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Features & Industry Events
Reinvests in Manufacturing
for Quality and Consistency
Peterman Lumber Providing
Quality Hardwoods and
Superior Service For 40+ Years
U.S., Canada Furniture Makers
at High Point Report Strong
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Penn-York Celebrates Return
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NELA Reinstates Meetings with
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6 U.S.A. Trends
8 Canadian Trends
10 News Developments
12 HMA Update
14 AHEC Report
16 NWFA Review
18 NHLA News
56 Who’s Who
60 Trade Talk
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Supplier news about
sales, labor, prices, trends,
expansions and inventories
Lumber manufacturers in the Lake States region are
reporting a steadier market compared to six months
ago, but the industry is still busy.
“I think it’s a little slower now than it’s been,” said a
source in Indiana. “It depends on what you have available,
because it seems like only certain products are really
Her company manufactures Walnut, Hard and Soft
Maple, White and Red Oak, Ash, Basswood and Cherry
and specializes in Grade Walnut lumber from 4/4 to
16/4. “Walnut and White Oak are the items that are moving
and the things people are looking for,” she said. “But
overall, as far as inquiries go, I think it’s slowed down
This source sells to both end users and distributors in
the region, with trucking availability steadily improving.
“Transportation is a little better than what it was,” the
contact explained. “It seems we’re not warehousing as
many orders for a long time now.”
In Michigan, a sawmill representative described the
market as “very busy” and comparable to how it was in
the spring season.
“I would say demand hasn’t slowed down a ton. Maybe
a little bit,” he explained. “We’re about hand-to-mouth,”
he added. “If we run something, it seems like it ships out
pretty quick, and what’s still available – it’s not a whole
This sawmill processes White Hard and Soft Maple,
Red and White Oak, color sorted Hickory, Heart Cherry
and Heart Walnut in thicknesses ranging from 4/4 to 8/4.
The source stated that he sells to a split between
end users and distributors. “Our biggest end users are
flooring and cabinets,” he said. When asked if his customers
have given comments on the current market, he
responded, “Everybody’s pretty busy.”
Transportation has been a struggle for this sawmill,
which uses trucks, containers, rail and LTL to move product.
“Taxation – as far as shipping lumber to our customers
– has been a challenge,” he said. “Rates went up.”
A lumber provider in Wisconsin reported that the mar-
Lumber suppliers in the Northeast are still reporting a
strong market – one of whom described it as “red hot.”
A source in Pennsylvania stated that despite the market
for Hardwood in his area standing “quite strong,” kilndried
and green material are still “relatively undersupplied.”
Compared to six months ago, he said that supply
is getting “a little better.”
This provider’s company offers Hard and Soft Maple,
Cherry, Ash, Red and White Oak, and its main product
- Poplar. He added that White Oak is currently the species
in highest demand for the company’s varied customer
base of end user manufacturers, distributors, and
“They’ve been saying how hard it is to find material for
some time now,” he said. “Like I said, I think it’s getting
a little bit more available than what it was, so we’ll see
how that develops over the summer. It’ll be interesting,
This source has experienced issues with trucking
throughout the year, but he said “at the moment, it might
be slightly better.” Ease of transportation appears to fluctuate
with no definite trend.
In New York, a source reported that market trends
have been “about the same” as they were six months
ago, with “pretty good” sales. His company sells Red and
White Oak in One Face and Better, No. 1 Common and
No. 2 Common, mostly to distributors.
Transportation issues have subsided for this provider
because of a lot of determination. “We don’t take no for
an answer. Someone tells us no, we keep on looking,”
he explained. He believes that trucking prices are at their
peak, and does not see them going up much higher.
“Red hot” is how a contact in New Hampshire described
the market in his area. “It hasn’t slowed down
since November,” he said. “Everyone’s out of everything.
None of our sawmills have much in back inventory.”
Before the Hardwood market became this strong, his
company had no problem building inventory with logs
ranging from 10 to 16 feet. “Now, we get what we get,”
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The markets for Hardwood lumber are strong in the
A lumber provider in Mississippi stated, “Our markets
have been outstanding because of the trustworthiness of
the mills we deal with and the trust we have from them.
It’s been a great year for us.
“Six months ago was a great time for us,” he continued.
“After that, it was good. It’s been pretty steady till now.
This month is a little slower than it has been, due to the
amount of material available to sell. A lot of people don’t
have logs to sell; there’s just not the inventory that there
was. Freight of course is an issue. But the biggest thing I
see slowing us down is supply.”
He sells the most common Hardwoods from the North,
South and Southeast. “We sell from pallet lumber to
FAS,” he stated. Selling best are industrial grade lumber
and frame stock.
“I think we’re going to be looking at this market having
an adjustment,” he observed. “Prices have climbed as
high as they could go, and there’s some push-back now.
It just can’t keep going up and up and up. People will say,
we just can’t afford that lumber. But we haven’t had that
Customers include end users in flooring, pallet manufacturing,
crating, and furniture manufacturing. “Our
customers’ markets are strong,” he noted. “The furniture
market is good. We’re selling as much or more lumber
than we have but at higher prices.”
On the down side, he said, “Transportation’s been a
problem all year. This year is the worst year for freight
that I’ve seen, including rising costs. But we’ve fought
A Hardwood flooring manufacturer in Arkansas stated
that his market has been “very strong since June of
2020.” Compared to several months ago, he assessed
the current market as better.
He handles Red and White Oak in Nos. 1A-3A. His
product is sold to distributors. He said “their business is
wide open. Nobody can get enough lumber, but there’s
a lot of business out there, and there’s been a strong
increase in demand.”
On the West Coast, the markets are good, but different
factors are presenting problems to lumber providers.
According to a wholesaler in California, “I would say,
it’s been a really good market but it seems to be cooling
off a bit. We’ve noticed in the last two weeks it has
“It’s worse than it was six months ago, for sure, due to
pricing and availability,” he observed. “Keeping goods to
sell has been challenging. As for pricing, my opinion is
that some people are choosing to put jobs on hold because
of material costs.”
He sells “almost everything in Hardwoods,” he said.
Ripped White Oak and Walnut are the hottest, he stated.
Widths of 4/4 to 16/4 are the most common for this firm.
“We sell primarily to end users,” he noted. “Activity is
cooling off for some folks, but some customers are really
Transportation is an issue for him. “It’s hard to get
trucks and costs are skyrocketing. It’s been pretty tough”
Another California lumberman, who operates a distribution
yard, said his market is “pretty good. It’s probably
one of the better markets, really. It’s better than six
He sells Poplar, Cherry, Red and White Oak, Maple,
Ripped White Oak, Walnut and Ripped Walnut in all uppers.
Appalachia is the source of this lumber, and he
notes that that region has a diverse timber base.
This distribution yard sells to lumber yards and end users.
“Everybody I talk to, among our customers, is busy
– from larger plants to smaller cabinet shops.” He noted
that lumber yards deal with contractors who have had
jobs cancelled on them. His thought is that this will help
lower demand in the market which could “help out a little
Then there’s the matter of transportation. Trucks bringing
lumber from Washington and Oregon are not a problem,
he said. His firm has dealt with the same trucking
company for 25 years, and they do good work, he commented.
On the other hand, containers for rail shipment
are problematic. “The most terrible thing,” he explained,
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News from suppliers about prices, trends, sales and inventories
There were the usual slowdowns due to vacation periods
and the July 1st Canada Day celebrations over the
early part of summer. The province started to ease restrictions
and businesses reopened to return to a more
normal way of life. With vaccines being delivered and
inoculation numbers rising, people were more hopeful
of seeing an end to the COVID-19 pandemic in the near
future. Contacts in the industry felt cautiously optimistic
for a better fall season. Contacts noted that there were
more logs available to sawmills, but production had not
increased significantly from spring through summer.
There is still the struggle of getting qualified workers
in the industry to boost production and meet demand.
Some contacts noted that kiln-dried sales are good,
while green sales were fair to good. Most species are
performing well. There is still a high demand for Hard
and Soft Maple, Walnut and White Oak, with demand
outpacing production. It was noted that the industrial
markets were strong.
Ash is selling well on international and domestic markets,
but sales have abated since the beginning of the
year. Wholesalers note that their kiln-dried inventories
are thin, with higher prices being noted. Green Ash production
is low, they add. Consumers are still demanding
Hard and Soft Maple, so the push is to produce as much
of these two species as possible. Aspen production has
not seen a rise in demand, even though there was ample
supply of this species. However, it is reported there is
demand for it in the traditional and new markets.
Basswood production has also seen a slowdown due
to sawmilling of other species such as Hard and Soft Maple.
However, with warm weather conditions, whitewood
log decks must be renewed on a regular basis, which
includes Basswood. Volumes are low for this species,
with demand outpacing supply. Kiln-dried Basswood
markets are good with inventories thin for most grades
and thicknesses. Business is best for the upper grades,
with prices seeing some gains.
Demand for Birch relies heavily on Canadian and U.S.
The COVID-19 restrictions across the province are
slowly being lifted and businesses are gradually reopening
and getting back to a semblance of normal. The economy
is doing better than expected, and with new home
construction and renovation markets still on a high, it is
very favorable news for the Hardwood industry. The Chinese
market is still a bit slow, but the domestic market
is doing well, as well as other export markets. Industry
is trying to respond to the increased demand, however
labor shortages are impeding the progress. It is reported
that there are some gaps in supplies for some species
while others are doing very well.
Ash sales to end users and wholesalers are good,
while purchases from China have moderated for this
species. Demand from other export markets are balancing
this out. Prices were noted as having risen slightly.
Demand for Cherry from China had increased in late
spring, but has since seen a slight slowdown. Those who
export are adding incentives with modest price concessions
to boost sales. Demand on the domestic front is
steady due to residential construction.
Flooring manufacturers have reduced their Hickory
demand, even though flooring sales remain active. Contacts
say they have ample inventories. There is also a
decent demand from millwork, moulding and cabinet
manufacturers, and the export market is also faring well,
The regionally important Hard Maple species is still in
great demand. However, the gap between supply and
demand has not decreased, as it has for other species.
Sawmills are producing as much Hard Maple as possible
and as logs are available, but it is still not enough to supply
secondary manufacturers and wholesalers, resulting
in climbing prices. Soft Maple sales reports are positive
as well, with upper grades going to cabinet, furniture and
Demand from residential wood and truck trailer flooring
manufacturers are keeping the Red and White Oak markets
high. They are struggling to get additional volumes
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KINDEL ADDS WORK-FROM-HOME
Kindel Grand Rapids, located in Grand Rapids, MI, has
announced the expansion of their Facets program to include
‘Work from Home’ category products. The additions
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add to the program consisting of configurable chests and
credenzas, bedroom, dining, occasional and bar products.
The program brings a range of luxury options to work
at home products. The additions to the collection include
table desks, bookshelves, file cabinets and a new mobile
work unit/occasional table named the
Multi-Facet. Each of these pieces pull
from components and parts from the
Facets chest and credenza program,
an important aspect of Facets.
This new furniture uses solid U.S.
Hardwoods, specifically Maple, and
is manufactured only in the United
Facets has broad appeal because
of the range of luxury choices, especially
with the chest, credenza and
nightstand products, according to
Kindel Grand Rapids. The new work
from home products offer options including
hand painted fine lines, multiple
species options, dual finishes,
and 68 hand rubbed wood and paint
finishes. The finishes include a collection
of artistic, hand applied finishes
that showcase the multi-step finishing
process that is prized within Kindel
Grand Rapids brands.
Kindel Grand Rapids is known for
high-level craftsmanship and is made
in the USA. The company’s streamlined
process combined with efficiencies
of design, enables lower opening
The Facets Collection additions
were launched at the June, 2021
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STEADY IN MAY
Overall housing starts increased
3.6 percent in May to a seasonally
adjusted annual rate of 1.57 million
units off of a downwardly revised
April reading, according to a report
from the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development and the
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NAHB, the most recent data available.
The May reading of 1.57 million starts is the number of
housing units builders would begin if development kept
this pace for the next 12 months. Within this overall number,
single-family starts increased 4.2
percent to a 1.10 million seasonally
adjusted annual rate. The multifamily
sector, which includes apartment
buildings and condos, increased 2.4
percent to a 474,000 pace.
“Single-family starts held firm in
May as demand remains strong
despite recent gains in new home
costs,” said Chuck Fowke, chairman
of the National Association of Home
Builders (NAHB) and a custom home
builder from Tampa, FL. “However,
single-family permits posted a decline
as higher construction costs are deterring
some residential construction
activity. Policymakers need to help
the industry’s supply-chains in order
to protect housing affordability.”
“Single-family permits declined to
the lowest pace since September
2020 as the home building market
cools somewhat to adjust to higher
prices and longer delivery times of
building materials,” said NAHB Chief
Economist Robert Dietz. “The count
of single-family homes permitted but
not started construction is up 53 percent
over the last year due to both
gains for home construction since the
onset of the 2020 virus crisis and the
delay of some building projects due to
higher costs for materials and labor.”
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U.S. TRADE DEFICIT
According to Manuel Gutierrez,
Consulting Economist to the National
Kitchen and Bath Association,
“There was a modest improvement in
the U.S. trade position in April, which
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balance has been worsening since the beginning of the
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TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE – USE WOOD!
Never a dull moment for the Hardwood
industry. Just as Pandemic panic begins
to ease, climate change concerns are
getting the headlines. And rearing its
ugly head, for the umpteenth time, is
the cry from the environmental lobby
that forests should be “preserved,” with
little emphasis on management and
The Hardwood Federation is already addressing this;
meeting with the powers that be in the Administration and
on Capitol Hill; discussing the benefits of active forest
management; and presenting the scientific facts regarding
the sustainability of American Hardwoods. (Thank you!)
But the situation requires our involvement, too!
With Hardwood’s significant environmental credentials,
it is up to us all to present our industry, and the
magnificent material and products we produce, as part
of the solution to the climate change crisis. Honing
in on a succinct account of the ‘science’ behind our
Hardwood credentials, however, can be challenging. So,
I’m suggesting CORRIM’s (Consortium for Research on
Renewable Industrial Materials) Factsheet, “Reducing
Carbon Emissions by Using Wood Products.”
You’ll find it at www.corrim.org. Have it at your
fingertips, even present it to your local representatives,
so that when (and if) our industry comes under attack,
you can confidently respond with this factual information:
All materials have a carbon footprint, even
wood and wood products. And the increase
of “Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions
– from the extraction, manufacturing,
transportation, construction, and even
disposal of building materials, at the end
of their useful lives” – is at the heart of the
environmental crisis. However, only one
building material can aid in resolving the
issue – and that’s WOOD!
•“Healthy, living trees store carbon. Harvesting trees
transfers carbon from the forest to wood products.
Wood products can store carbon for decades and
using wood products mitigates carbon emissions. At
the end of its useful life, wood in products can often
be recovered and recycled into other products.
•Sustainably harvesting forest carbon not only
provides significant opportunities for carbon storage,
but also mitigation when wood products displace
fossil fuels and fossil-fuels intensive products.”
Here’s how we know
For decades, the Consortium for Research on
Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM) has been
conducting Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) research on the
environmental impacts of production, use, and disposal of
BY LINDA JOVANOVICH,
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT,
HARDWOOD MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION,
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BE PART OF
Where We’ve Been
It’s no secret, the hardwood industry has been losing market share to
products that look like wood, but have none of the natural benefits or
authentic attributes of Real American Hardwood. In order to recapture
market share and improve industry stability, hardwood organizations
united to form the Real American Hardwood Coalition.
Where We Are
The goal is to develop a national consumer promotion campaign on a
scale that’s never been seen before. And a lot has been accomplished
in a short period of time—including the completion of an extensive
consumer research initiative, establishing brand guidelines, registering
trademarks, and launching social media profiles.
Where We’re Going, Together
The next steps will have the largest impact on the industry and require
buy-in from all industry stakeholders. The Coalition is preparing to
launch a comprehensive promotion campaign—including a consumeroriented
website, in-store promotion at top big box stores, a broad
media relations campaign, social media influencer partnerships, print
and web advertising, and much more.
How You Can Get Involved
Moving the campaign forward and expanding its reach will take the
support of the entire industry—for the benefit of the entire industry.
■ Make a voluntary contribution to help fund the consumer
■ Use the Real American Hardwood logo on your sales and
marketing communications, facilities and vehicles, products,
■ Follow @RealAmericanHardwood on Instagram and Facebook,
and tag #RealAmericanHardwood in your social media posts.
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Visit RealAmericanHardwood.org to learn more and get on board.
AHEC SUBMITS FUNDING APPLICATION FOR 2022
The American Hardwood Export Council
recently submitted its 2022 funding application
that outlines our international market
growth strategy for the upcoming year. Below
is our “Executive Summary” of this proposal
and includes our plan to advocate for
American Hardwoods overseas.
The principal long-term strategy employed
by AHEC has always been to create a positive
environment for the U.S. Hardwood industry
to promote their business and make
sales. AHEC works to provide support in
ways that may not be easy or possible for
individual companies in ways such as influencing
wood fashion, highlighting environmental policies
and developments and responding to them, creating promotional
tools, and anticipating market developments.
We are constantly asking ourselves what we can do
for the industry that helps to strengthen their own marketing
efforts? A perfect example is the focus on architects
and designers. While not direct customers of our
industry their influence on the decision-making process
in terms of how materials are chosen and used, is vital
for sustained growth and finding new applications. If
these programs can create new demand for American
Hardwoods, the world’s Hardwood sector will turn to our
industry for supply. Year on year we have demonstrated
that this tactic works to deliver new demand.
The program strategy is achieved through a wide range
of creative activities and by generating significant levels
of media publicity, thus keeping the U.S.
Hardwood industry and American Hardwood
as a material, constantly in the public eye.
AHEC is a very recognized brand around the
world for Hardwood communication, which
enables the program to deliver its messages
more effectively. Some of these messages
have remained constant, such as the variety
of species available and the strong environmental
credentials. What changes annually
are the specific details of the messages and
the methods of delivery.
Programs are based on a combination of
activities to pull demand through the “wood
chain” with designers and manufacturers, while also
working to push information into the “wood chain” by
working with, and targeting, timber trade and industry.
In order for this strategy to be effective it is important
to “bridge the gap” in order to create a stronger link between
specifiers and the Hardwood sector in each market.
AHEC has spent years creating relationships with
and cooperating with many global wood trade federations
and manufacturer associations to encourage them
and their member companies to play a more active role
in AHEC promotional activities. Working with these global
user organizations as well as their respective specifier
communities is absolutely vital to the effectiveness and
reach of AHEC’s messaging.
Promoting underutilized species - The program will
continue to give a focus to underutilized species such
MAKING OUR HARDWOOD
Dave Bramlage, Sales Manager, size 11
BY MICHAEL SNOW,
AMERICAN HARDWOOD EXPORT
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Dave’s gone through a lot of shoes traveling to a lot of countries,
meeting the needs for Cole hardwood across the globe. No matter where
you are, Cole means quality, fair price and on-time delivery.
Right, Dave? Dave? Where did he go now?
Call 800-536-3151 for a quote, or visit www.colehardwood.com.
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KEEPING CURRENT ON THE LACEY ACT MATTERS;
NWFA CAN HELP
The Lacey Act is a United States
federal conservation law that was enacted
in 1900. Initially, the Lacey Act
was designed to protect wild game
and birds. At the time, illegal commercial
hunting threatened many species
in the United States. The law made wildlife poaching
a federal crime, prohibited the transport of illegally captured
species, and outlawed the introduction of non-native
species into native ecosystems.
In 2008, the Lacey Act was amended to include plants
and plant products, which includes wood. As it relates
to the Hardwood industry, the Lacey Act generally deals
with issues having to do with illegal logging. Fortunately,
in the United States, illegal logging is not a common
practice. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the
rest of the timber-producing areas of the world. Because
of this, the Lacey Act is an attempt by the United States
to reduce the impact of illegal logging world-wide. Specifically,
the legislation prohibits the import, sale or trade
of illegally harvested wood and other forest products in
the United States.
As a Hardwood professional, you need to know how
the Lacey Act impacts your business, and understand
the steps that must be taken to ensure compliance. For
example, Lacey states that all wood flooring imported
into the United States must include an import declaration.
Whether a product must be accompanied by a declaration
is determined by three questions:
1. Does it contain plant material?
Wood is considered plant material,
so the answer to this question is yes.
Which leads to question 2
2. Is it a formal entry? If it is being
imported into the United States, as opposed
to hand-carried, the answer to this question is yes.
Which leads to question 3.
3. Is the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) code on
the Schedule of Enforcement of the Plant and Plant
Product Declaration? For Hardwood, the potential HTS
code products could include:
•Wood in the rough
•Wood sawn or chipped lengthwise
•Sheets for veneering
•Plywood, veneered panels
If any of these products are included, the answer is
yes. Which means that an import declaration is required.
Import declarations can be filed both electronically and
by hard copy. Both forms require the same information:
•Estimated date of arrival
•Bill of lading
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BY MICHAEL MARTIN,
PRESIDENT & CEO,
NATIONAL WOOD FLOORING ASSOCIATION,
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HARDWOOD LUMBER GRADING RULES CHANGES TO BE
DISCUSSED AT NHLA CONVENTION
The National Hardwood Lumber Association
was formed in 1898 to create a uniform
standard of “grading” Hardwood lumber.
Since then, NHLA has been the keeper
and teacher of the North American Hardwood
Lumber Grading Rules. Every four
years, the membership of NHLA evaluates
the Hardwood Lumber Grading Rules and
accepts Rules change proposals for consideration.
The deadline for submitting proposals to the
NHLA Rules Committee was March 31, 2021.
On June 8, 2021, the NHLA Rules Committee met with
eleven committee members and four guests in attendance.
In all, twenty-one Rules change proposals were
submitted for consideration, with seven Rules change
proposals making it to the final list to be presented to the
The list of Rules proposals that will be voted on are
as follows: (Numbered and lettered as proposed to the
Rules Committee, each lettered submission will require
#3 (Standard Inspection by Species & Standard
c. Page 24, Basswood: Remove “Note: Dormant
twig buds to be considered as burls.”
e. Page 66, Select Car Stock: Change split limitation
from - “SPLITS: Shall not exceed 6” in length in
any one end or the aggregate equivalent in one or
BY RENEE HORNSBY,
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS,
NATIONAL HARDWOOD LUMBER ASSOCIATION,
both ends of the piece.” To – “SPLITS:
Shall not exceed 12” in length in either
end of the piece of Standard or specified
f. Page 67, Common Dimension:
Change Split limitation from – “SPLITS:
Shall not exceed 12” in length in any
one end or the aggregate equivalent
in one or both ends of the piece.” To –
“Splits shall not exceed in the aggregate in inches
in length twice the surface measure of the piece of
Standard or specified length, except when one foot
h. Page 14, FAS, paragraph 53., Change minimum
width to 5”
#4 (Cypress Rules)
a. Page 48, paragraph 90, Selects & Btr. –
•Add “Pith is limited to aggregate in inches,
boxed or showing, to the nominal width of the
•Change from “A. Pieces 4” and 5” wide must be
clear allowing slight wane on one edge. (Par. 80)”
To – “A. Pieces 4” and 5” wide must be clear
allowing slight wane on one edge (Par. 84), except
that pieces 12’ in length and over allow 1 medium
knot (Par. 39).”
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Cornerstone Moulding Reinvests in
Manufacturing for Quality and Consistency
“When you run a clean operation, you get
a quality product. It’s as simple as that.
We strive on cleanliness and first impressions.
We specialize in on-time delivery and, if the
customer is expecting to pick it up, it’s ready
when they get here. We try not to carry back
orders; we always try to get the best quality
wood so that we can have a good finished
By Michelle Keller
Vice President and General Manager,
Cornerstone Moulding Inc.
Photos by Cari Clark Photography
Established in March of 2004, Cornerstone
Moulding is located between Nappanee and
Bremen, IN–Cornerstone Moulding Inc., based here,
manufactures residential mouldings and serves both
the RV and cabinet manufacturing industries. The
company purchases approximately 1.3 million board feet
annually of Hard and Soft Maple, Red Oak and Poplar in 4/4
and 5/4 thicknesses (No. 1 Common and Better).
The company was established in 2004 by President Eddie
Ray Borkholder and Vice President and General Manager
Daryl Yoder. The two men saw a need for a moulding operation
in their area and decided to fulfill it. “My brother-in-law
Eddie Ray and myself had no prior experience in moulding
and we met some challenges along the way,” Yoder explained.
“We had to learn the trade from top to bottom. We
knew if we learned the trade, the rest would come, and it did.
Our father-in-law had moulding experience and he helped
us get the company started by sharing his knowledge. We
took training on the moulding end and had a technician from
Weinig come down and teach us how to use the moulders.
We’ve reinvested over the time we’ve been in business and
we’ve seen positive results every time.” A family owned and
operated business, Yoder said the brother-in-laws added a
third brother-in-law to the team in 2006 when Sales and
Customer Service Manager Fred Miller came aboard.
From a 31,000-square-foot facility, Cornerstone
Moulding Inc. continues to reinvest in equipment to improve
the manufacturing process. Yoder explained, “We
started with an Ogam gang rip saw and we upgraded in
2007 with a Raimann rip saw with a movable blade. By
2015, we replaced that gang rip with another Raimann
rip with two variable blades. We upgraded our moulders
to a faster pace. We began with one Unimat Gold moulder
and we added a second Unimat Gold in 2012. By 2016
we replaced the first Unimat with a Weinig P1200, which
is twice as fast.”
Yoder said Cornerstone Moulding rips about 6,000
board-feet per day. “Six thousand feet is about an average
day,” he continued. “We rip it and we mould it and
then it goes into bundles and goes into the finish room
where it gets hand-selected for orders. We do all orders
on a day-by-day basis. After it gets finished or painted
it goes into our drying tunnel, and after it comes out of
Sanding and pulling of daily orders are carried out in the prep
area before going to the finish shop at Cornerstone Moulding.
Cornerstone Moulding is powered
and heated by a natural
gas power generation and
heat recovery system.
the drying tunnel it goes into shipping and gets boxed.
The packages are then put on skids and loaded into
semi-trailers for shipment.”
The people at Cornerstone work diligently with precise
attention to detail on each part of the process. Yoder
said, “No single part of the process is overlooked. Our
goal is to maintain excellence, quality and consistency
for every order, every time. We keep operations clean
and we move orders on a daily basis. Orders are processed
immediately and ready for shipment or pick-up
as soon as the next day or in some cases the same day,
depending on the job.”
Yoder said the entire operation is powered by natural
gas generators. “We have a 300kw generator, and we
do all of our heating off the exhaust. The exhaust goes
through a heat exchanger and it heats the water and,
in exchange, we’re heating the entire complex for about
$12 an hour for heat and electric combined. We’re very
efficient in our energy and the resources that we utilize.”
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In the milling department, mouldings are inspected for defects,
cut to length and stacked on carts. On an average day, Cornerstone
Moulding runs about 28,000 lineal feet of moulding.
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Providing Quality Hardwoods and Superior Service For 40+ Years
By Michelle Keller
Fontana, CA–Peterman Lumber Inc., headquartered
here, is a Hardwood distribution yard that specializes
in architectural lumber including domestic and
exotic Hardwoods and VG softwoods. Product offerings
include: Hardwood moulding, glue ups, shutter components,
veneers, melamine, laminates, doors, cabinetry
and decorative hardware.
Purchasing approximately 6 million board feet of Hardwood
annually, Peterman Lumber Inc. operates from
three facilities. The corporate location in Fontana encompasses
14.4 acres with 80,000 square feet under cover
and 40,000 square feet of open shed space. In Las Vegas,
NV, the company operates an 80,000-square-foot distribution
and storage center along with a 40,000-squarefoot
additional distribution center in Phoenix, AZ, which
also has 10,000 square feet of laminating and storage
space. Peterman is one of the few large-scale distributors
that is open to the public and lets customers come
in to hand-select their own lumber.
Domestic Hardwoods carried by the company include:
Alder, Ash, Basswood, White, Red and Natural Birch,
Cherry, Hickory, Hard and Soft Maple, Red and White
Oak, Poplar and Walnut (4/4 through 16/4, FAS and No.
1C). Most species are offered flat cut, quartered cut and
Imported Hardwoods available include: African Black
Limba, Afromosia, Anigre, European Beech, Bloodwood,
Bubinga, Cumaru, Goncalo Alves, Ipe, Iroko, Jatoba,
Lacewood, African (Genuine and Santos) Mahogany,
Makore, Morado, Padauk, Purpleheart, Sapele, Spanish
Cedar, Teak, Wenge and Yellowheart and Zebrawood
(FAS, SEL and FEQ, 4/4 through 8/4 depending on the
With over 40 years of experience, providing top quality
s Peterman Lumber Inc. operates three facilities. The corporate location
in Fontana, CA encompasses 14.4 acres with 80,000 square feet under
cover and 40,000 square feet of open shed space. In Las Vegas, NV, the
company operates an 80,000-square-foot distribution and storage center
along with a 40,000-square-foot additional distribution center in Phoenix,
AZ, which also has 10,000 square feet of laminating and storage space.
Darlene Peterman, Pete Peterman, who founded the company in 1979,
and Bret Peterman stand ready to help customers choose from a diverse
selection of Hardwoods. They include: Alder, Ash, Basswood, White, Red
and Natural Birch, Cherry, Hickory, Hard and Soft Maple, Red and White
Oak, Poplar and Walnut (4/4 through 16/4, FAS and No. 1C).
Hardwood lumber, plywood, and moulding, Peterman Lumber
Inc. takes pride in being among the largest, most efficient suppliers
of architectural lumber products.
“Peterman Lumber is the resource for our customers to find
premium solutions in the modern age where craftsmanship,
quality, and efficiency are essential to thriving,” said Regional
Sales Manager Jeremy Peterman. “Our vision is to continue to
offer the classic materials of today and invest in the cutting-edge
materials of tomorrow.”
Not only does Peterman Lumber focus on architectural grades
of domestic and imported Hardwoods but also softwoods for use
in cabinetry, interiors and furniture. “We pride ourselves in having
a full line of offerings with the largest selection of Hardwoods in
the southwest to be able to provide our customers a selection to
choose what works best for their projects,” Peterman explained.
Founded by Pete Peterman in 1979, the operation originally
carried Hardwoods, custom milling and panel products. “In 1981
we moved into our Fontana headquarters that was developed
out of an olive grove off of the 10 freeway,” Peterman said. “We
partnered with Specialized Milling in 2000 to be able to be involved
with our customers’ orders so selecting the lumber, millwork,
and delivery is on premises. Today we continue to have
them operate on our Fontana yard. In 2006 we opened up our
yard in Las Vegas, NV and we obtained the KML Melamine line
and Nevamar Laminates in 2009.”
By 2013 Peterman Lumber became the exclusive distributor of
Formica in Las Vegas and Phoenix. “In 2015 we purchased our
cold lamination press to layup HPL and veneer and we brought
in Decorative Surfaces from the European market as easy finish-
“Being family owned
and operated and having
employees that are like family,
we can personally stand
behind all of our materials and
make sure that our customers
receive service equal or better
than the quality we offer.”
Regional Sales Manager,
Peterman Lumber Co. Inc.
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ing solutions for our customers in 2017.”
In 2018 Peterman brought in made-to-order
doors, European hardware styles, and a full line
of coordinating materials to open up cabinetmakers
to European trends.
When asked about the longevity of Peterman
Lumber Co. and what has allowed them to maintain
a large presence in the Hardwood market,
Peterman said, “Being family owned and operated
and having employees that are like family, we
can personally stand behind all of our materials
and make sure that our customers receive service
equal or better than the quality we offer.
“All products that we carry are either because
a customer asked for them directly or we think
they would create an advantage for our customers,”
he said. “With materials designed to save
time, reliability that puts their mind at ease, and
Becky, Jeremy and Tim Peterman are among the three
generations involved in the continuing operation of Peterman
Lumber Co., of Fontana, CA, which purchases
approximately 6 million board feet of Hardwood lumber
U.S., Canada Furniture Makers at High Point
Report Strong Sales In 2021
By Tom Inman
Dovetail, pictured, was a major introduction from Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, made of White Oak with rustic features.
High Point, NC–Furniture manufacturers from the United
States and Canada are having a very good business
year and the Spring High Point Furniture Market
just added to their success.
Most domestic manufacturers are reporting record sales
in 2021 as consumers have spent disposable income upgrading
their living arrangements. COVID restrictions have
kept people home and they want new furniture.
These manufacturers have reaped the benefit of COVID
lockdowns interrupting supply chains for many import companies.
Products from China and Vietnam are delayed 16-
24 weeks and consumers do not want to wait so they seek
out retailers who have inventory.
These retailers and designers came to High Point recently
to see product, check availability and
buy. Most exhibitors who opened
their doors were successful.
(VB) Furniture has increased sales
more than 30 percent in the past year
as they focus on bedroom groups
made from solid Appalachian Hardwoods
and engineered veneer over
solids. Their suppliers have kept pace
with their demand for lumber.
“We certainly have an advantage
over the import companies because
we can deliver in days if our trucking
partners do their part,” said VB President Doug Bassett.
“We have retailers coming to us now who need product and
that has been great.”
VB had $62 million in sales in 2019 and is on pace to top
$99 million in 2021. They shifted 70 workers from a particleboard
plant into the furniture factory and have hired another
35 people to meet demand.
“Like everyone else, we could be doing more if we had
more workers but we are really good right now,” Bassett
said. The company has reduced the number of product
groups from 19 to 11 and is focused on profitable manufacturing.
Hard Maple was the top species for VB in 2021, but an introduction
at the market was Dovetail, a bedroom collection
in rustic Appalachian White Oak with
three finishes. The groups feature
6”X6” blocks in the footboard and
use of character marked lumber.
Hard and Soft Maple were the leading
species at Country View Furniture,
based in Millersburg, OH. One of the
few Amish companies that exhibit in
High Point, the company has found
success with both traditional and contemporary
This Hard Maple bedroom group from
Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, displayed at
the recent High Point Furniture Market, is
a top seller.
Large scale contemporary designs in Maple have a growing audience
with U.S. consumers. This group was from Durham Furniture.
Two bedrooms groups were unveiled in Hard Maple and
consumers had a choice from six-drawer front designs and
three stain colors. The pieces were well-received, said a
marketing representative, as well as new dining room
groups in Hard Maple and Elm.
Durham Furniture of Ontario, Canada showcased Hard
Maple in two groups at market. Officials said retail buyers
liked brown and gray finishes and were focused on availability.
“Our customers want to know what we have and
when they can receive it,” one marketing person said.
Simply Amish President Kevin Kauffman agreed that retailers
and designers are busy finding furniture that is available.
The Illinois company was working overtime to meet
the demand and did not have introductions this market because
they did not need it.
“The live edge dining continues to be popular and people
want the solid wood furniture in Maple, Oak and Cherry,”
Furniture importers said they were extremely concerned
with the short supply of containers and the costs of freight.
Furniture Today reports that Ashley Furniture Inds. is the
fifth-largest importer of containers to the U.S. market for
any sector, trailing only Walmart, Target, Home Depot and
Lowe’s, according to the Journal of Commerce. Even with
that buying power of shipping some 290,000 containers a
year, Ashley remains exposed to ocean-freight price volatility.
“We have the contracts, but that doesn’t mean they’ll get
it to you,” said Ashley President of U.S. and Canadian Sales
Rick Coppola. “And now they just want to drop (containers)
at the port, so it’s hard to get them inland since they don’t
want to do the complete fulfillment.”
Those factors should continue to help domestic manufacturers.
The next High Point Market is scheduled for October 16-
20, 2021. n
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Retailers report that homeowners are buying higher quality furniture
in solid wood with natural finishes like this group from Simply
Hard Maple and Elm solids were the latest designs from Country
View Furniture of Ohio.
Pictured at High Point, this Amish-made solid Oak dining group
from Country View Furniture has contemporary flair.
Brown stain finishes are trending at the High Point Market, marking
a slight shift from gray and painted.
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Penn-York Celebrates Return to In-Person
Meetings with Penn-Sylvan as Host
Titusville, PA–Penn-Sylvan International recently
hosted a Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club meeting
here at Cross Creek Resort.
Sawmill representatives in attendance overall reported
good sales, with stable prices on some species, but challenges
regarding transportation, both domestically and
in the export market.
One attendee noted that while he still sees pushback
on Red Oak, White Oak and Walnut “are still extremely
hot. Poplar, too, is also still hot and the spread between
green Poplar and kiln-dried Poplar is about the biggest
I’ve ever seen in my career. It’s $600 to $800 a thousand
spread, which is huge.”
Another lumber representative commented that, at the
time of this Penn-York meeting, White Oak sales were
still good. He added that while it remains at an all-time
high, he believes it is starting to settle some. Red Oak is
predicted to be strong all summer.
Log decks are improved throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania,
New York, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland
according to another sawmill spokesman. “Production is
probably as good as it is going to be based off the fact
Photos by Gary Miller
that nobody can put on a second shift,” he explained.
To that point, labor shortages continue to plague these
sawmills. One lumberman commented, “The consistent
comment I hear from the folks I deal with in Wisconsin,
Iowa, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and up into
New England, is that they can’t find enough people to
work. But, I can’t blame them really. I’ve worked in the
lumber business for 20-some odd years now and it’s a
hard labor job. You can make more money in some of
these positions if you work at McDonald’s, or in my area
Amazon is hiring people at $22 per hour. By comparison,
in my geographic area, for just an unskilled lumber
stacker the pay is $11 to $13 an hour. For the industry
to compete, I think it needs to be quite a bit higher than
Regarding transportation, one Penn-York attendee
simply called it “atrocious.”
One elaborated, “Trucking is still very difficult. We
were paying $2.50 to $3 a load a mile over a year ago
and now, today you will be lucky if you can get a truck for
$5 a load a mile. So trucking costs have actually doubled
in the last year.”
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Burt Craig and Wayne Wilson, Matson Lumber Co., Brookville,
PA; Jerry Puckly, Summit Hardwoods Inc., Waterford, PA; and
Rob Matson, Matson Lumber Co.
Andy Nuffer, DMSi Software/Tally Express/eLIMBS, High Point,
NC; Brandon Ferman, Meridien Hardwoods of PA Inc., Pittsfield,
PA; Jay Reese, Penn-Sylvan International Inc., Spartansburg, PA;
and Nick Skudlarek, Salamanca Lumber Co. Inc., Salamanca, NY
Shawn Donovan and Jimmy Irwin, Penn-Sylvan International Inc.,
Spartansburg, PA; and John Wadding, Allegheny Veneer Co. Inc.,
John Pysh, Pennsylvania Hardwoods LLC, Titusville, PA; and Ted
Korn, Matson Lumber Co., Brookville, PA
Christopher Strang, Alan McIlvain Lumber Co., Marcus Hook, PA; Marty James, Penn-Sylvan International Inc., Spartansburg, PA;
Steve Jones, Ron Jones Hardwood Sales Inc., Union City, PA; and Greg Ochs, Hickman Lumber Co. Inc., Emlenton, PA
Reza Reese, Mitra Reese, Jay Reese, Bill Reese, Patty Wagner, Marc Reese, Mike Reese, and Sonya and Marty James, Penn-Sylvan
International Inc., Spartansburg, PA
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PENN-YORK LUMBERMEN’S CLUB Continued from page 26
Nick Skudlarek, Salamanca Lumber Co. Inc., Salamanca, NY; and
Brandon Ferman and Dan Ferman, Meridien Hardwoods of PA
Inc., Pittsfield, PA
Reza and Jay Reese, Penn-Sylvan International Inc., Spartansburg,
PA; and Gregg Reese, PNC Bank, Erie, PA
Jeff Winslow, Nydree Flooring, Clearfield, PA; Sharon Clevenger,
U.S. Lumber Group LLC, Youngstown, OH; and Sid Clevenger,
Retired, Youngstown, OH
Dan Ferman, Meridien Hardwoods of PA Inc., Pittsfield, PA; and
Patty Wagner and Bill Reese, Penn-Sylvan International Inc.,
Regarding the export market, a shortage of containers
has plagued the industry. A lumberman stated, “Containers
are very difficult to get because 75 percent of the
containers were leaving our country empty going back to
China and they weren’t coming inland to load up with low
grade lumber and to be sent back.”
China was reported strong for North American log exporters
and Vietnam was noted as improving for log exporters
A different sawmill represented summed up the overall
industry this way: “The market is starting to fill up and I
think we are going to see some market changes here. I
think the prices are going to start to correct themselves
and we are going to see a stabilized market.”
Golf winners were as follows: 1st low gross, Marty
James; 2nd low gross, Mike D’Angelo; 1st low net, Sean
Kacznyski; 2nd low net, Wayne Wilson; long drive, Harry
Parateshes; closest to the pin #3, Nick Skudlarek; and
closest to the pin #16, Mason Kauffman.
Bill Reese of Penn-Sylvan was honored at the meeting
with a pictorial presentation. Additionally, a dinner and
golf game were held.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Marc Reese
who addressed overweight traffic permits.
Penn-Sylvan is headquartered in Spartansburg, PA.
Known as a leading lumber manufacturer, Penn-Sylvan
has produced all thicknesses of Hardwood lumber for
Learn more about Penn-Sylvan at www.american
The next Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club meeting is set
for Aug. 23 and will be hosted by Emporium Hardwoods
of Emporium, PA. n
Learn more at www.pennyork.org.
Brian Sexton, Wagner Lumber Co., Owego, NY; and Gary Miller,
National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, TN
Sean Kaczynski and Bill Baker, Wheeland Lumber Co. Inc., Liberty,
PA; Joycelyn Suydan, Mitcheltree Brothers Logging and Lumber
Inc., Pulaski, PA; and Matthew Lowry, Woodcraft Industries
Inc., Greenville, PA
Nate Jones, Steve Jones and Trevor Vaughan, Ron Jones Hardwood Sales Inc., Union
Wayne Wright, Blue Ox Timber Resources Inc., Titusville, PA; Paul Kephart and Scott Holley, Northwest Hardwoods Inc., Beachwood,
OH; and Randy Flament, Emporium Hardwoods Inc., Emporium, PA
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NELA Reinstates Meetings with
Photos by Leslie Brienza
pping, NH–Members of the New England Lumbermen’s
Association (NELA) met here recently for
an in-person summer meeting, which kicked off at
Abenaki Timber Corp. Though a facility tour was not part
of the meeting, NELA attendees enjoyed the networking
opportunity this get-together provided.
Barbecue for lunch was provided by Goody Cole’s
BBQ on-site, followed by a NELA business meeting,
which was moderated by incoming club president David
Hubbard of GMC Hardwoods.
NELA announced that the association is easing back
into hosting meetings again on a regular basis and this
abbreviated gathering launched that effort.
The fall NELA meeting is scheduled to be held in
Northampton, MA. The date has not been set as of this
Information or questions regarding NELA can be addressed
by emailing Chris Castano, NELA secretary/
treasurer, at email@example.com. n
C.J. Manchester, Manchester Lumber Co., Johnson, VT; Russell
Shamblen, Premier Hardwood Products, Syracuse, NY; Chris
Castano, Maine Woods Co., Portage Lake, ME; and Eric Porter,
Abenaki Timber Corp., Kingston, NH
Rob Hill, Holt & Bugbee, Tewksbury, MA; Andy Godzinski, Rex
Lumber, Acton, MA; and Shawn Collins, Tioga Hardwoods Inc.,
Benjamin Hull and Jon St. Jean, Hull Forest Products, Pomfret
Ctr., CT; and Chris Breen, A. Johnson Lumber Co., Bristol, VT
Laura Bryer and Jeremy Turner, Meadowsend Timberlands, New
London, NH; and William Cafiero, Sackett Lumber, Wassaic, NY
Philip Bibeau, Wood Product Manufacturers Association, Westminster,
MA; Peter Broderick, Cape Lumber Co., South Yarmouth,
MA; and Peter Irish, Woodline Lumber Co., Alburg, VT
Roger Feltner, Atlantic Plywood Corp., Rochester, NY; Greg
Devine, Abenaki Timber Corp., Kingston, NH; and Parker Dukas,
Abenaki Timber Corp., Portsmouth, NH
Christine McGowan, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Montpelier,
VT; David Hubbard, GMC Hardwoods, Norwich, VT; Dave Doucette,
Keiver-Willard Lumber Corp., Newburyport, MA; and Jason
Aplin, Allard Lumber Co., Brattleboro, VT
Loren Voyer, Kennebec Lumber Co., Solon, ME; and Nathalie
Crane and Christine Pefine, HHP Inc., Henniker, NH
Dave Lupsha, Associated Hardwoods, Granite Falls, NC; Peter
Irish, Woodline Lumber Co., Alburg,VT; David Hubbard, GMC
Hardwoods, Norwich, VT; and Jeff Durst, Hull Forest Products,
Pomfret Ctr., CT
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Steven French, Abenaki Timber Corp., Kingston, NH; Joey Goudreau,
J.M. Champeau, Saint-Malo, Québec; and Karla Allen,
Goodfellow Inc., Manchester, NH
C.J. and Alan Manchester, Manchester Lumber Co., Johnson, VT;
Cliff Clune, Clune Lumber Co., Elkin, NC; and Jeff Poirier, Maine
Woods Co., Portage Lake, ME
Marco Carrier, HHP Inc., Henniker, NH; Chantal Callahan, Kennebec
Lumber Co., Solon, ME; and Russell Shamblen, Premier
Hardwood Products, Syracuse, NY
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“The 2020 Guidelines reflect
the reality of today’s
Hardwood industry and
that provides a level of
uniformity in log grading
and scaling that is lacking
in the marketplace for
Appalachian Hardwood Center
and Guidelines author
Log scaling and grading are integral components of Hardwood sawmilling and effectively set the bar for generating mill profits or
Guide Updates Hardwood
Log Grading Standards
By Tom Inman
Tom Inman, president, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc. and Curt Hassler,
Appalachian Hardwood Center and author of the 2020 Guidelines.
used by the Hardwood industry. Instead, the Hardwood
industry has informally gravitated to an ad hoc system
that is primarily based on species, scaling diameter, and
clear faces…resulting in a cornucopia of log grading and
scaling rules that lack uniformity among and between
“The 2020 Guidelines reflect the reality of today’s
Hardwood industry and that provides a level of uniformity
in log grading and scaling that is lacking in the marketplace
for Hardwood logs,” said Curt Hassler of AHC and
In order for the 2020 Guidelines to be applied uniformly
and accurately, it is important for mills to establish policies
that enable the log inspection activities to function
efficiently and effectively. Some of the ways to facilitate
the log inspection function are:
3. Avoid payment policies, such as payment at time
of delivery, that force grading/scaling to occur in an
environment where speed trumps accuracy.
4. Educate log inspectors about the manufacturing
process so that they have a reasonably good understanding
of how log defects impact both the
breakdown of logs and the production of grade
5. Establish an in-house quality control system where
loads of logs can be checked, scaled and graded
at random, to ensure log inspectors are adhering
to the established log scaling and grading system.
A new guide to update Hardwood
log grading and scaling standards has
been produced to help foresters, landowners
from individual logs and the lumber
produced from those logs, the USFS
developed and refined a standardized
Certain conditions such as the existence of stain, mineral,
gum, and excessive bird peck can negatively impact
the production of higher-grade lumber. The 2020
Hardwood log grading system that was
1. Ensure that logs are not bunched tightly together Guidelines recommend that be left to the mill’s discretion
Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers
Inc. and the Appalachian Hardwood day needs of the USFS in managing
designed foremost to satisfy the day to
for the inspectors when they are unloaded onto the to adjust log grade based upon the existence of these
yard. It is critically important for the inspector to observe
the maximum surface of each log, minimizing in grade are limited to no more than two reductions in
various conditions. It is recommended that reductions
Center (AHC) at West Virginia University
published “Guidelines for the Scal-
With the final revisions of the USFS
the assumptions he/she must make, and thereby grade for any given log.
ing and Grading of Hardwood Logs” system occurring in 1966, no additional
documented development has oclines
should be directed to Tom Inman, President, Appa-
minimizing any grading and scaling errors.
Technical issues and questions regarding these guide-
in 2020. It is the first comprehensive
review of general standards since the curred or sustained.
2. Conduct log grading and scaling with a 2-person
lachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc., at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone at 336-885-8315. n
Beyond internal use of the system by
team so that log length can be accurately determined
using a tape and end conditions can be visu-
Log scaling and grading are integral the USFS, the system has seen widespread
components of Hardwood sawmilling
and effectively set the bar for generating
mill profits or losses. The first efforts
to establish standard log grading rules
occurred during the early 20th century,
but were not formalized.
Beginning in the 1940s, the U.S.
Forest Service (USFS) implemented
a major effort to document Hardwood
log grading. Based on data gathered
use by the research community,
as a means of classifying logs for analysis
There is little or no documented evidence
that the USFS Hardwood grading
system has been adopted or even
adapted for use by the Hardwood industry.
In fact, there is no universal Hardwood
log grading and scaling system
ally assessed. A 2-person team, although requiring
additional labor cost, can improve both inspection
time and recognition of scaling and grading defects.
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Sawmill Safety Part 2:
Taking a Deeper Dive into
Sawmill Operations and
cidents in sawmills. Anyone driving a forklift should be
trained and qualified and should receive refresher training
on a regular basis, at a minimum every three years.
Following any accident, refresher training should be provided.
When it comes to forklift operations, two types of
training are necessary. Employees should be trained in
general forklift safety and trained on the specific equipment
they will be operating. Further, sawmill employees
should be trained on industry specific tasks, including
moving lumber around the yard, as well as in moving
chips, dust and bark with a loader.
COMMERCIAL AUTO AND TRANSPORT RISKS
(Article Follows: Sawmill Safety: Addressing the Issues to Protect Your Business)
By Michael Culbreth, Loss Control Services Consultant,
Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company
Sawmills have been around for hundreds of
years helping to build modern society and fuel
our economy. While these institutions have
long histories of keeping America humming,
they also are no strangers to tragic injuries,
deadly accidents and fires that have literally
brought down the business.
In part one of this two-part series, we talked
Unfortunately, the more comfortable we get with operating
equipment – whether it’s a household toaster or
an edger machine in a sawmill – the more likely safety
rules are pushed to the back of the mind. Keeping safety
concerns a priority for everyone is critical to operating a
safe sawmill. This means both implementing equipment
safety procedures and ensuring workers are properly
trained in their daily work tasks.
Inadequate safety measures on or around equipment
can lead to worker injuries, lost work time and costly
workers’ compensation claims. To protect employees,
ensure that machine guards are kept in place on equipment.
Employees should also be sure to maintain a safe
distance from moving blades and wear personal protective
equipment including ear plugs, safety glasses, hard
hats and proper shoes. Some may argue that the equipment
is more accurate without these guards or operations
move faster without the need for safety equipment,
to you about risks related to poor housekeeping
and maintenance, inadequate welding/hot
work precautions and electrical issues at sawmills.
We also offered tips to mitigate those
risks. In this article, we’ll look at additional
risks related to equipment, forklifts, lumber
transport, general employee safety and more.
but the risk is certainly not worth the reward in this case.
Regular employee training is also critical for new and
existing employees. This training should be designed
to familiarize and reacquaint workers with the risks of a
sawmill. Common sawmill accidents leading to workers’
compensation claims often stem from slips and falls, cuts
and lacerations due to machine accidents and sprains,
muscle and back injuries related to lifting and stacking
lumber. More automated facilities tend to report fewer of
these injuries as they have automated lumber sorters.
Further, if a worker notices a failing or inoperable
machine, they should report it immediately so that the
machine can be powered off and blocked from use. The
machine should be locked out and properly tagged.
Sawmills failing to implement a reliable lockout tagout
program are often cited by the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA).
Forklifts/loaders are also a common source of ac-
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
one in every 4,000 fatalities and more than
400,000 police-reported crashes involve heavy commercial
vehicles. In recent years, insurance claims related to
commercial auto accidents have been on the rise across
all industries, including lumber.
What can make things particularly risky for sawmills is
the fact that many don’t have a large fleet of commercial
vehicles. This smaller fleet may lead to a more casual
approach to commercial auto safety. However, these
trucks are often busy transporting lumber, sawdust, bark
and logs and without proper training, the drivers of these
trucks may have less than optimal vehicle safety qualifications.
Aside from road safety and defensive driver training,
drivers should also be trained in proper loading and unloading
techniques. Drivers should be in a safe location
while loading or unloading is performed (outside the cab
and in a designated safe location if logs are being unloaded
or any other material is moved overhead). Not
knowing where a truck driver is when they are on your
property can lead to a general liability risk.
PROPER IMPLEMENTATION IS KEY
Drivers should also be reminded repeatedly about the
impact and dangers of distracted driving and instructed to
never use their mobile phone while operating a vehicle.
A good insurance partner, with experience in the wood
niche, can assist policyholders with fleet safety resources
including streaming safety training videos, continuous
monitoring of driver MVR’s (Motor Vehicle Reports) and
fleet telematics/vehicle camera technology.
Unfortunately, some commercial auto accidents are
caused by unlicensed drivers or those who have been
previously cited for DUI or aggressive driving. All businesses
including sawmills should have a comprehensive
driver safety program that incorporates driver training,
qualifications, accident and incident reporting guidelines,
vehicle use policies and more. Further, sawmills can
consider motor vehicle record monitoring services and
telematics to improve driver safety. With a good telematics
program, managers will be able to learn more about
employee driving habits like hard braking, hard accelerations,
speed limit violations and other data. This creates
a valuable opportunity to address and modify unsafe
driving habits before an accident occurs.
A good sawmill safety plan should have many components
but designing such a plan and implementing it
doesn’t have to be difficult. As mentioned above, working
with a good insurer who knows the wood niche, can
significantly ease the burden. They can offer risk assessments,
as well as loss control tips and programs. A simple
professional risk assessment of the facility can go a long
way. While your sawmill may have been operating without
a significant incident for years, it’s always a smart decision
to evaluate your risk and do what you can to reduce
that risk exposure for the safety of your employees and
the future of your business.
Michael Culbreth, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual
Insurance Company, is a loss control services consultant
based in Inman, South Carolina who joined PLM in
2002. He protects businesses in territories including North
Carolina and South Carolina. Michael can be reached at
email@example.com or by phone at (267) 825-9146. n
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Company Culture, Productivity, Recruitment
How Does Your Company Measure Up?
(National Hardwood Magazine is reaching out to company leaders across the industry to solicit their input on key issues
that impact overall business success. In this publication, Burt Craig shares his insights.)
Company culture is a top priority for any CEO.
What factors contribute to your company’s culture
and how is your company’s mission defined?
We have a vision statement that we review regularly,
which reads in part “we are known globally for
exceptional yield, presentation, and consistency,
as well as our commitment to excellent customer service”.
My personal mission is for the company to be as profitable
as possible. At Matson Lumber we believe the only way to
achieve either is by producing a high quality product that
meets and exceeds our customers’ expectations. To carry
it down further, we maintain that our mission is only achievable
through an engaged workforce that focuses on that
objective, and strives to do it effectively and efficiently. The
initial opportunity for us is educating all of our employees on
the significance of the contribution they make. We ensure
that we spend ample time with a new lumber piler to make
every effort to convey to him that the first thing our customer
is going to see when their load is delivered is the package
that they made. A similar undertaking is made with those
that lay sticks, and explanation is given as to the magnitude
of loss if done incorrectly. A quality control department
serves to provide consistent feedback that functions to
keep us focused.
But quality is not only an attribute that we want to apply
to describing our product. There are so many other facets;
how our logging jobs look when we complete them, the accuracy
of our shipping documents, our stewardship status
in the community and in the industry to name some, and
of most importance would be the working environment we
create for our employees. Our operations are hot in the
summer, and cold in the winter, but that doesn’t negate our
responsibility to treat every employee with dignity and acknowledge
the value of their contribution.
Burt Craig, President, Matson Lumber Company, Brookville, PA
About Matson Lumber Company:
With three facilities in Pennsylvania, Matson
Lumber Company is a vertically integrated organization
that provides over 20 million board feet a
year of high quality kiln-dried Hardwood lumber
both domestically and abroad. From the management
of company lands, through all aspects
of the production process, down to a distribution
segment providing less than truck load quantities,
the focus is always on customer satisfaction.
How important do you believe it is for company
leadership to lead by example in creating a
positive, productive, cohesive workforce?
I would not choose to describe it as important, I
would choose to describe it as imperative. Years
ago I first heard a concept defined by Tom Peters
in his book In Search of Excellence when he coined the
phrase “management by walking around.” Since that time
others in academia have attempted to capitalize on the
concept and I more recently see it portrayed as management
by wondering around. At Matson Lumber we believe
the principle is solid; you have to be approachable and receptive
to the input of all that work in a corporation, and
success is often better when it occurs on the employee’s
home field. I refuse to believe that somebody can do a job
eight to ten hours a day, and not know more about it than
I do. Conversely, if a dedicated tenured employee’s livelihood
is linked to the performance of the company, you bet
he wants to know the state of the business, what the future
looks like, what impact will state COVID regulations have
on our operations, do we have more logs coming, why do
we keep changing the container bookings, and a continual
multitude of questions of that nature. At Matson we believe
it is our obligation to force and maintain that open dialogue
and understand that a conversation involves both talking
Over the years there are other adages that I have heard
that have resonated with me. The one that says that in the
absence of information people create their own, and my
all-time favorite is that if you haven’t heard a rumor in the
sawmill by ten o’clock, it’s your job to start one. Constant
conversations, continual feedback, information postings
and distributions, one on one discussions, and activities as
simple as buying pizza and showing up to eat it with the
gang all contribute to foster the climate that we all want to
be a part of.
We choose not to discount the value of an “at-aboy”
and try to reinforce good performance when
we note it, but admittedly we probably miss a lot
of opportunities. That is why we believe it is essential to
share macro performance numbers periodically and speak
at groups as to what their combined efforts have resulted in.
Ours is a team effort.
As much as I believe that compliments are appreciated,
money still remains the preferred form of flattery. Toward
that end, we give out gift cards for good performance, we
pay for safety suggestions, we provide bonuses for those
that mentor new hires, we award vacation time for participating
on the safety committee, we buy lunch for those that
help us catch up on Saturdays; small ways to hopefully instill
the quality aspect that we continually pursue.
What programs and/or incentives do you have
in place to motivate employees so they are not
simply “going through the motions”?
Briefly describe any recruitment/retention programs
that your company offers.
Regretfully, like so many others, we are developing
into a two tier organization. The majority of our
employees are our seasoned veterans that are undeniably
the reason behind the success of our company,
yet we still have many entry level positions that seem to be
that revolving door and the source of turnover at our facili-
ties. With new employees we offer a sign on bonus, share
with them the fact that the overwhelming majority of management
and skilled positions in our company started working
on a chain, we put them into a training program, and
we meet with them through the course of their onboarding
process. We formalize and structure portions of these programs
by adhering to a 90-day review process that provides
feedback from supervision, both positive and negative. We
schedule time to have upper management go to meet with
new hires toward the conclusion of their review period to
reiterate the importance of their position, meet more of the
management of the company, and solidify our open door
policy. Our commitment remains to this effort, and we are
convinced it is the right path, yet it is not as rewarding as
we want with the unemployment stimuluses’ as lucrative as
they are today. In the difficult times, it has reaffirmed the
value and contribution that our tenured employees make.
About Burt Craig:
I’m a simple man that was blessed to marry out of my
league to my wife of many years, JoAnn. Duck hunting is my
only passion which I enjoy two months out of the year with
my wife’s support and encouragement, but for that liberty
she requires the other ten months to utilize at her discretion.
If I’m lucky I find enough time to golf a dozen times a year,
try to stay rooted in church, and am most at peace when
I’m out to eat with my wife, or we are floating down a creek,
or riding through the woods – life’s small pleasures are my
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Offering Solutions to the Forest Products Industry for 50 Years
Buffalo, NY—U-C Coatings LLC, headquartered
here, is celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2021.
“Since our founding in Buffalo in 1971, we have
been proud to serve the wood products industry,” stated
CEO Eric Degenfelder. “Wood is a beautiful, sustainable
resource, and we offer solutions across the value chain:
from logs, lumber and plywood to finished products such
as flooring, decking, and siding.
“This anniversary is a good time to look back at all
we have done, and look forward for the good things to
come,” Degenfelder said. U-C Coatings’ roots started
in the eastern Hardwood industry, with the invention of
Bates® glue release by Red and Norm Murray for furniture
makers and wood fabricators. Shortly after that
U-C Coatings invented Anchorseal®, specially designed
to end-seal lumber for protection from checking, and
then the company invented Gempaint® – formulated for
strong color and hiding in lumber branding.
Over the following years U-C Coatings continued to
expand its solutions with ShadeDri, Flitchsavers, Log
Dawgs and other specialty products to help its customers
process and protect wood. U-C Coatings’ manufacturing
in Buffalo expanded accordingly from a few drums per
day early on to over two million gallons per year today.
The U-C Coatings sales and marketing team has broad experience
in the industry.
“Our drive to expand led to acquisitions that fit well
with our strategy of wood protection,” Degenfelder said.
In 2016 U-C Coatings acquired the Seal-Once® product
line of environmentally friendly waterborne stains
and sealers for decking, siding, docks, and log homes.
Since then, the company has introduced new products
and spread the Seal-Once line from its origins in New
England to across the country.
U-C Coatings acquired Contechem® in late 2018, which
brought sapstain and mold protection, and strengthened
the firm’s presence in the western U.S. U-C Coatings’
Contechem protects lumber from sapstain and mold.
latest acquisition of Eco Chemical® in 2019 added several
new stain and coatings technologies, with a strong
customer base in value-added prefinished wood applications
such as decking and fencing. This acquisition expanded
the company’s manufacturing capability on the
West Coast with their plant in Seattle.
“While our products are outstanding, people are the
core of our company,” Degenfelder observed. “As we
have grown, U-C has maintained our culture of customer
focus, teamwork, integrity and mutual respect. Our team
brings industry experience with strong capabilities in
product knowledge and service. Even during the COVID
pandemic, our team has responded well to service and
supply our customers while expanding our business.
“We thank our customers for our long-standing rela-
Eco Chemical stain pre-finishing adds value to decking, fencing
and other wood applications.
tionships, friendships, sense of community and support
throughout our history,” Degenfelder continued. “Looking
forward, our mission is to protect, enhance and conserve
forest resources while supporting the expanding use
of wood. We continue to invent products for wood protection
and beautification that help customers increase
productivity, and bring exciting products to market. Our
markets are expanding across Hardwood and softwood
lumber, pressure treated wood, plywood, engineered
wood, furniture, cabinets, flooring, and many more. U-C
Coatings truly is ‘The Leader in Wood Protection.’ ” n
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CORNERSTONE MOULDING INC. Continued from page 21
All staining, sealing and top-coating is carried out in the finishing
area. Next, the product goes into the drying tunnel.
Cornerstone Moulding products can be found in some
interesting places. Yoder said that while the installation
was done by another company, Cornerstone Moulding’s
products are in Notre Dame. “One of the most unusual
requests that we have fulfilled was manufacturing rafters
for looks alone.”
When asked about the various species utilized, Yoder
said Cornerstone’s business previously consisted of
mostly Oak products. “When we started in 2004 everything
requested was mostly Oak,” he explained. “We’ve
In the inline spray area at Cornerstone Moulding, an employee
uses the Stanza spray machine and Makor stacker to prime and
paint mouldings. Sixty percent of all product is painted.
seen a turn in the market and now we are leaning heavily
to the Maple’s. In 2019 we started running Hard Maple
because Soft Maple wasn’t readily available.”
With a focus on quality, service and consistency, Yoder
said one of the things their customers recommend
Cornerstone Moulding for is their cleanliness. “When you
run a clean operation, you get a quality product,” he explained.
“It’s as simple as that. We strive on cleanliness
and first impressions. We specialize in on-time delivery
and, if the customer is expecting to pick it up, it’s ready
Quality control, boxing and skidding are done in Cornerstone’s
when they get here. We try not to carry back orders; we
always try to get the best quality wood so that we can
have a good finished product offering.”
With 23 full-time employees, key personnel include
President Eddie Ray Borkholder; Vice President and
General Manager Daryl Yoder; and Sales and Customer
The Raimann rip saw with two moveable blades and an optimizing
infeed is used at Cornerstone Moulding to rip about 6,000
board feet per day.
Service Manager Fred Miller. Wyman Hochstetler, John
Troyer and Jose Borkholder all have leadership positions
that make it all happen along with the rest of the company’s
The company would also like to thank their lumber
suppliers and vendors for stepping forward and supplying
them with a quality product at a fair price and serving
with integrity at a time when things seemed out of control
this past year. n
For more information, contact Daryl Yoder at
574-546-4249 or FAX: 574-546-4211.
September 17 & 18,
Make plans to participate in the 34th Kentucky
Wood Expo, the two-day event is designed to
accent the forest products industry. The show
will attract loggers, sawmill and pallet operators,
manufacturers of forest products and related machinery, retailers and wholesalers, and consumers of wood
Outdoor & Indoor Exhibits ~ Equipment Demonstrations ~ Lumberjack &
Logging Contests ~ Chain Saw Carving ~ Forestry Education ~ Wood Crafts
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PETERMAN LUMBER INC. Continued from page 23
Peterman Lumber takes pride in having a full line of offerings with the
largest selection of Hardwoods in the southwest to be able to provide
its customers a selection to choose what works best for their projects.
quality that they can pass onto their customers, it adds to their
bottom line to make them more successful.”
He continued, “We are a third generation, strong family
owned and operated company – so we stand behind all of our
products and understand it is our business to support yours.
“We source our materials from sustainable mills as we realize
the longevity of our business is directly tied to our
ability to take care of our planet and our customers.”
According to Peterman, the company’s most
important assets are its employees. He said, “Our
people are dedicated professionals who have
been trained and are thoroughly qualified for their
specific areas. All of our employees are driven to
help find the right material for our customers from
specifications-based solutions for commercial jobs
to helping our will call customers hand select just
the right piece of lumber.”
He continued, “We maintain a wide inventory of
materials like lumber, Hardwood moulding, layup
services like veneers, adhesives, and panel products
to be able to offer our customers materials that
they would need for all styles of cabinetry jobs.”
Customer service is a priority at Peterman Lumber
Peterman explained, “Our level of service doesn’t
stop at the selection of lumber we offer. We deliver
lumber to Southern California from Los Angeles
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LAKE STATES Continued from page 6
ket “is very good right now,” even going as far to say that
it “is considerably better than six months ago.”
This sawmill carries Red and White Oak, Hard and
Soft Maple, Ash and Basswood at thicknesses ranging
from 4/4 to 16/4, with Hard and Soft Maple moving
quickest, according to him.
“We’re a green sawmill here at this location,” the contact
explained. “So, the demand for green lumber is very
good. Demand for 3B or our pallet material and cants,
much better. All across the board, everything’s much
better.” However, the source described transportation as
“a bit of a challenge” due to the trucking shortage.
A contact in Illinois described the market as “really
good” with “better” prices compared to six months ago.
“It’s a blessing with the market being the way it is right
now,” he said.
This mill manufactures Red and White Oak, Hickory,
Ash, Hard and Soft Maple, Cottonwood, Poplar, Walnut
and Cherry in thicknesses ranging from 4/4 through 8/4.
The source’s customers include distribution yards with
a few end users. “They’re saying the market’s wide open
for them,” he explained. “Basically, anything we can get
a hold of is moving good.”
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He mentioned that Hickory is “a little slower,” but is
also “wide open.” Transportation for this lumber supplier
is “okay,” according to him. “It’s hard to find trucks, but
it’s alright.” n
NORTHEAST Continued from page 6
This source’s company provides upper-grade lumber
in FAS or Better, including quartered-rift White Oak,
plain-sawn White Oak, and quartered-rift Poplar, with
Poplar being the “number one.” “We sell to architectural
millwork firms and retail Hardwood lumber yards,” he
Trucking is currently a “huge challenge” for this lumber
supplier. “The cost has doubled for freight in two years,”
he explained. “As we call it in the industry, watermelon
season is just now getting started. Once you have perishable
freight, we could have a load of Cypress coming
out of North Carolina and it’s all set to go, and that
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•Have 9 steam dry kilns that have a combined dry kiln capacity of 630,000 bd.
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SOUTHEAST Continued from page 7
The biggest challenge his firm faces is employee
availability, “lack of willing participants to join the workforce,”
In Virginia, a source said her market is good, but there
is “some resistance on kiln-dried Red Oak overseas.”
Her business is better than it was a few months earlier,
she noted. She handles Red and White Oak and Poplar,
with White Oak being the best seller. She sells lumber to
“mostly distribution yards,” she said. These customers
are doing well business-wise, she stated, “as far as I
know, because they’re still buying.” Transportation is not
a problem for her company at this time. n
WEST COAST Continued from page 7
“is ocean freight. There’s nothing pretty about it.” Ships
from Estonia, Germany and Spain bring lumber to this
distribution yard. “They get through the Panama Canal
OK,” he remarked, “but they get up to Long Beach
and Port of Los Angeles and they have a long wait to
unload. Then they’ll come up to Oakland, where we unload
our containers, and they’ll sit in the Bay sometimes
two weeks before they get called to the dock to unload.
Ocean freight’s horrible. It’s just like the weather, though.
Up in Oregon, a source stated, “The market is good.
The problem is keeping supplies coming in, having delays.
“I see that the Hardwood lumber market is getting better
as far as supply goes,” he noted. “It might be that
they’re getting more labor back.
“I’m a little concerned about the remodel market,” he
added. “It has been very active but there’s a concern
because there are other ways people can spend their
money, such as travel and other activities. It may impact
certain areas of remodel. In the housing market, there is
only so much capacity, only so many carpenters to go
around. We’re seeing that builders are being methodical.
They used to put out quite a few foundations and come
back later and build on them. Now they lay foundations
and complete homes in one area. They’re not pricing a
lot of homes till they’re 75-80 percent complete because
of all the price increases they’ve had, not just in lumber
or wiring or appliances.”
Considering the market a few months ago, he stated, “I
would say it’s probably the same.”
The lumber he handles includes all domestics including
Red and White Oak, Poplar, Hickory, Cherry and
Walnut. The best-seller by volume is Poplar. “We have
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WEST COAST Continued
seen a shift,” he observed. “It used to be that Alder was
way up there in sales but not so much anymore.”
Customers include cabinet manufacturers, display and
fixture providers and retailers. “They’re booked out about
as far as they can go,” he said.
“Transportation is tough,” he noted. “It takes a lot longer
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ONTARIO Continued from page 8
demand, and with both countries experiencing a strong
housing market there is a need for more of this species.
Secondary manufacturers and wholesalers are in need
of more Birch. As a result, prices are on the rise. Contacts
note that premium color stock is doing better than
unselected or off-color material.
Sawmills are processing as much Hard Maple as possible,
and it is being absorbed on the markets, but supplies
are not sufficient to meet demand. Prices continue
to rise for most grades and thicknesses, due to it being
buoyed by strong U.S. and Canadian housing and renovation
markets. This has boosted sales of Hardwood finished
goods. Prices are rising for kiln-dried stocks due to
high demand and limited availability. The same is said for
Soft Maple: sawmills are processing this species quickly
to prevent stain and to meet demand, but supplies are
not satisfying market needs. Competition is pushing prices
Demand is readily absorbing Red Oak production.
Kiln-dried inventories haven’t significantly increased, but
some thicknesses are more readily available, and there
are price variations. On the other hand, competition for
White Oak logs is intense and prices have increased
substantially. Log decks are thin say sawmillers, with
green lumber production being low. Due to strong demand,
prices are at record highs. Kiln-dried markets for
this species are also strong, with low inventories.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and
MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke on behalf of Monte
McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills
Development, and joined by Mike Harris, Parliamentary
Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
and MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga, announced details
of a partnership with the Wood Manufacturing Council
(WMC) to help people in Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo
and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) prepare for good jobs
in the wood manufacturing sector. With an investment of
$885,000, the WMC leads an innovative skills training
project with local employers to help 72 workers and job
seekers gain the skills and work experience needed by
wood manufacturing partners in these regions.
“This partnership with our government provides opportunities
for people and businesses in Ontario,” said Minister
Yakabuski. “Ontario’s forestry sector continues to
thrive with support from Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy,
and employers need to hire and train skilled employees
to keep up with demand for their products.”
Funded through SkillsAdvance Ontario, the program
will train six trainee cohorts, with two cohorts each taking
place in Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo, and the GTA. The
in-person training includes an introduction to hand tools,
power tools, and woodworking machinery as well as
safety rules and safety training. WMC will also develop
a curriculum for the mass timber industry, using the existing
Wood Employee Readiness Curriculum (WERC).
The first training started in Ottawa this past June.
Ontario’s 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting
People’s Health and Our Economy, includes
measures to help workers and families recover from
COVID-19 by investing an additional $614.3 million
during 2020–21 and 2021–22 for employment and training
supports, and proposing the new Ontario Jobs Training
Tax Credit, a one-time credit that would provide up
to $2,000 for workers who enroll in an eligible course or
training program in 2021. n
QUEBEC Continued from page 8
of lumber to satisfy growing demand. There is also competition
from tie and pallet manufacturers for this species,
thus prices are inching higher. Red Oak demand
from China has slowed, but other markets are taking up
the extra production.
Domestic markets for Poplar are good, as are exports
to the U.S. There is strong demand from end users as
they reported an increase of Poplar finished goods, including
mouldings, furniture and millwork. Those who
supply Poplar say their inventory is low and are anxious
to get more. There is also competition from the wood pallet
and container manufacturers as there is a shortage
of denser woods, and furniture manufacturers are also
seeking products for their frames. It was noted that Poplar
exports had been down compared to recent years,
although demand has started to climb from Vietnam. Demand
for green lumber supplies are priced higher for all
grades and thicknesses, while kiln-dried prices are firm.
Demand for Walnut is strong in the U.S., especially
from the flooring sector. Production has increased to
supply demand of this species. Over the summer, Walnut
was being set aside to cut species prone to stain,
resulting in a less abundant supply of Walnut.
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look to 2040. Here are some of the outlook’s findings. It
forecasts that the Canadian economy will rebound by 5.8
percent this year and 4.0 percent in 2022 due to the ongoing
rollout of vaccines and improving labor markets. Over
the long term, real GDP is expected to expand by 1.7
percent annually. Their long-term outlook sees modest
economic growth, with immigration and better productivity
gains helping to counter the impact of the last wave of
retiring baby boomers on labor force growth. It notes that
inflation will rise over the near term but return to the 2.0
percent range and remain at this level through the long
term. This will enable the Bank of Canada to keep interest
rates at historically low levels through 2040. Fiscal
deficits will persist over long term, as the federal government
will find it challenging to contain spending due to
rising health care expenditures and demands from provinces
and cities for funding. The pandemic has added to
the trend toward deglobalization, which emerged during
the Trump administration and could persist over the long
term to the detriment of Canada’s exporters.
The Conference Board’s long-term forecast remains
driven by demographic factors, although some lingering
effects from the COVID-19 pandemic could affect economic
growth through 2040. The nation’s population will
age and also grow more slowly, thus moderating labor
force growth. Policy-makers hope higher immigration will
solve this demographic problem. Economic challenges
include modest productivity growth, various risks facing
energy exporters, booming housing markets, and international
trade tensions. Several sectors of the economy
could be affected by the pandemic over the long term.
The report states the rebound in the global economy
will boost Canada’s international trade sector over the
near term. It expects the global economy to expand by
5.6 percent this year and 4.2 percent in 2022—slightly
higher than their December 2021 projections. The
Asia-Pacific region will continue to lead the world economy
in growth thanks to the strong rebound in China,
which has also boosted economic prospects in the region
overall. Once the world economy recovers from the
pandemic, economic growth will slow down through the
long term, as many of the demographic factors affecting
Canada’s economy are present in major trading partners,
such as China, the United States, the European Union,
the United Kingdom, and Japan. Slower global growth
will restrain demand for Canada’s exports through 2040.
Canada’s aging population will have a substantial impact
on Canada’s labor markets over the next 20 years.
Today, many of the older baby boomers have already left
the workforce, and the younger boomers, those aged 55
to 60, are nearing retirement age. Also, the pandemic
led some baby boomers to retire sooner than expected,
implying that growth in Canada’s labor force will slow
sharply over the long term, placing significant downward
pressure on Canada’s potential economic growth.
Employment dropped by 975,000 last year because of
the pandemic and the ensuing shutdown of numerous
businesses and factories. However, the gradual reopening
of the economy this year thanks to the rollout of vaccines
will lead to a gain of 809,000 jobs.
Beyond 2022, employment growth will slow sharply to
annual gains below 1.0 percent per year due to the ongoing
retirement of the baby boomers. By 2040, annual
job gains will be in the 180,000 range.
Thanks to ongoing government income support programs
and the rollout of vaccines, the Conference Board
estimates that real household consumption will increase
by 3.5 percent this year and 6.3 percent in 2022. Spending
will continue to recover over the following few years
as labor markets rebound, but increases will subsequently
slow down to average annual gains of about 1.7
percent through 2040. Consumer spending growth will
be limited over the long term by population aging and by
high household debt loads.
The biggest change to household spending resulting
from the pandemic—and one that could persist through
2040—is the growing trend to online purchases at the
expense of brick-and-mortar outlets. Online sales were
increasing rapidly prior to the pandemic but exploded
in the second quarter of 2020 due to widespread shutdowns
and stay-at-home orders across the country.
Shoppers have become more comfortable with technology
required to buy goods online, and many will continue
to do so even after life returns to normal.
The report notes that some of the recent boost in
household income has ended up in the housing sector.
Canadian resale markets are red-hot, fuelled by low
interest rates and a desire for more living space. Residential
demand has also been sustained by relatively
pandemic-resistant employment among higher-income
households, which tend to be homebuyers, and prospects
for an eventually strong economic recovery fostered
by federal commitments to supportive fiscal and
Despite the pandemic, housing starts increased by 4.3
percent in 2020 and are expected to post another gain
this year. However, starts will then gradually decline over
the next two decades, from 220,000 in 2021 to about
160,000 by 2040. As the population ages, more Canadians
will move from single-family homes to condominiums
and assisted living accommodations. They expect
single-detached housing starts to drop at a quicker pace
than multiple-unit starts over the long term. n
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NEWS DEVELOPMENTS Continued from page 11
pandemic in March 2020, when the deficit was $47 billion.
“In fact, the balance of trade had remained relatively
stable throughout the decade from 2010 to 2019, ranging
between $33 billion and $56 billion, with a monthly average
of $45 billion.
“One reason for the improvement in trade since the beginning
of last year is that the U.S. economy has recovered
faster than most of its trading partners. This has led
to increases in U.S. imports, driven by Americans’ needs,
which are rising faster than U.S. exports that are dependent
on the strength of foreign economies.
“Exports rose in April, up by 1.1 percent to $205 billion,
but still remain below the historically high levels reached in
2019, when the U.S. economy was booming.
“Trade data includes imports and exports of both Goods
and Services. The vast majority of trade dollars are in the
form of Goods, accounting for 79 percent of the value of all
U.S. exports and imports combined.”
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an environmental solution. “The best uses of wood
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AHEC REPORT Continued from page 14
as Red Oak, Maple, Cherry and Tulipwood not only in
order to create a balance between market demand and
resource availability, but also because these abundant
species represent the best opportunities to create export
growth. For example, AHEC’s recent Tulipwood promotion
has helped create greater interest in this species
and seen it being used for a wider range of applications
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“special exhibit” projects, often involving collaborations
with well-known architects and designers, have been
an increasing feature of recent programs. These designers
become ambassadors for the material thus amplifying
the impact of the marketing
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material and enhance their credibility
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AHEC’s new approach to environmental
communication - We
have identified the need to enhance
and strengthen our communication
strategy regarding the environmental
credentials and sustainability of U.S.
Hardwoods. Working with the industry
over the past decade we have de-
veloped a unique and innovative sustainable marketing
strategy focusing on risk assessment and LCA, creating
tools such as independent risk assessments, an interactive
forest map, grown in seconds, online LCA tool
and the consignment based AHEP. AHEC is planning to
launch a new look in communication strategy called the
Sustainable Hardwood Program. The aim is to deliver
key environmental messages into the mainstream media
at the same time working more closely with the European
Hardwood trade to find ways
to address procurement barriers.
This approach could then potentially
evolve over time into a risk-based
standard for sustainable Hardwood
supplies, such as U.S. Hardwoods,
that extract principally from non-industrial
landowners, where certification
is less relevant or not practical.
Developing new market applications
- Seeking out and promoting
new uses for American Hardwoods
has become a key element in the
AHEC strategy to increase market
share for American Hardwoods
around the globe. Exterior and structural
applications of wood products
are two examples of market uses
where the use of American Hardwoods
share is still relatively small,
but the market potential is huge.
AHEC will continue to push development
and adoption of new technologies
like cross-laminated timber
(CLT), laminated veneer lumber
(LVL), and thermally modified timber
(TMT) to provide exciting opportunities
for U.S. Hardwoods in exterior
Continued from page 16
•Merchant Identification (MID)
•Importer name and address
•Purchaser name and address
•Description of merchandise
•Harmonized Tariff Schedule
•Scientific plant name
•Country of origin
•Quantity of material
All wood imported into the United States must comply
with the Lacey National Consensus Due Care Defense
Ryan Peterson – Sales Manager
Atlantic Mine, MI
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IN HARDWOOD PURCHASING
A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE LEADING
PURCHASING EXECUTIVES IN
THE HARDWOOD INDUSTRY
DAN BESEN is Senior Vice
President of Hardwoods Specialty
Products U.S. (Hardwoods).
He is the primary liaison
for the key lumber suppliers and
is responsible for all 25 of the
company’s Hardwoods U.S. operations,
11 of which are in California.
Dan Besen Hardwoods purchases an estimated
100 million board feet
annually of kiln-dried Hardwood species including Alder,
Ash, Basswood, Beech, Birch, Cherry, Hickory, Hard
and Soft Maple, Red and White Oak, Walnut and Poplar,
as well as a variety of imported species with a range of
thicknesses from 4/4 to 16/4, as well as specialty width
sorts and grades from both rough and surfaced material.
Hardwoods is the recognized premier distributor of
decorative architectural building products in North America,
with products including architectural-grade plywood
and veneers, laminates, acrylics, synthetics, composites,
and Hardwood lumber (both domestic and import)
for both commercial and residential applications. The
company owns 34 distribution centers located across the
U.S. and Canada.
Hardwoods is a member of the National Hardwood
Lumber Association and Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers
Association of Canada (AWMAC).
Besen attributes Hardwoods’ success to a focus on
continuous improvement and creating value throughout
the supply chain by working collaboratively with all stakeholders.
When asked what he’s most proud of in his time with
Hardwoods, he stated, “the company I started with in
1984 still espouses the same values and culture today
as it did then: Integrity; Company Success Driving Individual
Success; Hire to Retire; and a Passion to Win.”
Besen began working for Hardwoods over 37 years
ago starting as a sales trainee. In 2021, he was promoted
to Senior Vice President of U.S. operations. Besen
graduated from the University at Albany, NY in 1979 with
a Bachelors in Education/Mathematics.
During his free time, Besen enjoys spending time with
family and friends, entertaining, listening to music, and
For more information, contact Besen at dbesen@
JASON GILBERT is both a sales manager and lumber
buyer at AWP Wood Products, based in Little Rock, AR.
AWP is a Hardwood moulding manufacturer and distributor
of lumber and plywood that purchases an annual
board footage volume of seven to eight million. The company
buys 4/4 Northern and Appalachian KD, FAS Red
Oak, Poplar, Hard and Soft Maple. AWP also annually
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“Everything You’ll Ever Need From The Forest “
MERIDIEN HARDWOODS OF PA., INC.
Manufacturers of approximately 170 million bd. ft. a year
of Southern Hardwood and Cypress lumber products
45,000 ft. steamer loaded with 4/4 Face &
Shade-Dri ® Protection
n 18 Acre Concentration Yard
n 2 Trim Lines (50 Sorts)
n Straight Line Ripping and S2S Facilities
n We Offer Export Preparations, Container Loading,
Mixed Species & Thicknesses
n Custom Walnut Steaming Available
n 800,000’ Dry Storage • Dry Kiln Capacity 250,000'
n All KD lumber pick-a-pack tallied
BUILD YOUR OWN LOAD
Linwood Truitt and John Stevenson are in charge of kiln-dried lumber sales at Beasley Forest Products / Thompson Hardwoods; and Ray Turner
is in industrial sales at Beasley Forest Products / Thompson Hardwoods. Contact Ray at (912) 253-9001, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
4/4 Face & Better Walnut ready
Office: 814-563-4614 Office: 814-563-4614
(800) 780-3187 FAX: (800) 292-5773
Website: www.meridienpa.com • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yard Address: Old Pittsfield Rd., Pittsfield, PA 16340
For you, we at Beasley Forest Products / Thompson Hardwoods offer:
• sorted and random widths in Red Oak (4/4), White Oak (4/4), Poplar (4/4 & 8/4), Ash (4/4 & 8/4)
and Cypress (4/4 & 8/4) for export or domestic shipment.
• 1.7 million bd. ft. kiln capacity.
• Cypress framing timbers and manufacture various tongue-and-groove patterns.
• pallet components (cut stock) and pallet cants.
• cross ties and industrial timbers.
• crane mats for the pipeline industry.
• prompt delivery with company trucks and local trucking companies.
Beasley Forest Products, Inc.
P.O. Box 788 • Hazlehurst, Georgia 31539
Phone: (912) 375-5174 ext. 4303 • Fax: (912) 375-9191
Web Address: www.beasleyforestproducts.com
SALES: Linwood Truitt Cell: (912) 253-9000
Thompson Hardwoods, Inc.
P.O. Box 788 • Hazlehurst, GA 31539
Phone: (912) 375-5174 ext. 4384 • Fax: (912) 375-9191
Web Address: www.thompsonhardwoods.com
SALES: John Stevenson Cell: (912) 375-8226
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purchases 40-45 truckloads of
Red Oak and Poplar gang ripped
blanks, 475-500 truckloads of
Hardwood plywood, and 50-75
truckloads of MDF. The company
also buys 50-55 containers of
The company’s moulders and
distribution yard cover all or parts
Jason Gilbert of Texas, Alabama, Arkansas,
Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi,
Oklahoma, and Louisiana. AWP has 508 of its own
moulding profiles, with the ability to match or create any
Gilbert started his career in the forest products industry
at Hogan Hardwoods in 1996 pulling lumber and loading
AWP is a member of the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s
Association, National Hardwood Lumber Association,
Hardwood Distributor’s Association and the Cabinet
Gilbert is an avid Arkansas Hogs fan and enjoys hunting
in his spare time.
For more information, visit www.awpwoodproducts.
GERALD LASHWAY JR. is the owner and President
of Ponders Hollow Custom Wood Flooring & Millwork
Inc., located in Westfield, MA.
Ponders Hollow is a manufacturer that specializes in
custom wood flooring, interior and exterior mouldings,
stair treads and custom glue-ups. The company pur-
chases upward of 1.7 million board feet of lumber annually
including Poplar, Red and White Oak, Hard and Soft
Maple, Eastern White Ash, Walnut and Cherry (from 4/4
up to 16/4, live-sawn, No. 1 Common, FAS and other
grades, including Character).
Ponders Hollow offers additional services, including
priming moulding, wire-brushing and hand-scraping
floors. According to the company, 2021 has brought a lot
of exciting growth to the business, including a brand-new
showroom that opened in May.
Lashway graduated from Hampshire Regional High
School located in Westhampton, MA, in 1995 and studied
forestry at Paul Smith’s College located in Paul
Smiths, NY. He has held his position at Ponders Hollow
since September 2005 when the company was founded,
with responsibilities including daily operations and
most of the lumber purchasing. Lashway’s first position
in the forest products industry was working at the 4th
generation family sawmill, Lashway Lumber, located in
Ponders Hollow is a member of the National Wood
Flooring Association, Architectural Woodwork Institute,
Wood Products Manufacturers Association and the
Commonwealth Quality Program.
In his spare time, Lashway enjoys spending time with
family, snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking. He
and his wife Heather have been married 15 years. Together,
they have one son and two daughters.
For more information, please visit www.pondershol
NWFA REVIEW Continued from page 55
Standard as well. The intent of this standard is to identify
measures that companies can take to demonstrate due
care when importing wood.
There is no clear definition of what constitutes “due
care” compliance under Lacey, but in an extremely simplified
explanation, it requires a complete chain of custody
for the wood being imported, starting at the forest
There are guidelines available to help companies
comply with Lacey Due Care requirements. One
of the most comprehensive is available at: www.
Please turn to page 64
York Legacy Mill Inc.
225 NEEDHAM ROAD • PO BOX 117
MARROWBONE, KY 42759
Specializing in Appalachian Hardwood
Poplar • Red Oak • Soft Maple • Ash • Cherry • Hickory • White Oak • Hard Maple • Walnut
Cell (270) 459-0294
Cell (270) 459-2569
Manufacturing quality Appalachian
Hardwood lumber, cants & railroad ties
Cutting 4/4 through 8/4 thicknesses
of lumber that are sold green
Specializing in producing high grade
White Oak lumber
2 Mill Locations Grade & Cedar
In House Transportation
We Purchase Standing Timber &
South Central Kentucky
PH: (270) 864-3134
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AN UPDATE COVERING
THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT
HENNIKER, NH—HHP, located
here, has been laser-focused
over the last 12 months, positioning
for the new era of customers’
buying needs while staying hyper
focused on the world around
them, according to Joseph Carrier,
general manager and co-owner.
Carrier stated, “Continuous
improvement is a key part of
our mission statement. With that
said, we are thrilled to announce the completion of four
additional, massive state-of-the-art Hardwood kilns, increasing
our capacity by 3.6 million KD board feet each
year. We are thankful to our long-time partners at Nyle
Systems, our friends to the north, in Maine for joining
hands in creating this amazing addition.
“We choose to work again with Nyle, being a New England-based
company that is on top of their game and
an industry leader. Nyle understands the crucial need to
reduce emissions for a sustainable future, and there was
no better team to turn to. Their origins date back to 1978
when they patented the XDH Dehumidification system
which became the core of a very successful line of dehumidification
lumber dryers for the Hardwood market.”
For more information, go to www.hhp-inc.com and
NEWALD, WI–Cleereman Industries,
recently performed these installations,
according to Vice President
•Rock Wood Products of Dillwyn,
VA recently got a Cleereman
Linear Tilt Lp-42 Carriage,
a Cleereman Modular Track
Paul Cleereman Frame, a Cleereman Sawyer
Booth, Cleereman Carriage
Controls with 3-D Optimization, a Cleereman 150 H.P.
Hydrostatic Carriage Drive, a Cleereman Cable Tensioner,
a Cleereman 42” Log Turner, a Cleereman Drop Belt
with Cant Pins, a Cleereman Headrig-Rollcase and a
Mellott Manufacturing 640 Tilt Bandsaw.
•Cardwell Lumber of Novelty, MO recently received a
Cleereman 848- Dual Headed Debarker with Cleereman
Rich in logging and sawmill history, Cleereman Industries
has developed and manufactured sawmill machinery
for over 60 years using three guiding principles:
•Manufacture high quality products built for high production,
increased yield and years of trouble-free operations.
•Use simple yet highly functional designs to minimize
the number of moving parts while maximizing the performance
•Provide unequaled service and support to its customers.
For more information, please visit www.cleereman.
has introduced a new lineshaft
trimmer, which meets two
important needs in the industry,
according to Eric Michaud, VP of
Sales and Marketing:
•Performance – because this
new equipment is designed to
trim precisely and, if necessary,
fast, according to Carbotech.
The mechanisms of the whole
machine have been studied so that the movement of
each saw is smooth and vibration-free at whatever
speed it runs.
•Simplicity – because the whole system has been designed
to minimize the variety of mechanical and electrical
components, meaning that hydraulics have finally
been replaced with electrical devices, Carbotech reports.
“We’re not 100 percent electric yet, but we’re getting
close,” stated Michaud. “We are offering our best
to the market: systems that millwrights and electricians
are comfortable to work with in order to minimize downtime
when something wrong happens. So far, we have
installed four of these trimmers, and the customers are
all very happy with the trimming results and the performance
of the machines.”
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Established in 1983
operated for over
Experienced & Close
To The Source
2 East High St.
Union City, PA 16438
Phone (814) 438-7622
Fax (814) 438-2008
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At O’Shea Lumber,
your needs are our
Whatever your hardwood needs, our experienced
sales staff will be happy to assist you with all of
your lumber inquiries. Call for a complete list of our
n Direct mill, export and import shippers
n Wholesale, distribution and dry kiln centers
n S2S, carbide straight-line rips and gang rip
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n Our own trucks ship all quantities of lumber, from
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quickly ship lumber all over the United States.
We maintain a 3.5 million
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Installations have been made at:
Rembos (two machines in a reman
plant) in Ontario, GDS Marsoui (sawmill)
in Eastern Quebec and Arbec St-
Roch (sawmill) in northern Quebec.
This new trimmer can be installed
in sawmills with fixed saws, in planer
mills with moveable saws and in
Hardwood mills with special saw configurations.
For more information, go to www.
CRESTVIEW, FL–Sawmill MD, located
here, has announced that Madison
County Wood Products in Fredericktown,
MO recently started up a
SiCam ResawX Scanning system
to maximize the efficiency and yield
from their LineBar Resaw.
The ResawX system provides
Madison County cant sizing detail
and recommended sawing solutions
to the operator quickly and accurately,
according to Sawmill MD.
The ResawX system will improve
the Resaw operating results by reducing
wasted lines and measurably
reducing shims. ResawX allows the
management to set sawing pattern
recommendations based on size and
grade, which improves the ability to
maximize the output of desired products
based on current requirements,
Sawmill MD notes.
Two weeks after the startup, when the customer was
asked how the system was doing, Sawmill MD received
this reply: “It’s working great.”
Contact Mike Ballard or Duncan Ferguson at
SawmillMD@mindspring.com for more information on
the SiCam ResawX Scanning System or go to www.
Taylor, Chief Operating Officer of
the Taylor Group, headquartered
here, recently welcomed Tim
Gerbus as the new Allied Equipment
Product and Sales Manager
for Taylor Machine Works, Inc.
“I welcome Tim as a member of
the ‘Big Red’ team and look forward
to seeing the growth he
brings to our allied product lines
as we continue to expand in different market segments,”
Hal Nowell, Director of Sales, stated, “Tim was the
Director of Key Accounts for LiuGong North America.
Prior to his tenure at LiuGong, he served as Director of
Sales for Terex overseeing their material handling brand,
Fuchs. He brings many years of experience from the
OEM perspective and we are excited to have him join
Gerbus has had a successful tenure thus far in Sales,
Marketing, and Operations for growing companies. He
brings an energetic talent for team building and a desire
for helping others, according to the Taylor Group.
Gerbus and his wife reside in Louisville, KY, and have
three children. Outside of work, he enjoys his time on
their family farm.
For more information on Taylor’s allied products or the
Taylor product line, visit www.taylorforklifts.com.
WOODRUFF, WI—The Lake States Lumber Association
(LSLA Education Inc.) and the Wisconsin Department
of Natural Resources are sponsoring a class about
marketing forest products, Sept. 23, 2021 from 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at Kemp Natural Resources Station, located
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Hillsgrove, PA 18619 • Phone 570-924-3507
Kilns • Export Preparation
Company Owned Timberland
3rd Generation Since 1941
Specializing in Cherry 4/4 thru 16/4
Hard & Soft Maple
Red & White Oak
National Hardwood Lumber Association Certified
TRADE TALK Continued
here. Topics to be covered include: an overview of the
forest products industry; a review of what marketing is;
the marketing mix – products, pricing, promotion and
distribution; marketing strategy; trends in the industry;
marketing research, and international marketing.
According to LSLA Education Inc., marketing has
been called the backbone of successful forest products
companies. Yet many companies struggle with the marketing
concept. Those attending this workshop will learn
about the products of the forest products industry, marketing
as it relates to these products and how to gain a
competitive advantage in the industry. The program is
designed for business owners, managers and new marketing
personnel and/or those wishing to brush-up on
the marketing aspects of the forest products industry.
The instructor will be Bob Smith, professor and associate
dean for the extension department of sustainable
biomaterials/CNRE Virginia Tech.
The fee – which includes all class materials and lunch
– is $150 for LSLA members and $250 for non-members.
Lodging is available at Kemp Natural Resources
Station for $40 per person, per night. To register for the
class, call LSLA at (920) 884-0409 or e-mail LSLA@
LSLA.com to receive a form. n
nwfa-university.aspx. The National Wood Flooring
Association is a not-for-profit trade association whose
mission is to unify and strengthen the wood flooring
community through technical standards, education,
networking, and advocacy. Contact the NWFA at
800-422-4556 (USA and Canada), 636-519-9663
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NHLA NEWS Continued from page 18
•Under section B: Change from “• 6” wide – 1
medium knot • 7” – 9” wide – 2 medium knots” To
“Pieces 6” to 9” wide will admit 1 medium knot
(Par. 39) in pieces 10’ and shorter, pieces 12’ and
longer will admit 2 medium knots (Par. 39).”
b. Page 43, paragraph 15, Warp & Cup – Add
“Side-bend shall not exceed to the extent that the
piece will not produce the standard finished width
in its full length, in all grades.”
c. Page 50, paragraphs 98 & 99, No. 1 & No. 2
Peck – Combine paragraph 98 & 99 to create “Peck”
as follows – “Each piece must contain peck, with a
minimum area of 10% of the Surface Measure, well
distributed on one side. Each piece must be suitable
for ordinary handling and construction without
JoCo Lumber, Inc. is a division of
Josey Lumber Company, Inc.
Tripp, Logan, and Joey Josey
Our company offers:
• 10,000,000 BF of annual production from
our 6’ band headrig and 6’ band resaw.
• Red and White Oak, Soft Maple, Ash,
Poplar and Cypress in 4/4 through 8/4
• rough, surfaced, air-dried and kiln-dried
lumber in random widths and lengths.
• export prepping, container loading of logs and lumber,
anti-stain dipping and end coating lumber.
• 500,000 BF of dry kiln capacity.
• 65,000 SF of enclosed warehouse for storage and loading of
For Quality Appalachian Lumber Contact:
JOsey Lumber COmpany, InC.
JoCo Lumber, InC.
476 Lees meadow rd. • p.O. Drawer 447
scotland neck, nC 27874
TeL: (252) 826-5614 • FaX: (252) 826-3461
saLes: Logan Josey
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It is important to note that all parties in the supply
chain are subject to penalties and fines for noncompliance
with Lacey. In addition, fines can be assessed for
both civil and criminal violations. The maximum civil fine
is $10,000 per violation, with possible imprisonment of
one year. The maximum criminal misdemeanor fine is
$10,000 per violation, with possible imprisonment of one
year. The maximum criminal felony fine is $20,000 per
violation, with possible imprisonment of five years.
The best way to ensure the materials you are using
comply with Lacey is to ask for a chain of custody for all
wood used, especially those species that are not native
to the United States. In this way, you can refuse to use
any wood that does not have a chain of custody, and will
be practicing due care as required by Lacey.
It is also important to note that Lacey compliance may
change from time to time, and it is your responsibility
as a Hardwood professional to stay informed. For
specific and up-to-date regulations regarding the Lacey
Act, visit www.fws.gov/international/laws-treatiesagreements/us-conservation-laws/lacey-act.html.
The National Wood Flooring Association has more
information about the Lacey Act available through
NWFA University, an online training platform that is
convenient and affordable. Learn more at nwfa.org/
As per the NHLA bylaws, an Open Forum will be held
during the 2021 NHLA Annual Convention in West Palm
Beach, Florida, on Thursday, September 23. During the
meeting, NHLA members will have the opportunity to
discuss these proposed changes in detail prior to the
vote by the membership. Chief Inspector Dana Spessert
and Rules Committee Chairman Sam Glidden will
be available during the meeting to answer questions.
In the final step of the process, ballots containing new
Rules change proposals will be sent to all Active Members
after the 2021 NHLA Annual Convention. Each
Active Member may vote for or against the proposed
Rules change provided such ballot is returned to and
received by NHLA within 30 days from the date on the
ballot. Rules change proposals that receive a favorable
vote on a two-thirds majority of the votes properly cast
by the Active Members will be adopted and become effective
January 1, 2023.
To register to attend the 2021 NHLA Annual Convention
& Exhibit Showcase, visit www.nhla.com.
If you have questions regarding the Rules change proposals,
please contact Dana Spessert at 901-399-7551
or by email at email@example.com. n
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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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Abenaki Timber Corporation......................
Air Systems Mfg. of Lenoir, Inc..................
Ally Global Logistics...............................44
Atlanta Hardwood Corporation............. FC
Autolog Sawmill Automation......................
Automation & Electronics USA..............11
Baillie Lumber Co.......................................
Beasley Forest Products, Inc.................57
Bingaman & Son Lumber, Inc.................39
Breeze Dried Inc.........................................
Cardin Forest Products LLC.......................
Church, Bryant, Hardwoods, Inc............46
Clark Lumber Co.........................................
Cole Hardwood, Inc................................15
Cooper Machine Co., Inc........................43
Corley Manufacturing Co......................IBC
Cramer, W.M., Lumber Co...........................
Cummings Lumber Co., Inc......................4
Deer Park Lumber, Inc................................
Devereaux Sawmill, Inc..............................
Distribution Management Systems, inc.
Fitzpatrick & Weller Inc..............................
GF Hardwoods, Inc.....................................
Graf Bros. Flooring & Lumber....................
Graf & Thomas Lumber, Inc.......................
Granite Hardwoods, Inc.........................50
Granite Valley Forest Products..................
GTL Lumber Inc..........................................
Hardwood Forestry Fund............................
Hardwood Manufacturers Assoc ..............
Hartzell Hardwoods, Inc.............................
Hermitage Hardwood Lumber Sales, Inc..
Hurdle Machine Works Inc.....................40
Irving, J.D., Limited....................................
ISK Biocides, Inc........................................
JoCo Lumber, Inc....................................65
Jones, Ron, Hardwood Sales, Inc..........61
Josey Lumber Co., Inc............................65
Kentucky Forest Industries Assoc.........42
Kepley-Frank Hardwood Co., Inc...........48
King City Forwarding USA, Inc.............. BC
King City/Northway Forwarding Ltd...... BC
Kretz Lumber Co., Inc.................................
Lawrence Lumber Company Inc................
Lewis Controls, Inc...............................IBC
Lewis, Dwight, Lumber Co., Inc.............64
Lucidyne Technologies Inc........................
Lumber Resources Inc...............................
Lussier, Simon, Ltd.....................................
MacBeath Hardwood Company..................
Maine Woods Company..........................51
Mars Hill, Inc...............................................
Maxwell Hardwood Flooring......................
McDonough Manufacturing Company....52
Mellott Manufacturing Co., Inc...............54
Meridien Hardwoods of PA., Inc.............56
Messersmith Manufacturing, Inc...............
Midwest Hardwood Corporation............63
Miller, Frank, Lumber, Inc...........................
MillTech Inventory Management
MO PAC Lumber Company..........................
Mueller Bros. Timber, Inc...........................
Neff Lumber Mills, Inc................................
New River Hardwoods, Inc.........................
North American Forest Foundation........64
Northwest Hardwoods, Inc.................. IFC
Nyle Systems, LLC..................................17
Oakcrest Lumber, Inc.................................
OHC | Overseas Hardwoods Company.......
O’Shea Lumber Co..................................62
Paw Taw John Services, Inc......................
Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual
Peterson, Keith D., & Co., Inc. ..............65
Pike Lumber Co., Inc..................... 34 & 35
Prime Lumber Company.........................60
Ram Forest Products, Inc...........................
Real American Hardwood Coalition.......13
Rosenberry, Carl, & Sons, Lumber, Inc......
SII Dry Kilns................................................
Sirianni Hardwoods, Inc.............................
Smithco Manufacturing, Inc.......................
Snowbelt Hardwoods, Inc..........................
Southern Forest Products Assoc...............
Stiles, A.W., Contractors, Inc.................49
Taylor Machine Works, Inc.........................
Thompson Hardwoods, Inc....................57
Tigerton Lumber Co....................................
TMX Shipping Co., Inc............................41
Tropical Forest Products..........................1
Tuscarora Hardwoods, Inc.........................
U-C Coatings, LLC...................................47
Western Hardwood Association.................
Wheeland Lumber Co., Inc.....................53
White, Harold, Lumber, Inc.........................
Williams, R.J., Inc...................................59
York Legacy Mill Inc...............................58
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