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In the April 2022 issue of National Hardwood Magazine, read about Powell Valley Millwork, Lita Abele, IHLA's "Aloha Indy!" event and much more.

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APRIL 2022

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APRIL 2022

Contents

National Hardwood Magazine APRIL 2022 Volume 96 No. 3

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U.S.A. TRENDS

Supplier news about

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SOUTHEAST

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Lumber providers in the Lake States report that the

Hardwood lumber markets there are good.

“Everything’s pretty good,” stated a lumberman in Wisconsin.

“The Hardwoods we deal with are all moving as

fast as I can produce it and/or dry it. The exception is

Select and Better Cherry, which is kind of a dog.”

The market for him is “as good” as it was six months

earlier, he stated. He offers Red and White Oak, Hard

and Soft Maple, Hickory, Cherry, Basswood and Aspen.

His best sellers are the Maples, Basswood, Aspen and

White Oak. He offers all grades, mostly in 4/4.

He sells his lumber more to end users, but also to distribution

yards. “My customers’ sales are fantastic, and

they would have more sales if they could get more employees,”

he remarked.

Domestically, transportation isn’t a problem, he said.

However, export containers are hard to come by. Regarding

personnel, he said, “We’re getting by, but we

could use more employees if we could find them.”

At a Michigan sawmill, a source said their company

is “quite busy in general, especially busy bringing in

logs. Production is good; shipments are good. However,

most species are hand-to-mouth. On the bright side,

the ground is frozen but there’s not a lot of snow on the

ground, which is excellent for logging.”

Compared to six months back, he stated, his market

“seems like it’s a little better.”

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

Hickory, Cherry, Walnut, Basswood and a little bit of Poplar.

Hard and Soft Maple and White Oak, in all grades,

are his best sellers.

His customers are divided 50-50 between distribution

yards and end users. “Everybody I talk to says they’re

busy. Sales are good. Everybody says the same thing:

the workforce and transportation are problems. The

availability of transportation is OK, but the costs are up.

Also, finding employees is the biggest challenge people

Hardwood lumber representatives in the Northeast report

that the market is doing well, although supply chain

issues are still front and center for most.

“The supply chain cycle is upside down right now,”

stated the president and director of sales of one Pennsylvania

lumber yard that sells to end use manufacturers.

“I think we’ve got over 40 containers just waiting to

be exported overseas. From what I’ve been told, it would

work itself out in the end of the second quarter or third

quarter but I’m talking to people now who have figured

out it will be until 2023 sometime. We’re only in the beginning

of 2022.”

He also noted that there is an unsatisfied demand

currently due to lack of supply and difficulty bringing in

any goods from overseas. “Our clients are using a lot

of domestic lumber” he said, “when they’re needing

component parts and extra items, they can’t get it from

overseas, so they’re having to buy more domestic wood

products rather than buying foreign woods.”

Specifically, his company carries Cherry, Red and

White Oak, Hard and Soft Maple, Hickory, Yellow Birch,

Beech, Ash, Poplar, Red Elm and Walnut in thicknesses

ranging from 3/4 to 10/4, Framestock through FAS

grades.

One purchasing executive for a New York distribution

yard specializing in exports of Red Oak summarized the

situation like this: “Logs are plentiful, lumber is plentiful,

trucking is short and containers are a mess. Everybody’s

in the same boat.”

Another source in Northeast Hardwood sales for

Pennsylvania reiterated, “Trucking is a bear, the prices

are higher to get things moved. It’s a big factor.”

Despite pervasive challenges with labor shortages and

transportation for the lumber industry and supply chain,

particularly relating to exports, sources are optimistic

about the market leveling off and continuing to stabilize

itself. Hardwood is still in high demand, even as prices

Hardwood lumber sales in the Southeast remain

strong, with some seeing the markedly increased pricing

of the last few years starting to level off. However, supply

chain challenges remain for most, as the industry adjusts

to finding normalcy post-pandemic.

According to one sales manager for a distribution yard

located in Tennessee, finding customers isn’t the problem.

Rather, physically getting the lumber to be sold is

where many are struggling. “For right now, it appears every

time we get a load of almost anything, we can sell it,”

he stated. “Getting the load is the hard part.”

As the supply chain struggles to find some stability

amid worker shortages and COVID- related restrictions,

lumber representatives are dealing with 2022’s increased

costs and difficulties associated with transportation, including

trucking. “You can get trucks,” he said, “but trucking

is much more expensive than it used to be and it’s

problematic depending on where you’re trying to go.”

“I think everyone has got the same story,” he added.

“You don’t have enough people to get your production

going, but for the most part, when we get a load down,

it’s sold.” Also, since his company exports some of their

lumber, he noted that “containers are a pain. It’s just a

mess, a complete mess.”

However, for his company specifically, sales numbers

reflect a continuing demand for Hardwood flooring, despite

supply chain delays. “Flooring is a big one,” he

said, “because that’s obviously half of the material, usually

with No. 2 Common, and the flooring markets still

appear to be good. They’re slowing down some, and for

the Face & Btr. White Oak, what we’re hearing from our

export sources is that the Europeans are starting to back

off a little because they’re worried the price is going to

fall. So that’s where that’s coming from.”

A lumber sales representative who works for a lumber

supplier in Virginia notes that they are likewise feeling

the strain of export hassle. Her company sells exports

The Hardwood markets on the West Coast are good

with the exceptions that one source saw his sales cooling

down (even though sales were positive) and another

said his sales were slow.

“The market is still solid,” said a lumber provider in California.

“It’s just about the same as it was a few months

ago. People give you an inquiry, and they might not get

back to you right away. But when they get the order, they

call you back. Sometimes it’s two weeks; sometimes it’s

a month or more. Whoever has the lumber is going to

get the order. We’re picking up orders on a regular basis

because of that.”

He provides uppers in No. 1 and No. 2 in Walnut, Hickory

and White Oak. His best seller is White Oak.

His customers include flooring manufacturers, designers

and retail lumber yards. His customers’ sales seem

to be fine, he said, “but you have to work a little more to

get the orders.” He has to work harder to get orders from

his customers, and his customers also have to work

harder to get orders from their customers.

As for transportation, he said, “It takes longer to get

shipments from the sawmill. But locally once the product

gets here, shipping it is not a problem.”

In another part of California, a provider of specialty

Walnut (Claro Walnut) remarked that his sales of Walnut

slabs and lumber have been slow. That has been the

case for a year and a half, he commented. He also sells

gun stocks to gun manufacturers and that market, he

said, is “steady.”

He sells Claro Walnut, which is a specialty product that

is highly figured and attractive, to furniture makers and

hobbyists. “It’s been the same for the past two years,” he

said of his sales. “It’s been slow.” He pointed out that the

Claro Walnut lumber is used for anything from mantles

to shelving to cabinets.

In addition to Claro Walnut, he sells Sycamore and

Redwood.

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CANADIAN TRENDS

News from suppliers about prices, trends, sales and inventories

ONTARIO

Weather at the start of this year was perfect for logging

conditions due to the cold and limited snow, noted some

contacts. Log decks are still low, however, because of

labor shortages. It was reported there was an actual decrease

this year in mill output during the first quarter. The

same was being felt south of the border as recently as

February. With housing demand remaining strong, the

Hardwood goods demand also continues to be strong

on the markets. This is especially true for flooring, cabinet,

furniture and mouldings and millwork sectors as it is

driving prices higher for many green and kiln-dried species

of various grades and thicknesses. Businesses are

also seeking pallet, railroad tie stocks, and board road

supplies.

Ash sales are good, noted contacts, for domestic and

international markets, but kiln-dried inventories are thin,

with prices firm to being higher, reported contacts. Sawmills

and wholesalers are easily shipping green production,

and concentration yards and secondary manufacturers

are trying to increase their supplies, which hardly

meet demand.

Basswood production is also low for this species,

which is generally used to carry business inventories into

summer. Many mills are processing Maple and not producing

Basswood and other lower valued species, which

means green Basswood is not meeting buyers’ needs,

particularly for the upper grades. Kiln-dried Basswood

markets are strong due to this species being substituted

for more expensive ones when possible. Demand is outpacing

supply, and prices are rising as a result.

With a strong housing market, secondary manufacturers

are using Beech to reduce their raw material costs

and as an alternate to other higher priced items. Some

contacts noted shortages of plywood, MDF, and HDF,

pushing some secondary manufacturers to use lower

QUEBEC

It’s been a busy winter season, and contacts were in

a more optimistic and positive state of mind in the hopes

that 2022 will be a better year for them and that the

Omicron virus will abate as infection numbers continue

to decline. Ontario and Quebec announced eases to restrictions

for businesses and restaurants in mid-February

and for early March, which are hoped will reactivate

some of the economy, where people can return to a more

normal life.

With the past year seeing many challenges, the industry

remains optimistic despite everything they’ve been

through. Their outlook is one that sees an untapped

potential in sustainable forest management and forest

products in terms of climate solutions with a focus on

economic growth to bring green economic benefits. The

ongoing labor shortage and finding skilled workers for

the communities that are forestry-driven will continue to

be critical.

Some contacts reported business as good, although

scarcities of materials, price hikes and supply chain delays

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in the U.S. border states. Domestic and international demand

are decent, but shortages are felt for Hard and Soft

Maple, Birch and other whitewoods.

Some contacts noted that Ash demand was solid with

limited availability. Components manufacturers are purchasing

good quantities as are other end users. Exports

to China had abated somewhat, but were noted as increasing

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With strong home construction and remodeling activity,

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Wisconsin River Partners, located in Wausau, WI, continues

to expand its portfolio of regional businesses. That

now includes Witmer Furniture, a solid wood furniture

manufacturer that sells to retailers across the nation.

Witmer Furniture builds quality solid wood furniture including

bedroom sets, home office

and occasional tables. It purchases

all its lumber from U.S. sources and

manufactures its products only in the

U.S. Lumber species include Birch,

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MANUFACTURING IN NORTH

CAROLINA

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (“Ethan

Allen” or the “Company”) recently announced

that it has further strengthened

its vertically integrated enterprise.

Through its subsidiary, Ethan

Allen Operations, Inc., the Company

purchased certain property, plant and

equipment assets of Dimension Wood

Products, Inc. Founded in 1981 and

located in Claremont, NC, Dimension

Wood Products, Inc., which purchases

Hard and Soft Maple and Beech,

is a manufacturer of wood frames and

machined parts used in upholstery

manufacturing and has been a supplier

to Ethan Allen.

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. is a leading

interior design company, manufacturer and retailer

in the home furnishings marketplace. The Company is

a global luxury home fashion brand that is vertically integrated

from product design through home delivery, which

offers its customers stylish product offerings,

artisanal quality, and personalized

service, according to a company

press release.

For more information on Ethan

Allen’s products and services, visit

www.ethanallen.com.

USDA ANNOUNCES PLAN TO

FIGHT WILDFIRES

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Secretary

Tom Vilsack and U.S. Forest Service

Chief Randy Moore recently launched

a comprehensive response to the

nation’s growing wildfire crisis. The

strategy outlines the need to significantly

increase fuels and forest health

treatments to address the escalating

crisis of wildfire danger that threatens

millions of acres and numerous communities

across the United States.

The strategy calls for the Forest

Service to treat up to an additional 20

million acres on national forests and

grasslands and support treatment of

up to an additional 30 million acres

of other federal, state, Tribal, private

and family lands.

Learn more at www.usda.gov.

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION

ISSUES BUSINESS ADVISO-

RY ON DOING BUSINESS IN

MYANMAR

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives

and the Departments of

State, Commerce, Labor, Treasury,

and Homeland Security released a

new Business Advisory recently entitled

“Risks and Considerations for

Businesses and Individuals with Exposure

to Entities Responsible for

Undermining Democratic Processes,

Facilitating Corruption, and Committing Human Rights

Abuses in Burma (Myanmar).”

The advisory warns, as reported by the International

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SCMA UPDATE

The Southern Cypress Manufacturers

Association (SCMA) recently

kicked off 2022 at its Annual

Meeting at the Sandestin Golf

and Beach Resort in Miramar

Beach, Florida. At the two-day

event, held March 22–23, members

and promotion sponsors

were updated on the SCMA’s activities,

previewed upcoming projects,

and gathered together for a

networking reception and dinner. So what’s new with

the SCMA?

UNVEILING A NEW LOGO

The image of tall bald Cypress trees sitting on top of

the stacked words “Southern Cypress Manufacturers

Association” has long been the visual identity of the

SCMA. The look was professional and familiar, but

became dated and difficult to use in more modern and

digital applications.

Over the past several months, the SCMA has been

developing a fresh logo that’s designed to represent

the species, as well as be clear and legible in a variety

of applications and at various sizes. And at the

SCMA’s Annual Meeting, attendees were presented

with the winning logo, which includes familiar design

elements, colors, and even some Easter eggs if you

look closely.

The SCMA will fully debut its new look along with the

launch of its redesigned website at www.CypressInfo.

org in the coming months. And on that note…

IT’S A BUSY YEAR FOR THE SCMA

LAUNCHING A REFRESHED

WEBSITE

It’s been a decade since the

SCMA last made a major upgrade to

its home on the web—and digitally

speaking, that’s an eternity.

The SCMA has been busy working

on a modernized website that

will feature an eye-catching design,

promote new content and feature articles,

and capitalize on an extensive

photo gallery and case study library. The user experience

also will be improved with more fluid navigation and faster

load times to aid information seekers.

Keep a look for the new website, which is expected to

go live in the second quarter of 2022.

TAKING THE LEAD IN PROMOTION

When it comes to marketing Cypress products, the

SCMA leads the charge on behalf of all Cypress manufacturers,

producers, wholesalers, and distributors. And

the SCMA is generating buzz for Cypress and inspiring

homeowners as they prepare for their spring and summer

home makeovers and renovations. And two new feature

articles are doing just that!

In a new article, titled “Stylish Furniture Finds for Your

Home,” the SCMA highlights how Cypress is being used

to craft beautiful and practical tables, dressers, beds, and

more. The article features interviews with custom furniture

makers and woodworkers, detailing why homeown-

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DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS,

AND DIGITAL CONTENT,

SOUTHERN CYPRESS MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION,

HARDWOOD MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION,

PITTSBURGH, PA

IAN@HARDWOOD.ORG

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AHEC REPORT

AMERICAN RED OAK AND SPACE EXPLORATION HIGHLIGHT

USA PAVILION AT EXPO DUBAI

After a year’s postponement, EXPO 2020 Dubai recently came to

a close last month and hosted a USA Pavilion facilitated by AHEC,

which was titled “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of the Future.” Red

Oak is the wood species used in this massive pavilion, that spans

4,000 square meters.

On October 1, 2021, the USA Pavilion at

EXPO 2020 Dubai welcomed guests after

being postponed more than a year. The first

World Expo held in the Middle East, Africa,

and South Asia region, EXPO 2020 Dubai

brought “the greatest showcase of human

brilliance and achievement” from 192 countries

through the end of March 2022.

The USA Pavilion’s theme - “Life, Liberty

and the Pursuit of the Future” - celebrates

the American people, ideas, and contributions

that have changed and improved

lives in the United States and around the

world. The Pavilion takes visitors on a journey

through the past, present, and future of

U.S. innovation by featuring iconic American

inventions, individuals, and companies, all in

a design space highlighted by American Red

Oak.

Designed by global architecture studio

Woods Bagot and delivered by global experience

design firm Thinkwell Group, the USA

Pavilion spans over 4,000 square meters

and takes visitors on a journey celebrating

the past, present, and future of American innovation

through eight exhibits featuring national

artifacts, such as Thomas Jefferson’s

personal copy of the Quran, a scaled replica

of the Statue of Liberty’s torch, a touchable lunar sample,

and a model of the Mars Opportunity Rover. There is also

a signature multimedia presentation titled “The Sky Is No

Longer the Limit,” while a full-scale replica of a SpaceX

Falcon 9 rocket stands 42 meters tall just outside the Pavilion.

A light show projected on the exterior of the rocket

allows the rocket to dramatically document the story of

America’s space exploration to “blast off” each night.

The USA Pavilion is not all high technology, however,

and the design incorporates standout elements in naturally

finished solid American Red Oak, including the interior

main staircase, bench seating and features walk-through

in the main auditorium and exterior cladding surrounding

the imposing main entrance. Facilitated by the American

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BY MICHAEL SNOW,

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,

AMERICAN HARDWOOD EXPORT COUNCIL,

STERLING, VA

703-435-2900

WWW.AHEC.ORG

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HARDWOOD FEDERATION INFO

MIDTERM ELECTIONS LOOM LARGE IN 2022

It's a McDonough.

In addition to taking up a packed

agenda in early 2022, House lawmakers

and Senate incumbents

running to keep their seats, or as

we say in DC, “in-cycle,” this year

are kicking their fundraising efforts

into high gear prior to the November

election. Major policy issues

ranging from transportation

bottlenecks, inflation, and continued management of the

pandemic will assure robust contests and debates between

the candidates throughout the year. While members

of the Hardwood industry have identified these as

major issues impacting their business in 2022, according

to a survey conducted in late 2021, the industry is also

concerned with policies related to forest management,

trade and taxes. All these policy issues will have an impact

on the political outcomes in November.

To make things even more interesting, midterms add

a twist that places the party in power - in this case the

Democrats who currently control the executive and legislative

branches - in a more vulnerable position than the

minority party Republicans. As a rule, midterm elections

present the minority with a built-in advantage to gain

seats in Congress, largely by messaging and shifting

ownership of current challenges to the party holding the

majority. Also, recent history shows us that elections that

coincide with extraordinary policy challenges and changes

tend to go badly for the party in power by delivering

landslide majorities to their opponents.

Nowhere is this scenario more apparent than in the

House of Representatives. In 2010, on the heels of enactment

of the “Affordable Care

Act,” Democrats lost 68 seats in

the House, or more than 25 percent

of their caucus following the

election. In the highly contentious

2018 election, Republicans lost

43 seats in the House, flipping the

chamber to Democratic control

while also delivering a substantial

majority to Democrats going into the 116th Congress.

Of course, it is entirely possible that some event, national

or international, could up-end all preconceived

election year predictions – and change historical perspective.

Regardless, the only certainty is that the evening

of November 8 will most likely be a long one for

candidates and the political junkies that follow them.

Campaigns Will Narrow Path Forward for Major

Legislation: The election cycle also impacts the chances

of proposed bills moving through the legislative process.

Contentious election years usually find most lawmakers

more interested in campaigning from the House

or Senate floor than actually moving legislation. In addition,

incumbents often avoid taking a stand on controversial

issues that might cost them political support.

This year, however, Congress is poised to move at least

some legislation that will have impacts on the Hardwood

industry.

•Build Back Better 2.0 – In January, President Biden

conceded that his signature $1.75 trillion tax and social

spending plan may need to be broken up or modified

to move forward. To that end, a package focused on

greenhouse gas mitigation measures included in the

BY DANA LEE COLE,

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,

HARDWOOD FEDERATION,

WASHINGTON, DC

202-463-5186

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NHLA NEWS

2022 ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXHIBIT SHOWCASE

TO BE HELD IN CLEVELAND, OHIO

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 4


The year 2022 marks the 125th meeting

of the National Hardwood Lumber Association!

Founded in 1898, the first meeting of

NHLA was held at the Mercantile Club on

May 5, in St. Louis, Missouri. The second

meeting of the Association was held that

same year at the Burnet House on November

3, in Cincinnati, Ohio. After having two

meetings in 1898, the Association continued to meet

only on an annual basis, which is why our 125th meeting

falls in the year 2022, and our 125th NHLA Anniversary

takes place in 2023. With that bit of history unraveled,

NHLA has just cause for celebration, and we are looking

forward to two years of memorable festivities.

The 125th meeting of the National Hardwood Lumber

Association will take place September 21-23 at the

Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Early

Bird registration opens on April 4. Register between

April 4 and June 6, and you will be automatically entered

into our Early Bird Registration Drawing. The winner will

be announced on Thursday, September 22, during the

Opening Session (you must be present to win).

What to expect this year?

You’ll find fresh industry-specific educational sessions,

dynamic keynote speakers, and unmatched NETWORK-

ING! Headlining the Opening Session is #1 bestselling

leadership author Chester Elton, one of today’s most influential

voices in workplace trends. Mr. Elton has spent

two decades helping clients engage their employees to

execute strategy, vision, and values. In his

provocative, inspiring, and always entertaining

talks, Elton provides real solutions

to leaders looking to manage change, drive

innovation, and lead a multi-generational

workforce. Elton’s work is supported by

research with more than 850,000 working

adults, revealing the proven secrets behind

high-performance cultures and teams.

In a recent NHLA membership survey, more than 60

percent of respondents identified employee hiring and

retention as their number-one issue. With this statistic in

mind, the Convention Committee is thrilled to welcome

Chester Elton as the 2022 keynote speaker, someone

who can bring value and real-world solutions and ideas

to a challenge facing the Hardwood industry every day.

Why Cleveland?

To make the attendee experience valuable and cost-effective,

NHLA chose Cleveland due to its drivable location

- situated within 500 miles of nearly 50 percent of the

U.S. population. The bustling downtown activities offer

something for everyone, from professional sports to museums

and great restaurants and breweries. We expect

a grand turnout this year and hope you are making your

plans to attend now.

Registration Includes:

•Networking Launch Party with appetizers and open bar

•Opening Session headlining Keynote Speaker Chester

Elton – full breakfast

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BY RENEE HORNSBY,

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS,

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NAFF BULLETIN

TIME IS TICKING ON INDUSTRY GROWTH

Recent experience has taught us all that predictions

can be far off the mark. Nonetheless, the forest products

industry is hiring, and looking at the year ahead,

the need is strong to fill the roles left vacant as skilled

workers retire and keep up with anticipated growth in the

coming decade.

As more people across many sectors get serious about

addressing the need to control carbon, more people are

embracing the increased use of wood in construction, as

a building material that is both sustainable and renewable.

In addition to keeping pace with workforce needs and

attracting new workers to the field, a further challenge for

family-owned businesses is the need to keep younger

generations engaged in the family business operations.

Training up the next generation and introducing the industry

to young people across a spectrum of ages becomes

an important investment in the future.

Growth involves more than repeating what has worked

in the past.

Workforce development is a critical concern in the forest

products industry just as it is in many manufacturing

sectors. Growth involves more than repeating what has

worked in the past.

Industry Trends

Climate change awareness along with advancements

in sustainability and building practices have brought

about a new emphasis on wood products as a key

part of the solution for carbon emissions. Beyond the

standard wood-framed homes, designers of buildings—

even those exceeding 14 stories--are turning to wood.

ArchDaily describes multiple city projects in cities from

Philadelphia to Chicago and San Francisco https://bit.

ly/3BCfxO0.

Closing The Skills Gap

Manufacturing in general shares some of the key challenges

facing the forest products industry in terms of

workforce needs as workers with specialized skills retire.

Teaching new skills to current staff is not enough to bring

about the necessary growth in the workforce, particularly

in entry-level positions. A recent Deloitte Manufacturing

Institute report https://bit.ly/3p6MFZ1 digs deeper into

the topic of developing tomorrow’s workforce.

One of the first pathways they describe to building a

strong workforce is to engage with young people and

create opportunities to attract and connect with them.

Young people can enter forest-related industries at

many points–as a member of a skilled workforce, as a

forester, practitioner of forest management, or in one of

the many roles within a lumber or wood products organization.

Inspiring an interest in these or related careers

and understanding their value (which currently has a

strong potential for growth, according to the Bureau of

Labor Statistics https://bit.ly/33EOHs1) begins at an

early age.

In other words, as the process applies to forest products,

start reaching kids while they’re young by planting

and nurturing seeds of awareness and interest. Ensure

that kids are taught accurate information about forest

management and the forest products industry—tell them

the truth about trees. The truth about the role trees play

in removing carbon from the atmosphere and the ben-

BY ALLISON DEFORD,

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,

NORTH AMERICAN FOREST FOUNDATION,

COLLIERVILLE, TN

901-860-4131

adeford@northamericanforestfoundation.org

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NWFA REVIEW

NWFA WOOD FLOORING EXPO 2022: THE PLACE TO BE IN APRIL

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The world’s largest manufacturer of

rift & quarter sawn white oak products

If the attendance at the recent Indiana

Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association,

Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers,

Inc., and Hardwood Manufacturers

Association shows are any indication, it

appears that in-person conventions and

trade shows are back with a vengeance

in the Hardwood industry. After two years of delays,

cancellations, and general uncertainty, it has been

encouraging to see so many packed meeting rooms and

busy show floors at our industry events.

And with good reason. In conversations with NWFA

members across the wood flooring supply chain,

including manufacturers and suppliers of Hardwood

lumber, many indicate that after a rough start in 2020 due

to cancellations and closings, the year ended up being

one of their most successful ever. And 2021 is looking

like it will be a good year as well as demand for wood

flooring continues to grow. According to Market Insights,

wood flooring is estimated to have grown by 13.5 percent

in total market share for 2021. Growth is predicted for

2022 as well.

Which is why the NWFA is expecting a good turnout for

its Wood Flooring Expo this month. The show will be held

April 12 – 14 in Tampa, Florida at the Tampa Convention

Center. This year’s event will feature 40-plus hours of

industry-specific education and product demonstrations,

340-plus booths on the trade show floor, and more than

50 networking opportunities, including a Manufacturer &

Distributor Reception where you can forge new business

relationships, and strengthen existing ones.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Elliot Eisenberg,

Ph.D., the Bowtie Economist, an

internationally acclaimed economist and

public speaker specializing in making

economics fun, relevant, and educational.

Formerly a Senior Economist with the

National Association of Home Builders,

Eisenberg will provide insights on the

economy, labor and supply chain issues, inflation,

reducing risk, staying ahead of the financial curve, and

more. The session is included in the Expo registration,

and will be held on Tuesday, April 12 at 8:00 a.m.

New this year will be a pre-show education session for

business owners: Succession Planning & Combating New

Tax Proposals – Assuring the Successful Continuation

of Your Company. This in-depth planning session will

be held on Tuesday, April 12 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

During the session, business owners will learn tools and

strategies in the areas of business succession, wealth

preservation, and the eventual transition of assets.

Special attention will be given to the impending proposed

changes to federal estate tax and capital gains tax laws.

An additional registration fee is required.

Another new show feature this year will be a fourpart

Business Plan Workshop. Expo participants who

attend will learn why business plans are essential for

successful outcomes, how to conduct market analysis,

how to establish short-term and long-term goals, how to

formalize your legal structure, how to secure funding, and

more. Those who attend all four sessions will walk away

with a fully developed, and executable business plan that

will help them be more effective, efficient, and profitable.

The full workshop is included in the registration fee.

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Double primed finger-joint Poplar mouldings are awaiting shipment to a distribution partner.

supply of Poplar. According to the Kentucky Energy and

Environment Cabinet, 48 percent of Kentucky is forestland

– that is 12.4 million acres of forests.

Powell Valley purchases an annual volume of approximately

20 million board feet of green Poplar (FAS

through No. 2 Common) in thicknesses of 4/4, 5/4 and

6/4 to create their diverse product offering. Located in

the heart of the Appalachian Forest, their two locations,

Clay City and Jeffersonville, are just 30 minutes east of

Lexington.

Thornberry’s father and grandfather first opened the

business in 1993 at the present Jeffersonville location.

In addition to Michael, the active owners of the business

are his father, Jimmy Thornberry, and an additional partner,

Dale Budke.

Powell Valley offers a wide range of equipment capabilities

to service its customers including distribution accounts,

millwork supply houses, OEMs, and commercial

opportunities. Two notable projects the company has

recently participated in include the Tribune Tower renovation

in Chicago and the One Wall Street renovation

in Manhattan.

Powell Valley maintains a 100 percent wood-waste

free facility. All byproducts of the milling process are utilized

by the company, including fiber for finished goods,

fuel for the mill’s boiler, and shavings for animal bedding.

“It’s not just the right decision to care for the environment,

but it’s also a sound business decision,” Thornberry

said. “Yield is everything in this business, and you

need to capture all of the wood fiber.”

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Michael Thornberry represents the third generation involved with

the company and is responsible for all business development for

Powell Valley.

Powell Valley Millwork

Volume Hardwood Manufacturing Company Is Dedicated

To The Highest Quality Standards In The Industry

By Lydian Kennin

Photos provided by Powell Valley Millwork

“Despite the workforce concerns, we see real opportunity for

increased domestic manufacturing in the coming years. We

remain optimistic about our growth at Powell Valley and others

in the millwork business.”

– Michael Thornberry, an owner of Powell Valley Millwork

Lexington, KY—Powell Valley Millwork, located near

here, a leader in the mouldings and millwork industry,

has weathered the chaos of the global pandemic

and is positioned for continued growth in 2022.

This third-generation, family-owned and operated

large volume manufacturer of Poplar products operates

two sites employing approximately 200 Kentuckians

working in more than 300,000 square feet of space.

Powell Valley’s products include primed interior trim,

S4S trim boards, jambs, plantation shutter components,

picture frame mouldings, and stretcher bars supplying

customers in truckload quantities across North America.

The advanced finger-jointing, moulding, and priming

technology the company employs is only outpaced by its

Powell Valley President Jimmy Thornberry began in the millwork

dedication to the highest quality standards and desire to industry in 1993 when he and his father, Jim Thornberry, built

serve customers’ needs, according to one of the owners, their Jeffersonville location.

Michael Thornberry.

“The global supply chain struggles that came to light Proximity to fiber and population are strategic advantages

of Powell Valley’s business by purchasing lumber

over the last two years demonstrated the agility of domestic

production. We offer our customer base a volume

and quality commitment to sustain programs for the in a 600-mile radius of two-thirds of the U.S. population.

within a 200-mile radius and positioning its facilities with-

Part of Powell Valley’s success

is their proximity to two-thirds

of the American population

long-term,” said Thornberry.

This region of the Appalachian Forest is abundant in

within a day’s drive.

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At a construction site for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, U.S. Lumber Inc. wood products were extensively used.

Photo courtesy Madison Concrete Construction.

Lita Abele Turns Challenges Into Triumphs At

U.S. Lumber Inc.

Woodbury Heights, NJ– If you drive by a construction

site in New Jersey, Pennsylvania,

Delaware or Maryland you might see wooden

frameworks set up around a concrete structure.

There’s a good chance that this wood was supplied by

U.S. Lumber Inc., located here, a company whose CEO,

Isabelita “Lita” Marcelo Abele, once had to flee from an

abusive, controlling employer when she was a recently

arrived immigrant working as a companion to an elderly

couple.

Her transformation from this disadvantaged position

to CEO is one of determination, fortunate meetings with

helpful people and her own hard work. She’s now one of

the rare women CEOs in the lumber business.

U.S. Lumber Inc. buys and sells about 4 million board

feet of lumber per year. The company markets lumber in

various species, including mixed Hardwoods (including

the Oaks), as well as softwoods in spruce, hemlock-fir,

and yellow pine, all in grades No. 2 and Better. U.S.

Lumber Inc. sells lumber in a variety of thicknesses, in-

By Daniel Connolly

Members of the U.S. Lumber Inc. team, located in Woodbury

Heights, NJ, pose for a portrait. Pictured from left: Boyet Marcelo,

Dan Pineda, John Hasler, CEO Isabelita “Lita” Marcelo Abele,

Office Manager Romilett M. Yulo and Operations Manager Marvin

Yulo.

cluding 2x6 widths and lengths.

It also sells a wide range of plywood products and

pressure-treated wood.

U.S. Lumber purchases from various lumber suppliers,

and imports some high-density plywood from Finland

and Russia.

“To succeed, a person

must be hard-working, not a

complainer, and persistent.”

- Lita Abele, CEO, U.S. Lumber Inc.

The company has provided supplies of lumber for

high rise buildings, hotels, casinos, schools, universities

and hospitals. U.S. Lumber also supplied lumber for

two major stadium projects: Lincoln Financial Field, the

home of the Philadelphia Eagles NFL team, and for Citizens

Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies Major

League Baseball team. Additionally, the company’s lumber

helped support the concrete work on the Freedom

Tower, the skyscraper that replaced the destroyed World

Trade Center. Other major projects include bridge projects

on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Pennsylvania

Turnpike, plus major highways in Delaware and Maryland.

In brief, many of the company’s unique customers

are subcontractors specializing in concrete work.

Besides CEO Abele, key personnel include her daughter

Romilett M. Yulo, the company’s office manager and

her son-in-law Marvin Yulo, orders lumber and acts as

operations manager handling shipping, quotation and

inventory.

The company has about 10 employees and occupies

5,000 square feet of office space and sits on a yard that

encompasses three-and-a-half acres.

U.S. Lumber Inc. has four Freightliner trucks.

Isabelita “Lita” Marcelo Abele was born in San Pablo

City in the Philippines. Wages there are far lower than

in the United States, and for decades, Filipinos have migrated

abroad for better opportunities, working in nursing

and a wide range of other fields in the United States

as well as other wealthy countries.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in education

degree from San Pablo College in her hometown.

With two young children from her first marriage to

support, her wages couldn’t keep up. She decided the

best choice was to migrate.

“It was very hard. I left my six-year-old daughter, and I

left my one-year-old son,” she said. “When we got to the

airport, I told my daughter, ‘Don’t cry.’”

She said her daughter loved Barbie hairpins and a

walking, talking doll. “So I told her that in order for me

to give her what she wants, I have to leave and I have

to go to the United States to work in order for me to buy

her Barbie pins and her walking and talking doll.”

Upon arrival in the United States, she went to work

as a companion and housekeeper for an elderly couple.

However, soon it became clear that these employers

were oppressive and confining – she was relegated to

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Prepping a load for shipment from the U.S. Lumber Inc. facility.

This company buys and sells about 4 million board feet of lumber

annually. This includes mixed Hardwoods, such as the Oaks, and

a variety of softwoods, such as spruce, hemlock-fir and yellow

pine, all in grades No. 2 and Better.

The Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital’s new patient pavilion in Cherry

Hill, NJ, incorporated wood products from U.S. Lumber Inc.

Photo courtesy B. Pietrini & Sons.

The Piazza Terminal in Philadelphia was another signifcant project

for U.S. Lumber Inc.

Photo courtesy Healy Long & Jevin Inc.

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IHLA’s ‘Aloha Indy!’ Features Exhibits,

Seminars, Optimistic Market

Update And Networking

Indianapolis, IN–The 124th Annual Indiana Hardwood

Lumbemen’s Association (IHLA) Convention

and Exposition was held here recently at the

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Approximately 900

people attended. Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual

Insurance Company was a co-presenter of the

event.

The three-day themed event (“Aloha Indy!”) was

packed with tons of exhibitors, guest speakers,

seminars and networking opportunities.

Among the guest speakers were: Amy Woodall,

Sandler Training Trustpointe, who spoke about handling

difficult work situations; representatives of the

Real American Hardwood Promotion Coalition, who

gave an update; Michael Snow, American Hardwood

Export Council, addressed Hardwood exports

over the past year; David Rash, Taylored Systems,

spoke on cyber security/disaster preparedness; and

Dan Meyer, Hardwood Review, presented a Hardwood

market update.

“We are 16 months into the fastest run-up in Hardwood

lumber prices in at least 36 years – maybe

ever,” Meyer said. “Many lumber species/grades/

thicknesses remain at record highs, caused by a

unique set of internal and external factors.”

What’s driving the price trends? Meyer reported

that it is not exports. The volume of exports was 24

percent lower in 2021 than during the peak in 2017,

but average lumber prices were 26 percent higher

in 2021.

He noted that, while strong domestic demand for

both grade lumber and low-grade was an important

factor driving prices upward in 2021—driven by

demand for flooring, cabinets, furniture, pallets and

ties—lumber shortages were the more important

driver. With Chinese demand down and domestic

demand so strong, Meyer stated that some sawmills

have flipped from 80 percent export sales to

80 percent domestic sales.

Photos by Paul Miller Jr. and Terry Miller

Following the 18-month trade war with China and

months of pandemic-related disruptions in demand

and production, lumber surpluses turned to shortages

around October 1, 2020, after which prices started

to climb for nearly all lumber species and grades.

Those lumber shortages were caused by a combination

of low log availability, labor shortages, lack of

trucks and containers, rolled ocean bookings and,

to some extent, a shift by some Hardwood mills to

producing pine. Log availability is much improved in

most regions today and some of the mills that had

switched to pine are back on Hardwoods. The employment

situation is only marginally better for some

mills, however, and there is no end in sight for shipping

and supply chain issues.

So, where are we headed as an industry? Meyer’s

data suggests that the historic market runup

peaked in October 2021, but notes it has held near

that peak level for more than three months, and

prices for some species are still climbing. With global

and export demand still strong; global supplies

low; and production and deliveries constrained, a

market “collapse” is not imminent, he said.

Yes, some of the historically high lumber prices

will adjust lower as supply gradually comes back in

line with demand, but Meyer does not see prices

returning to low pandemic pricing. Industry contacts

agree, with many now predicting strong markets to

continue through at least the middle of this year, and

Meyer added, “This will be the first market runup in

decades that does not end in an equally dramatic

collapse.”

In addition to hearing updates on the lumber market

and related issues, attendees enjoyed an IHLA

Luau and some attended the Fellowship of Christian

Lumbermen meeting as well as the American

Walnut Manufacturers Association meeting. n

(Front row, from left): Shaun Cook, C.C. Cook & Son Lumber Company, Inc.; Stanley Messmer, MasterBrand Cabinets Inc.; Dave

Bramlage, Cole Hardwood Inc.; Mark Williamson, Superior Hardwood, Retired; Jay Engle, Smith Creek; John Brown, Pike Lumber

Company, Inc.; (back row, from left): Mike Powers, Maley & Wertz; Rich Solano, Pike Lumber Company, Inc.; Darren Hollingsworth,

Hollingsworth Lumber; Jeff Manges, Granite Valley Forest Products; Brett Franklin, Tri-State Timber LLC; Tom Oilar, Cole Hardwood

Inc.; Kevin Mershimer, The Horton Group; Matt Smith, Smith Creek

Photo by Sara High

Peter Lovett, King City Forwarding USA Inc., Montreal, QC;

Jean-Francois Audet, Primewood, Drummondville, QC; Hud

Caldwell, The Rossi Group, Scottdale, PA; and Lloyd Lovett, King

City Forwarding USA Inc., Pittsfield, MA

Kelly Hostetter, Robinson Lumber Company, New Orleans, LA;

Jesper Bach, Baillie Lumber Co., Hamburg, NY; and Scott Lilley,

The Rossi Group, Cromwell, CT

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Trent Yoder, Yoder Lumber Co. Inc., Millersburg, OH; Rob Kittle,

Cleereman Industries Inc., Newald, WI; and Mike Brooks and Anthony

Raspa, Quality Hardwoods Ltd., Powassan, ON

Brant Forcey, Forcey Lumber & Veneer Company, Woodland, PA;

Chris Fehr, U-C Coatings LLC, Buffalo, NY; Dave Schroeder, GMC

Hardwoods Inc., Jefferson, WI; and Mike Penner, Breeze Dried

Inc./Townsend Lumber Inc., Tillsonburg, ON

Additional photos on next page

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IHLA PHOTOS Continued

Greg Ochs, Hickman Lumber Co. Inc., Emlenton, PA; George

Bach, East Ohio Lumber Co., Salineville, OH; Scott Holley, Northwest

Hardwoods Inc., Beachwood, OH; and Travis Bach, East

Ohio Lumber Co.

Joe Pryor, Oaks Unlimited Inc., Waynesville, NC; Grafton H. Cook

III, MO PAC Lumber Co., Fayette, MO; Scott Wesberry, Fred Netterville

Lumber Co., Woodville, MS; and Shane Cook, Granite Valley

Forest Products Inc., New London, WI

Jeff and Jaynie Wirkkala, Hardwood Industries Inc., Sherwood,

OR; Scott Heidler, Heidler Hardwood Lumber Co., Chicago, IL;

and Chris Moore, Graf Bros. Flooring & Lumber, South Shore, KY

Mike Ferguson, Tropical Forest Products, Mississauga, ON; Kellee

Griffith, Cardin Forest Products LLC, South Pittsburg, TN;

Tony Pescaglia and Bucky Pescaglia, MO PAC Lumber Co., Fayette,

MO

Dave Whitten, Bingaman & Son Lumber Inc., Kreamer, PA; Hud

Caldwell, The Rossi Group, Scottdale, PA; Kevin Smith and Burt

Craig, Matson Lumber Company, Brookville, PA; and Lee Stiles,

A.W. Stiles Contractors Inc., McMinnville, TN

Jeremy Pitts, Nyle Dry Kilns, Brewer, ME; Karl Schmertzler, Yoder

Lumber Co. Inc., Millersburg, OH; and Jack Monnoyer, Deer Park

Lumber Inc., Tunkhannock, PA

Josh Brennan, Jon Cox and Mark Miller, Frank Miller Lumber Co.

Inc., Union City, IN; Chris Travis, Frank Miller Lumber Co. Inc./

USA Woods, Union City, IN; and Randy Mueller, Mueller Brothers

Timber Inc., Old Monroe, MO

Richard Wilkerson and Geoff Henderson, Anderson-Tully Lumber

Co., Vicksburg, MS; Jane Durst, Northland Forest Products

Inc., Kingston, NH; and Matt Yest, Kendrick Forest Products Inc.,

Edgewood, IA

Jeremy Howard, Nyle Dry Kilns, Brewer, ME; Jesse LaSon, The

Rossi Group, Cromwell, CT; Terry Miller, National Hardwood Magazine,

Memphis, TN; and Jen Floyd, Frank Miller Lumber Co. Inc.,

Union City, IN

Randy Mueller, Mueller Brothers Timber Inc., Old Monroe, MO;

Tim Weil, Batesville Casket Company, Batesville, IN; and Ron

Nentwig, Logs 2 Lumber 2 You LLC, Nashville, TN

Bob Smith, Thompson Mahogany Company, Donalds, SC; Philip

Lowndes, Thompson Mahogany Company/East Teak Fine Hardwoods,

Donalds, SC; AJ Reynolds, Brickyard Lumber LLC, Medora,

IN; Stanley Messmer, MasterBrand Cabinets Inc., Jasper,

IN; and David Olah and Tom Phares, Allegheny Wood Products

Inc., Petersburg, WV

Tom Eichler, Baillie Lumber Co., Hamburg, NY; Anita Howard, Superior

Hardwoods, Montezuma, IN; and Vince Catarella and Mark

Herskind, Baillie Lumber Co., Hamburg, NY

Chip Underwood, Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods, Huntland,

TN; John Stevenson and Ryan Collins, Beasley Forest Products,

Hazlehurst, GA; and Scott Wesberry, Fred Netterville Lumber

Co., Woodville, MS

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Bill Long, Midwest Hardwood Company, Maple Grove, MN; and

Jon Cox and Steve James, Frank Miller Lumber Co. Inc., Union

City, IN

Nate Jones, Ron Jones Hardwood Sales Inc., Union City, PA;

Dean Miller, AHC Hardwood Group, Cleveland, GA; and Bo Hammond,

Collins Hardwood, Kane, PA

Bob Uglow, Baillie Ripping Division, Hamburg, NY; Rob Hill, Holt

& Bugbee Company, Tewksbury, MA; Dan Hansen, Midwest Hardwood

Company, Maple Grove, MN; and Jeff Mercy, Hardwoods of

Michigan, Clinton, MI

Additional photos on next page

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IHLA PHOTOS Continued

Chris Hough, Corley Mfg. Co., Cornelius, OR; Shawn Leibering,

Leibering Lumber & Logging Inc., Ferdinand, IN; Marv Bernhagen,

Corley Mfg. Co., Cornelius, OR; Chuck Boaz, Corley Mfg.

Co., Chattanooga, TN; Kurt Rehagen, Rustic Wood Products Inc.,

Perryville, MO; and Jim Burris, Corley Mfg. Co., Chattanooga, TN

Skip Stoen, Jeff Eisfelder, Jason Thompson and David Turner,

Taylor Machine Works Inc., Louisville, MS; and Jim Maltese, Stella-Jones

Corporation, Winslow, IN

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

Kilns, Montpelier, VT; Sean Kaczynski and Bill Baker, Wheeland

Lumber Co. Inc., Liberty, PA; and Brian Turlington, SII Dry Kilns,

Lexington, NC

Brady Johnson, and Kelly and Deb Johnson, BioLube Inc., Fort

Wayne, IN; and DeWayne Feltner, MacBeath Hardwood Co., Edinburgh,

IN

Benji Richards and Dana Spessert, National Hardwood Lumber

Assoc. (NHLA), Memphis, TN; Andrew Belcher and Melissa Berry,

Continental Underwriters Inc., Richmond, VA; John Hester,

NHLA, Memphis, TN; and Bryan Smalley, Southeastern Lumber

Manufacturers Assoc., Tyrone, GA

Adam Duplisea and Jeremy Howard, Nyle Dry Kilns, Brewer, ME;

Brant Forcey, Forcey Lumber & Veneer Co., Woodland, PA; Jeremy

Pitts, Nyle Dry Kilns, Lenoir, NC; and Elijah McCarty, Nyle Dry

Kilns, Brewer, ME

Joe Korac, Automation & Electronics USA, Arden, NC; Burt

Craig, Matson Lumber Company, Brookville, PA; Peter McCarty,

TS Manufacturing Co., Dover-Foxcroft, ME; and Paul Kamps and

Cory VanOverloop, Kamps Hardwoods, Dutton, MI

Gus Welter, Granite Valley Forest Products Inc., New London, WI;

and Jeremy Mortl and Craig Albright, Messersmith Manufacturing

Inc., Bark River, MI

Tom Inman, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc., High

Point, NC; Beryl Beagle, Stella-Jones Corporation, Penn Laird,

VA; Stephen Hamer, Jim C. Hamer Co., Kenova, WV; and Jim Maltese,

Stella-Jones Corporation, Winslow, IN

Ray D. White Jr., Lee White and Sawyer White, Harold White Lumber

Inc., Morehead, KY; and Mike Penner and David Townsend,

Breeze Dried Inc./Townsend Lumber Inc., Tillsonburg, ON

Rick Hall, American Fibertech Corp./Industrial Pallet Corp., Remington,

IN; and Dave Kuehl, Primewood, Drummondville, QC

Terry Miller, National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, TN; Troy

Jamieson, Somerset Wood Products, Somerset, KY; and Wesley

Robinson, Robinson Lumber Company, New Orleans, LA

Lee Stiles, A.W. Stiles Contractors Inc., McMinnville, TN; Philip

Lowndes, Thompson Mahogany Company/East Teak Fine Hardwoods,

Donalds, SC; and Glenn Thompson, A.W. Stiles Contractors

Inc.

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Jon Krepol, Industrial Vision Systems Inc.-VisionTally, Broomall,

PA; Nate Osfar, Granite Valley Forest Products Inc., New London,

WI; and Mike Ballard, Sawmill MD, Crestview, FL

Roy Reif, Phil Leblanc and Matt Leblanc, Lumber Resources Inc.,

Quebec, QC

Robert Wagner, USNR, Graham, NC; Ray Eluskie, Simonds International,

Big Rapids, MI; Alain Thibeault, Preverco Inc., Daveluyville,

QC; Martin Vaillancourt, USNR, Plessisville, QC; and

Sam Pope, USNR, Woodland, WA

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APRIL 2022 n NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE 37


IHLA PHOTOS Continued

Mark Barford, National Wooden Pallet & Container Assoc., Alexandria,

VA; Linda Jovanovich, Hardwood Manufacturers Assoc.,

Pittsburgh, PA; and Michael Snow and Tripp Pryor, AHEC, Sterling,

VA

Sylvain Dionne, Michael Baker, Mario Tremblay, Normand Langlois

and Felix-Antoine Caron, BID Group, Mirabel, QC

Mike Mooney, Northwest Hardwoods Inc., Tulsa, OK; Joe Ventimiglia,

Sierra Forest Products/UCS Forest Group, West Chicago,

IL; and Greg Pappas, Ten Oaks Flooring LLC, Stuart, VA

Lavern Miller, A & M Kiln Dry Ltd., Winesburg, OH; Bruce Horner,

Abenaki Timber Corp. Kingston, NH; Abraham Raber, A & M

Kiln Dry Ltd., Dundee, OH; Mark Loretto, A & M Kiln Dry Ltd.,

Winesburg, OH; and Parker Dukas and Eric Porter, Abenaki Timber

Corp.

Mike Mallin, Midwest Hardwood Company, Maple Grove, MN; Joseph

Draper, Clark Lumber Company Inc., Red Boiling Springs,

TN; Dean Alanko, Allegheny Wood Products Inc., Petersburg,

WV; Andy Johnson, Hardwood Market Report, Memphis, TN; and

Brandon Clark, Clark Lumber Company Inc.

Don Barton, Northwest Hardwoods Inc., Portland, OR; Pete Lang,

Cherokee Wood Products Inc., Upland, CA; and Ed Armbruster,

Northwest Hardwoods Inc., Beachwood, OH

John Hester, NHLA, Memphis, TN; Scott Cummings, Cummings

Lumber Company Inc., Troy, PA; and Sean Kaczynski and Bill

Baker, Wheeland Lumber Co. Inc., Liberty, PA

Mike Penner, Breeze Dried Inc./Townsend Lumber Inc., Tillsonburg,

ON; Peter Lovett and Lloyd Lovett, King City Forwarding

USA Inc., Pittsfield, MA; and David Townsend, Breeze Dried Inc./

Townsend Lumber Inc.

Jimmy Thornberry, Gudrun Hessler, William Perry and Michael

Thornberry, Powell Valley Millwork LLC, Clay City, KY

Norvin Laudon, Bob Bell, John Rhea and Chris Cournyer, Lucidyne

Technologies Inc./Microtech, Corvallis, OR

David Caldwell, Brian Cruzen and Andy Johnson, Hardwood Market

Report, Memphis, TN

Drea DeFord, North American Forest Foundation, Collierville, TN;

Deonn DeFord, Ganahl Lumber Company, Anaheim, CA; Jesper

Bach, Baillie Lumber Co., Hamburg, NY; and Allison DeFord,

North American Forest Foundation

Rick Wagar, Devereaux Sawmill Inc., Pewamo, MI; and Ken

Trainor, Arxada, Alpharetta, GA

Deonn DeFord, Ganahl Lumber Company, Anaheim, CA; and

Drea DeFord, North American Forest Foundation, Collierville, TN

Wayne Law, New River Hardwoods Inc., Mountain City, TN; Danny

Flick, Pine Knot Lumber Co., Pine Knot, KY; and Mark Pierce,

New River Hardwoods Inc., Beckley, WV

Sawyer White, Harold White Lumber Inc., Morehead, KY; Anita

Howard, Superior Hardwoods, Montezuma, IN; and Jay Reese,

Penn-Sylvan International Inc., Spartansburg, PA

Additional photos on next page

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IHLA PHOTOS Continued

Gus Welter, Granite Valley Forest Products Inc., New London, WI;

Deb Johnson, BioLube Inc., Fort Wayne, IN; Shane Underwood,

Granite Valley Forest Products Inc.; and Spencer Lutz, American

Millwork LLC, Elkhart, IN

Mark Barford, National Wooden Pallet & Container Association,

Alexandria, VA; Kellee Griffith, Cardin Forest Products LLC,

South Pittsburg, TN; and Mark Pierce, New River Hardwoods Inc.,

Beckley, WV

Lee Stiles, A.W. Stiles Contractors Inc., McMinnville, TN; Mark

Levin, AHC Hardwood Group, Clarksville, TN; Zack Rickman and

JJ Manoharan, AHC Hardwood Group, Cleveland, GA; and Glenn

Thompson, A.W. Stiles Contractors Inc.

Tyler Kamps and Paul Kamps, Kamps Hardwoods Inc., Dutton,

MI; and Paul Cleereman and Rob Kittle, Cleereman Industries

Inc., Newald, WI

Craig Brouyette, Pike Lumber Company Inc., Akron, IN; and Judd

Johnson, Hardwood Market Report, Memphis, TN

Jack Monnoyer and Joe Benko, Deer Park Lumber Inc., Tunkhannock,

PA; Wally Klubek and Jess Gowiski, Baillie Lumber Co.,

Hamburg, NY; and Joe Zona, Deer Park Lumber Inc.

Mike Mallin and Dan Hansen, Midwest Hardwood Company, Maple

Grove, MN; and Tim Weil, Batesville Casket Company, Batesville,

IN

Ryan Peterson, Northern Hardwoods, Atlantic Mine, MI; Gerry

Swan, Rockland Flooring, West Lorne, ON; Steve Peters, Rockland

Flooring, Rockland, WI; Kate Tatu, Northern Hardwoods,

Atlantic Mine, MI; and Steve Jaskolski, Northern Hardwoods,

Marquette, MI

Michael Snow, AHEC, Sterling, VA; Bruce Horner, Abenaki Timber

Corp., Kingston, NH; and Scott Seyler, Northland Forest

Products Inc., Kingston, NH

Jerrod Free, Hartzell Hardwoods Inc., Piqua, OH; and Adriane

and Damon Graf, GTL Lumber Inc., Ironton, OH

Shawn Covalt, O’Shea Lumber Company, Glen Rock, PA; Don Petersen,

Danzer Lumber North America Inc., Shade Gap, PA; and

Karl Schmertzler, Yoder Lumber Co. Inc., Millersburg, OH

Chris Fouts and Will Donoho, Classic American Hardwoods

Inc., Memphis, TN; Jon Siebrase, Granite Valley Forest Products

Inc., New London, WI; Chip Underwood, Thompson Appalachian

Hardwoods, Huntland, TN; David Alba, Classic American Hardwoods

Inc.; and Anthony Hammond, Roy Anderson Lumber Co.

Inc., Tompkinsville, KY

Melissa Berry, Continental Underwriters Inc., Richmond, VA; and

Mike Shulke, Tigerton Lumber Co., Tigerton, WI

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Tyler Evans, Baird Sawmill Inc., Rockville, IN; Brad Booe,

Kirkham Hardwoods Sawmill Inc., Terre Haute, IN; Tom and Carla

Oilar, Cole Hardwood Inc., Logansport, IN; and Shaun Cook, C.C.

Cook & Son Lumber Co. Inc., Reelsville, IN

Matt Tietz, Jenna Kennedy and Matt Frazier, McDonough Manufacturing

Company, Eau Claire, WI; and Troy Brown, Kretz Lumber

Co. Inc., Antigo, WI

Charles Smith, JJ & A Lumber Services LLC, Thurman, OH; and

Karl Schmertzler and Trent Yoder, Yoder Lumber Co. Inc., Millersburg,

OH

Additional photos on page 44

APRIL 2022 n NATIONAL HARDWOOD MAGAZINE 41


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IHLA PHOTOS Continued from page 41

Joe Benko and Joe Zona, Deer Park Lumber Inc., Tunkhannock, PA; David Nelson, Mike Brandano and Steve Zambo, Ally Global Logistics

LLC, Weymouth, MA

Jason Bolstad, DMSi Software/TallyExpress/eLIMBS, Omaha, NE; Philip and Amy Coyner, DMSi Software/eLIMBS, Belpre, OH; and

Robert Mathers, Steve Sharp and John Morris, Thiesing Veneer Company Inc., Mooresville, IN

Marc Shiels, Charles F. Shiels & Co., Cincinnati, OH; Dick Rauh,

Robinson Lumber Company, New Albany, IN; and Brandon Clark,

Clark Lumber Company Inc., Red Boiling Springs, TN

Peter Solberg, Component Solutions LLC, Menominee, MI; Jason

Brettingen, Cal Dierks and Troy Brown, Kretz Lumber Co. Inc.,

Antigo, WI; and Larry Krueger, Krueger Lumber Company Inc.,

Valders, WI

Michael and AJ Reynolds, Brickyard Lumber LLC, Medora, IN;

Paul Cleereman, Cleereman Industries Inc., Newald, WI; Alain

Thibeault, Preverco Inc., Quebec, QC; and Rob Kittle, Cleereman

Industries Inc.

Greg Beaumont and Nathan Phillips, G. L. Beaumont Lumber

Company Inc., Ramsey, IL; Chris Travis, Frank Miller Lumber Co.

Inc./USA Woods, Union City, IN; and Kurt Rehagen, Rustic Wood

Products Inc., Perryville, MO

Dave Bramlage, Cole Hardwood Inc., Logansport, IN; Dan Buchan,

Buchan Sawmill Inc., Fort Wayne, IN; and Ardis Bramlage,

and Jeff and Denise Janssen, Cole Hardwood Inc.

Chris Herrell, Pike Lumber Company Inc., Akron, IN; Kenny Michaels,

ISK Biocides Inc., Oakland, MD; Bennett Thompson, ISK

Biocides Inc., Lexington, VA; and Monte Pope, ISK Biocides Inc.,

Burlington, KY

Tim Pleimann, Farrow Lumber Company, Cairo, IL; Curtis Struyk,

TMX Shipping Co. Inc., Morehead City, NC; Steve Bruggeman,

Bruggeman Lumber Inc., Sand Springs, IA; Henry Hershberger,

American Eagle Hardwoods Ltd., Beach City, OH; and Jessica

Tilton and C. J. Struyk, TMX Shipping Co. Inc.

Mike Ferguson and Jordan Dery, Tropical Forest Products, Mississauga,

ON; Tom Hibdon, Tropical Forest Products, Charleston,

SC; and Greg Stascavage, Missouri Walnut Group/Penn

Cherry, Mercersburg, PA

Willow Rouben and Tim Girardi, Logs 2 Lumber 2 You LLC, Nashville, TN; Dave and Ardis Bramlage, Cole Hardwood Inc., Logansport,

IN; and Ron Nentwig and Paul Newton, Logs 2 Lumber 2 You LLC

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Richard Zorman and Sean Briscoe, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Co. (PLMI), Philadelphia, PA; Bruce Horner and Eric

Porter, Abenaki Timber Corp., Kingston, NH; and John Smith, PLMI

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IHLA PHOTOS Continued

Mark Pierce, New River Hardwoods Inc., Beckley, WV; Hal Mitchell,

AHC Hardwood Group, Mableton, GA; Rusty Logue, Battle

Lumber Co. Inc., Wadley, GA; and Zack Rickman, AHC Hardwood

Group, Cleveland, GA

Jos aan de Stegge, Brunner-Hildebrand Lumber Dry Kiln Co.,

Nashville, TN; and Nate Jones, Ron Jones Hardwood Sales Inc.,

Union City, PA

Steve Stoufflet, Robinson Lumber Company, New Orleans, LA; Darrin Hastings, Emerson Hardwood Company, Portland, OR; Dick

Rauh, Robinson Lumber Company, New Albany, IN; and Kelly Hostetter, Robinson Lumber Company, New Orleans, LA

Rob Kukowski, Kamps Hardwoods Inc., Dutton, MI; Kenneth

Lynn, Anderson Wood Products Company, Louisville, KY; and

Tyler Kamps, Kamps Hardwoods Inc.

Justin Jenks, Forestry Systems Inc., Summerfield, NC; Patrick

Con, Hart County Hardwoods LLC, Munfordville, KY; and Patrick

Jenks and Mike Price, Forestry Systems Inc., Summerfield, NC

Lewis Reed, AHC Hardwood Group, Clarksville, TN; Terry Miller,

National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, TN; and Mark Herskind,

Baillie Lumber Co., Hamburg, NY

James Morton and Tyler Stiles, Paw Taw John Services Inc.,

Rathdrum, ID

Matt Leblanc and Phil Leblanc, Lumber Resources Inc., Quebec,

QC; and Josh Brennan, Frank Miller Lumber Co. Inc., Union City,

IN

Mike Brooks, Shaun Rowe and Anthony Raspa, Quality Hardwoods

Ltd., Powassan, ON

Andy Nuffer and Henry German, DMSi Software/TallyExpress/eLIMBS, Omaha, NE; Chuck Boaz and Keith Price, Corley Mfg. Co.,

Chattanooga, TN; and Wendy Jeske-Richardson, Richardson Hardwoods LLC, Sheboygan Falls, WI

Bobby Atkinson, Somerset Wood Products, Somerset, KY; Sawyer

White and Lee White, Harold White Lumber Inc., Morehead,

KY; and George Crawford, Somerset Wood Products

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Sara High, Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources/Woods on Wheels,

Indianapolis, IN; Brian Gibson, Cole Hardwood Inc., Logansport,

IN; and Felicia Seiler, Leibering Dimension Inc., Ferdinand, IN

Anthony Raspa, Quality Hardwoods Ltd., Powassan, ON; Jordan

McIlvain, Alan McIlvain Co., Marcus Hook, PA; and Sam Glidden,

GMC Hardwoods Inc., Medfield, MA

Brady Johnson, Erik Bailey, and Deb and Kelly Johnson, Biolube

Inc., Fort Wayne, IN

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NAHB IBS Returns To

In-Person Orlando Event

Orlando, FL–The National Association of

Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’

Show® (IBS) recently returned here to the Orange

County Convention Center for an in-person event,

which focuses on the markets pertinent to residential

construction professionals.

This premier event hosts expert guest speakers,

networking, learning and discovery opportunities

through product launches, education sessions and

home builder trends.

The NAHB manages and organizes the Builders’

Show. The NAHB also represents 140,000+ members

and is the voice for housing policies to make

housing a priority.

Photos By Zach Miller

IBS exhibitors launch hundreds of new products

and services each year. Leading manufacturers

and suppliers share their latest products and answer

attendees’ questions on the IBS show floor.

Also, education is a huge part of IBS. Education

sessions, workshops and demos help attendees

walk away with strategies to tackle niche-specific

challenges.

Featuring the co-location of the NAHB International

Builders’ Show and NKBA’s Kitchen &

Bath Industry Show, Design & Construction Week

brings together more than 80,000 building industry

professionals from around the globe at the fiveday

event. n

Learn more at www.buildersshow.com.

Radu Putureanu, Schluter Systems, Miami, FL; and Jessica Hickman

Fresch, Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring, Emlenton,

PA

Steve Spencer, Melissa Smith and Jeff Ward, Shelfology, Rexburg,

ID

Kyle Jordan and Josh Kahle, Hardwoods of Wisconsin LLC,

Elkhorn, WI; and Avanti Karnani, Ashley Norton Inc., Pompton

Plains, NJ

Dan Puertas and Mark Casper, Hallmark Floors Inc., Ontario, CA

Tim Faust, Bingaman & Son Lumber Inc., Kreamer, PA; and Cameron

Waner, Collins TruWood Siding, Wilsonville, OR

Robert Cass and Carla Loper, Kessick Wine Storage Systems,

Greenville, SC

Ben Baird, Steve Stack and Eric Hiner, Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods,

Canfield, OH

Steve Pless, John Boos & Co., Effingham, IL; and Laura Shattuck

and Kelly O’Brien, Drezel Interiors, Indianapolis, IN

Cody Peterson, Reed Beldin and Jodi Neiffer, Forest Products

Distributors Inc., Rapid City, SD

Tim Faust and Andy Dalzell, Bingaman & Son Lumber Inc.,

Kreamer, PA

Jordan Smith, Universal Forest Products Inc. Retail Solutions,

Janesville, WI; and Alex Goodman, Wisconsin Building Supply,

Onalaska, WI

Randy Wampler, Opus Group, Jacksonville, FL; and Muhammet

Ali Guney, Novawood Interiors & Exteriors, Istanbul, Turkey

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Members Of FCL Gather To

Network, Hear Testimony

Photos by Terry Miller

Indianapolis, IN–Fellowship of Christian Lumbermen

(FCL) met recently in conjunction with the 124th Annual

Indiana Hardwood Lumbemen’s Association (IHLA)

Convention and Exposition.

Giving personal testimony at the meeting were Elijah

Blecha and Nathaniel Jones, who represent Wheeler

Mission Pallets & Industry in Bloomington, IN. The company

provides quality pallets and crates and has a custom

heat treatment chamber. Also, the firm lists among

its mission The Wheeler Mission, a non-denomination,

Christian, social services organization that provides critically

needed goods and services to the homeless, poor

and needy of central Indiana. The company also supports

as its mission the Wheeler Mission Hebron addiction

recovery program at Hunt Training Center, a longterm

residential program, near Indianapolis. n

Learn more about Fellowship of Christian Lumbermen at

www.christianlumbermen.wordpress.com.

Rob McCarthy, Northwest Hardwoods Inc., Apple Creek, OH;

Mark Pierce, New River Hardwoods Inc., Beckley, WV; Andy

Johnson, Hardwood Market Report, Memphis, TN; and Harris

Carroll, WEIMA America Inc., Fort Mills, SC

Henry Hershberger, American Eagle Hardwoods Ltd., Beach

City, OH; Duane Keck, Woodcraft Industries Inc., St. Cloud, MN;

Matt Lowry, Woodcraft Industries Inc., Greenville, PA; and Steve

Kurtz, Green Ridge Forest Products LLC, Cochranton, PA

Levi Hershberger, American Eagle Hardwoods Ltd., Beach City,

OH; David Caldwell, Hardwood Market Report, Memphis, TN;

Matt Miller, Green Ridge Forest Products LLC, Cochranton, PA;

and Tom Inman, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc., High

Point, NC

Mike Mallin, Midwest Hardwood Company, Maple Grove, MN;

Bob Hurst, Eagle Machinery & Supply Inc., Sugarcreek, OH; Dave

Whitten, Bingaman & Son Lumber Inc., Kreamer, PA; and Dean

Alanko, Allegheny Wood Products Inc., Petersburg, WV

Perry Maze, Danzer Lumber North America Inc., Shade Gap, PA;

Nathaniel Jones and Elijah Blecha, Wheeler Mission Pallets & Industry,

Bloomington, IN; and Bryan Smalley, SLMA, Tyrone, GA

Lee Stiles, A.W. Stiles Contractors Inc., McMinnville, TN; Eric

Porter, Abenaki Timber Corp., Kingston, NH; Burt Craig, Matson

Lumber Company, Brookville, PA; and Terry Miller, National Hardwood

Magazine, Memphis, TN

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AWMA Conducts Business

Meeting At IHLA Convention & Expo

Photos by Terry Miller

Indianapolis, IN–The American Walnut Manufacturers Association (AWMA) recently met

at the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association’s Convention & Exposition at the Indianapolis

Marriott Downtown to conduct their annual business meeting.

AWMA members discussed several items of business, including their Walnut marketing

plan for 2022, membership recruitment, and the success of their website that includes a

product inquiry page that has been very successful for members. AWMA plans to attend

IndiaWood in June to investigate potential new markets for Walnut. AWMA board members

approved the association’s budget for 2022. n

Learn more at www.walnutassociation.org.

Bill Long, Midwest Hardwood Company, Maple Grove, MN; Greg

Blomberg, Kendrick Forest Products Inc., Edgewood, IA; and

Grafton A. Cook III, MO PAC Lumber Company, Fayette, MO

Cory VanOverloop, Kamps Hardwoods Inc., Dutton, MI; Alex

Wiezorek, Bruggeman Lumber Inc., Sand Springs, IA; and Coby

Short, Hartzell Hardwoods Inc., Piqua, OH

Matt Yest, Kendrick Forest Products Inc., Edgewood, IA; Brian

Brookshire, Executive Director, AWMA, Jefferson City, MO; and

Ronnie Smith and Brian Weddle, D & D Hardwood LLC, Racine,

MO

Tony Pescaglia, MO PAC Lumber Company, Fayette, MO; Tyler

Kamps, Kamps Hardwoods Inc., Dutton, MI; and Vic Boeding,

Bruggeman Lumber Inc., Hopkinton, IA

Bucky Pescaglia, MO PAC Lumber Company, Fayette, MO; Rob Kukowski,

Kamps Hardwoods Inc., Dutton, MI; Steve Bruggeman, Bruggeman Lumber

Inc., Sand Springs, IA; and Terry Miller, National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis,

TN

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POWELL VALLEY MILLWORK Continued from page 29

Here is an aerial view of one of Powell Valley’s manufacturing

facilities located east of Lexington, KY.

This Kentucky facility harbors state-of-the-art technology

with a recent expansion completed to maximize productivity.

In 2019, Powell Valley installed a cross-cut line

from Eagle Machinery & Supply Inc., based in Sugarcreek,

OH. Despite the company’s strong advancements,

the workforce shortage is Thornberry’s primary

concern.

“If you asked me what my top five concerns are: number

one, two and three are workforce,” he said.

Although the company is regularly advertising job

openings using all platforms available, Powell Valley

has nearly 50 open positions between its two locations.

In 2019, Powell Valley upgraded their scanning and crosscut line

by partnering with Eagle Machinery & Equipment.

Consequently, the company has had to make difficult

decisions regarding their supply relationships due to capacity

constraints.

“Despite the workforce concerns, we see real opportunity

for increased domestic manufacturing in the coming

years,” Thornberry said. “We remain optimistic about our

growth at Powell Valley and others in the millwork business.”

Together through the Kentucky Forest Industries Association

(KFIA), Thornberry and 48 other signers peti-

The heartbeat of Powell Valley’s manufacturing is in finger-joint

Poplar production, operating five finger-joint lines.

tioned Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear to phase out

their state’s participation in the Federal Pandemic Unemployment

Compensation (FPUC) program. This federal

assistance program arose to provide financial relief

for those whose jobs were affected by COVID-19.

“Our letter to the governor was a plea for help. I believe

our state and federal government missed the mark by

keeping people on the sidelines when employers across

the country needed more workers. We saw an overall

Powell Valley purchases approximately 20 million board feet of

green Poplar lumber annually from sawmills in the Appalachian

region.

increase in applicants and higher caliber applicants once

the enhanced benefits ran out last fall. Though we are

not at full capacity yet, I expect we will reach that level

during the second half of this year,” Thornberry added.

The Kentucky Forest Economic Impact Report of 2020

states that the forest and wood industries contribute a direct

economic impact of $9.55 billion, employing approximately

60,000 individuals statewide, including those in

rural and distressed counties. n

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U.S. LUMBER INC. Continued from page 31

Mixed Hardwoods from U.S. Lumber Inc. are used in

diverse projects, such as this excavation site.

Photo courtesy D’Angelo Bros Inc.

eating leftover food and she wasn’t allowed to use the phone.

Fortunately, she had some good contacts in the United States

– a husband and wife from her own city who were living in the

area. This couple helped her pull off an escape – and find a new

employer.

The woman she knew worked as a nurse and helped connect

Lita Abele with two doctors in Staten Island, NY, who needed her

to look after their child.

She calls this other couple her angels. “They did not treat me

as a housekeeper, or as a babysitter. They treated me as a family

member and a younger sister.”

She began to thrive. When the couple moved to Houlton,

Maine, she moved with them, and started attending adult education.

She met a friend through that class and ended up traveling

with the friend’s daughter on a long weekend to Boston. They

went out to a restaurant where by chance a man kept looking

their way. The man ended up coming over to talk with them.

His name was Merrill Leslie Abele. They would not only stay in

touch, they started dating, and in 1984, they married.

He helped her bring her children from the Philippines to the

United States.

This marriage would change not only her personal life, but the

path of her professional career. Mr. Abele was already

the owner of a lumber firm, which he had started in 1974.

They went into business together. First, she ran a lumber

brokerage in partnership with him: he sold her the

lumber, she provided it to other clients.

In 1993, her husband wanted to semi-retire. They

merged the businesses and created U.S. Lumber – the

name the company carries today – and he owned 49

percent, she owned 51 percent.

Her 51 percent ownership qualified the company as

a woman-owned, minority-owned disadvantaged business.

However, in March 2021, those percentages

changed when a total of 6 percent of stock was given to

her daughter, Romilett. Today, Lita Abele owns 48 percent

while her husband owns 46 percent. This means

the company maintains its status as a woman-owned,

minority-owned business because Romilett and Lita

own a total of 54 percent of the company. Many government

contracts require some portion of the contract to

go toward companies like this.

“So (our clients) get credited when they buy lumber

from us,” explained Lita Abele.

Importantly, though, her ownership and leadership of

the company hasn’t been just on paper – she ran the

show, so to speak, especially after Mr. Abele fully retired

around 2003.

It wasn’t always easy. Her native language is Tagalog,

a national language of the Philippines, and even after

many years in the United States, she speaks English

with a strong accent. She’s fond of telling one story

about how a group of men started laughing at her pronunciation.

“I started laughing, making a joke out of it. Then after I

left them, I started crying,” she said. “And then I stopped,

and I think. I said to myself, ‘Okay, these people are like

this, but they can only speak one language – English.

I can speak three languages. I can speak a little bit of

Spanish. I can speak our Philippine language.’ ” Plus

she had learned English since she was in school.

She started to use her accent almost as a trademark.

“I turned that negative accent to the positive way that

I’m making a joke to my customers, saying, ‘So if you

heard my voice, you know, it’s Lita from U.S. Lumber

and you’re gonna say, oh, let me place an order.’”

She said that “to succeed, a person must be hard-work-

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U.S. LUMBER INC. Continued

Another client of U.S. Lumber Inc. was the SEPTA job site in Philadelphia.

Photo courtesy Neshaminy Constructors Inc.

ing, not a complainer, and persistent.” Abele said that the more people

told her they wouldn’t buy her products, the more she pitched them.

She recalled stopping by one work site repeatedly to try to talk to the

man in charge, but the man always avoided her.

So she asked one of the workers what

time the man would arrive at the job site.

“They said 6:30,” she recalled. “6:15, I

am at the site. So he cannot say he’s not

there, he cannot say he doesn’t have

time.”

Like all companies, U.S. Lumber is

coming to terms with the COVID-19 pandemic

and the economic disruption it

caused.

“So I’m praying that there is more construction

– in my prayers every day, our

customers are included, that they will get

the contract, in order for us to have a

contract,” Abele said.

At 70, she is not yet ready to retire.

“Yes, I’m retiring at some point, but not

at the moment. I still enjoy what I do.”

The company is a member of different

organizations, including the Chamber of

Commerce Southern New Jersey. n

Learn more at www.uslumberinc.com.

LAKE STATES Continued from page 10

are facing.”

An Indiana lumber provider stated, “I’d say the market

is strong. Everything seems pretty solid. Logs are good.

Kiln-dried lumber is moving. The only dog we have right

now is Cherry, but it’s trickling out of here.”

Compared to several months earlier, he remarked, “It’s

pretty similar. If trucks would start showing up, we’d be

better off.”

He provides Red and White Oak, Walnut, Hard and

Soft Maple, Cherry, Hickory, Basswood, Ash and Grey

Elm, with most species in 4/4 through 8/4 and some 10/4

to 16/4, and in grades No. 2 Common and Better.

“Distribution yards are our big customers, but we also

sell to end users,” he remarked. “From what I hear they

are doing pretty well.

“I’d say transportation is probably what is hurting us

the most, getting trucks in and getting lumber out of here.

As long as trucks start showing up, we’ll be doing a lot

better.” n

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NORTHEAST Continued from page 10

have increased, and customers are still ordering despite

backstock issues delaying the process.

Sources agree that the market is similar to what it was

six months ago, although it seems to be on a path toward

correcting itself. “The market ran in spurts six months

ago and seemed hotter and more rapid, but now it has

calmed down I think,” noted one Pennsylvania sales

manager. “What we experienced back then seems like it

has become more steady right now.” Her company sells

Red and White Oak in 5/4 and 4/4 thicknesses, as well

as Basswood, Poplar, Birch, Ash, Walnut, Hickory, Hard

Maple and Soft Maple in 4/4 thicknesses.

As for which species are selling best, one source

stated, “The Maples have been doing very well. Poplar

continues to do well, too. Hickory has been doing good.

We’ve seen some more interest in Cherry here lately,

which is encouraging. Red Oak is just a staple item but

I think there’s a lot of potential for Red Oak and Cherry,

as well.”

Pricing continues to show fluctuation as the market is

adjusting to economic instability due to various issues

such as supply chain disruptions. “Prices have been up

but there is pressure on Red Oak right now,” noted a

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NORTHEAST Continued

sales representative for a Pennsylvania sawmill in which

60 percent of their production is White Oak and Red Oak.

“White Oak is moving well and there’s some pressure on

Poplar but it’s still moving well.”

Another sales representative for a Massachusetts lumber

distributer noted that they are also looking for pricing

to level off and become more stable. “It’s very up and

down right now,” he stated. While the company carries

Walnut (Superior FAS) and Red Oak (FAS), he echoed

other sources stating that White Oak is still their top seller.

There is also an uptick in sales of Cherries, according

to multiple Hardwood sales and purchasing representatives

interviewed. Poplar and Maple are also doing well.

As for market fluctuations and challenges for Hardwood

end-users, sources note that the companies they

sell to are doing well and learning to adjust to changes

that are occurring. “I think we’re going to continue to see

a lot of things that aren’t going to make sense for a while

and that’s the normal,” one source said. “There’s just so

many inconsistencies right now and everyone is just trying

to do what they can do to make things happen.” n

SOUTHEAST Continued from page 11

of Red and White Oak, Poplar and Walnut, 4/4 through

10/4, No. 3 Common and Better. “White Oak and Walnut

are selling best,” she said, “but container shipments are

backed up.”

When discussing the current market compared to six

months ago, one source noted that the market might be

a little softer because he’s seeing some price reduction

in Face Red and White Oak. Added to that, he has noticed

that Poplar in Nos. 1 and 2 Common are coming

down a little bit in price. “That could just be that there’s

enough supply on the market and people aren’t bidding

the price up,” he said, “because that’s what we were seeing

last year, all year long.”

The bulk of his company’s sales are in Red and White

Oak, Poplar and Hickory. “White Oak, Red Oak, anytime

I get a load, I can sell it,” he continued. “The exception

is Face & Btr. White Oak – it’s starting to get a little sluggish.

But in the 1s and 2s, as soon as I get a load, it’s

gone.”

Another purchaser from a North Carolina sawmill is

optimistic about the pricing and supply chain challenges

moving forward. “Transportation is a killer but it has

eased up a little bit,” he said. “At one time, the cost was

astronomical per mile, but that has come down and trucks

are a little bit more available.” His company sells Red

and White Oak, Poplar, Ash and Cypress in all grades

to FAS. Among those species and grades, he notes that

White Oak sells best by far, while Red Oak is weakest.

“I don’t believe it’s quite as good as it was six months

ago,” he noted, “but there’s two ways to look at it. You

look at what you ship or the volume of money that’s coming

back in—six months ago, the money was rockin’.” n

WEST COAST Continued from page 11

“Transportation is absolutely no problem for us,” he

stated. “We’ve got a good company that we deal with.”

In Oregon, a lumber source commented, “The market

is good. However, it’s slowing due to the fact that

so many builders aren’t able to complete their homes.

Windows and garage doors are hard to come by. You

can’t get the permit until you’ve got a garage door. It’s

been frustrating for the cabinet manufacturers because

they haven’t been able to deliver completed cabinets to

the job sites.”

The market is about the same as it was several months

earlier, he stated.

His most popular species are White Oak, Walnut and

Poplar. “Walnut and White Oak are high value product,”

he stated. “We carry only Select and Better in those.

“The market is protecting margin, which it should,” he

said. “Unreasonably low prices are not sustainable, although

some companies charge low prices.

“I’m concerned about mortgage rates,” he added.

“What percentage of the buyers do you take out with every

incremental increase – half a point. What does that

do to a lot of people?”

His customers include cabinet manufacturers, general

architectural companies, retail, flooring professionals

and fixture companies.

“Attracting new employees is tough,” he remarked. “I

can also state that a number of our suppliers have the

same problem. Shipping from the mills in the upper Midwest

and the East Coast has been difficult because of

the container shortages. Also, freight is still expensive

and not moving the way it should.”

Also in Oregon, a provider of Walnut, White Oak and

Maple in the higher grades said the market was “very,

very strong.” It was about the same as it was a few

months ago, he added.

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WEST COAST Continued

He sells mostly to manufacturers of furniture and interior

millwork.

Transportation, as it is for most companies, is “absolutely

horrible,” he remarked. “We’re able to find trucks,

but they’re twice the price.”

A Washington State wholesaler stated, “The market is

pretty good. People are buying. The market seems to be

fine right now, but it has cooled off a little bit since last

year.”

Compared to a few months ago, he said, the market

is “about the same. It hasn’t gone up or down; it’s pretty

steady.”

He offers Hard and Soft Maple, Poplar, Red and White

Oak and Alder in all grades. Also, he sells some Yellow

Birch and Basswood but, he noted, they are hard to find.

He sells lumber to distribution yards, end users and

mills. Most of his customers’ sales are good, but certain

species are hard to come by. Nevertheless, “Their business

seems to not be slowing down at all,” he noted.

“Transportation is a real problem, just finding trucks,”

he commented. “Even if you’re willing to pay more, it

doesn’t make a difference. The availability is either there

or not; that’s the hard part.” Regarding the railroads, he

observed, “If it’s intermodal in the States, it’s OK. Prices

have definitely jumped by a big factor. But because you

can get dates and bookings it’s easier than searching for

a truck all the time. At least you can get a date. It may

be a couple of weeks out, but you’ve got it covered.” n

ONTARIO Continued from page 12

cost species, like Beech, instead of sheet stock.

As with Beech, Birch is also being used as a substitute

here, and in the U.S. border states, for Hard and Soft

Maple because of the cost difference. Birch supplies are

tight and prices are firm. Kiln-dried inventories are low

as well.

Hard Maple is in great demand both in Canada and

in the U.S. Due to the shortage of skilled labor, log receipts

at some sawmills are limited. Most grades and

thicknesses are seeing a shortage for green stocks, and

thus prices are rising. Demand is also strong for kilndried

Hard Maple.

With the price difference between Hard and Soft Maple,

contacts noted that they are using more Soft Maple.

Sales are good, with demand steady to strong and markets

seeing additional green supplies. Supply has not

caught up to buyers’ needs yet. Kiln-dried inventories are

low relative to demand.

As renovation and remodelling spending is at an alltime

high, Red Oak demand has increased. Wholesalers

are rebuilding their inventories now. Kiln-dried inventories

are at manageable levels with prices steady. Demand

is meeting developing green stock production. It

was noted there was some price softening for the upper

grades. As for White Oak, production is limited, with low

output and steady demand keeping prices steady.

According to data from the Canadian Real Estate Association

(CREA), home prices jumped in January 2022

from December 2021 (the latest data available as of this

writing) to a new record, as demand continued to rise as

new listings plunged over winter. The national average

selling price hit a new high at C$748,450 ($588,589) in

January, up 4.9% on the month and 21% higher from a

year earlier.

CREA’s home price index also posted record monthover-month

and year-over-year gains, up 2.9 percent

and 28 percent respectively. Sales were up 1 percent on

the month, while new listings plunged 11 percent, driven

by a sharp decline in Toronto.

Canadian housing starts, meanwhile, fell 3 percent in

January from December last year as a decline in multiple-urban

starts outweighed a gain in single-detached

urban starts, separate data showed.

The seasonally adjusted annualized rate of housing

starts dropped to 230,754 units in January, below analyst

expectations of 245,000 and down from a revised

238,405 units in December, showed Canada Mortgage

and Housing Corporation data. Although it is the slowest

pace of building since October 2020, it remains above

the trend seen pre-pandemic.

According to data published, the Canadian housing

sector has been resilient throughout the coronavirus

pandemic. Markets from coast to coast have seen unprecedented

growth in sales activity and home valuations

alike. Growth has been consistent across virtually

every segment of the market, with urban condominiums

bouncing back after experiencing a lull in 2020, to the

spike in single-detached activity in suburban and rural

communities.

The question on people’s mind is: can the Canadian

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ventory levels continue to shrink, this could be the norm

moving forward.

If rates go up, industry observers and financial experts

claim that a rising rate environment generally deters investors

because higher rates would potentially decelerate

price growth and possibly lower valuations, sending

investors into safer bet assets. But until the central bank

raises rates to where they were before the pandemic,

investors could continue competing with first-time homebuyers

for scarce supply, and successfully outbid them

for these residential properties. This forces people to the

upper limit of their affordability, and they may not buy in

the end as too pricey for them.

According to RE/MAX’s 2022 Canadian Housing Market

Outlook Report, average residential real estate prices

are expected to increase 9.2 percent nationwide this

year. According to a survey conducted on RE/MAX’s behalf,

nearly half of Canadians still think buying a home is

the best investment decision you can make today.

Everyone is watching the central bank’s upcoming policy

meetings to see what will happen on the interest rate

front. But available housing will continue to be the focus

of those who can afford to be in the market.

Should rates go up as well as housing prices, this may

real estate market sustain this momentum? With talk of

the Bank of Canada raising interest rates this year and

the federal government tightening mortgage lending

standards, the market might start to ease.

Although borrowing costs may be on the rise, one

significant factor is the historically low housing supply.

Investors became more active with the Canadian real

estate market over the last several months.

When addressing the Ontario Securities Commission,

the Bank of Canada deputy governor noted that a “sudden

influx” of investors supported the rapid price gains

in 2021. Data from the central bank noted that investors

and repeat homebuyers represented a bigger share of

the market than first-time homebuyers last year.

The Bank’s analysis finds that many Canadians are

buying homes as investment properties, and the importance

of this phenomenon has grown. For example, in a

report on the Ontario housing market, investors account

for more than a quarter of the province’s homebuyers,

lifting prices even higher, especially in Toronto. This was

unheard of five to 10 years ago, when investors made up

a relatively minor segment of the sector. So long as incause

a slowdown in home sales, thus reducing spending

directed to the Hardwood industry, as consumers

may buy the home, but not be able to spend on new

furnishings, upgrades or renovations upon moving in, as

is often the case when home buying. n

QUEBEC Continued from page 12

grained woods and painted finishes, Birch business is

brisk, and demand is lagging due to supply strains. Cherry

demand, on the other hand, is noted as relatively slow.

However, sales vary by area contacted depending on

customer preferences for finished goods.

The regionally important species, Hard Maple, continues

to be vibrant with supplies insufficient to meet demand

for most grades, thicknesses and color selection.

This is resulting in higher prices for this species.

Soft Maple is also seeing high activity at sawmills,

kiln-drying operations and distribution yards. These businesses

report they can’t keep it stocked, material being

sold before it is even made available. As a result, prices

are ticking higher, as are prices for most grades and species.

Furniture manufacturers, moulding and millworkers

and cabinet manufacturers are maintaining a high level

of demand for Poplar. Exports, noted contacts, had improved

somewhat, especially to Vietnam. The furniture

industry reported a strong demand for finished goods.

They added they are struggling to purchase raw materials

and components due to supply chain delays and

availability of these components.

The flooring, cabinet, millwork and mouldings manufacturers

are keeping busy, ordering Hickory. This species

is seeing a rise in demand from all areas of the

industry. The same is said for Red and White Oak production

and sales. Flooring and truck trailer manufacturers

are steadily purchasing these species. Flooring manufacturers

were noted as buying more White Oak than

Red Oak at this time.

Walnut has also been selling well, and it was reported

that green Walnut had been selling well for the past 18

months. As a result there has been increased production,

with prices responding accordingly. Kiln-dried Walnut is

readily available, and depending on the area contacted,

exceeding needs.

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QUEBEC Continued

Some cabinet manufacturers noted that design trends

for 2022 were focused on “health, sustainable quality

and a touch of country charm.” This means using warmtoned

woods, such as Maple and Cherry, for cabinets and

accents for kitchens. Consumers are moving towards a

more contemporary look merging refined thin rails – rustic-style

pulls on wood cabinets that are white or lighttoned

wood – rather than the starker, sleeker modern

designs of the past several years. Other items selected

are ones that seek to bring the outdoors in, embraces

warmth, texture, and natural materials, such as live edge

wood, weathered stone, and brushed or metal finishes,

rather than overly polished or manufactured materials.

With the ongoing pandemic, people are seeking more

comfortable and relaxing rooms as they are living where

they also work. No one can say if a return to work for

most will happen once the pandemic is over, or if this

work-from-home trend will be the new way of life. n

NEWS DEVELOPMENTS Continued from page 15

Wood Products Association, “Businesses and individuals

with potential exposure to, or involvement in operations

or supply chains tied to the military regime that do not

conduct appropriate due diligence run the risk of engaging

in conduct that may expose them to significant reputational,

financial, and legal risks, including violations of

U.S. anti-money laundering laws and sanctions.”

The business advisory highlights concerns for businesses

operating in or connected to Myanmar, including

state owned enterprises (“SOEs”) benefitting the military,

such as the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE). SOEs

play a dominant role in the oil and gas, mining, postal,

energy, and transportation and logistics sectors and

are responsible for generating about half of the military

regime revenue and spending, and half of the regime

budget. In addition to supporting the military regime, the

advisory warns many SOEs are subject to allegations of

corruption, child and forced labor, surveillance, and other

human and labor rights abuses. Military regime leadership

as well as several SOEs are subject to OFAC sanctions

under Executive Order (“E.O.”) 14014 - Blocking

Property With Respect to the Situation in Burma that was

issued on February 10, 2021 in response to the military

coup. Businesses and individuals involved in dealings

with SOEs in Myanmar should conduct appropriate due

diligence to ensure they are not furthering corruption

within Burma, supporting child or forced labor, or contributing

to arbitrary or unlawful surveillance practices, or

any other serious human rights abuses.

NWFA COMPLETES 61ST HOME WITH

GARY SINISE FOUNDATION

The National Wood Flooring Association

(NWFA), headquartered in St.

Louis, MO, has provided flooring for

its 61st home in support of the Gary

Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program

(Restoring Independence Supporting

Empowerment). The R.I.S.E.

program builds custom, specially

United States Air

Force Staff Sergeant

(Ret.) Brian Schiefer

adapted smart homes for severely

wounded veterans and first responders.

The home dedication for United

States Air Force Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Brian Schiefer took

place recently in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Flooring was

donated by NWFA members Revel Woods and Installers

Warehouse.

On November 11, 2008, Staff Sergeant Schiefer was

conducting training when his vehicle rolled over. He underwent

surgery, followed by time in the ICU and therapy.

Today, he continues to adjust to his new life as a paraplegic.

“As a result of his experience, Staff Sergeant Schiefer

has become an advocate for patients who endure injuries

similar to his own,” says NWFA President and CEO, Michael

Martin.

The National Wood Flooring Association is a not-forprofit

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. To learn more, go to

www.nwfa.org. n

SCMA UPDATE

Continued from page 16

ers should invest in high-quality pieces.

The second article, titled “Real Wood Siding: The Natural

Choice,” explores the benefits of choosing Cypress

siding for homes. It features interviews with an architect

and homebuilder who discuss why they prefer working

with Cypress instead of alternative materials.

JOIN OUR EFFORTS

Is your company engaged in the manufacture,

processing, or distribution of Cypress products? Then

it’s time to consider joining the SCMA. Learn more by

visiting www.CypressInfo.org or sending an email to

member-services@cypressinfo.org. And be sure to

follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @cypress_info,

and on Facebook at @southerncypress. n

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AHEC REPORT Continued from page 18

Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and donated and installed

by Dubai-based wood flooring specialists Lobo &

Listone, the Red Oak provides a natural, grounded counterpoint

to the otherwise ultramodern design.

Over 250 square meters of Red Oak planks were donated

by Lobo & Listone, equating to a volume of approximately

6 cubic meters. Due to the size and rate of

growth of the Red Oak resource in the United States, it

would take just 6.25 seconds for all the Red Oak used to

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be replaced in the U.S. Hardwood forest through natural

regeneration. Furthermore, unless the Red Oak used is

burnt or decomposes, it will keep 6.4 metric tons of CO2

equivalent out of the atmosphere.

There were more American Hardwoods in the USA Pavilion

at EXPO 2020, including engineered White Oak

flooring in the giftshop and restaurant, also supplied by

Lobo & Listone, as well as American Black Walnut veneers

in the rear entrance lobby and throughout the bar

and meeting rooms.

“Being a staunch promoter of sustainable

living who supplies sustainably

sourced wood flooring products

in the Middle East, I was delighted to

accept the invitation to provide wood

flooring and allied works for the USA

Pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai. Their

choice of American Red Oak for the

purpose was brilliant, especially as

the unique properties of American

Red Oak – hard and stable when dry,

and easy to finish and stain – made

it ideal for the project. A task well accomplished

and widely appreciated,

it was a project that we prided ourselves

in,” commented Francis Lesly

Lobo of Lobo & Listone.

According to AHEC Regional Director

Roderick Wiles, “Of course

it is wonderful to see sustainable

American Hardwoods in the USA

Pavilion – it just makes sense – and

I was particularly taken by the Red

Oak cladding at the main entrance,

which is in stark contrast to the rest

of the all-metal star-studded exterior.”

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Continued from page 20

House passed Build Back Better Act and another vehicle

including some green energy tax credits, could come together

before the election. The question remains about

how the included programs would be funded, although

there is agreement that increasing taxes on business

and “the wealthy” will almost certainly be part of the mix.

If smaller packages materialize, the Hardwood Federation

will closely track the revenue raisers identified to pay

for these provisions and urge lawmakers

to steer away from funding

these provisions through increased

taxes on small businesses.

•Shipping Reform – An aversion

to controversy will likely entice lawmakers

to rally around more bipartisan,

consensus legislation such as

ocean shipping reform. In December,

the House passed the “Ocean

Shipping Reform Act of 2021” by an

overwhelming and bipartisan majority.

This important bill would prohibit

ocean shippers from leaving U.S.

ports with cargo for exports. On

February 3, Sens. Amy Klobuchar

(D-MN) and John Thune (R-SD)

introduced a companion bill in the

Senate, building even more momentum

for the legislation this year.

The Hardwood Federation strongly

supports passage of the Ocean

Shipping Reform Act and has communicated

with House and Senate

offices, expressing our support. We

have also made this a key talking

point during meetings with Members

of Congress over the last few

months.

•Farm Bill – Although the current

Farm Bill, the “Agriculture Policy Act

of 2018,” does not expire until 2023,

Congress is conducting hearings

and stakeholder meetings in 2022.

The Hardwood Federation is already

laying markers with committee leaders

on the need to quantify the important

role of forest products in capturing

and storing carbon within the

context of federal climate policies.

The industry will also fight for full funding of the Market

Access Program and Foreign Market Development Program

within the context of the upcoming legislation.

The Hardwood Federation will continue to track

and report on these and other issues that impact the

Hardwood industry. If you have questions about the

Hardwood Federation, please visit our website at www.

hardwoodfederation.com or email us at hardwood.

federation@hardwoodfederation.com. n

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NHLA NEWS

Continued from page 22

•Educational Sessions – featuring Hardwood industry-specific

topics

•Exhibit Showcase – 120+ exhibiting companies/daily

lunch /demonstration area /bloody mary bar/refreshment

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•General Session with induction of new NHLA President

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•Drawings and Giveaways

•Networking, networking, and networking

•Optional Rockfest Gala

Are you interested in exhibiting or sponsoring? Contact

John Hester at j.hester@nhla.com or 901-399-7558. A

complete lineup of speakers, educational sessions, exhibitors,

and details on special events can be found at

www.nhla.com/convention2022.

We look forward to welcoming everyone

to the 125th meeting of the

National Hardwood Lumber Association!

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NAFF BULLETIN

Continued from page 24

efits of using wood—protecting forests

through sustainable harvesting

practices.

An understanding like this doesn’t

happen overnight; like trees, it takes

years before the harvest is ready, but

the North American Forest Foundation

is on the job planting seeds of

interest and truth through education.

By providing Truth About Trees kits

to classroom teachers at no charge,

we’re moving toward a goal of reaching

1 million children by 2030.

Empowering teachers with accurate

information to help teach the

truth about trees helps children become

aware of careers in the forest

products industry and opportunities

to enroll in forestry programs; it helps

shape their attitudes toward the benefits

our planet derives from healthy,

properly managed forests.

Time Is Ticking

We don’t want to let this teachable

time slip away. That’s why our goal is

to help children understand the truth

when they are young. Together, we

can help kids become #exTREEmelysmart

to create a healthier future

for them, our industry, and the planet.

Support NAFF today, and change

hearts and minds about wood, for

good.

Let’s Grow Something Beautiful Together

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, to

make a donation, or find out how you can help change

hearts and minds about wood, for good, please visit us at

www.northamericanforestfoundation.org or drop me

a line at adeford@northamericanforestfoundation.

org. n

NWFA REVIEW Continued from page 26

Also new this year is a Student Day where young men

and women from local high schools

are invited to attend the show to

learn more about our industry.

Students who attend will take part

in demonstrations, tour the trade

show floor, learn about different

career paths in the industry, and

have opportunities to meet with

companies anxious to hire. The

Student Day will take place on

Thursday, April 14 during show

hours.

If you do business with the wood

flooring trades, or if you have

thought about adding it to your

business offerings, the NWFA Wood

Flooring Expo provides the mosttargeted

audience of wood flooring

professionals anywhere. The show

typically attracts 3,000 wood flooring

professionals from all over the world,

in all areas of the supply chain –

manufacturing, distribution, retail,

contracting, inspection, business

services, and more. Whether you

choose to exhibit to showcase your

products, or to simply attend to see

all the industries latest innovative

technologies, you will walk away

with new contacts that can help your

Hardwood business grow.

Make plans today to join your

industry peers at the largest

trade show anywhere dedicated

exclusively to the wood flooring

industry. Register at nwfaexpo.org.

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

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MARK LORETTO is the purchasing agent at A&M Kiln

Dry Ltd., located in Dundee, OH. A&M Kiln Dry also has

locations in Millersburg, IN and Arthur, IL.

A&M Kiln Dry is a Hardwood lumber distribution yard

that buys 12 million board feet a year of kiln-dried Ash,

Cherry, Hickory, Hard and Soft Maple, Red and White

Oak, quarter-sawn White Oak, Poplar and Walnut in

all grades, 4/4 through 8/4. Value-added services A&M

Kiln Dry offers include surfacing, sanding, gang ripping,

straight line ripping and a new chop saw line for optimizing

lengths.

Loretto has worked at A&M Kiln Dry for the past three

years.

Loretto has been married to his wife, Doreen, for 30

years and has one son, Mark II and their daughter, Alexandria.

He and his wife have two grandchildren, Mark III

and Laney. His hobbies include fishing and hunting with

the family.

A&M Kiln Dry has been in business since 2009 and is

a member of the Ohio Forestry Association and the Indiana

Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association.

For more information, call 330-852-0505 or email Loretto

directly at Mark@amkilndry.com.

SCOTT BUNCH is president and co-owner of Besturnings,

Inc., based in Morristown, TN. At the company, he

does a little of everything, including buying lumber, production

scheduling and even running the forklifts for a

few hours a day.

Besturnings is a dimension wood parts manufacturing

business. The eastern Tennessee company, which produces

table legs, sofa and couch feet, turn legs and dimension

squares, purchases 200,000 to 300,000 board

feet a year.

The company uses several different Hardwoods, including

Soft Maple, Poplar and Ash with Red and White

Oak being the most frequent. Thicknesses range from

4/4 to 8/4 with the occasional 10/4.

Bunch, who along with longtime employee Kenneth

Bryant, vice president, began purchasing the company

in 2004. Bunch started working at the company part-time

during the late 1980s while in high school. He began on

the rough end, cleaning the glue machine, then went

to work on the sander. In 1992, Bunch learned lumber

grading as a graduate of the National Hardwood Lumber

Association’s Inspector Training School in Memphis, TN.

He worked as a supervisor in the mid-1990s and gradually

worked his way up in the company, which began

operations in 1984.

A 1990 graduate of Morristown-Hamblen High School

East, Bunch also attended Walters State Community

College, Morristown, TN.

Bunch’s biggest hobby is crappie fishing. A semi-pro

crappie fisherman, he competes in tournaments throughout

the Southeast and is a 2019 crappie USA national

points champion.

Bunch has been married to Sarah since 1992. They

have two daughters, who both graduated college.

Bunch may be contacted at: 423-581-6874 or

duckdogbunch@charter.net.

KEN CLIFTON is president

and founder of CCF Industries,

based in Apollo, PA.

CCF Industries manufactures

dovetailed drawers. The company

purchases approximately

300,000 board feet annually

of Hard and Soft Maple, Red

and White Oak, Walnut, Cherry,

Ken Clifton Poplar, Beech and aromatic cedar

(Surfaced and Rough, No. 1

Common, skip planed to 15/16”). Among the value-added

products are cutlery insert pullouts and file drawers.

Clifton founded CCF Industries 39 years ago. In April

2014, CCF burned to the ground and was not yet operational

until the fall of 2015.

CCF Industries is a member of Wood Products Manufacturers

Association, Wood Component Manufacturers

Association, Cabinet Makers Association, and the National

Federation of Independent Businesses.

For more information visit www.ccfdrawers.com. n

Commitment, Quality,

Customer Service

Premium Northern Appalachian

Hardwood Lumber

Established in 1983

Family-owned &

operated for over

35 years

Experienced & Close

To The Source

2 East High St.

Union City, PA 16438

sales@ronjoneshardwood.com

Phone (814) 438-7622

Fax (814) 438-2008

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TRADE TALK

AN UPDATE COVERING

THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT

HARDWOOD SUPPLIERS/VENDORS

The Leader in Wood Protection

for 50 Years

Family Owned And Operated Since 1976.

A.W. Stiles Contractors providing a full line of

Modern Day Lumber Drying Equipment. New

Installations and Complete Rebuilds on Existing

Equipment. Hardwood Package Kilns, Predryers,

Walnut Steamers. Also manufacturing softwood

kilns, including Dual Path Continuous Kilns.

Our kilns are all manufactured in

McMinnville, Tennessee.

Complete Kiln and Predryer Rebuilds

•Roof Replacements

•Heating Coils and Complete Steam Systems

•Doors and Carriers

•Structural Repairs


seals, etc.

•Protective Coatings

•Complete line of replacement parts

Providing replacement control installations

and upgrades for existing kilns and pre-dryers.

Screen shot above. User Friendly, Reliable,

Compatible with Existing Equipment.

Contact: Lee Stiles Cell: (931) 409-0144

286 Bass Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

Email: lee@awscontractorsinc.com

Website: www.awscontractorsinc.com

MOUNTAIN CITY, TN — New

River Hardwoods Inc., located

here, recently retrofitted an idled

600 HP boiler using Hurst Boiler

and Welding Co. Inc. located in

Coolidge, GA. David Bailey, vice

president of operations for New

River Hardwoods, said the new

Hurst boiler will be a 450 HP low

pressure boiler. The biomass

David Bailey

boiler is powered primarily utilizing

green sawdust as the fuel

source. Hurst retrofitted the boiler to include new controls,

pollution control system, a redesign of the firebox

and a new fuel feed system.

Prior to the refurbishing of this boiler, New River Hardwoods

used a 300-horsepower boiler. So, the refurbishing

increases their boiler capacity to 750 horsepower.

Bailey stated that the boiler was refurbished primarily

to increase the company’s capacity and to improve lumber

drying efficiency. Before the retrofitting, New River

Hardwoods produced 10 to 11 million board feet of kilndried

lumber per year. After the retrofitting, which was

expected to be completed in mid-March, the board footage

is anticipated to increase to 13 to 14 million board

feet.

New River Hardwoods manufactures Poplar, Hard

and Soft Maple, Red and White Oak, Cherry, Ash, Basswood

and Hickory.

New River Hardwoods has three sawmills that provide

lumber to the New River plant that manufactures

kiln-dried lumber, ripped and straight-line ripped boards,

millwork, S4S lumber and other custom moulded and

ripped products. The rest of the 35 million board feet

of green lumber produced in the company’s sawmills is

sold green.

Learn more at www.newriverhardwoods.com.

EAU CLAIRE, WI — McDonough Manufacturing

Company, headquartered here, recently shipped two

6-7A band mills to Allegheny Wood Products at their

Kingwood, WV facility. Equipped with slat bed tailing tables,

wheel guards and 200 HP motors, the two band

mills were purchased to replace two 1950s-era mechanical

strain Klamath Iron Works mills. Those mills

Two new McDonough 6-7A

band mills were installed at

Allegheny Wood Products

in Kingwood, WV.

Tom Plaugher

had been in service at the

Kingwood sawmill since the

early 1990s.

A longtime repeat customer,

Allegheny Wood

Products (AWP) currently

has eight McDonough

band mills at various locations.

AWP stated that they

are very pleased with the

performance they’ve seen

from all of their McDonough

band mills. Their old band

mills were obsolete, and

they recognized the need

to update their machines.

They expect to see a production

increase with the

new band mills. AWP has

also been making additional improvements

to the rest of the

mill to be able to accommodate

the additional flow from the Mc-

Donough head rigs.

“Matt Tietz and the McDonough

team have always been dependable

partners for AWP. We know

when we purchase a piece of

McDonough equipment that it will

be well built, dependable, and

that McDonough stands behind their brand,” stated Tom

Plaugher, vice president of operations for AWP.

From 54” to 8’, and with trusted features like their exclusive

Air Strain system, cartridge-type pressure guides,

cast iron wheels, hydraulic wheel lifts, saw cleaning and

lubrication and Timken railroad car bearings, McDonough

has built a reputation as the “band mill company” in the

lumber industry, according to a company spokesperson.

McDonough has been a leading supplier of band mills

for more than 100 years. With knowledge and experience

dating back to the 1880s, McDonough’s band mills

are built with time-tested features to meet ever-evolving

customer and industry needs, according to the company

spokesperson.

Learn more at www.mcdonough-mfg.com.

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TRADE TALK

Continued

SPARTANSBURG, PA —In an early morning fire recently,

Clear Lake Lumber, Inc., located here, suffered

damage to some of their dry kilns, according to the Lumber

Newswire by Blue Book Services. According to Clear

Lake Lumber President Eric Bonnett, “six of our fourteen

kilns are a loss.” This amounts to roughly “half a million

feet of lost drying capacity.”

Due to the efforts of the 20 plus volunteer fire companies

that came to the scene and the Clear Lake staff,

their “mill is intact, boiler is intact and grading lines are

intact.”

Bonnett anticipates that Clear Lake will be back to

business “very quickly” and in the meantime they will

“continue to be a self-contained unit” and will continue to

“mill, grade, and dry onsite” through the rebuilding process.

He also thanked the local community for the “outpouring

of support we’ve received from our vendors, our insurer,

local restaurants, local stores who all within hours

were offering support to us.”

LEXINGTON, NC — SII Dry

Kilns, located here, recently installed

two aluminum prefabricated

steam-heated dry kilns

with the SII PLC based Computer

Control System at MacDonald

& Owen Lumber Company in

Brookville, PA. SII also installed

a boiler building and control room

Bob Pope as part of the project.

The two new SII kilns – and

two more scheduled to be installed this summer – replace

four existing masonry kilns at MacDonald & Owen.

In addition, SII will also retrofit two existing kilns with the

SII Computer Control System. “It’s an important improvement

over what they had,” said Bob Pope, salesman for

SII in Pennsylvania and New England. “This will result

in a much more efficient kiln operation with lower energy

costs and better drying quality. This, in turn, will yield

higher production and reduced operating cost.”

MacDonald & Owen has four manufacturing facilities

including the one in Pennsylvania. They manufacture all

major species of domestic Hardwoods and offer lumber

as well as wood components.

SII Dry Kilns manufactures conventional package-loaded

kilns, Dual Path Continuous kilns and double

track-loaded batch kilns, in addition to fan sheds and

multi-zoned pre-dryers for the Hardwood and softwood

industries. It offers complete kiln rehab and rebuild services

including roofs and wall panels, doors, heating systems,

fan deck, and structural replacements. The family-owned

company has been in operation since 1969.

In addition to having over 60 employees, SII Dry Kilns

has equipment operating at over 2,000 drying facilities

worldwide.

More information can be found at www.siidrykilns.

com.

NEWALD, WI — Craig Deer

has joined the Cleereman Industries

team, headquartered here,

to lead the design and production

of the new Cleereman Industries

edger division.

Deer’s background provides

many key essentials to assist in

the growth of Cleereman’s edger

division, according to a spokesman

for the company. He started

Craig Deer

his education at Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College

in Green Bay, WI where he obtained diplomas in

welding and machine tool. He spent the first nine years

of his career working in the racing industry, building a

solid foundation of design, fabrication and team-leading

skills. A job offer as a welding instructor at a local college

pulled Deer away from racing and refocused his efforts

on education.

For the next eight years, Deer taught welding, earned

a Certified Welding Inspector Certificate from the American

Welding Society and launched the first fabrication

program at his college, Nicolet Technical College in

Rhinelander, WI.

During his time at the college, Deer continued to educate

himself in the engineering field and Solidworks, a

CAD program, which allowed him to expand his teaching

into engineering classes.

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customer service has been

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Greg Wells, Owner –

Greentree Forest Products, Inc.

(208) 687-1478 | www.pawtaw.com

18125 N. Ramsey Rd., Rathdrum, ID 83858

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Whatever your hardwood needs, our experienced

sales staff will be happy to assist you with all of

your lumber inquiries. Call for a complete list of our

wood products.

SERVICES

n Direct mill, export and import shippers

n Wholesale, distribution and dry kiln centers

MILLING CAPABILITIES

n S2S, carbide straight-line rips and gang rip

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SHIPPING OPTIONS

n Our own trucks ship all quantities of lumber, from

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n Our common-carrier network also enables us to

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www.oshealumber.com

At O’Shea Lumber,

your needs are our

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We maintain a 3.5 million

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experience our excellent

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Since 1971

Main Office and Yard

11425 Susquehanna Trail

Glen Rock, PA USA 17327

1.717.235.1992 phone

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E-mail: anton@oshea.com

1.800.638.0296

TRADE TALK Continued

In his free time, Deer enjoys hunting,

traveling and spending time with

his wife and kids. He especially loves

watching his children compete in

sporting activities.

Along with the new line of Cleereman

edgers, Cleereman Industries

continues to build carriages, carriage

drives, track frames, debarkers, chop

saws, stave mills, operator cabs and

linear and proportional control systems.

Learn more at www.cleereman.

com.

With the Ring debarkers gaining popularity due to

their increased production, the Mellott LMR debarker

as well as the Log Flare Butt Reducer are being used

in conjunction with some Ring debarkers. Installed

ahead of the Ring debarker the removal of butt flares

and oversized knots provides a more efficient debarking

system.

Whether a company is replacing a machine or putting

in a completely new system, Mellott Manufacturing can

supply quality, rugged equipment that is designed and

built to provide reliable, durable performance, a company

spokesperson stated.

Learn more at www.mellottmfg.com.

Mike Ballard

Duncan Ferguson

Producer of Fine Kiln

Dried Appalachian

Hardwoods

Red Oak, White Oak, Poplar, Walnut, Hickory,

Soft Maple and Ash

Annual Production 10.5 mmBF

STOLTZFUS FOREST PRODUCTS, LLC

675 Nottingham Road

Peach Bottom, PA 17563

Ph: (717) 548-2668

Fax: (717) 548-2013

Sales: Benuel Stoltzfus

sales@stoltzfusforestproducts.com

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MERCERSBURG, PA — Mellott

Manufacturing Co., Inc., located here

and known for its brand of log and lumber

handling equipment, is expanding

its product line to offer more complete

systems, according to Stacy Mellott of

the company.

Mellott is now offering the Model

70E Log Flare Butt Reducer. It is designed

and built with the same rugged

quality as the LMR debarkers and as

all the Mellott product lines. The Log

Flare Butt Reducer is designed to be

added to a mill infeed system to reduce

log handling problems and improve

productivity.

Mellott offers several models and

sizes of rosserhead-style log debarkers.

Like the rest of the company, over

the years Mellott debarkers have continued

to evolve. The company’s most

popular models are the LMR 48-inch

and LMR 36-inch debarkers.

CRESTVIEW, FL — Sawmill MD, located here, is

proud to announce that Willenborg Hardwood Industries

in Effingham, IL has recently started up a SiCam

ResawX Scanning System to maximize the efficiency

and yield from their Horizontal Resaw system.

The ResawX system provides Willenborg Hardwood

cant sizing detail and recommended sawing solutions

to the operator quickly and accurately. The ResawX

system will improve the Resaw operating results by reducing

wasted lines and measurably reducing shims.

ResawX allows the management to set sawing pattern

recommendations based on size and grade, which

improves the ability to maximize the output of desired

products based on current requirements.

The startup was completed in less than two working

days with minimal interruption of production. After

a few minor adjustments and calibration, the ResawX

was scanning quickly and accurately, providing size

and sawing solutions to the operator.

One week after the startup, when the customer was

asked how the system was doing, Sawmill MD received

a one-sentence reply: ‘’Sounds like everything is going

well so far.”

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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

thickness.

• 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

kiln-dried lumber.

For Quality Appalachian Lumber Contact:

JOsey Lumber COmpany, InC.

JoCo Lumber, InC.

476 Lees meadow rd. • p.O. Drawer 447

scotland neck, nC 27874

TeL: (252) 826-5614 • FaX: (252) 826-3461

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saLes: Logan Josey

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Dwight Lewis

Co., Inc.

Hillsgrove, PA 18619 • Phone 570-924-3507

FAX 570-924-4233

TRADE TALK Continued

Contact Mike Ballard or Duncan Ferguson at

SawmillMD@mindspring.com for more information

on the SiCam ResawX Scanning System, or log into

their website at www.SawmillMD.com to see videos of

the ResawX System and additional Sawmill MD videos.

FITZPATRICK & WELLER, INC.

Premium Western New York

Hardwoods Since 1895

Kilns • Export Preparation

Container Loading

Company Owned Timberland

3rd Generation Since 1941

Appalachian Hardwoods

Specializing in Cherry 4/4 thru 16/4

Hard & Soft Maple

Red & White Oak

National Hardwood Lumber Association Certified

OMAHA, NE — DMSi Software,

headquartered here, recently

announced the promotion

of Jason Bolstad to vice

president – eLIMBS.

Bolstad joined DMSi in 2003

as part of the support team and

eventually transitioned to product

development. He has been

Jason Bolstad

deeply involved in the Hardwood

industry throughout his

career. In his new role, Bolstad will focus on modernizing

eLIMBS products to support the next generation of

devices to be used by Hardwood businesses.

“Jason has been involved in all parts of the DMSi

Software business: customer service, product development

and launching a new product,” said Henry German,

president of eLIMBS. “In addition to that he was

the DMSi resident expert in our lumber markets, which

overall makes him a great fit for this role.”

DMSi provides digital solutions, including Agility ERP

and the eLIMBS system, to support the entire Hardwood

lumber supply chain, from timber and logging to

distribution and retail. Learn more at www.dmsi.com

and www.eLIMBS.com.

LINDSAY, ON —TS Manufacturing, a leading provider

of sawmill equipment, recently announced that they

are expanding their facility for the second time in two

years. This brings the TS manufacturing plant to over

85,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity to support

its continued growth and demand in the sawmill

manufacturing industry.

“As a turnkey supplier for large-scale projects, we felt

the need to expand our facility. Sawmills are revamping

their own facilities; growing, expanding, and updating

equipment to allow for greater production, automated

systems, and adding optimization capabilities to their

current equipment. Our customers are purchasing our

systems because we have been recognized as an industry

leader in the combination of Optimized High Recovery

Systems and Sophisticated controls, all in the

scope of a single supplier. This necessitated our de-

A construction crew works hard at completing the siding

installation at TS Manufacturing on a frigid cold day

(10.4 degrees Fahrenheit). The TS expansion building

was purchased as a full-service design build project from

SteelCan Building Systems of Oshawa, ON.

cision for the expansion of our facility. The added extra

square footage will allow for additional office space

for our engineering team, expand our machine shop,

our electrical panel manufacturing shop and research

and development and create a more productive shipping

and assembly area. This $3.7 million expansion

includes additional High Production CNC equipment in

our machine and fabrication areas,” said Kris Smith, TS

System Sales.

TS Manufacturing started its 12,000 square foot addition

in late 2021 and it is expected to be completed by

spring 2022. This expansion will allow TS to continue

to support its customers with the high demand for new

and improved sawmill equipment.

“One area we have focused on is the ability to do everything

in-house. During these trying times with labor

shortages, shipping delays, subcontract services, and

supplies we are already ahead of the curve. To develop,

manufacture and mill all parts that go into every piece

of equipment in-house means fewer disruptions in our

production timelines,” stated Ted Smith, president.

TS Manufacturing designs, engineers, and constructs

all machine parts in-house, everything from electrical

components, programming, milling to painting. “TS is

truly a one-stop shop for all sawmill equipment,” a company

spokesperson noted.

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“Quality Hardwood Lumber and Flooring”

Quality Hardwood Lumber

24 Million ft. Annually of Bandsawn Lumber

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in Red Oak, White Oak and Hickory

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Owner/Partner - Roland Weaver (229) 649-9328

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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

manner

Required Qualifications:

•Minimum of one (1) year experience grading green and/or kiln dried domestic

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•Company offers medical, dental, 401(k), and other benefit offerings

We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions

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Salary Negotiable

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Cell: (423) 619-8056

Email: jball@cardinfp.com

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To: Anyone involved in the sawmill controls industry

There are many stories and people that have been

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This fascinating history should be preserved. I want to write

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To: Anyone involved in the sawmill controls industry

FOR SALE

Dry Kiln Concentration Yard with 470,000 bdft Kiln Capacity

and 400,00 bdft Predryer Capacity

LOT – Western Pennsylvania

26.47 – acre industrial site

26.31 – acre wooded lot

70,000 sqft asphalt lot

100 x 80 vehicle lot

Enough sq footage to openly store 2,000,000 bdft lumber.

BUILDINGS:

80 x 212 Steel storage building concrete floor (blue lumber storage)

65 x 140 Wood frame equipment building concrete floor (green chain)

60 x 130 Wood frame equipment building (stacker)

60 x 80 Steel building high storage (sawdust)

60 x 60 Wood frame equipment building (grading shed)

130 x 80 Coe steel building (predryer)

5 – 50,000 ft SII Kiln Building

2 – 40,000 ft Irvington Moore Kilns

2 – 80,000 ft Nardi Kilns

25 x 160 Garage w/small office and wash area. Parts storage rooms.

Block and wood structure.

25 x 160 Open face wood storage shed, gravel floor.

25 x 160 Open face steel storage shed with a 50 x 60 high overhang roof,

gravel floor.

104,000 sqft Asphalt lot

OFFICE – Roughly 2,000 sqft working space.

11 Individual offices

2 large clerical offices

1 large conference room

Small kitchen

2 Restrooms

Reply to: nhm@millerwoodtradepub.com, put CMP #3578 in subject line.

FOR INFORMATION CALL:

800-844-1280

USED MACHINERY FOR SALE

●USNR 4TA30 Top Arbor Three Shifting

Saw Edger

●Infeed Landing Deck

●USNR – Lunden Cam Unscrambler

S/N 41419

●Even Ending Rolls

●Queuing Hooks (2) ahead of Scanner

●Queuing Hooks (2) after Scanner

●Edger Infeed Model 600 Maximizer

S/N 2951-A

●USNR 4TA30 Edger with 200 HP Arbor

Drive Motor

●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

Email: jenness57@gmail.com

ALL CLASSIFIED ADS MUST

BE PAID IN ADVANCE

$45.00 PER INCH

BLIND BOX NUMBER FEE: $10.00

DEADLINE: 30 DAYS

PRECEDING PUBLICATION MONTH

Classified advertising will not be accepted for Hardwood products such as lumber,

dimension, turnings, veneer, carvings, new dry kilns or dry kiln equipment, etc.

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ADVERTISERS

INDEX

...resources to get the job done...

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

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

Ally Global Logistics...............................62

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

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

Automation & Electronics USA..............15

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

Beard Hardwoods...................................66

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

BID Group....................................... 42 & 43

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

BioLube, Inc..............................................3

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

Carbotech International.............................

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

Church, Bryant, Hardwoods, Inc............64

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

Cleereman Controls..................................9

Cleereman Industries...............................9

Cole Hardwood, Inc................................17

Cooper Machine Co., Inc........................56

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

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

Cummings Lumber Co., Inc......................8

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

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

Distribution Management Systems, inc.

(DMSi)........................................................7

EXPO Richmond........................................5

Fitzpatrick & Weller Inc..........................81

Forcey Lumber Company, Inc.....................

Forestry Systems........................................

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

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

Graf Bros. Flooring & Lumber................27

Granite Hardwoods, Inc.........................76

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

GTL Lumber Inc......................................67

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

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

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

Hermitage Hardwood Lumber

Sales, Inc.............................................. FC

HHP, Inc...................................................61

Hurdle Machine Works Inc.....................65

Irving, J.D., Limited................................13

ISK Biocides, Inc....................................70

JoCo Lumber, Inc....................................79

JoeScan..................................................54

Jones, Ron, Hardwood Sales, Inc..........73

Josey Lumber Co., Inc............................79

Kendrick Forest Products..........................

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

Kepley-Frank Hardwood Co., Inc...........72

King City Forwarding USA, Inc...............19

King City/Northway Forwarding Ltd.......19

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

Lawrence Lumber Company Inc............57

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

Lewis, Dwight, Lumber Co., Inc.............80

Limbo..........................................................

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

Lumber Resources Inc...........................55

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

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

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

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

Matson Lumber Company...........................

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

McDonough Manufacturing Company....21

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

Meridien Hardwoods of PA., Inc.............59

Messersmith Manufacturing, Inc...............

Midwest Hardwood Company....................

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

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

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

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

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

Northern Hardwoods..............................68

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

Note: Advertisers with no page number carry an alternating Ad schedule.

Nyle Dry Kilns.........................................23

Oakcrest Lumber, Inc.............................81

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

O’Shea Lumber Co..................................78

Patrick Lumber Company.......................69

Paw Taw John Services, Inc..................77

Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual

Insurance Company................................60

Peterson, Keith D., & Co., Inc................80

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

PJ Clark Lumber.........................................

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

Primewood................................................1

Quality Hardwoods Ltd...............................

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

Real American Hardwood Coalition...........

Rosenberry, Carl, & Sons,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stiles, A.W., Contractors, Inc.................74

Stoltzfus Forest Products, LLC..............79

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

Tigerton Lumber Co................................58

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

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

TS Manufacturing...................................14

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

U-C Coatings, LLC...................................75

USNR...........................................................

VisionTally..................................................

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

Wheeland Lumber Co., Inc.....................71

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

Williams, R.J., Inc...................................63

York Legacy Mill Inc...................................

From the forest to our broad product line, to delivery around the world,

we provide exceptional value in every load of Pike Brand Hardwoods.

PO Box 247

Akron, Indiana 46910

www.PikeLumber.com

Sales@PikeLumber.com

www.PikeLumber.com

(800) 356-4554

(574) 893-4511

(574) 893-7400 Fax

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