The only thing better than our lumber is our service. - Miller ...

The only thing better than our lumber is our service. - Miller ...

August 2008

The only thing better than

our lumber is our service.

A Family Of Forest

Products Companies

Visit us at IWF

Booth #2262


In today’s complex world

at least one thing is plain and simple.

At Cersosimo we provide you with the

largest and most consistent supply of

quality hardwood—from the heart of

New England forests. And we’ve been

doing it for over 55 years. You’ve come

to count on us to be there and deliver

the best—and do it consistently.

It’s straight talk from folks who are

easy to talk to, who know the business

inside and out—and whose integrity

is as solid as the lumber we provide.

C o n t e n t s

901 Second Street, P.O. Box 506

Marathon, WI 54448

Phone: 715-443-3317 Fax: 715-443-3581

CONTACT: Kerry Romsa

Don Koch

Russ Wendorf

20 Acre Concentration Yard

Establishing Strategic Alliances

With Lake States Sawmills

On-time Delivery Of

Small Through Truckload

And Container Quantities


Dry Kilns with 210,000’ Capacity

S282 Newman Planer

Straight Line Ripsaw

2 Million Feet of Dry Storage



Maple (Hard & Soft)


White Pine



White Birch

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


Hardwood Calendar...........................................................................................4

U.S.A. Trends .....................................................................................................6

Canadian Trends................................................................................................8

Eye On Technology ......................................................................................10

NHLA News....................................................................................................12

The Hardwood Council ................................................................................14

AHEC Update ................................................................................................16

NWFA Flooring Report .................................................................................18

Who’s Who ....................................................................................................54

Trade Talk ......................................................................................................58

Obituary .........................................................................................................67

Classified Opportunities ..............................................................................68

Advertisers Index..........................................................................................72

The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject editorial content

and Ads at the staff’s discretion.

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August, 2008 Vol. 82, No. 7

The Cover

The hardwood lumber business is a business

of relationships. We’ve been building

August 2008

strong relationships for more than 50 years,

since James W. Howard, Sr., founded

The only thing better than


Atlanta Hardwood Corporation. Our cus-

lumber is our service.

tomers know they can count on us to provide

the “red carpet” service they deserve.

We are committed to meeting the needs of

our clients and providing timely, reliable

A Family Of Forest

Products Companies


Today, with four kiln-drying facilities

located strategically throughout the Eastern

United States, plus an office in China, we

annually process, distribute and export

Visit us at IWF


Booth #2262

more than 50 million board-feet of hardwood

lumber each year. We specialize in

Appalachian hardwoods and also stock a variety of imported hardwood

species. For information about Atlanta Hardwood Corporation and our affiliate

companies, visit us on line at or call 800-476-


Founded in 1927 by:



58228 County Road 43, P.O. Box 1168

Middlebury, Indiana 46540

Phone: (574) 825-2129 FAX: (574) 825-7519


Rick Hetler -

Charlie Steiner -

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- 200,000’ kiln capacity - surfacing

- 625,000’ pre-dryer capacity - straight line ripping

- inspection after kiln drying - mixed truckloads

- container loading - export preparation

- 1,000,000’ kiln dried inventory

red oak, white oak, cherry, white ash,

poplar, hard maple, soft maple,

hickory, walnut

The National Hardwood Magazine is the product of a company and its affiliates that

have been in the publishing business for 81 years.

Other publications edited for specialized markets and distributed worldwide include:

Forest Products Export Directory • Hardwood Purchasing Handbook • Dimension &

Wood Components Buyer’s Guide • Import/Export Wood Purchasing News • Classified

Exchange • Imported Wood Purchasing Guide • Green Book’s Hardwood Marketing

Directory • Green Book’s Softwood Marketing Directory • The Softwood Forest

Products Buyer

Paul J. Miller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Publisher

Paul Miller, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President

Wayne Miller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President

Gary Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President - Editor

Terry Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President

Sue Putnam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor

David Owens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Associate Editor

John Gray, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Art Director

Walter Lee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asst. Art Director

Tammy Daugherty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager

Tammy Daugherty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hardwood Handbook Manager

Lisa Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Circulation Manager


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Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club meeting, Deer

Park Lumber, Findlay Lake, N.Y. Contact:

607-594-3321. Aug. 11.

International Woodworking Machinery &

Furniture Supply Fair, Georgia World

Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: 404-

693-8333. Aug. 20-23.


Ray Kretz Industrial Forest, Forestry Field

Day, Antigo, Wis. Contact:

Sept. 15.

Hardwood Federation Political Action

Committee, Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Contact: 202-463-2705. Sept. 16-17.

Los Angeles Lumberman’s Annual Golf

Tournament, Costa Mesa, Calif. Sept. 19.

Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Assoc., Fall

Conference, Omni Severin Hotel,

Indianapolis, Ind. Contact: 703-435-2900.

Sept. 28-30.


National Hardwood Lumber Assoc.

Annual Convention, San Francisco

Marriott. Contact: 901-377-1818. Oct. 9-11.

Quebec Industrial Woodworking Show,

Hotel des Seigneurs, St. Hyacinthe, Que.

Contact: 203-840-4800. Oct. 23-25.

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Supplier news about sales, labor, prices, trends, expansions and inventories.


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

right now.”

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

reduced pace.”

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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ITL Corporation

dba Industrial Timber and Lumber

23925 Commerce Park Road Beachwood, OH 44122 USA

Phone: (216) 831-3140 FAX: (216) 831-4734

Toll Free: (800) 829-WOOD (9663)


The FSC logo identifies products which contain wood from responsibly managed forests independently certified in accordance with the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council A.C.

FSC Trademark ©1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. SW-COC-293 © 2006 Industrial Timber & Lumber

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

sales projections.

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

material purchases.

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

low supplies.

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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Eye On



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.



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.



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


Products and


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.


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.

AUGUST/2008 11

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

• 4/4 thru 16/4 Quality Hardwoods

• Surfacing and Rip Strips Available

3481 Waverly Rd., P.O. Box 360, Owego, NY 13827

Ph: 607-687-2700 - Fax: 607-687-9439


Certification And Those Pesky

Private Landowners


Executive Manager

National Hardwood Lumber Assoc.

Memphis, Tenn.

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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12 Hardwoods...The All-Purpose Material

Boards InThe World Are Made Here

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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

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”

Manufacturers of

Northern Hardwood &

Eastern White Pine

15 Boul. Labelle Ste-Therese, Quebec

Canada J7E 4H9

Ste-Therese Office Richard Lavallee 450-435-6541

James Grezenski Forest

Products, Inc.

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,

Cherry, Hickory

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, 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


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.

Now with all this experience

behind us, it’s no wonder

Cole Hardwood stays in front.

16 Species

Large Volume Inventory

Thicknesses 4/4 up to 16/4

NHLA Inspected

Worldwide Distribution.

Let our people quote

your next order. Call

1-800-536-3151 or visit


P.O. Box 568, Logansport, IN 46947

Ph: 574.753-3151

Fax: 574.753.2525





Specializing in 4/4 Hardwood Lumber

Cummings Lumber Co. Inc.

P.O. Box 6, Troy, Pa 16947

Phone: 570-297-4771

Fax: 570-297-2766


Roy Cummings Jr. - President

Larry Cordner - Sales

Chip Cummings - Sales

Contact us

for fine


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


Executive Director

American Hardwood Export Council

Washington, D.C.

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


Fax: 740.392.9498

AJD Forest Products

Premium Kiln Dried Hardwoods

Northern Red Oak is Our Specialty

Lake States Largest Producer of

Industrial Lumber

P.O. Box 629 Grayling, MI 49738

Phone 989-348-5412 FAX 989-348-2500





Parton Lumber

Company, Inc.

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

• Poplar

• Eastern White Pine

and others upon

request 4/4 to 12/4

green, air dried and/or

Parton Lumber Company’s logo is proudly

kiln dried.

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

Flooring Report

Rebound Expected Through

2012 For Flooring


Executive Director

National Wood Flooring Association

Chesterfield, Mo.

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.

Please turn to page 47

18 Hardwoods Have Workability

Shawn, Brandon, Dan and Mike Ferman with 4/4

Hard Maple.

Lumber stored under T-sheds.

Rick Frye, dry kiln superintendent, standing in

front of a new dry kiln.


(814) 563-4614 FAX: (814) 563-4624


Yard Address: Old Pittsfield Rd., Pittsfield, PA 16340

“Everything You’ll Ever Need From The Forest”

Dan Ferman

(814) 563-4614

Michael Songer

(814) 486-1711

Brandon Ferman

(814) 563-4614

Mike Ferman

(814) 563-4614

• 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’ •


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

mixed Hardwoods.

•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.

Tim Church

Everette Wyatt

Bus.: (336) 973-3691

FAX: (336) 973-7993

(800) 973-3380

Web site:

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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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

ClearCreek Hardwoods

US 60 West, Smith Branch Rd. • P.O. Box 847

Grayson, KY 41143

Sales: Dennis Adkins

Mill Phone: 606-474-4425

FAX: 606-474-0155

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.


S1130 STATE HWY 25

NELSON, WI 54756

715 673-4127

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

and aspen

SPECIALIZING in random length/width

Sales: Bob Bee 715 673-4127 office or 715 225-4954 cell










Planing Mill




MEMPHIS, Tennessee 38182-0526 PHONE: (901) 274-6887 FAX: (901) 274-6850








AUGUST/2008 21

“We see a great

opportunity to

become a one-stop

shop for the full range

of high-end, custom

millwork shops.”

TBM Hardwoods

Thrives In Changing Market

– Baird McIlvain, president of TBM Hardwoods


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

Hanover, Pa.

Please turn to page 43

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

and length.

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

firm’s Mahogany.

22 Hardwoods...The All-Purpose Material








AUGUST/2008 23

Cherry Forest

Expands Services

This is an aerial view of Cherry Forest Products family owned sawmill and Hardwood manufacturing facility, headquartered

in Guelph, Ont.


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

managed forests.

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

and clean.

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.

AUGUST/2008 25


Focuses On Kitchen Cabinet Industry


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

Shanghai, China.

Catawissa Lumber &

Specialty Co. is a manufacturer

and trader of high-quality

Hardwood lumber and

machined Hardwood components

for manufacturers of highend

cabinetry, architectural

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

Please turn to page 40

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.

AUGUST/2008 27

HMA Members Tour Four Facilities


Lexington, Ky.–

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

pallet/railroad tie.

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.,

Kingston, N.H.

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.

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Attendance Strong For

Richmond Expo

Richmond, Va.–


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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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

30 Hardwoods Have Resiliency

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

Va. Tech

Additional photos on page 38

Jim Collette, Buckman Laboratories, Memphis, Tenn.

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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

as moderator.

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.


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.,

Newburyport, Mass.

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.,

Hamburg, N.Y.

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.

AUGUST/2008 33

Southwest/West Side

Share Market News


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.,

Memphis, Tenn.

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.,

Hamburg, Ark.

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.

AUGUST/2008 35

Penn-York Club

Travels To Emporium

Emporium, Pa.–


The Emporium Country Club here

was the site recently for the monthly

Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club

meeting, hosted by Emporium

Hardwoods Inc.

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

Clarion, Pa.

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

Co. Inc.

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.

36 Hardwoods...A Renewable Resource

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.,

Danielson, Conn.

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),

Emporium, Pa.

AUGUST/2008 37

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,

Crofton, Ky.

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.

38 Hardwoods Have Workability

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.,

Doswell, Va.

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.

AUGUST/2008 39

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,

Monticello, Ark.

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-

40 Hardwoods Have Resiliency

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

company last.”

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 or e-mail



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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.

42 Hardwoods...The All-Purpose Material


Continued from page 22

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

Spanish Cedar.

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,”

McIlvain said.

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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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.,

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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

five years.

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

pallet plant.”

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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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 or

call 901-377-1818.

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

46 Hardwoods...A Renewable Resource

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


Continued from page 18

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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AUGUST/2008 47



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Continued from page 6

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.



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


The U.S. Energy Information Adminis-

48 Hardwoods Have Workability


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.



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.



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

affordable mortgages.

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




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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AUGUST/2008 49



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.


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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

are astronomical.”



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




According to the U.S. Commerce

Department, housing starts recently fell

25 percent in the Lake States region,

50 Hardwoods Have Resiliency



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



Continued from page 6

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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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

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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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don’t like that. A lot of them are leery

about what the economy is going to do

and what effect a new president will have

on it.”



With housing market troubles continuing,

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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

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energy required to process them into

usable products.



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.



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

and widths.

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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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.


Continued from page 8

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:

Derek Wheeland, Sales • E-mail:

Bill Baker, Sales • E-mail:

Damen Wheeland, Log Sales: E-mail:


AUGUST/2008 53

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


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

accessory items.

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

54 Hardwoods Have Versatility

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

pallet stock.

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

enjoys flying.

W. Springfield, NH

P.O. Box 96 • Route 4A

West Springfield, NH 03284

603-763-4525 • FAX: 603-763-4701

Web Site:


Contact: George H. Evarts • Greg Winnie

Lebanon, NH

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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

nine years.

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


Hard Maple

White Oak

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Soft Maple





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

Band Mill

Automatic Stacker

Dry Kilns



Annual Production

9,000,000 ft.

Avg. AD Inventory

2,000,000 ft.

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3,000,000 ft.


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Wholesale Distributors

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Direct Exporters

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P.O. Box 456 - Evans Drive

Stoughton, MA USA 02072

Phone: 781-341-4092

Fax: 781-344-7110

Inside U.S.A.: 800-788-5568

North Carolina Office:

William von der Goltz

Steve Arnett

Tel: 336-323-7502

Fax: 336-323-2848

Distribution Yard

P.O. Box 634

Commercial Blvd.

Blakeslee, PA USA 18610

Phone: 570-646-6724

Fax: 570-646-6628

Web Site:

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

Joe Pryor

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 or e-mail

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

Scott Howard

last 10 years.

58 Hardwoods Have Workability

An update covering the

latest news about

Hardwood Suppliers.

For more information, contact McDonough Manufacturing at

715-834-7755 or e-mail

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

stewardship category.

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

environmental stewardship.

Menominee Tribal Enterprises is owned and operated by the

Menominee tribe of Wisconsin through a 12-member board of

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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.

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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

Global internationally,

and work with

Rob Cabral, UCS

Global purchasing

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

woodworking community.”

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

board feet.

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),

was recently

named executive

director of the

American Walnut


Assoc., located

here. Sabistina succeeded


executive director

Larry Frye.

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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Some Things Last A Long Time...

The Cleereman Carriage Is One Of Them!

“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.”

Satisfied customers

have built our business!

PHONE: 715-674-2727

FAX: 715-674-7002






Ronnie Cook, President

C.C. Cook & Son Lumber Co., Inc.

Reelsville, IN

Ronnie Cook

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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

Rolling Stones.

To learn more about NHLA or to register for the 2008 NHLA

Annual Convention & Exhibit Showcase, visit

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

Madisonville, Ky.

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

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.


At our 50-acre sawmill facility in Danbury, N.C.,

we manufacture 25 million board feet annually of

Appalachian Hardwood lumber. We offer green, air

dried, and kiln dried lumber in Red Oak, White

Oak, Poplar, and Soft Maple.

The mill produces Appalachian lumber in 4/4

and 5/4 thicknesses, with 5 length separations.

To better serve you, we have four conventional

steam dry kilns, a planer mill, five company owned

trucks and the experience to offer export preparation

and on-site container loading.

Technology makes the difference. We continue to

upgrade our mill with the latest advances to meet

the ever changing needs of the market.

When we can be of service, contact:

Frances Petty

Bill Hanks

1 800-531-7350 or Jeff Hanks

FAX 1 800-764-4917 1-336-593-2022

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SAWMILLS AT: Utica - Hazlehurst, Mississippi

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Sales Office:

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Kirby Field - Sales Representative - E-mail:

P.O. Box 111 Hazlehurst, Miss. 39083

Tel: 601-894-2021 Fax: 601-894-1069

Web sites: or

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Dwight Lewis

Co., Inc.

Hillsgrove, PA 18619 • Phone 570-924-3507

FAX 570-924-4233

Kilns • Export Preparation

Container Loading

Company Owned Timberland

3rd Generation Since 1941

Appalachian Hardwoods

Specializing in Cherry 4/4 thru 16/4

Hard & Soft Maple

Red & White Oak

National Hardwood Lumber Association Certified

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Phone: 319-986-5524

Toll Free: 877-SAWLOGS

Fax: 319-986-5710


Sales: Sally Johnson

Specializing in

Walnut, Soft Maple,

White Oak and Red Oak

TRADE TALK - Continued

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

kiln operation.

“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


64 Hardwoods Have Versatility


The FSC trademark identifies products

from well-managed forests

© 1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C.

QUEBEC TRENDS - Continued from page 53

lower pricing.

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.

*FSC Certified Sapele shown

in background

Importers of fine flooring, lumber and decking

ICH, part of the DLH Group, is a wholesale importer of tropical

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We’d like to hear from you when

you need Hardwood and/or

Southern Yellow Pine Products.

For those in need, we:

• offer the production of two sawmills cutting Hardwood and Southern

Yellow Pine lumber, pallets, cants, ties and timbers

• produce green, air dried and/or kiln dried lumber in species like Red

Oak, White Oak, Ash, Poplar, Soft Maple, Hickory and Southern Yellow


• 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,

5/4x6 decking and timbers like 4x4’s, 4x6’s, 6x6’s and 6x8’s

• have our own dry kilns, dry storage sheds and Yates American double

surfacer planer

• offer export preparation and container loading

• have many years of experience in preparing your orders right the first

time, since we’ve been in business for approximately 30 years

Richard Jimbo Shaver

Richard Jimbo Shaver

and Chad Shaver handle

the Hardwood and

Southern Yellow Pine

sales for their company.

Chad Shaver

Shaver Wood Products, Inc.

14440 Statesville Blvd. Cleveland, NC 27013

TEL: (704) 278-9291 FAX: (704) 278-9304

SALES: Richard Jimbo Shaver and Chad Shaver

Salem Frame...

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For the best in Custom Dry Kiln Services or Quality

Wood Components, no one does it better than Salem

Frame located in Salem, Virginia. Call us at 540-389-

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Specializing in pine, oak, & other hardwoods

Pre Dryer capacity: 1,000,000 BF

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For Custom Dry Kiln Services call Darrell Cannaday,

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540-389-8661, or e-mail us at


CONTACT Eric Collins or Kenneth Cox at our dimension

mill in Salem, Virginia by calling 540-389-8661. We

have a rough mill, a finish mill, sanding capabilities,

CNC routers, etc. that help us to make all types of

wood parts such as furniture legs, blanks, doweling, etc.

Salem Frame

A location of

Rowe Fine Furniture Inc.

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


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

is great.

* 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

Hospice, 9444 Balboa Ave., Suite 290, San Diego,

Calif., 92123.

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Profit Opportunities

Help Wanted • Business Opportunities • Used Woodworking Machinery &

Sawmill Equipment • Used Material Handling Equipment • Panel Production

Equipment • Services


Hardwood Product Manager

Weston Forest Products the Industrial

division of the Weston Forest Group, located

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

Hardwood business.

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,


Fax: 905-677-1639




NHLA Inspection Training Program

14-Weeks, from December 1, 2008

through March 6, 2009

at WV Wood Technology Center in Elkins, WV.

Tuition grants available for those who

meet income guidelines.


Sales Opportunity

Progressive Canadian hardwood distributor

located in Ontario looking for highly motivated

sales individual. We offer an attractive

salary plus sales commissions. You are

dynamic, aggressive and looking to better

your career in the North American lumber


All replies held in the strictest of confidence.

Reply to: CMP Box 3551

National Hardwood Magazine

PO Box 34908

Memphis, TN 38184-0908




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For information call: 901-372-8280

Classified advertising will not be

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AFS Energy Systems ( a

Pennsylvania firm specializing in the engineering,

manufacturing and installation of Biomass

Wood Fired Boiler Systems, Dust Collection,

Fuel Storage, and Material Handling and

Transfer Systems is looking for additional manufacturer’s


Our primary clients are in the forest products

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plant that can save fuel costs with renewable

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If necessary, we will support you in the presentation

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Become a part of the fastest growing

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Lumberman Wanted

We are a progressive company in search of highly

motivated, “quality minded” people who are seeking

stability and career growth in the hardwood lumber

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and proud history dating back to 1904. Our global success

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processes that we have perfected and uphold for our

customers. We have plants in both Pennsylvania and

New York and currently have opportunities in both Yard

and Mill operations. If you have Supervisory skills, or

skills in Lumber Inspection, Forklift Operations,

Dimension Mill Leadership, Sawyer, or Kiln Operations

- then we want to talk to you. For the successful candidates,

they will find that our wages are competitive

and our benefits are excellent. Beyond compensation,

being a part of a successful team brings tremendous

opportunities to those who want to grow.



For confidential consideration please contact

Gutchess Lumber at:


fax: (607)758-7935

telephone: (607)753-1081


An aggressive, reputable and long standing

hardwood lumber company located in the heart of

the Appalachian Hardwoods is looking for a self

motivated, career oriented individual for both

Domestic and International sales opportunities.

The successful candidate would likely have experience

in one or all types of sales in Kiln Dried or

Green Lumber, Logs and also Dimension

Products. Compensation based on experience

and qualifications. No move necessary to qualify.

Please send a cover letter and resume to:


National Hardwood Magazine

P.O. Box 34908

Memphis, TN 38184-0908

All replies held in strict confidence.


American Hardwood Industries is seeking

a Procurement Forester for our Blue

Triangle Hardwoods Division located in the

Everett, Pennsylvania area. This position

reports to the General Manager, with

responsibilities that include private timber

and log purchase negotiation. Strong communication

and interpersonal skills are

required. Compensation package includes

highly competitive base salary, company

vehicle, health insurance and 401(k) company

match benefits. Interested parties

should send resumes to Debbie Brady at or fax to 814-652-


General Manager

American Hardwood Industries is a newly

formed hardwood manufacturing company with

over 150 million board feet of annual hardwood

lumber production and is seeking a General

Manager for our Northern Hardwoods Division

located in the Houghton, Michigan (Upper

Peninsula) area. This position reports directly to

the President, with responsibilities that include

daily management and oversight of hardwood

lumber and log sales, log/timber procurement

and sawmill and kiln operations. Strong communication,

interpersonal and PC skills are

required, including working knowledge of

Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.

Compensation package includes highly competitive

base salary, annual incentive plan, vehicle

allowance and health insurance and 401(k) company

match benefits. Interested parties should

send resumes to our Corporate Human

Resources Manager, Sylvie Bowley, at

or fax to 860-632-7296.

Vice President

International organization seeking Vice

President to establish North American office

to be located in Chicago for the trading and

distribution of softwood, hardwood and plywood.

Established following a must. Extensive

travel required. Salary commensurate with

experience. Profit participation for the right

individual. Please send resume and salary

requirements to:

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National Hardwood Magazine

P.O. Box 34908

Memphis, TN 38184-0908

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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. ...................................................

Batey, Ltd..................................................................64

Battle Lumber Co., Inc. ..............................................

Beard Hardwoods.......................................................

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...................................

Flamex, Inc...................................................................

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

Southern Pneumatics..............................................65

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.

Depend on

Begley Lumber

for the right

species, grades

and thicknesses

of lumber

you need.

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.

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