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Supplier news about
sales, labor, prices, trends,
expansions and inventories
Lumber sales in the Lakes States region was reported
by sources as strong recently.
“I would say the market is very good,” said the owner of
a Wisconsin sawmill. “All of the customers I’ve talked to
say their business is booming. The market backed up a
little in November, especially with the exports, but for us
business kept moving along well.”
Red and White Oak, Hard and Soft Maple and Basswood
(4/4 thickness, uppers) were moving well at the
time of this writing while Cherry had slowed down. The
company sells to distribution yards and end users.
The tight workforce continues pressing companies. “It
doesn’t matter who I talk to, labor is the issue,” he stated.
“If they had more people, they could do more.”
The lumber operation is getting by but could use more
workers. “It’s a fight,” he declared. “We have some good
employees. We just have to shuffle them around once in
awhile to cover all aspects of the operation.”
Meanwhile, transportation hasn’t been a headache for
a Michigan green sawmill that markets industrial Hardwood
to concentration yards and end users.
Business remains similar to six months ago, the company’s
representative said, but movement is better because
Basswood and Aspen are up. “With those two
oddball species and Maple actually up, it certainly helps
everything,” he commented. The company sells lumber
in 4/4 thickness in different grades to a variety of customers,
including the RV and flooring markets.
As supply still isn’t meeting demand, prices have remained
high. “People are still paying for it, trying to find
as much lumber as they can,” he reported. “Maple has
been crazy. It seems like every week it goes up again.
Our customers are busy. There is still demand out there
for everything, Red Oak through the Maples, Basswood
Low grade lumber has also been highly sought after.
2022 brought welcomed business to Northeast lumber
In Vermont, demand varies, according to a sawmill operations
“The market for some species is very strong, while for
others species, it’s been just okay,” he observed. The
company offers Red Oak, Hard and Soft Maple, Birch,
Ash and smaller quantities of White Oak in thicknesses
of 4/4-8/4. Customers include wholesalers and distribution
“We are all kind of watching the Oaks, which have been
steady,” he stated. “Hard and Soft Maple are strong. Ash
is doing fine, along with Yellow Birch.”
Compared to the past summer, sales remained similar.
“There’s just a lot of Red Oak that’s been generated,” he
The region’s Hard Maple market was up considerably
until late December. “Hard Maple logs had been
very competitive to get,” he noted. “There was just not
as many out there as we would like to think there could
be.” The lumber supplier sells FAS and Better, as well as
Transportation has been a wild card, he added. “It’s
worse for us,” he related. “Because we are in the Northeast,
there are factors beyond the containers and not as
many trucks available.”
As weather remains a key factor, the region’s transportation
availability typically does not improve during the
winter. Because of the weather-caused delays, some
truck lines avoid the Northeast during winter if possible,
In New York, a yard representative commented, “The
market and demand are good. We are selling all of our
The lumberman characterized business as about the
same as six months ago. “Our customers’ businesses
Supply and demand, as well as trucking issues, daunt
Southeastern lumber suppliers.
“Distribution and supply chain issues are real,” said a
Tennessee lumber supplier. The company had a month’s
worth of orders on the floor to ship but couldn’t secure
containers or truck schedules. “It’s unbelievable how we
can struggle to try to get goods and services from one
area of the country to another region in the world,” he
said. “It’s a total disaster.”
The firm’s lumber is sold to customers associated with
architectural millwork and custom end use markets. He
said export lumber buyers appeared to have paused orders.
“The kiln dried lumber is somewhat taking a breather,”
he reported. “There’s not a rush. People aren’t afraid
they can’t find a load of lumber today like they were six
months ago. There’s no big ‘I gotta buy at all costs’ sentiment.
That kind of push is no longer out there.”
Ash was selling well at the time of this writing, along
with Basswood, which was limited in availability. While
Hickory sales were decent, Cherry remained stagnant
and Red Oak was flat. The Maples were decent to good.
“We don’t have access to a lot of good Hard or Soft Maple,”
he said. “By nature of volume of Maples in our area,
the end use manufacturers are competing for green lumber.”
Regular customers expect consistency in supplies and
quality, he added. “We are still doing a lot of regular lumber
business where some of our customers are not taking
the volumes they took in the past,” he noted.
Transportation continues to be a hassle in Virginia.
“Trucking is an absolute nightmare,” said a sawmill sales
manager. “They change the bookings daily.” As an example,
a freight forwarder sent a new booking. The next day,
it had already changed. “It changes in the blink of an eye.
We can’t get lumber moved. Trucks are hard to come by
too. It’s getting hard to move anything. While demand is
Along the West Coast, lumber movement remained
In Washington, lumber was selling well as of this writing.
“Business is going well,” said a purchasing executive.
“It’s more pre-pandemic speed now. Business is not
flat. We are seeing a lot of activity.”
The best selling species are Hard and Soft Maple
and Basswood, which remain limited in supplies. Poplar
has also been selling more than other types because of
sourcing difficulties. “We are definitely selling what we
use to always sell, but availability has been a challenge,”
Strong home sales combined with less lumber being
produced drove prices higher for this contact, as well
as his customers, including end users and distribution
yards. “So far, most of our customers are doing pretty
well,” the source related. “They’ve been grumbling and
have been hoping and waiting for prices to recede quite
a bit, but they just haven’t. A few items have softened,
but, overall, it’s firm out there in prices.”
Compared to six months ago, business is off a little.
Challenges include transportation. “Freight has been
horrible this month, absolutely horrible,” the lumberman
observed. “It’s much worse than a month or two ago. We
are still seeing lumber sales going well. They aren’t quite
as brisk as last summer, but freight being moved is a
real issue.” The lumber buyer said it’s more about truck
availability than pricing.
In Southern California, the market for lumber is booming.
“The market here is very strong,” said a lumber
provider. “December was one of our biggest months in
company history. Demand is still there. It’s stayed very
busy. If you look at the amount of deliveries, the footage
we shipped and tickets we wrote, it indicates we are still
in a strong market.”
Lumber sales have been slightly better than last sum-
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News from suppliers about prices, trends, sales and inventories
WE TOOK A LONG HARD LOOK
Ontario continues to be hammered by the Omicron virus,
with cases rising in mid-January, affecting businesses
across the province. It is hoped that this new wave of
the variant will be short lived, and that life and business
will move on to a more normal way of life. The housing
demand in the U.S. and Canada continues its positive
effect on Hardwoods. Exports of U.S. Hardwood lumber
figures showed that year to date through November
2021 had risen 9 percent, with strong shipments to Canada
being included in the increase. According to statistics,
U.S. exports of Hardwood lumber to Canada shot
up 49 percent in 2021 over 2020.
Contacts noted that exports to China continue to be
challenging, while Vietnam business is seeing an improvement.
Sawmill production over December had improved
due to milder winter conditions, but saw sharp
cold weather conditions in mid-January, which slightly
slowed logging activity. Labor issues are still of concern
as are supply chain issues caused by the coronavirus
pandemic. Demand for Red Oak and Hard Maple is
strong. Reports for industrial markets are mixed, tie supplies
are in demand, and wooden pallet and container
manufacturers reported they are busy, needing more
volumes of cants and pallet lumber.
As supplies of live Ash trees is low, due to decimation
of the Emerald Ash Borer over the past several years
in North America, production has been limited. Sawmill
contacts stated that Ash log decks were thin, with green
production limited. Sales companies stated kiln dried inventories
were low, and tight supplies for both green and
kiln dried stocks have pushed prices up. Prices are more
stable for No. 2A and Better.
Basswood production was limited over the past year,
especially the last six months of the year due to the push
for Hard Maple and its greater demand, along with other
species seen as having a greater value than Basswood.
However, demand increased for Basswood, causing
Lumber contacts remain optimistic as we move into
2022, and all hope that the Coronavirus will soon be a
thing of the past. Despite the challenging period everyone
is experiencing, they see it as an opportunity to be
more creative, to expand and seek new clients as the
strong housing market is having a positive effect on their
businesses. Secondary wood products manufacturers
also reported favorable business conditions. Many indicated
lumber inventories were adequate. Sawmills have
kept busy producing whitewoods to meet the continuous
demand for these species.
At the time of this writing, Ash log receipts to sawmills
were limited, noted operators, while green No. 2A and
Better has been selling well. End users are purchasing
green Ash, as available, as are wholesalers and those
who export this species. Export markets to Europe are
good, as well as for China and Vietnam.
Cherry is readily available as demand for this species
is rather low. Those with established overseas customers
were seeing good order files.
The regionally important species, Hard Maple, is going
strong to wood components, flooring, and cabinet producers.
Some switched to Soft Maple to control costs,
making Soft Maple scarce in some areas and more costly,
which returned the higher demand to Hard Maple. Demand
for No. 1 Common and Better and No. 2A grades
are top sellers.
Soft Maple demand is high. Sawmills and kiln dryers
are pushing this species ahead of others to meet growing
demand, even though in some areas it is lagging demand,
thus prices are seeing a slight rise.
According to flooring manufacturers, sales of Oak for
residential and truck trailer flooring in 2021 was one of
the best years for sales in recent memory. Even though
there are still shortages of qualified workers, some were
successful in hiring new employees. They see 2022 as
being better than 2021, and with a strong housing market
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NEWS ABOUT NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL
HARDWOOD CONSUMERS INCLUDING MERGERS,
PLANT EXPANSIONS & ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES
TO MEET PRODUCTION DEMANDS,
VANGUARD BUYS DREXEL PLANT
Vanguard Furniture of Conover, NC has purchased a
former Drexel Furniture manufacturing plant in Morganton,
Vanguard’s president stated in published reports that
the company outgrew its ability to
meed demand with its current manufacturing
facilities. He added that
the fourth quarter of 2021 proved to
be the largest shipping period in Vanguard’s
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Vanguard buys a variety of solid
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Governor Ralph Northam recently
announced that Phoenix Hardwoods
Inc. in Floyd, VA, a manufacturer
of high-quality furniture and home
goods made exclusively from Virginia-grown
Hardwoods, will expand its
production facility in the county and
open a new retail storefront in downtown
The new manufacturing and retail
space will help the company to grow
its product line, improve production
efficiencies and better serve its customers.
The project will create eight
career focused positions, lead to
$100,000 in new capital investment and allow the company
to purchase additional Virginia-grown Hardwoods over
the next three years.
Established in 2002 by Bill and
Corinne Graefe, Phoenix Hardwoods
built its reputation through high-quality,
artisan-crafted Hardwood furniture
and home goods. After nearly
20 years in business, the founders
were retiring and planning to close
the company. In January 2020, Jeff
and Annie Armistead acquired the
The company’s product assortment
ranges from custom tables of all
kinds, beds, stools, chests, live edge
mirrors, desks, kitchen goods, and
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BRECK PARTNERS ACQUIRES
Breck Partners, LLC, located in
Dallas, TX, recently announced
the acquisition of Essential Cabinetry
Group (ECG), a Simpsonville,
SC-based manufacturer of custom,
semi-custom, and stock-plus cabinetry
sold through a growing network
of over 650 kitchen and bath dealers
across the United States.
Essential Cabinetry Group’s divisions
buy U.S. solid Hardwoods for
its products, including such wood
species as Maple, Cherry, Alder,
Quarter-sawn White Oak and Walnut.
Through its three market-leading
brands (Tedd Wood Fine Cabinetry,
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In a few weeks, HMA members and
many industry stakeholders will be
gathering at the Sandestin Golf and
Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, Florida,
for HMA’s National Conference and
Expo. That’s where we’ll be discussing
“Investing in the Future” of the Hardwood
industry. There’s still time for you to
register to attend the March 23-25 event.
If you’re up for the challenge, that is!
Conference and Expo details – Registration, Program
Schedule, Hotel Information, Expo Participants and
Conference Sponsors – can be found at HMAmembers.
org. And should you have any questions, contact me at
either 412-215-9256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Expo
Each year I anticipate additional vendor participation
in the Expo, and I’m pleased to report that as we go to
press, all Booth space for this year’s event has been
spoken for. For a look at who will be exhibiting, and where
you’ll find them on the exhibit floor, make a quick visit
to HMAmembers.org. Be sure to make note of Booth
numbers, because your favorite industry suppliers will
be ‘front and center’ in Florida, beginning at 6 p.m. on
Wednesday, March 23 until 11 a.m. on Friday, March 25!
And while I’m on the subject of industry suppliers, I’d
like to recognize those who have gone “the extra mile”
in their support of the HMA. Thanks so much to Event
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Sponsors: Pennsylvania Lumbermens
Mutual Insurance Company, Taylor
Machine Works, Inc., and USNR;
Platinum Sponsors: Eagle Machinery
& Supply Company, Inc. – MiCROTEC,
Piche, TS Manufacturing, and UPG;
Gold Sponsor: Nyle Dry Kilns; Silver
and Joe Scan, Inc., and Bronze Sponsor:
Cooper Machine Company.
Even More Support
Not to be outdone are the following HMA member
companies that have gone “above and beyond” by
signing on as National Conference Sponsors. Special
thanks to Gold Sponsor: Fly Tie & Lumber LLC;
Silver Sponsors: Bingaman & Son Lumber, Inc. and
Kendrick Forest Products, Inc., and Bronze Sponsors:
Abenaki Timber Corporation, Frank Miller Lumber
Company, Inc., and New River Hardwoods, Inc.
This additional financial support enables HMA to
enhance the overall Conference offerings. And in return,
HMA will be recognizing all Conference sponsors in the
Conference promo material, during the actual event
in Florida, and all year long on our member website,
So, I encourage you to join us in Florida. This is your
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Liz Russell, Stella-Jones Corporation
Global Markets Update
Mike Snow, American Hardwood
Joshua Davis, Farm Credit Mid-America
A Domestic Hardwood Market Update
Dan Meyer, Hardwood Publishing
Real American Hardwood Coalition
Update and Consumer Promotion Strategy
RAHC Representatives and CANVAS United
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WHY NHLA CONDUCTS SURVEYS
As a member of NHLA, you have probably
grown accustomed to seeing our frequent
surveys. Over the last few years,
thanks to new technology making this form
of outreach easier and faster, the Association
has made a concerted effort to know
and understand our members challenges
and needs through surveys.
In 2017, NHLA hired an outside company
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2021, we wanted to know – “How are we doing?” so we
sent out a member satisfaction survey at the end of the
year. Upon reviewing the 2021 survey there were a few
evident asks from our membership. The first was to have
more interaction between NHLA staff and the membership.
The second, was to be more involved in promotional
and advocacy efforts.
In an effort to fulfill these requests, NHLA hosted a Town
Hall Meeting via zoom on January 27, 2022. During the
event members of the management team, Renee Hornsby,
Director of Marketing, John Hester, Director of Membership
and Chief Inspector Dana Spessert presented
important information and happenings of the Association
and answered questions. Additionally, Dana Lee Cole,
Executive Director of the Hardwood Federation, gave a
presentation on the U.S. political environment in 2022
including the upcoming mid-term elections.
NHLA will continue to offer quarterly Town Hall meetings
throughout the year with guest speakers who will
present on timely and relevant topics. We are currently
working on plans for an Advocacy 101 Webinar to take
place in July. The purpose of the webinar
will be to help members feel comfortable
addressing their state and national representatives
on important matters that affect
the Hardwood industry, their community,
employees, and company. The webinar
will be a collaboration between NHLA and
the Hardwood Federation. Our hope is that
the webinar will be a stepping-stone to the
Hardwood Federation Fly-In that usually takes place in
September. Due to COVID-19, the Federation Fly-In has
not taken place in two years but we have high hopes for
having an in-person event this year.
NHLA is actively involved in the promotion of Hardwood
lumber in several ways. NHLA holds an influential
seat on the board of the Real American Hardwood Coalition
(RAHC). The volunteer board consists of leaders of
a variety of Hardwood industry associations and meets
each week to work on its mission of increasing the use
of Hardwoods. Each one of us contributes our time and
talent to the work of fund raising, industry website development,
newsletter updates, traveling to present on
the activities of the RAHC and recently choosing a firm
to handle the consumer facing website. The activities of
RAHC have been methodical and involve all segments
of the Hardwood industry. It is a group of dedicated professionals
you should all be proud to have representing
And NHLA continues to promote the Hardwood industry
by being the keeper and sustainer of the NHLA
Lumber Grading Rules. Our outreach on the standard-
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BY RENEE HORNSBY,
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS,
NATIONAL HARDWOOD LUMBER ASSOCIATION,
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Although Elipticon does produce and sell stock moulding, its niche is truly found in the custom moulding market, working directly
with lumberyards to produce pieces for high-end residential projects, as well as some commercial jobs.
Elipticon Wood Products:
Sowing Success Through Long-Standing Values
By Scott Dalton
Hanson's co-president, Patricia Heckner, who has
been with the company since 1996, said Wiley recognized
that Elipticon had to adapt to best serve its customers’
“The housing market was changing and people were
going from circle-top window, which were very popular
to squared-off windows. Even though we had the business
for the specialty market and the curved, we knew
we needed to get into another product offering, and that
was straight millwork,” she said.
Today Elipticon enjoys growth in all arenas. Hanson
and Heckner continue to build on John Wiley’s legacy,
working with a dedicated team of more than three dozen
fellow employees to take Elipticon into the future. The
company includes a 16,000 square-foot manufacturing
facility and an 11,000 square-foot fulfillment center. Even
as they grow, however, employees are holding true to the
values that first attracted them to the company.
One of those values, they said, involves producing an
unparalleled custom product. Although Elipticon produces
and sells custom mouldings to the high-end residential
and commercial markets through lumberyards, their
niche is producing and selling stock mouldings through
The company includes a 16,000
square-foot manufacturing facility
and an 11,000 square-foot
fulfillment center. Even as they
grow, however, employees are
holding true to the values that
first attracted them to the company.
One of those values involves
producing an unparalleled custom
their Just-In-Time inventory programs.
To that end, employees grind on average 10 new
knives a week, creating an impressive library of custom
blades that can be tapped into at a moment’s notice.
It also means processing a lot of lumber. Elipticon Wood
Products, which purchases about 1.5 million board feet
of upper grade domestic Hardwoods in a wide variety of
species, is on track to mill about 2,700,000 linear feet of
mouldings. Fortunately the Elipticon team is more than
up to the challenge. At the same time the company is always
looking for new opportunities to grow for the future.
This is especially important as the company’s employees
are also its owners. When Wiley retired in 2015, Elipticon
became a 100 percent employee-owned company. This
means that everyone at the company shares in the decision-making
process through employee engagement, as
well as the benefits of being part of a thriving business.
Heckner and Hanson said that Wiley always saw the
value in running the company as a team, and that as an
ESOP, that approach has continued. They noted that the
company operates in teams and cross functional teams,
so when there are problems, the straight and round de-
Little Chute, WI–When John Wiley purchased Elipticon
Wood Products, Inc. back in 1993, it is very likely
he could not have envisioned just how much the
“I always joke with my kids that I don’t like
working here; I love working here. I came into
company would change both under and after his leadership.
Located here, the facility originally focused almost
a team atmosphere with people who care, and
like any company, we have struggles, but when exclusively on radius moulding, a popular wood product
we approach them together, the solutions
that for years sustained the growing business. But when
are better. We are always trying to get better the financial crisis of 2008 hit, Wiley and his team realized
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and we use challenges as opportunities to get
that they needed to broaden their product offerings
better. We ask, ‘What did you learn from this? to help ensure the long-term viability of the company.
Joe Hanson, who started with Elipitcon in 1999 as a
What are you going to do differently?’ If you
hand sander and who now serves as co-president of the
learn something every day, you’re smarter,
company, recalled that the Great Recession marked a
quicker, and can respond better.”
turning point for the business.
–Joe Hanson, “I think the way in which we take our product to market
has changed obviously. When I started, we did not
Elipticon Wood Products Inc. run any straight moulding; radius casings represented
80 percent of our business,” he recalled. “In 2008, John
bought a Weinig moulder and a Weinig rip saw, and said,
Elipticon Wood Products Inc. in Little Chute, WI, which purchases about 1.5 million board feet of upper grade domestic Hardwoods in
‘If we’re going to survive, we need to offer more.’”
a wide variety of species, is on track to mill about 2,700,000 linear feet of mouldings.
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Hazlehurst, GA–The Beasley Group, headquartered
here, is a vertically integrated forest products
company, which starts with growing the trees to
shipping the lumber. The company’s story is a story of
rapid growth and success built on family, faith, and foresight
over the last 50 plus years. From the beginning the
company has grown into an organization operating six
different business segments utilizing the entire tree.
In 1968, the founder of Beasley Timber, Rabun Beasley,
decided he wanted to make a career change from
selling insurance and made the decision to move into the
logging business selling timber. In the beginning,
Mr. Rabun and his wife, Jo Claxton Beasley,
operated the company and built lifelong
relationships with others in the industry, many
that the company still enjoys today. To look at
the business today it is hard to believe it all
started from a few chainsaws and a log truck.
Mr. Rabun developed a harvesting method
used in low lying areas that eventually became
known as “Swamp Logging.” Today, this area
of the company still operates as Beasley Timber
Company, led by family member Zachary
Johnson. Other operations within this division
include Logistics, Logging and Timber Management.
In 1997 the shuttered Louisiana Pacific
sawmill located in Hazlehurst was purchased
This is the Beasley Forest Products’ location in Hazlehurst, GA.
The Beasley Group – Three Generations Deep
Committed to Quality, Sustainability and Vertical Integration
by the family and in 1998 began operations as Beasley
Forest Products (BFP). Rabun’s son, Darrell, became
President and CEO of BFP and a new chapter of the
business began. Darrell’s vision has been, and continues
to be, growth through diversity and synergy. Beasley
Forest Products has grown to be recognized as one of
the largest Hardwood sawmills in the United States. Darrell
stated, “The key to our continued success is with our
team of 1,500 employees, my family, faith and the hard
work of each and everyone who works with us. We have
a lot of great people that are dedicated to our customers
The Beasley Group is a family-run company, with leaders including: (from
left) Zachary Johnson, Deborah Johnson, Rabun Beasley and Darrell Beasley.
and to our Hardwood and softwood business.”
The Beasley Group continues to be a family-owned
business moving into the third generation. In addition
to several of Darrell’s children, Grant, Jordon, Truss,
Christin and Daniel, his sister, Deborah Johnson, and
her husband Zachary also have key roles in the ongoing
In 2018 a major woodyard and sawmill expansion and
optimization project launched, and the new operations
started up in mid-year 2020. This expansion allows BFP
to utilize the latest optimization equipment, allowing the
operation to more than double the previous board footage
produced in a more cost-effective and efficient manner.
With the additional volume, more jobs were created
throughout the value stream from logs to lumber.
The manufacturing segment includes five sawmills located
in Hazlehurst, GA (2), Sandersville, GA, Denmark,
SC and Ashland, WI. These operations are very diverse
in the species used and the products produced. Nine
different species are cut – Ash, Red Oak, White Oak,
Poplar, Hickory, Maple, Cypress, mixed Hardwood and
pine. The company serves many different domestic and
worldwide customers by supplying grade lumber, pallet
stock, cross/switch ties, and access mats. Products are
Grade lumber is stored in the distribution center.
The Beasley Planer/Sorter and Distribution Building takes in approximately
300,000 square feet.
“The key to our continued
success is with our team of
1,500 employees, my family, faith
and the hard work of each and
everyone who works with us. We
have a lot of great people that are
dedicated to our customers and
to our Hardwood and softwood
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President and CEO,
Beasley Forest Products
sold kiln-dried, green, and heat-treated.
Other operations within the manufacturing segment
are Beasley Flooring, producing both solid and engi-
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Here is an example of Beasley’s mats being utilized in the field.
The sales team includes: (from left) Linwood Truitt, John Stevenson,
Brandon Cox, Ryan Collins and Truss Beasley. Not pictured:
Tundra Lodge Welcomes
LSLA To Winter Meeting
Photos by Zach Miller
Green Bay, WI–The Lake States
Lumber Association (LSLA)
recently hosted its 2022 winter
meeting at the Tundra Lodge Resort,
After a reception to welcome
attendees, the next day was packed
with informative meetings and
Michael Snow, executive director
of the American Hardwood Export
Council, gave an update on current
market conditions, along with an
outlook for U.S. Hardwood exports.
Estate taxes, estate planning and
company ownership transfers were
addressed by John A. Herbers, of
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, and
John Kaye, of Kerber & Rose &
David Caldwell presented a market
update by the Hardwood Market Report and Wendy
Gehlhoff, of Northwood Rail Transit Commission,
discussed regional rail service over the past 20 years.
The Surface Transportation Board gave a
presentation, followed by legislative reports from
representatives of Michigan and Wisconsin. These
included LSLA Michigan Legislative Consultant Scott
Everett and LSLA Wisconsin Legislative Consultant
Amy Boyer. Mark Rhoda Reis, bureau director of
the Export and Business Development Board, and
Dana Lee Cole, executive director of the Hardwood
Federation (HF), were also among the speakers.
The Real American Hardwood Coalition provided
attendees an update on this group’s recent projects
and activities. Speakers were Jim Maltese of Stella-
Jones Corp., Amy Snell of the Wood Component
Manufacturers Association and Cole with HF.
The LSLA also conducted associational business
and held its eighth annual live auction and bucket raffle
drawings to fund the LSLA’s Hardwood Federation
In conjunction with the LSLA meeting, The
Fellowship of Christian Lumbermen met. n
LSLA Board of Directors are: (back row, from left): Pete Johnson, Granite Valley
Forest Products; Colten Heagle, Choice Insurance; Steve Peters, Rockland Flooring;
Kirby Kendrick, Kendrick Forest Products; and Kyle Jeske, Richardson Hardwoods,
LLC; (front row, from left): Nikki Loehr, LSLA Administrative Coordinator;
Jim Maltese, Stella-Jones Corporation; Rob Paradise, Devereaux Sawmill, Inc.; and
Rick Luokkala, Performance Pallet Corporation; (not pictured) Peter Connor, WD
Flooring; Butch Fisher, AJD Forest Products; and Jennifer Lu, Wisconsin Dept. of
Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
Jeremy Pitts and Eli McCarty, Nyle Dry Kilns, Brewer, ME; and Jeremy
Mortl, Messersmith Manufacturing Inc., Bark River, MI
Shane Cook, Granite Valley Forest Products Inc., New London,
WI; Chris Fehr, U-C Coatings LLC, Buffalo, NY; Rick Degen, Bennett
Hardwoods Inc., Wausau, WI; and David Caldwell, Hardwood
Market Report, Memphis, TN
Steve Bruggeman and Vic Boeding, Bruggeman Lumber Inc.,
Sand Springs, IA; and Steve Hanson, Stella-Jones Corp., Bangor,
Josh Anstey, Cascade Hardwood LLC, Chehalis, WA; Mike Schulke,
Tigerton Lumber Company, Tigerton, WI; David Messer, Cole
Hardwood Inc., Logansport, IN; and Matt Yest, Kendrick Forest
Products Inc., Edgewood, IA
Michael Snow, AHEC, Sterling, VA; Larry Krueger, Krueger Lumber
Company Inc., Valders, WI; and Dave Schroeder, GMC Hardwoods
Inc., Jefferson, WI
John Gehringer and Rob Paradise, Devereaux Sawmill Inc., Pewamo,
MI; and Dave Kuehl, Primewood, Drummondville, QC
Melissa Berry, Continental Underwriters Inc., Richmond, VA; and
Tom Buckingham, Loggers Insurance Agency II LLC/Mauck Insurance
Agency Inc., Rhinelander, WI
To learn more about the Lake States
Lumber Association, visit www.lsla.com.
Nate Osfar and Shane Underwood, Granite Valley Forest Products
Inc., New London, WI
Ryan Peterson, Northern Hardwoods, South Range, MI; Kirby
Kendrick, Kendrick Forest Products Inc., Edgewood, IA; and Jim
Higgins, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington, NC
Patrick McBride, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Co., West Salem,
WI; Dana Lee Cole, Hardwood Federation, Executive Director,
Washington, DC; and Greg Blomberg, Kendrick Forest Products
Inc., Edgewood, IA
Additional photos on page 36
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Harbingers Of Real Strength Exist,
But So Do Harbingers Of Risks
By Sue Putnam
The economy is expected to
grow by almost 4 percent in 2022,
much higher than the 2.2 percent
rate over the past 20 years. But
significant risks to the economy
exist as well. Those were the recent
statements by Dan North,
Chief Economist of Euler Hermes
North America, during a webcast
Dan North panel discussion.
His overall presentation regarding
the U.S. economy was promising and highlighted
harbingers of real strength while also delving into
Let’s take a deep dive into some of these topics presented
The government’s stimulus benefits and consumer
spending: North said the economy’s key driver is cash
savings provided by consumers and their ability to spend
(comprising fully 70 percent of personal consumption).
“Spend, they did,” North observed. “More importantly,
they still have plenty to spend and the willingness to do
In fact, personal consumption expenditures at the time
of this webinar were up 26 percent since May 2020 and
up 11 percent from pre-COVID. Consumer confidence in
the economy remains strong at this time.
Manufacturing index and orders for durable goods:
New orders for goods currently are rated at 60.4, which is
a strong economic indicator, versus a historical average
of 55. Anything above 50 means expansion in the economy.
This means plenty of work is in the pipeline as consumers
turn loose of cash, outpacing pre-COVID years.
In fact, back orders are very high – in the top 4 percent of
all observations going all the way back to World War II.
Also, North said ISM (Institute of Supply Management)
Services data, which is another important metric to follow,
reports that 80 percent of the economy’s backlog of
orders is high, in the top two percent ever recorded. They
rate new orders at 61.5, again indicating plenty of work in
the pipeline in the coming future.
Positive Treasury Yield Curve: The economy is receiving
strong signals about its potential health over the
next year. The Treasury Yield Curve is a harbinger of that
and it is in positive territory. North explained the Treasury
Yield Curve is the difference between the 10-year interest
rate and the three-month interest rate. North presented
data that showed in the U.S. history how recovery
has followed downturns. For example, 1973-1974, the
economy faltered but a recovery followed. In 2008-2009,
the Great Recession was followed by a steady recovery.
Today, North said that signs point with “a great deal of
confidence” to a recovery post-COVID. The economy is
in “very positive” territory, remarked North. “We will have
continued growth for the next three to five quarters and
the numbers create a very compelling chart of that potential
Another leading indicator of economic growth, said
North, is that business formations “have skyrocketed”
since COVID’s onset in 2020. Business application totals
are up 44 percent from pre-COVID. That equals more
work in the pipeline, too.
JP Morgan Credit Card Tracker and Omicron: North
noted consumer stimulus spending can be credited with
bringing the economy back to life post-2020. What has
occurred this year, though, shows the potential impact of
continued COVID variant impacts. The JP Morgan Credit
Card Tracker is a significant real-time barometer of the
economy. As of Jan. 17, 2022, it still trailed by two percent
pre-COVID levels. Then a week later, the tracker
took a sharp downturn.
“Omicron had something to do with that,” explained
North. As the new COVID surge soared, spending spiraled
downward a bit.
To dine out or not to dine out...Omicron-impacted:
At the time of this webinar, dining out numbers were still
25 percent below pre-pandemic months, noted North.
“The restaurant industry actually returned to above
pre-pandemic levels, and then consumer spending went
down recently,” he commented. Meanwhile, hotel occupancy
rose above pre-pandemic levels briefly, but began
sliding downward. North speculated that the Omicron
COVID surge was adversely impacting both the restaurant
and the hotel industries, and the Delta variant prior
To be clear, North said, “The economy is still growing
and it’s going to be a good year, but we see a little bit of
a slowdown because of this Omicron risk. COVID is still
The problem of easy money and 0 interest rate:
“Too much easy money causes inflation,” cautioned
North, who pointed to the $5 trillion in stimulus checks
that added 22 percent to the national debt/GDP ratio.
He cautioned that the Fed’s loose policy of 0 percent
interest rate coupled with easy money for too long is the
classic formula for inflation. “It’s a classic mistake by central
banking, in my opinion,” he added.
In years past, the Feds Fund rate has risen as high
as 10-20 percent. In the Great Recession it was set to
0, and was raised thereafter. Then, along came COVID,
and the rate was set back to 0.
This is contributing to inflation, “and this will eventually
lead to tears,” said North, unless corrective steps are
taken by the Fed to raise rates.
To that end, North cited the Taylor rule, which is a formula
that is used to predict or guide how central banks
should alter interest rates due to changes in the economy.
Taylor’s rule recommends that the Federal Reserve
should raise interest rates when inflation or GDP growth
rates are higher than desired. North explained that since
inflation now is high, the Taylor rule suggests the Fed
Funds rate should be closer to 6 or 7 percent, not the
0.13 percent (current percentage available at the time
of this writing). Markets at the time of the webinar had
four rate hikes fully priced in and North said there were
hints creeping in of more than four, possibly as much as
50 bps (Basis Points) in March 2022. (If you reference
the ISM Manufacturing Prices, more than 50 bps means
prices are still rising.) As the first of February 2022 drew
near, North stated that services hit their second highest
bps ever at 82.5. Meanwhile, manufacturing was strong
at 68.2 (average has been 62).
Let’s talk about labor: North calls wages “sticky.”
That’s because, as he explained, once they go up, they
don’t easily come down. Hourly wages in the three months
prior to his webinar soared to a record high, climbing 4.8
percent. Some business owners indicated they plan to
raise compensation in the next three months.
“Demand is soaring, but actual hirings are very low,”
North stated. He cited 10.8 million job openings at the
time of this writing compared with 6.6 million job hirings.
Simultaneously, the U.S. is experiencing a record high
rate of workers quitting their jobs.
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The economy is still growing
and it’s going to be a good year,
but we see a little bit of a slowdown
because of this Omicron
risk. COVID is still with us.
Chief Economist of Euler Hermes North America
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Appalachian Lumbermen Sponsor
Asheville, NC-The Appalachian
Club (ALC) recently approved
scholarships at two colleges
to help students in forestry careers.
The funds will aid forestry
technology students at Haywood
(HCC) in Clyde, NC, and Dabney
S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) in
Clifton Forge, VA. The scholarships will be awarded
in 2022 to a student at each school based on academic
merit and need.
The Club received a report from HCC Professor
Dr. George Hahn at the recent meeting in Asheville.
HCC was founded in 1965 and the Forest Management
Technology program created in 1967.
In the last 40 years, the program has taught basic
tree identification, lumber grading, and equipment
operation. At one time, HCC had an operating sawmill
on campus and hundreds of forestry students
in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee have attended
courses at the college.
Hahn said the Forestry Management Technology
program in 2022 develops individuals’ passion for
the outdoors by providing students with the competencies
and technical skills necessary to sustainably
manage natural resources.
•Forest inventory skills
•Forest fire fighting
•Sales, purchasing, and operations
•Administrative and communication skills
He said upon graduation students are prepared for
careers in the conservation, use, and management
of forested areas and the resources they support.
The college is accredited by the Society of American
Foresters until 2024 and is also a member of
Council of Eastern Forestry Technician Schools. It
has articulation agreements with NC State University,
Western Carolina University, University of Tennessee,
Virginia Tech and the University of Idaho
There are 40 students enrolled in forestry management
with five full-time faculty.
meeting of the ALC is
March 8, 2022 at
The Hotel Roanoke in
More information is available at www.lumberclub.org.
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ELIPTICON WOOD PRODUCTS Continued from page 23
High quality craftsmanship, as shown in this curved mantle, is
key to Elipticon’s success, where three dozen fellow employees
are taking Elipticon into the future.
partments, as well as sales, customer service and fulfillment,
all come together. As Hanson noted, “There is
an old saying from The Great Game of Business: people
support what they help create. At Elipticon, we have
cross functional teams that solve their own problems.”
Heckner echoed that sentiment.
“John always was a visionary. This is his legacy – to
ensure employment of the employees at Elipticon. He always
believed he should have good people, so he hired
people who could make a difference,” she commented.
That philosophy also applies to looking out for the
collective future of the company. A couple of years ago,
employees realized that the market for mouldings was
starting to become saturated, and that the custom work
orders were beginning to level off. As a result, Heckner
noted, the company decided to add a line of finished
products as part of a larger effort to expand its existing
customer base. Hanson added that they also are looking
to further develop Elipticon’s stock programs with some
of their customers so that they can offer shorter lead
times for them, as well as more predictable work flow for
“We have intentions to grow in our specialty, straight,
and round millwork arenas. We realize that having inhouse
finishing is an opportunity for us to gear up and
help out our customers,” Heckner said. “It will pretty
much be a one-stop shop.”
Underlying all of that success will be the team-oriented
environment that has pervaded the company for years.
“I always joke with my kids that I don’t like working here;
I love working here,” Hanson said. “I came into a team
atmosphere with people who care, and like any company,
we have struggles, but when we approach them together,
the solutions are better. We are always trying to
get better and we use challenges as opportunities to get
better. We ask, ‘What did you learn from this? What are
you going to do differently?’ If you learn something every
day, you’re smarter, quicker, and can respond better.”
Heckner concurred, adding that this gets to the heart of
the Elipticon difference.
“Many companies say they have values and they have
a culture, but to know that the values and culture make
a difference is very empowering,” she said. “It is exemplified
in the ability of our employees to truly make a difference.”
Among the many ways Elipticon proves its excelllence, employees
grind on average 10 new knives a week, creating an impressive
library of custom blades that can be tapped into at a moment’s
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BEASLEY FOREST PRODUCTS Continued from page 25
neered Hardwood flooring with locations in Franklin and
Bryson City, NC and Melbourne, AR. The Group also
produces veneers at the Truax Veneer location in Lyons,
GA and wood flour at Wood Fiber Technologies located
in Macon, GA.
The Mats/Access business segment produces mats
and provides access services to the energy transmission,
utilities, and construction industries. These products and
services are utilized in all areas of North America.
The Energy segment produces biofuels, electric and
Hardwood packs are moved in the
Cants are seen on the in-feed to the new curve sawing gang.
steam generation, and animal shavings. The segment
consists of seven different entities, all located in Georgia.
The Beasley Group is committed to procuring materials
from sustainable sources.
The company’s loyal customers are considered longterm
partners that appreciate the consistency and focus
on product quality, customer service and attention to detail.
The Beasley Group believes in and understands the
importance of investing in their employees and communities.
Their employees are also leaders in the industry
and are considered the most valued asset. With their
knowledge, commitment, and experience - matched with
world class operations - the Beasley Group will be serving
the industry for generations to come.
The Beasley Group are supportive members of the
National Hardwood Lumber Association, Southern Cypress
Manufacturers Association, Hardwood Manufacturers
Association, and the American Hardwood Export
For more information visit www.beasleygroup.com.
We supply and manufacture
High Performance Lumber Products
Beasley Forest Products produces 170 million bd. ft.
of Southern Hardwood and Cypress lumber annually.
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Linwood Truitt and John Stevenson are in charge of kiln-dried lumber sales; and Ray Turner handles industrial sales at Beasley Forest Products.
Beasley Forest Products offers:
• sorted and random widths in Red Oak (4/4), White Oak (4/4), Poplar (4/4 & 8/4), Ash (4/4 & 8/4)
and Cypress (4/4 & 8/4) for export or domestic shipment.
• 1.7 million bd. ft. kiln capacity.
• Cypress framing timbers and manufacture various tongue-and-groove patterns.
• pallet components (cut stock) and pallet cants.
• cross ties and industrial timbers.
• crane mats for the pipeline industry.
• prompt delivery with company trucks and local trucking companies.
KILN DRIED LUMBER SALES
Linwood Truitt, Ext. 4303
Cell: (912) 253-9000
John Stevenson, Ext. 4384
Cell: (912) 375-8226
Beasley Forest Products, Inc.
P.O. Box 788 • Hazlehurst, Georgia 31539
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LSLA PHOTOS Continued from page 27
Shane Cook, Granite Valley Forest Products Inc., New London,
WI; Troy Brown, Kretz Lumber Co. Inc., Antigo, WI; Steve Peters,
Rockland Flooring, Rockland, WI; and Rick Degen, Bennett Hardwoods
Inc., Wausau, WI
Tyler Francois and Brady Francois, Snowbelt Hardwoods Inc.,
Hurley, WI; Josh Anstey, Cascade Hardwood LLC, Chehalis, WA;
and Leo Meeks, Aacer Flooring, Peshtigo, WI
Jeff Milinkovich, Timber Creek Resource LLC, Milwaukee, WI;
Tony Korish, Forever Joint Tops, Portage, WI; and Mike Peterson,
Kretz Lumber Co. Inc., Antigo, WI
Dave Neumann, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Lansing,
MI; Chris Fehr, U-C Coatings LLC, Buffalo, NY; John Gehringer,
Devereaux Sawmill Inc., Pewamo, MI; and Scott Lyon, WI
DNR, Division of Forestry, Green Bay, WI
Zach Miller, National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, TN; and
Pete Johnson, Granite Valley Forest Products Inc., Weyauwega,
Joe Morrey and Jim Maltese, Stella-Jones Corp., Bangor, WI
Dennis Gustafson, Besse Forest Products Group, Gladstone, MI;
Shay Sherfinski, R & R Insurance Services Inc., Waukesha, WI;
and Shane Underwood, Granite Valley Forest Products Inc., New
Jason Brettingen, Kretz Lumber Co. Inc., Antigo, WI; Tim Kassis,
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Rex Shelton and Jerry Ort, Tigerton Lumber Company, Tigerton,
WI; and Troy Brown, Kretz Lumber Co. Inc., Antigo, WI
Fred Borntreger, TQMM LLC, Wausau, WI; Sue Van Ess, Northwest
Hardwoods Inc., Grand Rapids, MI; and Philip Kersten, Kersten
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Levy Soodsma, Baillie Lumber Company, Hamburg, NY; and Tyler
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THE ECONOMY Continued from page 29
North named the following as reasons workers have
exited their jobs in record numbers:
• They found a new job.
• Lack of child care.
• They started their own business.
• They retired. (Some studies estimate 2-3 million people
retired early. Note: the economy still has 4 million
fewer jobs than it did before COVID.)
• They quit their jobs due to fear of COVID in the workplace.
So, what’s fueling rising prices across all industries?
North presented comments collected from
ISM participants, and each cited, in some variation, supply
chain issues, scarcity of trucks, labor challenges, all
of which lead to price increases and are a complex issue
with no simple or quick solutions.
Boats on the water: During a two-day span prior to
North’s webinar, 133 container ships waited at berth inside
the 40-mile radius of the Los Angeles/Long Beach
ports plus outside SAQA (the Safety and Air Quality
Area). The situation reached an all-time single-day high
on Jan. 9 this year when 109 were floating inside the LA/
LB area. Lastly, one day prior to North’s webinar, total
container ship backup was 106, three more than just the
day prior to that. This backlog stymies the supply chain.
North stated that participants of an ISI/Evercore survey
believe it will be the second half of 2022 – or later – until
the supply chain is potentially considered “cleared up.”
Trucking woes: “There simply are not enough trucks
to take shipments from the ships and on the road,” North
noted. Trucking employees remain 18 percent fewer today
in the workforce than pre-pandemic. That equates to
15,800 fewer truck drivers now than just three years ago
to haul product. “Due to this,” acknowledged North, “the
inventory/sales ratio just keeps falling.” The result is that
inflation and supply chain shortages are connected.
The Omicron Effect:
At the time of North’s webinar, Omicron comprised fully
98 percent of new daily confirmed cases of COVID. U.S.
cases rose six times in less than one month. In France, it
rose 10 times in about six weeks. Next, consider the daily
new confirmed cases by millions (in population). The
U.S. rate was turning down at the time of this writing. But
concerns were rising over potentially more lockdowns in
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Inc. recently reported
they were sad to report the passing
here of Lyman Charles Shipley,
87, on Jan. 17, 2022. He was
born on September 21, 1934 in
Lyman enlisted in the U.S.
Army after graduating from Weldon
High School in 1952. Prior to leaving for Korea, he
married Louise Rightmyer. His decorations included the
United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal
w/1 Bronze Service Star, National Defense Service
Medal, two Overseas Bars and Good Conduct Medal.
After the service Lyman worked for Coastal Lumber
Company in Weldon, NC until retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Louise Rightmyer
Shipley; his daughter, Linda Martin (Brady); his
son, Lyman “Chuck” Shipley, Jr.; his grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and brothers and sisters.
Graveside Services were Jan. 19, 2022 at Cedarwood
Cemetery in Weldon, NC.
Donations may be made in Lyman’s memory to the
Enterprise Baptist Church, 404 Enterprise Road, Littleton,
NC 27850 and the John 3:16 Center, 407 East End
Ave., Littleton, NC 27850.
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Placerville, CA—The Los Angeles
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of long-time member Jim Von
Tellrop, Jr. He was proceeded
in death by his son. A graduate
of the University of New Mexico,
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worked for Peladeau Lumber as
West Coast salesperson, based
here. Von Tellrop had many interests outside of lumber
In 1992 he served as President of the Indiana Hardwood
Lumbermen’s Association. He was part of the
Society of Woodheads Only and enjoyed their regular
Steve Stoufflet of Robinson Lumber Company, a longtime
friend of Von Tellrop, remembers their introduction
in the 1980’s. “I was wearing a sport coat and tie and he
was wearing cut-off jeans and a Three Stooges T-shirt. I
liked Jim right away!”
Von Tellrop was passionate about woodworking and
jazz/blues music. For over 20 years he was Steve Stoufflet’s
house guest for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Additionally, Von Tellrop tirelessly supported local
school woodworking programs in El Dorado County. He
was named the California Industrial & Technology Education
Association Industry Person of the Year for 2015.
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THE ECONOMY Continued from page 39
Europe. As North noted, “The economic concern is: if it
can happen there, will it happen here?”
COVID deaths and hospitalization figures lag behind
daily new confirmed case data. North pointed out that at
the time of his webinar, confirmed deaths from Omicron
in the U.S. were rising, and when considering confirmed
deaths per million, “the U.S. looked a lot better a few
weeks ago,” he observed. He added that the U.S. led
other countries in confirmed deaths per million.
His next concern for the North American economy is
vaccine-related. “Canada is doing very well in regard to
the share of its population that is fully or partially vaccinated,”
he stated. “But the U.S. is stuck at 75 percent
vaccination rate because our daily vaccination rate has
plummeted. We have to wonder: have we gotten almost
all the people vaccinated we are going to get?”
Lastly, here is the good news:
• Fiscal and monetary policies have provided plenty of
excess savings to fuel personal consumer consumption
Other harbingers of economic strength are:
• Plenty of work in the pipeline
• Consumer confidence
• Positive yield curve
• Surging business formations
• Improvements in the labor market
North expects the economy to grow by almost 4 percent
in 2022, much higher than the 2.2 percent rate over
the past 20 years.
But significant risks are:
• Rising wages, the labor shortage and clogged supply
• Combined with loose fiscal and monetary policy, thus
• COVID...it is still with us.
(Editor’s Note: Dan North has been with Euler Hermes
North America since 1996, using macroeconomics and
quantitative analyses to help manage Euler’s risk portfolio
of more than $150 billion in annual U.S. trade transactions.
As an economist he has appeared on CNBC, Fox
Business News, France 24, The Street and Bloomberg
Radio and Television. He has been quoted by Barron’s,
Business Week, Paris La Monde, Tokyo Nikkei, the BBC,
The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. After
having predicted the 2008/2009 recession and its implications
accurately, he was ranked 4th on Bloomberg’s
list of the 65 top economic forecasters in 2010. North
holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
At the recent webinar, in addition to North, Gerry Clancy,
National Tax Practice Lead at Top 20 CPA firm, Armanino,
presented focused information on corporate/
business taxes. The panel was moderated by Lindy Antonelli,
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LAKE STATES Continued from page 12
“The industrial guys are busier than heck,” the source
observed. “There is still lots of demand for the low grade
lumber, which is easy to move as well.”
In Indiana, lumber activity remains favorable. “Our
business is going well,” reported the sales manager for a
manufacturer. “We feel like we are finally getting on top
of the market.”
Cherry, Hard and Soft White Maple, as well as some
Red Oak, are among the species the company sells with
the Maples and Cherry moving the best. The company
purchases No. 2A Common, which it sells in 4/4 thickness.
The firm’s customers are doing well. “It’s a very strong
business, everybody’s buried,” the source said. “It’s night
and day different now. Talking to our customers, they see
a pretty good 2022, carrying on what was going on in
The strong sales helped the bottom line. “We ran on
fumes with our raw lumber inventory the last five to six
months,” he related. “We have had a tiger by the tail. We
are finally getting caught up to where we have a little bit
of cushion. We are looking to cut inventories but are very
cautious cutting any inventory as much as this industry
seems like it’s struggling.”
While labor availability and supply chain issues have
pressed business, lumber demand and sales remain unscathed.
“It’s way better than six months ago,” he said.
“The people component is night and day different than
it was last year. We had turnover like you would not believe.
Our workforce now has stabilized.” n
NORTHEAST Continued from page 12
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at the time of this writing.
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and containers travel slow, about the same situation as
during last summer. “We have been fighting these port
issues for well over a year,” the representative stated.
“They are saying there’s a continued backup at the ports.”
Future sales should “just be steady,” he predicted. “It
won’t be hot and it won’t be cold, but will be steady business.”
A Pennsylvania lumber supplier reported favorable
“Business is going well,” said the company’s sales
manager. “We had a good start to the year, both domestically
and in exports. We are having a good month so far.”
Compared to the summer, which saw strong sales,
the source believes consistent activity will continue. “We
are expecting the market to be good for the next three
quarters,” he stated. Though he admitted he wasn’t sure
where the market would be after that, he believes the
industry, at least for the short term, should experience
This distribution yard markets Hard and Soft Maple,
Red and White Oak, Cherry, Poplar, Hickory and Ash in
3/4-8/4 in FAS/1F and Nos. 1 and 2 Common to distributors
and end use manufacturers.
The Maples have been selling very well with Red Oak,
Hickory and Poplar also seeing strong demand. “We still
see the marketplace continuing to be paced rather well,”
the source reported. “We are not expecting any down cycles.
There’s an upward potential for prices to increase.”
The higher prices for other species prompted some
buyers to take a second look at Cherry, which traditionally
hasn’t seen as high a use as the other species, he
SOUTHEAST Continued from page 13
good, getting it transported is another thing.”
The company markets No. 3 Common and Better in
4/4 thickness to distribution yards and end users. The
firm relies on a local trucking company which was shortchanged
because half of its crew had COVID. “The entire
booking situation in regard to shipping overseas is a
nightmare,” the lumber representative said. “It’s hard to
get anything moved.”
His market has remained strong, however, for Poplar,
Red and White Oak, and Walnut. Red Oak wasn’t experiencing
While market-wise, things have been going well, running
the operation was another issue. “We are trying to
keep enough people to keep the mill running and grading
line going,” the source said. “We had to shut down the
mill awhile. We just can’t get enough help.” Typically, the
mill employs 49 people. Its current payroll is 29.
Supply issues challenge a North Carolina yard. “We
have struggled to find supply, and are not able to keep
sales up much now,” said the contact.
Labor issues have threatened his entire supply chain.
“Labor issues have affected both the ability of our green
producers to supply green lumber and also for our customers
to produce products as quickly as they might otherwise
be able to,” he observed.
Many of the firm’s customers struggle to keep up with
demand in terms of materials they receive and what they
can produce, he said. The company markets Red and
White Oak, Walnut and Hard and Soft Maple in 4/4, 5/4,
6/4 and 8/4 thicknesses in Nos. 1 and 2 Common and
FAS to cabinet and furniture manufacturers, as well as
“The market is slow now,” he observed. During the
summer, though, demand was higher for kiln dried but
FAS grade Poplar was in better demand at his firm as
of this writing than No.1 Common or No. 2 Common. Red
Oak was moving fairly well. Soft and Hard Maple lumber
in 4/4 thickness was also selling briskly. n
WEST COAST Continued from page 13
mer. “Our customers’ business is very brisk,” he reported.
“Many have planned out their business for the next
six months or so.”
Poplar remains a strong seller followed by White Oak
and Walnut gaining momentum and becoming big sellers.
The company also markets Hard Maple, Red Oak
and Birch in 4/4 to 16/4 thicknesses in FAS, Select and
Better grades to home builders, contractors and remodeling
Staffing remains a headache. Lumber manufacturers
face the biggest labor challenges. “Trying to find someone
to do work now is not easy,” the source noted. “Labor
is an issue but we have done fairly well with hiring
and keeping employees, filling the positions.” The company
enjoys a low turnover rate and possesses many
longterm employees. “The biggest labor issue for us
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Freight and labor issues have challenged an Oregon
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relationships, we are getting everything moved,” said the
vice president of the firm that services residential cabinetry,
furniture and millwork customers.
“Probably the biggest issue facing us, our customers
and suppliers is the current COVID variant,” he explained.
Restricted workforces harmed supply and distribution.
“We have been able to move people around and get everything
covered,” he said. “Some of our suppliers have
had to curtail shifts or shut down operations. Some of
our customers are in the same boat. This, on top of an
already tight labor market, makes it challenging.”
Despite the obstacles, the lumber market remains solid.
“It’s decent for the time of the year it is,” the source
reported. “It’s always slower early in the year, but we are
seeing what we consider good and busy demand. Overall,
business is good.”
Poplar is the company’s biggest seller with White
Oak, Walnut and Red Oak also selling well. Thicknesses
range from 4/4 through 16/4. Cabinet manufacturers
during the early part of the year were still able to retain
full order files with this lumber provider. n
ONTARIO Continued from page 14
prices to rise as competition also increased due to limited
availability. Basswood kiln dried markets were equally
reported as strong, with inventories thin for many grades
Supplies of Birch have been strained, caused by
strong housing markets on both sides of the border, with
low sawmill production. Wholesalers advised kiln dried
Birch demand exceeds availability. Green Birch markets
are reported as solid. Due to the Holiday Season, production
was down, and some sawmills were cutting Soft
and Hard Maple ahead of Birch.
Hard Maple is still the best selling species with strong
demand coming from the furniture, flooring, cabinet,
moulding, millwork and interior fittings sectors due to
strong housing markets. Production is not quite meeting
demand for grades and thicknesses, and varies according
to areas contacted for kiln dried Hard Maple. Late fall
production last year was directed to Hard Maple, which
provided adequate kiln dried supplies to end users earlier
this year. It was noted that some secondary manufacturers
were buying more Soft Maple instead of Hard Maple,
resulting in a slight softening of prices at that time.
Soft Maple markets improved due to strong residential
construction. Also, comparatively lower prices than Hard
Maple attracted businesses to this species. End users
are buying all they can at this time, and competition is
pushing prices higher for developing supplies. Some
contacts noted production of kiln dried Soft Maple are
sold before they even exit their kilns, resulting in low inventories.
Domestic markets for Red Oak vary. Sales slowed at
the end of 2021 and did not gain ground as the new year
kicked in, but contacts reported that business is decent,
with supplies being manageable and having also risen.
They add that green stock interest is good. Sawmills are
focusing on whitewoods where possible.
Secondary manufacturers and wholesalers are buying
White Oak green lumber production. Demand for kiln
dried supplies are mixed depending on areas contacted.
The pallet and container manufacturers reported they
were busy, having added to material inventories over
the end of last year and into this year. Availability seems
to have stabilized, which eased pricing issues for most
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose to a 30-year high
of 4.8 percent in December 2021 (the most recent data
available), due to higher prices for food led to the cost
of living going up at its fastest rate since 1991. Grocery
prices increased by 5.7 percent, said a Statistics Cana-
da economist, adding that the price gain was caused by
unfavorable weather conditions in growing regions and
supply chain disruptions.
The current bout of inflation, continued the economist,
is driven by supply chain disruptions, pent-up demand
and inflation expectations. While pent-up demand is expected
to ease as pandemic spending winds down, supply
chain and inflation expectations remain paramount
Prices could increase even more in the year because
of the new rules forbidding unvaccinated truckers from
entering the country, noted some economists. The issue
of unvaccinated U.S. truckers crossing over the border
into Canada could pose a risk of transmitting COVID-19
to the general public, according to some infectious diseases
doctors, while others felt skeptical about whether
the new federal vaccine mandate is needed, questioning
how much these drivers could contribute overall to the
potential spread of the virus. As of January 15, a federal
mandate requires that Canadian truckers must be vaccinated
if they want to avoid quarantine and molecular
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Trade associations on both sides of the border said the
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restriction will put additional strain on supply chains amid
the latest COVID-19 surge and severe worker shortages.
About 10 percent of the 120,000 Canadian truckers who
cross the border may not be able to work those routes
because they haven’t been vaccinated, according to the
Canadian Trucking Alliance.
Shelter costs have risen by 5.4 percent in the past
year, faster than the overall inflation rate. And this is another
consumer factor that could affect Hardwood sales,
as they cut back on spending due to high cost of foods
and other necessities, and as they wind down on their
renovation spending brought on by COVID-19 and travelling
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of 2022 as markets achieve a better balance.
The Toronto Dominion Bank is forecasting a 7 percent
increase in home prices this year and suggests “another
strong year for price growth is in the cards for 2022.”
The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, however,
cautions that home sales could plunge in 2022 and condos
may be the only sector to see price growth. Overall,
they expect sales to fall by 15 percent in 2022, relative
to the elevated level seen in 2021—an environment that
is consistent with a notable deceleration in home price
inflation next year. It’s also an environment that is also
likely to impact the relative value of
condos vs. single-detached units.
Logic suggests that higher rates will
26 percent leap from 2020, said the Association des professionnels
de la construction et de l’habitation du Québec
(APCHQ). The best performance since 1987, and
third-highest total on record.
New home prices in Quebec climbed 20 percent on average
in the past year, residential construction is expected
to slow over the next 12 months. The APCHQ expects
the price hikes to cool home buying, especially first-time
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• Species: Red & White Oak, Hard & Soft Maple, QUEBEC Continued from page 14
in relative price outperformance in
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on both sides of the border, they are even more optimistic
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2022 due to a lack of supply.
having intensified. Certain contacts commented they are
While interest and mortgage rates
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despite rising lending rates and a shortage of homes for
in 2022. It warned the forecast was
sale. The outlook from the Big Six banks parallels that
“conservative” because in November
2021 the national average price
of the Canadian Real Estate Association, which expects
Hugh Clark, President; Brandon Clark, Vice President; and
Joseph Draper, Sales
home sales to increase 8.6 percent compared to last
was almost $721,000. Highest prices
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year, with prices rising 7.6 percent.
in 2022 will be seen in B.C. and
The bank forecasts, however, are shadowed by the
Ontario, where it predicts average
fact that their analysts expect the Bank of Canada lending
home prices to reach $990,038 and
rate to increase by about 1 percent by the end of
2022, in a series of hikes.
In Quebec, homebuilders said
Mat Drilling, Tie Dapper,
The Royal Bank of Canada expects home sales to increase
19.8 percent from a year earlier, with the aver-
housing starts in more than three
the province would hit the highest
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Clark Lumber Company
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Mellott Manufacturing Co., Inc.
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age home price increasing 3.3 percent. They expect extremely
tight demand-supply conditions will keep prices
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sharp, negative correction in 2022.
under intense upward pressure in the near term though
Housing starts across the province
pressure may be easing significantly by the second half
were set to reach 68,300 in 2021, a
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Quebec housing starts are forecast to drop about 18
percent to 56,000 in 2022, their first decline in seven
years, APCHQ predicts. Fifteen of Quebec’s 17 administrative
regions are expected to post declines.
In Greater Montreal housing starts are expected to
reach 33,500 this year, the highest level in at least 30
years, according to APCHQ data. Next year’s tally should
come in around 27,000 units, a 19 percent decrease, AP-
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The projected construction slowdown means Quebec’s
housing deficit will probably endure for several
more years. Some 40,000 to 60,000 housing units were
missing at the end of 2020 to restore balance to the province’s
residential property market, the APCHQ stated in
a recent report. n
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NWFA COMPLETES 60TH HOME WITH GARY
The National Wood Flooring Association
(NWFA), located in St. Louis,
MO, has provided flooring for its 60th
home in support of the Gary Sinise
Foundation R.I.S.E. program (Restoring
Empowerment). The R.I.S.E. program
builds custom, specially adapted
smart homes for severely wounded
veterans and first responders. The
home dedication for United States
Army Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Jason
Tabansky took place recently in San
Antonio, TX. Flooring for the project
was donated by NWFA member Mullican
Staff Sergeant Tabansky enlisted in
the Army in December 2000 as a Chinook
helicopter mechanic, and was
deployed to Kandahar, then Taji, Iraq.
In September 2015, he became paralyzed
from the chest down following
a routine demonstration of a new Chinook
helicopter in London, England.
“Through extensive physical therapy,
Staff Sergeant Tabansky has
regained control of his hands, which
has helped him to regain some independence,”
said NWFA President
and CEO, Michael Martin. “His specially
adapted smart home will help
contribute to his continued recovery
as well. We’re honored to partner with
Mullican Flooring to provide beautiful
wood floors for his new home.”
In addition to the 60 homes already
completed, NWFA currently is working
with its members to source wood
flooring for 12 additional R.I.S.E.
homes in various stages of
planning and construction.
Currently, 143 NWFA member
companies have donated product,
logistics, and installation
services in locations throughout
the United States, with a total
value of more than $5.7 million.
A list of all NWFA R.I.S.E.
participating companies can be
found at www.nwfa.org/giv
To learn more about the program,
and how you and/or your company
can get involved, contact the NWFA
at 800-422-4556, or e-mail them at
The National Wood Flooring Association
is a not-for-profit trade organization,
with more than 3,200 member
companies world-wide, dedicated to
educating consumers, architects, designers,
specifiers and builders in the
uses and benefits of wood flooring.
Learn more at www.nwfa.org. n
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ized grading system is on an international
level with our partners at the
American Hardwood Export Council
(AHEC). By spreading the standards
and news of our sustainability story,
NHLA is promoting our renewable
product to the world markets. While
NHLA staff may be “grounded” from
international travel at the moment,
the work we have done over the last
15 years is still evident and we know
when international travel resumes,
we will be able to pick up where we
left off. Like you, we can’t wait for
that day to get here.
We will continue to use the information
derived from the 2021 member
survey as we plot our path for
2022 and beyond. We ask that you
continue to share your opinions and
ideas with us as we strive to provide
United States Army Staff
Sergeant (Ret.) Jason Tabansky
and his wife.
you with the benefits and resources you need to be successful.
So remember to always, “Click HERE” to take
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IN HARDWOOD PURCHASING
A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE LEADING
PURCHASING EXECUTIVES IN
THE HARDWOOD INDUSTRY
ATLEE KAUFMAN is owner and lumber buyer for
Bentwood Solutions LLC, located in Millersburg, OH.
A family owned and operated business, Bentwood
Solutions purchases approximately 9.5 million board
feet annually of Red and White Oak, Hickory, Cherry,
Soft Maple, Walnut and Gray Elm.
The company manufactures solid wood bendings for
the furniture industry. Value-added services include kiln
drying, bending and ready to assemble parts.
Kaufman has owned Bentwood Solutions for 40 years.
He began his career in the forest products industry as a
He and his wife of 48 years, Ella, have two sons, two
daughters, seven grandsons and eight granddaughters,
as well as one great granddaughter. Kaufman enjoys
tree farming in his spare time and is a member of the
American Tree Farm System.
For more information contact 330-674-1454 or fax
330-674-5200 or visit www.bentwoodsolutions.com.
LINUS YODER is the purchasing
manager, plant operations
manager and IT manager
for Tilo Industries in Lewisburg,
Tilo Industries manufactures
high-quality Hardwood mouldings
and millwork, Hardwood
components, edge glued panels,
specialty flooring and wall treatments.
The company buys 1.4
million board feet a year of Hard
and Soft Maple, Cherry, Poplar, Oak, Walnut and Ash in
FAS and No. 1 Common grades in thicknesses from 4/4
Tilo Industries offers CNC routing, moulding profile
sanding and all work is done in-house from drawings
to finished mouldings. The company also produces custom
profiles for specific customers and reproductions to
match existing mouldings.
Yoder has worked at Tilo Industries for more than 15
years and has been in his current position for more than
11 years. Prior to that, he was a foreman in construction
for 10 years; his job at Tilo Industries was his first job
in the forest products industry. His father was in woodworking
for most of his life.
Yoder has been married for 10 years to his wife, Shelly.
In his spare time, he loves fishing, camping, hiking and
woodworking, and values his relationship with God.
Tilo Industries is a member of the Keystone Wood
For more information, visit www.tiloindustries.com.
RICHARD C. TODD JR. is the owner and president of
H & T Chair Co. Inc., located in Boone, NC.
The company manufactures outdoor/indoor Hardwood
folding chairs and purchases more than 180,000 board
feet of Hardwood lumber each year. H & T Chair Co.
also offers replacement parts and re-covering material
for the chairs.
Todd has worked in his present position for more than
40 years. He is responsible for all aspects of manufacturing,
from purchasing to machinery set-up. He is also
currently a member of the Boone Chamber of Commerce.
Todd began in the forest products industry 51 years
ago as a lumber handler/laborer. He graduated from
South Broward High School in Hollywood, FL and attended
Broward County Community College in Davie,
Todd and his late wife of more than 27 years, Mary
Jane, have a son, a daughter and two grandsons. In his
free time, Todd enjoys golf, working out, hiking and travel.
H & T Chair Co. is a member of Professional Beach
Services of America.
For more information about H & T Chair Co., call (828)
Mike Tarbell, Sales Manager
FAX (814) 697-7190
25,000,000 BF of Quality Bandsawn Pennsylvania Hardwoods
1,500,000 BF Kiln Capacity
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SPECIALIZING IN ASH, RED OAK, HARD MAPLE and CHERRY
“We welcome your inquiries and look forward to serving your needs.”
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• Top Quality Kiln Dried Hardwood Lumber Rough/S2S
• Specializing in 5/4 thru 8/4 Red Oak & White Oak
• Also: Cherry, Hard Maple & Soft Maple
• Shipping Mixed Trucks/Containers Worldwide
Sirianni Hardwoods, Inc.
912 Addison Road
Painted Post, New York 14870
Telephone: (607) 962-4688
Fax: (607) 936-6237
Sales - Tom Armentano
Purchasing - Andy Dickinson
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AN UPDATE COVERING
THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT
EXPERIENCE QUALITY DEPENDABILITY
975 Conrad Hill Mine Rd. ~ Lexington, NC 27292
Phone 336-746-5419 ~ Fax 336-746-6177
3 Sawmills Processing 50 Million' • 750,000' Dry Kiln
Capacity • 600,000' Fan Shed Capacity
2 382 Newman Planer Mills • 50 Bay Bin Sorter
4/4-8/4 Appalachian Lumber • 6/4-8/4 Ship Dry Capacity
Crossties (100,000 BF per week) • Timbers up to 18'
1,000,000+ Average KD Inventory • 12,000,000+
Average AD Inventory
White Oak • Red Oak • Poplar • Ash • Hickory
Elm • Beech • Gum • Hackberry • Pecan
Jimmy Kepley, owner, and Bart
Jenkins, lumber sales
The firm manufactures 4/4 through 8/4 thicknesses.
of Community and Economic
Development (DCED) Secretary
Dennis Davin announced
recently that Deer Park Lumber,
a family-owned Hardwood sawmill
with domestic and international
customers, will create eight
new jobs and retain 74 existing
jobs over the next three years
as part of a $10 million project to
expand and modernize its manufacturing facility in Wyoming
“I commend Deer Park Lumber for choosing to grow
in Pennsylvania,” said Sec. Davin. “Our prime location,
natural resources and thriving manufacturing climate is
attractive to expanding companies who are already here
as well as businesses looking to establish their first operation
in the commonwealth. Pennsylvania is the best
choice for manufacturers.”
As part of its expansion project, Deer Park Lumber is
installing a state-of-the-art automated bin sorter along
with an optimizing grading system to streamline its materials
handling and operations processes. The company is
making a significant investment in automation technology
that will position it for long-term competitiveness.
“Deer Park Lumber has long prided itself as one of the
best family-owned employers in Tunkhannock and Wyoming
County,” said Dan DiMeolo, Plant Manager, Deer
Park Lumber. “Our commitment to excellence grows
knowing that the significant investment we make today
secures the future of our business, employees and their
families at large. This capital expansion investment will
dramatically improve our production capabilities which
in turn improves our competitive standing in the global
Keystone College, located just a few miles from Deer
Park Lumber, will participate in the project by offering
valuable information technology expertise to the company
as it expands and modernizes.
“Keystone College is proud to partner with Deer Park
Lumber on this important economic development initiative,”
said Keystone President Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D.
“All of Wyoming County will benefit in numerous ways as
Deer Park creates new jobs and retains existing ones.
We are thrilled to offer valuable expertise which will benefit
our local community.”
Deer Park Lumber received a funding proposal from
DCED for a $3 million Pennsylvania Industrial Development
Authority (PIDA) loan, a $114,000 Pennsylvania
First grant, and a $52,800 workforce development grant
to help train its new workers. The company has committed
to investing $10 million into the project, creating eight
jobs and retaining 74 jobs over the next three years.
In conjunction with this project, the Northern Tier Regional
Planning & Development Commission (NTRPDC)
secured for the company a $10,000 grant for website
internationalization through DCED’s Office of International
Business Development’s (OIBD’s) Global Access
Program, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
NTRPDC also worked through OIBD’s authorized
trade representative in Mexico to open up additional
markets for the company.
“We are always pleased to help any business expand
their market place, but supporting a long-time member
of our community is especially gratifying,” said Cynthia
Traore, International Trade Program Manager, NTRP-
DC. “We have an established relationship with Deer Park
Lumber and look forward to supporting them in this and
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action
Team, an experienced group of economic development
professionals who report directly to the governor and
work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding
“Wyoming County is built-on companies committed to
growth and community,” said Gina Suydam, President
& CEO, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce. “The
Chamber is happy to facilitate partnerships providing
companies like Deer Park Lumber the opportunity to realize
their goals for expansion.”
“Advocating for state investments for our rural communities
is crucial to supporting local economic development,”
Senator Lisa Baker said. “Deer Park Lumber is
a recognized leader and integral part of the supply chain
for the Hardwoods industry. This substantial funding will
help to complete its planned expansion, and in turn, create
and retain numerous family sustaining jobs. I look
forward to witnessing this exciting project move forward,
and seeing the future benefits that it brings for Wyoming
County and our surrounding region.”
Located in the Endless Mountains of Tunkhannock,
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Deer Park Lumber Inc. is a second-generation family-owned
Hardwood sawmill. The company purchases
native Hardwoods such as Red and White Oak, Cherry,
Ash, Hard and Soft Maple, Beech, Birch, Poplar, Basswood,
Pine and Hemlock from private woodlot owners
and ships kiln dried lumber domestically and internationally.
Deer Park Lumber also has a staff of professional
foresters and provides forestry management services.
Learn more at www.deerparklumberinc.com.
FRANKLIN, PA—Ron Jones Hardwood Sales Inc., located
here, recently added two dry kilns manufactured
by SII Dry Kilns, located in Lexington, NC. Each kiln has
a 50,000-foot per charge capacity. Total additional dry
kiln capacity to Ron Jones Hardwood is 100,000 board
feet. Kiln drying capacity was increased by 25 percent.
Ron Jones Hardwood is a concentration/distribution
Here are two dry kilns that Ron Jones Hardwood Sales Inc.
recently purchased from SII Dry Kilns, located in Lexington,
NC. Each kiln has a 50,000-foot per charge capacity.
yard with 2.5 million board feet of kiln dried lumber inventory
and handles 10 million board feet per year. Hardwood
lumber handled includes Cherry, Red Oak, Hard
and Soft Maple, Hickory and Poplar.
Steve Jones, president of Ron Jones Hardwood, stated,
“We have increased demands for our Hardwood lumber
products. Our goal is to build a streamlined, efficient
lumber facility that has machinery producing a trusted
product. The additional dry kiln capacity complements
our current production efficiencies.”
Jones said, “We have trust and loyalty with SII Dry
Kilns. They are a family company that builds a quality
engineered and reliable dry kiln that we can count on every
day. SII Dry Kilns designs and builds exceptional dry
kilns that have stood the test of time. Most importantly,
SII Dry Kilns is a company with a very knowledgeable
sales, service and support staff. These are the 9th and
10th dry kilns that we have purchased from SII Dry Kilns
with our total capacity at 500,000 board feet.
“We have been blessed with constant growth, providing
our customers with a quality product that they can
rely on with every load. We continue to grow with our
Jones added, “In 2022, we plan to build a new 28,000
square-foot lumber surfacing/planing line and storage/
For more information, go to www.ronjoneshardwood.
LOGANSPORT, IN—Brian Gibson was recently promoted
to sales manager for Cole Hardwood Inc., headquartered
here. Cole Hardwood manufactures Ash,
Basswood, Beech, Cherry, Hard and Soft Maple, Hickory,
Poplar, Red and White Oak and Walnut in 4/4 through
8/4 and up to 12/4 in Poplar and Ash.
Gibson has been in his new role for six months. In this
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“Everything You’ll Ever Need From The Forest “
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n Straight Line Ripping and
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FAX: (800) 292-5773
Website: www.meridienpa.com • Email: email@example.com
Yard Address: Old Pittsfield Rd., Pittsfield, PA 16340
45,000 ft. steamer loaded with 4/4 Face &
4/4 Face & Better Hard Maple
4/4 Face & Better Walnut ready
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Tracey Mueller, Log Procurement; Kevin Mueller, Mill Manager;
and Randy Mueller, Sales
SAWMILL AND TWIN BAND RESAW
4/4 - 8/4 Grade Lumber
SPECIALIZING IN PLAIN SAWN:
• WALNUT • COTTONWOOD
• SYCAMORE • HICKORY • RED OAK
• WHITE OAK• SOFT MAPLE
• HARD MAPLE • ASH
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1,000,000’ DRY STORAGE
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job, he oversees sales for Cole
Hardwood, selling domestically
and internationally and running
all social media and website outlets
for the company.
Gibson has worked for Cole
Hardwood for close to four
years. At Cole Hardwood, Gibson
worked as a salesman for
3-1/2 years before moving up
to sales manager. His first job in
the forest products industry was
when he was hired for a sales job at Cole Hardwood but
worked in the yard for a couple of months to learn the
in’s-and-out’s of the company.
Gibson graduated from Bethel University with a bachelor’s
in exercise science.
He is a member of the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s
Association, the National Hardwood Lumber Association,
Lake States Lumber Association and the Real
American Hardwood Coalition.
In his free time, Gibson enjoys bird hunting with his
new German Wirehaired Pointer, Louis; running; fishing;
hunting; woodworking; golfing and cycling.
For more information, go to www.colehardwood.
Heacock has recently been promoted
to CFO for Patrick Lumber
Co., headquartered here. Patrick
Lumber is a secondary manufacturer
and exporter of niche
high-grade wood products sold
through a network of worldwide
Heacock has been in her
present role since early February,
2022. She has worked for
Patrick Lumber for eight years. Her first job in the forest
products industry was in 2014 for Patrick Lumber Co.
Previously, Heacock was an auditor with Perkins & Co.
Heacock graduated from Sam Barlow High School in
Gresham, OR, from the University of Portland (with a fi-
nance degree) and from Willamette University in Salem,
OR (with an MBA).
She is the chairperson of the Oregon Society of CPA’s
Leadership Committee. Also, she stood out as one of
40 under 40 in the North American Wholesale Lumber
Association’s inaugural YELP (Young Emerging Lumber
Heacock and her husband have three young children.
In their free time, they enjoy boating, water sports and
For more information, visit www.patlbr.com.
Pictured is CPF Manufacturing in Crandon, WI, recently
purchased by Cleereman Industries.
NEWALD, WI—Cleereman Industries,
located here, and one
of the leading manufacturers of
top quality sawmill equipment, is
proud to announce the purchase
of CPF Manufacturing in Crandon,
WI. CPF is a fully equipped
and staffed fabricating and machining
facility. Paul Cleereman,
Paul Cleereman VP of Cleereman Industries,
said this new facility will be used
for the Cleereman Edger and Bandmill divisions along
with some other Cleereman product lines.
“With our new Edger line and building bandmills for our
Lumber Pros this purchase made sense,” Paul Cleereman
said. The 20,000-square-foot facility is equipped
with overhead cranes and has large machining capabilities
that include three large boring bars, turning centers,
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Serving architectural woodworkers, cabinet and fixture
manufacturers with vast inventories of premium quality
domestic and imported hardwoods, from Alder to
Zebrawood, 4/4 through 16/4 in many species. When you
need Hardwood, think MacBeath. . . a name synonymous
with fine quality and prompt, reliable service.
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JoCo Lumber, Inc. is a division of
Josey Lumber Company, Inc.
Tripp, Logan, and Joey Josey
Our company offers:
• 10,000,000 BF of annual production from
our 6’ band headrig and 6’ band resaw.
• Red and White Oak, Soft Maple, Ash,
Poplar and Cypress in 4/4 through 8/4
• rough, surfaced, air-dried and kiln-dried
lumber in random widths and lengths.
• export prepping, container loading of logs and lumber,
anti-stain dipping and end coating lumber.
• 500,000 BF of dry kiln capacity.
• 65,000 SF of enclosed warehouse for storage and loading of
For Quality Appalachian Lumber Contact:
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drill presses, etc., as well as a full range of large welding
positioners and several welders. The facility also has a
large drive-through media blast cabinet used for complete
paint and rust removal of large equipment, which
will be extremely useful when rebuilding Cleereman
equipment for customers.
The newly acquired facility had a long standing business
relationship with Cleereman Industries for over 30
years and did a lot of machine work for Cleereman Industries,
including its new Edger Boxes. Due to the unexpected
death of Larry Colburn, one of the owners and
a good friend of Cleereman Industries, the opportunity
arose to purchase the facility and create stable, ongoing
employment for all of the employees and the Crandon
community. In addition, it provides a turn-key solution to
Cleereman Industries for increasing demand, for not only
its Edger line but all lines of Cleereman equipment.
The Crandon location also allows the company to draw
from a talent pool of employees from a different region
than its current Newald facility. Cleereman looks forward
to providing Crandon and the surrounding communities
with great employment opportunities.
For more information, visit www.cleereman.com or
BUFFALO, NY– U-C Coatings,
LLC, headquartered here,
is pleased to introduce Mark
Peaden as the Eastern Service
Technician for U-C Coatings.
Peaden joined U-C Coatings/
Contechem Division in Portland,
OR, in 2019 as a Service Technician.
While in Oregon, he gained
Mark Peaden valuable experience delivering
and handling anti-sapstain and
iron stain remover products while providing excellent
technical service to customers to help monitor quality
control, service chemical pumps, and provide product
testing and training.
He is looking forward to supporting the eastern sales
team, as well as meeting and serving current customers
in the east.
Peaden said, “I am grateful and happy for the opportunity
and looking forward to helping U-C Coatings con-
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NORTHERN APPALACHIAN HARDWOODS
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Outside of work, Peaden enjoys training Brazilian Jiu
POPLAR HARD MAPLE WALNUT
Jitsu with his kids and taking the family hiking, camping,
U-C Coatings is a leading manufacturer and supplier
500,000 B.F. Dry Kiln Capacity
of premium wood protection products. For more than
2 Million B.F. Dry Storage
50 years the company’s products have been used in a
variety of industries, including Hardwood and softwood
logging and lumber production, wood products manufacturing,
woodworking and wood decking markets.
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The original dates were March 29-31.
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CLASSIFIED PROFIT OPPORTUNITIES
Certified Lumber Grader – Job Description
Cardin Forest Products is a family owned sawmill and kiln drying operation located
in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. We are currently seeking a candidate to fill a
hardwood lumber grading position in our kiln drying operation.
The ideal candidate will have:
•Been NHLA certified
•2 to 3 years of experience grading kiln dried hardwoods
Duties will include, but not be limited to the following:
•Grade and mark all lumber to be sorted according to NHLA rules/guidelines
and industry standards
•Communicate effectively with your team and other departments
•Adhere to all safety policies and perform tasks in a safe and responsible
•Minimum of one (1) year experience grading green and/or kiln dried domestic
•Must be NHLA trained or have equivalent knowledge.
•Must be physically capable of performing all duties of the job and any other
duties assigned by Crew Leader
•Full time position
•Company offers medical, dental, 401(k), and other benefit offerings
We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions
are made without regard to sexual orientation, race, color, age, disability,
religion, national origin, citizenship status and creed.
Reply to: Jeremy Ball
Cell: (423) 619-8056
To: Anyone involved in the sawmill controls industry
To: Anyone involved in the sawmill controls industry
There are many stories and people that have been
involved in the sawmill controls industry.
This fascinating history should be preserved. I want to write
a book about this industry and would appreciate any stories
or comments you might want to add. I am willing to meet in
person if needed.
Please contact me, Jeff Hurdle, at:
ALL CLASSIFIED ADS MUST BE
PAID IN ADVANCE
$45.00 PER INCH •
Blind Box Number Fee: $10.00
DEADLINE: 30 Days Preceding
Classified advertising will not be accepted for Hardwood products such
as lumber, dimension, turnings, veneer, carvings, new dry kilns or dry
kiln equipment, etc.
USED MACHINERY FOR SALE
●USNR 4TA30 Top Arbor Three Shifting
●Infeed Landing Deck
●USNR – Lunden Cam Unscrambler
●Even Ending Rolls
●Queuing Hooks (2) ahead of Scanner
●Queuing Hooks (2) after Scanner
●Edger Infeed Model 600 Maximizer
●USNR 4TA30 Edger with 200 HP Arbor
●Outfeed Belt with Shifting Edging Shears
●Specs – Hardwood 1” to 4” Thick x 4” to 24”
Wide x 6’ to 16’ Long
●Saw Kerf .160” x Saw Plate .120”
●Two Hydraulic Units
●Water Mizer Oil Mist Guide System
●Set of Babbitt Guide Tools
Contact: Jenness Robbins
Cell: (207) 745-2223
or visit us at
Benchmark pricing and market
commentary on the North American
hardwood lumber industry.
Go online at hmr.com for a sample copy.
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
2000 Optimil 6ft Twin Bandmill
Never used. Bandsaw with covers. $150,000.
Please call Jenness for more information at
207-745-2223 or Jeff at 207-342-5221.
USNR 4TA30 Top Arbor Three Shifting Saw Edger
200 hp drive motor, includes unscrambler, control
cab, infeed and outfeed. $95,000. Please call Jenness
for more information at 207-745-2223 or Jeff
Phone: (207) 342-5221
Fax: (207) 342-5201
PO Box 9, Ghent Road
Searsmont, ME 04973
Contact: Jenness Robbins
To: Anyone involved in the sawmill controls industry
SEEKING AN eLIMBS SPECIALIST
DMSi is currently seeking a candidate to implement and support the eLIMBS inventory
system. This person will use their industry and product knowledge to help customers
improve their business processes with the software.
-Manage implementation projects, including system set up and configuration
-Train customers and other DMSi personnel on use of the system
-Help resolve client cases by gathering information and researching issues
-Create documentation to improve eLIMBS training resources
-Knowledge of the hardwood lumber industry and supply chain processes
-Experience with training end-users (virtual and in-person) on new software procedures
-Strong logical and problem-solving skills
-The ability to positively represent DMSi/eLIMBS
-Ability to work from home or Omaha office
-Travel to customer locations required
-Medical, dental, vision, 401(K) with match, PTO, and other benefits provided
Reply to Kevin Peterson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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For For over over a a century, Corley has has been
the the most trusted name in in the the industry.
Abenaki Timber Corporation......................
Air Systems Mfg. of Lenoir, Inc..................
Ally Global Logistics...................................
Atlanta Hardwood Corporation..................
Autolog Sawmill Automation..................30
Automation & Electronics USA..............17
Baillie Lumber Co.......................................
Beasley Forest Products, Inc.................35
Bingaman & Son Lumber, Inc.................33
Breeze Dried Inc.....................................36
Cardin Forest Products LLC.......................
Church, Bryant, Hardwoods, Inc................
Clark Lumber Co.....................................48
Cole Hardwood, Inc....................................
Cooper Machine Co., Inc............................
Corley Manufacturing Co......................IBC
Cramer, W.M., Lumber Co.......................56
Cummings Lumber Co., Inc......................3
Deer Park Lumber, Inc............................10
Devereaux Sawmill, Inc..........................55
Distribution Management Systems, inc.
Fitzpatrick & Weller Inc..............................
Forcey Lumber Company, Inc.................44
Frank Miller Lumber Co., Inc......................
GF Hardwoods, Inc.................................50
Graf Bros. Flooring & Lumber....................
Granite Hardwoods, Inc.............................
Granite Valley Forest Products..................
GTL Lumber Inc..........................................
Hardwood Forestry Fund............................
Hardwood Manufacturers Assoc ..........19
Hartzell Hardwoods, Inc.............................
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Hermitage Hardwood Lumber Sales, Inc..
Hurdle Machine Works Inc.....................38
Irving, J.D., Limited....................................
ISK Biocides, Inc....................................51
JoCo Lumber, Inc....................................59
Jones, Ron, Hardwood Sales, Inc..............
Josey Lumber Co., Inc............................59
Kendrick Forest Products......................47
Kentucky Forest Industries Assoc.........46
Kepley-Frank Hardwood Co., Inc...........54
King City Forwarding USA, Inc.................9
King City/Northway Forwarding Ltd.........9
Kretz Lumber Co., Inc.................................
Lawrence Lumber Company Inc................
Lewis Controls, Inc...............................IBC
Lewis, Dwight, Lumber Co., Inc.................
Lucidyne Technologies Inc........................
Lumber Resources Inc...........................39
Lussier, Simon, Ltd.....................................
MacBeath Hardwood Company..............59
Maine Woods Company..............................
Mars Hill, Inc...........................................61
Matson Lumber Company...........................
Maxwell Hardwood Flooring......................
McDonough Manufacturing Company........
Mellott Manufacturing Co., Inc...............49
Meridien Hardwoods of PA., Inc.............57
Messersmith Manufacturing, Inc...............
Midwest Hardwood Company....................
MO PAC Lumber Company......................37
Mueller Bros. Timber, Inc.......................58
Neff Lumber Mills, Inc................................
New River Hardwoods, Inc.....................41
North American Forest Foundation............
Northwest Hardwoods, Inc................... FC
Nyle Dry Kilns........................................ BC
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Oakcrest Lumber, Inc.................................
OHC | Overseas Hardwoods Company...34
O’Shea Lumber Co......................................
Patrick Lumber Company...........................
Paw Taw John Services, Inc......................
Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual
Peterson, Keith D., & Co., Inc................60
Pike Lumber Co., Inc..................................
PJ Clark Lumber.....................................31
Prime Lumber Company.............................
Quality Hardwoods Ltd...........................43
Ram Forest Products, Inc.......................52
Real American Hardwood Coalition.........8
Rosenberry, Carl, & Sons,
SII Dry Kilns..............................................7
Sirianni Hardwoods, Inc.........................53
Smithco Manufacturing, Inc.......................
Snowbelt Hardwoods, Inc..........................
Southern Forest Products Assoc...............
Stiles, A.W., Contractors, Inc.....................
Stoltzfus Forest Products, LLC..................
Taylor Machine Works, Inc.....................45
Tigerton Lumber Co....................................
TMX Shipping Co., Inc............................32
Tropical Forest Products..........................1
Tuscarora Hardwoods, Inc.....................61
U-C Coatings, LLC.......................................
Western Hardwood Association.................
Wheeland Lumber Co., Inc.........................
White, Harold, Lumber, Inc.........................
Williams, R.J., Inc.......................................
York Legacy Mill Inc...................................
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