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In the May issue of National Hardwood Magazine, learn more about Crafted Elements, Mason's Mill & Lumber Co, sawmill safety and much more.

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Contents

National Hardwood Magazine MAY 2021 Volume 95 No. 4

Features & Industry Events

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About The Cover

“U-C Coatings is a leading manufacturer and

supplier of premium wood protection products.

For 50 years, our products have been used in

a variety of industries, including hardwood and

softwood logging and lumber production, wood

products manufacturing, woodworking and

wood decking markets. Our products are used

worldwide to protect, conserve and enhance forest

resources. Our goal is to help our customers

achieve more with less waste and provide the

highest level of protection for their products.

The company offers Anchorseal® end sealers and edge sealers for

lumber and other wood products, as well as Gempaint® for lumber branding.

We continue to expand the Contechem® product line with Britewood

for mold and sapstain control in softwood and hardwood applications.

The Contechem® Sol-Brite product line provides excellent iron stain removal

and brightening. Seal-Once® is a line of eco-friendly, waterbased

sealers for wood and concrete that provides excellent water repellant performance

and protection from the elements. The Eco Chemical® line of

water-based wood stains and other coatings products is used by the pressure

treating and fencing industries, as well as other prefinished wood

manufacturing firms. The Bates line of glue releases help prevent glue

buildup and make cleanup easier wherever adhesives are used while DPS

protects finished parts from checking and delaminating while in storage.

The company has operations in Buffalo, Portland, and Seattle. Contact

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22

Crafted Elements: Highly

Skilled Workers Seek to Have

a Positive Impact on Others

Mason's Mill & Lumber Co.:

Flexibility Enables Success

24 HMA NatCon Welcomes

Participants

28 ALC Learns Low Interest Rates

Continue To Drive Consumer

Demand

Departments

6 Calendar

8 U.S.A. Trends

10 Canadian Trends

12 News Developments

14 HMA Update

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16 AHEC Report

17 NWFA Review

18 WCMA Insights

19 NHLA News

52 Who’s Who

In-Person Plans Proceed for

Well-Known Sawmilling EXPO in

August

Sawmill Safety: Addressing the Issues

to Protect Your Business

SCMA Convenes for Annual Meeting

20

56 Trade Talk

62 Classified Profit

Opportunities

64 Advertisers Index

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Allegheny Veneer Co., Inc.

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Ally Global Logistics LLC

American Lumber Co.

Anderson-Tully Lumber Co.

Baillie Lumber Co.

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Thompson Hardwoods, Inc.

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Clark Lumber Co., Inc.

Cole Hardwood, Inc.

Crown Hardwood Co., Inc.

Cummings Lumber Co., Inc.

Deer Park Lumber International

Devereaux Sawmill, Inc.

East Ohio Lumber Co.

MO PAC Lumber Company

NELMA (Northeastern Lumber

Manufacturers Assoc.)

Northern Appalachian Log

& Forestry Co.

Northwest Hardwoods, Inc.

Nyle Systems LLC

Parton Lumber Co., Inc.

Penn-Sylvan International, Inc.

Prime Lumber Company

Primewood

Ralph Taylor Lumber Co., Inc.

Ram Forest Products, Inc.

Ron Jones Hardwood Sales, Inc.

Rossi Group

SFPA (Softwood Forest Products

Assoc.)

Simon Lussier Ltd.

Snowbelt Hardwoods, Inc.

Softwood Export Council

Somerset Wood Products, Inc.

TMX Shipping Company, Inc.

Taner Timber Co., Inc.

Tuscarora Hardwoods, Inc.

Two Rivers Timber Company, Inc.

USA Woods International, Inc.

Vexco, Inc.

Wagner Lumber Company

Wheeland Lumber Co., Inc.

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HHP, Inc.

Harold White Lumber Co.

Hanafee Bros. Sawmill Co., Inc.

Hermitage Hardwood Lumber

Sales, Inc.

J.D. Irving Limited

John & George International LLC

King City / Northway Forwarding Ltd.

Legacy Wood Products LLC

Matson Lumber Company

McClain Forest Products LLC

Midwest Hardwood Corp.


HARDWOOD CALENDAR

INDUSTRIES

INDUSTRIES

CONTROLS

CONTROLS

Glen Thompson and Tommy Stiles, A.W. Stiles Contractors Inc., Matt Taylor, U-C Coatings LLC, Buffalo, NY; Damon Graf, DR Graf

McMinnville, SURFACES, TN Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Lumber NV. www.intlsurfaceevent.com. Co., Lexington, KY; and Tom Johel, June U-C 16-18. Coatings LLC

whose topic was Growing the Global Pie.

At this year’s IHLA Convention, multiple networking opportunities

were offered, and the association’s board of directors

held a business session. The 2017 board president

for IHLA is Shaun Cook, of C.C. Cook & Son Lumber Co., of

Reelsville, IN. Tom Oilar of Cole Hardwood, located in Logansport,

IN, is the 2017 1st vice president and Brett Franklin,

of Tri-State Timber LLC of Bloomington, IN is the IHLA

May

Expo Richmond, Richmond Raceway Complex, Richmond, VA. www.exporichmond.com. May 21-22.

June

2nd vice president.

Additionally, in conjunction with the IHLA meeting, the

Fellowship of Christian Lumbermen held a brief meeting.

IHLA is a non-profit trade organization comprised of sawmills,

wholesale brokers, equipment vendors, secondary

manufacturers, loggers and landowners, among others in

the industry.

Learn more at www.ihla.org. n

July

National Wood Flooring Association, EXPO, Orlando, FL. www.nwfaexpo.org. July 7-9.

AWFS Fair, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. www.awfsfair.org. July 20-23. n

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U.S.A. TRENDS

Supplier news about

sales, labor, prices, trends,

expansions and inventories

LAKE STATES

NORTHEAST

SOUTHEAST

WEST COAST

Sales of Hardwood lumber in the Lake States are

strong, even “crazy”-strong, according to one source.

A Michigan lumber provider said his market is “extremely

busy. Since the turn of the year, it’s probably

crazier than I’ve ever seen it.

“The market was good six months ago,” he stated.

“It’s better than it was then.”

Products he sells are Hard and Soft Maple, Red and

White Oak, Hickory, Walnut and Cherry. “They’re all

pretty hot,” he pointed out. “Hard Maple’s probably the

craziest. All the other ones are good.”

Half of his customers are end users and the other

half are distribution yards. “They all say they’re busy,

The Hardwood lumber markets in the Northeast are

strong, but, as has been the case for some time, product

is hard to find.

For example, a lumber provider in Pennsylvania said,

“There’s not enough lumber of any kind in the system in

our area. It’s just a shortage situation.” Nevertheless, he

assessed the market is far better than several months

ago. He stated that demand is high.

This lumberman handles Cherry, Hard and Soft

Maple, Ash, Red and White Oak and Yellow Poplar. “I

would say that if we had more of any specie, it would

very quickly sell out,” he noted. “There’s nothing that

people aren’t asking us for, and there’s nothing we’re

Sales of Hardwood lumber in the Southeast are strong,

with prices at a high level – but one lumber provider is

feeling some pushback from his customers against those

prices.

A Mississippi lumberman stated, “The market has

been crazy, as other people have certainly said. Prices

have been going up, but recently, I’m seeing a trend that

folks are kind of pushing back on prices a little bit. The

market may be readjusting a little bit since it took off like

it did. We’re starting to see some changes along those

lines. I think people, pretty much across the board, are

starting to push back on higher prices, from what we see.

“Our sales are better than several months ago,” he

The Hardwood markets on the West Coast are encouraging

– but not without problems.

In California, a source said the market is “pretty strong.

We can’t get enough wood; shipping is a problem; and

prices are going up, but the demand is still there.” The

market dynamics are similar to several months ago, he

remarked.

He sells about 80 different species of lumber. Poplar,

White Oak and Walnut are his best sellers. Thicknesses

range from 4/4 to 16/4 and grades are mostly uppers,

Select and Better and No. 1 FAS.

His customers are mostly end users: cabinet shops,

furniture makers and trim manufacturers. “Residential

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CANADIAN TRENDS

News from suppliers about prices, trends,sales and inventories

ONTARIO

As the first day of spring arrived, renewed optimism

was felt by some lumber contacts as warmer weather

was upon us. Of course, there was the usual slowdown

caused by spring thaw for loggers to contend with. Also,

the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines have started across

many provinces, although at a slower pace than planned,

but is seen as a positive. Meanwhile, a third wave of the

Covid virus is also cause for concern, as it could mean

another lockdown as case numbers continue to rise.

Businesses are following safety and distancing protocols

to avoid shutting down their operations.

Sales contacts commented that most grade lumber

markets are performing well. Demand from cabinetmakers,

flooring and furniture manufacturers, moulding and

QUEBEC

Lumber contacts reported that demand for most species

was up as recently as March. With a positive housing

market continuing at a strong pace, those in the

Hardwood sector are more optimistic for 2021 and moving

into spring. With COVID-19 vaccinations increasing,

there is renewed optimism that the pandemic will hopefully

end as more and more inoculations are completed.

With the onset of spring, sawmills are keen to avoid potential

stain during this time.

Sources reported that Ash sales are good both on

domestic and international markets. Sawmills are having

no difficulty moving developing production. Hickory

demand has improved to flooring and finished goods

manufacturers. It was noted that the furniture, cabinet

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NEWS DEVELOPMENTS

NEWS ABOUT NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL

HARDWOOD CONSUMERS INCLUDING MERGERS,

PLANT EXPANSIONS & ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES

WEST BROS FURNITURE INTRODUCES NEW

LINEUP WITH U.S. HARDWOODS

Available this month, West Bros Furniture, a case

goods manufacturer located in Hanover, ON, is introducing

a new lineup of writing desks. Walnut, White Oak and

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Cherry are among the U.S. lumber species used in these

products.

West Bros’ design partner was Blake Tovin and together

they are releasing the new desks, mostly 52-inch designs.

In a statement, West Bros said these pieces aim

to complement the manner in which

people work from home.

All the desks’ drawer construction

is dovetail joinery in Maple, according

to a company spokesperson.

The new desk lineup includes:

Camber, made of solid Cherry;

Phase, manufactured with Black

Walnut and White Oak; Serra, made

of solid Walnut; Fulton, featuring

White Oak solids and veneers; and

The Fulton desk by West Bros Furniture

features solid White Oak.

Hayden, as well as Odeon, comprised

of solid White Oak.

West Bros has been producing

high quality, sustainable solid wood

in their Ontario plant for over two decades.

The company remains family

owned and operated.

Learn more at www.westbrosfur

niture.com.

CITT RELEASES STATEMENT

ON CHINA’S DECORATIVE

PLYWOOD IMPORTS

The Canadian International Trade

Tribunal (CITT) recently issued a determination

that decorative plywood

imports from China have not injured

and are not threatening to injure Canadian

producers of the product.

The Canadian Hardwood Plywood

and Veneer Association (CHPVA), located in St. Lazare,

QC, said in a statement that it was surprised and disappointed

by this decision.

In a parallel investigation the Canada Border Services

Agency (CBSA) determined that large volumes of Chinese

imports of decorative plywood

were being dumped and subsidized

at margins of up to 300 percent. The

CITT was responsible for determining

if the unfairly traded imports had

caused injury to the Canadian industry

or threatened to do so in the

future.

In recent years, several Canadian

companies producing decorative

plywood have gone out of business

in the face of competition from

dumped and subsidized Chinese

imports. The complaint was filed

to address the impact that unfairly

traded Chinese imports have had

on the Canadian market.

At the time of this writing, the

CHPVA found it difficult to understand

how the Tribunal reached the

conclusion it did in this case. Subsequently,

CHPVA and coalition member

companies filed an appeal of the

CITT decision in the Federal Court

of Appeal in Ottawa on March 19.

The CHPVA is the national association

representing the Canadian

Hardwood plywood and veneer industry

in all technical, regulatory,

quality assurance, and product acceptance.

Its members manufacture rotary,

sliced, and jointed Hardwood veneer,

as well as decorative panels

used in manufacturing furniture,

paneling, cabinetry, doors, shelving,

and other similar products.

Its associate members are businesses

engaged in production,

sales, and distribution of materials

and machines for the industry, or

that provide services such as brokerage,

research, consultation, and transportation to the

industry.

For additional information: Patrick Laurin, executice

vice president, at plaurin@chpva.ca.

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HMA UPDATE

LOOKING AHEAD

National Conference and Expo

2021 is now in the HMA event(s)

‘completed’ column! And to the HMA

members, association colleagues

and industry suppliers who made

their way to Austin to participate in

this long awaited and much anticipated

industry event, a heart-felt ‘thank

you.’ Despite the legion of naysayers,

you took that leap of Faith, joined us

in Austin and helped jump-start 2021.

Wasn’t it wonderful to be out and about again, after such

an extraordinarily confining 2020?

If you were unable to be with us in Austin, you missed

an awesome event. The Conference’s two evening receptions,

Vendor Expo Café and the morning meal networking

venues provided multiple opportunities for participants

to mix and mingle, catch up on lost time, enjoy

each other’s company, and of course, cruise the Vendor

Expo for the latest and greatest being offered by our industry

suppliers.

The Thursday/Friday Business Sessions were a mix of

in-person and virtual presentations built around our Conference

theme, “Resilience.” Based on attendee comments

thus far, the information provided was spot-on and

even entertaining! (To all of our presenters, ‘thank you!’)

I’m extremely pleased that participants found one Business

Session, “The Real American Hardwood Coalition

Update,” especially informative. As part of the presentation,

the Initiative’s Marketing Plan was ‘rolled out.’ Funding

milestones were identified. And soon, in accordance

with 5O1(c)3 guidelines, the Coalition will be electing officers

- comprised of the Executive Directors of associations

that are participating in the Initiative. Really exciting.

Additionally, up and running is RealAmericanHard

wood.org, a website to communicate the Initiative’s prog-

ress and accomplishments. I encourage

all industry stakeholders to visit the

site, especially if you have questions

about how businesses and individuals

can contribute to the effort. You’ll most

likely find the answers there. And if not,

reach out to info@realamericanhard

wood.org.

ONE FINAL CONFERENCE

COMMENT

I would be remiss if I did not thank HMA’s Ian Faight

for traversing the exhibit floor, iPhone at the ready, and

making FaceTime ‘Live’ a reality during the vendor Expo.

Not only was it a fun activity for the industry suppliers

who opted to participate, it provided them an additional

opportunity to present their products and services. As I

said, it was fun. Visit HMA’s Facebook page to see which

vendors were not camera shy.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Plans are in the works for a Spring/Summer “Live”

Regional Meeting – virtual style. Yes, the camera crew,

drone and HMA staff will again take to the road to film

several HMA member facilities. And once all of the

‘bloopers’ have been edited out, the virtual tours, narrated

“live,” will be available as online events to HMA

members and 2021 National Conference exhibitors and

sponsors. (Modern technology is indeed wonderful!)

Stay tuned for more details.

And looking ahead to 2022 - HMA’s National Conference

and Expo is set for March 23-25, at the Sandestin

Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, Florida. Plan on

joining us, there! Springtime in Florida! n

BY LINDA JOVANOVICH,

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT,

HARDWOOD MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION,

PITTSBURGH, PA

412-244-0440

WWW.HMAMEMBERS.ORG

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AHEC REPORT

NWFA REVIEW

2021 AHEC EVENTS UPDATE

Real Wood. Real Life.

As we finally start to get a clearer picture

of a post-COVID world returning to normal,

AHEC has updated our events calendar and

are building towards a busy end of the year.

In addition to our full schedule of design,

marketing, educational, and networking

events, AHEC has also planned in person

events for the industry at the following

shows in 2021:

FMC Shanghai, Shanghai, China

(September 7-11)

VietnamWood 2021, Ho Chi Minh City,

Vietnam (October 20-23)

AHEC SE Asia Convention, Bangkok,

Thailand (October 25)

FIMMA Maderalia, Valencia, Spain (November 15-19)

Cairo Woodshow, Cairo, Egypt (December 9-12)

It’s difficult to forecast a global immunization timeline,

but with the Biden administration announcing a plan for

all adults to be eligible for the vaccine by April 10th, we

feel increasingly optimistic that international travel will

be able to resume quickly. The exact form of the AHEC

space at these trade shows will be flexible for now, and

it’s likely we will continue to build “Open Plan” pavilions

to allow for an uncertain number of participants.

Of course, participation is still subject to travel

restrictions, and it’s likely that travelers will be required

to show proof of vaccination before being allowed

to travel internationally. Events in China in particular

may be difficult to attend in 2021, as China is currently

requiring travelers to have taken the Chinese COVID-19

vaccine, which is not even available in the United States.

Nevertheless, large trade shows have already returned

to China, with Interzum Guangzhou being held as

usual in March. Americans were not able to attend, but

many local Chinese representatives of U.S. Hardwood

companies attended the AHEC pavilion, and we will host

a similar format at FMC Shanghai in September if travel

restrictions are unchanged. Due to these

restrictions, we have postponed both our

participation in the SylvaWood trade show in

Shanghai and the AHEC China convention

in Chengdu, which were scheduled for June.

VietnamWood 2021, held every other

year in Ho Chi Minh City, is the return

of the largest trade show in the country.

This is the cornerstone event in what has

become the second largest export market

for American Hardwood lumber. Right after

VietnamWood, AHEC is planning to host our

AHEC SE Asia Convention in Bangkok,

Thailand on October 25th. All AHEC

members who wish to attend this networking

and educational event will be given a free tabletop booth

with their company logo at the cocktail reception with our

attending Asian buyers.

FIMMA Maderalia in Valencia, Spain, rescheduled

to November 15-19, will be an excellent opportunity for

the U.S. Hardwood industry to connect with European

buyers, and with Interzum Cologne moving to an onlineonly

format, this will be the only pavilion of the year in

Europe.

It was unfortunately not possible to host a full U.S.

Hardwood Pavilion at Dubai Woodshow in 2021, but

companies looking to make connections in the Middle

East will still have an opportunity to do so at the Cairo

Woodshow this December in Egypt.

Above all, our goal at AHEC is to represent the

American Hardwood industry and connect U.S.

companies to new markets. By providing a low-cost way

to exhibit at international trade shows we hope to make

it easy for small, family-owned companies to make a big

global impact.

If you are interested in attending our SE Asia

Convention or any of the trade shows listed here, please

contact AHEC's International Program Manager, Tripp

Pryor, tpryor@ahec.org. n

Oscar Wilde once said that “imitation

is the sincerest form of flattery that

mediocrity can pay to greatness.” If

that is the case, then the Hardwood industry

is truly great, because it is often

imitated. Wood-look products have

saturated the market during the past

few years, but with one big difference:

fake wood products offer none of the

attributes of real wood.

The Hardwood industry recognizes that it must address

this discrepancy, which is why the NWFA partnered with

other Hardwood organizations – including the Hardwood

Federation, Hardwood Manufacturers Association, Appalachian

Hardwood Manufacturers Inc., National Hardwood

Lumber Association, American Hardwood Export

Council, Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association, Decorative

Hardwood Association, and numerous state and

regional groups – to create the Real American Hardwood

Coalition. The Coalition’s goal is to create a national consumer

campaign promoting the benefits and attributes

of real Hardwood products. This effort is well underway

having already completed consumer research, branding

strategy, and a website (realamericanhardwood.com).

The next step is to develop a consumer-focused campaign

that will launch in the coming months.

For its own part, the National Wood Flooring Association

faces a similar challenge. The wood flooring industry

has experienced market loss to wood-look products. This

primarily has been caused by other flooring product categories

being promoted as water-proof. However, waterproof

flooring is a false marketing concept. The flooring

material itself may be waterproof, but the baseboards,

mouldings, and seams are not. Because these generally

are not sealed, water would travel through or past

them. This presents two problem scenarios. First, the

water will penetrate the seams or ends of the flooring

material that are not sealed. Second, the water will travel

to the subfloor material below the floor itself, which is

not waterproof. As a result, the material can distort, mold

can develop, and any damaged material will need to be

replaced.

The NWFA developed a “Real

Wood. Real Life.” marketing campaign

to promote the positive attributes of

real wood floors: they contribute to a

healthy indoor environment, they are

durable, they are easy to maintain,

they offer long-term value, and they

are an environmentally responsible

flooring choice.

Campaign materials include a variety of elements that

can be used in different ways, and for different purposes.

LOGO

The “Real Wood. Real Life.” logo provides a quick

and easy way to identify products as being made from

real wood. It can be used on product packing, websites,

marketing materials, social media channels, trade show

events, etc.

DIGITAL ADS

Digital ads can be used across all social media channels.

Individual ads speak to a specific attribute of wood

floors, including durability, sustainability, health, maintenance,

and value.

PRINT ADS

Print ads can be used in magazines, newspapers, special

advertising inserts, etc. These ads are high-resolution,

print-ready, and, like the digital ads, they promote

the benefits of real wood floors over other flooring options.

FACT SHEETS

Fact sheets can be used as home show handouts, direct

mail inserts, showroom materials, and even faceto-face

meetings. Each sheet details one aspect of the

real wood story: ease of maintenance, how wood floors

support environmental responsibility, how wood floors increase

the value of a home, etc.

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BY MICHAEL SNOW,

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,

AMERICAN HARDWOOD EXPORT COUNCIL,

STERLING, VA

703-435-2900

WWW.AHEC.ORG

BY MICHAEL MARTIN,

PRESIDENT & CEO,

NATIONAL WOOD FLOORING ASSOCIATION,

CHESTERFIELD, MO

800-422-4556

WWW.NWFA.ORG

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WCMA INSIGHTS

NHLA NEWS

WCMA Plans Live Event, Partners with Industry

Colleagues, Expands Outreach Programs

The WCMA Board of Directors created its

strategic plan for the next two years recently,

and included expanded educational and

communication programs, as well as playing

key roles in wood industry promotions.

With a more active presence on social media

platforms, and a recently launched blog,

the WCMA is more accessible to its members,

wood industry partners, and the public.

We look forward to offering more news, added

resources, and new insights as we move

forward.

Collaborating with fellow trade associations is a priority

for 2021. We continue to partner with the Wood Industry

Resource Collaborative (WIRC) in developing strategies

to promote wood industry careers. It is exciting to see the

“You Wood” website launched recently, and the WCMA is

proud to be a contributing member of this important initiative.

WCMA is also supporting the Real American Hardwood

Coalition (RAHC), a voluntary, industry-wide domestic promotion

initiative for American Hardwoods. In addition to offering

financial support, I have had the pleasure to serve

on the Executive Committee in developing plans and doing

the work that helps reach our goals of increasing American

Hardwood sales, improving industry stability, and raising

awareness of the health and environmental benefits of Real

American Hardwood. Our members know that reaching

consumers in a meaningful way will have a positive impact

on their bottom line!

2021 FALL CONFERENCE AND PLANT TOUR

EVENT

The WCMA is excited to be returning to a live event for

the 2021 Fall Conference and Plant Tour Event. The event

offers numerous networking opportunities and will give attendees

an excellent opportunity to learn how industry professionals

stay updated in areas such as woodworking machinery,

equipment, tooling, supplies, software, and overall

business solutions.

The event will be open to WCMA member companies and

Tech Partners. Non-members are encouraged to attend to

see what the WCMA is all about. We are sure that after participating

in these excellent networking opportunities, you

will be excited to join.

Conference details and registration will be announced

soon, visit the WCMA website for more information. www.

wcma.com

2021 VIRTUAL ROUND TABLE SERIES

Having adapted to the use of virtual meeting

platforms this past year, an initiative to

expand WCMA’s education and member outreach

programs has begun. Part of this expansion

is the development of Virtual Round

Table events. Discussion topics will include

employee retention, recruitment and engagement,

lean management, supply trends, and

more.

These monthly, one-hour sessions will be

open to all WCMA members and other interested

parties. Registration and information will be available

on the WCMA website. www.wcma.com

WCMA MEMBERSHIP – IF YOU ARE NOT A

MEMBER, YOU ARE MISSING OUT!

Below are several of the key benefits of being a member

with the WCMA:

•Networking/Information Exchange – One of the main

reasons that members join and stay with the WCMA is

because of the access that it provides to a wide range

of industry experts. Your colleagues are often your best

source for in-depth insight and ideas. WCMA gives you

the opportunity to connect with industry professionals

across the United States and into Canada.

•Virtual and Live Events – The WCMA hosts events designed

with our members in mind. As you can see by the

outlines for 2021 above, these events offer members a

great chance to improve your knowledge of your industry

and to connect with your peers.

•Exclusive use of Real American Hardwood Coalition

branding and marketing resources.

I would love an opportunity to discuss membership in

more detail with you. Please email me directly at amy@

wcma.com or call 651-332-6332. You can see more about

membership and activities that the WCMA is working on at

our website, www.wcma.com. n

BY AMY K. SNELL, CAE,

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,

WOOD COMPONENT

MANUFACTURERS ASSOC.,

LINDSTROM, MN

651-332-6332

WWW.WCMA.COM

INTRODUCING THE NHLA LEADERSHIP AWARD

In April 2019, the NHLA Board of Managers

approved the NHLA Women in Leadership

Award to recognize women leaders in the

Hardwood lumber industry. If you were at the

2019 NHLA Convention, you will remember

the moving moments when then President

Darwin Murray presented a posthumous

award to Mrs. Pat Crites of Allegheny Wood

Products. Her husband John Crites and the

entire family accepted the award in her honor.

For me, it was one of the most important “feel good”

moments of the conference.

After a thorough review of the award concept, the

NHLA Board recently voted to expand the award criteria

to include both men and women leaders. NHLA Vice

President Jon Syre will serve as the NHLA Leadership

Award Selection Committee.

The award will honor an industry leader who has supported

NHLA and the Hardwood industry through the trials

and tribulations that best characterizes the nature of

the Hardwood industry. And after what we have all been

through in the past several years, I for one believe it is

time for a celebration of a man or woman who defines

what leadership looks like for the entire Hardwood industry.

As you consider the man or woman you might nominate

for this award, you may ask, what is a leader, what

defines leadership? Leadership is a quality that is very

difficult to quantify, because it is hard to put on paper.

Leadership is influenced by perception, like the positive

mark or legacy an individual leaves behind as they move

forward through their lives and careers. Leaders are

innovators and iconoclasts, rebels when they need to

be, negotiators and debaters. They are individuals who

learn as much as they educate, great leaders are great

followers all at the same time. And the one common trait

all Hardwood leaders have is an ongoing commitment to

NHLA and our industry.

It is time to celebrate their contributions with a nomination

acknowledging their contributions.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?

The NHLA Leadership Award will be presented on

a bi-annual basis to recognize a male or female NHLA

member for their significant and ongoing contributions

and leadership to NHLA and its members. All NHLA

members in good standing are qualified

to win the award. The award may also be

presented posthumously.

A nominee must be a NHLA member for

20 years or more prior to being nominated.

He or she must demonstrate ongoing

contributions and dedication to serving

the industry, and consistent recognition

of his/her role as a collaborative industry

leader. He or she should be a proven

innovator with a consistent track record of supporting

NHLA and the Hardwood industry.

Nominees must be actively engaged in the Hardwood

industry; exceptions may be made for retirees from the

Hardwood industry and NHLA membership.

TO NOMINATE

To nominate an individual, you must present an outline

of the honorees contributions and describe the positive

impact of his or her actions to NHLA and the Hardwood

industry. You should provide references/support from a

minimum of two NHLA members in good standing. Individuals

nominating others may add information as they

deem necessary.

Once nominated, the President of the NHLA Board

will appoint an Award selection committee that includes

representatives from all segments of NHLA membership

and chaired by the Board Vice President. The Committee

will be made up of representatives from all member

segments who are charged with the responsibility

of reviewing nominees and submitting one finalist for

the award. Individuals serving on the Selection Committee

who are nominated for an award must recuse him

or herself from Committee deliberations. In 2021, the

award will be presented at NHLA Annual Convention &

Exhibit Showcase in West Palm Beach, Florida.

For more information, or to ask questions, please

email l.christie@nhla.com. n

BY LORNA D. CHRISTIE,

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,

NATIONAL HARDWOOD

LUMBER ASSOC.,

MEMPHIS, TN

901-377-1818

WWW.NHLA.COM

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Dundee, OH—You could cent moisture content). Most of their ness to work with any species is one

be forgiven if you are not material purchases are in the form of our big advantages,” Dennison

yet familiar with Crafted of laminated turning blanks that are said.

Elements, located here. They are, S4S, and PET. Crafted Elements The company also works with a

after all, relatively new to the industry.

But the craftsmanship that goes cies, because the company takes craftspeople, such as architects, fur-

works with a long list of wood spe-

variety of customers, including fellow

into their work reveals that, while the pride in its versatility. “Our willing-

Please turn to page 36

company may be new, there is a lot

of experience behind the name.

“One of our core beliefs is that above all else, we

“My career began in 1992 at the

age of 16 at my father’s metalworking

job shop as a custodian and gen-

with and serve. Many of our employees take this

should have a positive impact on those we work

eral laborer,” craftsman and owner

Todd Dennison recalled. “At the age

to heart and strive to make this approach a part of

of 17, I began to apprentice under their everyday lives.”

some of the journeyman machinists

at the company, including my father. – Todd Dennison, a craftsman for and the owner of Crafted Elements

I spent the next several years not realizing

that I was learning and practicing

valuable machinist skills that I

would later-on use to build my career

in woodworking.”

Dennison was later offered a floorlevel

machine set-up/operator position

in a custom woodworking shop,

and worked his way up to the plant

manager position over the next few

years. By 2006, he and two partners

had purchased the company.

“We then purchased two stair component

manufacturing companies in

2007 and 2008 and combined the

three companies in one location in

Newcomerstown, OH,” he said. “In

2009, I sold my ownership in those

companies and worked with Brown

Wood Inc. to open up a manufacturing

facility for them. I managed that

facility for nine years before ultimately

purchasing the manufacturing facility

from them and starting Crafted

Wooden milk bottles with custom designs

come from Crafted Elements.

Elements. Our focus is on manufacturing

high-end custom wood, metal,

Crafted Elements

and acrylic components for many industries.”

Crafted Elements is a manufacturer

of mouldings, carvings, large diameter

turnings, decorative legs and

bun feet. Annual lumber purchases

total approximately 300,000 board

Highly Skilled Workers Seek to Have

feet of Hard and Soft Maple, Red

and White Oak, Poplar and Cherry,

a Positive Impact on Others

Todd Dennison is a craftsman and the owner of Crafted Elements in Dundee, OH. Annual

as well as Alder, Walnut, Birch and

lumber purchases for Crafted Elements total approximately 300,000 board feet of Hard

Beech (No. 1 and No. 2 Common, and Soft Maple, Red and White Oak, Poplar and Cherry, as well as Alder, Walnut, Birch

By Scott Dalton

and Beech.

Select, 4/4 to 16/4, S4S, 6 to 8 per-

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“We’ve grown steadily and

continually,” he said. “I think

a lot of that’s due again to

our efforts to constantly try

new things and embrace new

products and new ideas versus

just doing what we’ve always

done.”

– Eric Boer, Vice President,

Mason’s Mill & Lumber Co.

This residential project showcases the typical mouldings and millwork produced by Mason’s Mill & Lumber Co., located in Houston,

TX.

Mason’s Mill & Lumber Co.:

Flexibility Enables Success

By Daniel Connolly

Houston, TX–Some years ago, Mason’s Mill & Lumber

Co., located here, began holding lunch-andlearns

and other continuing education programs

for architects.

The reason: architects and designers end up driving

many building decisions and related sales of wood products,

said the company’s Vice President, Eric Boer.

“We learned that a long time ago,” he said. “By networking

with the architects, they end up specifying your

products or services. So we get that pull-through when

a set of blueprints finally hits the job site, your products

are on there.”

Based at 9885 Tanner Road in Houston, Mason’s Mill

& Lumber is part distribution yard, part manufacturer.

The company distributes a wide range of lumber –

mostly domestic Hardwoods, as well as Hardwood decking,

plywood, antique and reclaimed woods, and specialty

wood products.

It also manufactures architectural millwork and has

nearly 7,000 profiles in its knife library.

First incorporated in 1990, the company now has 50

employees at its 150,000-square-foot facility and celebrates

its 31st year in 2021. Boer says creativity and a

diverse approach to product lines and services are what

have helped the company succeed.

“We’ve grown steadily and continually,” he said. “I think

a lot of that’s due again to our efforts to constantly try

new things and embrace new products and new ideas

versus just doing what we’ve always done.”

The company keeps an inventory of about 1.2 million

board feet of product on hand at any time. The company

purchases 2.5 million board feet annually of all domes-

tic Hardwoods (Alder through Walnut), 4/4 through 16/4,

and imports Mahogany, Spanish Cedar, Ipe, Cumaru

and Garapa decking.

Products offered include custom moulding, flooring,

stair treads, decking and radius millwork.

Mason’s Mill & Lumber Co. buys its domestic Hardwood

products directly from sawmills. The company

brings in the products kiln-dried and does not operate

its own kiln.

It sells much of its product rough to contractors, cabinet

shops, door manufacturers and similar companies.

But it also manufactures wood products into items such

as mouldings, interior and exterior cladding, custom

flooring, stair treads and custom decking.

Among the specialty products that Mason’s Mill & Lumber

carries and promotes is Accoya brand wood, which is

placed through a process called acetylation that makes it

far more durable and stable. Mason’s Mill & Lumber also

carries and promotes products by Thermory, a company

that modifies wood through heat and steam to increase

longevity.

The company has also built a specialty business in reclaimed

wood.

“We buy that from several companies that specialize

in dismantling and taking down old buildings: old barns,

old warehouses, old grain silos, things like that,” Boer

said. “They used Oak or longleaf pine or old Cypress,

100, 150, 200 years ago to manufacture things. It’s obviously

got a lot of character and a lot of history.”

The salvage companies remove all the nails and bolts

and prepare the antique wood for resale.

“There’s been a huge demand in the last few years

for reclaimed antique White Oak timbers, beams, and

lumber, which we manufacture into flooring, or mouldings

or millwork.”

Among the key personnel at Mason’s Mill & Lumber are (from left): Sam Damiani,

sales manager, Eric Boer, vice president and Mason Spellings, general

manager.

Pictured is Enrique Flores, mill manager at Mason’s Mill & Lumber.

Married couple Michael and Anne Spellings founded

the company and continue to own it to the present day.

Early on, they added two key people: sourcing and sales

specialist John Sorenson, as well as Eric Boer, a secondgeneration

lumberman from a timber importing family.

Today Sam Damiani is the sales manager. Mason

Spellings, the son of the founders, is general manager.

The company’s work with antique wood led Mason

Spellings and a machinist several years ago to build a

wire-brushing machine.

“So we’re taking new growth – Hardwood that’s been

harvested recently – and pass it through this wire brushing

machine to give it an antique-type texture,” Boer said.

“We offered that service to architects, showed them how

we manufacture it and get the look of antique woods for

a fraction of the price. So we’ve opened some doors that

way.”

Major sections of its operation include warehousebased

storage and two mills: a planing mill and a moulding

mill.

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HMA NatCon Welcomes Participants

Photos by Paul Miller Jr. and Terry Miller

Austin, TX - Recently, 120 participants were on

hand to visit exhibitor booths that presented

products and services at the Hardwood Manufacturers

Association’s (HMA) National Conference and

Expo, which was held here at the Hyatt Regency.

Themed “Resilience,” the HMA event also featured virtual

speakers as well as live events and networking.

Included among the speakers/presenters were the following:

• Thomas Brush, consultant/coach and founder of

Advancement Designs. His interactive workshop was

entitled, “Being Clear on What is Real: An Overlooked

Pathway to Resilience.”

• ITR Economics Senior Forecaster Connor Lokar’s

presentation was entitled “Moving Forward.” He

analyzed the economic landscape, assessing business

demand for 2021 and beyond.

• Joshua and Jacob Pribanic, principals of LastLine

Cyber Inc., addressed the cyber threat landscape in

a presentation entitled, “The Scary Truth About Cybercrime.”

• Michael Snow, executive director of the American

Hardwood Export Council, presented a Global Markets

Update and Judd Johnson, Hardwood Market

Report Editor, discussed the domestic Hardwood

landscape.

Hardwood Federation Executive Director, Dana Lee

Cole, updated HMA attendees about what is on the

horizon in the nation’s capital.

The HMA Board of Directors elected Troy Brown, Kretz

Lumber Co. Inc., Antigo, WI, president of the HMA.

Other HMA officers for 2021 are Vice President Tommy

Petzoldt, East Perry Lumber Co., Frohna, MO; and

Executive Vice President Linda Jovanovich, HMA, Pittsburgh,

PA.

HMA Board of Directors also elected members to the

Executive Committee. In addition to the officers, they

are: Geoff Henderson, Anderson-Tully Co., Vicksburg,

MS; Hal Mitchell, Atlanta Hardwood Corp., Mableton,

GA; Craig Miller, Battle Lumber Co. Inc., Wadley, GA;

Wayne Law, New River Hardwoods, Mountain City, TN;

and Tom Gerow, Wagner Millwork LLC, Owego, NY. Bob

Miller, Frank Miller Lumber Co., Union City, IN, will serve

on the Executive Committee as the immediate past president.

During the Conference’s Business Meeting, HMA

Burt Craig, Matson Lumber Co., Brookville, PA; Chuck Boaz, Corley

Manufacturing Co., Chattanooga, TN; Lance Johnson, ISK

Biocides Inc., Memphis, TN; Jim Burris, Corley Manufacturing

Co., Chattanooga, TN; and Tom Inman, Appalachian Hardwood

Manufacturers Inc., High Point, NC

members elected Directors: Hal Mitchell, Atlanta Hardwood

Corp., Mableton, GA; Richard Buchanan, Granite

Hardwoods Inc., Granite Falls, NC; Bruce Dahn, HHP

Inc., Henniker, NH; Kirby Kendrick, Kendrick Forest

Products Inc., Edgewood, IA; and Bucky Pescaglia, MO

PAC Lumber, Fayette, MO.

Newly appointed to the HMA NextGen Leaders Council—formerly

known as the HMA Millennial Council—are:

Ian Faight and Linda Jovanovich, Hardwood Manufacturers Assoc./Southern

Cypress Manufacturers Assoc., Pittsburgh, PA;

and John Stevenson, Thompson Hardwoods Inc./Beasley Forest

Products, Hazlehurst, GA

Kaitlyn Wood, Gates Milling Inc., Gatesville, NC; Lindsey

DiGangi, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance

Co., Philadelphia, PA; and Patrick Cullinan, Stella-Jones

Corp., Pittsburgh, PA. Bob Miller, Frank Miller Lumber

Co., Union City, IN, continues to serve as the Council

Coordinator.

Also, networking receptions were held. n

Learn more about the Hardwood Manufacturers Association by

visiting www.hmamembers.org.

Dana Lee Cole, Hardwood Federation, Washington, DC; Scott

Cummings, Cummings Lumber Co. Inc., Troy, PA; and Kaitlyn

Wood, Mark Tuck and Kelsey Kennedy, Gates Milling Inc., Gatesville,

NC

Tommy Petzoldt, East Perry Lumber Co., Frohna, MO; Linda Jovanovich,

Hardwood Manufacturers Association, Pittsburgh, PA;

and Troy Brown, Kretz Lumber Co. Inc., Antigo, WI

(Front, from left): Paul Miller Jr., National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, TN; Trent Yoder, Yoder Lumber Co. Inc., Millersburg, OH;

Scott Cummings, Cummings Lumber Co. Inc., Troy, PA; Peter McCarty, TS Manufacturing, Dover-Foxcroft, ME; Marv Bernhagen, Lewis

Controls/Corley Manufacturing, Chattanooga, TN; (Back, from left): Brian Schilling, Pike Lumber Co. Inc., Akron, IN; Troy Brown, Kretz

Lumber Co. Inc., Antigo, WI; Wayne Law, New River Hardwoods, Mountain City, TN; Tommy Petzoldt, East Perry Lumber Co., Frohna,

MO; and Norm Steffy, Cummings Lumber Co. Inc.

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Craig Miller, Battle Lumber Co. Inc., Wadley, GA; Skipper Beal,

Beal Lumber Co. Inc., Little Mountain, SC; Tommy Battle, Battle

Lumber Co. Inc.; and Randy Clark, Stella-Jones Corp., Alexandria,

LA

Brian Turlington, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington, NC; Parker Dukas and

Eric Porter, Abenaki Timber Corp., Kingston, NH; and Bob Pope,

SII Dry Kilns, Montpelier, VT

Additional photos on next page

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HMA NATCON PHOTOS Continued

Barry Black, Taylor Machine Works Inc., Louisville, MS; Chris Taylor,

Timber Automation LLC, Hot Springs, AR; and Robert Taylor

and Hal Nowell, Taylor Machine Works Inc.

Jim Higgins, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington, NC; Bob Pope, SII Dry

Kilns, Montpelier, VT; and Brian Turlington, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington,

NC

Bill Behan, Gross and Janes Co., Kirkwood, MO; and Colin Campbell,

Stacy Thompson and Randy Panko, Wood-Mizer LLC, Indianapolis,

IN

Josh Davis, Farm Credit Mid-America, Louisville, KY; Paul Miller

Jr., National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, TN; and Dotty and

Ricky Fly, Fly Tie & Lumber LLC, Grenada, MS

Tommy Petzoldt, East Perry Lumber Co., Frohna, MO; Mike Ballard,

VisionTally, Little River, SC; and Jon Krepol, VisionTally,

Broomall, PA

Stan Neglay, Maxi Mill Inc., Albany, OR; Andy Nuffer, DMSi Software/TallyExpress/eLIMBS,

Winston-Salem, NC; and Mike McAvoy,

McDonough Manufacturing Co., Eau Claire, WI

Matt Frazier, McDonough Manufacturing Co., Woodstock, GA; Eric Porter, Abenaki Timber Corp., Kingston, NH; Matt Tietz, McDonough

Manufacturing Co., Eau Claire, WI; Terry Miller, National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, TN; and Bob Miller, Frank Miller Lumber Co.

Inc., Union City, IN

Skipper Beal, Beal Lumber Co. Inc., Little Mountain, SC; John

Hester, NHLA, Memphis, TN; Norm Steffy, Cummings Lumber Co.

Inc., Troy, PA; and Jeremy Pitts, Nyle Dry Kilns, Brewer, ME

Eric Faucher and Eric Michaud, Carbotech International, Plessisville,

QC

Hayes Mellott, Mellott Manufacturing Co. Inc., Mercersburg, PA;

Dotty Fly, Fly Tie & Lumber LLC, Grenada, MS; Stacy Mellott, Mellott

Manufacturing Co. Inc.; and Jessica Fly, Fly Tie & Lumber

LLC

Eric Degenfelder, U-C Coatings LLC, Buffalo, NY; Wayne Law,

New River Hardwoods, Mountain City, TN; and Dave Sondel, U-C

Coatings LLC

Sandy Chatigny-Johnson and Jerry Johnson, Paw Taw John Services

Inc., Rathdrum, ID

Buddy Downey, Stella-Jones Corp., Pittsburgh, PA; David Roberts,

Stella-Jones Corp., Alexandria, LA; and Judd Johnson and

Brian Cruzen, Hardwood Market Report, Memphis, TN

Brian Turlington, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington, NC; Jeremy Mortl,

Messersmith Manufacturing Inc., Bark River, MI; and Wayne Law,

New River Hardwoods, Mountain City, TN

Parker Dukas, Abenaki Timber Corp., Kingston, NH; and Lindsey

DiGangi, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Co.,

Philadelphia, PA

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ALC Learns

Low Interest Rates

Continue To

Drive Consumer Demand

By Tom Inman

Bruce Horner and Eric Porter, Abenaki Timber Corp., Kingston,

NH; and Jay Reese, Penn-Sylvan International, Spartansburg, PA

Eddie Carson, Beasley Flooring, Franklin, NC; Ross Frazier,

Turman Lumber Co., Hillsville, VA; and Lance Johnson, ISK

Biocides, Memphis, TN

Pinehurst, NC–The Appalachian Lumbermen’s Club

learned that low mortgage interest rates will likely

continue to boost home sales for the remainder of

2021.

The good news came at the recent meeting of the Club

at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Mark Haddix of

Farm Credit of the Virginias gave an upbeat presentation

on how stable mortgage interest rates have kept home

building and sales high, which have boosted markets for

Hardwoods.

The current rates for 30-year fixed mortgages are 3.0

percent and 15-year rates are 2.7 percent, with some

slightly lower depending on the lender, he said. The 90-

day forecast is for rates to remain stable.

Haddix, who is a Wood Industry Relationship manager

in the Elkins, WV office, said the news is great for softwood

manufacturers who produce building materials and

good for the Hardwood industry who make the products

for the interior of the home. The domestic sales of Hardwoods

for flooring, cabinets, millwork and furniture are all

rising if raw materials and lumber are available.

Haddix said those two things are preventing the Hardwood

industry from meeting the demand for lumber. Log

inventories are increasing and sawmills are operating

longer hours because of it.

The financing veteran said many forecasters predict a

good year for manufacturing in 2021 as the U.S. recovers

from the COVID-19 shutdowns of 2020. He cited one

economist who said the Federal Reserve has reported it

plans to keep interest rates low to help both consumers

and employers.

There was a golf event before the meeting and the

winner was Mark Williams of Jerry G. Williams Lumber.

Longest drive was Peter McCarty of TS Manufacturing

and Closest to the Pin was Jay Reese of Penn-Sylvan

International.

More information about upcoming meetings is available

at www.lumberclub.org. n

Andy Nuffer, DMSi Software/TallyExpress/eLIMBS, Winston-Salem,

NC; Wayne Law, New River Hardwoods Inc., Mountain City,

TN; and Anthony Hammond, Roy Anderson Lumber Co., Tompkinsville,

KY

Stuart Tucker, Taylor Machine Works Inc., Hope Mills, NC; Shep

Haggerty, Williams Lumber Co., Rocky Mount, NC; and Steve

Leonard, Lawrence Lumber Co. Inc., Maiden, NC

Peter McCarty, TS Manufacturing, Dover-Foxcroft, ME; and Gage

Hickman and Aaron Murray, LiTS, Piketon, OH

Jeremy Pitts, Nyle Dry Kilns, Hickory, NC; Eric Boyd, Parton

Lumber Co., Rutherfordton, NC; and Wayne Law, New River

Hardwoods Inc., Mountain City, TN

Will Pleasant and Tom Pleasant, Cobble Creek Lumber, West

Jefferson, NC; Lindsey DiGangi, Pennsylvania Lumbermens

Mutual Insurance Co., Philadelphia, PA; and Mark Vollinger, W.M.

Cramer Lumber Co., Hickory, NC

Sandy Yarbrough, Kepley-Frank Hardwood Co. Inc., Lexington,

NC; Greg Pappas, Collins/Kane Hardwood, Kane, PA; and Seth

Deacon, Deacon & Sons Timber, Lexington, VA

Mark Pierce, New River Hardwoods Inc., Mountain City, TN; Curtis

Struyk, TMX Shipping, Morehead City, NC; and Ken Stephens, Associated

Hardwoods, Granite Falls, NC

John Evans, Ontario Hardwoods, Keysville, VA; Mark Williams,

Jerry G. Williams & Sons Lumber Inc., Smithfield, NC; and Shannon

Garland, ATI International, Roanoke, VA

Ross Frazier, Turman Lumber Co., Hillsville, VA; Mark Haddix,

Farm Credit of the Virginias, Elkins, WV; Lance Johnson, ISK Biocides,

Memphis, TN; and Shep Haggerty, Williams Lumber Co.,

Rocky Mount, NC

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The show floor for EXPO 2021 is nearly sold out, a strong indicator that the industry is eager to get back to in-person events. Attendance

for the August show is also expected to be strong.

In-Person Plans Proceed for

Well-Known Sawmilling EXPO in August

On April 12, 2021, attendee registration and housing

blocks opened for the 36th Forest Products Machinery

& Equipment Exposition (EXPO 2021), and the Southern

Forest Products Association (SFPA) took a big step

towards getting back to in-person events for the industry.

This three-day event will be held from August 11-13,

2021 at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center.

Sponsored and conducted by SFPA every two years

since 1950, EXPO includes many of the biggest names

in the business displaying everything from commercial

and portable sawmill machinery to materials handling

equipment, attracting key representatives from the nation’s

largest wood products manufacturers. EXPO provides

a space for both Hardwood and softwood sawmillers

to gather, celebrate new technology, network, and

learn about the industry’s latest products. EXPO 2019

featured over 54,000 square feet of exhibit space and

181 exhibiting companies.

The show for 2021 is shaping up to be a key event.

Not only will EXPO be one of the first large events in

the industry to take place in-person in over a year due

to COVID-19, SFPA and Hatton Brown Publishers, Inc.

have announced a collaboration on a sawmill conference

to be held in conjunction with EXPO. The conference

portion of EXPO will take place August 11-12 and

will be co-located at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress

Center. The conference will offer a variety of speakers,

educational sessions, and seminars as an addition to the

EXPO experience.

“We are extremely fortunate that the COVID-19 vaccine

distribution timeline allows us to move forward with

planning for an in-person event,” states SFPA exposition

EXPO provides attendees with the unique opportunity to get up-close and hands-on with the latest technology in sawmilling and

materials handling.

director Eric Gee. “EXPO is such an important event for

the sawmilling industry, and we are looking forward to

seeing everybody in person in August. Planning a show

at the tail end of a global pandemic presents certain challenges,

and we are prepared to follow all state and local

COVID-19 guidelines to provide exhibitors and attendees

with a show floor that prioritizes their health and safety.”

As for the show floor, more than 95 companies are set

to exhibit the latest sawmilling equipment and services for

the forest products industry, across nearly 37,000 square

feet of indoor space. Some exhibit space remains. “The

floor plan is nearly sold out,” notes Gee. “Many exhibitors

returning from the 2019 show have expanded their

displays for EXPO 2021, plus we have several first-time

exhibitors,” he adds.

Advance attendee registration for EXPO 2021 is available

on SFPAexpo.com through August 10, and costs

just $20 per person. On-site registration will also be

available for a slightly higher cost of $25 per person. The

EXPO is a vital event for anybody in sawmilling, providing a

space for millers with operations of all sizes to connect and share

information.

housing block for EXPO includes 750 rooms at the Omni

Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, which is connected to the

Georgia World Congress Center. n

Complete registration information, housing details and other show facts

are available by visiting SFPAexpo.com.

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Michael Culbreth

Sawmill Safety:

Addressing the Issues to

Protect Your Business

GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING

By Michael Culbreth, Loss Control Services Consultant,

Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company

Like many businesses in the lumber industry,

sawmills require heavy-duty machinery,

specialized equipment and extensive

electrical systems for daily operations. Using

this type of equipment on a day-to-day

basis opens the door for accidents leading to

The first step for any sawmill manager looking to protect

their business, particularly sawmills and pallet manufacturers,

is creating a solid housekeeping program to

ensure that sawdust, wood chips and bark that have built

up during the day are safely removed from the building

at the end of each workday. A strong housekeeping plan

will be written down and be a part of regular training so

that every employee knows their responsibilities and will

be held accountable for their role in the program.

The sawmill basic cleanup procedure should be followed

daily along with a more comprehensive cleanup

performed at the end of every week. Materials that can

build up, if left unchecked, become more combustible

with time and create a severe fire hazard. Automatic collection

and conveyor systems capture much of the wood

refuse materials and transport them to an outside trailer

or dust bin.

The housekeeping program should include removing

dust buildup in corners, along walls and under machinery

employee injury and catastrophic fires. However,

with the right safety measures in place

sawmill managers can mitigate these risks

and address key safety areas to keep their

businesses running smoothly.

as well. Approved and listed vacuum systems

suitable for combustible dust applications are

ideal for periodically cleaning overhead dust buildup, but

some sawmill managers may conduct an air pressure

blowdown. If this is the case, ensure all ignition sources

in the facility are off, doors are open for ventilation purposes

and reduce air pressure to less than 15 pounds

per square inch (psi).

Once combustible materials like sawdust, bark and

wood chips have been removed, bulk piles of these materials

should be stored at least 100 feet away from the

building. Sawdust, chips and bark are commonly hauled

away by truck for use by others, including as boiler fuel

or landscaping purposes.

Employee training and ongoing attention to housekeeping

are the key to preventing dangerous buildup

that could put everyone in the facility, and even neighboring

areas, at risk.

HOT WORK, ELECTRICAL AND MAINTENANCE

HAVING A BACKUP PLAN

When it comes to protecting employees and dealing

with fire hazards, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Sawmill managers should identify which first response

fire department will be at their sawmill and work with the

local fire department to create an emergency fire plan.

As part of this plan, request that they visit the facility on a

yearly basis, mapping out each building and its occupancy,

the location of fire hydrants or other water sources,

fuel tank and propane locations, electrical disconnect locations

and identifying the safest escape route.

There are numerous steps that should be taken to address

general safety issues for sawmills. Rather than go

Hot work activity such as welding, torch cutting and

grinding, present an ignition source. Obviously, this is

an important fire safety issue to address for any lumber

business, especially sawmills and pallet manufacturers.

In fact, welding is often the leading cause of sawmill fires

each year. OSHA offers general safety and health tips

for hot work. While these are helpful, having a written hot

work permit program is necessary to create a system of

checks and balances between the welder, fire watcher

and Permit Authorizing Individual (PAI).

Any welding or other hot work activity requires a fire

watcher, a designated individual responsible for paying

close attention and extinguishing any smoldering condition.

Even after the job is complete, a fire watcher should

remain vigilant at least two hours afterward – preferably

longer if possible – conducting visual inspections and

wetting down the surrounding area.

Additionally, hydraulic equipment near welding activity

should have a fire blanket covering hydraulics systems,

preventing sparks from reaching these areas and any

other combustible materials located within 35-feet of the

hot work area. Fire safety precautions outlined on the

written hot work permit checklist should be closely and

consistently followed.

For electrical and machinery maintenance, ensure

all work is being done by experienced and qualified/licensed

personnel. At least twice per year, open the electric

panel boxes and remove any sawdust that

has built up inside. An electrical infrared thermography

scan should also be conducted on a yearly

basis. This has become increasingly popular over recent

years, as loss control representatives are being certified

to use infrared cameras that show hotspots inside the

panel boxes.

These overheating conditions are not visible to the

human eye and often result from loose electrical connections.

The infrared scan can also include checking

motors and bearings for overheating conditions. Repairs

should be completed on a timely basis for each overheating

condition identified during the scan. Infrared

thermography is beneficial for fire safety reasons, extends

the lifespan of motors and equipment and saves

costs by avoiding unnecessary energy consumption.

Preventative maintenance schedules for sawmills are

vital to fire safety and profitability. Good maintenance

keeps machinery in proper working condition and makes

it less likely to cause a fire. It also lessens breakdowns

and reduces machinery downtime that can bring business

to a halt. Sawmill managers should create checklists

to help track every step of the business’s preventative

maintenance program. As with all operations within

a sawmill, each employee responsible for maintenance

should be well trained and qualified to handle the task

at hand.

it alone, sawmill managers should work with

a specialized loss control representative who is

familiar with the specific hazards of the lumber business

and can help ensure they’re doing everything possible to

keep their employees and business safe.

Michael Culbreth, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual

Insurance Company, is a loss control services consultant

based in Inman, South Carolina who joined PLM

in 2002. He protects businesses in territories including

North Carolina and South Carolina. Michael can be

reached at mculbreth@plmins.com or by phone at

(267) 825-9146. n

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SCMA

Convenes for

Annual Meeting

Photos by Paul Miller Jr. and Terry Miller

Austin, TX–The Hyatt Regency, located here, recently

welcomed 15 participants to the Southern

Cypress Manufacturers Association (SCMA) for

the organization’s annual meeting.

Members, prospective members, Cypress Promotion

Sponsors, and other industry stakeholders spent the

opening evening networking and renewing friendships.

The next day, in conjunction with the National Conference

and Expo of the Hardwood Manufacturers Association,

the SCMA membership elected officers, exchanged

business information and strategies, and reviewed

the Association’s promotion plans.

Zack Rickman, Atlanta Hardwood Corporation (AHC),

Mableton, GA, was elected SCMA president. He joined

AHC in 2005 and currently serves as vice president of operations

at AHC Hardwood Group, North Georgia.

Cassie Lewis, Turn Bull Lumber Company, Elizabethtown, NC, was elected SCMA vice

president. Lewis joined Turn Bull Lumber Company in 2011. She now serves as the company’s

account manager, and is responsible for all sales, as well as managing the green

and kiln-dried inventories.

The Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated

to the promotion of Cypress building products to design professionals and consumers.

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CRAFTED ELEMENTS Continued from page 21

Finely made gavels, such as this, are among Crafted Elements’

wide variety of creations.

niture makers, designers, and cabinet makers. But the

Crafted Elements crew has also provided high-end work

for the restaurant and hospitality industries, as well as

individuals. Essentially, no job is too big or too small for

them to handle.

“We really do serve a wide range of customer types.

Our largest segment is kitchen and bath, as we have

a knack for very high-end, large diameter column turnings,”

Dennison said. “That being said, we have seen a

This laser pattern is one of the skillfully made products that come

from Crafted Elements.

great deal of growth in OEM-type work because of our

versatility in manufacturing. We frequently get asked to

produce very unique products from all segments. It’s

one of the things that we love about what we do – every

day is a new adventure for us.”

The company features a leadership team that includes

Master Craftsman Ed Dennison, Procurement/Inventory

Manager Val Raderchak, and Shipping Manager Julie

Springer. Todd Dennison said that the other key mem-

bers of the Crafted Elements team come from many

walks of life, including people from the printing, woodworking,

masonry and construction industries.

“Three of our most important production team members

came in with very little woodworking experience, but

have become exceptional craftsmen, helping to establish

the success that we have had to this point,” he said,

adding that employees at the company are a close-knit

group. “One of our core beliefs is that above all else, we

should have a positive impact on those we work with and

serve. Many of our employees take this to heart and strive

to make this approach a part of their everyday lives.

“Most of our employees meet together every day at

9:45 voluntarily to read from devotionals and discuss

topics that they feel will steer them toward being better

people and us a better company. It’s really incredible to

see them do this.”

The team worked in a 12,000-square-foot facility, as

well as a 25,000-square-foot warehouse. However, in

2020, “We ended up moving to a larger location in order

to expand our capabilities,” Dennison said.

The team utilizes a variety of equipment, including

Mattison Rotary Lathes, Wema Copy Lathes, Hapfo,

and CNC Copy Lathes, using them to craft magical creations,

including everything from one-of-a-kind customdesigned

tables and desks to specialized toys and award

Crafted Elements’ skilled workers use a Mattison Rotary Lathe to

shape items such as this handle.

plaques to architectural columns up to nearly two-feet in

diameter.

Although the company is relatively new, Dennison has

already set his sights on where Crafted Elements can

grow next. “We do have hopes of expanding,” Dennison

said in early 2020. “We have expanded our capabilities

via new CNC equipment and additional craftsman-level

employees to help us reach our goals.” One year later, he

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CRAFTED ELEMENTS Continued

Crafted Elements fashions milk bottles out of wood.

stated, “We have been blessed with tremendous growth

in what proved to be a very difficult-to-navigate year. We

currently have 26 employees up from eight employees in

January 2019. We have expanded our capabilities and

our output capacity in preparation for what we

hope will be a fantastic year in 2021.”

Bringing things full circle, Dennison today

once again works alongside his father, who

joined him in woodworking in 2005. “His now-

47-years of machinist skills and management

are invaluable to our success at Crafted Elements,”

Dennison said of his dad. “He uses his

years of experience to take our staff under his

wings and develop them into effective craftsmen

for our company.”

Even with all this talent and dedication to the

craft, Dennison said that what sets Crafted Elements

apart are the relationships that it helps

build. “We think the most interesting thing about

our company is our focus on people rather than

just profit,” he said, adding that the Crafted Elements

team works together to live the company’s

mission. “We truly strive to impact our employees,

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MASON'S MILL & LUMBER

Continued from page 23

At the Geosouthern Energy Headquarters in The Woodlands, TX,

Mason’s Mill & Lumber Co. supplied approximately 100,000 lineal

feet of Accoya for a rain screen siding pattern.

In recent years, Mason’s Mill & Lumber has added several

new machines to the planing mill, including a planer,

a sander and a ripsaw. Those new machines are manufactured

by Cantek. The company uses Weinig machines

in its moulding mill.

Mason’s Mill & Lumber is longtime member of the National

Hardwood Lumber Association, and Boer is currently

serving on the group’s board of directors, with committee

roles on the organization’s Inspection Services

committee and Inspector Training School committee.

Shortly before he talked with National Hardwood Magazine,

he completed a call with the training school committee

via the video conferencing app, Zoom, which illustrates

the changes that so many companies have made

during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boer said the business didn’t shut down during the

national lockdown last year after lumber sawmills were

deemed essential services.

A few employees have had to work from home, the

company has changed its sales area to accommodate

social distancing, and only a certain amount of people

are allowed in the office at a time. The company has also

furnished masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to the employees,

he said.

The company has also taken steps to deal with the economic

slowdown.

Boer said, “We’re like everybody. We’re not stockpiling

per se, we’re running lean and we’re just being very

flexible.”

Boer said he believes that the company’s willingness to

try new things will help it succeed in the future, just as it

has for the past 30 years.

"There’s been a series of things that came up short and

we swung and missed at a few - and we’ve had a few

home runs along the way as well,” he said. “Really the

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MASON'S MILL & LUMBER Continued

overall theme I guess has just been being open-minded

and progressive and trying to stay out in front of new

products and new services.” n

Learn more at

www.masonsmillandlumber.com.

This is Mason’s Mill & Lumber’s moulding mill. The company

purchases 2.5 million board feet annually of all domestic Hardwoods

(Alder through Walnut), 4/4 through 16/4, and imports Mahogany,

Spanish Cedar, Ipe, Cumaru and Garapa decking.

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Items include press releases that can be distributed

through local media outlets, invitations to tour facilities,

op-ed articles, and sample media pitches.

HOMEOWNER’S HANDBOOK TO REAL

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all the benefits of real wood floors, and provides a checklist

for consumers to use when choosing wood floors for

their home. The brochures can be used as-is, or can be

customized with a company logo.

While NWFA’s “Real Wood. Real Life.” campaign was

designed for the wood flooring industry specifically, the

new Real American Hardwood campaign will be made

available to the entire wood products industry to promote

the value and benefits of real wood products of all

sorts. This is because, sadly, wood floors are not the only

product category feeling the pinch from wood-look products.

The same is true for furniture, cabinets, doors, trim,

mouldings, etc.

The National Wood Flooring Association is a not-forprofit

trade association whose mission is to unify and

strengthen the wood flooring community through technical

standards, education, networking, and advocacy.

You can learn more about the NWFA’s “Real Wood. Real

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especially the flooring companies; they can’t keep up,”

he observed. “In general, all the companies say they’re

busy.”

Asked about challenges to his company, he said,

“Transportation costs are up but availability’s not terrible.

Logging is OK. Producing enough lumber to keep

up with demand is the biggest challenge.”

A Wisconsin source also reported that his market is

good. Compared to a few months ago, he stated, “Oh,

I’d say it’s better. The prices are better. Product has

been moving all along for me.

“Red and White Oak are our biggest sellers,” he

stated. “We also sell Hard and Soft Maple, Basswood,

Cherry and Hickory.”

He said his customers – mostly end users but also

distribution yards – are experiencing great sales.

As for transportation, he has found a way to overcome

this challenge. Getting containers, he said, is difficult,

“so I’m just doing more domestic.”

In Illinois, a source said his market for Hardwood lumber

is “very good.” “Grade markets are such that you

can move basically anything,” he noted. “Cherry isn’t

too hot. But, otherwise, whatever you’ve got they’re

begging for it.” The market is better for him than it was

in recent history.

He handles mostly No. 2 and Better in Red and White

Oak, Poplar, Hard and Soft Maple, Cherry, Walnut and

Cottonwood. Asked to name his best sellers, he replied

that they are White Oak, Poplar and Walnut. Red Oak

is selling well, too.

He sells lumber mostly to distribution yards but also

to end users. His customers’ sales seem to be strong,

he said. One customer, a distribution yard, said that if

they can get lumber, they can sell it. “The main problem

is getting the product fast enough to our customers,” he

stated. His customer base is in Southern Indiana, Central

Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois and Missouri.

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transportation is OK, but his log supply would be depleted

if there were a lot more wet weather.

During the COVID pandemic, he recalled, his company

has not had to shut down its mill. “We’re a family mill,

mostly family here, and that helps a lot.

“Overall,” he stated, “we’re very blessed right now.

The market definitely looks optimistic.”

An Indiana lumber supplier said his sales are “strong.

Our customers are all very busy. We’re increasing prices

right now substantially to keep up with the lumber market.

I don’t know that there’s going to be any pushback

because of that.

“We sell about 80 percent to cabinet makers and 20

percent to RV manufacturers,” he noted. “Our RV segment

is going nuts, because of all the stimulus money.

With COVID, the way people are traveling is different.

There’s a lot of pent-up demand, and our RV segment

is strong. Our kitchen cabinet segment is strong, too.

There are still housing shortages, and so our business

is very strong.

“We could build another factory right now with the inquiries

we’re seeing,” he continued. “The inquiries we’re

seeing are because there are shortages in raw material

out there. You’ve got a lot of people coming to you that

want to be your new best friend. I’m very apprehensive

to expand too much given a lot of people coming to you

that you don’t know if they’ll be around a year from now.

They’ll go back to their own ways once this lumber supply

gets straightened out.”

He added that his firm sells ready-to- assemble Hardwood

components, cabinet doors, door fronts and edge

glue panels.

“The year 2020 was our best year ever, probably, in

the history of our company,” he stated. “I’m going to say

that our market is comparable to six months earlier.”

He sells No. 2 A, No. 1 Common and some select

FAS White Soft and White Hard Maple, Red Oak, Cherry,

Hickory and Yellow Birch to end users. His customers’

sales are “very strong, all of them,” he remarked. “I

talk to them every week. Everything appears to be good

for now.”

However, he added, “I think we’re building a bubble

up and I’m waiting for it to pop. I’m hearing about people

with their home values being inflated, people paying

ridiculous prices for housing, which means they’re

taking out unreasonable loans. Interest-rates are low.

I just feel like we’re getting to where we were in 2006,

2007 and 2008. We’ll see who’s right. Gas prices are

going up. People are receiving a lot of stimulus money.

One thing about Americans: they’re going to blow that

money. However, the market seems to remain strong.”

The cost of transportation is going up, he noted, and

trucking is definitely a concern. “It’s not like we’re not

being able to move trucks,” he stated. “Most of our

customers pick up their product. There’s a reason they

have their own trucks: so they don’t have to deal with

trucking issues.” n

NORTHEAST Continued from page 8

not running out of. We’re running out of everything on a

regular basis.”

He sells his lumber to both end users and distribution

yards. He observed, “They have good demand for their

products, and they’re trying to keep up. It’s a struggle for

them to keep up.

“Transportation is an issue,” he observed, “because

global shipping has been severely disrupted by COVID.

Export shipments are routinely delayed because of lack

of equipment and vessel space and lack of trucks. On

the domestic side, shipments are routinely delayed because

of lack of available trucks.”

In Vermont, a source stated that his market is “fairly

strong.” It’s better, he said, than it was a few months

ago.

He handles Red Oak, Hard and Soft Maple, Ash and

Cherry. “Certainly, Hard Maple is our No. 1 seller, then

Red Oak, then Ash,” he stated.

He sells primarily to distribution yards. Asked how his

customers’ businesses are faring, he replied, “I think

in all, their sales are up some, but they have said it’s

tougher to find lumber.

“Transportation is certainly holding up shipments,”

he added. He noted that what he charges his customers

has gone up because transportation is affecting his

costs.

A lumber supplier in New York State said his market

is “good,” and it’s better than it was in recent memory.

He sells Red and White Oak, Hard and Soft Maple and

Cherry in No. 1 FAS and Better and No. 1 Common.

His customers are both distribution yards and end users.

He, like most other lumber sources contacted, stated

that transportation is a problem for him.

In another part of New York State, a source said his

market is “pretty hot.” He and his co-workers have been

selling a lot of Hard Maple for over a month. “Every time

we get ready to sell a load, the price goes up,” he stated.

Overall, he noted, sales are good. Additionally, his market

is stronger than it was a few months earlier.

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He handles Hard and Soft Maple, Ash, Hickory, Red

and White Oak, Cherry, Basswood and Tulip. His best

seller is Hard Maple.

His customers are mostly distribution yards but also

end users, within a 50-mile radius of his facility. He said

his customers’ sales “would have to be good since my

sales to them are good.

“We do a lot of our trucking inhouse,” he observed,

eliminating a lot of the pressure of troublesome trucking.

n

SOUTHEAST Continued from page 9

added. “If you have had product in Hardwood over the

past couple of months, you didn’t have any trouble selling

it. It’s pretty much a seller’s market. That’s how I would

define that. Between the supply and demand, everything

just took off and blew up, went nuts. People on the purchasing

side were just trying to keep up and get lumber.

Now, I think there’s an adjustment in process. People are

saying, ‘We can’t continue to pay this.’ ”

Challenges he is aware of include retaining labor. “I’ve

heard nightmares of people trying to get people to work,”

he remarked. “We’ve seen that through numerous industries

and certainly this one. I think COVID’s had an impact

on it, but it’s been hard to get people to work, for a

number of reasons.”

He sells all grades and species of Hardwood lumber

from coast to coast. He said Poplar is hard to find, so he

considers it a best seller. “We can’t get enough of it,” he

stated.

His customers are end users. “Everyone’s sales seem

to be going well,” he noted. “As far as we can tell, everybody’s

positive. Some end users say they don’t get help

from their customers to combat this huge price increase

they’re having to pay for lumber. Other parts of this industry

say the sky’s the limit, ‘We’re going wide open.

There’s not a ceiling on it at this time.’ Both of those

things are happening within the Hardwood industry. One

group is singing this tune, and the other group is singing

just the opposite. Hardwood flooring is a huge customer

pool, and we sell to manufacturers of upholstered furniture,

crating and packaging, as well.”

This Mississippi lumberman finds transportation to

be a challenge. “It’s been tough to find trucks,” he said.

“There’s a lot of freight out there; you have to pay a lot to

get trucks. A lot of trucks have been taken out of service

for some reason.”

In North Carolina, a source said his market is good.

“All the sales are good,” he said. “There’s strong demand

for any of our species. You can move it at a good price.”

Also, he noted, the market is stronger than it was half a

year ago.

Species he sells include Red and White Oak, Poplar,

Hickory, Beech, Gum, Sycamore and Soft Maple. Best

sellers are Red and White Oak.

Customers include mostly distribution yards. “They say

sales are good; they have strong demand,” he stated.

“I think overall, the market is weather-related to a large

extent, because nobody has any logs. That means we

are low on lumber. A large part is due to an extremely wet

winter, and the loggers haven’t been able to get out to fell

trees. To a small degree, it’s because of COVID. Some

mills – including mine – have had to shut down when

one or two get sick with it. Then there’s some panic and

nobody wants to work. I think that’s improving. It wasn’t

terrible but it did have an effect.

“Transportation is a huge problem and getting worse,”

he added. “You can’t get drivers or trucks. They’re really

hard to come by. Also, there are a tremendous number of

regulations from the U.S. Department of Transportation.”

A Georgia lumber provider considers his market to be

“strong.” “We’re getting $105 over the market price on

the No. 2 all the way through,” he said. Compared to the

recent past, his market is “much better,” he remarked.

He sells Red and White Oak, Poplar, Hickory and Ash.

White Oak is the best seller. “Everybody’s looking for

White Oak,” he stated. His customers are from a variety

of industries.

“Transportation affects my profit,” he observed. “I own

my fleet of trucks, and fuel is going up; it’s affecting the

bottom line, but we still can control when we ship something.

You can get the product to the customer.

“The worst problem we have is labor. COVID has been

tough on us. We had to shut down a couple of weeks,

and you’ll never regain the production you lost. It seems

like people have been able to cope with it a little better

recently and it seems like they’re not as scared of it as

they used to be.”

An Alabama source said his market is “really good,”

and it’s better than it was several months ago.

He sells every species and every grade of lumber to

distributors. His customers’ business is “wonderful,” he

stated. Transportation is “not yet” a problem, he said. n

WEST COAST Continued from page 9

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commercial work is weak.” Species of lumber that he

sells to residential builders include all of those previously

listed and others. “The White Oak has been really

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difficult,” he noted. “We could sell more White Oak than

we're able to get. I wish we could get more if it."

“Transportation has been a problem,” he said. “Costs

have doubled, and we still can’t get some product. I had

a container in North Carolina that took three weeks to

ship, and it cost double what it cost eight months ago.

It’s putting a bind on things.”

Addressing the big picture of his market, he said, "The

residential market is really strong. The commercial market

is not quite dead. My customers that do commercial

work are trying to get by. People building big, fancy

homes haven’t slowed down a bit. People aren’t going

to Europe because of the pandemic, so they’re spending

money to remodel their houses.”

A lumber provider in Washington State observed,

“Sales are going OK, but lack of availability of product is

slowing us down. It’s all about availability.” Also, he said,

“There’s a lot of complaining from customers about high

prices.” He commented that his market is actually worse

than it was a few months ago.

The top five species he sells are Poplar, Hard and Soft

Maple and Red and White Oak in No. 1 Common and

FAS. He sells to mostly end users. “Everybody seems

to be robustly moving forward if they can get wood,” he

noted.

Transportation for his firm is “bad,” he said. “We’re

putting some good money on loads, and trucking companies

are being particular about where they’re going.

Obviously, they have re-loads at the other end. They’re

really selective about what they’ve got on their truck and

where it’s going. If it doesn’t fit their profile or what they

need, they’re passing on it.”

In California, a provider of different varieties of Walnut

is emerging from a period of low sales volume. “As of the

last two months,” he stated, “we’ve been selling a little

bit of wood and a couple of slabs and some gun stocks.

Gun stocks are our steady bread and butter type product,

since we’ve dealt with gun manufacturing for years.

“Before these recent sales, there was nothing going on

at all – like after 9-11. The phone wasn’t ringing. Gradually

the market is starting to open back up again. Everyone

has been so scared of COVID, they didn’t want to

buy any wood. A lot of shops, who were building tables

out of our big, Walnut slabs, probably had to lay off some

of their employees.

“The product we produce is really high-end,” he stated.

“We’ve got a sawmill here that will cut up to seven feet

across and 20 feet long. This Walnut is prized for its figuring

and its color. Most of our products are shipped out

of this area, to Southern California or back East or Colorado.

Our customers are really high-end, where they

want a really big table for a multi-million-dollar house.”

He recalled the low level of sales during the startup

of the pandemic. “People were so gun-shy, they didn’t

know what was going to happen. Now that things are

slowing down as far as the infections go, they think that

things are opening up now. I’ve known some furniture

makers who pretty much shut everything down and let

their employees build furniture at their houses. And now

they’ve finally opened up five days a week. But they’re

not doing their viewing whereby visitors come in on Saturday

for half a day to see their products. People travel

from all over the world to view the furniture they build.

They’re not opening up for fear visitors will transmit CO-

VID.

“Market conditions are definitely better, most definitely

better,” he said. “For the last couple of months, the

phones have been ringing and people are wanting to get

going again.”

The species of Walnut that this firm offers include Claro

Walnut, English Walnut and Bastogne Walnut. This

wood can have, according to the lumberman, “phenomenal

coloring and figuring.” This lumber goes to end users

including furniture makers and large gun-stock manufacturers.

One customer, a rifle manufacturer, says its

business is “very slow.” No other feedback from customers

has come to this lumber provider.

He has heard of problems with transportation from

other firms, but he has not experienced it himself.

He also said he has seen the trend of “people getting

stove-up in their houses and wanting to make a coffee

table, build some shelves or do little hobbyist projects in

the garage. I see the interest in doing that. We’ve sold

some wood to people like that, to save their sanity.”

In another part of California, a source said his customers

are willing to pay higher prices for lumber, “but

they’re just surprised at how fast it’s gone up. But I’m not

surprised because of this time of year and the weather. It

makes sense. There hasn’t been a lot of lumber cut. Our

wood comes from the Midwest where there has been a

lot of rain and a cold January and February. The orders

for my business are out there. Customers have these

jobs that need to be finished and, therefore, you’re still

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Compared to several months ago, the market is “a

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WEST COAST Continued ONTARIO Continued from page 10

it an excellent choice. Sawmill production has been contracted

for some time for many species. Basswood sup-

QUEBEC Continued from page 10

His customers include flooring companies and retail millwork, and wood component companies is strong and

plies have not been meeting demand, and prices have and moulding and millwork manufacturers were also vying

for this species as well as to export markets. With the

operations. “They say their sales are fine,” he observed. driven by the robust U.S. housing market, and the strong

hedged up for selected items. There is a shortage for

“Since people have been home with the pandemic, resale and renovation markets in Canada.

thicker stocks. Kiln-dried inventories are also low compared

to buyers’ needs.

species would improve.

onset of spring, it was anticipated that availability of this

they’re interested in improving their homes since they’re Canada is seeing a boom in young first-time home

around there more.”

buyers which has driven the prices of homes up, as they

With new home construction and renovation on the The regionally important species Hard Maple is doing

Transportation for this California business is not a were not spending on travel, restaurants, in-store shopping

and entertainment due to the pandemic. Accordcreased.

Depending on areas contacted, production was grained whitewoods, are prominent in the cabinet sector.

rise, demand for whitewoods, including Birch, have in-

extremely well, in all grades and thicknesses, as the tight

problem. “We’re really lucky,” he said. n

ing to statistical reports, despite a slight slowdown in

low due to poor logging conditions. Developing green It was noted that some furniture manufacturers were also

U.S. Trends are compiled by Matthew Fite. He can construction in some parts of the U.S. in mid-February,

lumber supplies are also not meeting needs with prices interested in this species.

be contacted at editor3@millerwoodtradepub.com. new home starts and completions are close to historical

averages after being below that

Birch for most grades and thickness-

on the rise. Contacts note low inventories for kiln-dried

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threshold since 2007. Spending on

es.

single family homes and remodeling

Hard Maple continues to be a consistent

best seller. Sawmills were

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There were shortages in some

but prices are reported as continuing

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areas, and it was felt that a recovery

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also low for this species.

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Soft Maple markets are also

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strong, and production of this species

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Hardwood supplies. It is expected

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once warmer weather arrives.

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Contacts noted green Ash supplies

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were low relative to demand. Reported

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Export markets are seeking more

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In certain areas, such as the U.S. border states, supplies

of Soft Maple are being sought to supplement limited

Hard Maple availability. Contacts noted that demand

for Soft Maple is increasing from established customers,

as well as from the furniture, cabinet and mouldings and

millwork sectors.

Flooring manufacturers are seeking more Oak supplies,

but are limited by the supply. It was noted that truck

trailer flooring producers had large backlogs for finished

goods. Both sectors are having difficulty finding sufficient

Red Oak and White Oak for their needs. Some gains

were made in early March as there was an increase in

production, but not enough to meet the total demand. As

such, prices for these species, as for most species, have

climbed.

Red Oak demand is strong on both domestic and export

markets. The demand is from residential flooring

producers and truck trailer flooring plants, the cabinet

sector and the strong housing markets in both Canada

and the U.S.

White Oak supplies are thin, with sawmills wanting

more logs, while wholesalers and flooring producers

would like to increase their green

White Oak lumber supplies. Contacts

noted that demand from overseas

and domestic markets are undersupplied

for kiln-dried products.

Demand for Poplar is very strong

and sawmills cannot produce

enough of this species to supply it.

Contacts note that demand from

the U.S., China and Vietnam for this

species are also strong. Another

species that is in great demand, said

sources, is Walnut. Green and kilndried

Walnut are said to sell very

quickly once ready for shipping.

Competitive offers are received for

most loads. This is resulting in steep

price increases.

The trend in housing starts was

estimates and obtain a more complete picture of Canada’s

housing market. In some situations, analyzing only

SAAR data can be misleading, as the multi-unit segment

largely drives the market and can vary significantly from

one month to the next.

The standalone monthly SAAR of housing starts for

all areas in Canada was 245,922 units in February, a

decrease of 13.5 percent from 284,372 units in January.

The SAAR of urban starts decreased by 14 percent

in February to 231,042 units. Multiple urban starts decreased

by 15.8 percent to 163,757 units in February

while single-detached urban starts decreased by 9.3

percent to 67,285 units. Rural starts

were estimated at a seasonally adjusted

annual rate of 14,880 units.

According to Statistics Canada,

Canada posted a trade surplus of

$1.4 billion in January, the first since

May 2019, owing to a sharp 8.1 percent

increase in merchandise exports.

It was also the largest surplus

since July 2014. Imports rose 0.9

percent in January compared with

the previous month.

Total exports rose 8.1 percent

in January to $51.2 billion, with increases

in all product sections. This

the increase was largely attributable to higher volumes.

Year over year, the value of lumber exports has more

than doubled.

Exports to the United States rose 11.3 percent in January

to $37.2 billion, the highest value since September

2019. The spike in exports of aircraft, gold bars, crude

oil and lumber was largely due to stronger trade with the

United States. Following the steep declines in the spring

of 2020, exports to the United States had remained below

pre-pandemic levels. For the first time in January,

exports to the United States were higher than February

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was the largest percentage increase

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housing starts.

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starts declined in February, but remained

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increase was largely attributable

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WHO’S WHO

IN HARDWOOD PURCHASING

A BRIEF SKETCHOF THE LEADING

PURCHASING EXECUTIVES IN

THE HARDWOOD INDUSTRY

JOE ENGLERT is president of Classic Mouldings, Inc.

in White, GA. His role includes overseeing purchasing,

payables, receivables, sales, the production schedule and

human resources.

Classic Mouldings, Inc. purchases 1.2 million board feet

per year of Poplar, Basswood, Select Maple, Red and

White Oak and Sapele in 4/4 through 10/4. The firm uses

this lumber to manufacture high end mouldings, furniture

parts, large blanks for CNC production, cabinet parts and

radius work. Classic Mouldings offers resawing and edge

gluing up to 16-foot lengths.

Englert started the company nine years ago. This was

his first venture into the forest products industry. Englert

earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from

the University of Georgia.

In his free time, he enjoys golf and college football. He

and his wife of 22 years, Julie, have two children.

Learn more about this company at www.cmouldings.

com.

DEMETRE D. KOUTROS is president

and owner of Buffalo Creek

Millwork Inc., located in Waxahachie,

TX.

Buffalo Creek Millwork manufactures

moulding, millwork, flooring

and related components, bending

rails and cabinet components. The

company specializes in Red Oak,

Demetre D. Koutros Poplar, Hard and Soft Maple, Alder,

Cherry, Hickory and Mahogany (4/4

and 5/4, kiln-dried, rough and S2S). Koutros confirmed the

company purchases a total of more than 1 million board

feet of lumber annually.

Koutros has worked at Buffalo Creek Millwork since

founding the company alongside Bill J. Walker Sr. in August

2000. He began his career in moulding sales at Tre-

Pol Inc, located in El Paso, TX, in 1987. He is a graduate of

Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, MA,

and attended Baylor University, located in Waco, TX.

Koutros has been married to Sonia for 40 years and the

couple has two children and four grandchildren.

For more information, visit www.buffalocreekmillwork.

com.

BRAD REHMEYER is the owner of Rehmeyer Wood

Floors, located in Shrewsbury, PA. In his position, he is

responsible for oversight of all aspects of the business, including

lumber purchasing.

Rehmeyer Wood Floors specializes in the manufacture

of wide plank custom Hardwood flooring, using Red and

White Oak, Cherry, Maple, Hickory, unsteamed Black Walnut

and Red Birch (No. 1 and No. 2 Common, 4/4, kilndried

and S2S). Annual lumber purchases total 200,000

board feet.

Floors are custom-milled and shipped across the U.S.

and into Canada.

Rehmeyer Wood Floors also works with reclaimed woods

and exotics when requested. Their niche market calls for

many unique crafting techniques like hand distressing, wire

brushing, hand scraping, pegging and hard wax oil finishing.

Rehmeyer also provides contract floor manufacturing to

lumber companies looking to have their lumber processed

into unfinished or prefinished flooring with many customizing

options available.

Rehmeyer spends his free time with his girlfriend and two

children, riding horses and competing in ranch and cow/

horse events, water skiing, and traveling.

For more information visit www.rehmeyerfloors.com. n

Manufacturers of approximately 170 million bd. ft. a year

of Southern Hardwood and Cypress lumber products

Linwood Truitt and John Stevenson are in charge of kiln-dried lumber sales at Beasley Forest Products / Thompson Hardwoods; and Ray Turner

is in industrial sales at Beasley Forest Products / Thompson Hardwoods. Contact Ray at (912) 253-9001, or by e-mail at ray.turner@beasleygroup.com.

For you, we at Beasley Forest Products / Thompson Hardwoods offer:

• sorted and random widths in Red Oak (4/4), White Oak (4/4), Poplar (4/4 & 8/4), Ash (4/4 & 8/4)

and Cypress (4/4 & 8/4) for export or domestic shipment.

• 1.7 million bd. ft. kiln capacity.

• Cypress framing timbers and manufacture various tongue-and-groove patterns.

• pallet components (cut stock) and pallet cants.

• cross ties and industrial timbers.

• crane mats for the pipeline industry.

• prompt delivery with company trucks and local trucking companies.

Beasley Forest Products, Inc.

P.O. Box 788 • Hazlehurst, Georgia 31539

Phone: (912) 375-5174 ext. 4303 • Fax: (912) 375-9191

Web Address: www.beasleyforestproducts.com

SALES: Linwood Truitt Cell: (912) 253-9000

E-mail: linwood.truitt@beasleygroup.com

Thompson Hardwoods, Inc.

P.O. Box 788 • Hazlehurst, GA 31539

Phone: (912) 375-5174 ext. 4384 • Fax: (912) 375-9191

Web Address: www.thompsonhardwoods.com

SALES: John Stevenson Cell: (912) 375-8226

E-mail: john.stevenson@beasleygroup.com

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NEWS DEVELOPMENTS Continued from page 13

LAWMAKERS ASK BIDEN AND THE JUSTICE

DEPARTMENT TO ACT ON LUMBER

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently

reported that Reps. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Jodey

Arrington (R-Texas) recently sent a letter to President

Biden and the Department of Justice urging the administration

to respond to rising building material prices and

supply shortages, particularly, lumber, that are harming

the housing market and threaten the economic recovery.

The two lawmakers also attached a letter sent last fall

for former President Trump to address that was signed

by nearly 100 members of the 116th Congress seeking

action on the lumber issue.

Using data provided by the NAHB, the lawmakers

stated that “shortages of lumber have nearly tripled the

price of lumber since mid-April 2020, causing the price

of a new single-family home to increase by more than

$24,000.”

NAHB’s top priority is to find solutions that will ensure a

lasting and stable supply of lumber for the home building

industry at a competitive price. NAHB is urging the Commerce

Department to investigate why lumber production

— particularly sawmill output — remains at such low levels

during a period of prolonged high demand.

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Reps. Costa and Arrington mirrored those concerns

and stressed the need to boost sawmill activity in their

letter to Biden and the Department of Justice. “Unfortunately,

this unprecedented price increase on new homeowners,

as well as home builders, will persist until new

sawmills come online and current mills re-open and operate

at full capacity,” the letter stated. “To address this issue,

we ask your Administration to facilitate a discussion

with all stakeholders, including sawmills, home builders,

loggers, and distributors, to ensure all needs are met in

a timely manner.”

Read all housing news at www.nahbnow.com.

FHFA EXTENDS COVID-19 MULTIFAMILY

FORBEARANCE THROUGH JUNE 30

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently

announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises)

will continue to offer COVID-19 forbearance to

qualifying multifamily property owners through June 30,

2021, subject to the continued tenant protections FHFA

has imposed during the pandemic. The programs were

set to expire March 31, according to the National Association

of Home Builders.

“COVID-19 continues to financially impact Americans

across the country, thereby hindering many tenants’ ability

to pay their rent. To help tenants in financial distress

and property owners, FHFA is extending the multifamily

COVID-19 forbearance and tenant protections through

the end of June 2021,” said Director Mark Calabria.

Property owners with Enterprise-backed multifamily

mortgages can enter a new or, if qualified, modified forbearance

if they experience a financial hardship due to

the COVID-19 emergency. Property owners who enter

into a new or modified forbearance agreement must:

Inform tenants in writing about tenant protections available

during the property owner’s forbearance and repayment

periods; and Agree not to evict tenants solely for

the nonpayment of rent while the property is in forbearance.

Additional tenant protections apply during the repayment

periods. These protections include:

Giving tenants at least a 30-day notice to vacate; not

charging tenants late fees or penalties for nonpayment

of rent; and allowing tenant flexibility in the repayment of

back-rent over time, and not necessarily in a lump sum.

In addition to requiring written tenant notification, the

Enterprises have posted the tenant protections to their

respective online multifamily property lookup tool websites.

The property lookup tools on the Fannie Mae website

and Freddie Mac website make it easier for tenants

to find out if the multifamily property in which they reside

has an Enterprise-backed mortgage.

Learn more at www.nahbnow.com.

NWFA COMPLETES 54TH HOME WITH GARY

SINISE FOUNDATION

The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) of

St. Louis, MO, has provided flooring for its 54th home in

support of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program

(Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment).

The R.I.S.E. program builds custom, specially adapted

smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first

responders. The home dedication for United Stated Marine

Corps Corporal Josue Barron took place recently in

USMC Corporal Josue Barron & family.

Please turn to page 61

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.

Celebrating 40 Years of Setting the

Gold Standard in American Black Walnut

Some facts about our company are, we:

•Have a 30 acre Hardwood and Eastern White Pine lumber concentration yard

that exclusively represents one sawmill.

•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

Mason Church

Bus.: (336) 973-3691

FAX: (336) 973-7993

(800) 973-3380

Web site: http://BCHI.com

P.O. Box 995 • Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Distribution Yard: 683 Buck Road • Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Because we’ve been in business since 1953, we have many years of experience that helps us to ship your orders right the first time.

4/4 thru 16/4 Walnut

Proudly NHLA Grade Certified

Phone: 660-248-3000

MOPACLumber.com

inquiry@mopaclumber.com

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TRADE TALK

AN UPDATE COVERING

THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT

HARDWOOD SUPPLIERS/VENDORS

EXPERIENCE QUALITY DEPENDABILITY

975 Conrad Hill Mine Rd. ~ Lexington, NC 27292

Phone 336-746-5419 ~ Fax 336-746-6177

www.kepleyfrank.us

Facilities:

3 Sawmills Processing 50 Million' • 750,000' Dry Kiln

Capacity • 600,000' Fan Shed Capacity

2 382 Newman Planer Mills • 50 Bay Bin Sorter

Products Available:

4/4-8/4 Appalachian Lumber • 6/4-8/4 Ship Dry Capacity

Crossties (100,000 BF per week) • Timbers up to 18'

1,000,000+ Average KD Inventory • 12,000,000+

Average AD Inventory

Species:

White Oak • Red Oak • Poplar • Ash • Hickory

Elm • Beech • Gum • Hackberry • Pecan

Jimmy Kepley, owner, and Bart

Jenkins, lumber sales

The firm manufactures 4/4 through 8/4 thicknesses.

Sales:

Bart Jenkins

bjenkins@kepleyfrank.us

Jimmy Kepley

jkepley@kepleyfrank.us

LINDSAY, ON — TS Manufacturing, located here,

recently announced several new projects. They include:

The Automation and Electronics division completed an

upgrade of a carriage optimizer at Pike Lumber Company

in Akron, IN, using A&E’s LogView 3D Carriage Scanner

and JoeScan X6B scanner heads. The goal of the project

was to provide updated controls and optimization that

were both cost effective and time efficient to minimize

any downtime.

The upgrade consisted of using most of the mill’s

existing controls hardware while supplying a new

Allen-Bradley ControlLogix processor and HMI. The

optimization was all-new hardware utilizing the JoeScan

JS25-X6B scanner heads. This upgrade was completed

over a long weekend and allowed for the mill to be back

to normal production the next Monday morning.

TS Manufacturing also assisted A. Johnson Co. LLC

in Bristol, VT with the upgrade of their sorter controllers

to TS AccuTally systems. These installs are among the

over 35 AccuTally systems sold in the last two years, and

its standardized, PLC-based design allowed the upgrade

of both Sorter Systems to happen in less than six weeks

from order to operational.

TS Manufacturing offers a complete line of machinery

controls and software to fit different mills. For more

information, you can call 705-324-3762, e-mail sales@

tsman.com or go to www.tsman.com.

MEMPHIS, TN — Lance

Johnson, vice president of

sales and marketing at ISK

Biocides, Inc., located here, was

recently named to concurrently

serve as vice president of

business development at IBC

Manufacturing Company. In

his new position, Johnson

Lance Johnson will develop and strengthen

IBC Manufacturing’s outside

relationships.

IBC Manufacturing is a wholly owned subsidiary of ISK

Biocides and is responsible for the manufacture of all

ISK Biocides’ products as well as outside manufacturing.

IBC Manufacturing opened its doors in Memphis in 1933

as Chapman Chemical Company.

Johnson is a graduate of Iowa State University in

Ames, IA. His 29 years in the forest products industry

include 27 at ISK Biocides. Prior positions include

District Sales Supervisor in the Northeast working out of

Pittsburgh, District Sales Supervisor in the mid-Atlantic

region working out of Roanoke, and Sales Manager. He

joined the Memphis office as Vice President of Sales and

Marketing in April, 2018.

Headquartered in Memphis, TN, ISK Biocides is one of

the leading suppliers of innovative chemical products for

industrial, commercial and residential wood applications.

In particular, they specialize in the production and sale of

wood protection products, including NeXgen, the leading

anti-sapstain chemical in the Hardwood market, as well

as end-coatings and paint for lumber.

For more information, go to www.iskbiocides.com.

EAU CLAIRE, WI —Mc-

Donough Manufacturing, headquartered

here, recently hired

Matthew Frazier as their Southeastern

sales representative,

working out of his home, just outside

Atlanta. With his extensive

project management and sales

experience, McDonough is excited

to have Frazier on board,

Matthew Frazier

according to a company spokesperson.

Frazier grew up in Georgia and North Carolina, with

family in both states. Currently based north of Atlanta, he

has lived and spent time working in both South and North

Georgia, working primarily in industrial construction

in both sales and project management roles. During

that time, Frazier was able to work on several sawmill

projects, ranging from minor modifications to the turnkey

construction of new mills.

When asked what he was excited about after joining

McDonough, Frazier said he's "looking forward to

joining a great company with a long history of providing

awesome equipment to an important industry." Excited

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and proud to work in the sawmill industry, Frazier joins

several family members who have also worked in the

sawmill and wood industries.

Outside of his work, Frazier likes to spend time

outdoors hunting, fishing and hiking with his wife. The

couple enjoys seeing new places and visiting both state

and national parks.

For over 100 years, McDonough has been a provider

of durable sawmill machinery, with a focus on band mills,

carriages, resaws and edgers, according to the company.

Frazier can be contacted at mfrazier@mcdonoughm

fg.com.

CORVALLIS, OR — Lucidyne,

headquartered here, recently

announced the addition of

Taylor Trammel to its sales

team as sales representative

focusing on the West Coast

region. Trammel joined Lucidyne

in 2018 as a grading support

specialist, working directly with

customers on using Lucidyne’s

Taylor Trammel

system technology and grading

optimization.

Trammel has extensive experience working in sawmill

and planer mills, having held internships in both quality

control and safety procedures at Hampton Lumber and

Roseburg Forest Products. In conjunction, Trammel

studied wood science and business at Oregon State

University.

Lucidyne is a premier manufacturer of scanning,

optimization, and automation systems, delivering

unparalleled results to the wood products industry.

Trammel is based in Lucidyne’s Corvallis, OR

headquarters and will be traveling extensively through

the region.

For more information, go to www.lucidyne.com.

SPRINGFIELD, OR — Timber Products, located here,

recently reorganized the management of the sales team

to consolidate plywood sales leadership and enhance the

level of collaboration with the manufacturing teams. Pat

Lynch was named Vice President of Sales. Lynch, who

has served as the International

Business Manager for Timber

Products since August of 2019,

will oversee all Hardwood,

softwood, and international

sales efforts. According to Mark

Avery, Chief Operating Officer

for Timber Products, “Pat’s

depth and breadth of experience

Pat Lynch in plywood and panel markets

make him uniquely qualified for

the task at hand.”

Lynch’s industry experience includes roles as Vice

President - Structural Panels Sales at Georgia-Pacific,

Director of Plywood Sales at Roseburg Forest Products

and Vice President and General Manger at Darlington

Veneer Company. “I am excited about the opportunity

to grow and enhance the Timber Products plywood and

international businesses in the marketplace,” Lynch said.

This change will allow Timber Products to deliver on

its commitment to providing customers with the products

and services they need and expect from Timber Products.

For more information, go to www.timberproducts.

com.

POWASSAN, ON — Shaun

Rowe recently began working for

Quality Hardwoods Ltd., located

here, in sales and purchasing.

Quality Hardwoods Ltd.

purchases green lumber from

sawmills throughout Quebec and

Northern and Southern Ontario.

The lumber is dried in one of their

Shaun Rowe 10 Nardi Dry Kilns and stored

in steel warehouses, which are

insulated, heated and climate controlled year-round. The

kilns have a drying capacity of 450,000 board feet and

the kiln-dried lumber is never exposed to the elements.

Constant expansions and upgrades assist the

company in making customer satisfaction a priority.

Primary species include Hard Maple, Red Oak, Ash,

Cherry, Aspen, Basswood, Yellow and White Birch and

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Soft Maple. Over 90 percent of what the company has in

stock is No. 1 and Better grade. In addition to its domestic

customers, Quality Hardwoods has found success in the

exporting business – so much so that this has become

an integral part of the company’s growth in the industry.

Asia and the U.S. are Quality Hardwoods’ major export

targets and long-term partnerships have been formed

with these customers.

Rowe came to Quality Hardwoods from Huron Forest

Products, where he was vice president of sales and

purchasing. Before that, he worked at Aurora Timberland

and other companies. His first job in the forest products

industry was with Royal Woodworking, when he was in

high school.

Rowe graduated from Cardinal Carter Catholic High

School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Commerce in

accounting from Ryerson University. He also graduated

from the National Hardwood Lumber Association

Inspector Training School in the 140th class in 2003. He

has been chairman of the Canadian Hardwood Bureau

since 2016. In his free time, Rowe enjoys spending time

outdoors with his two boys.

For more information, go to www.qualityhardwoodsltd.

com.

MADISON, WI — The Northern Hardwood Conference

2021, a virtual event, will be held June 15 and 16, 2021.

The theme is Bridging Science and Management for the

Future. Registration opened March 22.

Northern Hardwood forests occupy millions of acres

in the eastern United States and Canada, representing

one of the most economically important and ecologically

diverse forests in eastern North America.

The Northern Hardwood Conference was initiated by

a diverse group of professionals wishing to facilitate

collaboration across the northern Hardwood range. A

major northern Hardwood conference has not been held

in the Lake States in over 30 years, and rarely has there

been an opportunity for researchers and forest managers

from across the range to compare notes. In addition,

conference organizers hope to establish the Northern

Hardwood Conference as a valuable forum to be held

on a biennial basis throughout the eastern United States

and Canada.

Keynote presentations this year will be made by

Christel Kern, USDA Forest Service; Anthony D’Amato,

University of Vermont; Steve Bedard, with the government

of Quebec; and Nicole Rogers, University of Maine-Fort

Kent.

For registration questions, call CALS Conference

Services at 608-263-1672 or e-mail conference@cals.

Temecula, CA. Flooring for the project was donated by

NWFA member Mannington.

Corporal Barron joined the 0311 (infantry) and was

a fire team leader with 3rd Battalion 5th Marines out of

Camp Pendleton. His first deployment was the 31st Marine

Expeditionary Unit in 2009, which took him to Japan,

Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, and Australia. He was

injured in 2010 during his second deployment to Afghanistan

while on foot patrol. On the way back to the base,

his engineer stepped on an improvised explosive device

(IED), hitting them both, and resulting in amputations for

both.

“Corporal Barron joined the Marine Corps when he

was just 17 years old, and credits them with providing

the discipline and leadership he needed in his life,” said

NWFA President and CEO, Michael Martin. “He received

a Purple Heart and combat action ribbon for his

actions, and credits other disabled veterans who face

tougher challenges with inspiring him to overcome his

own. We’re honored to partner with Mannington to provide

flooring for his new home.”

In addition to the 54 homes already completed, NWFA

currently is working with its members to source wood

flooring for 13 additional R.I.S.E. homes in various stages

of planning and construction. Currently, 141 NWFA

member companies have donated product, logistics, and

installation services in locations throughout the United

States, with a total value of more than $5.2 million. A

list of all NWFA R.I.S.E. participating companies can be

found at www.nwfa.org/giving-back.aspx.

To learn more about the program, and how you and/

or your company can get involved, contact the NWFA at

800-422-4556, or e-mail them at anita.howard@nwfa.

org.

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INDEX

Abenaki Timber Corporation..................38

Air Systems Mfg. of Lenoir, Inc..................

Ally Global Logistics...................................

Atlanta Hardwood Corporation..................

Autolog Sawmill Automation......................

Automation & Electronics USA..............13

Baillie Lumber Co.......................................

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

Beasley Forest Products, Inc.................52

Bingaman & Son Lumber, Inc.................37

BioLube, Inc................................................

Breeze Dried Inc.....................................39

Carbotech International.........................10

Cardin Forest Products LLC.......................

Church, Bryant, Hardwoods, Inc............54

Clark Lumber Co.........................................

Cleereman Controls..................................7

Cleereman Industries...............................7

Cole Hardwood, Inc....................................

Collins.........................................................

Cooper Machine Co., Inc............................

Corley Manufacturing Co......................IBC

Cramer, W.M., Lumber Co.......................46

Cummings Lumber Co., Inc......................3

Deer Park Lumber, Inc............................53

Devereaux Sawmill, Inc..........................57

Distribution Management

Systems, inc. (DMSi).................................1

Eberl Trocknungsanlagen GmbH...............

Fitzpatrick & Weller Inc..............................

GF Hardwoods, Inc.................................50

Graf Bros. Flooring & Lumber....................

Graf & Thomas Lumber, Inc.......................

Granite Hardwoods, Inc.............................

Granite Valley Forest Products............ IFC

GTL Lumber Inc..........................................

GW Industries...........................................9

Hardwood Forestry Fund............................

Hardwood Manufacturers Assoc ..............

Hartzell Hardwoods, Inc.........................47

Hermitage Hardwood Lumber ...................

Sales, Inc................................................12

HHP, Inc.......................................................

Hurdle Machine Works Inc.....................15

Irving, J.D., Limited....................................

ISK Biocides, Inc....................................48

JoCo Lumber, Inc........................................

Jones, Ron, Hardwood Sales, Inc..............

Josey Lumber Co., Inc................................

Kentucky Forest Industries Assoc.............

Kepley-Frank Hardwood Co., Inc...........56

King City Forwarding USA, Inc...............11

King City/Northway Forwarding Ltd.......11

Kretz Lumber Co., Inc.................................

Lawrence Lumber Company Inc................

Lewis Controls, Inc...............................IBC

Lewis, Dwight, Lumber Co., Inc.................

Limbo......................................................46

Lucidyne Technologies Inc........................

Lumber Resources Inc...........................35

Lussier, Simon, Ltd...................................6

MacBeath Hardwood Company..............61

Maine Woods Company..........................59

Mars Hill, Inc...............................................

Maxwell Hardwood Flooring..................43

McDonough Manufacturing Company....51

Mellott Manufacturing Co., Inc...................

Meridien Hardwoods of PA., Inc.................

Midwest Hardwood Corporation................

Miller, Frank, Lumber, Inc...........................

MillTech Inventory Management

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MO PAC Lumber Company......................55

Mueller Bros. Timber, Inc...........................

Neff Lumber Mills, Inc................................

Netterville, Fred, Lumber Co......................

New River Hardwoods, Inc.....................36

North American Forest Foundation............

Northern Hardwoods..................................

Northwest Hardwoods, Inc........................

Nyle Systems, LLC....................................8

Oakcrest Lumber, Inc.................................

OHC | Overseas Hardwoods Company.......

O’Shea Lumber Co......................................

Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual

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Peterson, Keith D., & Co., Inc................60

Pike Lumber Co., Inc..................................

Prime Lumber Company.............................

Primewood..................................................

Ram Forest Products, Inc.......................44

Rosenberry, Carl, & Sons,

Lumber, Inc.............................................42

Sawmill MD.................................................

SII Dry Kilns................................................

Sirianni Hardwoods, Inc.........................41

Smithco Manufacturing, Inc.......................

Snowbelt Hardwoods, Inc......................45

Southern Forest Products Assoc...............

Stiles, A.W., Contractors, Inc.....................

Taylor Machine Works, Inc.........................

Thompson Hardwoods, Inc....................52

Tigerton Lumber Co....................................

TMX Shipping Co., Inc............................40

Tropical Forest Products............................

TS Manufacturing.................................. BC

Tuscarora Hardwoods, Inc.........................

U-C Coatings, LLC.................................. FC

USNR.......................................................49

Western Hardwood Association.................

Wheeland Lumber Co., Inc.........................

White, Harold, Lumber, Inc.....................61

Williams, R.J., Inc.......................................

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