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Features & Industry Events
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About The Cover
Flexibility in the market place and
employee involvement are hallmarks of Cole
Hardwood, Inc., a 34 acre concentration yard
supplying U.S. and overseas markets, Cole
specializes in lumber that is indigenous
to the forests of Indiana. These species
are Red Oak, White Oak, Ash, Poplar, Hard
Maple, Soft Maple, Cherry, Hickory and
Walnut. Thicknesses in most species are 4/4
through 8/4, with some species up to 16/4.
Cole Hardwood has kiln capacity of 1,300,000 BF. The facility
also has over 225,000 square feet of heated warehouse, housing
4 KD inspection stations, 2 green lumber inspection stations, 2
stackers, a retail store, the office, planing mill and approximately
8,000,000 BF of kiln dried inventory. Total kiln dried and air dried
inventory stands at 12,000,000 BF.
Cole Hardwood, Inc. is committed to making sure every step,
from computer controlled kiln drying to their one-on-one customer
service is focused on quality—the kind that is only possible with
commitment from every department, every person, every day!
In addition, Cole Hardwood has a sister company, Indiana
Dimension, Inc., which manufactures panels, mouldings, dimension
and furniture and cabinet components. Indiana Dimension is
located adjacent to Cole Hardwood, Inc.
Wellborn Cabinet Inc: Breaking
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Josey Lumber Company...In The
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The American Chestnut’s Last
Inside America’s Broken Supply
8 Hardwood Calendar
10 U.S.A. Trends
12 Canadian Trends
14 News Developments
16 HMA Update
18 NAFF Bulletin
52 Who’s Who
54 Trade Talk
2022 Forecasts: In The Hardwood
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Supplier news about
sales, labor, prices, trends,
expansions and inventories
Sources in the Lakes States region continue to report
stable business despite challenges with supply.
“The Hardwood market is very strong,” said a source
in Wisconsin. “Prices have been on the rise, other than
with Red Oak.”
Some especially hot species for this contact include
the Maples, Basswood, and Aspen, according to him. “I
know our mills have been doing pretty good, but some
of the smaller ‘maw-paw’ mills around here are lacking
Compared to a few months ago, this source has seen
increased demand, especially in white lumber species.
“It’s been a very good year,” he said. “Prices have been
high and the market has been strong all year. We are
close to record years, but it would be even better if we
could hire some help.”
This lumber buyer explained that the primary challenges
he is experiencing come down to COVID issues
and workforce shortage. “They are a continuing ongoing
problem,” he said.
His company handles Select and Better Maples, Aspen,
White and Black Ash, Basswood, Red Oak, a little
bit of Cherry and similarly, Birches in 4/4. Most of his
customers are end users, but the company sells to some
distributors as well.
“They are doing very good, for the most part,” he said.
“A lot of them need more lumber. We have a customer
base that we supply on a regular basis, but right now
we can’t produce enough lumber. Like I said, the lumber
we can sell are at good prices, we just can’t produce as
When asked about transportation, the source responded,
“Domestic and export containers are extremely
hard to come by. We’re in Northern Wisconsin, and
our domestic container rates going out to California just
got raised $700 just last week, and that is if you can
even get containers. There are embargoes on some of
the railcar companies out there. Export containers are
nearly impossible to get right now just because all the
ports are congested, and that is related to a lack of workers
at the ports and also truck drivers.”
A source in Michigan reported that his business has
been “busier than heck all summer long,” with the domestic
Hardwood market doing “very well” in his area.
“We normally have 6-700,000 feet of inventory and I
have about 50,000 right now, so supply is way down and
In the Northeast, sources are reporting that the greatest
issues for the industry heading into the winter involve
transportation and workforce despite a steadier market
than earlier months.
“It’s quite busy still, although I would say that it has
settled down a little bit from the near panic-level that it
was at one point earlier this year,” said a lumber buyer
“There are some items that are settling in right now,
and I think that’s healthy and good because the run-up
that we’ve seen with a lot of prices has been so strong,”
the source continued. The hottest items at his mill include
Hard and Soft Maple and White Oak, but his company
also produces Cherry, Red Oak, Ash, Poplar and
a few minor species in lesser volumes. Thicknesses offered
by this source range from 4/4 up to 12/4.
This contact believes the current market is behaving
similarly to two or three months ago. “The industrial
products have settled down a little bit and there’s still
no oversupply. In fact, the market’s still undersupplied,
but we’re past the peak prices on industrial products,”
This company sells to a wide variety of customers, including
all types of end users, distributors, small local
shops and large overseas distributors. “I still think the
biggest issues that we are facing are difficulties in transportation,”
he said. “Most importantly, a lack of staffing,
whether it’s in our operation or our customers’ operations
or even their customers’ operations, staffing is just not
“There aren’t enough truck drivers,” he continued.
“There aren’t enough people that work at the port. There
aren’t enough people anywhere at this point, it seems
like. We could probably ship twice as much product if
transportation was smooth and readily available.”
In New Hampshire, a source reported a strong domestic
market. “There are some high points and low points,”
he said. He listed the Maples, Ash, Poplar and Birch as
species that are currently selling strongest. “The Red
Oak market has softened, but that’s mostly due to export.
Overall, I would say that supply is still behind demand,”
This contact reported a quieter market than two to
three months ago. “I’m not sure why that is, it might be
back-to-school, that type of thing,” he said. “I know that
at least up here in the Northeast, the housing markets
The sentiment of lumber providers in the Southeast regarding
their markets is mainly that sales are in the positive
realm but nothing to write home about. For example,
an Alabama sawmill representative noted that his market
is “pretty good. We cut Red and White Oak, Poplar and
Ash and pretty much all species and all grades are moving
well – except for Red Oak FAS; it’s at a standstill right
Compared to several months ago, the market is “absolutely
better,” he stated. “The way the prices went up
His best sellers, he pointed out, are White Oak, all
grades; Poplar, all grades; and Red Oak, No. 1 Common.
His lumber comes in 4/4, 5/4, and a little bit of 6/4.
His customers include both end users and distribution
yards. “They have said their business is steady right now
for the most part,” he noted. “We export very little right
now. Our exports were 75 percent of our production a
few years ago. Now, it’s maybe 10 percent. It’s not the
supply chain problem; the markets overseas are just not
as good as the domestic. You had Vietnam shut down
for about a month. You couldn’t export any product into
there. In China, the demand is not there really and the
prices they offer are terrible.”
When asked about transportation, he stated it is “somewhat”
of a problem. “Some of these companies we sell to
are having a hard time getting trucks to our location. It’s
an issue, for sure. It’s a major issue across this country.”
In Tennessee, a lumber provider remarked that his
market is “decent – not great but decent. The good thing
is, we’ve got logs. The bad thing is, there’s an overproduction
of Poplar right now. We’re starting to see the prices
drop on the No. 1 and No. 2 in Poplar a little bit. White
Oak is still really good. The flooring market is good. For
us, overall, things are in pretty good shape. We have
logs to cut and lumber in stock. We’re in good shape in
Compared to six months earler, “It’s probably stationary,”
he observed. “I’ve seen a little slowdown. But business
is holding up for us OK right now.”
He sells Red and White Oak, Ash, Poplar, Hickory and
Soft Maple. The best seller, he noted, is White Oak, then
Poplar, then Red Oak. Thicknesses are mainly 4/4.
His sales are to distribution yards and end users. “The
distribution yards are doing well,” he observed, “but they
are screaming for plywood. End users are doing well,”
The Hardwood lumber markets on the West Coast are
holding their own – or better.
A lumber provider in Oregon remarked that his market
is “holding up.” However, he commented his company
can only sell at a limited pace because, “The supply
chain is so screwed up.” He stated that his company
could be more profitable “if I could replace what I sell.”
Transportation and lack of labor are other inhibiting factors,
Compared to several months ago, the market is about
the same, he noted. “Supply is a little worse, but demand
is the same.”
He sells all domestic Hardwoods and imports as well
as upper grades of softwood, Hardwood plywood and
other products. The best Hardwood seller is Poplar. He
sells to cabinet manufacturers, fixture companies and
display makers. He also sells to flooring contractors, and
his company has its own retail stores. He observed that
his customers are faring “surprisingly very well.”
A Washington lumberman remarked, “The last two
weeks, business has been slower. Customers are looking
for discounts. Prior to those two weeks, the market
was really good.”
His market, he noted, is “a little worse” than in the recent
past. “Several months ago, if you had supply and
were near the price customers wanted, it was an easy
sell. That has slowed down.”
He sells all grades of Hardwood in all North American
species, including Maple, Red and White Oak, Cherry
and Birch. Best sellers are Maple and Poplar. Thicknesses
of his lumber are 4/4 through 12/4.
His customers include distribution yards and woodworking
shops like the manufacturers of cabinets,
mouldings and panels. “The best we can tell, business is
going well for our customers,” he said. “They are waiting
for prices to fall.
“Transportation hasn’t been that bad,” he noted. “It
may be that the market is down and more trucks are
A California lumber supplier had a rosier perspective.
“I think the market is still very solid,” he stated. “I would
say that, compared to six months ago, the market is still
about the same.”
He sells White Oak, Hickory and Walnut in 4/4 thickness.
All his lumber goes to flooring companies and
retail lumber yards. “Their business seems to be solid
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News from suppliers about prices, trends, sales and inventories
As we headed into fall, sellers were able to offer more
products due to increased sawmill production. The slight
slowdown in home construction, and good drying conditions
over the summer helped improve overall availability.
In the U.S., housing completion fell in August (the
most recent data available for this report), thus affecting
Hardwood finished goods demand. But it was noted
that new home completions were 9.5 percent higher this
year through August than in 2020. Demand continues
for Hard Maple, and so sawmills are focusing on this
species, which is resulting in high prices. Production is
meeting customers’ needs for the majority of grades and
thicknesses for Hard Maple. With the price difference between
Hard and Soft Maple, some end users switched to
Soft Maple. Red and White Oak are reported as mixed,
and with improved drying conditions, availability of these
species has also improved. Some contacts noted they
would like to add to their inventories for these species.
With the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday behind us, and
heading into the Christmas season, businesses are focusing
on moving ahead, and are cautiously optimistic
that the fourth wave of the pandemic will subside, and
that economic conditions and business will improve for
Ash production was not high this year due to mills processing
the much in-demand Maple. The Emerald Ash
Borer also affected Ash availability and thus production
of this species. Production of green lumber supplies were
readily being absorbed. Heading into late fall and early
winter with the rainy season and hunting season, some
contacts were concerned with availability of this species.
Contacts stated kiln-dried Ash markets were solid, with
thin inventories for most grades and thicknesses.
Traditional and non-traditional customers are looking
for Basswood as production has been controlled
for some time. Contacts note kiln-dried inventories are
low for some items with prices responding accordingly.
Sawmills are producing output with marginally sufficient
supplies to satisfy demand and prices are holding firm.
Sawmillers stated their supplies of Hard Maple are
good or declining as the steady demand for this species
continues to be favored by consumers. Sawmills
and wholesalers are selling total green Hard Maple production
with prices firm for most grades and thicknesses.
Some contacts commented supplies are sufficient
for near-term needs only. Secondary manufacturers
Grade lumber is not as vibrant on the domestic markets
as in spring and summer. With sawmills ramping
up production, concentration yards, wholesalers and
end users received more lumber these past few months.
Contacts commented that markets are performing well.
Flooring manufacturing is strong at this time, as are the
markets for wood furniture, cabinets, moulding, millwork
and wood components due to the strong housing and
renovation markets continuing to perform well.
In mid-October, many people were very happy to hear
the news that the U.S. was reopening its borders in November
– another step along the path to a new normal
way of life. At the time of this writing there were not many
details, and the top question was whether the U.S. would
consider the many Canadians who received two different
vaccines to be fully immunized. There will be consistent,
stringent protocols for all travelling to the U.S. – whether
by air, land or ferry, and will account for the wide availability
of COVID-19 vaccinations. More details were
awaited in the coming weeks of the announcement. This
was good news for the economies on both sides of the
border, and another step to a return to normal.
Demand for most grades and thicknesses of kiln-dried
Ash is steady, but production remains low due to the
Emerald Ash Borer, and to slightly stronger log exports.
Some contacts noted prices are firm for this species.
Markets for the regionally important Hard Maple are
favorable. Summer demand was high and prioritizing
cutting/drying schedules to avoid possible stain supported
sales of this species. Contacts noted that certain kilndried
items were elevated, and prices were softening in
selected transactions. Green prices showed no evidence
of decline, as prices were still rising.
Wholesalers are seeking out more green Soft Maple,
as are the furniture, component and cabinet manufacturers.
With sawmill production increasing slightly, it is only
marginally adequate to meet buyers’ needs. Prices also
saw a slight rise to Sap and Better and No. 1 Common
and Number 2A grades. Prices are firming as well for
kiln-dried Soft Maple.
The primary sales for Cherry are to the U.S. and to
China. Contacts noted that developing production was
not being fully absorbed by these markets. There was
not a large gap between supply and demand as loggers,
sawmillers and drying operations limited Cherry output.
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NEWS ABOUT NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL
HARDWOOD CONSUMERS INCLUDING MERGERS,
PLANT EXPANSIONS & ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES
THOS. MOSER LAUNCHES NEW STUDIO
Thos. Moser, Handmade American Furniture, headquartered
in Auburn, ME, and ready to celebrate its 50th
anniversary in 2022, just announced the launch of its latest
collection, The New Studio Living Collection.
Thos. Moser uses solid U.S. Hardwoods and makes its
furniture only in the United States. Species include Walnut
and Cherry along with some Ash, Maple and Red and
The New Studio Living Collection is an expansion of its
namesake Studio Collection, which
consists of a bed frame, vertical and
horizontal dressers, and nightstand.
The New Studio Living Collection includes
a sofa, chair, ottoman, coffee
table, console table, and media case.
The New Studio Living Collection is
designed to make the most of minimal
lines and comfort.
The cases and tables in The New
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NKBA’S FINAL KITCHEN &
BATH MARKET OUTLOOK
UPDATE OF 2021 CALLS
FOR STRONG ACROSS-THE-
National Kitchen and Bath Association’s
(NKBA) Kitchen & Bath Market
Outlook October update, the latest
information available, revealed a fullyear
revenue projection of $167 billion
by year’s end 2021 — a healthy
year, and consistent with robust expectations
resulting from the surge
in remodeling brought on since mid-
2020. While much of it solidly confirms
prior reports, there are a few,
less obvious surprises hidden in the
research. (NKBA is headquartered in
The latest projection represents a
vigorous 19 percent increase over
the $141 billion logged in 2020. The
white-hot pace, though, will not go
on indefinitely, and there are already
clear signs that growth is beginning to
moderate, settling into a steady, sustainable
rate, stated NKBA’s update.
In fact, in the July update, the full-year
revenue forecast was for $171 billion.
Although the latest expectation is a
modest revision of a great number,
directionally, it is still down.
Kitchen and bath growth has
popped for new construction. Just under
$100 billion of the projected $167
billion is expected to be earmarked for this sector, a whopping
26 percent gain over 2020. K&B remodeling should
show full-year growth of just below 10 percent — still a
healthy gain. Both, though, are a few percentage points
off the previous forecast.
Drilling down, the greatest growth by project size is
clearly in the high-end and mid-tier
segments. Full-year revenues for
premium projects are expected to run
more than 22 percent ahead of last
year, with mid-level projects exceeding
21percent. Lower-end remodels
lag, with expected gains below 11
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U.S.-VIETNAM REACH AGREE-
MENT TO AVOID TARIFFS
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
(USTR) recently announced
that an agreement has been reached
with Vietnam to address the concerns
raised in USTR’s Section 301 investigation
into Vietnam’s timber sourcing
practices, as recently reported by the
International Wood Products Association.
This means that no tariffs will
be imposed as a result of the investigation.
Instead, the agreement calls
for Vietnam to implement a number of
Some of the steps that will be required
of Vietnam are these:
•Eliminate financial incentives to
import or export timber that is the
product of illegal logging or illegal
•Enhance customs inspections of
•Revise the Enterprise Classification
System under its Timber Legality
Assurance System to cover
all relevant persons in the supply
•Ensure its geographic indicators
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“INVESTING IN THE FUTURE”
Those who know me well also
know that the mention of wine gets
my attention. No surprise then, that a
Wall Street Journal article about how
automation is assisting the wine industry
overcome its labor issues, made me take
notice. And it was especially interesting
to me because of the striking parallel to
the Hardwood industry.
According to the article titled
“Vineyards Turn to Automation Amid Worker Shortage,”
those vintners courageous enough to “take the robot
plunge,” did so despite their concerns of cost, return on
investment, and product/production quality. Legitimate
concerns, certainly! Nonetheless, if they wanted to
harvest their grapes on time, they needed to take action.
Their admirable ‘leap of faith’ reminded me of
leadership expert Mark Sanborn’s words, “Success isn’t
always about meeting your goals. It’s also about meeting
your challenges.” Inspiring words, right? But how exactly
do we do that?
Well from where I sit, relying on the “same old, same
old” won’t get us ahead. But … following the example of
those courageous winemakers; expanding our frame of
reference and changing our MO – modus operandi – will.
For them - and for us - success hinges upon
embracing change, embracing technology,
and looking to alternative processes to help
accomplish today’s goals and tomorrow’s
HMA will be discussing this, and much
more, at our 2022 National Conference
and Expo set for March 23-25, at the
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar
Beach, Florida. All Hardwood industry
stakeholders are invited to attend, and I encourage you
to join us, that is if you are up to the challenge.
•The event will feature speakers, workshops and
panel discussions geared toward “Investing in the
Future.” Receptions and other meal venues will offer
opportunities for networking, idea exchanges and
one-on-one relationship building. And an industry
Expo, comprised of the latest and greatest, will
offer products and solutions to put you on track for
•The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a 2,400-
acre destination resort, located between the Gulf
of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay. It offers
4-Star accommodations, ultra-modern amenities,
gourmet dining, four award winning golf courses, and
countless adventures in or on emerald green
water. It’s northwest Florida at its best. And it’s
calling your name.
All of the Conference specifics – Registration,
Agenda, Sponsorships, Expo – are available
at www.HMAmembers.org. Take a look, then
mark your calendars and get your planning
started. March will be here before we know it. n
BY LINDA JOVANOVICH,
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT,
HARDWOOD MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION,
Efficiency. Quality. Speed.
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“THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING ALL YEAR LONG”
THE DILEMMA: How many times have you unwrapped
a gift, enjoyed whatever it was (Uncle Si Bobblehead,
Bob Ross Chia Pet, Cousin Eddie bathrobe) a couple of
times and then it ends up in the trash come Spring? We’ll
call them “landfill-bound gifts” with a limited shelf life.
Too many to count!
And, every year it gets harder and harder to buy more
things that people really want, since we’re not 20 anymore
(wink wink) and we have all the stuff we really need.
What about kids…how many times did you spend up
and get them something big and amazing, only to find
them having a ball playing in the empty box it came in?!
THE SOLUTION: Giving the gift that keeps on giving,
of course! The gift that’s renewable, lasts for years and
years, and gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
The gift of education and fun! Lasts a lifetime and it’ll
never end up in a landfill.
If you want to wrap it in a box and then recycle, that’s
What does the gift of education cost and how easy is
it to purchase? And, what do you get for your money,
Head on over to NorthAmericanForestFoundation.
org and click the orange DONATE button. Select GIVE
THE GIFT OF EDUCATION and enter your info. You’ll
get a pdf gift receipt and be immediately filled with holiday
cheer that will last all year long.
How does your gift make a difference?
At the North American Forest Foundation, we’re on
a mission to change hearts and minds about wood, for
Through generous donations from companies and
individuals, like you, we’re supplying teachers and kids
with free resources, education, and support with our signature
Truth About Trees Kits in packaged and digital
Helping kids become #exTREEmelysmart creates a
healthier future for them, our industry, and the planet, for
Your gift also supports the creation of a whole new digital
Truth About Trees experience for Jr. High and High
School aged students. Introducing them to the importance
of responsible forestry and planting the seed about
choosing a career in the forest products industry.
But wait, there’s more!
Your gift also ensures that we can continue supporting
hands-on experiences like the Forever Forest traveling
exhibit from the Omaha Children’s Museum and IHLA’s
Woods on Wheels. AND, important organizations and
efforts like Real American Hardwood Coalition, #Forest-
Proud and state-level Ag in the Classroom programs.
All that’s way better than an ugly Christmas sweater,
Fruitcake of the Month, or monogrammed velour track
Go ahead! Give the gift that keeps on giving…for years
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, to
make a donation, or find out how you can help change
hearts and minds about wood, for good, please visit us at
www.northamericanforestfoundation.org or drop me
a line at adeford@northamericanforestfoundation.
Fa-la-la-la-la…becoming #exTREEmelysmart feels so
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
BY ALLISON DEFORD,
NORTH AMERICAN FOREST FOUNDATION,
■ 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.
The perimeter wall cabinetry in Wellborn Cabinet’s Messina door style with a Willow
paint finish is accented even further by the Cherry island in their Espresso finish.
Wellborn Cabinet Inc.
Breaking New Ground & Growing The American Economy
Ashland, AL—Wellborn Cabinet
Inc. recently announced
a groundbreaking and expansion
of their facilities in Ashland, AL.
This expansion will ultimately create
more than 200 jobs for Clay County,
AL and the surrounding area.
Using American-made products,
Wellborn Cabinet manufactures traditional,
contemporary, and transitional
Hardwood cabinetry. Purchasing
approximately 8 million board feet
in green Hardwood lumber annually,
products are available in Cherry, Maple,
Oak and Hickory. Committed to
keeping local workers employed and
supporting the state, regional, and
local economies, Wellborn Cabinet
employs nearly 1,400 workers from
CEO Paul Wellborn said he is
proud of his workforce and the support
he has received in reviving the
American economy. “With the help of
our local, state, and federal officials
along with our local schools, we’ve
been blessed with the ability to have
this expansion and have the opportunity
to add these jobs to our economy,”
he stated. “I thank God for all
the people who’ve played a part in
growing our American-made product.
We are especially thankful for
all of our dedicated employees who
have helped make all of this possible.”
With a commitment to put the
American worker first, more than
$15 million has been invested into
both the United States and Alabama
economies. With that, Wellborn Cabinet
has expanded over 175,000
total square feet into their facility to
include improved manufacturing facilities,
additional daycare options
and healthcare capabilities.
“Wellborn Cabinet makes
high-quality, in-demand products
right here in Alabama, and it’s exciting
to see the company expand
its presence in its hometown of
Ashland,” Governor Kay Ivey said.
“These growth plans will not only
enhance production capabilities but
also add new jobs and enhance benefits
for workers. This investment
shows why Wellborn is a first-rate
employer in Clay County.”
Founded in 1961, Wellborn Cabinet
has a long-standing history of
manufacturing innovative products
and delivering excellent, domestic
customer service, according to Di-
ABOVE AND RIGHT: Quality assurance is one of Wellborn Cabinet’s key principles.
Sending products out correctly the first time eliminates construction
delays. Each of Wellborn Cabinet’s pieces goes through at least six hand inspections
before it is shipped.
rector of Marketing and Advertising
Angela O’Neill. “Our choice to use
domestic forests and manufacture
cabinetry in the United States shows
our commitment to sustainability and
country, building a future for generations
of employees, customers,
and consumers,” she stated. “Since
Paul Wellborn first opened the doors
60 years ago, Wellborn Cabinet remains
true to the meaning of Made in
America. All of our kitchen and bath
cabinets, including doors, drawers,
and face frames are hand-crafted
right here in Alabama by our dedicated
employees. We are proud to label
each box of cabinetry with the ‘Made
In The USA’ stamp.”
O’Neill said Wellborn Cabinet is
committed to being the most valued
provider of kitchen, bath, and wholehome
cabinetry. “Wellborn has five
product lines,” she explained. “Our
Aspire Cabinetry is a full-access frameless
brand that includes wood,
and decorative laminate textured
veneers, and matte and high gloss
acrylic doors supporting an increasing
trend of modern design. Our
framed cabinetry includes quality
wood and Wellcore MDF doors supporting
the designs from traditional
to modern complemented by stains
and unlimited paint selections.”
Among the largest family-owned
cabinet manufacturers in the United
States and led by CEO Paul
Wellborn, their quality cabinetry is
manufactured from a 2.2 millionsquare-foot
facility, which includes a
timber processing mill. O’Neill said
the company seeks only the highest
quality wood products for
cabinetry and knows that
the best timber is found in
carefully managed, flourishing
forests here in the United
States. “Wellborn quality
permeates every step of the
cabinet process, beginning
with the logs that are handpicked
for our vertically integrated
sawmill,” she said.
Environmental stewardship has
been part of Wellborn Cabinet’s
culture since the beginning. This responsibility
has always been about
more than just words and has been
proven through decades of actions,
investments, and practices, O’Neill
said. She explained, “The Green
Choice program ensures that you
are purchasing a brand of cabinets
from a company that takes conscious
steps to protect and minimize
the overall impact on our environment.
At Wellborn, we have recycling
programs that utilize wood waste
to generate power and steam and
continue to lower VOC emissions
through technology. We partner with
our suppliers to improve their environmental
programs. You will find the
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Paul Wellborn, CEO and President of Wellborn Cabinet, has led one of the largest family-owned
cabinet manufacturers for 60 years.
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Josey Lumber and JoCo Lumber are family businesses. From left to right are Logan’s Family: Vivian, 3; Sarah; Logan; John, 5;
Charlie, 7; Debbie and Joey Josey; and Tripp’s family: Tripp, Hannah Claire, 5; Pammy; and Kitch, 2.
Josey Lumber Company…
In The Hands Of A New Generation
“That was extremely
important to my Dad
– that he wanted us
to have some skin in
the game, because
when you are given
it’s just not as important
to you or doesn’t mean
as much to you.”
– Tripp Josey, co-owner,
Josey Lumber Company
By Paul Miller Jr.
Scotland Neck, NC—Joey Josey
began Josey Lumber Company,
located here, in 1983 as a green
Hardwood sawmill. With hard work,
know-how and careful financial management,
“We built that business up,”
said Joey’s son Tripp Josey. In the early
1990s, Joey Josey also established
JoCo Lumber, which included a planer
Today, Josey Lumber is continuing
to advance, with ownership under a
younger generation of Josey’s (Tripp,
co-owner and his brother Logan Josey,
co-owner) and new equipment installed
for both the quality of the product and
the health of the bottom line.
“We just recently completed an upgrade
of our green trim line at the sawmill,”
Tripp stated. “We turned to TS
Manufacturing of Lindsay, ON for our
equipment needs and the installation
was done by RTM Industrial Maintenance
of Dolphin, VA. The new line will
allow better and more accurate grading,
tallying and trimming. The graded
board passes through an Accutally system
then under a Cypress grade mark
reader and is then trimmed by a TS
Manufacturing 11 saw trimmer. A REA
JET printer prints the grade mark on the
The equipment upgrade is expected
to yield several benefits to Josey Lum-
ber. “First,” said Tripp, “when you can
trim a board more accurately, I think
it helps you in the drying process. It
just helps with the handling of the
lumber around here. It also helps
with the appearance of the lumber,
which is important. When you walk
through a warehouse, you look at
lumber and the appearance is what
kind of catches the eye. You’ve got to
be able to back that appearance by
quality, but that’s the first thing anybody
sees. That’s with anything you
see in life. When you see a car that
drives by, you immediately either like
it or you don’t. You form a first impression,
and I think lumber is the
“Secondly, this will definitely allow
us to trim it more accurately,” Tripp
At JoCo, the kiln-dried inspection line is a bustling place.
continued. “By putting in the tally
system, it will be an accurate tally
rather than a man laying a stick on
it which, anytime a man touches the
board or keys in something, there’s
an opportunity for error. So, we are
just eliminating the human error aspect
of some of the potential problems.
“Also, I think it will gain us a little
bit of overrun, but the main intent
of the project is just for cleanliness
purposes, neatness, accuracy, efficiency,
and the fact that, thirdly, it will
streamline the payroll. It helps us on
the payback aspect of things.” Tripp
went on to say that with COVID and
labor shortages, adding automation
will help continue to get the work
Josey Lumber and JoCo Lumber
– that is, Joey Josey, Tripp and Logan
– planned this plant upgrade in
phases. Tripp recalled, “When we
sat down a few years ago, we had
a three-stage process in mind, to go
through our mill and upgrade some
of our equipment. It started with the
resaw, the edger, and the trimmer,
and we completed the resaw and the
edger project. Now, this is phase III,
and what we are doing is moving our
graders upstairs in front of the trimmer
so they will be making all the
trim decisions prior to the board getting
to the trimmer.
“As for our trimmer,” Tripp noted,
“we installed our current trimmer
back in 1996, and it was time to do
something, so we just decided to
take that extra step and go with a
little more of the bells and whistles
than we typically would have. We will
take the sawmill trimmer and we will
move it over to our dry line and do
some modifications to that. So, we
will repurpose it.”
All of this equipment represents a
significant financial investment for
Josey Lumber and JoCo Lumber. It
is a continuation of a way of doing
business that has worked well for the
Josey’s. Tripp explained that when
they make a purchase, it has to be
such that they can write a check for
it. During the Great Recession, that
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Josey Lumber and JoCo Lumber employ 45 people. The sawmill
division, Josey Lumber located in Scotland Neck, NC, cuts approximately
10 to 11 million board feet a year that includes Hardwood
lumber, cants and timbers.
A truck loaded with 4/4 FAS Poplar KD is ready to depart from
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Chestnut saw logs ready to be milled at AAA Hardwoods in Weyauwega, WI.
Pictured left to right: William Sprink, Tim Sprink, International Veneer & Timber
(IVT), Gus Welter, Shannon Treankler and Shane Underwood (Granite Valley
Forest Products) and Shannon Underwood (IVT).
The American Chestnut’s Last Stand
Chestnut 4/4 lumber awaiting kiln-drying at Granite Valley Forest
Products in New London, WI.
High Grade Chestnut sawlogs are shown sorted on the landing.
to the largest extent possible and there were very few
known merchantable stands of this tree to still exist. Over
the span of the last 50 years, only a frail supply of American
Chestnut wood has been in circulation and that has
mainly originated from reclaimed wood found during the
dismantling of century old buildings built with these patriarchs
of past forests. To this day, the wood is rare and has
been available only in small and limited quantities.
The decades have quickly and quietly passed since
that time but in the rolling forested hills of Monroe County,
near Tomah, WI, the remarkable story of the American
Chestnut still lives. One last stand of American Chestnut
shared by a trio of neighboring property owners had been
growing vigorously for more than 100 years. Its beginnings
traced back to two trees, hand planted by an original
settler, one of those is still standing in towering fashion
today. In 2020 this was the largest remaining stand
of Chestnut trees to be acknowledged by the American
Chestnut Foundation. They grew to encompass an area
of over 60 acres of forestland, towering through the canopy
above the other Hardwood species, just as their ancestors
to the east had done in previous generations.
Growing, reproducing, and thriving in isolation, hundreds
of miles from the original blight infested home
range, they amazingly stood to be enjoyed and honored.
Wayne Helming’s family acquired their property
over 60 years ago and he spent his adult life tirelessly
working to preserve this piece of American history. He
solicited the help of foresters, scientists, and the American
Chestnut Foundation to keep his trees safe and
protected from the blight. He supplied Chestnuts and
seedlings to these organizations for research to assist
them in their attempt to find a blight resistant form of
the species. He hoped to bring the American Chestnut
back for everyone to experience and utilize once
again. History does seem to have a way of repeating itself
and despite those tireless efforts, this prized stand
found itself under attack. By wing and wind, the blight
found its way to this Wisconsin woodlot and began to
humble the landowner and his mighty trees. As the
Chestnut began to show signs of decline, the Helming
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The mighty and majestic American Chestnut tree (Castanea
dentata), once the dominant tree across the Appalachian
Mountain Range of the Eastern United States,
has all but disappeared. Until the beginning of the twentieth
century, their numbers exceeded four billion. Valued
for its beauty, grandeur and strength, the species has
silently but noticeably exited American forests. For centuries,
this durable tree often grew more than 100 feet tall
and was one of the primary sources for the building and
furniture industries. Valued as an ideal wood because of
the inherent strength and beauty, it was coveted by artisans
and crafts people alike, using it for homes, prized
furniture, and even musical instruments. Some of the
most famous, cherished, and long-lasting furnishings in
American history were crafted from American Chestnut.
At one time, it was said one could have walked atop the
forest canopy of these giant trees from the Carolinas all
the way to New York, never touching another species. In
summers, the forested hills would turn to a sea of white
as the Chestnut trees bloomed with flowers as they began
to produce their famed Chestnut fruits. The American
Chestnut seemed to be invincible as the king of the
Surprisingly, near the turn of the twentieth century this
story took a frightening twist as the trees began to show
signs of disease and mortality on a widespread basis.
Around 1904, a blight (Endothia parasitica) was introduced
to the U.S. from the Orient. The Chestnut blight attacked
quickly and began a devastating run through the
forests of the east coast, ravaging nearly every American
Chestnut in its path. Within a few decades nearly
all the American Chestnut trees in its home range had
succumbed to the disease. These four billion majestic
trees had shown everyone their weakness and were
gone before anyone knew how to stop it. By 1940, the
American Chestnut trees had been used commercially
International Veneer & Timber truck heading to mill with a load of prime Chestnut logs.
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Broken Supply Chain
By David J. Lynch
The commercial pipeline that
each year brings $1 trillion worth
of toys, clothing, electronics and
furniture from Asia to the United
States is clogged and no one
knows how to unclog it.
This month, the median cost
of shipping a standard rectangular
metal container from China
David J. Lynch to the West Coast of the United
States hit a record $20,586, almost
twice what it cost in July, which was twice what it cost
in January, according to the Freightos index. Essential
freight-handling equipment too often is not where it’s
needed, and when it is, there aren’t enough truckers or
warehouse workers to operate it.
As Americans fume, supply headaches that were
viewed as temporary when the coronavirus pandemic
began now are expected to last through 2022.
Dozens of cargo vessels stuck at anchor off the California
coast illustrate the delivery disruptions that have
become the signature feature of the recovery, fueling
inflation, sapping growth and calling into question the
global economic model that has prevailed for three decades.
Today’s twisted supply chain is forcing companies
to place precautionary orders to avoid running out of
(c) 2021, The Washington Post
goods, which only compounds the pressure. Consumers
are confronting higher prices and spot shortages of cars,
children’s shoes and exercise gear, as the holiday shopping
“It’s going to get worse again before it gets better,” said
Brian Bourke, chief growth officer at SEKO Logistics.
“Global supply chains are not built for this. Everything is
Fallout from the once-in-a-century health crisis is the
chief culprit behind soaring freight bills and delivery delays.
Americans trapped at home slashed spending at
restaurants, movie theaters and sporting events and
splurged on goods such as laptops and bicycles, triggering
an import avalanche that has overwhelmed freight
But the pandemic also exposed weaknesses in the
nation’s transport plumbing: investment shortfalls at key
ports, controversial railroad industry labor cuts, and a
chronic failure by key players to collaborate, according
to interviews with more than 50 individuals representing
every link in the nation’s supply chain.
“It’s like an orchestra with lots of first violins and no
conductor. . . . No one’s really in charge,” said Fran Inman,
a Los Angeles-based commercial real estate executive
who has advised government agencies on supply
- Port of Los Angeles
On Sept. 1, 40 container ships belonging to companies
such as Hyundai, NYK Line and Evergreen were
anchored off California, waiting for a berth. (Less than
three weeks later, the number reached 73.) Some vessels
sit for two weeks or more, effectively cutting capacity
on trans-Pacific shipping lanes and driving up costs.
“From an economic point of view, it’s a disaster because
cargo is waiting,” said Markus
Grote, captain of a Hapag-Lloyd container
For goods to move seamlessly from
overseas factories to American addresses,
the oceangoing vessels, shipping containers,
cargo terminals, truckers, chassis
providers and railroads all must work
together, like runners in a relay race. If
equipment gets stuck at any point, delays
ripple along the entire chain.
Yet the United States is “decades behind”
foreign ports in getting carriers, terminals
and shippers to provide each other
access to commercial data for planning
purposes, said Gene Seroka, executive
director of the Port of Los Angeles. Concerns
over data privacy, business secrets
and security have resulted in a fragmented
approach. Individual ports operate as
separate fiefdoms rather than as part of a
In the Dutch city of Rotterdam, Europe’s
largest port, everyone involved in a cargo
vessel’s arrival sees the same information
on a common data-sharing platform. Called “PortXchange,”
the software makes port calls “smarter and
more efficient” than the use of separate systems or the
telephone, according to the port’s website.
Seroka touts a tool called the Port Optimizer, which
forecasts three weeks of incoming cargo. More informa-
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At Fenix Marine Services,
workers move containers
from vessel to truck at
the Port of Los Angeles.
(Photos provided by The
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BROKEN SUPPLY CHAIN Continued
tion sharing - including over a longer time period - would
allow carriers, terminals, truckers and dockworkers to
better position equipment and people. But other than Los
Angeles, New Orleans is the only U.S. port that is even
testing the system.
“Information sharing and additional transparency is
one of the few areas where indisputably we could get
more capacity out of the current system,” said Dan Maffei,
chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission.
To be sure, the United States is importing historic
amounts of goods. The L.A. port expects this year to
handle a record 10.8 million containers. To keep pace,
the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has
accelerated training of new workers. Twenty union members
have died of covid-19 while working through the
pandemic, the union said.
“Our members are tired. Our members are feeling the
pain of these covid deaths,” said Mike Podue, president
of ILWU Local 63. “We’re lucky there hasn’t been a major
When the supply chain works, goods flow continuously,
as if borne along by a river. Today, one bottleneck follows
another. The problems are especially acute on the
Asia-to-U.S. trade route.
Once a berth becomes available, longshoremen operating
massive blue cranes lift the metal containers and
TRAC Intermodal in Long Beach.
position them to head inland via truck or train.
Ideally, a truck driver who has been alerted to the presence
of a customer’s goods arrives at a terminal to find
a chassis waiting. The container is then hoisted aboard
and the driver pulls the chassis to the customer’s warehouse.
But too often, congestion elsewhere keeps the port
jammed. Shippers with full warehouses won’t dispatch
drivers to collect additional containers. Many loaded
chassis sit outside overstuffed warehouses for days
waiting to be unloaded, leaving ports short of needed
Even as cargo piles up on the docks, almost a third
of the port’s night-shift appointments for truckers go unfilled.
At APM Terminals, the largest container site in the
Western Hemisphere, the air echoes with truck horns,
air brakes and the warning beeps of mobile cranes.
This 484-acre facility boasts 12 miles of railroad tracks,
linking the docks to points east for customers such as
Walmart, Nike and Ikea. Across from the headquarters
building, trucks wait to navigate canyons of containers
stacked about 50 feet high.
Steven Trombley, the facility’s managing director,
needs the agility of a hockey goalie to ward off the daily
complications. Today, his berths are full and four of the
ships loitering in San Pedro Bay are impatient for a spot.
Trombley has nearly a week’s worth of truck chassis
on the dock. But truckers are scarce. Such mismatches
help explain why containers destined to travel by
rail sit dockside for an average of eight days, up from
two before the pandemic.
“It’s a headache. Cargo is sitting here longer than
planned,” Trombley said. “If I don’t get the cargo moving,
then the next ship is not going to have space.”
Even as total federal ports spending has increased,
the L.A. gateway has been neglected, Seroka said.
West Coast ports, including the L.A.-Long Beach complex,
which handles about 36 percent of U.S. imports,
have lagged East and Gulf Coast facilities over the
past decade, $11 billion to $1 billion.
With more money, the port could have expanded
channels, fortified wharves and improved road and rail
links, he said.
One shortcoming: The lack of a direct rail connection
to the distribution centers for companies such as
Amazon and Nordstrom 75 miles east in California’s
Advocates of a rail link say it would eliminate from
Southern California’s freeways thousands of daily
truck trips and ease port congestion by moving millions
of containers off the docks. But the railroads doubt the
The backlog got so bad last fall that port officials
opened overflow lots to store thousands of containers.
- APM Terminals, Los Angeles
At Pier S, on the other end of a harbor island from
APM, about 7,300 containers and chassis are parked.
Some have been sitting for almost three weeks.
One of the facility’s users is TRAC Intermodal, the nation’s
largest chassis operator. CEO Dan Walsh, a wisecracking
Australian, said current supply snags reflect
Americans’ greater reliance upon e-commerce.
“They expect things to come faster, which puts pressure
on everyone in the supply chain,” he said. “They
also expect to be able to return things without cost.”
TRAC has spent $1 billion over the past decade upgrading
its 180,000-vehicle fleet for what Walsh calls “the
permanent whitewater of daily work.”
The company has increased spending by 20 percent
this year, adding models that boast GPS locators, LED
lights and antilock brakes. But expanding more aggressively
to meet the cargo emergency would not be cost
effective: new tariffs have made Chinese models unaffordable
at a time when domestic makers struggle to fill
As demand for shipping has soared, carriers have
grown choosy about what they carry - eschewing hazardous
chemicals and heavier products that increase vessel
fuel costs. They often decline to send containers inland
to collect American farm exports, preferring to rush them
back to Asia to capitalize on high eastbound freight rates.
That’s why the L.A. port exports three times as many
empty containers as full ones.
The seven largest publicly traded ocean carriers - including
companies such as Maersk, COSCO and Hapag-Lloyd
- reported more than $23 billion in profits in
the first half of this year, compared with just $1 billion in
the same period last year.
The soaring freight bills that fueled those profits, however,
have put smaller shippers at a disadvantage to giants
like Walmart or Amazon. The biggest companies not
only can more easily absorb higher costs. They also negotiate
more attractive contracts in the first place, which
means they can reliably get their goods across the ocean
while smaller companies struggle.
National Tree, a maker of artificial Christmas trees,
was able over the past three months to import only half
as many containers as planned, CEO Chris Butler said.
“We had contracts to bring in all of our containers.
Those contracts were not worth the paper they were written
on,” he said.
Supply interruptions first hit the United States in early
2020, as Chinese factories closed amid coronavirus
shutdowns. Shortages of Clorox wipes, masks and other
medical goods have evolved since then into a kaleidoscope
of scarcity, with appliances, toys, industrial parts
and semiconductors all proving hard to find.
Now, persistent cargo concerns are exposing the risks
of ocean-spanning supply lines and hyper-efficient “justin-time”
production strategies that keep inventories and
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A shortage of computer chips has shuttered General
Motors and Ford auto plants and left Whirlpool scrambling
to keep refrigerators and dishwashers in stock.
Congestion in California prompted Levi Strauss to reroute
Asian cargoes to less crowded East Coast ports
despite longer, costlier journeys.
Cargo carriers are offering expedited VIP service for
truly desperate shippers, some of whom offer to pay any
price to get their goods moving.
Craig Grosscart, SEKO’s senior vice president for
global ocean, said one desperate shipper recently asked:
“Do you take bribes?”
Others have pleaded to use helicopters to retrieve containers
from vessels offshore.
Long before the coronavirus, the United States lagged
other major economies in moving goods efficiently. In
2018, the World Bank ranked the U.S. 14th out of 160
countries, down from ninth four years earlier, based on a
periodic survey of freight forwarders and cargo carriers.
Likewise, regulators with the FMC warned in 2015:
“Congestion at ports and other points in the nation’s intermodal
system has become a serious risk factor to the
relatively robust growth of the American economy and to
its competitive position.”
Those earlier backlogs were sparked by unrest over a
West Coast dockworkers’ contract. With that deal scheduled
to expire July 1, businesses in coming months will
probably order more than normal to avoid being caught
short again, further aggravating congestion, executives
Seeler Industries in Joliet, a maker of chemical solutions
used in household cleaners and municipal water
treatment facilities, has been forced to turn down several
million dollars in orders because of shortages of key ingredients
and truckers to move them.
CEO Steve Seeler, who calls that a “significant” hit for
his family-owned business, said he buys whatever materials
become available for fear of missing out. Some
imported chemical ingredients that once took six weeks
to arrive now take up to three times as long, making justin-time
production “much more difficult, if not impossible,”
Asked to describe his current strategy, Seeler said:
“We’re praying. That’s what we’re doing.”
Union Pacific rail yard, Joliet, IL.
Last year, as the economy rebounded from its spring
plunge, cargo arrived faster than it could be pushed out
of the gate. This summer, the problem suddenly became
acute, with nearly 8,000 containers clogging the paved
ramp, roughly double the July 2020 figure, according to
At one point, trains trying to enter the yard were backed
up for 25 miles.
Frustrated truckers would drop containers at random
spots, making it harder to navigate the narrow aisles and
slowing operations. In late August, nearly all of the 5,500
parking spots were occupied by chassis or containers
waiting to be picked up, leading to grumbling that shippers
were using the yard as a warehouse.
“When things like this happen, the train can’t get loaded
and we’re wasting hours of service,” said Thomas
Moses, 49, a veteran locomotive engineer.
The normal 3.5-day cycle for a chassis to exit with a
container and then return for another pickup stretched to
17 days. That slowdown meant the facility would need
an unimaginable 6,000 chassis for normal operations,
up from its customary 1,000. Those delays, in turn,
meant more train crews were needed. That takes time to
assemble and adds cost.
In July, Union Pacific took the extraordinary step of
temporarily halting all trains arriving from West Coast
ports. In Los Angeles, Seroka said he was informed of
the decision just one or two days in advance.
The railroad also reopened another yard, Global 3,
which had been closed in 2019 under a strategy known
as “precision scheduled railroading,” to act as a relief
valve. Used throughout the industry, PSR is “intended
to benefit customers” by providing more predictable service,
according to Union Pacific.
But union representatives and regulators question the
associated job cuts. Union Pacific’s 31,000-person payroll
is more than one-third smaller than it was in 2015,
part of a broader shrinkage across all major railroads.
“You take that many people out of the workforce, I don’t
see how it could but impact service,” said Martin Oberman,
chairman of the Surface Transportation Board.
“What’s happening is just stripping down the workforce.”
Global 4 has reopened to incoming trains at 75 percent
of its previous volume. A planned doubling of capacity,
with the introduction of five massive new cranes,
is scheduled for next year.
Union Pacific says it has reduced the number of stockpiled
containers. Managers have compiled pandemic
lessons into a crisis manual known as “the playbook” and
are hiring again.
Ongoing efficiency studies aim at additional fine-tuning.
Already, the railroad is installing uniform signage at
all Union Pacific facilities, so that truckers will see familiar
instructions no matter where they go.
“We’ve got it fluid,” said Drew Steinkamp, general
manager of the Chicago service unit. “But we’ve got a
constant volume coming at us.”
Alvaro Ramirez has learned to be patient. Sitting in his
green-and-white Freightliner truck, stuck in line for hours
at cargo depots, the veteran driver listens to Conan
O’Brien comedy routines, self-help audiobooks and tai
“It helps me breathe and calm down,” said Ramirez. “I
used to be a screamer.”
He had good reason. Ramirez is almost 2,100 miles
from the Los Angeles port, where dozens of ships wait
offshore. But he confronts the same dysfunction.
With global supply lines in an epic snarl, it can take
him five hours to enter a Chicago-area rail yard, locate
a customer’s shipping container and mount it on a truck
chassis before hauling it to its destination. Chronic railyard
traffic jams last so long that he has learned salsa
dancing by watching videos on his phone while waiting.
Before the pandemic, Ramirez, 44, could make seven
round trips in an 11-hour workday. That number fell to
just one or two, forcing him to switch to the less crowded
overnight shift. Still, his earnings are down 20 percent.
Ramirez is a “drayman,” a 16th-century term for the
final cog in the 21st-century supply lines that link the
American heartland to Asian factories. His daily plight
shows how today’s disruptions feed on themselves, like
a line of tumbling dominoes.
At Road One Intermodal, which employs Ramirez and
provides trucking services at nearly 90 ports and terminals,
a truck was out of commission for more than two
months while the company suffered its own supply chain
woes, waiting for a new clutch.
Even as business boomed, executives opted not to
order new truck cabs, after learning they could not be
delivered until the end of next year. A shortage of aluminum
and factory labor made the schedule for new trailers
even more uncertain, said David McLaughlin, Road
One’s chief operating and financial officer.
“This is my 46th year in the business. I’ve never seen
anything like this and it’s not easily resolved,” he said.
In July, when two of the nation’s largest railroads restricted
shipments from the West Coast to their Chicago
hubs, they reduced the backlog of containers jamming
their facilities but made port congestion worse.
As space aboard freight trains grew scarce, shippers
switched to trucks, driving over-the-road freight bills up
by 85 percent compared to April 2020, according to DAT
But many logistics companies are reluctant to add
permanent capacity, fearing they will be caught with too
many ships, trucks or chassis (the trailer-like frame that
holds the containers) once consumer buying patterns return
“You don’t build a church for Easter and Christmas.
You build it for the average week,” said Jason Hilsenbeck,
president of Load Match, an equipment clearinghouse
in Naperville, Ill.
- American Sale Warehouse, Tinley Park, Ill.
The supply chain ends at Bob Jones’s door in Tinley
Park, Ill., more than 7,700 miles from the Chinese port of
Ningbo, where many of his products originate.
The president of the American Sale retail chain is one
of the smaller shippers buffeted by supply chain tumult.
With eight stores in the Chicago area, Jones imports annually
about 150 containers of pools and patio furniture.
(Walmart, the nation’s largest importer, according to the
Journal of Commerce, brings in several hundred thousand.)
Before the pandemic, the cost of shipping one container
to his 200,000-square-foot warehouse was less than
$5,000. In late August, the bill hit $26,000.
Some of his containers sit for two or three weeks once
they reach Union Pacific’s rail yard or a similar facility
belonging to rival BNSF.
Jones passes some of the higher cost to consumers
and absorbs some himself. Since Americans have
stocked up on outdoor products during the work-fromhome
era, he makes up some of his losses on volume.
The uncertainty is his chief worry. Kinks in the supply
chain mean he has summer products arriving now when
summer is a memory on the shores of Lake Michigan.
More out-of-season goods will reach the Midwest as the
“We have a typical supply chain route. This year,
there’ve been hiccups all along the way,” Jones said.
“It’s not getting better. In fact, I would say it’s getting
- Union Pacific rail yard, Joliet, Ill.
One of the main rail routes leaving the port leads to
Union Pacific’s Global 4 facility in Joliet, which sprawls
across the equivalent of 500 football fields.
The rail yard is essentially an inland version of the terminals
in Los Angeles. Like an industrial Lego set, the lot
is replete with towering walls of orange, green, white and
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In The Hardwood Industry, 2021’s Success
Is Expected To Continue In 2022
Compiled by Matt Fite
Asked to assess their ups and downs in 2021, many Hardwood lumber company representatives said it was
a successful year. Looking forward to 2022, their sentiment leans in the same direction. One respondent stated,
“2022 should be a reasonably good year, albeit with some downward changes in prices more likely than continued
upward.” Another said that in 2021, “demand trends” were created that “will likely sustain, prosperous times for the
forest products industry into next year.” Still another lumberman said without qualification that he expects “a successful
Abenaki Timber Corp.
2021 has been a successful year
for us, although not without some
challenges. Labor issues have
plagued both of our production facilities in New Hampshire
and West Virginia. We have been about five people
short of full staff at both locations all year, and a lot of the
regulars are not putting in a full 40-hour shift.
Transportation is the No. 2 biggest problem, and that
has been in both exporting with container shortages and
domestic with lack of equipment to move loads. Thirdly
is the green supply line which, for us, has been tight all
year. I see these as the biggest challenges moving into
We sell to both domestic and international customers.
Our domestic business has improved this year, and up
until recently our exports have done well, too. Lack of
Bingaman & Son
In 2021, Bingaman Export was
successful in staying ahead of the
unprecedented demand for our
products, as were most of our customers. We were unsuccessful
in increasing production and strengthening
our logistics channels.
Our end user customers fared the best, but distribution
customers also did well. All White Oak and Tulipwood
Poplar products shined.
Also this year, we connected our customers to logistics
websites that gave them shipping lines info in direct/real
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available vessels has dampened the export market as
Quality, consistency and service are the three things
we try to provide each and every time we make a sale,
and that’s not new. We are expanding our European
Beech imports in more sizes and grades.
We installed a new gas-fired boiler at our West Virginia
plant, replacing the old one to be more efficient in our
drying there. We are also in the process of putting up
some T-Sheds to improve our air-drying and the appearance
of our lumber.
As stated previously, transportation is a real problem,
and, from what I’ve heard, it is the same basically for all
of our trading partners and competitors. The politics of
actually working for a living here in the U.S. are not favorable
for a quick solution, in my humble opinion.
At this time, I think that the issue of tariffs is secondary
to the transportation and supply line issues.
With the disruption in supply chains due to COVID-19,
our maintenance people at both of our concentration
yards are buying extra parts to put on the shelf when
We have replaced and updated worn-out equipment in
almost every area of our company at all five Pennsylvania
locations, from replacing/updating sawmill equipment
such as resaw, carriage and trim saws, to adding new
boilers for KD steam, new kilns and new rolling equipment.
Domestic obstacles were finding long distance trucking,
and then working out higher costs with our customers.
Export-wise, transportation was a nightmare at
times, as bookings were canceled or rolled oftentimes
overnight after we had picked up and loaded the empty
containers. This situation has not improved – but we are
coping with it better now.
Regarding tariffs, the current and future concern is the
dramatic effects of the Chinese government policies that
gut real estate values, cut private company ownership
by starving access to capital and reduce to half the raw
material imports and manufacturer’s ability to produce by
As lumber folks, we are either
inherently gifted or quickly adopt
industry practices of finding a way
to negate any positive. Quite often,
our perspective of good or bad depends on which side
of the transaction we find ourselves. With that in mind,
looking at 2021, I could certainly lament finding adequate
labor, cry over trucking woes and port delays, or wish that
I hadn’t committed to a particular price when I did; but
the reality is that pricing for our products reached some
historic levels and demand trends were created from an
unexpected catalyst that created, and will likely sustain,
prosperous times for the forest products industry into
2021 saw a growth in domestic demand from manufacturers
and distributors for our company and a reduction in
overseas business. China, in particular, has been a dominant
player in Hardwoods for the past decade, and the
ability to turn our sales focus toward domestic demand
was refreshing and honestly a positive development for
our brand and ongoing sales strategy. As much as lumber
supply was strained and we sometimes found ourselves
having to delay fulfillment of orders, we were able
to strengthen the relationships we have with key customers
in all segments of our customer base from industrial
grade buyers to cutting grade component manufacturers
to high-grade buying distributors. At a time when trade
issues seem to always be looming on the horizon, diversifying
our sales reach domestically and to alternative
global markets will be a benefit going forward.
Unfortunately, the Hardwood space has been shrinking
now for over a decade. Of course, we rebound from catastrophic
supply corrections like occurred after the great
recession and most recently in 2020, but we have not
limiting electricity consumption.
As for the bandsaw shortage, we’ve found ways to
In terms of the supply chain disruption due to
COVID-19, we’ve made strategic moves in various ways
2022 should be a reasonably good year, albeit with
some downward changes in prices more likely than continued
upward. Domestic US/Canada demand should
remain strong as well as UK/EU and some other firstworld
smaller countries. China could be quite unstable
in 2022 as it’s a political year for the central committee,
and a tipping point if their policies of recent years will
continue stronger or somewhat abate. Our China wood
customers’ demand is less for domestic consumption
and more for export of finished product (back to the US,
UK, EU) than has existed for many years. China domestic
consumption of wood products is following the strong
decline of real estate values. D
been recovering all that we lost during those past cycles.
I wish the Hardwood space had enough room for
everyone that wanted to participate in it. If it did, then that
would mean demand for – and understanding of – the
products we make was ingrained in consumers’ minds.
Unfortunately, that isn’t where we are, yet.
I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason
and in the properly anointed timeframe. I also believe
that we must recognize this and act to capitalize on the
opportunities we are presented with…turn lemons into
lemonade, find the silver lining in the clouds. The COVID
pandemic was a catastrophic event, and I am not going
to try to make the event itself into a positive. But the catalyst
it provided to our industry, and what influences our
industry’s health, are undeniable. Prior to COVID, the
demise of McMansions had shifted home buying toward
smaller spaces. New generations, not so quick to start
families, were more content to rent within walking distance
of work and daily needs. The shutdown and need
for isolation created during the height of the pandemic
and persisting through the onset of COVID variants, reversed
those housing trends by creating a need for more
designated spaces in a home and a desire/ability to live
more rurally and still work where you want. This alone
didn’t create a lack of adequate housing, but it accelerated
the timeframe to correct it. Government subsidies,
agreed with or not, kept households whole financially,
sparking consumer spending. Our products have never
faced a better time to be valued for what they are actually
worth than right now.
Consumers with cash in hand and a reason to make
new-home or remodeling decisions are abundant right
now. The industry finally has a promotional campaign
started that can educate the general consumer about
why wood, real wood, is a better choice than fake wood
or other alternative materials. We have an opportunity
to start controlling our own destiny instead of playing the
victim of our circumstances. Even though we may be
shrinking as an industry right now, our key demand driv-
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2022 FORECASTS Continued
ing segment, housing related products, is growing and
should for another year at least.
Without being a master economist, even a shrinking
product line in a growing customer segment gets a
boost. And perhaps this boost coincides with a promotional
campaign that extolls the real value in Hardwood
products and allows comfortable growth.
I am not naïve; current lumber prices, as of when I am
writing this in early October 2021, will not all hold. But it is
not naïve to understand that we have a product that adds
value to a home and has environmental benefits that far
outweigh competitive products. That is a value we as an
industry need to sell and charge for. We are approaching
2022 with hope and optimism. I believe 2022 is unlikely
to repeat the record setting prices of 2021; but I don’t believe
the fundamentals of demand are collapsing either.
Manufacturing will start the year still trying to catch up
from the curtailments of 2021. Eventually, manufacturing
will achieve that and growth in manufacturing will stabilize.
Pushback on packaging prices will occur and pallet
lumber prices will adjust, but the reality of packaging as
an important, not just necessary, part of a manufacturer’s
needs will keep dimension pallet lumber prices above
prior levels. Housing will take longer to catch up, and
remodeling will continue to be strong as unemployment
remains low and household income remains reliable. Increased
lumber production will come online but at a pace
for only 7.5-8BBf annually, about 10-15 percent below
the 2019-early 2020 level. Supply will maintain a better
balance with demand but will not surpass it next year,
allowing peak prices to ease but maintaining some gains
Dana Lee Cole
your behalf in
Washington, D.C. to protect the future
of the Hardwood industry. We
are the united voice of the Hardwood
industry and work to influence federal
policies that maintain a healthy
economic environment for the Hardwood
community, including family
businesses and small companies.
The Biden administration set an
ambitious agenda early in 2021…
one that is sure to carry over into
2022. There are certainly opportunities
for the Hardwood sector to
benefit from some of their plans, but
there are also some proposals that
are cause for concern. While it is difficult
to predict exactly what form that
agenda items will eventually take, in
terms of legislation, there are key
policy directions that Hardwood Federation
will pursue on behalf of the
industry in 2022.
in grade lumber. Flooring lumber will likely adjust more
in line with industrial grades, but cabinetry, furniture, and
millwork will still have strong demand, retaining some of
the price gains for No. 1 and Better lumber.
Specifically at Collins, we continue to invest in manufacturing
efficiencies at our Kane, PA plant. We installed
a 38-bin sorter/stacker in late 2020 that has been helpful
in navigating labor issues this year. We rebuilt the debarker
this year to improve the quality of our edging and
the infeed flow to the mill. We rebuilt several air-dry yards
and redesigned our stacker outfeed to allow for more
ideal weight distribution in our sticker packs to keep our
lumber flat as possible. We are entertaining an upgrade
to our kilns to improve efficiency and effectiveness and
we are paving several of our roadways which will help
with flow issues on our yard, and keep our sticker and
finished goods bundles better packaged for better quality
lumber and better presentation. Collins is a land-owning
company that believes in the environmental benefit of
not only owning timberland but also properly managing
the harvest of our timberland to generate environmentally
friendly raw material for manufacturing household
goods. We value the customer relationships we have
and approach our responsibility to honor their trust in us
by producing the highest quality lumber responsibly with
good width distribution, on grade and as on-time as possible.
Relationships, consistency and reliability have always
been stalwarts of the Hardwood industry, but never
more so than now.
Best of Luck in 2022! D
Recognize the important role
forest products play in reducing
atmospheric carbon: The Administration
recognizes that the trees in
our public and private forest lands
absorb and store significant amounts
of carbon. But it is equally important
for them to acknowledge that the
products resulting from well managed
forests are 50 percent stored
carbon by weight and that well managed,
working forests are more effective
and efficient carbon sinks
than those that remain untouched.
The Hardwood Federation will continue
our efforts to ensure that the
wood products market is not left behind
in the Administration’s plans.
Prevent tax increases that harm
small and medium sized businesses:
Congress is considering a
number of tax increases in 2021 and
those deliberations could carry over
into the new year. The Federation
will oppose tax reform measures that
have negative impacts on Hardwood
Support efforts to increase labor
pool: Lack of workers is a top
issue of concern for the industry. The
Hardwood Federation is advocating
for action that encourages workers
to rejoin the workforce.
Back infrastructure proposals
that help the Hardwood industry:
The Hardwood Federation supports
infrastructure and transportation
legislative initiatives that help our
companies transport raw materials,
manufacture goods and ship finished
products (better roads, safe bridges,
better access to international shipping,
reliable energy sources, etc.).
We also advocate for proposals to
increase the number of truck drivers,
including increasing the number of
younger drivers and women drivers.
While these are the Federation’s
priority issues, we will also speak out
on other issues that impact Hardwood
companies as they come up.
As a leader in the Hardwood industry,
we encourage you to do the same.
Meet with your Member of Congress,
invite them to visit you and your employees
at your facility, call, text or
write to them about what is impeding
your ability to sustain and grow your
business. We are here to help! Write
to us at hardwoodfederation@
hardwoodfederation.com if we can
provide guidance and advice. D
2021 has been a successful year, with crazy-good demand in the first half of 2021. It will be
hard to match in 2022, but I anticipate a successful 2022 as well.
Our customers – distributors, cabinetmakers, flooring manufacturers and furniture crafters –
all have had strong years.
Availability of transportation has been tough, and rising prices have been challenging.
With COVID-19, we have just tried to stay ahead on parts for our sawmill and order further out. D
MO PAC Lumber Co.
2021 was a record sales year for
our company. We had a good-sized
inventory to work from at the beginning
of 2021, but it has been reduced
to a historic low for most of the second half of the year. It
will be difficult to repeat these sales volumes in 2022 as
we simply do not have the same inventory to work from.
Although we have several large end-user customers,
the majority of both international and domestic sales are to
distribution yards. As with most in the Hardwood business
in 2021, all of our products have experienced a strong and
consistent demand throughout the year.
As I write this forecast, we are installing a new Corley
carriage, Tyrone-Corley shotgun drive, and Lewis Controls
Optimization to upgrade our sawmill. This will increase
production and improve yield for our mill.
We are experiencing the same transportation issues everyone
I talk to is. Congestion at the ports and on the rail,
and lack of available trucks, result in delayed shipments
and frustrated customers.
So far, it appears that the China tariffs return has been
postponed for now. This should help stabilize the market.
We always try to stay far ahead of any possible bandsaw
shortage by having a good supply in our warehouse.
When we heard there could be shortages, we doubled our
normal order and have been able to avoid any problems.
Regarding COVID-19 supply chain disruptions, we installed
a new maintenance program this year, and it has
been very helpful in keeping our parts inventory stocked.
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AWMA’s Members Network,
Benefit From New Website
West Palm Beach, FL–The American Walnut
Manufacturers Association (AWMA)
met here recently during the National Hardwood
Lumber Association’s annual convention
to conduct their semi-annual business meeting
with attending members.
AWMA members discussed current market
trends for lumber and logs and agreed that robust
markets continue for all things pertaining
to Walnut. Competition for logs is strong domestically
and internationally and green Walnut
lumber is in high demand for all grades and
species. The only market softness mentioned
was for kiln-dried lumber in lower grades.
Photos by Terry Miller
AWMA continues to focus on species advocacy
and marketing programs that benefit
membership. AWMA will be having a LinkedIn
profile in the near future that will combine with
their new website that features a product inquiry
opportunity that members have found very
AWMA will be looking for new opportunities
to educate architects and designers, in particular,
on the use and selection of Walnut for interior
projects. AWMA’s next business meeting will
be in February at the annual Indiana Hardwood
Lumbermen’s Association meeting in Indianapolis.
Learn more at www.walnutassociation.org.
Bucky Pescaglia, MO PAC Lumber Co., Fayette, MO; Bill Long,
Midwest Hardwood Corp., Maple Grove, MN; and Brian Brookshire,
Executive Director, American Walnut Manufacturers Association,
Jefferson City, MO
Tyler Kamps, Kamps Hardwoods Inc., Caledonia, MI; Tom Byers,
NHLA, Tionesta, PA; and Kevin Evilsizer, NHLA, Willard, MO
Nathan Jeppson, Northwest Hardwoods, Frisco, TX; Matt Weaber, Weaber Inc., Lebanon, PA; and Nora Race and Ed Armbruster,
Northwest Hardwoods, Beachwood, OH
Mike and Laura Penner,
Breeze Dried Inc./Townsend
Lumber Inc., Tillsonburg, ON;
Dean Miller, AHC Hardwood
Group, Mableton, GA; and
Kris Long, AHC Hardwood
Group, Huntersville, NC
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Matt Yest, Kendrick Forest Products Inc., Edgewood, IA; Rob Kukowski,
Kamps Hardwoods Inc., Caledonia, MI; and Coby Short,
Hartzell Hardwoods Inc., Piqua, OH
Bucky Pescaglia, MO PAC Lumber Co., Fayette, MO; Brian and
Laura Brookshire, American Walnut Manufacturers Association,
Jefferson City, MO; and Terry Miller, National Hardwood Magazine,
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AHMI Learns Poplar CLT
Tests Are Positive
Roanoke, WV – Recent development and testing of
Poplar for cross-laminated timber shows excellent
results, according to a report at the 2021 Appalachian
Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. Fall Conference, held
Virginia Tech Professor Dr. Henry Quesada and Researcher
Sailesh Adhikari said the construction and testing
Poplar CLT has been completed at SmartLam in Dothan,
AL. The preliminary results are very good and the
project is completing its report for submission to the APA
for inclusion in U.S. building codes.
Six AHMI member companies donated Poplar that was
ripped and surfaced to nominal dimensions for SmartLam
to process and test. Adhikari presented results of testing
that shows the glued timbers have great strength.
CLT is currently produced from a variety of softwood
species and typically uses softwood dimension
for boards. The project will show the strength of Poplar
equals or exceeds softwood materials and can be
cost-effective in the lower visual grades.
Structural Grading of Hardwoods
The program included a presentation on structural
grades for lumber and a workshop on the basics on
grading. Renewable Resource Associates President Lon
Sibert explained how structural grading rules are applied
to softwood lumber by viewing the size and placement of
knots or defects, the grain and other factors.
The presentation included dozens of slides and actual
examples that were passed around. The following day,
Sibert held a workshop at AFP Lumber in Buckhannon,
WV, where he explained the rules, showed examples and
allowed participants to grade Poplar boards for structural
Jeremy Pitts, Nyle Dry Kilns, Hickory, NC; Jay Reese, Penn-Sylvan
International, Spartansburg, PA; Peter McCarty, TS Manufacturing,
Dover-Foxcroft, ME; and Jeff Dougherty, Ally Global Logistics,
By Tom Inman
Many participants were surprised to learn the Poplar
boards that were NHLA grades 2 Common and 3 Common
would make structural grades Select or 1. A second
workshop will be scheduled soon.
Hardwood Training Institute
A final presentation was given by Dr. John Rainone of
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) in
Clifton Forge, VA, who is partnering with two other colleges
and AHMI to develop the Appalachian Hardwood
Training Institute. The group has applied for a grant from
the Appalachian Regional Commission to train current
workers and prospective employees on Hardwood sawmill
and distribution yard jobs.
The lack of workers limits production at most sawmills
and secondary manufacturers. More companies
are cross-training employees to fill multiple positions so
plants can operate.
Potential workers are not aware of the industry or have
little training. Rainone said the grant will fund curriculum
development, course promotion and tuition assistance at
DSLCC, Glenville State College in West Virginia and Big
Sandy Community College in Kentucky.
The attendees were asked to complete a survey to assist
with implementation of the training curriculum. The
survey found needs for:
• Log/Lumber Grading and Scaling
• Hardwood Sawing
• Lumber Drying and Resaw Operation
• Lumber Drying Techniques
• Lumber Stresses, Figures, and Grading
• Log Yard Equipment Operation
• OSHA Safety and Environmental Monitoring
• Machinist, Welding, Electronics
• CDL – Class A and B
• Chainsaw Operation and Maintenance
It is expected that at least 75 companies will participate
in the training and 80 percent of businesses will see
an increase in productivity from workers, Rainone said.
It is forecast that 90 percent of trainees will retain their
jobs and an estimated 80 percent of trainees will improve
The plan is to expand the offerings to community colleges
in all 12 Appalachian states. It is supported by
Community Colleges of Appalachia and the American
Association of Community Colleges.
For more information on the Conference or AHMI,
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Tom Sheets, Blue Ridge Lumber Co., Fishersville, VA; Dave Lupsha,
Associated Hardwoods, Granite Falls, NC; and Gale Keener,
Mullican Flooring, Ronceverte, WV
Lon Sibert of Renewable Resource Associates, Atlanta, GA, applies
grade rules to a Poplar board during structural grading
workshop at AHMI Fall Conference.
Chad Niman, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension, Lexington,
KY; and Sailesh Adhikari and Dr. Henry Quesada, Virginia
Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Scott Cummings, Cummings Lumber Co. Inc., Troy, PA; Bruce
Horner, Abenaki Timber Corp., Kingston, NH; Tony Honeycutt,
Mullican Flooring, Johnson City, TN; and Wayne Law, New River
Hardwoods Inc., Mountain City, TN
Jude and Nick Ince, Walker Lumber Co., Woodland, PA; and Mark
Vollinger, WM Cramer Lumber Co., Hickory, NC
Roy Zangari, Meadow River Hardwoods, Rainelle, WV; Dave Lupsha,
Associated Hardwoods, Granite Falls, NC; and Jeff Zangari,
Meadow River Hardwoods
Jack Hatfield, Jim C. Hamer Lumber Co., Kenova, WV; Mark
Pierce, New River Hardwoods Inc., Mountain City, TN; and David
Pierson, Pierson Lumber Co., Clay, WV
Sebastian Church, Church and Church Lumber Co., Wilkesboro,
NC; Dr. Henry Quesada, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA; and Gene
Blankenship, Stiles Machinery, High Point, NC
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2022 FORECASTS Continued from page 35
WELLBORN CABINET INC. Continued from page 21
Simon Lussier Ltée
Blainville, QC, Canada
At the beginning of 2021, we had
no real idea what to expect. We
knew that green lumber was difficult
to source and that the prices were going up quickly.
Many times, after purchasing significant volumes at high
prices, we would wonder if we made a mistake and misjudged
the market. We anticipated that mills might overproduce
the demand and flood the market as we have
seen so many times in the past.
Now that 2021 is coming to an end, we wished that we
had purchased a lot more lumber in the early months of
2021 because prices have not stopped rising.
COVID-19 has had a big affect on our industry. Many
mills cut down production in March 2020 and have not
been able to recover since. Many people have left the
National Wood Flooring Association
industry and are not coming back. Many loggers are
having problems finding a market for pulpwood, which is
reducing the availability of saw logs.
Our level of sales in 2021 has been very strong in both
the domestic market and the export market. We have
been in a shortage situation on a multitude of items and
could have increased our sales to a much higher level.
We anticipate another very good year in 2022. We
think many items have probably reached their peak prices
because we are seeing more and more substitutions
with Eastern European species or African Hardwoods. It
should be some time before we see significant drops in
prices in North American species, because many wholesalers
and distributors like us are very low in inventory
and it should take a long time before we fill up. D
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Paul Wellborn explained a few of the species of lumber
and how they are used at Wellborn Cabinet. “Cherry is
synonymous with luxurious cabinets,” he said. “The rich
red highlights give the wood a distinctive appearance.
Character Cherry’s unique characteristics are emphasized
by randomly occurring various sized knots, pin
knots, pitch pockets, and small streaks of gum. Cluster
knots and open knots could also be a feature. The
amount of character will vary from each door, making
each kitchen unique.
“Character Maple’s unique characteristics are brought
out by randomly occurring, variously sized knots, pinholes,
wormholes and tracks, gum and bark pockets,
sugar tracks, heartwood and mineral streaks. Cluster
knots and open knots could also be a feature. The number
of character marks will vary from each piece of wood,
making each kitchen unique.”
Wellborn continued, “Maple is widely used in the cabinetry
industry. This wood species features a straight grain
with several distinctive characteristics. These include
unique figures such as bird’s-eye, fiddle back, mineral
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(NWFA) just completed our annual
outlook for the wood flooring industry
which indicated that 61 percent of
our members expect to finish 2021
with an increase of 3-7 percent by
year end. And, likewise, about 60
percent expect to be up in 2022.
These answers varied by type of
company. Contractors are very enthusiastic
about 2022 as most report
being booked out up to four months
in advance for jobs. Distributors and
manufacturers are likewise enthusiastic,
but at slightly lesser levels.
The NWFA represents the entire
wood flooring supply chain. Regardless
of the type of member—manufacturer,
distributor, retailer or contractor—the
trend continues to be
longer and wider when it comes to
wood flooring. We are also finally
seeing the gray tones lose popularity
with natural wood tones coming into
design trends. In addition, natural
wood characteristics are preferred
(mineral streaks, knots, etc.), but in a
subdued way, which cannot be duplicated
with look-alike products.
As an association, we continued to
bring new online training options to
our members in 2021. Usage of our
online university has more than doubled
during the COVID-19 era. From
the product standpoint, our members
report high demand for both engineered
and solid wood flooring. In
fact, solid wood flooring had the best
year it has had since 2005, with an
increase of nearly 40 percent coming
in 2021 over last year. 2021 was
the best year for solid strip flooring in
more than a decade, with expectations
high for 2022.
Many NWFA members report making
building and equipment upgrades
during the pandemic shutdown and
the early days of the economy opening
back up. However, once things
got rolling, our industry couldn’t
produce or install wood floors fast
enough and those upgrades were
postponed for the moment.
Freight costs on imports and exports
have skyrocketed with no end
in sight for 2021. Most expect container
availability to loosen up by the
second quarter of 2022, but from
trucks to planes to trains to slow
boats from China, every possible
point of the supply chain is backed
up with inflated costs.
Right now, expectations are that
the current tariffs on imported engineered
wood flooring will remain unchanged
in 2022. That said, several
manufacturers of engineered wood
flooring have moved production from
China to Vietnam to avoid tariffs, so
it is hard to say whether we will see
similar tariffs from additional countries.
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WELLBORN CABINET INC. Continued
JOSEY LUMBER COMPANY Continued from page 23
Quality, heirloom cabinetry made in the USA comes from a vertically
integrated plant. From logs to cabinets, it is all done in their
streaks, and curly grain patterns. Finely textured with a
natural luster, this creamy-white to light reddish-brown
wood is often used for cabinets and floors.
He said Oak is handled differently at Wellborn Cabinet.
“Authentic American Red Oak is open-pored with grain
patterns,” he explained. “Wellborn’s manufacturing technology
presents Oak with straighter grains than most
cabinet lines, and our process minimizes the wide grains
and reduces the widths of cathedrals in Oak.
“Hickory has distinctive contrasting colors, from light
to dark and strong grain characteristics. The texture of
Hickory is open grained. Hickories by nature are heavy,
hard, strong, and stiff – producing durable cabinetry.
Hickory is for homeowners desiring dramatic wood characteristics.”
As for what Wellborn Cabinet attributes its success to,
Wellborn said, “Our diversity of experience and commitment
to achieve our vision will always be the source of
our success. We expect accountability and unyielding integrity
in everything that we do. Developing personal relationships
with our dealers, employees and associates
is imperative to us. Our passion for discipline allows us
to achieve excellence in our performance, and we treat
all individuals with dignity and respect.”
He continued, “Like your family, the Wellborn Cabinet
family has values and traditions that endure. We’re
American-owned and operated, providing hundreds of
jobs here in America. Keeping our whole production process
here in the U.S. also means we invest in – not just
the national economy, but local economies. We create
jobs and work to support all of our employees.”
Wellborn Cabinet is a member of the Kitchen Cabinet
Manufacturers Association (KCMA); National Association
of the Remodeling Industry (NARI); National Association
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For more information, visit www.wellborn.com.
Boards are studied closely in the inspection
line by green lumber inspectors Al
Harmon and Jonas Simpson at Josey
served the Josey’s well, as they
were able to ride out the storm.
Another fiscal move was the transition
of company ownership from
Joey Josey to Tripp and Logan. Both
sons went to work for Josey Lumber
right out of college. Tripp hired on
in 2002, and Logan began working
there four years later. Tripp recalls
that his father “knew very soon after
us getting out of college that we were
serious about it, and we weren’t here
to just goof off and get a paycheck
and go do our thing. He knew from
the beginning that we were committed.”
Joey wanted to sell the company
to his sons, not just to give it to
them. To pull that off, Tripp and Logan
saved a lot of money. “That was
extremely important to my Dad – that
he wanted us to have some skin in
the game, so we started working with
an estate planner to negotiate the
generational transfer of ownership. It
was decided that, beginning in 2012,
the sons would pay their father annual
installments. The target date for
the full amount to be paid was 2032,
a span of 20 years.
“We did a two-year payment in
year one and the next year,” Tripp
recalls. “We just got lucky, I guess,
but we doubled up every year, and
we completed the buy-out at the end
of December 2020. We bought the
business in 8 years versus the 20-
year buy-out.” So, under new ownership
– groomed by Joey Josey
himself – Josey Lumber and JoCo
Lumber are moving forward.
Additionally, JoCo Lumber complements
Josey Lumber as JoCo
has dry kilns and buys green lumber
from Josey Lumber. The two family-owned
companies operate symbiotically,
giving Josey a place to sell
its green lumber and giving JoCo
Lumber a source of material for its
dry kilns. This relationship also eliminates
freight cost for transporting
green lumber. Logan said, “We don’t
bring in any outside lumber. We only
represent our lumber.”
Josey Lumber and JoCo Lumber
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JOSEY LUMBER COMPANY Continued
The infeed inspection line to the trimmer
was a welcome upgrade at Josey Lumber.
employ 45 people. The sawmill division,
Josey Lumber, cuts approximately
10 to 11 million board feet a
year that includes Hardwood lumber,
The new Trimmer Outfeed at Josey Lumber
from TS Manufacturing improves productivity.
cants and timbers. They manufacture
Red and White Oak, Soft Maple,
Ash, Poplar and Cypress.
Going back to the beginning, Joey
Josey started in the forest products
industry in the mid-1970’s, working
for a friend who owned several sawmills.
It was then that he realized his
goal in life was to operate his own
Hardwood sawmill. The owner of
that large company admired his vision;
however, he told Joey that he
could not manage a job that he had
never done. Joey took that advice to
heart and worked his way through
his friend’s company by initially pulling
lumber and sweeping floors, later
working as planer mill foreman,
purchaser and dry kiln operator. He
learned everything that he could
about machinery, lumber grading,
lumber purchasing and marketing.
In the fall of 1983, Joey started his
own Hardwood sawmill. He passed
his work ethic on to his sons. Now,
they are moving Josey Lumber and
JoCo Lumber forward. n
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AMERICAN CHESTNUT Continued from page 25
Larry Stewart is pictured with a Prime American Chestnut veneer
Chestnut veneer being dried at International Timber & Veneer
during production in Jackson Center, PA.
family made a difficult and reluctant decision to harvest
their trees. They hoped to give the prized wood a second
chance at life and share its wealth one last time with
the world. Wayne Helming made a connection with Chris
Neill and Larry Stewart from Off-Kilter Timber in Eureka,
MT. A forester for the State of Wisconsin recommended
the pair to Wayne, because he felt they all shared the
same passions and appreciation for wood.
In the summer of 2020, Chris and Larry joined Wayne
Helming to see for themselves this mysterious and magnificent
stand of American Chestnuts. Being nothing
short of what the duo had imagined, they seized the opportunity
to bring new life to the wood of these trees.
When asked why he initially agreed to go see the
American Chestnuts halfway across the country, Chris
said, “My mom had a bedroom set made from Chestnut
that she got from her Grandma when I was growing up.
It is how I even knew about Chestnut. I also knew it was
one of those woods that was never available, and you
could never find it”. Chris understood how rare this opportunity
was and how special it could be just to witness
a living stand of American Chestnuts in his lifetime.
“I was blown away. I could not say anything. I had to
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AMERICAN CHESTNUT Continued
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produced by International Veneer Company
(IVC) in South Hill, VA.
just walk around looking at those magnificent
Chestnuts, reflecting on the
trees’ history,” Larry said.
It was important to the Helming’s
that those who assisted him in this
project understood what it meant to
him, since he had been caring for the
trees for so many years. They would
together create the opportunity for
something beautiful to come from
these cherished trees. In November
2020, Larry and Chris began harvesting
the American Chestnuts on the
Helming’s property. Wayne, Chris,
and Larry were all saddened by the
loss but ecstatic to together begin this
journey of second life for the trees.
During the harvesting, Wayne introduced
his neighboring property
owners, Richard Nietzel and John
Laudon. Both landowners also had
Chestnut trees, separated only by
ownership boundaries but effected by
the blight as well. These owners were
also motivated for the same reasons
and would follow the lead of the Helming’s.
Very quickly the project grew
considerably to more than 300 trees.
The trio of landowners began to add
their name to storied history pages
of the American Chestnut. As
Chris and Larry shook Mr. Netizel’s
hand, he shared that recent economic
pressures had really burdened
his family in the last years
and this would help them to remain
on their farm. He also expressed
deep concerns that he wished for
his trees to be given a good home
in their second life.
With the harvest in full swing
the Off-Kilter duo began to let
the forest products industry know
that what had once been lost was
found again. They began a search
for the next partnership that could
provide marketing and manufacturing
with the same compassion
and respect of all those so far involved.
They entertained dozens
of companies as they conducted
their search. In early January,
Chris and Larry were back in Wisconsin
to check on operations and
organize logging logistics. Their
search for a marketing partner had
led them to a company in Wabeno,
WI, International Veneer & Timber
Richard and La Vae Neitzle admire the payment for
their American Chestnut trees.
(IVT) where they met the owner, Tim
“What do you know about Chestnut?,”
Larry asked Tim.
“Are we talking about THE famous
last stand of Wisconsin Chestnut?,”
Tim asked in response.
The conversation continued for
some time and Chris and Larry began
to realize that Tim shared their
same respect for the American
Chestnut history. IVT could provide
the infrastructure, experience, and
knowledge necessary to produce
these logs to lumber
and veneer and bring them
to a valued product.
“It has brought a tear to
my eye several times. I may
never experience anything
like this in my career again,
and I am just so honored
to be a part of this journey,”
said Tim. “This has been a
once in a lifetime opportunity
to see a stand of American
Chestnut that may never
The veneer logs would go
on to be manufactured by the IVC/
ITV group at their own slicing mill in
Jackson Center, PA. The saw logs
were milled to lumber at AAA Lumber
in Weyauwega, WI, and the lumber
was kiln-dried at Granite Valley
Forest Products in New London,
WI. Both Companies are part of
the Welter Forest Products Group,
owned by Gus Welter. Gus was also
consumed by the idea of putting his
wood knowledge and resources into
this project. The most beautiful significance
is the drive and dedication
from everyone involved to appreciate
the task and honor these American
The American Chestnut is a timeless
wood enjoyed and only really
known to past generations. Throughout
the wood industry, it is recognized
as a part of American history
and thought to be lost forever. Our
goal is to make sure this rare wood
has a chance to live an endeared
second life, one last time. We are
dedicated to creating a limited product
to showcase its beauty and offer
a select few consumers their piece
of American history. An opportunity
such as this may never be available
again. This group of wood enthusiasts
is currently offering a rekindled
and unexpected supply of one of the
most storied species in American
Hardwood history and are hoping to
let the American Chestnut make its
one last stand with you. n
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LAKE STATES Continued from page 10
demand is still up,” he said.
This contact described business as similar to a few
months ago. His company handles high-grade Red Oak,
Hard and Soft Maple, Aspen, Basswood, Ash and Cherry
predominantly in 4/4 but also offers 5/4 and 6/4 thicknesses.
The source said that his business sells to concentration
yards and flooring manufacturers. “Of course, that’s
been a good market this year,” he said. He added that
the demand for common material, especially Red Oak,
“has just been crazy. The flooring guys are just fighting
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Transportation issues have loosened for this source,
according to him. His company has a truck that is used
for local sales and sources other operations for out-ofstate
shipments. “It hasn’t been easy most of the year,
but it’s been a little better lately,” he said.
In Indiana, a source reported that the current market in
his area is “still strong.”
“There are a lot of people looking for what little lumber
is produced in the area now that so many mills have shut
down,” he said.
He described supply as “tough” due to high competition.
“The prices stay high, so the
market is definitely supply-driven,”
When asked to compare business
to two to three months ago, the contact
responded, “It’s definitely slowed
down, especially the Red Oak. Red
Oak is the main one, but everything
else is still going along fairly steady
with a little bit of resistance in price,
but you can still move it.”
His company handles all major
domestic Hardwood species No. 2
Common and Better, including Ash,
Red and White Oak and Walnut,
offered in 4/4 up to 8/4 with some
available in 10/4 and 12/4.
His company sells its products to
retail stores and end users who are
reportedly stressed about increased
costs. “They can’t absorb any more
prices,” he said.
This source described transportation
as “hit and miss at best.”
“A lot of our containers go to California
and sometimes we’re waiting
two weeks to get one in,” he said.
“And with the ships that are operational
out there, it’s getting worse because
they’re not unloading any of
the containers in a timely manner to
come back into the circuit to reload.”
Another lumber buyer in Indiana
reported that he was “pleased” with
the current market, and that “orders
still seem to be good” for his company.
He described supply and demand
“There are some items that seem
to have reached their peak and customers
are not as hungry for them, I
guess,” he said. “You know, we were
selling lumber right out of the kiln;
and now, we might put it on the shelf
for a little bit.”
His company handles a variety of
domestic Hardwood species, with
the hottest species being Ash, Red and White Oak and
Hickory, offered in thicknesses from 4/4 up to 8/4 in No.
2 Common and Better.
This contact sells predominantly to end use manufacturers
who are reporting good business, according to
him. “They feel like their orders are going to hold through
the first quarter of next year,” he said.
When asked about transportation, he described it as
“getting better.” n
NORTHEAST Continued from page 10
are still very strong. The tradesmen
are all busy and booking businesses
out, so we’re still very optimistic, just
a little bit quieter,” he said.
This company handles species
including Hard and Soft Maple, Red
Oak, Birch, Ash and Yellow Poplar
ranging from 4/4 up to 8/4 and sells
its products to large Hardwood-demand
companies ranging from distribution
yards to cabinet manufacturers.
When asked what his customers
have to say about the current market
climate, the source responded,
“They would like more lumber at lower
prices. For the hot items out there,
we’re still having trouble keeping
This lumber buyer reported that
after labor, transportation is his company’s
second biggest challenge.
“Trucks, the cost of trucks, the availability
of trucks, all of it,” he said.
Despite the challenges, the contact
concluded, “We’re optimistic for the
rest of this year and for at least the
second quarter of next year.”
In Maine, a source reported that
the supply of domestic Hardwood
has started to catch up with the market’s
demand, but it is not as slow
for him as it was a few months ago.
“July and August were quiet, but
that’s normal every year,” he said. “I
mean, with scheduled maintenance,
shutdowns and vacations, I don’t
think as much lumber is being produced
or is being used.”
His company handles Hard and
Soft Maple, Yellow Birch and Ash in
predominantly 4/4 up to 8/4 available
in all grades and sells to a split between
end users, wholesalers and
“The flooring companies we sell
to tell me that their businesses are strong, and they’ve
got orders for the next several months,” he said. “It’s the
same with the kitchen cabinet companies and the distribution
customers that we have. They are very busy.”
When asked about transportation, the contact responded,
“It’s a little frustrating, but not as bad as it was
in the spring when there was demand for just about every
product made. We were fighting with everybody trying
to get the lumber product to the marketplace, and
that’s eased up a little bit. It’s not as bad as it was, but it’s
still a challenge. There are not as many trucks as there
needs to be.” n
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Transportation is problematic, he stated, because of
a shortage of truck drivers and containers. “Forty-foot
containers are just about impossible to get, especially
if you’re going to Seattle or Portland. I’ve got six loads
right now waiting for containers. Still, business is good
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She sells Red and White Oak, Poplar, Walnut and Ash
in 4/4 through 8/4 thicknesses. White Oak, she stated, is
the best seller. Her sales are to distribution yards and the
export markets. Distribution yards declined in their own
sales, then picked back up again, she observed. “The
market is good for them now,” she observed.
Asked if transportation is a problem, she replied, “Of
course. Isn’t it a problem for everybody? It’s harder to
get containers. The date they are to leave the port keeps
moving. However, I’m in pretty good shape regarding
trucks. I work with a local trucker who hauls a lot of our
Continued from page 11
as long as they have product,” he
“Transportation is not a problem,”
he commented. “There are so many
trucking companies in this area. As
for containers, that’s a different ballgame;
it takes a while to get product
shipped from the mill out here to the
West Coast. But local trucking is not
a problem. I can call today, and tomorrow
morning, they’ll come pick it
up. That’s not the case in most parts
of the country.” n
ONTARIO Continued from page 12
stocked up their supplies and are
now more cautious with purchases.
It was noted there existed a steadier
pricing environment at the time of
With the price difference between
Hard and Soft Maple, many end users
are looking for more volumes
of Soft Maple. As such, there is not
enough kiln-dried stocks to meet
current demand in certain areas contacted.
Consumer demand continues to be
strong for finished Hardwood products
such as furniture, wood flooring,
cabinets, millwork and mouldings.
This is good news for Birch, as it is
one of the more popular species with
consumers. Some contacts noted
that demand for green stocks is exceeding
availability at the moment.
Production of Red Oak is not high
because demand for this species has
not been as good as last year’s nor
at the beginning of this year. Prices
are reported as softer, and kiln-dried
Red Oak business has also weakened. Contacts noted
they have adequate supplies. Export sales are not robust
and highly price sensitive.
In the ManpowerGroup’s most recent Employment
Outlook Survey, on hiring intentions of over 1,000 employers
surveyed across Canada, revealed that 50 percent
of employers surveyed planned to increase their
staffing levels in the fourth quarter of 2021. And this,
even with the added challenge of filling roles within a talent
Darlene Minatel, Country Manager of ManpowerGroup
Canada, said, “With the majority of employers reporting
some difficulty hiring due to talent
shortages, we are seeing a new level
of amenability towards job flexibility
and a strong commitment to
technical and soft skills training. Understanding
what workers want and
providing a culture of learnability are
key to filling the talent gap.”
The survey revealed that 50 percent
plan to increase their staffing
levels in the fourth quarter of 2021,
11 percent anticipate cutbacks, 35
percent expect current staffing levels
to remain unchanged, while the remaining
4 percent are unsure of their
59 percent of employers reported
having some difficulty filling jobs
due to a lack of skilled talent. In response,
employers are offering a
mix of incentives to fill talent shortages:
41 percent reported more flexible
work schedules; 40 percent reported
training, skills development or mentoring;
32 percent increased wages;
32 percent more flexible working locations;
20 percent more non-financial
benefits such as vacation; 19
percent incentives such as joining
bonuses; and 19 percent lower job
skills or experience requirements.
Nationwide, employers in all nine
industry sectors expect to add staff
in 4Q 2021. n
QUEBEC Continued from page 12
ing on areas contacted.
Demand for Red and White Oak
remains popular in markets. With the
housing market sectors doing well,
residential wood flooring manufacturers
are reporting vibrant sales.
Many companies are purchasing inventory
to meet their targets. Competition
among flooring plants for
available lumber eased due to the combination of increased
sawmill production and strong lumber receipts
the last several months.
Demand for Red Oak is dependent on grade. Green
and kiln-dried No. 1 Common and Better Red Oak are
not moving as much as earlier this year. Business in
the U.S., Mexico, Canada and other export markets are
keeping supplies under control, with prices relatively stable.
Poplar sales are strong in almost every market, except
for Vietnam and China, where buyers are pressing for
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IN HARDWOOD PURCHASING
WILLIAM PERRY is a lumber
purchaser at Powell Valley Millwork,
where he is responsible for
all lumber procurement required
by the company’s Clay City and
Jeffersonville, KY facilities.
Powell Valley Millwork is a
manufacturer of Poplar products
that purchases an annual volume
of approximately 20 million board
William Perry feet of green 4/4, 5/4 and 6/4 No.
1 Common and No. 2A Common
between both facilities. The company produces a range
of products, including primed interior mouldings, plantation
shutter components, picture frames, stretcher bar
frames, finger joint blanks, S4S dimension boards and
shavings for equine bedding.
After earning a BA degree in English Literature from
the University of Kentucky, Perry gained 25 years’ experience
in the forest products industry after starting out as
a lumber stacker. He also is a graduate of the National
Hardwood Lumber Association Inspection School’s 119th
class. After graduation, he worked as a lumber inspector
for some of the largest lumber companies throughout the
Mid-South and Southeast, eventually traveling to Germany
to teach NHLA-based lumber inspection for five
Perry also served as International Consultant with
NHLA, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for
the Kentucky Forest Industries Association and for the
Ohio Valley Lumber Drying Association.
In his free time, Perry enjoys riding his Harley, polishing
his German language skills and traveling the European
Powell Valley Millwork is a member of the Kentucky
Forest Industries Association, Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s
Association, Ohio Forestry Association, Tennessee
Forestry Association, Appalachian Hardwood
Manufacturers Inc., World Millwork Alliance and Ohio
Valley Lumber Drying Association.
For more information about Powell Valley Millwork,
visit www.pvmillwork.com or contact Perry directly by
phone at (606) 663-9663 or email bill@pvmillwork.
A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE LEADING
PURCHASING EXECUTIVES IN
THE HARDWOOD INDUSTRY
board feet of 4/4 to 8/4 Maple,
Cherry and Ash in No. 2 and Better
Durham Furniture was founded
in 1899 and manufactures
over 25 bedroom collections in
styles that range from traditional
Jones attended a National
Hardwood Lumber Association
Chris Jones grading short course after graduating
high school in Guelph, ON.
He stated, “I am grateful to have gained valuable on-thejob
training from respected leaders in the industry.”
Jones has worked at Durham Furniture for nearly 20
years, with 10 years spent in his current position. His
responsibilities include purchasing and selling lumber,
running day to day operations of the yard, as well as inventory
management and managing/mentoring a staff of
12. Jones also serves as an integral part of the management
team at the company.
In his spare time, Jones enjoys hunting, fishing and is
an avid gamer. He has been married to his wife, Leanne,
for 17 years and the couple has two children, Aiden and
Durham Furniture is a member of various industry associations,
including the Wood Manufacturing Cluster of
Ontario, Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance, American
Home Furnishings Alliance, Excellence in Manufacturing
Consortium and WithIt.
To learn more, visit www.durhamfurniture.com.
SHAWN MCARTHUR is operations manager for Oak
Pointe LLC, located in Newcomerstown, OH.
Oak Pointe LLC is a manufacturer of stair parts, columns
and other millwork in standard and custom designs.
Each year the company purchases over 100,000
board feet of Red and White Oak, Quartersawn White
Oak, Hard and Soft Maple, Beech, Alder, American
Cherry, Walnut, Poplar, Hickory, Jatoba and Sapelle, as
well as other species upon request (Select and Better,
3/4 and 5/4, kiln-dried, S4S).
Additional products are manufactured for exterior applications,
including balusters, porch posts, railings and
As operations manager McArthur oversees daily operations
as well as lumber purchasing.
For more information visit www.stairpartsandmore.
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AN UPDATE COVERING
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FRISCO, TX — Northwest
Hardwoods (“NWH” or the “Company”)
has made the strategic decision
to relocate the Company’s
head office, currently in Tacoma,
WA, to Frisco, TX. The creation of
a centralized head office where
functions are co-located will better
position the Company for
long-term success as they continue
to serve as an industry leader.
NWH’s CEO Nathan Jeppson
stated, “This is an important move for our company as
we position for long-term growth, and increasingly focus
on delivering a world class customer experience.”
This relocation is focused on NWH’s corporate and
functional teams, with commercial teams, resource and
lumber buyers and all those who need to be in local markets
across the globe unaffected. There will also be no
impact on the Company’s manufacturing footprint. In the
near term, the Company’s offices in Beachwood, OH and
Tacoma, WA will remain open.
Upon completion of the relocation in the coming
months, NWH will have increased efficiencies and collaboration,
which will improve the quality and service levels
and enhance the communication and connectivity the
market can expect from Northwest Hardwoods.
The Company is excited about this relocation and is
looking forward to continuing to build a world-class organization
in the Frisco area, according to Jeppson.
“We are thrilled to welcome Northwest Hardwoods to
Frisco as a market leader in their industry,” said Jason
Ford, president, Frisco Economic Development Corporation.
“Frisco continues to be one of the top destinations
in the nation for out-of-state corporate headquarters relocations
because of Frisco’s pro-business culture and top
tier lifestyle amenities.”
NWH is the largest United States manufacturer of
North American Hardwood lumber based on sawmill capacity,
with a current estimated annual Hardwood lumber
capacity of approximately 320 million board feet. Its
North America operations include 19 facilities that produce
over 20 species of domestic Hardwoods. The Company
serves more than 2,000 active customers across
over 60 countries.
For more information, go to www.northwesthard
KINGSTON, NH — Abenaki Timber Corp., headquartered
here, recently upgraded its facility in Belington,
WV by replacing their old gas-fired Hurst boiler with a
new gas-fired Hurst boiler and by
adding two T-sheds of 140’ each
in the air-dry yard.
“The old Hurst boiler was installed
back in the late ‘80s and
had served the company well,
but it was time to add a little power
and improve efficiency,” said
Eric Porter, Abenaki’s president.
“The T-sheds will improve the
Eric Porter quality and appearance of the
At their Epping, NH facility Abenaki will be upgrading
all of the boiler controls in their wood waste fired system
and the company has decided to use Messersmith Manufacturing
as the provider and partner in this improvement.
“These improvements will help Abenaki continue to
provide quality, consistency, and service to all of our valued
customers,” Porter said.
For more information, go to www.abenakitimber.com.
BUFFALO, NY — U-C Coatings,
LLC, based here and a
leading manufacturer and supplier
of premium wood protection
products, recently announced
the hiring of Jeff Davis as Western
Regional Sales Manager for
the Seal-Once brand.
Davis brings over 35 years of
sales and management experience
in the paint and coatings
industry. His background includes
working as the Eastern Regional Sales Manager
for OKON, Inc., a Denver-based manufacturer of waterborne
masonry sealers and stains. He also held multiple
positions with AkzoNobel, serving as the West Regional
Sales Manager for the Sikkens Wood Coatings brand,
National Sales Manager for their log home division and
Certified Trainer for the western U.S. and Canada. Davis
also brings extensive architectural coatings experience,
serving the independent dealer network. His expertise in
stains and sealers provides him with valuable insight into
the needs of customers.
Davis is based in Colorado. His main focus will be
the ongoing expansion of the Seal-Once product line of
environmentally friendly waterborne stains and sealers
for decking, siding, docks, and log homes. Davis will also
be involved in the market launch of Fence Guard®, an
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bonka River is seen as part of our natural heritage and it
must be protected, commented the Environment Minister
in a communiqué. The announcement will allow authorities
to take stock of how forests are used in terms of
logging, resort and tourist activities, noted the provincial
Consultations with regional stakeholders were taking
place over the next months following the announcement
to determine how much of the territory requires protection
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Gary Miller of Miller Wood Trade Publications, right,
accepts the check from NHLA Chief Inspector and Dean of
the School Dana Spessert.
2022 FORECASTS Continued from page 40
Rives & Reynolds
Lumber Company Inc.
Kiln Dried Lumber
and Made to Order
If you can imagine it, we can make it.
MEMPHIS, TN — Recently, the Hardwood industry
gathered in West Palm Beach, FL, for the National Hardwood
Lumber Association 2021 Convention. Throughout
the event, representatives for the Inspector Training
School Educational Foundation (ITSEF) sold 50/50 raffle
tickets. Tickets were $100 each, and the winner would
split the total earnings 50/50 with ITSEF.
During the Havana Nights Gala at the end of the
Convention, between a delicious dinner and dancing,
NHLA drew the winning ticket, which was purchased by
Miller Wood Trade Publications’ very own, Gary Miller.
Gary stopped by NHLA headquarters in Memphis, TN to
collect his winnings, $5,200. Ever the comedian, Gary
asked the photographer if his hair looked okay before accepting
the check from NHLA Chief Inspector and Dean
of the School, Dana Spessert.
After a good laugh and some pleasant conversation,
Gary went home a happy man, while ITSEF had $5,200
more in their coffers to continue supplying scholarships,
technology, and more for students. To learn more about
the Inspector Training School Educational Foundation,
you can visit www.nhla.com/itsef. n
QUEBEC Continued from page 51
Walnut demand regained its momentum in October as
it gained traction on markets. Drying operations are purchasing
most grades and thicknesses of Walnut.
Furniture companies are looking for large volumes of
framestock for their finished goods, but supplies are not
abundant. Demand for pallet cants and lumber is also
The Quebec government announced in September it
had halted authorized logging operations along the Péribonka
River in the Lac-Saint-Jean region, and that the
area would be designated a protected zone. The Péri-
2021 has been a successful year for Rives & Reynolds
Lumber Company, but it came with limitations. When
COVID-19 first reared its ugly head, businesses were
forced to close either by way of government or the lack
of enough employees to stay open. Our customer base
has been the root of our ability to keep running but they
also had their limits.
We reduced our production due to two reasons: (1)
Customers’ reduction in receipts and (2) For a time, it
was raining almost daily, reducing our log receipts to little
or none but having just enough to make a day with
some downtime during the week but not more than half
of a day to one day out of the month. Since rain is still
in the forecast daily, we are running the same schedule
today. Logs have become somewhat easier to bring in at
this time. Log cost and production are the two main focal
points for profits but with the right combination of the two
along with demand, 2022 will be in line for success and
Our customers fall under an end-user category. The
strongest products are cross-ties and switch-ties with 4/4
lumber running close behind, but we cut more lumber out
of White Oak now that lumber prices are at a level above
cross-ties and specialty timbers. We cut as many ties as
possible in Red Oak and mixed wood.
The products we are able to introduce in 2021 at the
Louisville, MS mill are switch-ties and specialty timbers
up to 17’ lengths.
The Louisville mill installed a new Hurdle 3 block
heavy-duty carriage giving us better precision and quality.
Rives & Reynolds owns its own fleet of trucks, which
takes us out of a transportation problem. We sell all of
our products green and, for that reason, we do not export.
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