university’s Center for
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Freshwater Studies, is one of 140 scientists
involved in the project. “We wanted a
wildland site as much as possible,” she
said. “It’s a forested area and it’s managed,
but it’s unimpacted by human activities.”
Congress will not consider whether to
fund NEON until after the National
Science Foundation approves a final version
of the project in 2009. Construction
of the study sites will include towers and
ground sensors to record and document
soil and water properties, air quality and
weather conditions, and is expected to
take two to seven years to complete.
LAKE STATES TRENDS -
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The contact said that in order to survive,
Hardwood lumber manufacturers must
keep the right products ready to ship.
“Otherwise, you don’t get the business,”
he said. “White Oak is doing better than
most, but even the species that are moving,
such as Ash and Poplar, you can’t
make any money on.”
The source said he believes the industry
may begin turning around by the second
quarter of 2009, if freight charges are
brought back under control. “Freight’s a
huge issue right now,” he said. “It’s a
much, much bigger factor than it used to
be. Ocean freight and inland freight costs
BEIGE BOOK REPORTS
MARKETS REMAIN WEAK
According to the Federal Reserve’s latest
edition of the “Beige Book,” residential
real estate markets throughout the country
remain weak. In the Lake States region,
the Cleveland District reports flat to
declining home sales, while inventory
levels remain high. Home sales prices
remain relatively stable in Chicago, but
some potential buyers in this district are
having difficulty obtaining financing.
Residential construction also declined in
Chicago and Minneapolis.
Homebuilders in Cleveland expect no
improvement in the housing industry for
the remainder of 2008, and Chicago
reports that limited credit availability for
new developments has caused many
builders to suffer losses on existing projects.
Reports on nonresidential construction
activity are mixed, with contacts
from Chicago and Minneapolis seeing
slight increases and Cleveland reporting
easing or weak levels of construction.
Residential construction has steadily
fallen in the Minneapolis District, which
has seen a 67 percent drop in permits
since last year in the Minneapolis-St. Paul
area and a 37 percent decline in Sioux
Falls, S.D. Meanwhile in the Chicago
District, nonresidential development and
construction steadily increased outside of
Michigan, reflecting mostly major infrastructure
HOUSING STARTS DROP 25
PERCENT IN LAKE STATES
According to the U.S. Commerce
Department, housing starts recently fell
25 percent in the Lake States region,
50 Hardwoods Have Resiliency
LAKE STATES TRENDS -
while issuance of building permits fell 7.6
percent. Nationwide, new-home starts
declined 3.3 percent to a seasonally
adjusted annual rate of 975,000 units, the
lowest total since 1991.
“Builders are doing the right thing by
slowing new production in view of the
very weak demand in the market and
reluctance of prospective buyers to move
forward with a purchase at this time,” said
Sandy Dunn, president of the National
Assoc. of Home Builders (NAHB).
“Production of new homes won’t pick up
until the demand side does, and it’s going
to take some decisive policy action on the
federal level for that to happen. It’s high
time for Congress to move on a housing
stimulus package that will substantially
bolster our weakened national economy.”
While single-family starts fell 1 percent
to a rate of 674,000 units, multi-family
starts declined 8 percent to a rate of
301,000 units. Nationwide, building permits
were down 1.3 percent to a seasonally
adjusted annual rate of 969,000 units.
Single-family permits fell 4 percent to a
rate of 623,000 units, while multi-family
permits rose 3.9 percent to 346,000 units.
The rest of the wood, which is free from
infestation, is heated in a kiln for 48
WEST COAST TRENDS -
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production volume, but a lot of downstream
customers have been able to adjust
rapidly. There haven’t been many big
business losses except in speculative
A California wholesaler added that business
is “a little tight,” and orders aren’t
coming in like they used to. “Customers
want it today or tomorrow,” he said. “It’s
a real battle. You also have to be real cautious
of who you sell to because you can’t
always guarantee payment.”
The contact said the rising price of fuel
and the pending election cycle has made
many uncertain about the future. “It’s a
real iffy situation out there, and people
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‘RISING FROM THE ASHES’
The Chicago Furniture Designers Assoc.
will open an exhibit this month at the
Morton Arboretum in Chicago that will
feature furniture made of Ash wood from
trees killed by the Emerald Ash Borer.
The exhibit will be entitled “Rising From
Ashes: Furniture From Lost Trees.”
The Emerald Ash Borer has killed millions
of Ash trees in the Lake States
region, and is of particular concern in
Illinois where 20 percent of the trees are
Ash. The Emerald Ash Borer, first detected
in Michigan in 2002, lays its eggs
under the bark of the Ash tree, and the larvae
feed on the sub-bark layer, killing the
tree. The danger is that it’s hard to tell if a
tree is infested, and the invasive pest has
continued to spread as far as West
Infested Ash trees used in the manufacturing
of furniture undergo rigorous treatment
before being consumed. First, the
outermost layers of the tree, where the
beetle lives and eats, are ground up into
tiny pieces too small to support the larvae.
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about what the economy is going to do
and what effect a new president will have
CERTIFIED WOOD LEADING WAY
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With housing market troubles continuing,
timber producers on the West Coast
are finding solace in the growing “green”
building materials market. Donn Zea,
president of the California Forest
Products Commissions, said the interest
paid to sustainable forestry practices is the
silver lining on an otherwise dark cloud.
“I have not seen anything be more
potentially beneficial to telling the story
of forestry to the American public and to
getting the industry to a place where it can
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why we do what we do and that the products
we provide are without comparison
in terms of being green,” Zea said.
Certification standards in California not
only address how trees are grown and harvested,
but their carbon footprint and the
energy required to process them into
COUNTY PAYMENTS BILL
A bill to extend the Secure Rural
Schools and Community Self-
Determination Act for an additional four
years recently failed to receive the twothirds
majority needed to pass the U.S.
House of Representatives.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Peter
DeFazio (D-Ore.), drew criticism from
many Republicans including Rep. Greg
Walden (R-Ore.), because funding for the
Payments in Lieu of Taxes program
(PILT) had been removed. As it was
brought to the floor under suspension, the
legislation required a two-thirds majority
to pass. House Democrats were wary to
bring the bill up under regular rule
(requiring only majority vote) because
amendments could have been attached
that relate to domestic oil exploration.
DeFazio and Rep. Norm Dicks (D-
Wash.) did include a provision in the
Interior Appropriations Bill that would
deliver 75 percent of the receipts generated
from timber harvest on the O&C
(Oregon and California Railroad
Revested Lands) county lands to O&C
counties. Originally, the O&C Act called
for 75 percent of the timber receipts to go
to those counties, but the percentage was
reduced to 50 percent during the 1950s
and has stayed at that level. The
Congressional Budget Office estimates
that this will generate an additional $9
million in FY09.
HAS BANNER YEAR
The Washington Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) estimates that it will
sell approximately 700 million board feet
of timber in FY08, a target that has not
been met for many years. The sale translates
into about $150 million returned to
Washington’s trust beneficiaries and
DNR’s land management funds.
The DNR is still recovering from damaging
windstorms last December that
blew down 100 million board feet of tim-
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ber and brought more than 20 inches of
rain. DNR’s forest practices division also
helped clean up unstable lowland logjams,
and worked with multiple agencies on salvage
and clean up efforts on private lands.
In related news, the Washington
Department of Natural Resources recently
received “green certification” of 145,000
acres of forest in the western part of the
state. The Forest Stewardship Council
(FSC) certification covers state trust lands
from the Kitsap Peninsula to the foothills
of the Cascade Range east of Seattle and
Housing starts climbed in April in the
U.S., but the increase has not resulted in
an up-tick in business for secondary manufacturers
at this point. Cabinet manufacturers
are one of the first Hardwood construction
product market sectors to see an
upswing from housing starts because of
the flow of construction activity, and the
fact that all houses have cabinets.
Flooring, moulding, millwork and furniture
sector improvements usually follow
that of the cabinet sector. Transactions
show kiln dried activity is more varied
and based on specifications for lengths
Markets for Soft Maple have become
more challenging for manufacturers and
wholesalers, though most recently for
FAS and 1F in particular. Green upper
grade Soft Maple supplies are at least
ample, creating downward price movement.
Sales competition for kiln dried
FAS orders has increased, resulting in
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BUILDER CONFIDENCE DOWN
ON WEST COAST
According to the National Assoc. of
Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo
Housing Market Index (HMI), builder
confidence recently declined four points
on the West Coast to 16, down dramatically
from its peak in 2005. Nationwide,
builder confidence matched its record low
of 18 that was set in December 2007.
The HMI’s component indexes gauging
current sales conditions and sales expectations
for the next six months each
remained unchanged, at 17 and 28, respectively.
Meanwhile, the component gauging
traffic of prospective buyers fell one
point to 17.
QUEBEC TRENDS -
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and it faces underlying competition from
stocks originating in other producing
regions. Supply and demand for green and
kiln dried Red Oak has balanced itself
Markets for No. 1 Common and No. 2A
Cherry are described as dismal. Green
stock supplies continue to outpace buyers’
needs, although Cherry log inventories
are down at many area sawmills, easing
supply side pressures. Dry kiln operators
say excess supplies in the drying
process have led to an abundance of kiln
dried common grade Cherry. At the same
time, buyers have limited purchases to
immediate needs, resulting in lower pricing.
A combination of declining demand for
finished goods and excess raw material
supplies of Hickory have negatively
impacted this species.
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Phone: (570) 324-6042 • Fax (570) 324-2127
Contact: Ray Wheeland, Sales • E-mail: email@example.com
Derek Wheeland, Sales • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Baker, Sales • E-mail: email@example.com
Damen Wheeland, Log Sales: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
W H O’ S W H O
(Sale Lumber Co. is a division of North State Hardwoods, Inc.)
Scott Greene is the owner of North State Hardwoods, Inc. and is in
charge of lumber sales.
For our customers and others in need of
fine Appalachian Hardwood lumber we:
• saw 20,000,000 board feet a year of fine
Hardwoods. We deal in wholesale lumber as
• have 425,000 board feet per charge of dry kiln
capacity and maintain approximately 1,000,000
board feet in Hardwood inventory.
• specialize in very white sap 1 Face Poplar in 4/4
through 8/4 thicknesses. We also saw White
Oak, Hickory, Red Oak, Cherry, Walnut and Soft
Maple, manufactured primarily in 4/4 thicknesses.
• also sell export grade veneer logs and sawlogs.
• have a band resaw, ring debarker and a Newman
S382 planer that helps in processing our lumber.
• have three company owned trucks to deliver your
lumber orders to you promptly.
Call us when we can be of service!
1461 Speedway Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
Tel: (336) 838-1117
Cell: (336) 452-1614
FAX: (336) 838-2117
SALES: Scott Greene
IN HARDWOOD PURCHASING
Justin W. Ford buys Hardwood lumber
and is the Hardwood materials manager for
Brentwood Corp. — Woodcraft
Industries Inc. in Molalla, Ore.
Brentwood Corp. manufactures cabinet
doors from 4/4 No. 1 Common and Natural
Red Oak; 4/4, No. 1 Common, No. 2
Common and Rustic Hard White Maple; 4/4
No. 1 Common, No. 2 Common and Rustic
Cherry; 4/4 CAB and Premium Frame Alder; 4/4 No. 1 Common
and Rustic Calico Hickory; 4/4 CAB and Custom Shop European
Beech; and a variety of 4/4 exotics.
The company specializes in custom cabinet doors,
commercial/industrial wood and rigid thermal foil products and
engineered veneer doors. Brentwood Corp. purchases approximately
3 million board feet of lumber annually.
Woodcraft Industries is a member of the Wood Component
Manufacturers Assoc., Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Assoc.,
Lake States Lumber Assoc., Kentucky Forest Industries Assoc.,
Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club, National Hardwood Lumber
Assoc. and the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Assoc.
Ford has been involved with the forest products industry for 4 1/2
years. He began his career working in a summer program for
Willamette Industries Inc.’s Korpine Division in 1998. Ford has
held his current position since October 2007.
Ford is a graduate of Bend (Ore.) Senior High School. He
received a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Oregon
University in Monmouth, Ore.
Ford and his wife, Brandy, have been married for three years. He
played football at Western Oregon University, and enjoys hunting
and fishing. Ford is a member of the Portland Chapter of the
American Production and Inventory Control Society.
Gary L. Hart is a lumber buyer for
Colonial Millworks Ltd. in Beverly,
W.Va. In his position, Hart is responsible for
purchasing lumber and moulding blanks.
Colonial Millworks Ltd. provides mouldings
to cabinet and flooring manufacturers, as
well as finishing capabilities. The firm manufactures
glue-up panels, face frame parts and
Colonial Millworks specializes in 4/4 White
Hard Maple SBTR 8-foot x 3-inches; 4/4 Cherry SBTR 8-foot by
3-inches; 4/4 and 5/4 FAS Red Oak 8-foot x 3-inches; 4/4 Hickory
SBTR 7- and 8-foot; 4/4 and 5/4 White Oak SBTR 7- and 8-foot;
and 4/4 steamed Walnut SBTR 7-foot. The company purchases
approximately 5 million board feet of lumber annually.
Colonial Millworks is a member of the National Hardwood
Lumber Assoc., Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc.,
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Assoc., National Wood Flooring
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A brief sketch of the leading purchasing
executives in the Hardwood Industry
Assoc. and the Kitchen and Bath Assoc.
Hart has been with Colonial Millworks for four years. He began
his career as a sales associate in 1993 in charge of dimension products
for Mongold Lumber Co. Inc. His other responsibilities have
included inventory control and plant manager. He is a graduate of
Elkins (W.Va.) High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in
accounting from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.Va.
Hart and his wife of 17 years, Melinda, have two children. He
enjoys coaching youth sports, golf, and outdoor activities such as
hunting and fishing.
Todd S. Houk is the dimension sales
manager for Foley Hardwoods Inc. in
Bargersville, Ind. In his position, Houk handles
dimensional lumber sales.
Foley Hardwoods Inc. manufactures mouldings,
edge-glued panels and boards, sanding,
blanks, S2S, S3S, S4S, DET and cut-tolength.
The firm specializes in Red and White
Oak, Sassafras, Hickory, Cherry, Hard and
Soft Maple, Walnut, Ash, Poplar (4/4, No. 2
Common and Better, kiln-dried), 4x6 and 4x8 cants and 3/4 RWL
Foley Hardwoods’ dimension mill purchases nearly 1.5 million
board feet of lumber annually. The company is a member of the
National Hardwood Lumber Assoc., Indiana Hardwood
Lumbermen’s Assoc. and the Indiana Forest Industry Council.
Houk has been involved in the forest products industry for 17
years. He is a graduate of Greensburg High School in Greensburg,
Ind. He became a certified welder/HVAC technician at Ivy Tech
Community College and Versailles Vocational School.
Houk and his wife of 25 years, Vicki, have three children and one
grandson. He enjoys spending time with his family, church groups,
fishing, hunting and golf.
Chris Franklin Isom is the president and owner of
Carolina Frames Plant 1 and Carolina Custom Chair
Plant 2 in Asheboro, N.C.
Carolina Frames and Carolina Custom Chair manufacture custom
frames for the motel industry and have their own finishing plant.
The companies specialize in 12/4 No. 1 Common, 10/4 No. 1
Common, 8/4, 5/4 and 4/4 No. 2 Common thicknesses and grades,
and purchase 75,000 board feet of lumber weekly.
Isom has been involved in the forest products industry for 22
years. He began his career sorting lumber, and has been in his current
position for 18 years.
Isom is a graduate of Southwestern Randolph High School in
Asheboro, N.C. He is married to Lynn, his wife of 11 years, and
W. Springfield, NH
P.O. Box 96 • Route 4A
West Springfield, NH 03284
603-763-4525 • FAX: 603-763-4701
Web Site: www.ghevarts.com
Contact: George H. Evarts • Greg Winnie
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WHO’S WHO - Continued
Joseph “Joe” B. Pearson is the owner of Pearson
Cabinet & Supply Inc. in Provo, Utah.
Pearson Cabinet & Supply Inc. manufactures custom cabinet all
wood construction, milling and furniture in Oak, Ash, Walnut,
Cherry, Maple, Alder, Hickory and other specialty woods (4/4, 6/4,
8/4, rough and kiln-dried). The company purchases approximately
100,000 board feet of lumber annually.
Pearson has been involved with the forest products industry for 34
years. He began his career as a yard foreman, and has held numerous
other positions including finish sprayer and sander, delivery
driver, sales and ordering. Pearson has held his current position for
Pearson is a graduate of Provo High School in Provo, Utah. He
and his wife of 15 years, Lorie, have two children. He enjoys hunting,
fishing, camping, driving 4-wheelers and boating.
Pearson is a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation,
Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife and Ducks Unlimited.
Jerry L. Welker is the general manager and project manager
for Anderson Cabinet & Millwork in Rigby, Idaho.
Anderson Cabinet & Millwork purchases approximately 250,000
board feet of lumber annually. The company
manufactures products from Red Oak (northern
plain sawn, A, 4/4), Alder (premium
frame, 4/4, 6/4 and 8/4), Poplar and Maple
Anderson Cabinet & Millwork supplies prefinished
trim and cabinets for the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, schools,
medical facilities, multiple unit condominiums
and high-end housing projects.
Welker has been involved in the forest products industry for 26
years. He began his career in 1977 as a choker setter and knot
bumper for Hudsouth Logging in Prineville, Ore. Welker has been
in his current position for 12 years. His other responsibilities have
included cabinet component general manager and laborer.
Welker is a graduate of Crook County High School in Prineville,
Ore. He received an associate degree in business from Ricks
College in Roseburg, Idaho, and an associate degree in computer
drafting at CCI in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Welker and his wife of 26 years, Karlene, have five children.
Holmes & Co., Inc.
Phone: 800-222-5376 ext. 240 FAX: (260) 244-5694
P.O. Box 370 • Columbia City, Indiana 46725
Sales: Mista Feist and Ray Thompson
Ray Thompson, Mista Feist and Robert Greer
We specialize in heavy stock 4/4 through 16/4
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Waynesville, N.C.—Oaks Unlimited Inc., headquartered here,
recently added both a new 13,500-square-foot warehouse and a
garage facility to its 10-acre Appalachian Hardwood concentration
Joe Pryor, president of Oaks Unlimited,
said the warehouse would give the company
more room to inventory its kiln dried
Appalachian Hardwood lumber, as well as
provide additional insulated dry storage.
“We will also be able to load lumber and
unload it in the new warehouse without the
lumber being exposed to the weather,” he
said. The new garage area will be used to
mainly do maintenance on the company’s
Oaks Unlimited maintains an average inventory of 1 million
board feet of 4/4 through 8/4 Appalachian Hardwood lumber,
and the firm specializes in Red and White Oak (4/4, 5/4, 8/4);
Cherry (4/4); and Poplar (4/4, 8/4). All lumber is available in
FAS/1 Face, No. 1 and No. 2 Common.
Oaks Unlimited offers custom sorts of widths and lengths,
export packaging, available prompt and gross tally. Lumber
packs are double-end trimmed before shipping.
At its Waynesville, N.C., site, Oaks Unlimited has six computer
controlled dry kilns, which have approximately 300,000 board
feet of dry kiln capacity per charge; a computer-controlled grading
chain; three air drying buildings; an air drying yard; and two
office buildings. The firm also has a separate wholesale division.
For more information, contact Oaks Unlimited at 828-926-1621,
visit www.oaksunlimited.com or e-mail email@example.com.
Eau Claire, Wis.—Scott Howard recently joined McDonough
Manufacturing Co., based here, as a salesman
for the southern United States. In his
position, Howard will be based out of Hot
Springs, Ark., and focus on the south central
Howard is a graduate of Livingston
University. Upon graduation, he went right
to work in the forest industry as a plant
manager for a chip mill. He later moved
into sawmill sales, where he has spent the
last 10 years.
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An update covering the
latest news about
For more information, contact McDonough Manufacturing at
715-834-7755 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Howard can be reached at 501-282-7534 or by e-mail at
Somerset, Ky.—Somerset Hardwood Flooring, based here,
recently purchased the former MasterBrand Cabinets plant in
Crossville, Tenn. Somerset renamed the facility Crossville
Hardwoods and is operating it as a Hardwood lumber concentration
George Crawford, vice president of Somerset Hardwoods, said
19 people are currently employed in Crossville, but there are
plans to add secondary Hardwood manufacturing in the near
Established in 1985, Somerset Hardwood Flooring is a privately
owned company with its corporate headquarters in Somerset,
Ky., and manufacturing facilities in central Kentucky. Due to its
location in the heart of the Appalachian timberlands, Somerset
manufactures many solid flooring options from quality
Appalachian Hardwood. The firm employs approximately 403
Neopit, Wis.—Menominee Tribal Enterprises, located here,
recently received the prestigious Wisconsin Business Friend of
the Environment Award for outstanding achievements in environmental
protection. Menominee won the honor in the environmental
Scott Manley, director of the Wisconsin Environmental
Working Group, which sponsors the awards, said, “These companies
are dedicated to environmental stewardship, protecting
the earth and keeping Wisconsin clean for generations to come.”
Winners were chosen from a competitive field of 45 companies
nominated by their peers. An independent panel of judges
including an environmental regulator, and representatives from
industry, environmental groups and the University of Wisconsin
selected the winners.
Business Friend of the Environment Award winners are categorized
according to number of employees, and judged in the
areas of pollution prevention, environmental innovation and
Menominee Tribal Enterprises is owned and operated by the
Menominee tribe of Wisconsin through a 12-member board of
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EXPERIENCE QUALITY DEPENDABLE
975 Conrad Hill Mine Rd.~Lexington, NC 27292
Phone 336-746-5419~Fax 336-746-6177
To better serve our customers we have a 50
bay sorter and optimizing trimmer. Below is a
picture of our sorter that helps us provide
customized sorting and packaging.
This is a view of our 50 bay sorter.
Information about our sawmill, planer mill and lumber
inventory is below:
1.) Our three sawmills cut 15 million board feet a year of fine
Appalachian Hardwood lumber in 4/4 through 8/4 thicknesses in
mostly Red Oak, White Oak and Poplar as well as Ash and
Maple. Our crosstie mill manufactures about 100,000 board feet
per week of crosstie and tie sides in species such as Hickory,
Sycamore, Beech, Gum and Elm. In addition to the lumber we
cut from our sawmill we also process another 12 to 15 million
board feet of lumber per year through our Hardwood
concentration yard business. We purchase and process all
domestic species in all grades.
2.) Our modern planer mill runs two shifts to ensure on time shipments
of our lumber to customers. We deliver kiln dried or air
dried lumber and offer export preparation and on site container
3.) We offer 600,000 board feet of fan shed inventory at all times, to
provide efficient service to our customers. Kepley-Frank
maintains an air dried inventory of 5,000,000 plus board feet of
all species, to ensure back up inventory for our customers.
*Through Jimmy Kepley acquiring Lexington Home Brands’
plant #2 in Lexington, N.C., and naming the operation
Linwood Furniture, Inc., his company offers kiln dried lumber
from Linwood’s eight dry kilns with a total dry kiln
capacity of 600,000 board feet per charge. The furniture
plant is also offering the service of contract furniture manufacturing
and the manufacturing of wood components for
other furniture manufacturers and other woodworking companies.
TRADE TALK - Continued
directors. The company employs
approximately 300 workers throughout
its vast operation. Menominee Tribal
Enterprises is celebrating its 100 th
anniversary this year.
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Mississauga, Ont.—UCS Forest
Group, headquartered here, recently
named Ted Rowe Jr. as sales manager of
the UCS Global
In his new role,
Rowe will manage
the growing sales
presence of UCS
and work with
Rob Cabral, UCS
manager, in continuing
to source Hardwood and other
Ted Rowe Jr.
products suitable for the North
American millwork industry from
throughout the world.
Rowe joins UCS with over 10 years of
experience in the Hardwood industry
with Aurora Timberland. He is a graduate
of the National Hardwood Lumber
Assoc. Inspection School in Memphis,
Tenn., and is a certified lumber inspector.
He also served as director of the
Hardwood Forest Foundation.
“Ted’s professionalism, character,
experience and drive to succeed will
complement our values and vision, and
Ted is a terrific addition to our team,”
said Warren Spitz, UCS president and
chief executive officer. “We look forward
to his contribution as we continue
to ‘Deliver the Difference’ to the global
UCS Global, the international trade
division of UCS Forest Group, is a fullservice
importer/exporter of quality
Hardwood, specialty softwood, veneer
and panel products. The firm maintains
offices in Shanghai, China, and Toronto,
Conover, N.C.—Forest Products Inc.,
based here, will celebrate its 50 th year of
business during 2008. Dan Kay serves
as chairman and treasurer of Forest
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TRADE TALK - Continued
Products Inc., while his son, David Kay,
serves as president.
Forest Products Inc. maintains several
sales personnel throughout the country
including Tim Hammond in
Pennsylvania, Larry La Fon in Virginia,
Tom Stowitts and Larry Walker in North
Carolina and Ray Yarbrough in
Louisiana. In Conover, the company
sells approximately 18 million board
feet of Hardwood lumber annually, and
boasts an inventory of about 2 million
David Kay noted that Forest Products
Inc. has focused on domestic sales in the
United States, and handles all species
and grades of North American
“We also supply pre-ripped lumber,
straight-line ripped and furniture
dimension stock as well as plywood,”
he said. “We are ready to serve our customers
for the next 50 years.”
Dublin, Ohio—Bob Sabistina, former
chief inspector of the National
Hardwood Lumber Assoc. (NHLA),
director of the
here. Sabistina succeeded
In recent years, Bob Sabistina
Sabistina has been
working and traveling overseas with
the American Hardwood Export
Council to teach Hardwood grading
seminars. He also represents the NHLA
as international grading consultant
when traveling outside of North
The American Walnut Manufacturers
Assoc., founded in 1912, is an international
trade association representing
manufacturers of Walnut lumber,
dimension lumber, veneer, Walnut
squares and gunstock blanks. The purpose
of the association is to help the
industry build and maintain better mar-
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“We installed a 48” Cleereman carriage in 1999. The main reason we bought from
Cleereman was that we had visited some other mills and saw how efficient and
compact it was. Our carriage has been running virtually trouble-free since we had
it installed. When we have needed service, their dependable team
was there the next day. Cleereman provides a great product and reliable
service, We highly recommend them to
anyone in our industry.”
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TRADE TALK - Continued
kets for Walnut, and lead in efforts to ensure proper management
and sustainability of all fine Hardwoods, especially
Kansas City, Mo.—Schutte Lumber Co., headquartered here,
recently received Chain of Custody certification from the Forest
Stewardship Council, a non-profit organization that promotes
responsible forest management.
According to Chain of Custody regulations, certified forest
products cannot be mixed with products from uncertified
forests at any point in the supply chain. Certified products are
in high demand from contractors involved with Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects.
Founded in 1880, Schutte Lumber Co. is a wholesale and contractor
supplier with a 13-acre lumberyard, on-site mill and contractor
showroom. The company manufactures certified
Hardwood, softwood, moulding and siding, as well as custom
Anaheim, Calif.—Premier Flooring Solutions, located here,
recently added Black Oak and Nordic Ash to its Woodland
Collection product lineup. Both are finished in the 30-point
matte aluminum oxide finish and hold a 25-year wear through
warranty on residential applications.
Fuming the character grade White Oak species creates Black
Oak’s distinct appearance. This coloring technique darkens the
otherwise blonde species to a rich, warm brown.
Applying a white translucent stain to the hearty-grained Ash
species makes up Nordic Ash. The coloring mutes the species’
natural amber hues and presents a softer-looking, more neutral
Premier Flooring Solutions’ offering includes three companybranded
engineered product lines Nature’s Beauty, the
Woodland Collection and Essenza, and is the distributor of
Junckers Solid Traditions.
Memphis, Tenn.—The National Hardwood Lumber Assoc.
(NHLA), based here, will host the 2008 Annual Convention &
Exhibit Showcase Oct. 9-11 at the San Francisco Marriott. This
year’s theme will be “Global Gathering of the Hardwood
Community,” and the event will be the first time NHLA has
made a concerted effort towards global participation.
“As the export market becomes increasingly more important
to the North American industry, I think it is crucial for NHLA to
expand its traditional networking opportunities provided to
members,” said Mark Barford, NHLA executive director.
“Having overseas participants was a natural progression for the
The convention will feature educational seminars, numerous
networking opportunities, exhibit showcase hall with the
Traders Alley, and two keynote speakers, Tony Snow, former
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TRADE TALK - Continued
White House press secretary and accomplished journalist; and
Chuck Leavell, tree farmer, author and keyboardist for the
To learn more about NHLA or to register for the 2008 NHLA
Annual Convention & Exhibit Showcase, visit www.nhlaconvention.com
or call 901-377-1818.
Frankfort, Ky.—The Kentucky Forest Industries Assoc.,
headquartered here, will sponsor the annual Kentucky Wood
Expo Sept. 19-20 at the Hopkins County Fairgrounds in
The annual trade show will feature exhibits of machinery
and equipment for logging, sawmills, secondary manufacturers
and the pallet industry. The two-day event will attract
more than 6,000 visitors and provide an excellent opportunity
to reach the leaders in the industry throughout Kentucky
and the region.
Since 1965, the Kentucky Forest Industries Assoc. has represented
timber growing, harvesting, manufacturing, marketing
and allied support businesses to ensure Kentucky’s
forests for the future.
For more information about attending or exhibiting, contact
the association at 502-695-3970 or visit www.kfia.org.
Nashville, Tenn.—Some 28 wood flooring industry professionals
representing 15 flooring producers and machinery
companies recently took part in the first NOFMA Mill Tour.
The tour began and ended here, with stops at Hassell &
Hughes Lumber Co. in Collinwood, Tenn.; Hasko Machinery
in Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; and Cumberland Lumber and
Manufacturing in McMinnville, Tenn.
The event also included a dinner cruise on the Tennessee
River out of Chattanooga, hosted by Hasko. In addition to
Hasko, the tour was sponsored by Blue Valley Automation
and Doucet Machinery.
“We were hoping it’d be both an excellent learning opportunity
and a chance for industry folks to interact and get to
know one another a little better,” said Timm Locke, NOFMA
executive vice president. “I think it was a success on both
The next NOFMA mill tour is tentatively set for May 2009.
Prospective tour locations are currently being scouted while
NOFMA staff reviews the participants’ evaluation forms for
NOFMA: The Wood Flooring Manufacturers Assoc. establishes
and actively enforces grade rules and quality standards
for most domestic species of wood flooring. NOFMA boasts
one of the most intensive and comprehensive wood flooring
inspector certification programs, and inspects member mills
regularly to ensure its quality standards are upheld.
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Clyde, N.C.—The U.S. Forest Service recently awarded
Haywood Community College, located here, a $77,522 grant
to start a pilot wood products program through the school’s
continuing education department. The program would
establish a regionally recognized and sustainable forest
products industry training program offering short courses
and workshops to meet industry demand for specialized
The Forest Service awarded grants to 23 competitively
selected projects as a way to keep local wood businesses
competitive and sustainable on a global scale. The U.S. Forest
Service Wood Education and Resource Center in Princeton,
W.Va., will provide the funding.
The wood products program will provide high-quality
training programs to meet industry needs such as Hardwood
lumber inspection, sawing, saw filing and planer operations.
Courses will include: Hardwood lumber grading; log grading
and scaling; band operations; edging and trimming;
planer alignment and maintenance; planer setup; and dry
“This pilot project is a way for the college to test the viability
of offering training for the lumber industry in the eastern
United States,” said Scott Page, project manager. “The industry
has indicated that there is a need for this type of training.”
Chesterfield, Mo.—The National Wood Flooring Assoc.,
headquartered here, recently announced that it would publish
a consumer magazine focusing on wood flooring in
September. The project is being produced in partnership
with Fabulous Floors Magazine, and will be called
“Fabulous Wood Floors.”
The 100-page magazine will feature information on the
variety of species, many styles and how they affect the look
and feel of a room, different design elements, care and maintenance,
and the environmental benefits that wood floors
“This is an exciting project for the NWFA,” said Ed
Korczak, NWFA executive director and chief executive officer.
“We already have an established publication for the
wood flooring professional called ‘Hardwood Floors’ magazine,
but this is the first time anyone in the industry has
attempted a magazine focusing on wood flooring only
specifically for the consumer. This is not a DIY publication,
but will provide consumers with the information they need
to make good flooring choices based on their lifestyle and
The National Wood Flooring Assoc. is a non-profit trade
organization, with more than 4,200 members worldwide,
dedicated to educating consumers, architects, designers,
specifiers and builders in the uses and benefits of wood
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QUEBEC TRENDS - Continued from page 53
Farmers and truckers are among the heaviest users of diesel fuel,
and prices have gone up by 30% in some parts of Canada since the
beginning of the year, while regular unleaded gas has increased
21%. In addition, diesel prices have been anywhere between 10
cents and 15 cents per liter higher than regular unleaded prices
across the country. The price of fuel has put a real strain on the forest
industry as well. Truckers say it has caused some in the business
to fold as they struggled to make ends meet. Fuel has become
the Number 1 cost (topping labor). Trying to recover fuel charges
is virtually impossible, and trying to cover the costs directly is not
an option for businesses at this difficult time.
Construction of new homes in Canada rose slightly more than
expected in May. The new home building seasonally adjusted
annual rate was 221,300 units, up from 213,900 units in April, said
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Most of the increase
reflected a rise in single starts, which recently had reached their
lowest level since May, 2001, said the CMHC’s chief economist.
“Housing starts in Canada rose 0.7% over the first five months of
this year,” noted a BMO Capital Markets economist, compared
with a 29% drop in the United States over the same period. The
cooling in home sales and the downturn in consumer sentiment
suggest that building activity will begin to lose some momentum
later this year he said.
Statistics Canada reported that Canadian industries significantly
reduced their use of production capacity in the first quarter, pushing
the rate to its lowest level in 15 years. Most of the sectors that
make up the industrial group contributed to the decline. Only the
oil and gas extraction sector posted an increase in capacity utilization.
In the manufacturing sector, stated StatsCan, every major group
except for leather products posted a reduction in capacity use. The
rate fell from 80.3% to 77.2% in the first quarter and, for the first
time since 2001, fell below the 80% mark. The biggest contributors
to the rate’s decline were the transportation equipment industries,
wood products, among other manufacturing industries.
Wood products manufacturers continued to experience difficulties
in the first quarter, added StatsCan. Production fell 7.6%
because of the weak residential construction market in the United
States, and the capacity use rate settled at 64.8%, down from
70.8% in the fourth quarter of 2007. This was the lowest level in
17 years. In the forestry and logging sector, capacity utilization fell
2.8 points to 77%. Weak demand for wood products was at the root
of a 5.2% drop in production in this sector.
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• produce green, air dried and/or kiln dried lumber in species like Red
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• cut mostly 4/4 in Oak, and 5/4 in Poplar and mixed Hardwoods
• also manufacture Southern Pine low grade 5/4x4x4, 2 inch material,
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• have our own dry kilns, dry storage sheds and Yates American double
• offer export preparation and container loading
• have many years of experience in preparing your orders right the first
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ONTARIO TRENDS - Continued from page 8
understood that paying more money doesn’t necessarily equate to
increased availability, therefore, there is a reluctance to pursue
more volume with aggressively higher prices.
Basswood supply is tight and keeping prices firm report some
contacts. Green and kiln dried Basswood prices are seen at an
upper level and advancing for stocks meeting special specifications
such as long lengths or white color.
Orders and shipments are absorbing the developing production of
Beech. Activity observed for green stocks is centered around No.
3A and Better at this time.
The markets are cognizant of current supply shortages of Hard
Maple logs and lumber. According to contacts, this situation could
last for an extended period of time should logging activity not
increase soon. Wholesalers and sawmillers have expressed concern
about covering their needs for volume to accommodate future
sales and production.
Weak demand for finished goods is restraining buyers from building
raw material inventories and taking steps that are likely necessary
to boost profit margins. The Hard Maple supply situation is
seen as serious, but not critical at this point. Recent sales show
prices are mostly firm with limited activity at the low ends. Prices
are firm to moderately higher for the common grades of green No.
1 and 2 White and Unselected.
The Conference Board of Canada says that Canada’s wood products
industry is expected to lose $750 million, but that firms should
see production increase slightly next year to $408 million in profits,
as the U.S. construction market begins to rebound in late 2009
or early 2010.
“This production gain, combined with improved labor productivity,
should allow the industry to return to profitability in 2009.
However, profit margins will remain slim,” the Conference Board
The Endangered Species Act, which came in effect recently, came
under fire in the House of Commons from the Opposition, as well
as from the Ontario Forestry Coalition, and several other groups
who opposed the Act. The forestry industry and northern Ontario
community representatives raised their voices attempting to get the
Ontario government to reconsider the Act. They claimed that the
government went back on their word, on the promise they made to
the industry, committing that the Act would not supersede what is
already a platinum standard, the Ontario Crown Forest
Sustainability Act. The various groups feel the Act will inflict even
more harm by piling on more regulatory burdens, and feel government
has turned its back on them at a time of their greatest need.
The Standing Committee on Natural Resources released its report
recently on the “Unique Opportunities and Challenges Facing the
Forest Products Industry.” In 2005, the Liberal Government committed
nearly $1.5 billion to help the forestry industry make the
transition to competitive strength and sustainability. That plan was
cancelled by the Prime Minister in 2006. The Committee Report
66 Hardwoods...A Renewable Resource
ONTARIO TRENDS - Continued
contains 23 recommendations to the Government encompassing a
wide range of areas of concern for the forestry sector. The recommendations,
among others, include: “the Prime Minister convene
a National Summit, with all stakeholders, on the future of the
Canadian forest industry with a view to developing a national
strategy to support the renewal of the industry…”; the need for
additional Research & Development, and establishing a “national
forest industry innovation fund;” and various tax measures to
assist the forest industry in working through the recovery process.
Some in the industry applauded the report, stating it came at a
time when the forestry sector was going through one of the most
difficult economic situations in its history. It is under pressure
from structural and cyclical changes in wood and paper markets,
the high Canadian dollar, and weak economic conditions in the
United States, Canada’s largest trading partner. It is felt that over
the medium to longer term, Canada’s forest products industry has
the potential to realize unprecedented opportunities in the marketplace,
as global GDP is set to double in the next 20 years and
consumers will increasingly demand sustainably-made products.
Two Rivers Timber Co.
7778 State Rt. 417 Addison, NY 14801
Office: 607-359-2201 FAX: 607-359-2231
SALES: Kevin Chilson
Specializing in Export Quality Hardwood Veneer Logs
and fine Appalachian Hardwood lumber for the
domestic market from our facility in Addison, N.Y.
For you, we:
* manufacture 4/4 through 10/4 Appalachian Hardwood
lumber in random lengths and widths in Red Oak, White
Oak and Hard Maple and other species upon request.
* offer quality logs and lumber at fair prices, and our service
* have an excellent location since our operation is located
on Route 417, 2 miles west of Addison, N.Y., for easy
access for trucks.
We’d appreciate your inquiries!
James L. Gundy
James L. Gundy, former executive director of the
Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc.
(AHMI), recently passed away.
Gundy served as AHMI executive
director from 1970 until his
retirement in 1993. He was
instrumental in establishing
AHMI’s export division and its
Poplar promotion in the 1980s.
A military service honoring
Gundy’s career in the U.S.
Marine Corps was held at the
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego,
Calif. He is survived by his wife, Andrea, and six
Cards may be sent to Andrea Gundy, 18218 – 144
Paradise Mountain Rd., Valley Center, Calif., 92082.
Memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey
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Weston Forest Products the Industrial
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in Mississauga Ontario Canada and just
named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed
Companies for 2007 is one of North
America’s leading full service distributors
and re-manufacturers of industrial forest
products. We are looking for a Hardwood
Product Manager that will help us grow and
manage our Industrial, Low Grade
Offering outstanding earning potential and
an opportunity for career growth in a fastpaced
and mentoring environment the
Harwood Product Manager will be responsible
for increasing the Hardwood profits by
managing the hardwood inventory, sourcing
and purchasing lumber. Coupled with industry
experience and a university degree or
college diploma the successful candidate
must be entrepreneurial, a team player and
have exceptional work ethic with a positive
attitude. If interested please send a resume
to: Michelle Arthurs, Director of Human
Resources, Weston Forest Products, 7600
Torbram Road, Mississauga, ON, L4T 3L8,
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AFS Energy Systems (www.AFSenergy.com) a
Pennsylvania firm specializing in the engineering,
manufacturing and installation of Biomass
Wood Fired Boiler Systems, Dust Collection,
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Abenaki Timber Corporation....................................
Air Systems Mfg. of Lenoir, Inc................................
AJD Forest Products ...............................................18
American Hardwood Industries, Inc.......................
Atlanta Hardwood Corporation..........................FC
AWMV Industrial Products ......................................
Barnes, J. Bruce, Inc. ...................................................
Battle Lumber Co., Inc. ..............................................
Beasley Forest Products, Inc......................................
Bee Forest LLC ........................................................21
Begley Lumber Co., Inc. .......................................BC
Better Built Dry Kilns, Inc. ......................................3
Bingaman & Son Lumber, Inc...................................
BLC Hardwood Flooring...........................................
Bradford Forest Inc.....................................................
Brenneman Lumber Company .............................17
Bruce & Jenkins Lumber Co., Inc. ........................71
Brunner-Hildebrand Lumber Dry Kiln Co.............
Buckman Laboratories Int’l., Inc. .........................61
Cersosimo Lumber Co., Inc.....................................1
Champlain Hardwoods, Inc..................................62
Chaney Lumber Co., Inc............................................
Church, Bryant, Hardwoods, Inc. ........................20
ClearCreek Hardwoods .........................................21
Cleereman Sales, Inc...............................................61
Coastal Lumber Company ........................................
Cole Hardwood, Inc. ..............................................15
Cook, C.C., & Son Lumber Co., Inc. ....................44
Corley Manufacturing Co...................................IBC
Coulee Region Enterprises, Inc.................................
Coulee Region Hardwoods, Inc................................
Cramer, W.M., Lumber Co. .......................................
Cummings Lumber Co., Inc..................................16
Curtner Lumber Co. ...................................................
Deer Park Lumber, Inc. ..............................................
Devereaux Sawmill, Inc. ............................................
Distribution Management Systems, Inc. .................
DLH Nordisk, Inc. ..................................................42
Downes & Reader Hardwood Co., Inc................58
Eastern Lumber Corp.................................................
Evarts, G.H., & Co., Inc..........................................55
Fields, Walter M., Lumber Co...................................
G.F. Hardwoods, Inc...............................................50
Gilco Lumber, Inc....................................................13
Graf Brothers Flooring ...............................................
Granite Hardwoods, Inc. .......................................46
Granite Valley Forest Products, Inc........................2
Grezenski, James, Forest Products, Inc................14
Gutchess Lumber........................................................ Pine Mountain Hardwood Lbr. Co. .........................
Hanafee Bros. Sawmill Co., Inc. ...........................52 Powell Industries, Inc.................................................
Hanks, Bill, Lumber Co., Inc.................................63 Pride Hardwood, LLC ...............................................
Hardwood Forest Foundation .................................. Prime Lumber Company...........................................
Hardwood Forestry Fund......................................69
Progressive Solutions, Inc..........................................
Hardwood Manufacturers Assoc. ............................
Quality Hardwoods, Inc. .......................................49
Hawkeye Forest Products, Inc. .............................41
Quality Hardwoods, Ltd. ........................................9
Hermitage Hardwood Lumber Sales, Inc. ..............
Ram Forest Products, Inc...........................................
Highland Hardwood Sales, Inc. ...........................45
Rex Lumber Co. ..........................................................
Holmes & Co., Inc...................................................56
Huntersville Hardwoods, Inc. .............................FC
Rives & Reynolds Lumber Co., Inc..........................
Husky Hardwood Lumber....................................14 Rosenberry, Carl L., & Sons, Lumber, Inc. ..............
Indiana Wood Products, Inc....................................3 Salamanca Lumber Co., Inc.......................................
Industrial Timber & Lumber Corp.........................7 Salem Frame ............................................................66
Inter-Continental Hardwoods...............................65 Shannon, J.T., Lumber Co., Inc. ................................
Irving, J.D., Limited.................................................... Shaver Wood Products, Inc. ..................................66
ISK Biocides, Inc.......................................................... SII Dry Kilns..........................................................IFC
J & M Pallet..................................................................
Simply Computing .....................................................
Jones, Ron, Hardwood Sales, Inc..............................
Sirianni Hardwoods, Inc............................................
Kentucky Forest Industries Assoc........................71
Southern Forest Products Assoc...............................
Kepley-Frank Hardwood Co., Inc........................59
Kitchens Bros. Manufacturing Co., Inc................63
Spencer, C.A., Inc. .......................................................
Kuhns Bros. Lumber Co., Inc....................................
Lewis Controls, Inc. .............................................IBC
Stiles, A.W., General Contractors, Inc. .................11
Lewis, Dwight, Lumber Co., Inc. .........................64 Stiles, H.A., Company................................................
Limbo............................................................................ Swaner Hardwood Company...................................
MacBeath Hardwood Company............................... Sylvan Hardwoods, LLC ...........................................
Mackeys Ferry Sawmill.............................................. T & S Hardwoods, Inc................................................
Maxwell Hardwood Flooring ................................... Taylor Lumber, Inc......................................................
Mayfield Lumber Co.................................................. Taylor Machine Works, Inc........................................
McDonough Manufacturing Company...............47
Taylor, Ralph, Lumber Co., Inc.................................
Menominee Tribal Enterprises..................................
Tectronix Systems Inc.............................................67
Meridien Hardwoods of PA., Inc. ........................19
Tioga Hardwoods, Inc............................................12
Metal Detectors, Inc....................................................
TradeTec Computer Systems Ltd. ............................
Midwest Hardwood Corporation ............................
TRAM Lumber, LLC...................................................
Miller & Co. .................................................................
Missouri-Pacific Lumber Co. ....................................
Tuscarora Hardwoods, Inc. ...................................48
Mueller Bros. Timber, Inc. ......................................... Two Rivers Timber Co. ..........................................67
Neff Lumber Mills, Inc............................................... U•C Coatings Corp. .................................................5
North Pacific................................................................ USNR ........................................................................51
North State Hardwoods, Inc. ................................54 Vaughn, Emmet, Lumber Co. ...................................
Northland Corp........................................................... Weston Premium Woods Inc.....................................
Oakcrest Lumber, Inc. ................................................ Weyerhaeuser Hardwoods & Industrial Products
Oaks Unlimited .......................................................16
Wheeland Lumber Co., Inc. ..................................53
Olympic Forest Products. Inc....................................
White, Harold, Lumber, Inc. .....................................
O’Shea Lumber Co. ................................................60
Williams, Jerry G., & Sons, Inc..............................57
Parton Lumber Company, Inc...............................18
Williams, R.J., Inc. ...................................................43
PCS VacDry USA, LP .................................................
Wilson Hardwoods Inc. .............................................
Pendu Manufacturing ............................................12
Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Co.20 Wilson Lumber Co., Inc. ........................................21
Peterman Lumber, Inc................................................ Wolf River Lumber, Inc............................................4
Peterson, Keith D., & Co., Inc. ..............................69 WoodEye Inc............................................................10
Pike Lumber Co., Inc.................................................. Yoder Lumber Company, Inc....................................
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72 Hardwoods...The All-Purpose Material
P.O. Box 471 | Chattanooga,Tennessee 37401 | tel: 423-698-0284 | fax: 423-622-3258
You have the right
to remain speechless...
...when you see our Quality
Appalachian Hardwood Lumber.
We produce the very best in 4/4 through 16/4
thicknesses of fine Appalachian Hardwood
Lumber in a variety of species.
Since 1972 when we started with one
sawmill Begley Lumber Company has come
to be known as a producer of the highest
quality lumber products available, and it’s
paid off. Through our hard work and the loyalty
of our customers, we have expanded
over the years where today we have two
modern band mills - one in Hyden,
Kentucky and the other in London,
Kentucky to serve you.
For our customers, we:
produce over 60 million board feet of lumber;
have a total of 740,000 board feet per charge
of dry kiln capacity; manufacture 4/4 through
16/4 in about any Appalachian species of lumber
you need; own several T-sheds and warehouses
for storing quality Hardwood lumber;
have an automated lumber sorting system
with 80 bays that gives us the capacity to
offer greater width and length sorts.
for the right
Our band mill operation in London, KY is our headquarters where we have state-of-the-art sawmill
equipment, dry kilns, T-sheds and warehouses for inventorying our quality lumber.
Begley Lumber Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 2800, London, KY 40743-2800
Phone: (606) 877-1228 • FAX: (606) 877-1230
We’d like to hear from you when you need quality Appalachian Hardwood lumber.