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Supplier news about
sales, labor, prices, trends,
expansions and inventories
Across the board, sawmills in the Lake States region
are reporting “strong” markets with high demand that are
keeping lumber suppliers “really busy.”
In Michigan, one contact explained, “We’ve got a lot
of demand, we’re just trying to keep up.” He reported
that demand is not as “crazy” as it was two months ago,
“but there is good demand on everything.” His company
offers Hard and Soft Maple, Red and White Oak, Hickory,
Walnut, Cherry, and Poplar. “I’d say the main demand is
in Hard Maple and White Oak,” he stated.
This Michigan supplier sells “50/50” to end users and
distribution yards. When asked about what customers
are saying about the market for their products, the
source explained, “Those guys said they all have a ton
of orders,” and “pretty much anyone I talk to is busy.” The
lumber supplier said that transportation has been “okay,”
with access to flatbeds being easier to obtain than shipping
containers. “Containers are a challenge,” he said.
“Rates are up, but I think rates are up everywhere in the
A sawmill representative in Wisconsin reported similar
market trends. “It doesn’t matter what I saw,” said the
contact. “I can sell it.” He explained that turnover is rapid
with inventory moving quickly. “In most cases, they’re
trying to sell domestically before it even comes out of the
kilns,” the source stated.
Compared to several months ago, this sawmill is seeing
a better market. “Six months ago, my market was still
very strong, but the prices are better now,” he said. His
company is heavy to Red Oak and White Oak, Basswood,
Cherry, Hickory, and both Hard and Soft Maple,
sawn mostly to 4/4 and 5/4.
When asked which species are selling best, the source
laughed. “It really doesn’t matter, everything sells,” he
replied. The sawmill sells mostly to end users, and some
distribution yards. “They say their markets are really
strong,” he said. “But I’m not going to lie to you. I get calls
every week, and they’re trying to feel me out on what
I’m hearing.” Transportation is giving this contact some
trouble, but “not a lot.” He noted that getting containers is
The market for Hardwood lumber in the Northeast is
strong. According to a lumber provider in Pennsylvania,
it is “very strong,” even “exceptionally strong.” This lumberman
stated, “Our kilns are full. We are producing lumber
as quickly as we can. Orders are going out at a very
brisk pace, with many customers ordering ahead so they
do not run out of inventory. We’re busy.” Asked if there
are any “dead items,” he replied, “There’s really not any
dead items. We’re moving at a pretty good pace here.
It’s great to see.”
Compared to several months earlier, he observed
that the market was “of course, much better. We really
saw the increase starting to come around last September.
Business has been strong since then and has been
steadily increasing. I don’t know when a slowdown will
happen. We’ve gone through some difficult markets over
the years. Each day we have now is certainly a good
thing. There doesn’t seem to be any let-up in sight right
now with the customers that we talk to.”
He handles Hard and Soft Maple, Cherry, Poplar, Red
Oak, Hickory and Ash in 4/4 through 8/4, FAS through
Rustic. Sales are to distribution yards, end users and
wholesalers. These customers’ businesses are faring
“exceptionally well right now,” he stated. “One of the
biggest challenges for a lot of our competitors, suppliers
and customers is labor,” he noted. “You can’t get the
labor. You also can’t find trucks. We have many loads
of lumber that are ready; you just can’t put a truck underneath
it. We really need to get some people back to
A concentration yard executive in Pennsylvania said
demand is high and product is “not as hard to get.”
Therefore, he stated, his market was better than it had
been several months ago.
He handles mainly 4/4 No. 2 Common and Better Walnut,
No. 2 Common and Better Hard and Soft Maple and
Cherry. Walnut, he said, is “by far the best seller.”
He sells his lumber to distribution yards, end users and
“anyone who needs lumber.” His customers’ fiscal health
can be seen in the fact that they keep buying more lum-
The Hardwood markets in the Southeast are “very
good.” That’s the word from a lumber provider in Virginia.
It’s a sentiment echoed by other lumber companies in
The Virginia source also said the market for her company
is “much better” than it was a few months ago.
“Prices are higher, and all lumber is moving,” she stated.
She handles Red and White Oak, Poplar and Walnut
in 4/4 through 10/4 in No. 3 Common and Better. Her
sales are to domestic distribution yards and exporters.
Her customers’ sales are good, she noted.
Transportation is not a problem for her because, she
observed, “I have local truckers we’ve worked with for
years. They cover us when I need it.”
In Georgia, an international lumber supplier observed
that everything in his company’s business is strong – with
one exception. “The problem is getting logs,” he stated.
“We’re just now starting to get a few logs coming in. It
doesn’t matter what the price is if you don’t have any
lumber to sell. The entire pipeline from the woods to the
customer is pretty much depleted. There’s not a whole
lot of kiln-dried inventory. There’s not a whole lot of in
process, air-drying. There’s not a ton of containers on the
water. The distributors’ warehouses and the customers’
warehouses are empty. So, it’s going to take a while to
fill that pipeline up. If we start getting logs tomorrow, it’s
four months at a minimum by the time we get it sawn,
air-dried, kiln-dried, graded and ready to put in a container.
It’s going to be awhile before we overcome this
His market, he noted, is “considerably better” than it
was in the recent past. “We’ve got a little bit of wood coming
through the system. I think you’ll see the Hardwoods
pick up. But we’ll always keep some pine in the system.”
Among Hardwoods, he handles Red and White Oak,
Poplar and Ash in 4/4 in all standard grades. “All of these
species are selling well,” he stated. “It’s not a difficult situation.
You consider which customer has been with you
the longest, and you support the ones who have worked
with you up to this point. You ration the lumber among
Out on the West Coast, lumber providers report the
same phenomenon that is occurring across the country:
high demand and low supply.
A Washington lumberman stated, “People are hungry
for lumber. They are definitely freaked out about the
pricing changing so fast. So, there’s demand for a lot of
species, and supply is tight.”
Compared to six months earlier, his company is financially
better. “But it is a struggle to operate, between finding
the lumber and, definitely, issues with trucking. Problems
with transportation have been going on all year. It
is getting continuously worse. All freight costs are up 40
percent since November and December.”
He handles most all eastern species: Red and White
Oak, Poplar, Hard and Soft Maple, Walnut and Hickory,
primarily 4/4 and some thicker stock. Grades are mainly
upper but with Common grades, as well. “All species are
moving well, if we can get a fair price, we can move it,”
he stated. “From the time a vendor tells us the lumber is
available, we call our customers and within half an hour,
we have it sold. However, it’ll take weeks to get it moved
with the trucking situation.”
He sells to end users, distribution yards and sawmills,
which buy green and kiln-dried lumber from him. “Some
mills don’t produce everything they need or are in short
supply, so they buy from us to supplement when they
have to,” he explained. Many of his customers are in
the housing industry – cabinets, flooring, moulding, stair
treads: “We pretty much cover them all.” He also sells to
RV manufacturers. “But the housing industry seems to
be the real driver,” he said.
Compared to several months ago, he said, “It takes
two times as long to get trucks as it used to. There are
just not as many trucks available, and prices have gone
An Oregon lumber provider stated, “The market is robust,
but unfortunately the supply chain is very limited.
We could sell a lot more product, but getting replacement
product in is challenging. The reality is: there’s a
shortage of labor. It starts there, and it ends there. The
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News from suppliers about prices, trends, sales and inventories
With the arrival of summer, sawmills and logging companies
were busy processing whitewoods before stain
set in. Supplies of Hardwoods were noted as slightly
improved, as many reported having low log decks, with
continued demand for Hard and Soft Maple and other
whitewoods. Sawmill operators noted that orders were
ahead of developing production. The focus was still on
Hard Maple rather than other species at this time. Some
contacts noted that supplies of green Hard Maple had
improved although there was a shortage for most other
species. With Ontario being in lockdown mode into
early June, it was hoped that the inoculation efforts to
fight COVID-19 would provide the needed break so the
country can move forward and focus on rebuilding the
The strong housing markets in both Canada and the
U.S. are encouraging news for those in the Hardwood
finished goods sectors, as consumer demand is very
strong. Secondary manufacturers state they have large
order files, and some have to turn orders away because
they cannot meet shipment dates. Kiln-dried inventories
are also reported as low overall. The lack of labor
throughout the supply stream is also causing some issues
in certain areas contacted, thus limiting operations.
Prices for most species are reported to be at historically
Competition for Ash logs is high, due to most area
mills not being able to obtain supplies. Availability of this
species is also due to the Emerald Ash Borer which has
decimated many stands across Canada and the U.S.
Demand for kiln-dried stocks on domestic and international
markets is good. There is a shortage, however, for
most grades and thicknesses, noted wholesalers.
With trends being towards painted finishes and the
shortages of higher valued species, Aspen has been
used as an alternate, driving increased demand on the
marketplace. Even though many wholesalers and sawmills
are providing it, supplies are not meeting demand,
and prices have increased as well.
Business continues to improve for some in the
Hardwood sector as we move through a third wave of
COVID-19. Vaccination efforts ramped up across the
country, with some positive results being seen in lower
new case numbers, with easing of restriction plans rollout
to what is hoped will be a return to normal for people and
the economy. Log supplies have increased for sawmills.
There is a labor shortage that is holding back logging
productivity and log supplies. Contacts note that domestic
and export markets are doing well, however. Demand
is strong for Red and White Oak and Walnut. Contacts
note that supplies for a vast majority of species, grades
and thicknesses of green and kiln-dried lumber supplies
are limited with strong to growing demand. Sales of pallet
material, rail ties and timbers are reported as good. Low
sawmill production and strong demand for pallet lumber
and cants from the wooden pallet and container industry
is driving prices higher. Markets are improving for board
road supplies in areas contacted.
Improvements to the supply of the regionally important
Hard Maple production has helped, but not enough to fill
inventory decks for all sectors. Sawmills are looking to
get more quantities of Hard Maple logs. Buyers are also
seeking additional stock but with mixed results. Prices
are firm to higher, they noted. There is also a shortage of
kiln-dried lumber, and with new home construction and
renovation markets booming in Canada and the U.S.,
Hard Maple is in short supply. While the cabinet and
wood component industries make up a large part of the
market for Hard Maple, this species is also gaining ranks
from the flooring sector.
Demand for Soft Maple, according to areas contacted,
is good, but varies according to grade and thickness. Upper
grades are consistent for both green and kiln-dried
Ash is in demand to the Chinese market and appears
to have lost some of its momentum in mid-May. Contacts
reported no difficulty getting orders to China and elsewhere.
There has been an increase in demand from the
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GLENN RIEDER LLC ACQUIRES PALM CITY
Milwaukee, WI-based Glenn Rieder LLC has acquired
Palm City Millwork of Palm City, FL. Founded in 1987,
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millwork products including doors, windows, mouldings,
trims and shutters for the high-end residential market.
Palm City primarily sells its millwork products to residential
builders of custom homes on the Atlantic Coast of South
Florida. Palm City maintains 76,000 square feet of manufacturing,
office and showroom space
in Palm City, FL.
Glenn Rieder LLC is a custom architectural
millwork manufacturer and
commercial interior contractor serving
all major markets across the United
States. Glenn Rieder utilizes solid
U.S. Hardwoods, including Poplar,
Cherry, White Oak and Walnut.
Since 1946, Glenn Rieder has produced
and installed millwork for the
hospitality, gaming, corporate, institutional,
restaurant, winery, sports,
retail and high-end residential markets.
Through its subsidiaries, which
include Quality Cabinet & Fixture Co.,
Shamrock Metals LLC and Shamrock
Installations LLC, the company operates
manufacturing facilities in Milwaukee,
WI, Tijuana, Mexico and Las
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MOST TREES ARE NOT
BY BROOD X CICADAS
Seemingly straight out of a sci-fi
movie, the Mid-Atlantic region is experiencing
a unique natural phenomenon:
Billions of periodical cicadas
are starting to emerge across 15
states, including the Baltimore-Washington
metro area. So-called Brood
X, the largest of 12 periodical cicada
broods, is creating quite a buzz in a
region home to more than 9 million
“People really shouldn’t worry. Cicadas
are not defoliating insects and
NEWS ABOUT NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL
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have nothing to do with locusts,” said Sandy Liebhold,
research entomologist with the USDA Forest Service’s
Northern Research Station in Morgantown, WV. “They
won’t eat your plants, vegetables, or even the leaves of
trees. They are emerging only to mate and lay eggs.”
As for their effect on trees and
forests, USDA scientists today are
investigating cicada behavior both
above and below ground. “Before
they emerge, juvenile cicadas feed
by sucking water and nutrients from
tree roots,” said Liebhold. “Once they
emerge, they tend to aggregate on
trees grown in open spaces. The females
lay their eggs by cutting slits
in the green shoots of tree limbs.
Neither of these behaviors is known
to significantly harm trees. With one
notable exception: very young trees
can be overwhelmed by too many females
cutting slits to lay eggs.”
One way to protect your recently
planted saplings is to secure a fine
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USDA AWARDS $15 MILLION
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) recently awarded more than
$15 million to fund grant proposals to
develop and expand the use of wood
products, strengthen emerging wood
energy markets and protect community
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in Colorado recently while visiting
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GOOD NEWS FOR THE HARDWOOD INDUSTRY
Midyear already! And with each
new day, I’m feeling a greater
sense of “normalcy.” On the
home front, it’s wonderful to again
be out and about with family and
friends. Professionally, I’m keeping
my fingers crossed that very soon all
industry events will resume as faceto-face
gatherings. We have a lot of
catching-up to do! And some exciting
I’ve been reading with great interest, reports regarding
behavioral changes in the wake of the pandemic,
especially those about how American consumers are
exhibiting greater enthusiasm and effort in creating “a
healthier home environment.” Those same reports also
indicate that today’s consumers are willing to pay for
those “healthier” wants. And that’s the good news for our
The interesting facts:
•The latest consumer preference survey, conducted
by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB),
reports that “47 percent of buyers rate an exercise
room essential or desirable” - up from 27 percent in
2003 - and that their “most wanted list” includes Hardwood
flooring. (Good news, right?)
•And according to the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, because of the growing concern regarding
indoor air quality due to mold, radon and toxic chemicals
found in many homes and home products, “consumers
are willing to pay up to $5,000 more for homes
designed to deliver improved indoor air quality.”
vinyl, because “health” for the home is
their biggest concern.
So, if there is a Bottom Line here,
it’s this: Let’s not miss this opportunity
to “win consumers over to Hardwood!”
Now is the crucial time for the consuming
public to hear/accept/act-upon
our “message” that distinct Hardwood
products speak to the desire for and
need of a “healthy home.” And the
naturally inherent qualities that make
Hardwood products unique, differentiate
them from the competition!
If they are willing to invest in an inhome
exercise room, let’s show them
how and why they should invest in
Hardwood products that are not only
healthy, but also beautiful, long-lasting, sustainable, and
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Now is a great time to begin using the Real American
Hardwood logo on your company website, products,
sales and marketing communications, company
vehicles and in-house operations. And to spread the
word, follow @RealAmericanHardwood on Instagram
and Facebook, and in your social media posts, tag
And if you are able, make a voluntary contribution
to help fund this consumer promotion campaign.
As our recent ads have said, “moving the campaign
forward and expanding its reach will take the support
of the entire industry. The RAHC is building something
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For our industry, and the advancement of the Real
American Hardwood Coalition (RAHC), the timing
couldn’t be better. This renewed interest in creating a
healthier home environment coincides with the RAHC’s
research findings that Consumers and Prosumers want
their families to have healthy products
in their homes, and that they trust
wood, over something chemical like
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PERPETUUM MOBILE EXHIBITS IN BARCELONA
In May 2021, AHEC exhibited Perpetuum
Mobile, a design project in American Hardwoods
that celebrates the work of globally
renowned Catalan architect Enric Miralles to
mark the occasion of the 20th anniversary
of his death. Perpetuum Mobile is a partnership
with late architect’s wife and business
partner, designer Benedetta Tagliabue and
their firm EMBT to celebrate the architect’s
life and show a lesser-known side of Enric
Miralles as a furniture designer. While the architecture
studio he set up and ran with Benedetta
Tagliabue works on interior projects,
this is the first time his design work is shown
collectively at an exhibition.
Although Miralles took care of every detail of the interior
design of many of his private and public projects, the
architect never designed furniture thinking of reproducing
it commercially. In this exhibition, models of furniture
and objects that were developed mainly for the architect’s
home have been reproduced for display with a selection
of sustainable American Hardwoods donated by
AE Maderas. Miralles’ creative process was often aimed
at bringing life to his designs. In the Disseny Hub it will
be possible to appreciate the intention of bringing life and
movement applied to his furniture designs.
The last home of the architect in Barcelona was an
old warehouse with the walls knocked down, leaving an
open and versatile space perfect for Miralles, who imagined
a house in motion, where the furniture did not have
an established place or shape, but could be moved or
modified according to the needs of each moment.
To make this contemporary vision of the interior space
come true, he personally designed his furniture, sharing
his sketches with craftsmen and carpenters, with whom
he debated and experimented on these pieces. Perpetuum
Mobile started from an intense search for documentation
among the architect’s most private archives,
and from a close dialogue with AHEC about
the reproduction of the nine pieces. The original
design of each piece of furniture has
remained the same with just a few technical
updates and an update to the materials.
While the original pieces were made in other
timbers, the reproductions have been manufactured
using a selection of four underused
American Hardwood species including Red
Oak, Maple, Cherry and Tulipwood, chosen
for their aesthetic, performance, and environmental
During the research phase, a notebook
with a detailed drawing of an unknown table
was found. Named ‘Mistery’ table, this piece
has been built for the first time at La Navarra by deciphering
the instructions that Miralles left in his notes. The
exhibition showcases more than 20 pieces, among them
the ‘Inestable’, ‘Dolmen’, ‘Troncs’ and ‘Tropical’ tables,
the ‘Lelukaappi’ shelf inspired by the work of the architect
Alvar Aalto, several chairs that were used in projects
such as the Scottish Parliament or the headquarters of
the Círculo de Lectores in Madrid, as well as unpublished
lamps, which Enric had started to design and left
The structure of the exhibition symbolically reproduces
the private house of Miralles and Tagliabue; the pieces
of furniture are distributed in the space imitating their
original position, sketches and drawings on the walls unveil
details of their designs, and photos of the architect’s
family life show them in use. The lamps designed by Miralles
illuminate the furniture and are used as decorative
elements. The exhibition is accompanied by a stop - motion
video and a documentary produced by AHEC that
explains the meticulous process of rebuilding the pieces
of furniture, based on the original idea and shows the
movements that bring this furniture to “life.” n
BY MICHAEL SNOW,
AMERICAN HARDWOOD EXPORT
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THE BIDEN AGENDA - GOALS, COSTS AND CHALLENGES
The Biden Administration
is moving quickly and aggressively
to deliver on key
promises made during the Presidential
election campaign. In addition
to the $1.9 trillion COVID
economic relief package passed
into law in late January, the Administration
has introduced two
additional major policy initiatives totaling almost $4 trillion
in spending and taxes this spring—one to address our
country’s aging infrastructure and the second to shore up
the financial footing of lower and middle class families as
the country finally emerges from the pandemic.
In terms of priority, the sequencing is telling with the
infrastructure-focused American Jobs Plan hitting the
streets weeks ahead of the American Family Plan that
was unveiled in late April. White House staff has noted
that the President has long wanted to pursue an infrastructure
package and appears more passionate about
Specific details of the American Jobs Plan are scarce.
The 25-page high-level summary document that was released
on the day the proposal was unveiled is all that
exists. The proposal lays out hundreds of billions of dollars
for roads, bridges and ports among other items and,
although there is disagreement on funding levels and
areas of focus, spending on infrastructure enjoys bipartisan
support at least on a conceptual basis. Congress is
now in the beginning stages of considering legislation reauthorizing
our nation’s surface transportation programs.
Known as “the highway bill,” this measure will serve as
the lynch pin for any comprehensive
infrastructure package that is
forged this Congress. The current
highway bill expires in September.
The aspect of both the infrastructure
plan and the American Family
Plan that has attracted the most attention
is how to pay for all of this
new spending. Here again, the tax
titles in these proposals are generally short on specifics
but paint a decidedly clearer picture of who will be
impacted than the spending components of these measures.
Media coverage has focused on the jump in the
corporate tax rate to 28 percent from 21 percent. Also
receiving attention are the many provisions to curb off
shoring—most notably the doubling of the global minimum
tax (known as GILTI or Global Intangible Low Tax
Income) from 10.5 to 21 percent. These two major tax
increase planks are tagged as the funding mechanisms
for the programs outlined in the American Jobs Plan.
Additional tax increases are outlined in the American
Family Plan, most prominently the proposed capital
gains increase to 39.6 percent from 20 percent for those
earning $1 million or more. The other widely discussed
proposed change is ending long-standing capital gains
tax break on inheritances known as “step-up in basis,”
which allows tax payers to use the market value of assets
at the time of inheritance rather than the actual purchase
price as the cost basis for capital gains when the
holdings are sold.
What has not been widely reported on are the many
potential revenue raisers not in either proposal that
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EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION
NHLA ANNUAL CONVENTION:
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF FRESH IDEAS
Over the years, all of us have received emails with
a note at the bottom suggesting that you better
not print that email, or else! (cue the horror music
A bi-product of the false messaging and beliefs that doing
so will surely aid in the destruction of our forests. This
simple suggestion has contributed to the misunderstanding
and misperceptions regarding the realities of how we
manage our forests in North America.
So, in effect, you could call this learned behavior.
As a life-long learner yourself, would you say you’re a
quick-study or a gotta read it three times to retain it kind
When you were a kid, didn’t it feel a whole lot easier
Not surprising, since kids have more neurons actively
creating new connections than adults do, so they can do
things like learn to play tennis or memorize the multiplication
tables or learn to play video games or fix a computer
much more easily than we can.
Because of this, it makes logical sense for children to
be exposed to lots of different things—repeatedly, ideally—to
allow those connections to be formed early on,
rather than trying to catch up later.
Things like the value and importance of forest stewardship.
Why should they care? Clean air, food, water, and
clothing and housing, to name a few.
And, on top of that, what does this stewardship and
forest growth mean for the health of our planet?
“Over the course of a year, 100 trees can remove 53
tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Those same
trees can also pull 430 pounds of other pollutants out of
the air. This is in addition to the increased biodiversity
of flora and fauna that comes with expanding, thriving
forest habitat. So yes, removing a tree is good for the
planet — when that tree is an American Hardwood. This
precious natural resource adds beauty to the world in
finished products and represents the ultimate in sustainability.”
While people in different age-groups learn differently,
most learning occurs in three stages:
•gaining an initial awareness of a subject
•acquiring basic knowledge of the subject
•applying information and knowledge about the subject
to a real-life situation
If we can stimulate children to be more aware of forests,
to learn more about them, and to understand how
they function, they’ll be well-equipped with the awareness,
knowledge, and passion to apply what they’ve
learned and create a healthier planet, for generations.
They’ll confidently share a well-informed and truthful
message, “Yes, please feel free to print this email.”
You may think special expertise is needed to teach forest
While a degree in forestry, wildlife science, biology, or
botany might be helpful, nothing is more important than
enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
It’s also not necessary to have all the answers to be a
good teacher. A keen interest in youth and being receptive
to continuous learning are the essential ingredients
Mixing these ingredients with sound information and
age-appropriate curriculum is at the heart of our efforts,
so that young people will actually enjoy learning and discovering
the truth about trees.
At the North American Forest Foundation, we’re focused
on changing hearts and minds about wood, for
good, by harvesting the next generation through education.
few weeks ago, I received an email
from an individual who was not a
member of NHLA. The email was to
inquire about the benefits of attending the
NHLA Annual Convention & Exhibit Showcase.
It made me pause and think. As the convention
planner for NHLA, this is the ultimate
question. The answer to this question
may be slightly different for each person,
but in the end, there are five fundamental reasons as to
why people attend and the benefits they receive.
1. To network
I believe the biggest reason for going to the NHLA Annual
Convention is to meet with like-minded people and
industry peers. We come together from all different geographical
areas but share the common denominator of
working in some aspect of the Hardwood industry. The
annual convention allows you to see this network of resources,
which is especially important this year, as it’s
been more than 18 months since we have all gathered
2. To expand your knowledge and find solutions
The NHLA Annual Convention always strives to provide
attendees with a unique learning experience. From
keynote speakers and educational seminars specific to
the Hardwood industry to new types of equipment or
techniques, the NHLA Annual Convention wants you to
hear new information and leave with tangible takeaways.
3. For motivation
The NHLA Annual Convention is the best place to get
motivated and recharged! Sometimes we get so busy
with the day-to-day of the work that taking a moment to
network and learn has the added benefit of
providing us with much-needed motivation:
motivation for yourself and your business.
You can learn and feel inspired by other
business owners who are facing the same
challenges and succeeding.
4. Find suppliers and service providers
The NHLA Exhibit Showcase is unlike a
traditional trade show, as most of these industry
suppliers are NHLA members. These companies
have committed to the Hardwood industry by joining the
Association to support the overall health and success of
the industry. They have the pulse of the current business
climate, and these vendors who sell to the industry fully
grasp what is happening inside your business and your
competition. Discovering innovative products and services
for your business is necessary to stay competitive,
and having these suppliers as friends and allies can only
help your business prosper.
5. Belief in the industry
At our last in-person convention, during the Opening
Session of the NHLA Annual Convention, then-President
Darwin Murray asked the crowd to participate in a collective
text to members of Congress. At one time, everyone
in the crowd sent coordinated texts to Washington,
DC, and the message was received loud and clear.
Feeling the energy, hearing the conversations, and pulling
together the collective voice and power of the Hardwood
industry is remarkable! That is what happens at
the NHLA Annual Convention. Never underestimate the
power of fresh ideas and a little fun mixed with some
To register for the 2021 NHLA Annual Convention &
Exhibit Showcase visit www.nhla.com. n
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BY ALLISON DEFORD,
NORTH AMERICAN FOREST FOUNDATION,
BY RENEE HORNSBY,
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS,
NATIONAL HARDWOOD LUMBER ASSOCIATION,
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“As a local lumber supplier, we maintain
three lumberyards in southeast Michigan.
Serving both professional contractors and the
public at large, we get our best clients from those
who have been disappointed with the wood selection
at other big-box stores. We carry hard-to-find
building materials no one else will warehouse in
–Doug Mans, President,
Mans Lumber & Millwork
Over a Century of
Quality and Service at
Mans Lumber & Millwork
By Michelle Keller
Trenton, MI– With acres of Hardwood and softwood
lumber available for use by contractors, homeowners,
and builders, quality lumber has been among
Mans Lumber & Millwork’s specialties for more than 100
years. “Those hard-to-find materials are our specialty,”
said Doug Mans, company president.
Additionally, Mans Lumber & Millwork manufactures
Hardwood flooring, custom millwork, kitchen and bath
accessories, windows and offers Trex decking.
Headquartered here, Mans Lumber & Millwork annually
purchases approximately 30 million board feet of
lumber for distribution in a variety of Hardwoods and
softwoods, with Hardwoods comprised of Oak, Poplar
and Walnut. Softwood lumber includes such species as
cedar, pine, spruce, Douglas fir and hemlock fir.
With four local locations conveniently located across
Trenton, Canton, Birmingham, and Ann Arbor, MI, Mans
Lumber & Millwork has been offering comprehensive
home improvement services for more than a century. The
company has remained focused on exceeding customers’
expectations. Mans explained, “Our customer-centric
approach has helped us thrive since we started. We
guarantee prompt returns on estimates, on-time delivery,
friendly phone call follow-ups, fair bidding practices, and
quick responses.” Mans added that the firm takes pride
in providing comprehensive home improvement services
that can enhance any home’s interior and/or exterior.
The company also offers a wide range of doors. Mans
said, “We can suggest remodeling design options that
incorporate interior or exterior doors and provide all the
necessary hardware to complete the project.” With builder-grade
hollow-core doors, custom wood doors, and
more, Mans Lumber will also help measure and install
Over decades of quality production, the team at Mans
has developed a reputation for exceptional deck design.
Regarding Hardwood flooring, Mans Lumber & Millwork
has an extensive selection of styles and colors to satisfy
aesthetic, quality, and budgetary desires.
“We have been recognized as Michigan’s top Trex dealer,”
Mans offered. “We can provide composite decking
for homeowners who want the appearance of wood
without the maintenance requirements, but we also offer
high-quality treated lumber for picturesque wood decking.”
He continued, “As a local lumber supplier, we maintain
three lumberyards in southeast Michigan. Serving both
professional contractors and the public at large, we get
our best clients from those who have been disappointed
with the wood selection at other big-box stores. We carry
hard-to-find building materials no one else will warehouse
in our region.”
For example, when it comes to Hardwood flooring,
Mans Lumber & Millwork also has an extensive selection
of styles and colors to satisfy aesthetic, quality and budgetary
desires. A seasoned staff helps in the selection
process so that the customer makes not only the right
choice aesthetically but the one that is just right for the
job. “We can also refinish existing Hardwood flooring if
that makes more sense than a new installation,” Mans
Furthermore, Mans Lumber can adeptly transform
kitchens in its kitchen design center. Whether it is renovation
or design assistance, building a new custom
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Pictured are (from left): Doug Mans, Chris Mans, Anna Mans
Motschall, Jim Mans and Pete Mans.
Headquartered in Trenton, MI, Mans Lumber & Millwork annually
purchases approximately 30 million board feet of lumber for
distribution in a variety of Hardwoods and softwoods, with Hardwoods
comprised of Oak, Poplar and Walnut. Softwood lumber
includes such species as cedar, pine, spruce, Douglas fir and
hemlock fir. Pictured is the company’s Canton, MI location, one
of four owned by Mans.
Mans Lumber & Millwork is committed to providing premium
moulding and lumber.
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Three of Prime Lumber’s eight SII dry kilns are shown. Total drying
capacity is about 480,000 board feet.
Walnut lumber is stored on the air-dry yard at Prime Lumber.
From left is the Prime Lumber sales team: Bill Graban, Greg Hubble, Jeffrey Neidert, Matt Neidert and Whitney Donithan.
Prime Lumber Company, with a Sawmill Added,
Is Growing to Meet Customers’ Needs
Thomasville, NC—Prime Lumber Company, headquartered
here, and Prime Lumber Sawmill, in
Kentucky, are members of an industry in which the
growth of trees leads to valuable products. Within this
industry, these two related companies, themselves, are
Prime Lumber Company, a distribution/concentration
yard, was started in a one-room office as a wholesaler
in 1988. Shortly after that, the firm began custom-drying
lumber. After renting a warehouse for a few years, Prime
Lumber bought the current 48 acres in North Carolina
and built the original facility in 1994. Since then, “Prime
Lumber has been growing and adding to our facility and
capacity as our customers’ needs grow,” stated CEO Bill
Graban. “Prime Lumber’s future plans revolve around
expansion plans for better serving our customers.
“A big part of our expansion was solidifying our relationship
with Joey Gray, whom we’ve known for many
years and bought primarily Walnut and Cedar lumber
from him when he was running three sawmills prior to
the Great Recession of 2007 in Eastview, KY.”
“It just got to a point where I couldn’t keep going from a
business standpoint and all the stress. So, in November
of 2019 Prime Lumber bought me out of J&J Sawmill
and decided to consolidate to one circle mill. I wanted
to stay in the lumber business and had a crew of employees
that had worked for me a number of years that I
wanted to take care of. So,
because of our relationship
for many years of working
with Prime Lumber Company,
it worked out great
for me, my employees and
Prime Lumber as well. This
circle mill is new, and production
just came online in
March of 2021,” said Joey
Gray, general manager of
Prime Lumber Sawmill.
Production at Prime
Poplar lumber is stored in one of the warehouses.
Lumber Sawmill is approximately 10 million board feet
per year. The sawmill utilizes Red and White Oak, Poplar,
Walnut, Eastern Red Cedar and other species to produce
cants, ties and veneer and stave logs.
Prime Lumber Company handles most species of
Hardwoods including Red and White Oak, Walnut, Poplar,
Hard and Soft Maple, Ash, Cherry, Hickory, Cypress
and other species including Southern Yellow Pine, Eastern
Red Cedar and imports. “Diversification is a key to
Prime Lumber Company’s success,” noted Bill Graban.
“Mixed truckloads and CTRs are the norm now more
than the exception. Having a diverse inventory helps our
A Brewco 1600 resaw at Prime Lumber Sawmill, operated by a
sawyer in the cab, cuts dimension lumber to the required specs.
“Prime Lumber has been growing
and adding to our facility and
capacity as our customers’ needs
grow. Prime Lumber’s future plans
revolve around expansion plans for
better serving our customers.”
– Bill Graban, CEO
Prime Lumber Company
customers to acquire several items at one place.”
Jeffrey Neidert is president of Prime Lumber Company;
Bill Graban is CEO and in sales; Greg Hubble is general
manager of Prime Lumber Company, and the other
salespeople are Fred Teague, Whitney Donithan, Jeffrey
Neidert and Matt Neidert. Storage capacity includes six
warehouses, totaling 140,000-square-feet of storage
space, and a production facility that is located here on
the North Carolina property. The company has eight SII
dry kilns with a total drying capacity of about 480,000
board feet. Thirty-five people are employed by Prime
Lumber Company and six by Prime Lumber Transport,
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White Oak grade logs are ready to be sawn at Prime Lumber Sawmill.
Production at the sawmill is approximately 10 million board
feet per year.
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Appalachian Lumbermen Enjoy
Annual Myrtle Beach Event
Photos by Terry Miller
Jeff Dougherty, Ally Global Logistics, Jacksonville, FL; Steve
Leonard, Lawrence Lumber Co. Inc., Lexington, NC; Jay Reese,
Penn-Sylvan International, Spartansburg, PA; and Karl Schmertzler,
Yoder Lumber Co. Inc., Lenoir, NC
Paul Zheng, ATI International LLC, Roanoke, VA; John Evans and
Mary Evans, Ontario Hardwood Co. Inc., Keysville, VA; and Carlene
and Byron Chute, Nyle Systems LLC, Brewer, ME
Myrtle Beach, SC–Approximately 100 members
and families of the Appalachian Lumbermen’s
Club recently held their annual Beach Meeting
here and installed new officers.
The club visits Myrtle Beach each spring for a time of
networking and social development. The group participates
in golf, beach games and receptions each evening.
The golf tournament winners for 2021 were:
1st place A Flight
Most Honest Golfer
2nd place A Flight
#2 Longest drive M Jeff Dougherty
3rd place A Flight
4th place A Flight
5th place A Flight
#3 Closest in 3 par 5 Linwood Truitt
#5 Closest in 2 par 4 Jeff Dougherty
#8 Longest drive W Ray Turner
Clark Delabar, Graf Custom Hardwood, Portsmouth, OH; Erin
Cox, GTL Lumber Inc., Ironton, OH; and Ross Frazier, Turman
Lumber Co., Salem, VA
Jeremiah and Brittany Hawley, Turman Lumber Co., Salem, VA;
Lance Johnson, ISK Biocides Inc., Memphis, TN; and Eric Carroll,
S&S Sprinkler Co. LLC, Charlotte, NC
1st place B Flight
#9 Closest in 3 par 5 Peter McCarty
2nd place B Flight
#11 Closest to pin par 3 Shannon Garland
3rd place B Flight
#17 Closest to pin par 3 Linwood Truitt
4th place B Flight
5th place B Flight
The club installed the new officers for 2021-22 and are:
President – Shannon Garland
Vice President – Brandon Reavis
Secretary/Treasurer – Jimmy Clay
Past President – John Evans
Jesse Cockram and Larry Cockram, Griffith Lumber Co., Woolwine,
VA; Robert Coleman, Robert S. Coleman Lumber Co. Inc.,
Culpeper, VA; and Kendell Cockram, Griffith Lumber Co.
Hank Buchanan, Richard Buchanan and Elissa Buchanan, Granite
Hardwoods Inc., Granite Falls, NC; Ken and Mary Stephens,
Associated Hardwoods Inc., Granite Falls, NC; and Karen and
Mark Bland, American Hardwood Industries Inc., Waynesboro, VA
The next meeting of the ALC will be Sept. 14 and
the location will be announced soon. n
For more information,
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Lee Lybrand, The Timbermen Inc., Johnston, SC; Will Schmertzler,
Rex Lumber Co., Crozet, VA; and Andy and Brianna Nuffer,
DMSi Software/TallyExpress/eLIMBS, High Point, NC
Tony Honeycutt, Mullican Flooring, Johnson City, TN; Karl
Schmertzler, Yoder Lumber Co. Inc., Lenoir, NC; Linwood Truitt,
Beasley Group, Hazlehurst, GA; Kellye Miller, National Hardwood
Magazine, Memphis, TN; Robert Coleman, Robert S. Coleman
Lumber Co. Inc., Culpeper, VA; and Paul Zheng, ATI International
LLC, Roanoke, VA
Additional photos on next page
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ALC PHOTOS Continued
Josh Turner and Sara Beth Kight, Beasley Group, Hazlehurst,
GA; Peter McCarty, TS Manufacturing, Dover-Foxcroft, ME; and
Kristin and Shannon Garland, Peakwood Forest Products LLC,
John Turner, YAK MAT, Hazlehurst, GA; Trish Turner, Noah White,
Amber White, Haggard Turner, and Ray Turner, Beasley Group,
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Tye and Becky Jordan, Associated Hardwoods Inc., Granite Falls, NC; Peter McCarty, TS Manufacturing, Dover-Foxcroft, ME; and John
and Wendy Bowman, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc., High Point, NC
Stuart Deacon, Robin Lunsford, and Meagan and Seth Deacon,
W.R. Deacon & Sons Timber Inc., Lexington, VA
Shane Pappas, and Jennie and Greg Pappas, Cove City, NC
3Abenaki Timber Corporation
3Allegheny Veneer LLC
3Allegheny Wood Products, Inc.
3Ally Global Logistics LLC
3American Lumber Co.
3Anderson-Tully Lumber Co.
Atlanta Hardwood Corporation
3Baillie Lumber Co.
Broadleaf Lumber Co.
3Cardin Forest Products, LLC
3Clark Lumber Co., Inc.
3Cole Hardwood, Inc.
3Crown Hardwood Co., Inc.
3Cummings Lumber Co., Inc.
3Deer Park Lumber International
3Devereaux Sawmill, Inc.
3East Ohio Lumber Co.
3Harold White Lumber Co.
3Hanafee Bros. Sawmill Co., Inc.
3Hermitage Hardwood Lumber
3J.D. Irving Limited
Kamps Hardwoods, Inc.
3King City / Northway
3Legacy Wood Products LLC
3Matson Lumber Company
3McClain Forest Products LLC
3Midwest Hardwood Corp.
3MO PAC Lumber Company
3NELMA (Northeastern Lumber
3 Northern Appalachian Logging
& Forestry LLC
3Northwest Hardwoods, Inc.
3Nyle Systems LLC
3Parton Lumber Co., Inc.
3Penn-Sylvan International, Inc.
3Prime Lumber Company
3Ralph Taylor Lumber Co., Inc.
3Ram Forest Products, Inc.
3Ron Jones Hardwood Sales, Inc.
Salamanca Lumber Company, Inc.
3SFPA (Southern Forest Products
Sisler Lumber Co., Inc.
3Snowbelt Hardwoods, Inc.
3Softwood Export Council
3Somerset Wood Products, Inc.
3TMX Shipping Company, Inc.
3Taner Timber Co., Inc.
3Two Rivers Timber Company, Inc.
3Wagner Lumber Company
3Wheeland Lumber Co., Inc.
Robbie and Jane Parrott, Highland Hardwood Sales Inc., Augusta,
GA; and Kellye and Terry Miller, National Hardwood Magazine,
Shannon Garland with Peakwood Forest Products LLC, Roanoke,
VA is the new Appalachian Lumbermen’s Club President and
John Evans with Ontario Hardwood Company Inc., Keysville, VA
passed the gavel.
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Natchez Welcomes Back
Southwestern Hardwood Manufacturers Club
By Paul Miller Jr.
Natchez, MS–The Southwestern Hardwood Manufacturers
Club recently gathered at the Grand Hotel, located
here, for their annual roundtable business meeting,
which was followed by an open bar, music, a crawfish
boil, or an optional steak if you were a little skittish.
The gathering was well attended with approximately 80
people at the business meeting and almost twice that number
at the crawfish boil with wives and significant others attending.
Everyone expressed a positive attitude regarding strong
demand for Hardwood lumber and industrial products, such
as railroad ties, flooring, pallets, mats, etc. As a result of
strong demand, Hardwood market prices have continued
to increase and it’s difficult to say when demand and prices
will level off.
Jan and Charlie Netterville, Leighton and Seth Netterville, Fred
Netterville Lumber Co., Woodville, MS
Log supply is reported as less than adequate, but with the
southeast experiencing wet weather and the beginning of
hurricane season, it will be some time before mills are comfortable
with their log inventories. Equipment manufacturers
are all busy with some booked out for a year.
As for problems, for the mills right now labor is without
a doubt the number one issue and that goes from logging
crews, sawmills, flooring plants, trucking, and it’s a problem
in virtually every industry. Finding employees, much
less employees that can pass a drug test was a repeated
concern. There were a few sawmills at the SWHMC meeting
that were running more than one shift, but most were
running 40 hours a week because they simply can’t find
enough employees. The exception regarding running more
than one shift was the flooring plants but they, too, are having
difficulty finding enough employees.
A comment more than one mill owner expressed was:
“how do you find enough employees to work when the government
is paying people all these subsidies for people to
stay at home?”
One mill spokesman in Alabama said, “I’ve been in this
industry for 49 years and I’ve never seen anything like
this…I’ve never seen a lumber market this good, so let’s
just enjoy the ride! n
Learn more about this organization
by visiting www.swhmc.com.
Chuck Boaz, Corley Manufacturing, Chattanooga, TN; Tim Lott
and Tyler Walley, Rutland Lumber Co., Collins, MS; Joe Michael
Rose, Superior Mat Co., Collins, MS; and Adam Wade and Alan
Sherrington, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
Connor Peterson and Dee Peterson, Keith D. Peterson & Co. Inc.,
Shreveport, LA; Rick Hanna, Hanna Manufacturing Co. Inc., Winnfield,
LA; and Cody Moak and Jordan Clark, Hunt Forest Products
LLC, Olla, LA
John Jones and Blu Lowery, Ward Timber Ltd., Linden, TX;
Keith Price, Corley Manufacturing, Chattanooga, TN; Scott Gladys,
Fromm Packaging Systems Inc., Boonton, NJ; Chad Smith,
USNR, Hot Springs, AR; and Bob White, Pierce Construction &
Maintenance Co. Inc., Jacksonville, FL
Stan Morgan, J.M. Jones Lumber Co. Inc., Natchez, MS; Buddy
Downey, Stella-Jones Corp., Pittsburgh, PA; Ray Curly, Jacob
Harrison and Stan Hill, J.M. Jones Lumber Co. Inc.
Frank Owens, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS; Bubba
Lammons, All Star Forest Products Inc., Fairhope, AL; Charlie
Netterville, Fred Netterville Lumber Co., Woodville, MS; Howard
Jones, J.M. Jones Lumber Co. Inc., Natchez, MS; and David Roberts,
Stella-Jones Corp., Alexandria, LA
Toto Robinson, Robinson Lumber Company, New Orleans, LA;
Eddie Carson, Beasley Flooring Group, Franklin, NC; J.R. Johns,
Mitco Sales, Memphis, TN; David Caldwell, Hardwood Market Report,
Memphis, TN; Kelly Hostetter, Robinson Lumber Company;
and Butch Ousley, Buchanan Hardwoods, Aliceville, AL
Barrett Baine and Brendan Beesley, V&B International Inc., Port
Gibson, MS; David Engelkes, Maxwell Hardwood Flooring, Monticello,
AR; Tony Butler, Hunt Forest Products LLC, Ruston, LA;
and Wesley Robinson, Robinson Lumber Company, New Orleans,
Bill Behan, Gross & Janes Corp., St. Louis, MO; Deadra Arthur,
Ally Global Logistics LLC, Memphis, TN; Nate Irby, Union Pacific
Railroad, Vicksburg, MS; and Ronald Holland, Gross & Janes
Railroad Cross Ties, Natchitoches, LA
Duncan Ferguson, Sawmill MD, Crestview, FL; Steve Galloway,
AHF Products LLC, Warren, AR; and Robyn Birdsong and Grady
Humphries, Kitchens Lumber Co., Utica, MS
Tommy Maxwell, Maxwell Hardwood Flooring, Monticello, AR;
Kelly Rose, First Horizon Bank, Pocahontas, AR; Kevin Lammons,
All Star Forest Products Inc., Nashville, TN; Wood Holly,
Linden Lumber LLC, Linden, AL; and Bill Buchanan, Buchanan
Hardwoods, Aliceville, AL
Buddy Downey, Stella-Jones Corp., Pittsburgh, PA; Chad Sorrells,
Sorrells Sawmill Inc., Holly Springs, AR; Ashley Goodin,
Railway Tie Association, Americus, GA; Lance Ramsay, Yazoo
Lumber and Mats, Yazoo City, MS; Pete Johnson, Taylor Machine
Works Inc., Louisville, MS; and Kevin Noland, Rives & Reynolds
Lumber Co. Inc., Louisville, MS
Steve Benefield, Ocean Freight Express LLC, Atlanta, GA; Paul
Miller Jr., National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, TN; and Mac
McPhillips, Ocean Freight Express LLC, Mobile, AL
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Witold Biercz, Performance Design Inc., Chesterfield, VA; and
James Miller and John Burkholder, Honeyville Metal Inc., Topeka,
Matt Tietz, McDonough Manufacturing Co., Eau Claire, WI; Stan
Neglay, Maxi Mill Inc., Albany, OR; and Mike McAvoy and Matt Frazier,
McDonough Manufacturing Co.
Returns to the Raceway
Photos by Gary Miller
Raceway Complex was
the recent site for the biennial
two-day Expo Richmond
2021/37th East Coast Sawmill
and Logging Equipment Exposition.
For more than five decades,
Expo Richmond has provided
the forest products industry the
opportunity to maintain efficient
and cost effective operations
through the event’s exhibits
and networking. The exposition
offers the year’s largest collection
of sawmilling, kiln drying,
harvesting, biomass, trucking,
handling, firewood production
and related equipment, supplies
The first Expo was held in
1960 in Crozet, VA. It relocated
around the Commonwealth
to Petersburg, VA, then to the
Richmond Arena before finally
moving to its current home at
the Richmond Raceway Complex.
Through the years, tens of
thousands of forest industry
personnel have visited the
Expo site. Visitors from every
state in the U.S. and many foreign
countries are welcome to
see the latest innovations on
display at the Expo.
The exposition is co-sponsored
by the Virginia Forest
Products Association and the
Cooperative Extension Service
at Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University. n
Learn more at www.exporichmond.com.
Nelson Miller, John-David Miller and Steve Dagenhart, Air Systems
Mfg. of Lenoir Inc., Lenoir, NC
Chris Fehr, U-C Coatings LLC, Buffalo, NY; Ryan Penner, RST
Timber Works Inc., Gloucester, VA; and Dave Sondel, U-C Coatings
Jeremy Pitts and Byron Chute, Nyle Systems LLC, Brewer, ME
Tim Hammond, D.L. Martin Co., Hanover, PA; Dan Kwasniewski,
Herb Kwasniewski and Sean Wing, JC Lumber Co., Elkins, WV
Jim Winkelman, Fran Cleereman, Paul Cleereman and Jon Cleereman,
Cleereman Industries Inc., Newald, WI
Burt Craig, Danny Smith, Jason Vandervort and Mark Booser,
Matson Lumber Co., Brookville, PA
Kennon Morris, Northern Neck Lumber Co. Inc., Warsaw, VA; Corey
Connors, Virginia Forestry Association, Richmond, VA; and
Tripp Josey and Logan Josey, Josey Lumber Co. Inc., Scotland
Lance Johnson, ISK Biocides Inc., Memphis, TN; and Joshua
Bond and Jim Dobyns, Turman Forest Products Inc., Bedford, VA
Additional photos on next page
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Bob Pope, SII Dry Kilns, Montpelier, VT; and Ben Mathews, Jim
Higgins, Brian Turlington and Ken Matthews, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington,
Peter McCarty, TS Manufacturing, Dover-Foxcroft, ME; Mark
Young, AHC Hardwood Group, Crystal Spring, PA; Dale McNeilly,
Custom Sawmill, Savannah, NY; and Geoff Gannon, TS Manufacturing,
Jeremy Mortl, Messersmith Manufacturing Inc., Bark River, MI;
Carl-Heinz Pfaff, IVP Forest Products LLC, Morehead City, NC;
Craig Albright, Messersmith Manufacturing Inc.; and Henry
Haupt, Charles City Timber & Mat LLC, Providence Forge, VA
Penn Cooper, Spec Wood and Marketing Solutions Inc., Quebec
City, QC; and Tom Inman, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers
Inc., High Point, NC
Ben Mathews, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington, NC; Jake Dean and Tammy
Powell, Custom Sawmilling LLC, Rentz, GA; and Ken Matthews
and Jim Higgins, SII Dry Kilns
Brian Turlington, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington, NC; Herbie Daniels, Allegheny
Wood Products Inc., Riverton, WV; and Tom Plaugher,
Allegheny Wood Products Inc., Petersburg, WV
Blaine Bergeron, Southern Packaging Inc., Port Allen, LA; Bill
Hendrix, Brewco Inc., Central City, KY; and Sean Sullivan and
Blake Bergeron, Southern Packaging Inc.
Marv Bernhagen, Corley Mfg. Co., Cornelius, OR; Jim Burris and
Doyle Kitchings, Corley Mfg. Co., Chattanooga, TN; and Rick Gerard,
RG Sawmill Equipment Inc., Elmira, NY
Tom Sheets, Blue Ridge Lumber Co. LLC, Fishersville, VA; Andrew
Clough, Woodworking Mill, Mineral, VA; and Tom Inman,
Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc., High Point, NC
Kevin Moore, Koppers Inc., Newsoms, VA; Timothy Moore, CW
Moore & Sons LLC, Courtland, VA; Cory Sammler, Enviva Pellets
Southampton LLC, Southampton, VA; and Bob Bauer, Executive
Director, KFIA, Frankfort, KY
Duncan Ferguson, Sawmill MD, Crestview, FL; Jon Krepol, Industrial
Vision Systems Inc., Broomall, PA; and Mike Ballard, Sawmill
Jerry Johnson, Paw Taw John Services Inc., Rathdrum, ID; Keith
Thorpe, Matt’s Firewoods, Cookeville, TN; James Morton, Paw
Taw John Services Inc.; Ricky Hennessee, Hennessee Sawmill,
Rock Island, TN; and David Miller, Timber Masters LLC/Matt’s
Firewoods, Sparta, TN
Jason Sears, Embry Automation Controls, Evansville, IN; and
John Stirrup and David Stirrup, O-IV Cooperage & Stave Mill,
Peyton Motley and Teddy Motley, Stella-Jones Corp., Warsaw, VA;
and Trent Worrell, Ball Lumber Co. Inc., Millers Tavern, VA
Travis Robinson, Morgan Lumber Sales Inc., Creedmoor, NC;
Preston Bright and Don Bright, Meherrin River Forest Products
Co., Alberta, VA; and Stuart Deacon, W.R. Deacon & Sons Timber
Inc., Lexington, VA
Hayes Mellott and Stacy Mellott, Mellott Manufacturing Co. Inc.,
Mercersburg, PA; and Chris Clark, A.D. Bowman & Son Lumber
Co. Inc., Castle Creek, NY
Additional photos on next page
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Hayes Mellott and Carl Park, Mellott Manufacturing Co. Inc., Mercersburg,
PA; and Jim Kline and Sean Glessner, Kline’s Equipment
& Mill Supplies Inc., Duncansville, PA
Chad Sorrells, Sorrells Sawmill Inc., Holly Springs, AR; and John
Hurdle and Jeff Hurdle, Hurdle Machine Works Inc., Moscow, TN
Wanda Turman, Brandon Turman, Alexander Turman and Katie
Turman, Turman Sawmill Inc., Hillsville, VA
Mike Price, Justin Jenks and Patrick Jenks, Forestry Systems
Inc., Summerfield, NC
Hal Nowell, Robert Taylor, Grayson Taylor and Miles Johnson,
Taylor Machine Works Inc., Louisville, MS
John Hopkins Jr., Hopkins Lumber Contractors Inc., Ridgeway,
VA; Drew Cockram, Eastern Virginia Tree Harvesters & Service
LLC, Barhamsville, VA; Mike Price, Forestry Systems Inc., Summerfield,
NC; and Mike Turman, Turman Wood Group, Floyd, VA
Lawrence Kessel, Kessel Lumber Products Inc., Keyser, WV; Dan
Tooke, Cleereman Controls, Vancouver, WA; and Rob Kittle and
Paul Cleereman, Cleereman Industries Inc., Newald, WI
John Evans, Ontario Hardwood Co. Inc., Keysville, VA; Ron
Steele, Timber Products Inspection, Peach Tree City, GA; Scott
Scruggs, Drakes Branch Manufacturing, Drakes Branch, VA; and
Blake Hinton, Timber Products Inspection, Hobgood, NC
Frances Cooper, Cooper Machine Co. Inc., Wadley, GA; Bryan
High, Virginia Timber LLC, Elkton, VA; Mark Musser, Skyline Post
& Pole LLC, Louisa, VA; and Robert Cooper, Cooper Machine Co.
Paul Potter and Dan Zeamer, Salem Equipment Inc., Sherwood,
OR; and Tommy Battle, Battle Lumber Co., Wadley, GA
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Mitchell, Meherrin River Forest Products Co., Crewe, VA; and Kerry
Wilson, GF Smith Co. LLC, Portland, OR
Shannon Garland and Tom Garland, Peakwood Forest Products
LLC, Roanoke, VA
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The Woods on Wheels 40-foot trailer was provided by the generous funding of the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association.
Interactive Woods on Wheels Brings the
Forest to Life for Guests of All Ages
According to the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s
(ISDA) website, Indiana’s Hardwood Sector has
an annual economic impact of over $10 billion and supports
70,000 jobs. Hardwood trading is a vital industry
for the state, making education on forest management
and ecology important for the health of this renewable
Indiana Woods on Wheels is an interactive traveling
exhibit that debuted in 2021 by the work of Sara High,
Woods on Wheels Operator and Indiana Department
of Natural Resources (DNR) forester. This mobile resource
targets visitors of all ages, intending to educate
both children and adults about the benefits of Indiana’s
Hardwoods and how these trees support native wildlife.
Woods on Wheels also highlights the many industries
that rely on the state’s native Hardwoods to create familiar
The mobile exhibit is housed in a trailer pulled by a
pickup truck that was funded courtesy of sponsor Cole
Hardwood. At each Woods on Wheels event, visitors are
given an immersive tour of the 40-foot trailer with the
expertise of a Woods on Wheels forester. The inside is
fitted with interactive displays and lined with images of
Indiana’s beautiful forests. The walls are covered floorto-ceiling
with fun facts about the state’s most abundant
renewable resource. For example, visitors can learn that
cellulose from trees are used to make ping pong balls,
The traveling exhibit has a goal of meeting the needs
By Lydian Kennin and Terry Miller
of its various audiences, including high school students
eager to explore forestry career options, landowners
needing expertise, and fact-seeking members of the
The lesson plans offered by Woods on Wheels are
courtesy of Project Learning Tree and Purdue University’s
“The Nature of Learning,” and are designed to teach
children of various learning levels the forest’s function
and usefulness. These lesson plans are publicly available
on the ISDA’s website and can be printed by teachers
for use in the classroom. Example lesson plans include:
“How baby bear’s chair was made,” how to identify
Midwestern trees, and the details of forest ecology.
High began the operation after working with the Indiana
Department of Natural Resources for over a year
and a half.
“I’ve been trying hard to make this something that’s
beneficial to all,” High said. “I have so many opportunities
to make it more than just an elementary age level
High helps Indiana landowners with forest management
by evaluating the ecology of their property and
returning feedback to ensure the health and usefulness
of the land. The ISDA website also offers landowner resources
courtesy of Purdue with helpful information in
many areas of forestry, including: log and tree scaling,
tips on attracting butterflies, and how to recognize invasive
“A lot of times, it was a game-changer for these land-
Operator Sara High of the Indiana DNR attends all of the Woods
on Wheels events.
owners, because they were in it for just a few purposes
and didn’t really care about it-- or, they really did but they
just didn’t know what to do,” High explained.
To High, the importance of Indiana’s Hardwoods is
understated. “Indiana’s forestry industry is actually the
number one AG Industry in the state,” she said. “A lot of
people don’t think about that.”
The collaborators intend for Woods on Wheels to frequently
visit all 92 Indiana counties. This new exhibit will
be made available at no expense to Indiana elementary
school programs as well as public events throughout the
state through October 2021.
Woods on Wheels is a project made possible by the
Members of IHLA tour the inside of the Woods on Wheels exhibit.
collaborative efforts of the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s
Association (IHLA), Purdue: Forestry & Natural
Resources Department, and the Indiana Department of
Natural Resources with the support of the state’s Hardwoods
Additional information, including guidelines, resources,
and an event request form can be found at www.in.gov
or by contacting Sara High, Woods on Wheels Operator,
Indiana Department of Natural Resources at 765-516-
3000 or email shigh@dnr.IN.gov. n
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MANS LUMBER & MILLWORK Continued from page 21
home, or a complete remodel, Mans has a team specifically
for cabinets, countertops, tiles, flooring, hardware,
and any other accessories.
He continued, “Our team is comprised of experts in
custom moulding and millwork, which allows us to make
custom projects seamlessly. We can create baseboard
moulding, crown moulding and standard wood moulding
in any home with style and grace.”
Mans Lumber & Millwork completes installation services
with remodeling design wishes in mind. Mans explained,
“We provide full-service delivery and installation
for doors and windows throughout the Northern Detroit
region. As part of the process, we will complete all field
measurements, accommodate the customer’s schedule,
and minimize any disruption to their home.”
Mans Lumber & Millwork is committed to providing
premium moulding and lumber. The operation offers industry-leading
brands at affordable prices to help builders,
contractors, and homeowners who want to enhance
bathrooms, kitchens, decks and more, according to
Mans. “Our highly-knowledgeable staff will help guide
you through your options and explain what may work
best for your project,” he added.
The company also invests in its employees so they can
deliver an educated option for their customers. “Each of
our employees undergoes continuous training, ensuring
we can help customers design the perfect rooms in their
home using high-quality products. We will even deliver
lumber and building materials directly to the customer
and install custom windows and flooring, if needed.”
When asked about the factors involved in setting Mans
Lumber & Millwork apart from friendly competitors, he
said, “Our knowledgeable and professional sales team
offers a high level of customer service to each and every
customer. Professional contractors and local industries
rely on us to set their projects apart from the competition.
We have a commitment to our customers and it is
our credo: Timely return on estimates, on-time delivery,
prompt phone call follow-up, fair bidding practices, relationship
builders, education before selling, reduce client
wait time, top-quality materials, and positive response to
customers’ needs, always.”
Another factor he mentioned was the conservative
steps the operation took when times were tough. “When
the housing depression hit in 2005-2010, we closed three
locations and laid off more than 100 employees. That being
said, Mans Lumber & Millwork thought outside the
box and merged with another lumber company to make
ourselves better and keep afloat. We really
got into the specialty millwork with
our mill shops to find solutions to unique
projects to set ourselves apart from the
Since 1900, the Mans family has
served the lumber and building material
needs of the Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor
communities. Nicholas August (N.A.)
Mans began selling coal and peat in the
Downriver community of Trenton, MI. His
business quickly expanded throughout
Southeast Michigan, eventually including
four lumberyards, two kitchen and bath
design showrooms, floor coverings, kitchen
flooring, a progressive construction finance
program, a finished carpentry and Mans Lumber & Millwork’s team is comprised of experts in custom moulding and
millwork shop, an installed products division,
and equipment rental.
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The Mans family remains committed to operating
Mans Lumber & Millwork with the same customer-centered
values on which N.A. Mans built his business. n
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PRIME LUMBER COMPANY Continued from page 23
Cody Gray works in the cab at Prime Lumber Sawmill to control
the precision-sawing of lumber.
Prime Lumber Company gets green lumber from Prime
Lumber Sawmill and other mills throughout Appalachia.
“Kiln-dried lumber also is acquired from various trusted
producers,” observed Jeffrey Neidert.
Prime Lumber Company carries out value-added production
by using such equipment as a Mereen-Johnson
Model 524 Optimizing Saw, Newman EPR-24 planer,
Baker resaw, SCMI gang rip saw, a 24-inch Goodtek
planer, two stackers and two grading lines. The firm’s
energy system includes two natural gas boilers.
“Our long-term relationships are the base of Prime
Lumber Company’s business, in addition to integrity and
perseverance to provide lumber that gives good yields
and allows our customers to make beautiful finished
products,” stated Fred Teague.
Those finished products include furniture, millwork,
cabinetry, flooring, distinctive musical instruments and
other decorative and useful items sold worldwide, according
to the company’s website.
Prime Lumber Company is a member of the National
Hardwood Lumber Association, Appalachian Lumbermen’s
Club, Hardwood Distributors Association, Hardwood
Manufacturers Association, Appalachian Hardwood
Manufacturers, Inc. and North Carolina Forestry
Association. The company also is FSC (Forest Stewardship
Council) Certified and a member of the Forest
Greg Hubble, along with Joey, handles the sales.
The sawmill is housed in an 11,000 square-foot facility.
Nine full-time employees work eight hours per shift in a
“We designed the mill to deal with all waste products
with no handling,” stated Greg Hubble. “Bark is ground
into mulch in line, sawdust is pulled from all machines,
and chips are turned into paper chips. We also saw some
unique products such as aromatic Cedar, Walnut and
Sassafras, and we’re always looking for specialty items.”
The mill has all-new electrical service to more efficiently
Equipment includes a Frick circle mill with an Edmiston
carriage, a Brewco resaw and an HMC debarker and
edger. At the mill, logs are graded, sorted and debarked
Joey Gray, general manager, stands in front of 5/4 FAS Poplar
lumber ready for shipment.
for production. Logs are then put through a circle mill
and are sized for the resaw to increase yield. Lumber is
sorted for grades and sizes.
All of the ties, cants and green lumber are shipped directly
from the sawmill when they are sawn. Some of
the green lumber from the mill goes to Prime Lumber
Company in North Carolina to be kiln-dried. The total inventory
at Prime Lumber Company including green/air
dry exceeds six million board feet.
Prime Lumber Sawmill is located in an advantageous
location. “The area of north central Kentucky – only
about 40 miles south of Indiana – is a good area for Walnut
and White Oak timber, as well as other species,” said
Two other strengths of Prime Lumber Sawmill are
General Manager Joey Gray’s industry experience and
the sawmill’s flexibility to produce a variety of products,
making full and efficient use of the timber base, according
to Greg Hubble.
Prime Lumber Sawmill is a member of the Kentucky
Forest Industries Association and the National Hardwood
Lumber Association. n
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LAKE STATES Continued from page 6
still a problem, however.
In Indiana, another source reported a strong market
for Hardwood sales. “Demand is outpacing production in
pretty much anything we produce,” the lumber supplier
said. This company is experiencing a better market compared
to six months ago, with the contact emphasizing it
as “significantly better.”
His company offers mostly White and Red Oak in all
grades, with everything selling well. The sawmill sells
to both end users and distribution yards, with “a small
amount of export.” The source reported his customers as
all being very busy. “The end users, especially if they’re
making cabinets, they are having a real hard time getting
all the other things to make cabinets,” he said.
When asked if transportation was affecting his business,
the contact replied, “Absolutely.” He observed an
increase in domestic trucking prices as well as shortage
of truck drivers. Exports have become increasingly difficult
to book. He explained that even if he is able to find
a booking, the chances are slim for there to actually be
an available truck with a driver to get lumber to the port.
A lumber supplier in Ohio also reported a strong market
with high demand in his area. He described the market
as “better” than it was in the recent past. His company
offers Ash, Cherry, Hard and Soft Maple, Red and
White Oak and Poplar in thicknesses ranging from 4/4
The best-sellers for this sawmill are White Oak and
Poplar, which are sold to a mix of end users and distribution
yards. “We sell to a retail store, and we sell to wholesalers,”
the contact stated. Customers ask, “How quickly
can we get it?” according to him. The supplier described
transportation costs as “double” what they are normally,
with a shortage of trucks to take lumber from the yard. n
NORTHEAST Continued from page 6
ter; 4/4 through 8/4. His best seller is White Oak.
He sells his lumber to distribution yards, and he said
his customers’ sales are good.
Transportation isn’t a problem for this lumberman. “We
have three or four carriers we work really closely with,
and we give them business when it’s slow and we give
them business when it’s fast. Also, we pay them fast.
That pay has something to do with it. When they send
us the bill, we send them money. That helps the relationship.”
A sawmiller from Vermont termed his market as “pretty
strong.” He added: “Certainly we’ve made significant
gains since December of last year. Also, pricing is better.”
He sells all northern species, including Hard and
Soft Maple, Red and White Oak, Birch and Cherry in No.
2 Common and Better, 4/4 and 5/4 with some 8/4.
His sales are to distribution yards. His customers’ business
remains strong, he said. “It doesn’t seem as desperate
a situation as it did eight to 10 weeks ago. That
seems to have crested. I don’t know that our availability
of lumber has changed a whole lot,” he stated. “But you
don’t get beat with 15 phone calls every day with people
trying to source lumber. They seem to be a little more
comfortable. However, there is no lack of need for lum-
ber, he stated. Transportation is starting to get better for
his concentration yard, he observed.
In New York, a distribution yard executive – who buys
green lumber, kiln dries it and sells it – says his market is
“good. We seem to be buying the lumber we need to buy
and we’re able to sell the lumber we have for sale.” His
market is better, he said, than it was six months earlier.
He sells Red and White Oak, Hard Maple and Cherry
in No. 1 Common, No. 2 Common, FAS/1 Face and Betber
Transportation is a problem, he noted. “There is a real
lag, certainly from a week to three weeks. It’s slow getting
wood out of here. All of our customers take care of
their own transportation, so we don’t have direct contact
with trucking contractors.” n
SOUTHEAST Continued from page 7
them as best you can.”
This lumberman sells to distribution yards, end use
manufacturers and to exporters. “Everything seems to
be pretty strong,” he said of his customers’ business.
“The market seems to be good in the Middle East. You
can’t argue with how things are going in Asia. However,
Vietnam seems slow, and I’m not sure why that is. Maybe
they haven’t adjusted to the price increases.
“Moving product to the port has been a huge issue,”
he stated. “Finding trucks to move domestic lumber has
been very difficult. Freight rates have doubled.”
In Tennessee, a source commented that his market is
“excellent, no doubt. Remodeling is part of it. In wholesale,
everything is great, too. Prices have skyrocketed.
Everything is doing good.”
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His market, he said, is “a lot better than it was a few
months ago. Prices have gone up about 40 percent in
He sells Red and White Oak, Poplar, Cherry, Ash, Walnut
and Hard and Soft Maple in FAS, No. 1 Common,
No. 2 Common and No 3 Common, all 4/4. Sales are to
end use manufacturers, retail stores across Texas and
exporters. “Their business is great, too,” he stated.
“It’s been crazy in the Hardwood lumber business with
the price increases,” he observed. “It’s not as wild as
the pine market; it’s not going up 300 percent, but our
business is really doing well. You can sell everything you
However, he noted, “You can’t hardly get trucks. Loads
of lumber sit for weeks waiting on trucks to go to different
parts of the country.” n
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mills can’t hire additional people to increase production.
If a product is related to construction, it’s in short supply.
“The transportation side is very unsettling,” he added.
“Attempting to get more drivers is difficult right now. Some
companies are offering ridiculous amounts of money for
drivers. Labor shortages are the No. 1 issue. Everything
else would be resolved if our vendors could get the labor
to take care of the added business. Then we would see
prices moderate, and things would be better overall.”
In this business climate, he remarked, “We’re very concerned
about taking care of existing customers. We’re
getting calls from all over for product – people from Arizona
and over in Utah – and we’re in Portland, OR. So,
a lot of people are scrambling for product. You’ve got to
take care of your regular customers.”
His company offers all domestic and imported species
in No. 1 Common and Better in 4/4 through 16/4.
Sales are primarily to cabinet companies, architectural
millwork manufacturers and distribution yards. His company
also has retail stores for small furniture manufacturers
and hobbyists. His customers’ sales have been “pretty
good,” he noted. Getting lumber to his customers is a
problem, he remarked, because of transportation issues.
In California, a source stated, “The market is good, but
material availability is difficult. Prices have been skyrocketing,
and people still want to buy it.”
He expected a record month at the time he was speaking.
However, he noted, “I’m afraid that next month, we
won’t have enough product.”
His best sellers are Poplar, White Oak and Walnut. He
sells about 80 species of domestic and imported lumber
in 4/4 through 16/4 in upper grades. He sells primarily to
cabinet and furniture manufacturers. His company also
has retail business. He said homebuilders have plenty of
work, and commercial work is starting to improve.
People from whom he buys lumber are having a hard
time getting trucks, and trucking costs have become
“astronomical,” he remarked. “It’s certainly added to our
costs and added to the timeline of getting lumber out of
ONTARIO Continued from page 8
Basswood is being processed along with other whitewoods
to avoid stain. Demand has picked up, and production
is struggling to keep pace with buyers’ needs,
causing prices to trend higher. Kiln-dried products are
doing well due to new home construction and renovation
markets, as well as to limited supplies of higher cost
species and so Basswood is used as another alternative.
Supplies are limited for the common grades as well.
Log decks for Beech are low as production has been
put aside to make room for Hard Maple and Soft Maple.
Green lumber supplies are limited and prices are also
Business is very good for quality Birch, but off-color
materials require a bit more effort, noted contacts. Demand
is also solid for kiln dried Birch.
Secondary manufacturers are alternating between
Hard and Soft Maple due to the volatile price cycle for
these species. Demand for Soft Maple is strong, and log
decks are low. Demand for kiln-dried supplies is strong,
but products are insufficient to meet demand, especially
for the No. 1 Common and Better grade. Everyone is
working to replenish supplies.
Production of Red Oak was limited due to sawmills’ focus
on whitewoods, resulting in limited supplies to meet
buyers’ needs for most grades and thicknesses, and
prices rising. Demand for green Red Oak has been good
on domestic and international markets.
Demand for White Oak continues to be strong, and so
sawmills are struggling to build their log decks. Competition
for good quality logs is intense they note. Shortages
of green and kiln-dried No. 2A and Better are the norm
with prices escalating.
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With the demand being high, and the ability to produce
all species lagging this demand, one wonders how long
the market can sustain this level of activity, and how high
prices will go. Some forecasters report this trend will continue
well into 2022.
According to Statistics Canada’s May 12th report,
which is the most current data available at the time of
this writing, total investment in building construction increased
5.9 percent to $18.6 billion in March, led by the
residential sector. On a constant dollar basis (2012=100),
investment in building construction was up 5.2 percent to
$14.3 billion in March.
Residential construction investment increased for the
eleventh consecutive month, up 7.6 percent to $14.0 billion
in March. Investment in single units jumped 10.7 percent
to $7.8 billion. Quebec led the way with an increase
of 30.4 percent, bringing investment in single homes to
$1.9 billion for the province. Investment in Ontario was
up 9.8 percent to $3.3 billion, driven by renovations to
single family homes in the census metropolitan area of
Growth in multi-unit construction continued, up 3.9 percent
to $6.2 billion. Gains in Quebec and Ontario led the
overall increase in this component, as six provinces reported
declines. Both new construction and renovations
of condominiums and apartments in the cities of Toronto
and Montréal accounted for most of the growth.
Non-residential construction investment rose 1.1 percent
to $4.6 billion in March, with all components posting
slight increases. Despite this gain, the commercial
and industrial investment components were below pre-
COVID-19 pandemic levels.
Institutional construction investment was up 2.2 percent
to $1.2 billion. Multiple high-value projects in Montréal
contributed to a 2.6 percent increase in Quebec,
where investment totalled $315 million in March. Investments
in the province included a new elementary school
in Laval and renovations to a secondary school in Montréal.
British Columbia recorded another strong month in
March, with the continued construction of new schools in
Burnaby, North Vancouver and Vancouver.
Commercial building construction rose 0.8 percent
to $2.6 billion. Six provinces recorded slight gains, led
by Ontario and Alberta. Large office building renovation
projects in Edmonton and Calgary contributed to the 1.7
percent gain in Alberta in this component.
Investment in industrial construction edged up 0.4
percent to $823 million as recently as March. Increases
in Ontario, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and
Quebec offset six provincial declines. n
The Lumber Rule
4/4 thru 16/4
HICKORY • HARD & SOFT MAPLE • POPLAR • RED & WHITE OAK • WALNUT • ASH
WHITE PINE • BASSWOOD • BEECH • BIRCH • CEDAR • CHERRY
QUEBEC Continued from page 8
U.S. RV industry for this species, and demand in that
country has been strong due to new home building and
renovation markets. Kiln-dried business is fuelling green
lumber price increases, noted contacts.
Secondary manufacturers and wholesalers are keeping
Basswood demand up, along with exports to the Far
East. With warmer weather upon us, less Basswood is
being cut; supplies are not quite meeting demand, and
prices are edging up.
Cherry demand has been very strong in the past several
months, with sawmills moving
production at steady to higher prices
here and in the Appalachian Region.
Exports to China continue to
be strong but are showing a slight
Flooring manufacturers are seeking
more Hickory for both domestic
and export markets. Prices are rising
for this species, and sawmills
are struggling to produce sufficient
Exports of Red Oak to China continue
to be strong, yet have started
to slow down, reported contacts. Demand
on domestic markets is good
as well, with firm pricing for many
grades and thicknesses of kiln-dried
Business is strong for White Oak
according to sawmills and drying
operations. Flooring manufacturers
are the main requester at this time.
Demand is also coming from other
end users in Canada and the U.S.,
Asia and Europe keeping demand
high and in short supply. Prices are
moving upwards as a result, even at
Market demand is also very strong
for Poplar to millwork, furniture and
moulding companies. Contacts noted
that exports are limited by supply
rather than by demand. Sawmills
have increased production of this
species, and markets are readily absorbing
it. Prices are on the rise for
this species as well.
There are brisk sales of pallet stock
with low to marginally adequate pallet
cant and lumber supplies. Rail
shipments are trending up. The need
for track maintenance is increasing, including black tie
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) forecast
big 2021 home sales, but the second half will be
slower than the first. CREA sees a less exciting, but more
typical year for sales next year. Using their estimates of
spin-off economic activity from each home resale, this
year’s economy will get a boost. For next year, they see
the spin-off will be a drag on economic growth.
Spin-off economic activity is secondary spending that
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Jimmy Kepley, owner, and Bart
Jenkins, lumber sales
The firm manufactures 4/4 through 8/4 thicknesses.
WILLIAM HEIDLER has been in sales and purchasing
at Heidler Hardwood Lumber Co. for four years.
Heidler Hardwood Lumber, centered in Chicago, IL, is
a moulding manufacturer and distributor that offers over
40 species of high-grade Hardwood lumber from 4/4 to
16/4 domestic and imports. Heidler Hardwood stocks approximately
two million board feet total. Products include
surfaced and ripped lumber, moulder blanks, custom
mouldings, and wide plank long-length flooring. Heidler
Hardwood specializes in profile-sanded mouldings and
provides extra thick stock (up to 16/4 in Red and White
Oak, Walnut, Ash, etc.). The distribution yard is a member
of the National Hardwood Lumber Association, Indiana
Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association, Hardwood
Distributors Association and Architectural Woodwork
Heidler began at Heidler Hardwood Lumber Co. as a
salesman six years ago. He graduated with a B.A. degree
in Biology and Chemistry from the University of
Kentucky in 2014 (Go ‘Cats!).
Heidler has been happily married to his wife Erica for
what will be a year July 2021. They are currently expecting
their first child. Heidler’s hobbies include spending
time with family and friends, boating, and traveling.
For more information, visit www.heidlerhardwood.
KENNETH M. SPITULSKI is CEO and owner of Ken-
Craft Company Inc., located in Toledo, OH.
KenCraft Company is a manufacturer of stock and
custom mouldings, as well as offers 3/8 by 1.5-inch Red
Oak flooring and manufactures other millwork. The company
purchases 100,000 board feet per year of Ash,
Basswood, Birch, Red and White Oak, Cherry, Hard and
Soft Maple, Poplar, and Walnut (FAS 4/4-8/4). KenCraft
also offers six thicknesses of Baltic Birch plywood and
various imported species of Hardwood.
The company operates a 12,000-square-foot retail and
warehouse facility that offers random width and length
Hardwood, S4S, thin-stock lumber and dust collector
sheet metal fittings for small millwork shops.
Spitulski founded KenCraft Company in 1965 as a remodeling
contractor, building garages, cabinets and furniture,
as well as refurbishing old homes.
Spitulski’s duties include lumber purchasing, and overseeing
day-to-day operations and management of the
company, duties he shares with his son, Tracy.
Spitulski has been married for 55 years to Virginia.
They have one son and one daughter, one grandson,
and three granddaughters.
For more information visit www.kencraftcompany.
JOHN ALLAN is owner of Arkansas Wood Doors, a
manufacturer based in Pottsville, AR. His firm purchases
100,000 board feet per year of No. 1 Common and No.
2 Common in most Hardwood species grown in North
America. With this lumber, Arkansas Wood Doors manufactures
wood and 3DL cabinet doors/components, veneer
RP inserts and custom RTA cabinets. This company
carries out pre-finish and matching of colors as well as
custom finishing with its flat line finish system.
Allan’s first job in the forest products industry was with
Arkansas Wood Doors, beginning in 1977. In the early
1990s, Allan managed a European manufacturing and
distribution facility, making multiple trips to Russia and
the Ukraine, consulting with Russian wood products
manufacturers in processes and upgrading systems and
Allan graduated from a two-year junior college in Illinois.
In his free time, he enjoys trout fishing, traveling
and time spent with his family. He and his wife of 21
years have two grown daughters.
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QUEBEC Continued from page 47
occurs during a home buy, beyond a house and land.
Paint, furniture, moving fees, legal fees, and other things
are spin-off activity. On the positive side, this activity is
a significant part of the total economy. CREA estimates
the average home resale generated $55,122 in spin-off
economic activity. This gives a big boost to the economy
when home sales rise. If home sales fall, it withdraws
some of that activity as well, leading to excess capacity.
This year is seeing a huge benefit from higher home
sales. However, next year’s falling forecast shows it may
be a drag on the economy.
The dollar value of spin-off economic activity reached
a new record high last year. The estimate comes in at
$36.27 billion for 2020, up 13.33 percent from the year
before. That’s on top of the 6.06 percent increase 2019
made on 2018’s activity.
Using the CREA home sale forecast, numbers should
be higher, even as sales slow. The estimate works out
to $46.42 billion in 2021, up 27.99 percent higher than a
year before. If the year hits projected economic growth,
just the spin-off economic activity would be 1.91 percent
of GDP. There’s a large dependence on real estate,
when the spin-off of higher home sales, prints 0.4 more
The CREA forecast for next year shows things will calm
down a little, cooling spin-off. The estimate is $40.57 billion
in 2022, down 12.60 percent from the 2020 estimate.
This is all good news for the Hardwood industry as consumers
will continue their strong demand for Hardwood
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organizations permanently conserve working forests that
Forest Service awards will leverage an additional $30
million in matching and partner funds bringing the totals
well above $45 million.
“To manage wildfire and address climate, we need to
manage our forests. Today’s investments underpin US-
DA’s commitment to address the climate crisis with a
market-based approach that begins to move us toward
a clean energy economy, led by production of renewable
fuel and energy and biobased products grown and manufactured
here in the U.S.,” said Vilsack. “The American
Jobs Plan and USDA’s budget request for 2022 make sure
the Forest Service can prioritize forest management and
For more information, go to www.usda.gov.
U.S. HOMEBUILDING FELL IN APRIL,
ACCORDING TO LATEST DATA
U.S. homebuilding fell more than expected in April, the
latest data available, collected by Reuters, likely pulled
down by soaring prices for lumber and other materials, but
construction remains supported by an acute shortage of
previously owned homes on the market.
The plunge in homebuilding reported by the Commerce
Department was concentrated in the single-family housing
market segment. The number of houses authorized
for construction but not yet started increased to the highest
level since 1999, suggesting hesitancy on the part of
Housing starts tumbled 9.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted
annual rate of 1.569 million units last month. Data
for March was revised lower to a rate of 1.733 million units,
still the highest level since June 2006, from the previously
reported 1.739 million units. Economists polled by Reuters
had forecast starts would fall to a rate of 1.710 million units
Starts surged 67.3 percent on a year-on-year basis in
April. Groundbreaking activity dropped in the Midwest and
the densely populated South, but rose in the Northeast
The inventory of previously owned homes is near record
lows. Tariffs on steel imports are also adding to building
costs. Lumber prices surged 89.7 percent on a year-onyear
basis in April, according to the latest producer price
A survey from the National Association of Home Builders
recently showed confidence among single-family homebuilders
holding steady as recently as May. The NAHB
noted that “some builders are slowing sales to manage
their own supply chains.”
Single-family homebuilding, the largest share of the
housing market, dropped 13.4 percent to a rate of 1.087
million units in April. It retreated further below the more
than 14-year high scaled in December, a sign that builders
could be holding back because of the more expensive
materials and lack of labor.
NWFA PROVIDES FLOORING FOR CUSTOM
HOME FOR WOUNDED VETERAN
The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), located
in St. Louis, MO, has provided flooring for its 55th
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
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will attract loggers, sawmill and pallet operators,
manufacturers of forest products and related machinery, retailers and wholesalers, and consumers of wood
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EXPO 2021 is your chance to gather with
other hardwood and softwood sawmillers
with operations of all sizes, celebrate new
technology, network, and learn about the
industry’s latest products.
Over 95 exhibiting companies will be at
EXPO 2021, along with key representatives
from the nation’s largest wood products
manufacturers. This is your chance to
jumpstart your career, elevate your
business, and make important
connections with industry leaders.
It all starts at EXPO 2021!
August 11 - 13
Georgia World Congress Center
Don’t miss this year’s biggest sawmilling event!
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KANE, PA—Collins, with a
sawmill here, recently announced
that Jason Stanley joined Collins
as Operations Manager-Kane.
For the past five years, Stanley
held the position of Plant Manager
for Northwest Hardwoods and
was responsible for the operations
of two facilities. His focus
is on leadership, setting clear expectations
and safety. He has an
excellent safety record as a manager,
with an incident rate of under 1.
Stanley attended high school in Kane and worked for
the mill briefly straight out of high school. Stanley and
his family live in Warren and are excited to be part of the
Kane community once again.
Collins is very enthusiastic to have Stanley lead the
Kane team. He reports to Jeff Stoddard, Chief Operating
Stanley can be reached at the Kane office – 814-837-
6941 – or at email@example.com.
For more information, go to www.collinsco.com.
WILSONVILLE, OR—GW Industries,
headquartered here, is
welcoming new opportunities with
the company’s transition from
softwood mills to Hardwood in the
“We are an especially small and
private company, but have much
to offer the Hardwood industry,”
stated Dennis Krueger, director of
Dennis Krueger imports.
GW Industries currently offers
industrial wood panel products and prides itself in leading-edge
technology, manufacturing facilities, and reliable
“The kiln stick program has a 35+ years history of success
with a niche item we hope to build on for the future,”
Krueger stated. “Until last year, our annual production has
been sold mostly in advance without space for new customers.”
With over 60 years of combined experience in the forest
products industry, the team at GW Industries is confident
in its transition to Hardwood. “Circumstances with overseas
mills changed last year, opening new opportunities
and increased production,” Krueger explained.
For more information, go to www.gwi.us.com.
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BUFFALO, NY—U-C Coatings,
LLC., headquartered here,
recently added Tom Martin as
their Manufacturing Director. U-C
Coatings is adding this new role
to help support volume growth,
new product launches, and continued
supply service to customers
as they grow the company.
Martin, a graduate of Alfred University,
with a master’s degree in
Ceramic Engineering, has over
25 years of operations and engineering leadership experience
in a wide range of manufacturing industries. Martin
brings to the company a wealth of knowledge in advanced
and lean manufacturing, having led operations and engineering
teams in the implementation of advanced manufacturing
practices in several manufacturing companies.
A Western New York native, Martin, along with his wife,
Amy, and two sons, live in Akron, NY, located 20 miles
East of Buffalo. He enjoys automobile restoration and
spending time with his family traveling to various places
throughout the U.S.
U-C Coatings is a leading manufacturer and supplier
of premium wood protection products. For more than 45
years, their products have been used in a variety of industries,
including softwood and Hardwood lumber production,
logging, wood products manufacturing, woodworking
and wood decking markets.
Learn more at www.uccoatings.com.
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Pennsylvania Lumbermens
Mutual Insurance Company (PLM), the largest mutual insurer
dedicated to wood-related businesses, recently announced
the appointment of Timothy Callahan as the new
chairman of their board.
Callahan has been a member of PLM’s board since
2006. He’s also been a member and chairperson of PLM’s
Audit/Nominating Committee, in addition to serving on the
“Tim has been an incredibly valued member of our team
for well over a decade,” said PLM President and CEO
John Smith. “His dedication to the wood niche and our
local community has been admirable, and we are excited
to see his leadership translate into great success for PLM
in the near future.”
Callahan is a partner in the litigation department of Saul
Ewing LLP in Philadelphia. He currently serves as general
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counsel to the firm and as chair of
the firm’s Ethics Committee. He is
also a member and former chair
of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s
Committee on Ethics & Professional
“I’m honored to be named the
next chairman of the board at
PLM,” said Callahan. “PLM has
been a positive and active presence
in both the lumber and Phil-
adelphia communities. As chairman
of the board, I look forward to continuing to drive our
initiatives forward and to further our philanthropic endeavors.”
Callahan received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors
from Ursinus College and his law degree from Temple
University School of Law. He is a member of the Temple
Law Review and currently resides in West Chester, PA
with his wife Susan.
Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company
(PLM) is a nationally recognized property and casualty
insurance carrier serving the lumber, woodworking and
building materials industries. Backed by 126 years of experience,
the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based company
protects over 5,000 businesses nationwide with property,
general liability, inland marine, business automobile, commercial
excess liability and equipment breakdown coverages.
For more information about PLM, go to www.plmins.
CORVALLIS, OR—Bob Bell is
new to the sales team of Lucidyne
Technologies Inc., headquartered
here. He works as the company’s
northeast sales representative.
Previously, Bell worked as
plant manager for Baillie Lumber
in Smyrna, NY and, before that,
for Baillie Lumber in Galion, OH.
He began in the forest products
Bob Bell industry in 2010 as an assistant
manager at Baillie Lumber in
Cove City, NC.
Bell graduated from the University of West Virginia with
a bachelor’s degree in wood science and then went on
to graduate from Mount Vernon of Nazarene University
(Ohio) to earn a master’s degree in technology. Bell is a
past-president of the Forest Products Society.
In his free time, Bell enjoys traveling, skiing, basketball
Lucidyne, a division of Microtec, provides mill-wide
scanning solutions using deep learning artificial intelligence.
For more information, go to www.lucidyne.com.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN—The Hoosier Hardwood Festival,
for industry pros and hobbyists as well as for families, is
scheduled for August 27-29, 2021 at the Marion County
Plans for forest products industry pros and hobbyists
include heavy machinery and equipment, lumbermen’s
tools, woodworking tools, chainsaws, safety gear, live
demos and educational sessions.
For everyone, there will be an all-American lumberjack
show, a chainsaw carving artist auction, woodworking
demos and more.
The festival is produced by the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s
For admission prices and festival hours, go to www.
George Lindsay Barker,
76, of Fort Wayne, IN, died
recently, surrounded by his
family. Born June 16, 1944 in
Irwin, PA, he was a son of the
late Harry and Dorothy Barker.
He graduated from Ohio State
University, received his MBA
George Barker from Ashland College and was
a successful business owner
for over 30 years. His interests included the restoration
of old cars with his best friend, Mike. He was
a member of the Porsche Club and enjoyed driving
cars at the track, sailing, traveling and spending time
with friends. Most of all, George loved his family and
friends. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, one
daughter, two sons and four grandsons.
Just months prior to George’s death, he and his
business partner, Bob Pennycoff retired from Biolube,
selling their business to Kelly Johnson and Erik Bailey,
owners of DR Lubricants. For more than 20 years,
DR Lubricants has helped George and Bob develop,
manufacture, ship and service the Biolube line as
they became the leader in the field of saw lubrication.
George will be missed in the sawmill industry as he
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first responders. The home dedication for United States
Army Staff Sergeant Jay Fondren took place recently in
Houston, TX. Flooring for the project was donated by
NWFA member American OEM.
Staff Sergeant Fondren joined the Army in January
2002. He was injured by a roadside bomb in 2004 while
deployed to Iraq. The explosion resulted in the loss of
both legs above the knee.
“When Staff Sergeant Fondren was first injured, his initial
concerns were for his fellow service members,” says
NWFA President and CEO, Michael Martin, “but it was
soon evident that his own injuries were the most severe.
After the attack, he was in a coma, and flown to Walter
Reed Army Medical Center. Today, he works with Camp
Hope in Houston, a faith-based residential treatment center
for veterans, which demonstrates his continued focus
on service to others. We’re honored to partner with American
OEM to provide flooring for his new home.”
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will almost certainly surface as the Congressional tax
writing committees begin their task of fashioning actual
legislation to implement these plans. One area on
which the Hardwood Federation is keenly focused is
a potential increase in taxes S Corporations and other
pass through entities currently pay. Beginning in 2018
after enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a new
tax deduction for owners of pass-through businesses
took effect. Pass-through owners who qualify are able
to deduct up to 20 percent of their net business income
from their income taxes, reducing their effective income
tax rate by 20 percent. This deduction is currently slated
to run through 2025 unless extended by Congress.
Given that pass-through businesses employ a majority
of private sector workers (58 percent), pay a significant
share of all business taxes (51 percent) and that large
S Corporations (over 100 employees) pay 20 percent
of all business taxes, it seems reasonable to conclude
that Congress will turn to pass throughs at some point
as they sharpen the pencil on raising revenue.
Another proposal that has received serious consideration
in previous Congresses is eliminating the preferential
tax treatment on standing timber. Currently,
standing timber is assessed at the capital gains rate,
recognizing the long term investment and risk that landowners
incur to produce trees that can take 50 to 80
years to mature. So called “pay fors” have surfaced in
Congress in recent years that would eliminate capital
gains preferential tax treatment for revenue derived
from harvesting timber and instead assess gains as ordinary
income at the top tax rate. More than doubling
the tax rate on timber proceeds would be devastating for
forest landowners across the spectrum--from small private
landowners trying to put a kid through college with
a timber sale or thinning project to large industrial forest
landowners. The downstream effects on companies in
the Hardwood manufacturing sector that rely on forest
fiber for product and energy are consequential. Although
the timber tax “pay for” has not been discussed for a few
years, we have found that these tax proposals have a
way of coming back from the dead…and just like zombies,
they are hard to kill!
These proposals and others impacting our sector may
surface in the coming weeks. The Hardwood Federation
team is fanning out virtually to offices on both sides of
the Capitol to gather intelligence and discuss the impact
that increased taxes will have on jobs in rural areas. A
study recently conducted for the National Association of
Manufacturers concluded that one million jobs would be
lost in the manufacturing sector alone following with first
two years after enactment of revenue raisers that are
being discussed. As always, we will keep you apprised
of what we hear and may be calling upon you to help
engage Congress as threats—and opportunities—materialize.
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Through generous donations from companies and individuals,
like you, we’re supplying teachers and kids with
free resources, education, and support with our signature
Truth About Trees Kits in packaged and digital formats.
Who do you know that’s an educator or education coordinator?
We’d like to partner with and support them.
Field trips will be starting back up this fall. The Kit is a
perfect way to extend their experience from your organization
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Helping kids become #exTREEmelysmart will keep
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With your continued support, we can educate ONE MIL-
LION kids by 2030, encourage young people to choose
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Let’s grow something beautiful together.
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, to make
a donation, or find out how you can help change hearts
and minds about wood, for good, please visit us at www.
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CLASSIFIED PROFIT OPPORTUNITIES
To: Anyone involved in the sawmill controls industry
There are many stories and people that have been
involved in the sawmill controls industry.
This fascinating history should be preserved. I want to write
a book about this industry and would appreciate any stories
or comments you might want to add. I am willing to meet in
person if needed.
Please contact me, Jeff Hurdle, at:
● 2 Grade Lines
● 2 Gang Rips
● 300,000' Kilns
Bingaman & Son Lumber, Inc., a leading wood products manufacturer, is seeking
a full-time Forest Technician & Forester at our St. Marys Lumber Company
location [135 Aviation Way, St Marys PA 15857 (814)834-1209].
Forester Tech - This position is responsible for accurate timber cruise numbers,
timber harvest logistics, and aiding procurement foresters in road bonding/permitting.
Must be proficient in species identification and log grading rules. Prefer an
Associates Degree in Forestry.
Forester - We prefer a 2 year Associates degree in Forestry, 1-3 years sawmill
experience, knowledge of industry software & Microsoft experience. In addition,
the successful candidate will have a strong work ethic, self-motivated and experience
working in a team setting. A valid PA driver’s license required.
We offer competitive wages and some of the best benefits in the area – health
insurance, 401K, ESOP, vacation, etc. If you are interested, please email your
resume to Aimee Bowersox at firstname.lastname@example.org. E/O/E
Hardwood Sawmill and Dry Kilns For
Sale in the Midwest
● Wood Waste Boiler
● 3 Dry Storage Sheds
● 1 Air Drying Shed
● 15,000' Capacity Steamer
Sawmills and Resaws Capable of 150,000' Per Week Production.
Reply to: CMP #3577
c/o National Hardwood Magazine
PO Box 34908, Memphis, TN 38184-0908, or
email email@example.com – put CMP #3577 in the subject line
USED MACHINERY FOR SALE
●USNR 4TA30 Top Arbor Three Shifting
●Infeed Landing Deck
●USNR – Lunden Cam Unscrambler
●Even Ending Rolls
●Queuing Hooks (2) ahead of Scanner
●Queuing Hooks (2) after Scanner
●Edger Infeed Model 600 Maximizer
●USNR 4TA30 Edger with 200 HP Arbor
●Outfeed Belt with Shifting Edging Shears
●Specs – Hardwood 1” to 4” Thick x 4” to 24”
Wide x 6’ to 16’ Long
●Saw Kerf .160” x Saw Plate .120”
●Two Hydraulic Units
●Water Mizer Oil Mist Guide System
●Set of Babbitt Guide Tools
Contact: Jenness Robbins
Cell: (207) 745-2223
or visit us at
Benchmark pricing and market
commentary on the North American
hardwood lumber industry.
Go online at hmr.com for a sample copy.
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
2000 Optimil 6ft Twin Bandmill
Never used. Bandsaw with covers. $150,000.
Please call Jenness for more information at
207-745-2223 or Jeff at 207-342-5221.
USNR 4TA30 Top Arbor Three Shifting Saw Edger
200 hp drive motor, includes unscrambler, control
cab, infeed and outfeed. $95,000. Please call Jenness
for more information at 207-745-2223 or Jeff
Phone: (207) 342-5221
Fax: (207) 342-5201
PO Box 9, Ghent Road
Searsmont, ME 04973
Contact: Jenness Robbins
Pike Lumber Company, Inc. is seeking a supervisor for their Milan, Indiana sawmill. This is a full-time position with responsibilities
including sawmill operations, maintenance, quality control and scheduling that reports to the Milan Regional Manager.
Essential tasks, duties, and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Coordination and management of production operations at the Milan, IN facility
- Must be proficient in operation of all equipment used in and around the sawmill
- Responsible for daily work schedules and reporting to corporate office
- Assist in the training of machine operators and back ups
- Fill in for key operators
- Responsible for quality control and adherence to production standards
- Work with maintenance to develop proper preventative maintenance schedules
- Ensure preventative maintenance measures are being completed
- Assist maintenance and operators when any station is down for repairs
- Assist in the recruitment and hiring process of necessary plant personnel
- Enforce all company policies including any safety procedures
- Must be able to climb, squat, stoop, lift 50lbs and sit or stand for long periods of time
Skills & Experience
- Minimum 5 years of experience in the Lumber industry as equipment operator, inspector or equivalent
- Knowledge of sawmill production equipment and process flow
- Ability to demonstrate proficiency in applying NHLA lumber inspection rules
- Knowledge of computers (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.…)
- Must possess valid vehicle operator’s license and meet safety requirements of company’s insurance provider
- Knowledge of pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical systems and controls
- Strong written and verbal communications skills
- Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Must have a commitment to quality manufacturing
- Detail oriented
- Ability to work with all personnel and show strong leadership skills
- Strong organizational and time management skills
Salary & Benefits
Competitive salary based on experience and qualifications. Profit sharing and 401k are offered. Paid time off (PTO) policy
with time off earned from date of hire. Full medical, dental and vision benefits available after 60 days of employment.
Relocation assistance will be available.
To learn more about Pike Lumber Company, please visit www.pikelumber.com
To apply, please send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Pike Lumber Company
785 E. Carr Street
Milan, IN 47031
ALL CLASSIFIED ADS MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE
$45.00 PER INCH - BLIND BOX NUMBER FEE: $10.00
DEADLINE: 30 Days Preceding Publication Month
Classified advertising will not be accepted for Hardwood products such as lumber,
dimension, turnings, veneer, carvings, new dry kilns or dry kiln equipment, etc.
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For For over a a century, Corley has has been
the the most trusted name in in the the industry.
Abenaki Timber Corporation......................
Air Systems Mfg. of Lenoir, Inc..............57
Ally Global Logistics...................................
Atlanta Hardwood Corporation..................
Autolog Sawmill Automation......................
Automation & Electronics USA..............11
Baillie Lumber Co.......................................
Beasley Forest Products, Inc.....................
Bingaman & Son Lumber, Inc.....................
Breeze Dried Inc.........................................
Cardin Forest Products LLC.....................1
Church, Bryant, Hardwoods, Inc................
Clark Lumber Co.........................................
Cole Hardwood, Inc....................................
Cooper Machine Co., Inc............................
Corley Manufacturing Co......................IBC
Cramer, W.M., Lumber Co.......................46
Cummings Lumber Co., Inc......................3
Deer Park Lumber, Inc............................37
Devereaux Sawmill, Inc..........................49
Distribution Management Systems, inc.
Fitzpatrick & Weller Inc..............................
GF Hardwoods, Inc.................................47
Graf Bros. Flooring & Lumber................15
Graf & Thomas Lumber, Inc.....................4
Granite Hardwoods, Inc.............................
Granite Valley Forest Products..................
GTL Lumber Inc........................................4
Hardwood Forestry Fund........................56
Hardwood Manufacturers Assoc ..............
Hartzell Hardwoods, Inc.............................
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Hermitage Hardwood Lumber Sales, Inc..
Hurdle Machine Works Inc.....................42
Irving, J.D., Limited..................................9
ISK Biocides, Inc........................................
JoCo Lumber, Inc........................................
Jones, Ron, Hardwood Sales, Inc..............
Josey Lumber Co., Inc................................
Kentucky Forest Industries Assoc.........51
Kepley-Frank Hardwood Co., Inc...........48
King City Forwarding USA, Inc...................
King City/Northway Forwarding Ltd...........
Kretz Lumber Co., Inc.................................
Lawrence Lumber Company Inc................
Lewis Controls, Inc...............................IBC
Lewis, Dwight, Lumber Co., Inc.................
Lucidyne Technologies Inc........................
Lumber Resources Inc...........................39
Lussier, Simon, Ltd.....................................
MacBeath Hardwood Company..............55
Maine Woods Company..............................
Mars Hill, Inc...............................................
Maxwell Hardwood Flooring......................
McDonough Manufacturing Company........
Mellott Manufacturing Co., Inc...................
Meridien Hardwoods of PA., Inc.................
Messersmith Manufacturing, Inc...............
Midwest Hardwood Corporation................
Miller, Frank, Lumber, Inc...........................
MillTech Inventory Management
MO PAC Lumber Company......................38
Mueller Bros. Timber, Inc...........................
Neff Lumber Mills, Inc................................
Netterville, Fred, Lumber Co......................
New River Hardwoods, Inc.....................40
North American Forest Foundation............
Northcentral Technical College.............54
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Northwest Hardwoods, Inc.................. IFC
Nyle Systems, LLC..................................13
Oakcrest Lumber, Inc.................................
OHC | Overseas Hardwoods Company.......
O’Shea Lumber Co......................................
Paw Taw John Services, Inc......................
Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual
Peterson, Keith D., & Co., Inc. ..............57
Pike Lumber Co., Inc............................. FC
Prime Lumber Company.............................
Ram Forest Products, Inc.......................50
Real American Hardwood Coalition...........
Rosenberry, Carl, & Sons, Lumber, Inc..44
SII Dry Kilns................................................
Sirianni Hardwoods, Inc.........................43
Smithco Manufacturing, Inc.......................
Snowbelt Hardwoods, Inc..........................
Southern Forest Products Assoc...........52
Stiles, A.W., Contractors, Inc.....................
Taylor Machine Works, Inc.........................
Thompson Hardwoods, Inc........................
Tigerton Lumber Co................................41
TMX Shipping Co., Inc................................
Tropical Forest Products....................... BC
Tuscarora Hardwoods, Inc.........................
U-C Coatings, LLC.......................................
Western Hardwood Association.............45
Wheeland Lumber Co., Inc.........................
White, Harold, Lumber, Inc.....................55
Williams, R.J., Inc.......................................
York Legacy Mill Inc...................................
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