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Nace Austin, Hardwoods Inc., Columbus, Ga.; David Snidow, Hardwoods Inc.,Atlanta, Ga.; and Ed Holley, Eastern Lumber Corp., Orangeburg, S.C.Charlie Robertson, East Ohio Lumber Co., Augusta, Ga.; Donna Bliss, SitcoLumber Co., Ponchatoula, La.; Donna Stockwell, White County Mouldings,Cleveland, Ga.; and John Smith, Forest Products Inc., Corbin, Ky.Jim Forrester, Lake Norman Forest Products, Cornelius, N.C.; Joe Williams,Huntersville Hardwoods Inc., Huntersville, N.C.; and Don Ariail, SouthernStaircase Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.Gary Miller, National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, Tenn.; Lenny Shipley,Inter-Continental Hardwood Inc., Currie, N.C.; and Brandon Walker,Huntersville Hardwoods Inc., Huntersville, N.C.Bob Bannish, Bannish-Rickard Lumber Co. Inc., Bristol, Tenn.; Dan Caldwell,Atlanta Hardwood Corp., Mableton, Ga.; and Steve Counts, Bristol Hardwoods,Bristol, Tenn.Hal Mitchell, Atlanta Hardwood Corp., Mableton, Ga.; Rocco Sinisgalli andRandy Bowers, Tioga Hardwoods Inc., Owego, N.Y.; and Scott Lilley, HardwoodIndustries, Sherwood, Ore.Additional photos on page 59CHRISTMAS/2007 49


L.A. Lumbermen men HostFoundation BenefitLos Angeles, Calif.—The Los Angeles Hardwood Lumberman’sClub (LAHLC) presented its 8 th Annual GolfTournament recently at the Costa MesaGolf & Country Club in Costa Mesa, Calif.Proceeds from the event will benefit theHardwood Forest Foundation.“This year’s tournament was the largest todate with 148 registered golfers and around65 sponsors,” said Charley Fiala, LAHLCGolf Tournament Director and FoundationBoard member. “I am impressed withSouthern California lumber industry membersyear after year. Their participation inKevin Trussell of Timber Mountain Hardwoods, Garden Grove, Calif.; Tom Walthousen of NationalHardwood Lumber Assoc., Memphis, Tenn.; Peter Elieff, Pacific Western Wood Inc., Los Angeles,Calif.; and Chuck Bartolon, Timber Mountain Hardwoodsthe tournament shows their desireto support the Foundation’s educationalefforts, which encompassesthe future of the Hardwood industry,as it offers educational informationto children.”A dinner and awards ceremonyfollowed the tournament in theCosta Mesa Golf & Country ClubClubhouse. First place winners ofthe tournament were as follows:Please turn to page 80Deonn DeFord, Ganahl Lumber Co., Anaheim, Calif.; and Scott Fisher, FrankYoungman and Dave Gorham, BlueLinx Corp., Atlanta, Ga.Bob Mitchell, Mitchell Forest Products, vice president of the HardwoodForest Foundation and Member of the Los Angeles Hardwood Lumberman’sClub (LAHLC); Crystal Oldham, executive director of the Hardwood ForestFoundation, Memphis, Tenn.; and Charley Fiala, LAHLC golf tournament director,Hardwood Forest Foundation board of directors, GMC Hardwoods Inc., LongBeach, Calif.50 Merry Christmas From NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE


Former BroncoInspires At FCLWashington, D.C.—Approximately 30 members attended the Annual Meeting for the Fellowship ofChristian Lumbermen (FCL), which was held recently in conjunction with the 110 th AnnualNational Hardwood Lumber Association’s (NHLA) Convention at the Washington Hilton.Headlining as keynote speaker was PowerMoves Incorporated’s Steve Fitzhugh, who washighly recruited by the National Football League, and eventually signed with the DenverBroncos as free safety in 1986. A shoulder injury sidelined the 6-foot, 250-pound defensiveplayer just two years into his professional career.However, Fitzhugh, who offers motivational speeches across the country, minimizes his professionalfootball career when he speaks of his faith. Even on the playing card that bears hisstory and his photo, Fitzhugh notes, “Beating the Oakland Raiders on Monday NightFootball was sweeter than sweet. But the greatest single moment of my life was the day thatI discovered my purpose and destiny through a personal faith.”In addition to Fitzhugh’s inspiring message, members of FCL heard from association presidentChris Martinson of St. Croix Valley Hardwoods. The group also examined the organization’sfinancial report and discussed various topics of business.The FCL offices are located in Central Point, Ore. Visit the association’s website atSteve Fitzhughwww.christianlumbermen.com.•Jim Stephenson, Cherry Forest Products Ltd., Guelph, Ont.; Brian Mullins,Mullins Mission, Toronto, Ont.; Pete Lang, Cherokee Wood Products, Upland,Calif.; and Chris Martinson, 2007 president of Fellowship of ChristianLumbermen, St. Croix Valley Hardwoods Inc., Luck, Wis.Steve Gunderson, Hermitage Hardwood Lumber Sales Inc., Cookeville, Tenn.;Wayde Day, Independent Dispatch Inc., Portland, Ore.; Alex Mullins, KuhnsBros. Lumber Co., Lewisburg, Pa.; Mark Bennett, Brenneman Lumber Co., Mt.Vernon, Ohio; and Jim Post, Freedom Forest Products, Zeeland, Mich.Bob Pope, USNR, Montpelier, Vt.; Whit Whitmire, USNR, Waynesville, N.C.;and John Staranko, Baillie Lumber Co., Hamburg, N.YAlex Mullins, Kuhns Bros. Lumber Co., Lewisburg, Pa.; Joe Canale, HeritageHardwood Inc., Chino, Calif.; and Tony Honeycutt, Mullican Flooring, JohnsonCity, Tenn.CHRISTMAS/2007 51


Orders Pile Up AtTupelo Furniture MarketBY DEBORAH ARMSTRONGTupelo, Miss.— Approximately 100 newexhibitors joined returning vendors to sing their praisesfor the annual summer Tupelo Furniture Market (TFM),held here each August. This year marked a milestone forthe event as it turned 20 years old and continued toattract many of the most recognizable names in furnituremanufacturing and the upholstery industry.Although the opening morning of the three-day eventproved to be slow, traffic increased significantly as theweekend ensued. Exhibitors reported significant interestfrom buyers of casual dining and entertainment furnishings.Prior to TFM, many in attendance had voiced concernthat perhaps the event was occurring too close to therecently held Las Vegas Market. However, as orders forshipments piled up at the Tupelo Furniture Market, allconcerns dissipated. Of the exhibitors polled, all reportedthat order writing was “brisk” after the opening day, andthe majority stated that Southeastern midsize dealersplaced more orders than any other region in the country.Some attendees even reported that at least 75 percent ofthe visitors to their exhibits filed orders.TFM attracted nearly 1,000 exhibitors from throughoutthe world and buyers were represented by all 50 U.S.states and 38 foreign countries.Overall, the mood was much brighter than during theJanuary Tupelo Furniture Market when attendance wasconsiderably off the mark of past TFM’s. Due to that fact,it was reported prior to the recent TFM that in 2008, theTupelo Furniture Market’s winter show has been moved toFeb. 20-24, previously the traditional month for this show.Tupelo’s 2008 summer market will begin Aug. 22.•CONCENTRATION TION YARDY725,000’ DRY Y KILNSSURFACINGSPECIALIZING IN EXPORTPREPARAARATIONAND LENGTH & WIDTHSEPARAARATIONSNEWMAN WHITNEY S-382PLANERSTRAIGHT LINE RIPPINGWholesaleNorthern n • AppalachianCanadian HardwoodsGreen-AD-KDLeft to Right: Al Weston, buyer; Moe Hart, office manager; James Walter, operationsmanager; Jack Williams, president; and Bo Miller, truck driverP.O. Box 566 Rt 434 Apalachin, N.Y. 13732 (607) 687-1160 FAX: (607) 687-1165SHIPMENTS TO WEST COAST BY RAIL AND CONTAINER52 Merry Christmas From NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE


This handcrafted 6-piece Walnut dining set servedas part of the Brooks Furniture exhibit. Brooks islocated in Tazewell, Tenn.A four-drawer curio was a classic example of theversatility of Maple, which was used in the manufactureof this item, by Perdue Woodwork of RapidCity, S.D.This Red Oak floor clock was a crowd-pleaser at theTupelo Furniture Market, held in Tupelo, Miss. Theclocks are manufactured by Howard Miller, ofZeeland, Mich.Hickory’s strength shines in this bedroomset, displayed by Old Hickory FurnitureCo. of Shelbyville, Ind. CONTACT: JOHN OR MARCUS HAWKINSON,TONY GEIGER CHRISTMAS/2007 53


HMA PHOTOS - Continued from page 47Devin Dearth and Bill Hendrix, Brewco Inc., Central City, Ky.; and JackShannon III, J.T. Shannon Lumber Co, Memphis, Tenn.Jeff Booher, B&B Lumber Co. Inc., Jamesville, N.Y.; Matt Tietz, McDonoughManufacturing Co., Eau Claire, Wis.; Linda Jovanovich, HardwoodManufacturers Association, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Bob White, McDonoughManufacturing Co., Fernandina Beach, Fla.Kevin Williams, Jerry G. Williams & Sons Inc., Smithfield, N.C.; Jim Howard,Atlanta Hardwood Corp., Mableton, Ga.; and Mark Williams, Jerry G. Williams& Sons Inc.Lee Stockton, Stan Morgan, Roy James, Mike Parker, Chris Ratliff, BenjieThomas, and Bubba Parker, Anderson-Tully Co., Vicksburg, Miss.Season’s Greetings from:C.B.GOODMANAND SONS LUMBER, INC.Manufacturer of Fine Appalachian Bandsawn HardwoodsShed Dried, Irvington Moore Kiln Dried & GreenRed Oak, White Oak, Ash, Poplar, Hard MapleClinton Michael Tony Judy CaseyClinton GoodmanFAITHFUL SERVICE & QUALITY THROUGH THE YEARS8574 STATE ROUTE 131 HICKORY, KENTUCKY 42051270-658-3193 FAX: 270-658-3194Casey GoodmanJoin the NHLA and your state lumber organization, the benefits will far outweigh the cost.54 Merry Christmas From NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE


HMA PHOTOS - ContinuedChase Hales, Baillie Lumber Co., Hamburg, N.Y.; Bran Futral, Wellborn CabinetInc., Ashland, Ala.; Jimmy Jones, J.E. Jones Lumber Co., New Bern, N.C.; andLuke Brogger, Quality Hardwoods, Sunfield, Mich.Craig Miller, Battle Lumber Co. Inc., Wadley, Ga.; Doug Fikes, BuchananHardwood Flooring, Aliceville, Ala.; John Jones, Ward Timber Ltd., Linden,Texas; Jamey French, Northland Forest Products Inc., Kingston, N.H.; Tommyand Thomas Battle, Battle Lumber Co. Inc.; and Matt Weaber, Weaber Inc.,Lebanon, Pa.Charlie Netterville, Fred Netterville Lumber Co., Woodville, Miss.; DavidLewis, Lewis Brothers Lumber Co. Inc., Aliceville, Ala.; Chuck Boaz, CorleyManufacturing, Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Jeff Lewis, Lewis Brothers LumberCo. Inc.Additional photos on next pageDon Hanafee, Hanafee Brothers Sawmill Co. Inc., Troy, Tenn.; Bill Buchanan,Buchanan Lumber Birmingham, Aliceville, Ala.; and Jack and Jack (III)Shannon, J.T. Shannon Lumber Co., Memphis, Tenn.part of O UR F AMILY T REE since 1953ATTITUDEWhatever you need... American CAN DO.You’ll find a CAN DO approach to everyproblem and an answer to everyquestion. We solve your hardwoodchallenges for you.earning your trust...one day at a timeIT’ S THE WAYAMERICAN LUMBER COMPANY / PHONE: 814-438-7888 / 888-438-7888 / FAX: 814-438-3086 / E-MAIL: INQUIRY@ALUMBER.COM / WWW.ALUMBER.COMCHRISTMAS/2007 55


HMA PHOTOS - ContinuedRod Weaver, Kuhns Brothers Lumber Co. Inc., Lewisburg, Pa.; Phil Mann,Cersosimo Lumber Co. Inc., Brattleboro, Vt.; and Steve Jones, Ron JonesHardwood Sales Inc., Union City, Pa.John Wellborn, Wellborn Cabinet Inc., Ashland, Ala.; Norm Murray, U•CCoatings Corp., Buffalo, N.Y.; and Aaron Wellborn, guestHarry Rogers, Big River Cypress and Hardwoods Inc., Blountstown, Fla.; andPaul Barringer, Coastal Lumber Co., Weldon, N.C.Jeff and Gary Booher, B&B Lumber Co. Inc., Jamesville, N.Y.; Riley Smith, T.S.Manufacturing Co., Lindsey, Ont.; and Paul Johnson, Johnson Brothers LumberCo., Cazenovia, N.Y.Season’s Greetings fromDJM Hardwoods & VeneerCyBlair Lumber LLCDJM Hardwoods and Veneer is owned and operated by David J. McCunn. David has over 25 years of experience in the lumberindustry. DJM has 4 separate locations for purchasing veneer and saw logs such as: Cherry, Red & White Oak, Hard &Soft Maple, Walnut and Poplar for export or domestic use.DJM Hardwoods and Veneer has built a solid reputation for high quality veneer logs and finely manufactured lumber.Outstanding service and satisfaction keeps our customers coming back for more!P.O. Box 26McArthur, Ohio 45651McArthur, OH: (740) 596-8411Oak Hill, OH: (740) 682-9232Gallipolis Ferry, WV:(304) 675-5159Milton, WV: (304) 743-8441Website: www.djmhardwoods.comE-mail: info@djmhardwoods.com56 Merry Christmas From NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE


HMA PHOTOS - ContinuedAHMI PHOTOS - Continued from page 45Jimmy Jones, J.E. Jones Lumber Co., New Bern, N.C.; Ken Matthews, SII DryKilns, Lexington, N.C.; and John Lindeberg, Wellborn Cabinet Inc., Ashland,Ala.Gerald Cox, Turman Hardwood Flooring Inc., Galax, Va.; Mark Pierce,Cranberry Hardwoods Inc., Beckley, W.Va.; and Chris Ghiloni, AmericanWoodmark, Winchester, Va.Al Quinney, Kretz Lumber Co. Inc., Antigo, Wis.; Derick Metts, Taylor MachineWorks Inc., Louisville, Miss.; Ken Burttram, Morris-Softac, Albertville, Ala.;and Aaron Wellborn, guestWill O’Leary and Stuart Norris, Catawissa Lumber & Specialty Co. Inc., WestJefferson, N.C.; and Marty Cornett, Pine Mountain Hardwood Lumber Co.,Whitesburg, Ky.Additional photos on next pagewe combine thebest PEOPLEwith the bestRESOURCESour valuesAt Baillie, one of our values isto pursue excellence tenaciously.One way we dothat is by providing ourcustomers with highquality lumber andgreat service at aand createfair price. By pursuingexcellence everyLUMBERday, we provide realvalue for our customers.SOLUTIONSTHAT WORKPictured left to right:Jeff Meyer, Don Meyer, Jim Dillsit’s not just a product...it’s a solutionBaillie Lumber Co. / P.O. Box 6 / Hamburg, NY 14075 / 800-950-2850 / Fax 716-649-2811 / www.baillie.comCHRISTMAS/2007 57


AHMI PHOTOS - ContinuedLonnie Suiter, Allegheny Wood Products, Petersburg, W.Va.; Jack McCarty andChris Clear, Coffman Stairs, Marion, Va.; and Dean Alanko, Allegheny WoodProductsGary Birkett, Ten Oaks Flooring, Stuart, Va.; Cliff McKittrick, J.W. McKittrickLumber Co,, Camden, S.C.; and Gerald Cox, Turman Hardwood Flooring Inc.,Galax, Va.Leslie Criggers, Tarkett Wood, Johnson City, Tenn.; Doug McDaniel, StuartFlooring, Stuart, Va.; and John Lindeburg, Wellborn Cabinet, Marion, Va.Mike Hinscher, The Forestland Group, Abington, Va.; and Bill and CandyHardin, Powell River Lumber Co., Appalachia,Va.P.O. Box 1688Augusta, GA 30903(706) 724-22531-800-241-3370FAX: 1-800-673-3720Charles “Lindy” Markland, Vice-chairman; Bob Moore, Chairman ofthe Board/CEO; and Dave Redmond, President/COOWith Highland?No surprises...just getting it right order after order!We offer fine Appalachian, Northern andSouthern Hardwood lumber in most species,green or kiln dried, to customers throughoutNorth America and other countries. Our mainfunction is providing quality lumber with a focuson service and commitment to our customersand suppliers.The relationship we have built with our presentcustomers and suppliers has helped our first 20years of being in business truly enjoyable andrewarding. We are confidently looking forwardto our next 20 years.Hugh PickettSalesRobbie ParrottSalesBrad MerrySalesMike FlemingSalesTyler CarterHighland InternationalMarketing & DevelopmentSingapore58 Merry Christmas From NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE


ATLANTA HARDWOOD PHOTOS - Continued from page 49Scott Freese, SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, Ga.; John Smith, Forest Products Inc.,Corbin, Ky.; Mark Speer, Cox Interiors, Campbellsville, Ky.; and Scott Cathcart,SunTrust BankEric Naustdal, Hardwoods Inc., Mableton, Ga.; and Luke Pickett and SteveSanchez, Southern Staircase Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.David Marbut, Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta, Lithia Springs, Ga.; Benji Cox, Cox Mark Pierce, Cranberry Hardwoods Inc., Beckley, W.Va.; and Doug Muir,Interiors, Fayetteville, Ga.; and Bob Driscoll, Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta Atlanta Hardwood Corp., Mableton, Ga..Additional photos on next pageCHRISTMAS/2007 59


ATLANTA HARDWOOD PHOTOS - ContinuedLee Smith and Preston Harbour, Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.; andOra Nation, Rainwater Construction Co., Atlanta, Ga.The first place team included: Scott Cathcart, Phillip Nelson, Brandon Downs,and Scott Freese, SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, Ga..Scott Lilley, Hardwood Industries Inc., Sherwood, Ore.; Lonnie Suiter, AlleghenyWood Products, Atlanta, Ga.; Ken Matthews, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington, N.C.;Chris Cowan, Gas South, Atlanta, Ga.; and Paul Harris, Atlanta HardwoodCorp., Mableton, Ga.Hank Roberson, Anco Chemical, Macon, Ga.; Terry Griffith, Terry L. Griffith &Associates, West Linn, Ore.; Eric Burchett, Huntersville Hardwoods Inc.,Huntersville, N.C.; and Tommy Stepp, DLH Nordisk, Greensboro, N.C815 Love Street P.O. Box 3549 Johnson City, TN 37604800-844-6356Wishing you a veryMerry Christmasand a prosperousNew Year.Facilities in:Johnson City, TNNorton, VARonceverte, WVBowling Green, KYHolland, NY60 Merry Christmas From NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE


WCMA PHOTOS - ContinuedATLANTA HARDWOOD PHOTOS - Continued(Sale Lumber Co. is a division of North State Hardwoods, Inc.)Randy Bowers, Tioga Hardwoods Inc., Owego, N.Y.; and Billy Crumpton andKenny Roberts, Pierce & Pierce Millwork, Norcross, Ga.Scott Greene is the owner of North State Hardwoods, Inc. and is incharge of lumber sales.For our customers and others in need offine Appalachian Hardwood lumber we:Dan Mathews, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington, N.C.; Tim Bowman, CranberryHardwoods Inc., Beckley, W.Va.; Mark Vann, White County Mouldings,Cleveland, Ga.; and Butch Fairchild, Stair House Inc., Austell, Ga.Cliff and Donald Johnsa, Suwanee Lumber Co. Inc., Suwanee, Ga.; LauraThomas, White County Mouldings, Cleveland, Ga.; and Chris Carroll, NorthGeorgia Hardwood Corp., Cleveland, Ga.• saw 20,000,000 board feet a year of fineHardwoods. We deal in wholesale lumber aswell.• have 425,000 board feet per charge of dry kilncapacity and maintain approximately 1,000,000board feet in Hardwood inventory.• specialize in very white sap 1 Face Poplar in 4/4through 8/4 thicknesses. We also saw WhiteOak, Hickory, Red Oak, Cherry, Walnut and SoftMaple, manufactured primarily in 4/4 thicknesses.• have a band resaw, ring debarker and a NewmanS382 planer that helps in processing our lumber.• have three company owned trucks to deliver yourlumber orders to you promptly.Call us when we can be of service!Woody Harvey, Southern Staircase Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.; Ben Manning, BB&TInsurance Services, Atlanta, Ga.; Greg Johnson, Capitol Administrators,Roswell, Ga.; and Randy Williams, guest, Wilmington, N.C.CONTACT INFORMATION:1461 Speedway RoadNorth Wilkesboro, NC 28659Tel: (336) 838-1117Cell: (336) 452-1614FAX: (336) 838-2117E-mail: scott@northstatehardwoods.comSALES: Scott GreeneCHRISTMAS/2007 61


THE RENEWABLERESOURCEAtreeisGod’screationeverywhereon earth - includingBrooklyn.It’s said man oncelived in trees. When heclimbed down, life neveragain was to be quite sosimple...yet only then did thetree get truly appreciated. Forhere was food and fuel and shelter.Then a weapon, a tool, a wheel - andtransportation. And now it’s floors, doors,veneers, piers, baskets, caskets...rubber forgaskets. It’s a handle for brooms, shovels, rakes...syrup on pancakes. It’s paper and paints...tars, spars, boxes and boxcars...storage bins andbowling pins. It’s toothpicks and matchsticks...evenplastics...material for distillation, lamination, insulation,windows for ventilation, and a thousand and one otherwe-can’t-do-withouts. Yet few people look at a tree in the sameway. To the small boy it’s a favorite and strategic place...where you build a treehouse, spot a woodpecker,cut slingshots and fishpoles, hang old tires andclimb for fun. To the naturalist it’s probing a fascinating world of buds,blossoms, bark, needles, cones and leaves...spectacles of color...and some 1,035 domestic species. (Yet to a baseball player it’s as simple as astick of second-growth ash, sized and shaped to “feel like a million.”) To the artistit’s inspiration...alone on a windswept hill, timberline patchwork on a mountainside,thick and verdant in a valley. To the homeowner it’s beauty and shade and propertyvalue...also digging, planting, pruning, edging, feeding and a lot of other weekend work.To the hobbyist and craftsman it’s a new bookcase, picnic table, paneled den, plywoodshelves...a chance to become downright “immortal.” To the timberman it’s a bustling bigbusiness, measured by cords and board feet. But most of all, a tree remains whatit was in the firstplace...man’sever-lasting friend.For we’d sure be“stumped” for amighty lot ofthings in a worldwithout trees!There is no substitute for FineAppalachian HardwoodsThe Fifth Generation Family OwnedBusiness with Customer Satisfactionas our primary concernNEFF LUMBER MILLS, INC.P.O. Box 457 Broadway, VA 22815540-896-7031 Fax: 540-896-7034E-mail: neflum@aol.comMarijo WoodSales ManagerFORECASTS - Continued from page 38gang ripsaw that will cut glue line edges accurately in amultiple of sizes so we can expand our strip and straightline rip business. We hope to have this new machine runningbefore year end ’07.Victor BarringerCoastal Lumber CompanyCharlottesville, Va.The first quarter of 2008 was a prettytough one for us, but we should end theyear with a small profit or breakeven.We do not see any improvements inbusiness conditions anytime duringFY2008. Keep in mind, that since January 1, 2000, therehave been 314 furniture plant closures with massive layoffsaffecting some 69,190 workers. Manufacturers withhousehold names such as Thomasville, Henredon,Broyhill and Century collectively now have only two orthree manufacturing plants left in the U.S. As a result, wehave lost 38 percent of the Hardwood lumber industryover the last five years. This restructuring, while painful,was necessary as our industry becomes more global. Ithink we are about halfway through the restructuring ofour industry. I believe Hardwood lumber production in ourindustry will drop to 7 billion board feet before it is allover.My biggest concern going forward is the loss of loggersalong the Appalachian Region. We need to do more as anindustry to attract people into this profession.In 1997, we operated 21 Hardwood lumber and/or concentrationyards. We produced and shipped 214 millionboard feet of lumber out of these 21 lumber operations. In2007, we operated 18 of these original 21 operations.These 18 lumber operations last year produced andshipped 230 million board feet of lumber with 19 fewersalaried employees. We did all this without adding anyshifts. Is the rest of the industry doing the same thing?Has the entire industry become more efficient? If so, thisindustry should be in decent shape once this globalrestructuring is complete. We also do not understand whyso many people run two shifts just to save a few dollars oncosts. Why do this if your actions to begin with are notshowing an acceptable gross margin? Times havechanged, it used to be where you could put a mill justabout anywhere and make money. When that was the caseit made sense to run it wide open.There does not seem to be a consensus among our customersas to what business conditions will be like in 2008.The distribution yards seem to be doing pretty well. Therest of our business segments seem to be off somewhat. Weare seeing that the distribution yards and larger secondarymanufacturers are aligning themselves with themanufacturers they believe will be here over the long run.Our larger customers are genuinely concerned aboutfuture supply of Hardwood lumber.We do not have any plan to expand our production facil-62 Merry Christmas From NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE


FORECASTS - Continuedities in 2008, but we do plan to continue to make substantialinvestments in our existing operations in an effort toimprove our overall efficiency.I would like to take this opportunity to get in a few commentsabout two groups the industry needs to get behind.The first is the American Hardwood Export Council(AHEC). The government gives us almost $9 million dollarsto promote U.S. Hardwoods worldwide, and I do notthink you will find anyone in the industry that will notagree that exports are the salvation of our businesses. Allwe have to do for this funding is support a few offices overseas,yet we struggle to collect the funding to keep theseoffices open. If we blow this opportunity, industry wideproduction will drop to 6 billion feet. We also need to getbehind the Hardwood Federation. It doesn’t matter if youare a Republican or Democrat, it gets their attention whenyou walk into their office and tell them you represent 30trade associations – when they are used to dealing withjust one.On behalf of Coastal Lumber Company, best wishes toyou and your family during the Holiday Season.Bucky PescagliaMissouri-Pacific Lumber Co. Inc.Fayette, Mo.Those of us who have lived in the“Walnut World” over the past severalyears have enjoyed life in our own littleprotective bubble. The worldwidedemand for our products has outpacedproduction for much of this decade. Now, after years of risingtimber and lumber costs, we see that the demand isbeginning to slow. As the bubble starts to burst, you willsee many people exit the Walnut lumber business. For thepast few years, even sloppy operators could make moneyin the Walnut market.As markets slow, customers will again focus on suppliersthat can produce a consistent, quality product that ismanufactured by someone who really knows how to do itright. Missouri-Pacific Lumber Co. has established itselfas a major manufacturer of American Black Walnut andwe will continue to keep our company specializing inWalnut. Our bubble has protected us from some of thehazards others in the Hardwood industry have been facing,but we are well aware of the state of the industry asa whole.Asian dominance in the furniture industry will continueto increase. With more North American furniture manufacturersclosing their doors, the importance of developingadditional export markets for our wood products will be apriority. Having a presence in every possible market willbe our focus. Working with quality brokers and agentsthat can sell more than just price is important to us too. Alack of loggers will add to the high stumpage prices. Wewill be forced to get more involved in the logging end withPlease turn the pageSALAMANCALUMBER CO., INC.Established 1977SLCWE OFFER YOU:• 950,000’ Dry Kiln Capacity• 1,500,000’ Dry Storage Capacity• 750,000’ Predryer Capacity• 500,000’ Kiln Dried Inventory• 3,000,000’ Air Dried Inventory• Northfield Roughing Planer• SLR 2 Edges• Fixed and Rough Sorted for Width• Mixed Trailer Loads Available• Truck/Container/Rail Shipments• 4/4 through 16/4Cherry, Ash and Hard Maple• 4/4 through 12/4White Oak and Red Oak• FSC CertifiedSALAMANCA LUMBER CO., INC.59 Rochester Street P.O. Box 416Salamanca, New York 14779Telephone: (716) 945-4810FAX (716) 945-1531Sales - Barry Yuhasbarryyuhas@salamancalumber.comPurchasing - Nick Skudlareknickskudlarek@salamancalumber.comCHRISTMAS/2007 63


Imagine what youcan make withwood this good.Whether you turn it intoflooring, molding, fine furniture,trim, superb cabinetry--or whetheryou broker it to those who do--ourattention to detail guarantees youhardwood of unusuallyhigh standards.Manufacturing quality hardwoodsfor three generations.FORECASTS - Continuedadditional employees and equipment. The ever-increasingenergy prices will have us trying to find ways to cut ourusages where possible. The lack of qualified employeescontinues to be an issue for our industry. Emphasis on asafe and healthy work environment will help withemployee retention. We will also continue to look at scanningand automated material handling equipment to helpwith the labor shortage. Health insurance rates are nearlyout of control. Educating our employees on the costsand benefits of insurance and their personal responsibilityfor trying to control costs will be more important thanever. Being active in the political process is a must.As our company begins the transition from second tothird generation ownership, I look forward to facing thechallenges of the Hardwood industry. History teaches usthat hard times force us to be leaner, smarter and moreinvolved operators. I will continue to serve on committeeswith the National Hardwood Lumber Association and theAmerican Walnut Manufacturers Association doing mypart to promote and support our industry. I encourageeveryone to get involved this coming year to help keep theNorth American Hardwood industry strong.Phil BarnesBarnes Brothers Hardwood FlooringHamburg, Ark.• Specializing in walnut,red oak, white oak, soft maple• Offering northern andappalachian hardwoods• Domestic / export• Bandmill• Surfacing• Automated stacker• Straight line ripping• 620,000 bd. ft. capacity dry kiln• 4,000,000 bd. ft. AD inventory• 3,000,000 bd. ft. KD inventoryMISSOURI-PACIFICLUMBER COMPANY694 DD Highway • Fayette, Missouri 65248-9635Phone 800-279-7997 Fax 660-248-2508www.mopaclumber.comNext year appears at this time to bemore of the same. There seems to belittle on the horizon to improve gradelumber demand. Hardwood unfinishedflooring remains very competitive.Flooring customers don’t see anything in the nearfuture to get excited about. Better days are ahead, butwhen? Construction grade lumber is the bright spot.Major problems remain the same. High raw materialcosts, high insurance costs, high taxes, and low finishedgood prices.We plan to install another waste fired boiler, a newHammer Hog, a bag house and more kiln capacity. Theseimprovements will hopefully help us be more competitive.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.John BeardBeard HardwoodsGreensboro, N.C.It is the Fall of 2007 and it’s timeagain to try to figure out where we areheaded in 2008. What I can say forsure at this point is what a tough marketwe are in right now. The old adagethat when the United States sneezes the rest of the worldcatches a cold holds true now as it ever has. Our businessfor the past 15-20 years has been fairly diversified with agood mix of domestic markets and export markets. It64 Merry Christmas From NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE


FORECASTS - Continuedseemed that when one market was slow the other one balancedout the sales. This year both domestic and exportsales have slowed…a good indication of the world economythat we all live in now.My forecast for 2008 is somewhat optimistic. There is nodoubt that the first six months of the year will be a challenge.I really feel that the last half we will start to comeout of the hole and see some growth. The world has grownto enjoy and depend on North American Hardwoods. Wehave a great story to tell about sustainability and this willkeep us going in the future.When I talk with my customers about business everyoneconfirms that 2008 will be tough. Our moulding, cabinet,flooring and distribution customers are slow but haveseen worse conditions in their careers. Most of our furniturecustomers are in China and Vietnam now.Unfortunately, in the 10 years we’ve been selling overthere, getting a straight answer about market conditionsand forecasting for the future are hard to come by…soyour guess is as good as mine.There are still many problems and concerns for 2008.The expense of the war continues to burden Americans.Health care expenses continue to rise and are major concernand drain on small businesses. We will be looking atalternatives such as HSA’s to try to save on expenseswhile still offering our employees top benefits. The presidentialelection will be very interesting this year. The outcomecould be a major burden on our industry.Beard Hardwoods will continue to improve our facilityhere in Greensboro. After a year of putting in a new woodwaste boiler and new computer system the upgrades willbe small and geared towards being as efficient as we can.All of the employees at Beard Hardwoods wish to takethis opportunity to thank all of our suppliers, customersand our many Hardwood industry friends a MerryChristmas and Happy and Prosperous New Year!Philip A. BibeauWood ProductsManufacturers AssociationWestminster, Mass.We, like most people in the industry,predict that business for 2008 will be achallenge. There will be business butcompanies will have to work harderthan ever before for a slice of the shrinking pie. As companiesgo out of business or merge, there will be morecompetition for fewer orders. We hear many people tell usthat they are only looking for truckload-quantity customers.Everyone would like this type of customer, butunfortunately, there are fewer of these customers. Thecompanies that will have business in 2008 will be thosethat are able to deliver small quantities with extremelyfast turnaround times.Our members predict that sales will be flat or slightlyPlease turn the pageMay hope, joy and peace be with you, your familyand co-workers during the Christmas seasonand all year long.For those in need of quality Appalachian Hardwoodand/or Aromatic Red Cedar lumber below is someinformation about Rock Hill Lumber Inc.Species of lumber cut includes:Poplar, White Oak, Red Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Maple, Hickory, Ashand Aromatic Red CedarOur lumber is in excellent widths and lengths. Stock widths arealso available. Cutting approximately 13,200,000 board feet a year.Besides manufacturing and selling 4/4 through 12/4 AppalachianHardwood lumber, we make logging bridges for the logging and lumberindustry from 6”, 8”, 10” and 12” thicknesses that are 4 feetwide and 20, 22 and 24 feet long. Specializing in timbers of most anydiameter and up to 24’ long.Our most recent product that we have manufactured from our ownlumber and sell in our local area is plank flooring that is 13/16” inthickness and widths of 3”, 4”, 5”, 6” and 7”. We sell our plank flooringin species like Hickory, Elm, Sassafras, Locust, Quarter SawnSycamore and other species that we occasionally cut at our mill.ROCK HILLLUMBER, INC.2727 Leon RoadCulpeper, VA 22701Tel. (540) 547-2889Fax (540) 547-4391Sales: Alex CoughlinConsistent and consistently goodAppalachian Hardwoods.This is a partial view of some quality Aromatic Red Cedar timbers on oneof our company trucks about to be delivered to a customer.CHRISTMAS/2007 65


All of us atLiberty Lumber CompanyJoin in Wishingyou and yoursa joyous holiday season!FORECASTS - Continuedahead of what they recorded in 2007. They are workingharder and shipping faster than ever before. We are nothearing of lead times any longer than 2 to 3 weeks maximum.The companies that can work under these time constraintswill have a good year in 2008.The major challenges that our association will face in2008 are ways to help increase our members’ exposure,and to generate leads for new profitable business. Earlyin 2008, the WPMA will be announcing a new programthat will help members address this important issue. Theother major challenge we will face is the need to assistmembers in improving their bottom line. With profit marginsshrinking, companies look to the WPMA to utilizeour purchasing power to offer programs and services tohelp reduce operating expenses. We are excited toannounce a new business insurance program withIndiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company (ILM)that offers extremely competitive pricing along with thepossibility of a cash dividend.Other problems that the industry will continue to face in2008 will be a shrinking customer base and cash flowissues. As business slows down, it is often the supplierthat gets put to the backburner when it comes to gettingpaid. We are hearing more and more sales managerstelling us that they are spending more of their day on thephone collecting money than selling. The monthly creditreport of delinquent accounts that the WPMA publisheshas seen a 112 percent increase in number of accountsand amounts of outstanding debt reported. We encouragecompanies to use caution when looking for orders fromnew companies. Remember, it is not a sale until the orderis paid for.Dave DoucetteRex Lumber Co.Acton, Mass.Liberty Lumber Co. Inc.“Supplying Distributors Nationwide”Liberty Lumber Co.9979 Old Liberty Rd.P.O. Box 535Liberty, NC 27298Phone: 336-622-4901 Fax: 336-622-3686Contact: Jim Skiver, Tom Wright or Donnie TurnerI hate to be a doomsdayer, but 2008looks to be a challenge to all involvedin the Hardwood industry. The glut ofunsold homes will certainly take severalmonths to resolve. Speculativebuilders may add to this glut as their mortgages becometoo much to bear. The new construction figures for early2008 should be very disappointing. Financially solid buyerswill take advantage of the excess inventories at bargainpricing before considering building a home. Just howlarge the inventory of unsold homes becomes, remains tobe seen, but there will be a lengthy time involved beforenew construction begins in earnest. All of us, dependentupon a healthy building climate will undoubtedly beaffected.We are still saddled with increasing energy costs, escalatinghealth and benefit costs, environmental pressures,difficulty in hiring and retaining employees and loftyfreight costs to name a few. Sawmills must compete forlogs from several directions, secure markets for their com-66 Merry Christmas From NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE


FORECASTS - Continuedmon grade of lumber with an offshore manufacturing basecompeting on a global scale. The Asian market is a stretchfrom the furniture belt of the past. Traditional marketshave been drastically altered and will continue to evolve.Companies unwilling to adapt with the changes will falter.Even though 2008 looks dismal, through these difficulttimes there will be opportunities for growth. Growth willcome by way of new and innovative products, by increasingefficiencies, by seeking new markets and by the opportunitycreated in the market with competitor attrition.The outlook from our customer base is a bit uncertain.Many will experience tough times, as they are dependenton a healthy construction sector. Others have becomemore specialized and are expecting no significant downturn.The general mood, however, is somber.We face challenges in finding strategies allowing us tofully utilize our existing capacities. The supply chain formany new species is lengthy and virtually impossible toregulate. This tends to create a feast or famine inventorylevel, which makes scheduling of operations very difficultto adhere to. The maintaining of sufficient levels of manydifferent species will be a difficult project for all of us in2008.Our plans include adding value to our product mix, aswell as our usual upgrades to our equipment and rollingstock. Rex Lumber is constantly looking for methods toincrease the efficiency of our operations, decrease ourdelivery time and supply our customer base with productsthat will increase their yields and profitability.Rich SolanoPike Lumber Company Inc.Akron, Ind.I expect 2008 to be a challenging year.The decline in the housing market hasbrought difficult times for most.Business’ associated with housingstarts have seen much less activity in2007. However, many companies have made adjustmentsto production levels and product mix, while others are tryingtheir luck with export markets. So, with a little luck Ithink the Hardwood industry may see some improvement(I tend to be “the glass is half full” kind of guy).Customers are telling us they are trying to find ways tocreate value for their customers while keeping costs undercontrol. To help our customers achieve this goal, ourapproach will be to continue offering a broad mix of topquality products, including Walnut and rift and quarteredWhite Oak, while increasing our level of service.I believe the main problems for many in the sawmillbusiness will be maintaining profitability and communicatingthe message that our forests are sustainable. FSCand SFI certification is only a marketing ploy that addscost but no value to the customer. Pike Lumber Companyis committed to harvesting timber on a sustainable basis,Please turn to page 85CHRISTMAS/2007 67


HARDWOOD PURCHASING -Continued from page 36Jerry Anton at O’SheaLumber Co. in Glen Rock, Pa., iscautiously optimistic about thecondition of the market in 2008.“We are hoping for improvementnext year, but not necessarilyanticipating it,” he said.O’Shea, which distributesdomestic and imported Hardwoodlumber, experienced slower salesthis year in comparison with 2006.Anton said the sluggish housingmarket adversely impactedO’Shea’s sales, particularly forproducts made of Oak and Birch.The fastest movers for the companywere comprised of Cherry,Mahogany, Maple and Walnut.O’Shea’s customers include manufacturersof cabinets, furniture,architectural millwork, flooringand stairs.The firm purchased slightly lessvolume of lumber in 2007 than2006, but it was not a significantdecrease, noted Anton, who addedthat O’Shea did lower its productprices this year to accommodatethe decrease in demand.********Lumber purchases have been offby 10 percent this year at GeorgeGuenzler & Sons, located inKitchener, Ont., according toBarry Freiburger at the company.He added that the decline inpurchases has accommodated theslower market that GeorgeGuenzler & Sons serves.“Our market’s been a little bitdown from 2006,” he said, “so weadjusted to it by purchasing lessand holding down our inventorylevel slightly lower than in 2006.However, the slower market didnot force us to lower our productprices. They have remained thesame.”George Guenzler & Sons manufacturesa variety of items, includingfurniture for the healthcareindustry, which has proven to be astrong customer this year. Stairparts and office funiture are alsoincluded among George Guenzler& Sons’ items that have sold in ahealthy manner this year, primarilyto large and small contractorsas well as stair specialists.Freiburger noted that the weakenedhousing market overall hascast a shadow over the firm’s sales.Yet he is optimistic about theimmediate future for the lumberindustry and expects improvementin 2008.George Guenzler & Sons recordedstrong sales this year of Hardand Soft Maple, followed byEuropean Beech. All of its softwoodsales were down.********Skeeter Helwig at CatawissaLumber & Specialty Co. in68 Merry Christmas From NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE


HARDWOOD PURCHASING -ContinuedCatawissa, Pa., said that saleshave been slower in 2007, but notenough to cause the firm todecrease its workweek.Catawissa Lumber & Specialtymanufactures primarily kitchencabinets and institutional furniture,which, noted Helwig, havebeen slower to sell for differentreasons. Among these reasons, hesaid, has been the Chinese market’simpact on industries domestically.Regardless, Catawissa Lumber &Specialty has managed to sell significantquantities of productsderived of No. 1 Common Red Oak,Hard and Soft Maple and Cherry.Birch products have been the slowestsellers for the company.Helwig noted that lumber purchaseshave not diminished significantlyfor the company in 2007.However, Catawissa Lumber &Specialty have lowered pricing onsome products to encourage marketability.Overall, Helwig expects theindustry and the market remain alittle slow, but does anticipate that2008 will yield more sales than2007. Helwig added, though, “itmay take some time to completelyturn around current markettrends.”********Richard Kelly recently characterizedthe market for cabinet anddoor manufacturer Koch & Co.Inc., of Seneca, Kansas, as “verygood.”Koch & Co.’s customers are comprisedmostly of dealers across thecountry who, this year, showedspecific interest in any productsmade of Yellow Oak. On the oppositeend of the spectrum, productsmade from Ash have been slowerto sell.Although some prices for Koch &Co. products did decrease due tosluggish demand, lumber pur-chased throuh 2007 did not diminish,noted Kelly. In fact, lumberpurchases rivaled last year’s withthe firm buying to suit demand.Inventory levels are slightly elevated,added Kelly, but he expectsstrong sales through the end ofthis year to balance out those levels.Overall, Koch & Co. is optimisticabout the approach of a new year,and anticipates improvement in theoverall market.********A ‘soft’ market has been the challengepresented to WinterhouseFurniture Inc. in Dublin, Pa.,according to John Buckman atthe firm.Buckman addressed the subjectwith a sense of humor. “We’re fash-Please turn the pageCHRISTMAS/2007 69


HARDWOOD PURCHASING -Continuedionable,” he saidwith a chuckle,“because businessis, and hasbeen, a littleslow this year.”The customkitchen marketis Winterhouse’sJohn Buckmanniche, but a downturn in the housingindustry over the past 15months has taken its toll on thecompany’s customers, who arearchitects and designers.Buckman said that products comprisedof Cherry have been thesure-and-steady sellers for thecompany in 2007. However, itemsmade of Walnut and Oak havestruggled on the market this year.During the Holiday Season,our thoughts turn gratefullyto those who havemade our progress possible.to you and your familiesNorthland Corporation800-873-1441fax 502-222-5355Web: www.northlandcorp.com E-mail: tgirardi@northlandcorp.comP.O. Box 265, 2600 Highway 146 East, LaGrange, KY 40031To counter sluggish sales,Buckman indicated thatWinterhouse Furniture has keptits inventory below 2006 levelsand have not dropped their productprices.Buckman added that orderspicked up slightly during the lastquarter of 2007, and he’s optimisticthat the market will noticeablyimprove over the next 12months.********Mason’s Milland LumberCo. of Houston,Texas, has beendistributingHardwoods andHardwood productsin theSoutheast andcentral Texas for Eric Boerabout 20 years, noted Eric Boerfor the company, which managedto avoid any major setbacks in2007 due to an overall sluggishindustry market.Mason’s Mill and Lumber specializesin the manufacture of cabinets,doors and window panels.Boer said that “2007 sales werejust as good if not better than2006. Alder demand in our markethas continued to outpace promptavailability, but our relationshipswith reputable suppliers hasallowed us to keep sufficientinventories on hand to completeorders and millwork orders in atimely fashion. Conversely,demand for Red Oak fell noticeablythis year.”The primary customer base forMason’s Mill and Lumber is verydiverse and includes custom residentialand commercial builders,and the various custom tradesthat cater to that market, includingcabinet, door and windowmanufacturers. Secondary distributorsalso comprise part ofMason’s customer base.Boer said that the firm’s lumber70 Merry Christmas From NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE


HARDWOOD PURCHASING -Continuedpurchases in 2007 were steadyand increased to some degree over2006 due to several factors,including Mason’s acquisition oflarge parcels of importedHardwoods, including Mahogany,Jatoba and Ipe. Overall inventorylevels at the company were maintainedin keeping with past practices,and Boer expects those levelsto possibly increase in 2008.“We do anticipate comparablebusiness in 2008,” he said, “or,hopefully see a slight increaseover 2007 as we continue toexpand our customer base intooutlying areas and take on newproduct lines.”•Mill Manager Jeff Wrightguides a board out of theRaimann gang rip saw inthe mill shop.CENTENNIAL - Continued from page 41highest quality Hardwood productsfor their projects.Right Place, Right TimeIn 1973, John Denver’s “RockyMountain High” blasted from theradio. Suddenly, everybody wantedto move to Colorado. The cabinetmakersand custom homebuilders that Dwight worked withwere being hired to build milliondollar homes for the rich andPlease turn the pageWishing You aGlowing Holiday SeasonCentennial General Manager Andy Berry uses awooden board rule to measure wood at CentennialWood’s retail outlet.800.476.5393 • 404.792.2290 800.248.4393 • 704.875.65875596 Riverview Road • Mableton, GA 30126 11701 McCord Road • Huntersville, NC 28078www.hardwoodweb.comCHRISTMAS/2007 71


CENTENNIAL - ContinuedHARD HEADEDWhen it comes to providing the lumber market with a quality choice, wehave to admit we are hard-headed. We won’t settle for inferior products,and we’re downright stubborn when it comes to delivering the best, mostresponsive service out there! Our equipment is first class, our facility humswith a no-nonsense team of experienced lumbermen, and we are buildinga reputation that is second to none. Now if this all sounds a little hard toswallow, give us a call and you’ll see we mean business.Owner Dwight Arithsonprepares to run anotherbatch of wood by adjustingthe settings on the WeinigC-23 5 head moulder inthe mill shop.famous in the ski areas of Vail,Aspen and Telluride. “Back in the1970s, everything was Oak,” saidDwight, “and, we still sell a lot of ittoday. But, the custom homebuilderin Aspen was not interestedin just Oak. They wanted otherwoods, too. They wanted woodswith character.”As demand grew, CentennialWood Company grew, too. Itbecame a distribution yard andDwight started bringing in morethan just Oak. Alder was shippedin from the Pacific Northwest,Maple and Birch from the GreatLakes. Oak and Cherry came fromNew York and Pennsylvania andPoplar and Ash started showingup from Tennessee. Dwight contactedinternational importers andbegan bringing in Teak fromThailand, Mahogany from Africaand Brazilian Cherry out of SouthAmerica.Building a TeamEmployees come and go, but atCentennial Wood Company, manyof the 20 people who work herehave been with Dwight for 10, 15,even 20 years. In 1983, he hired ayoung man as a driver. “AndyBerry was quite a find,” Dwightsaid. “He knew a little about woodworkingand our customers lovedSteve GundersonDomestic Sales(one stubborn guy)Hardly Run-Of-The-MillHermitage Hardwood Lumber Sales, Inc.P.O. Box 698Cookeville, Tennessee USA 38503931-526-6832 • Fax: 931-526-4769www.hermitagehardwood.comPROCESSORS OF NORTH AMERICAN HARDWOODSOperations Manager Joe Caven loads one ofCentennial Wood Company’s seven trucks asanother shipment heads for the job site.72 Merry Christmas From NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE


CENTENNIAL - Continuedhim. So, I started grooming him tobe our general manager. He is abig reason we have been so successful.”A Highway Runs Through ItAs more people moved to theMile High City, Denver’s highwaysbecame one big parking lot.In the mid 1990s, a major expansionof I-25 was announced.Unfortunately, Dwight learnedthat his company was in the bull’seye. “The state walked in one dayand told me the highway wasgoing to cut my property in halfand the highway was going to runright through my mill shop,”Dwight said. “A restaurant isnothing without its kitchen. Thatmill shop is like our kitchen andlosing it would put us out of business.So, I went to court.”It took several years and anarmy of lawyers, but Dwight finallygot the state to see things hisway. He received a generous settlementfrom the state and used itto open a much larger mill in abetter location, two miles away.Room To ExpandToday, Centennial Wood buysmore than 700,000 board feet ofAn 1876-style caboose isnow Dwight Arithson’soffice at Centennial WoodCompany in Denver.Please turn the pageEmployee Lupe Guzman feeds FAS Red Oak intothe Northtech Double Helical Head Planer in themill shop.CHRISTMAS/2007 73

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