The Softwood Forest Products Buyer - May/June 2022

In the latest issue of The Softwood Forest Products Buyer, learn more about the NAWLA Leadership Summit, the SLMA/SFPA Spring Meeting, Snider Industries, U.S. Lumber Inc., and more.

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Vol. 36 No. 3 The Softwood Industry’s Only Newspaper...Now Reaching 36,034 firms (20,000 per issue) May/June 2022

NAWLA Leadership Summit Offers

Full Agenda Of Education And


Photos By Terry Miller

SLMA and SFPA Spring Meeting

Strongly Attended

Photos By Terry Miller

Terry Miller, The Softwood Forest Products Buyer, Memphis, TN; Mark Richardson,

The Westervelt Company Inc., Tuscaloosa, AL; John Lindsey, Langdale Forest Products

Co., Valdosta, GA; and Rich Mills, Hood Industries Inc., Hattiesburg, MS

Todd Lindsey, Eastern Engineered Wood Products, Bethlehem, PA; Pike Severance,

Coastal Forest Products LLC, Bedford, NH; Joe Hanas, Nordic Structures, Montreal,

QC; David Destiche, Amerhart Limited, Green Bay, WI; and Rob Latham, Tri-State Forest

Products Inc., Springfield, OH

Fort Lauderdale, FL– The 2022 Leadersip Summit was hosted recently by

the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) at the Fort Lauderdale

Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. The theme for this year's event

was "Where Decision Makers Grow."

During the three-day event, attendees enjoyed multiple networking sessions

as well as educational presentations. Brian O'Malley, inspirational speaker and

former expedition leader, paramedic firefighter, SWAT team officer and paragliding

pilot was the keynote speaker at this event.

Other education session leaders were: Mark Lanterman, chief technology

officer, Computer Forensic Services; Kent Wheiler, associate professor, School

of Environmental Forest Sciences, University of Washington; and Ann Baker,

UFP Business School, UFP Industries Inc. Also, panel members from Weyerhaeuser,

Boise Cascasde and LP presented "What's the Holdup?: A Supply

Chain Disruption Panel Discussion."





Additional Photos on page 12

Continued on page 32

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New Orleans, LA–The Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association

(SLMA) and Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) hosted a joint, twoday

meeting here recently.

The associations held their respective board meetings, in addition to providing

attendees with industry updates from various experts and hosting a trade

expo featuring more than 40 vendors that supply equipment and services to

the lumber industry. Before the official meeting began, a fundraising dinner to

provide funds to update the industry catalog of high resolution Southern Yellow

Pine product photos was held at the renown Napoleon House.

Eric Gee, SFPA Executive Director, provided an overview of SFPA’s recent

programs and activities. SFPA currently promotes Southern Pine lumber in nine

global markets with in-market representatives based in five countries.

After two years of hosting virtual events and meetings, SFPA is pleased to

be offering in-person activities once again, with increased funding for International

Program promotions, additional technical resources, the newly rebranded

John Edgar Rhodes Sawmill Safety Excellence Award, and the annual Forest

Products EXPO, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee on August 23-25,


For more information, please visit www.sfpa.org.

SLMA’s board meeting highlighted on-going efforts of the association regarding

government affairs activities in Washington, DC to promote lumber as

a “green” building material that supports rural economies while also combating

potentially troublesome regulations and tax changes. The membership was

also informed about the association’s growing Young Lumber Professionals

and Fundamentals of Leadership programs, which help develop future industry

leaders, and SLMA’s Lumber.Works website to provide materials and virtual

reality videos to members

that are recruiting

potential employees

at high schools, trade

schools, and job fairs.

The Industry Updates

sessions included

presentations by

experts ranging from

environmental, tax, and

human resource attorneys

to representatives

Ricky Stanley, T.R. Miller Mill Co. Inc., Brewton, AL; and

Casey Miller and Dean Griffey, A.W. Stiles Contractors

Inc., McMinnville, TN

Additional Photos on page 16

from the treated wood,

trucking, and pallet

industries. Attendees

Continued on page 32

Aidan Coyles is in training to become the next sales and

marketing manager for Gilbert Smith Forest Products Ltd.

(GSFP), located in Barriere, British Columbia. GSFP is a

specialty cut primary lumber manufacturer with sales regions

spanning North America and the European Union, including

Central Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Korea.

GSFP focuses on tight knot Western Red Cedar manufacturing

with products including GS Select rough green blanks,

Aidan Coyles 2x4 – 2x12 at 1 13/16x 1/8 off; 2x4, 2x6 5/4 x6 AK S4S

green decking; 2x4x8’, 2x6, 2x8 x8’ – 16’, 1 face rough or

S4S; and 1x4, 1x6, 1x12 in S1S2E, 4x4 tight knot posts. The company offers GS

Select rough blank for remanufacturers to run into pattern stock.



Continued on page 32

Christopher Sackett is president of sales and purchasing

for Gates Milling, Inc., located in Gatesville, NC. The company

is a fully integrated hardwood and Softwood manufacturer

and re-manufacturer. As the largest producer of Atlantic

White Cedar products in the US, they also offer shipping to

Canada and the Caribbean, as well as exports to Europe, Asia

and Australia.

Gates Milling, Inc. produces 6.6 million board feet of

green and kiln-dried lumber, along with 8.8 million board feet

of sawmill lumber and 7.2 million board feet of moulder/planer

woods. They carry Select, No. 2 Common and Pecky in Cypress (both kilndried

and green), as well as timbers up to 16x16. In Atlantic White Cedar lumber,

Continued on page 38

Institutes Of Timber Learning

Universities Accelerate Mass Timber Market Adoption

Universities have become proving grounds for the adoption of mass timber in

the United States, providing invaluable design and construction experience for

firms, supplying an emerging buyer base for mass timber products, proving out

financial benefits for stakeholders, and demonstrating the biophilic benefits conferred

to those who live and learn in environments built with natural materials.

What makes universities so good at building with mass timber? One reason

is that universities don’t face the intense ROI timelines that dictate commercial

development, allowing leeway for resident academics to fully explore design

ideas. Universities are also typically adept at securing the kind of supportive

funding granted by the state, federal, and industry organizations that are trying to

grow mass timber demand. It certainly also helps that some grants—such as the

2019 Mass Timber University Grant Program, administered by the USDA Forest

Service—are aimed at universities. Lastly, academics tend to lean ideologically

progressive on sustainability issues.

Prominent recent examples of campus mass timber projects include the

University of Arkansas’s Adohi Hall, a 202,027-square-foot student residence

constructed from cross-laminated timber (CLT); Oregon State’s Peavy Hall and

the AA “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, which feature

CLT and glulam; Clemson University’s Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education

Center, which ENR Southeast named best project in the sports and entertainment

category in 2020; and the new dorm wing of Hanszen College at Rice University,

which is to be built with CLT using Southern Yellow Pine.

“Universities have been acting as accelerators for mass timber construction,”

notes Simon Hyoun, Senior Director of Education at the Softwood Lumber

Board. “They prime the pump of commercialization and raise the level of professional

expertise among the architect, engineer, and construction community.”

Hyoun notes that the teaching effect of any innovative project is boosted in an

academic setting, especially if the school offers study in the fields of architecture,

engineering, or construction.

“Imagine a 20,000-square-foot materials lab built with mass timber where

future architects are learning about designing with wood,” says Patricia Layton,

Director of the Wood Utilization + Design Institute at Clemson. “You don’t have

to imagine it. Universities and industry have been actively funding these types of

projects—as well as the learning that happens within them.”

Who’s Who in Softwoods

Continued on page 50

Matt Duprey is Hancock Lumber’s chief revenue officer

and sales manager for the sawmill division, headquartered

in Casco, ME. He oversees the logistics and mill scheduling

group, along with all customer relations and programs.

Hancock Lumber manufactures Eastern White Pine boards,

annually producing 100 million board feet while focusing on

surfaced and rough 4/4 boards. In addition to their U.S. sales

in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West, the company

also serves Canada and export markets.

Matt Duprey

Each board Hancock manufactures either meets NELMA’s

Eastern White Pine grade standards or is graded to meet proprietary specs for

Continued on page 38

Sawyer Bardwell is a part of the mill sales team for Wildwood

Trading Group, an exclusive dealer of Vaagen Brothers

Lumber headquartered in Colville, WA. He has been with

Wildwood since July 2021.

Wildwood Trading Group is a building products marketing

company that integrates mill sales, wholesale distribution,

re-manufacturing and transportation services to bring sustainable

success to its customers, vendors and partners.

The company produces 250 million board feet annually, Sawyer Bardwell

offering DFL, SPFS, ESLPAF, WW and HF/WF. They also

produce dimensional surfaced lumber in 2x4, 2x6, and 2x8 sizes. Grades include

MSR, No. 2 Common and Better, SEL Struct, No. 3 Common, and Utility grades

Continued on page 38

Ten Years Of Building Code Official


By: Jackson Morrill

President & CEO of the American Wood Council

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the American

Wood Council’s (AWC) little known but highly effective

Code Official Connections program. There are nearly 6,200

building code officials who have opted-in to receive an AWC

enewsletter each month. As the building codes have become

more complex, AWC uses this regular communication as

Jackson Morrill a forum to address some of the more complicated issues

relevant to our industry and of interest to code officials. AWC

works hard to build and maintain a relationship with the community of code

officials throughout the country. Through efforts like Code Official Connections,

in-person educational events, attendance at state conferences, and service to the

International Code Council (ICC), AWC is a recognized and trusted name with

building and fire officials.

Over the past 10 years, AWC has also relied on Code Official Connections to

get the word out quickly on critical code issues, helping to shape opinions and

perceptions in ways other competing materials simply are not able to replicate.

For example, last year the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI)

issued a press release warning of the potential for catastrophic failure of wood

structures built with European lumber, which eventually escalated to lumberyards

in surrounding states refusing North American lumber with a specific

gravity of less than 0.42. Throughout the evolving process, AWC used the Code

Official Connections program to communicate to code officials in the affected

areas to clarify the confusion caused by the NCDOI press release. Eventually,

AWC developed a new table of design values for multi-species lumber grade

marks to help code officials and designers navigate the complications that have

emerged in grade marking and stamps, which may sometimes indicate more

than a single species of wood. In time sensitive situations like this, quickly

providing code officials with technical guidance affecting wood products is an

important step in assuring their continual acceptance in modern wood construction.

During last year’s 2024 Group A Code Development Process, the Code Official

Connections program again proved critical. Competing materials launched

a misinformation campaign in the attempt to overturn a code change proposal to

increase the ceiling area from 20% to 100% exposed mass timber in Type IV-B.

The change proposal, which was based on AWC fire testing, was successful

in the Committee Action Hearings and Public Comment Hearings. This meant

Continued on page 64

Table of Contents


NAWLA Leadership Summit..... 1

SLMA/SFPA Spring Meeting.....1

Snider Industries:

Over 85 Years........................ 4

U.S. Lumber Inc./Lita Abele...... 6

SCMA Meeting......................... 7

NELMA - New Website.............. 8

John L. Mulrooney Award ........9

NAWLA Regional Meetings... 10

LMC Hosts "Super Bowl"....... 11

San Group Acquire Sawmill ...58


Who's Who in Softwoods....... 2

AWC News................................ 2

SLB News................................. 2

APA News............................... 20

Washington Scene................ 22

Retail Review......................... 24

Northeast Bus. Trends.......... 26

Inland West Bus. Trends....... 26

Midwest Business Trends..... 28

West Coast Business

Trends................................. 28

Southeast Bus.Trends.............30

Ont./Quebec Bus. Trends..... 30

Softwood Stock


Trade Talk............................... 65

Softwood Calendar................ 69

Classified Opportunities....... 70

Index of Advertisers.............. 70

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Snider’s process produces lumber with

superior milling characteristics. All lumber

is inspected by the Southern Pine Inspection

Bureau for quality assurance. The product

featured is 1x6 paneling #122.

Snider Industries’ lumber is dried in their state-of-the-art conventional steam kilns

for 72 hours. The product featured is 1x6 paneling #122.


Over 85 Years of


Operation Within

the Lumber Industry

Family-owned and operated, Snider Industries has proven that small business,

family values can reside in even the largest of industries and is reflected in over

85 years of customer-centric operation within the lumber industry. Upholding

a long-standing commitment to superior quality and the satisfaction of their

customers, this lumber manufacturer has been labeled an industry leader in all

facets: service, product offerings, and overall operation. Jill Snider Brewer, the

third-generation owner of the family-owned sawmill, has been decorated with

honors over the years including an acknowledgement as the 2016 Person of the

Year by Timber Processing Magazine – an industry leading publication reaching

both North American and international professionals within the lumber

manufacturing trade. The people who make Snider Industries what it is, both

those from within and outside the company, continue to shout their praises of

the company’s operational values and resulting product offerings, all during an

annual production of 55 million board feet of Southern Yellow Pine one-inch


Based in Marshall, TX, the lumber created by Snider Industries is guaranteed

to be clean, dry and dust-free, as it is promised to be protected from weather

elements from its removal from conventional steam dry kilns to its delivery to

consumers. The company places the lumber in the recently built USNR conventional

steam kilns at 180° F for three days, and then allows the lumber to equalize

for approximately two weeks before heading to the planer mill. This allows

the product to regain a moisture content guaranteed to be below 15 percent and

produces a soft, pliable board suitable for multiple purposes, including millwork

and patterns. The Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) approves the lumber

products for grades of D & Better, #2 or #3 in 8’ through 16’ lengths, 4” to 12”

in width.

The finished lumber products, which are offered in a wide variety of patterns,

are stored in the 220,000 square-foot, fully enclosed storage and loading facility.

The customers value the clean, dry and dust-free

delivery and protection of Snider products. With

the space allotted, Snider is able to stock and fulfill

most orders immediately and strives to make

the purchasing process from order to pick-up as

convenient as possible.

The goal of the company is, of course, not

only to lead in the industry, but also to provide

quality products and services, and a positive

working environment for everyone, all the time.

Over the years, we’ve made adjustments in our

operations to better meet the needs of the customer

and the results have been extremely rewarding

for both our target market and our internal operations,”

said Brewer.

The team at Snider Industries remains keen on

the importance of not falling victim to ‘legacy

disease,’ continuing business practices without

consideration for change and improvement. After

decades of providing exceptional quality South-

ern Yellow Pine lumber, the state of constant

awareness of advancements within the

industry and the effectiveness of their own

processes, continues to make the company

both competitive and relevant.

Just as the company invests in fine-tuning

the lumber operations, the CMS (Customer

Management System) implemented many

years ago, continues to improve customer

productivity and overall experience. The

password-protected web portal allows the

lumber customers 24-hour access to every

phase of their purchasing process, providing

more hands-on management of their

account. Customers continually credit the

noted improvement with their own increased

productivity and purchase planning.

“Every step of our process is

finely tuned to produce quality. We

maintain a steady supply of raw

materials for sawmill operations

via timber purchased locally and

from our land base of over 50,000

acres. We implement our processes

through the high-tech operations of

our facilities’ management systems.

We have been generating ‘green’

biomass electrical and meeting

thermal power needs for our plant

operations since 1982, generating

approximately 32,000 Texas

Renewable Energy Credits (REC)

for purchase annually. All of these

things make us who we are, and we

continue to strive to find more ways

to satisfy our customers’ needs and

to pay honor to the generations of

family who made it all possible,”

said Brewer.

The infamous year of 2020

forced companies to focus on

the value of the fundamentals in

business operation and the substantial

worth that resides within the

company itself. Amidst tremendous

change across all industries, this

lumber manufacturer remained

ahead of the curve with its CMS

capabilities as the lumber industry

scrambled to adapt to the necessary

digital implementations. Though

the developments continue as the

implications of the pandemic carry

on, Snider Industries—already

positioned as a lead generator of

Southern Yellow Pine pre-pandemic—continues

to search for ways to

exceptionally produce and serve.

For more information, contact

David Hanson at 903-938-9727 or

via email at dhanson@sniderindustries.com.


Take Comfort In

Our Reputation

Our wood helps build some of the most comfortable

furniture available, but our reliability has

helped build something even more enduring…

our reputation. For over 70 years, we’ve been

providing wholesalers with one of the country’s

largest, most consistent supply of quality White

Pine and northeastern hardwoods from extensive

forests in northern New England. No

hassles. No misrepresentations. Just

a level of integrity

that’s as solid as

our products.

And that’s

something you

can feel very

comfortable with.

Snider Industries is a company dedicated

to workmanship and customer service,

always striving to offer the best products and

purchasing experience to their customers. The

product featured is 1x6 paneling #122.

You can also find us online

at www.sniderindustries.com

or https://www.facebook.



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4/23/19 2:01 PM




Lita Abele Turns Challenges Into Triumphs At

U.S. Lumber Inc.

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












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.

"To succeed, a person

must be hard-working,

not a complainer, and


—Lita Abele,

CEO, U.S. Lumber Inc.

Lumber Inc. sells lumber in a variety

of thicknesses, including 2x6 widths

and lengths.

It also sells a wide range of plywood

products and pressure-treated


U.S. Lumber purchases from various

lumber suppliers, and imports

some high-density plywood from

Finland and Russia.

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

Mixed hardwoods from U.S. Lumber

Inc. are used in diverse projects, such

as this excavation site.

Photo courtesy D’Angelo Bros Inc.

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

Continued on page 46

SCMA Gathers for Annual Meeting

Doug Brock, Semi-Retired, Panacea, FL; and Ryan Collins and John Stevenson, Beasley

Forest Products Inc., Hazlehurst, GA

Miramar Beach, FL– The Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association

(SCMA) held its 2022 Annual Meeting recently at the Sandestin Golf and Beach

Resort, located here, in conjunction with the Hardwood Manufacturers Association’s

National Conference and Expo.

Thirty members, prospective

members, promotion sponsors, industry

stakeholders, and staff gathered

for a networking reception and

dinner to open the two-day event.

The next morning, the attendees met

to review the past year’s activities,

preview 2022 promotion initiatives,

discuss association business, and

elect officers.

Cassie Lewis, Turn Bull Lumber

Company, Elizabethtown, NC, was

elected SCMA president. Lewis

joined Turn Bull Lumber Company

in 2011, working her way through

the accounting and logistics departments,

before joining the sales team

in 2015. She now serves as the

company’s account manager, and is

responsible for all sales, as well as

managing the green and kiln-dried


Truss Beasley, Beasley Forest

Products (BFP), Hazlehurst, GA,

was elected SCMA vice president.

He joined BFP in 2014 and is currently

serving as vice president of

business development for the Beasley

Group sawmills and flooring

plants. Beasley earned a Bachelor

of Finance and a Master of Business

Administration from Georgia

Southern University.

The SCMA is a non-profit organization

dedicated to the promotion

of Cypress building products to

design professionals and consumers.

For more information, visit

www.CypressInfo.org. Follow the

SCMA on Instagram and Twitter at

@cypress_info, and on Facebook at


If your company is engaged in the

manufacture, processing, or distribution

of cypress building products,

and is interested in joining, email


to learn about membership. n

Zack Rickman, Atlanta Hardwood Corporation, Mableton, GA; Mark Tuck, Gates Milling

Inc., Gatesville, NC; Hal Mitchell, Atlanta Hardwood Corporation; and Lance Johnson,

ISK Biocides Inc., Memphis, TN

Additional Photos on page 49

Uncertainty Makes It Hard to Know When to Buy

But Idaho Timber’s Just-In-Time Service Makes it Easy:

• Get just what you want right when you want it, in highly mixed trucks of

dimension, studs and special trims. Delivered mill-direct in 24 to 48 hours,

you can profitably sell each load before a market move impacts its value.

• Your inventory turns 4 times faster with our just-in-time truck service than if

you buy railcars. Reload costs are eliminated and you can have a truckload

sold and on your A/R before payment is even due. All this does wonders for

cash flow. And fast, mixed trucks make it easy to keep stock in balance.

• Lumber metered in by truck takes 80% less space and capital than when

supplied by car. With all that space and cash freed up, your wood may all

fit under roof where it will yard better and sell better, and you’ll have room

and funds for higher margin products to further improve your bottom line.

Idaho Timber’s just-in-time service accelerates inventory turns

and shrinks carrying costs. When your lumber moves this quickly

and profitably, your risk from market moves is so minimal you can

confidently replenish stock at any time.

Maximum Performance. Minimum Risk.


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NELMA Launches Comprehensive

New Website

Remember when companies and associations maintained multiple websites with vanity URLs to broaden online informational

reach? Times have changed.

The Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA) has launched a brand-new, completely redone website

that clearly and concisely encapsulates all interests for all NELMA audiences. The new NELMA.org launched in late summer


The new NELMA.org offers a one-stop shop approach,” commented Jeff Easterling president of Maine-based NEL-

MA. “Our audiences – retailers, architects, builders, contractors, students, and consumers – have been asking for this; this

what our members need, too.

“We’re bucking the old trend of vanity websites for separate products and programs,” continued Easterling. “Retailers

need to know product information that helps them sell more wood easily and clearly. Consumers want instant inspiration.

Builders and contractors need help from one source. Architects don’t want to search and hop around the internet. With the

new NELMA.org, it’s all in one place in a clearer, cleaner, more educational format.”

For You, the Retailer

Whatever you used from NELMA4Retailers.org has made the journey over to the new NELMA.org. The NELMA

Retailer section focuses on sales tools and tips specifically for selling Eastern White Pine and SPFs; whether it’s tech info,

span details, the popular grade swatch – it’s all in one place.

The NELMA Retailer Directory is still an important part of the website to provide that connection between the product

they want with where to buy it locally!

One easy and free registration

later and you’re part of the NELMA

database for builders, contractors,

and consumers to search.

Consumer Interface

Number one on a consumer’s list:

inspiration. How best to use Eastern

White Pine and SPFs? Beautiful

images of timely, trendy possibilities

for the home and commercial

environments. Tutorials on how to

handle and use lumber to achieve

the desired effect. Research material,

in the form of the new “Profiles in

Pine” book, which provides a new

way of getting beautiful case study

information directly into the hands

of consumers.

When it’s time to purchase,

consumers can click over to the

NELMA Retailer Directory to find

the closest Eastern White Pine and

SPFs dealer near them.

Calling All Architects

Architects love reading and learning

more about how wood has been

used in the past from the White Pine

Monographs; don’t worry, they’re

still around! These unique case studies,

highlighting multiple wood uses

from Revolutionary-era homes and

projects to current day, are a staple

of architect-facing education.

Speaking of education: easy

access to NELMA’s AEC Daily

class, “Eastern White Pine: Sustainable

Versatility” may be found

at the click of a button on the new


NELMA Members

With the combination of all

NELMA information sources into

one location, a giant library of marketing

materials is at the disposal of

all NELMA members.

Two years ago, NELMA members

asked their Association for help

in recruiting talent for jobs in the

lumber industry. The NELMA Jobs

Continued on page 50

NAWLA Announces

John J. Mulrooney

Award Recipient:

Jim Robbins Sr.

Photos By Terry Miller

Chicago, IL–The North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA),

headquartered here, is pleased to announce that the 2022 Mulrooney Award was

presented to Jim Robbins Sr., former president and owner of Robbins Lumber Inc.,

located in Searsmont, ME.

Robbins has been with the company full time since 1968, overseeing responsibility

for company sales. He has committed over 50 years of service to the industry

and lumber community.

Robbins held various positions in industry organizations over the years, including but not limited to NAWLA, Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association, National

Forest Products Association, Northeast Retail Lumber Association, Maine Forest Products Council, Forest Products Group Trust, the American Forestry Council,

served on the Executive Committee of the Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative, the Statewide Wood Energy Assistance Team, the Maine Christmas Tree Association,

the Forest Society of Maine, Georges River Land Trust, and more. He was the first manufacturer to be elected to the Board of Directors for NAWLA.

Robbins continues to be active on committees well into retirement. He was a Cubmaster and/or Scoutmaster for 21-plus years, President of the Katahdin Area Council,

received the Silver Beaver Award from Boy Scouts of America, served in the Navy as a survival instructor, and is a leader in his local church. Robbins is known in

the industry for his passionate promotion

of Eastern White Pine, and the

forest industry as a whole.

“Over the years, I’ve observed and

admired Jim’s work on committees,

serving on the NAWLA board, participation

at the Traders Market and

Leadership Summit each year, and in

numerous other capacities. Although

I don’t have first-hand experience

purchasing from Jim via his 'real' job

at Robbins Lumber Company, I know

well his sterling reputation running

and growing his multi-generational

family business. His love for his

family, his business, his community,

his industry, and his state and nation

are borne out by literally a lifetime

of good works,” said Jim McGinnis,

President and CEO, The McGinnis

Lumber Company, Inc. “Jim’s infectious

smile and humble personality

make it impossible not to like him

instantly, and I can’t think of anyone

more deserving of receiving the 2022

Mulrooney Award.”

In its 127-year history, the North

American Wholesale Lumber Association

has seen many great leaders.

One of those was John J. Mulrooney,

a career lumber wholesaler who later

served as NAWLA’s chief executive

for nearly 20 years until his untimely

death in 1979.

NAWLA established the John J.

Mulrooney award to commemorate

his life and career, emphasizing his

important contributions to the forest

products industry. Since his passing,

NAWLA has recognized an elite

group of individuals who exemplify

the qualities Mulrooney embodied:

steadfast leadership, strategic thinking,

personal integrity, and service to


Jim and his wife Ann have three

children that now run two Eastern

White Pine sawmills located in

Searsmont and East Baldwin, ME.

Continued on page 51

A.W. Stiles Contractors, Inc.

A.W. Stiles provides a full line of Modern Day Equipment serving both Softwood and Hardwood markets. New Installations

and Complete Rebuilds on Existing Equipment: High Temp Track Kilns, Hardwood Package Kilns, Predryers, Walnut Steamers

(Right) Charles Ingram Lumber in Effingham, SC. A.W.

Stiles Contractors fabricated and installed a patent pending

dual path kiln consisting of a 60’ center chamber and 40’

extension chambers. The engineering firm over the project

was Tinsley Consulting Group of Hot Springs, AR.

Complete Rebuilds Including:

• Roof Replacements/Complete Reskins

• Heating Coils and Complete Steam Systems

• Energy Efficient Upgrades -

controls, insulation additions, wind flow,

heating capacity, door seals, etc.

(From left) Alden Robbins, Ann and Jim Robbins Sr., Catherine Robbins-Halsted and

Jim Robbins Jr.

(Left) T. R. Miller Mill Co. in

Brewton, AL. A.W. Stiles Contractors

fabricated and installed two

steam-heated patented dual path

kilns each kiln consisting of 94’

center chambers and 62’ extension

chambers. The engineering firm over

the project was Tinsley Consulting

Group of Hot Springs, AR.

• Doors and Carriers

• Structural Repairs

• Protective Coatings

• Complete line of replacement parts

Lee Stiles Cell: (931) 409-0144

Email: lee@awscontractorsinc.com

Glenn Thompson Cell: (615) 372-4261

Email: glenn@awscontractorsinc.com

Casey Miller Cell: (931) 607-7451

Email: casey@awscontractorsinc.com

Office: (931) 668-8768 • Fax: (931) 668-7327

286 Bass Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110


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Guest column by NAWLA



LMC Hosts “Super

Bowl” Of LBM Events

In Tampa

NAWLA is excited to once again host

our regional meetings for members to

catch up with old friends and make new connections – in person.

NAWLA regional events will be held in various regions which started in

April. This is a great opportunity to connect with your peers, share your successes

and lessons learned from the past year, and have some fun.

Coming To A Region Near You

Read on for more information on the Regional Meetings currently planned.


Wednesday, May 4, 4-8 pm

Vancouver, British Columbia

Join Daryl Swetlishoff, head of research for Raymond James Ltd.; Amar

Doman, founder, president and CEO of The Futura Corporation; and Mark

Thomson, P.Log, president and co-owner of Mountain View Group, for an education

session about the future of our industry.

Industry analyst Swetlishoff will share insights on the Canadian lumber

manufacturing landscape. As the Canadian lumber industry loses more timber in

British Columbia and, more than likely, more mills, companies will be rationalizing

their production as their timber supply shrinks and, possibly, consolidating

among themselves. As lumber wholesalers, their supply lines will look considerably

different five years from now. Doman has been expanding his interesting

and successful company, and he understands distribution. He'll discuss how

lumber will get to market and the changes that will occur in the future. Given

that he's just bought Vancouver's

football team, he'll share that story

as well! With 30 years of experience

in transportation logistics

across Canada, Mark Thomson,

P.Log, president of MVR Group,

joins the conversation to discuss

what's next through his lens of

shipping and logistics.



Wednesday, May 25, 3-5 pm

Montréal, Quebec

Attending the 2022 Montréal

Wood Convention? Join NAWLA

on Wednesday, May 25, for the

Montréal Regional Meeting! After

attending the trade show, education

sessions and networking events at

the convention, gather with your

colleagues for an evening of comedy

and connection.

An Evening of Laughter

The Montréal Regional Meeting

is no joke! Enjoy a comedy show

presented by Canadian comedians

Todd Van Allen, Joey Elias and David

Pryde, followed by dedicated

networking time and games with

your peers.



Thursday, June 16, 4-8 pm

Portland, Oregon

Join your peers at the Multnomah

Athletic Club for education and

networking. Save the date; more information

will be announced soon!



Thursday, August 4, 4-8 pm

Dellwood, Minnesota

At the NAWLA Minneapolis

Regional Meeting, join Michael

Swanson, Ph.D., senior vice presi-

Continued on page 32

Tampa, FL–For the first time in two years, the LMC Network of dealers,

suppliers, and staff met here in person for the 2022 LMC Annual

Meeting. LMC dealers attended high level professional education seminars,

took advantage of show specials, and discovered new products at

what attendees call the “Super Bowl” of LBM events.

The LMC Annual is one of the top events in the LBM industry where

thought leaders convene for the best market insight, purchasing opportunities,

and networking,” said Sean Tighe, LMC Senior Vice President of Purchasing.

“Most importantly for the industry, the strong purchasing results

indicate a positive market outlook for the rest of the year.”

Over the course of three days, dealers met with key supplier partners and

the biggest names in the LBM industry to learn about new products and

make purchases to prepare for prime building season. The LMC team was

also on hand to help build new relationships

and offer expert insight

into the state of the market.

“We take great pride in the relationships

that we’ve built within the

LBM industry,” said LMC President

and CEO Paul Ryan. “While it

is important to provide our dealers

with great purchasing opportunities,

the LMC Annual also allows us to

reconnect in person and continue

building the foundation to meaningful

and lasting relationships within

our network.”

Professional education seminars

were led by members of the LMC

team and key supplier partners,

such as ModernView, Epicor, and

Kenzai USA, to name a few. Additional

highlights included NFL

MVP and Super Bowl Champion

Joe Theismann as the keynote

speaker, the LMC Party - “LMC

Rocks at Raymond James Stadium,”

held at the home of the

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the

21st Century Leaders Night Out at

Splitsville that hosted the top young

leaders in the LBM industry.

“This show is about partnership

and it’s a great partnership to have

with suppliers. It’s wonderful because

we are also meeting our peers

and we’re able to talk about their

same issues, problems, or solutions,”

said Steve Siemieniewski,

Purchasing Director for McCray

Lumber and Millwork in Overland

Park, KS who was also recognized

by LMC for their 75th anniversary

on the show floor.

Ryan also spoke on separate occasions

at the LMC Update Breakfast

and the Stockholders Meeting

about the state of the industry, to

supply and labor challenges, to an

outlook in 2022 with sentiment

remaining largely positive for the

foreseeable future.

Continued on page 51

Paul Ryan (far right), LMC president and CEO, recognized the organization's most recent Dealer

of the Year award winners at the 2022 LMC Annual. Hancock Lumber, Casco, ME won the HBS

ProDealer of the Year Award and was one company recognized by LMC. Pictured (from left)

David Caisse, LMC Regional Manager, James Gigliotti, Hancock's Commodities Purchasing

Manager, Erin Plummer, Hancock's Chief Marketing Officer, Bart James, Hancock's Purchasing

Manager and Ryan. See story for other honorees.




At Alta Forest Products, our fences stand just a little bit taller. Craftsmanship,

sustainability and American-grown Western Red Cedar are at the core of who we

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the right tools to get the job done.

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NAWLA Leadership Summit PHOTOS Continued from page 1

Time-Tested Products • Modern-Day Applications


Chris Halsted, Catherine Robbins-Halsted, Emily Jolliffe

and Eli Jolliffe, Robbins Lumber Inc., Searsmont,


Alden and Amy Robbins, Ann and Jim Robbins Sr., and Erin Robbins,

Robbins Lumber Inc., Searsmont, ME

Warren Reeves and Sarah Davidson, Wholesale

Wood Products Inc., Dothan, AL; Katie and Anthony

Muck, DMSi Software, Omaha, NE

Mike Limas, DMSi Software, Omaha, NE; Tracey and Robyn

Crow, UFP Industries Inc., Union City, GA; Amy Latham, Tri-

State Forest Products Inc., Springfield, OH; and Tom Le Vere,

Weekes Forest Products Inc., Saint Paul, MN

Alex Darrah, Durgin and Crowell Lumber Co. Inc., New

London, NH; Natalie Smith, KAYU International Inc.,

Coeur D’Alene, ID; Alyson McLaughlin, Flagship Forest

Products Inc., Stoughton, MA; and Jeremy Howard,

Nyle Dry Kilns, Brewer, ME

Steve and Sally Killgore, Timber Products Company,

Springfield, OR; Mark Porter, Hampton Lumber, Portland,

OR; and Harris Gant, ECMD Inc., North Wilkesboro,


Noah Robbins and Jim Robbins Jr., Robbins Lumber Inc.,

Searsmont, ME; Peter McCarty, TS Manufacturing Co., Dover-

Foxcroft, ME; and Jeremy Pitts, Nyle Dry Kilns, Brewer, ME

Doug O’Rourke, Biewer Lumber LLC, Saint Clair, MI; Lillian and

Rick Ekstein, Steven and Elizabeth Rustja and Steve Rhone,

Weston Forest Products Inc., Mississauga, ON

Ingo Wallocha, Valutec Wood Dryers Inc.,

Vancouver, BC; Woody Rich, Legna Software

LLC, Winston-Salem, NC; and Terry

Miller, The Softwood Forest Products Buyer,

Memphis, TN

John and Andrea Murphy Jr., Murphy Company,

Eugene, OR; and Lawrence Newton,

U.S. Lumber Group LLC, Duluth, GA

Sarah Gornik, NAWLA, Chicago, IL; Melissa and Chris Knowles, Timber

Products Company, Springfield, OR; and Hayley Feichter and Katie Isdonas,


David and Bonnie Bernstein, U.S. Lumber Group

LLC, Branchburg, NJ; and Judy Haney and Mike

Mann, Boise Cascade Building Materials Distribution,

Boise, ID

Harris Gant, ECMD Inc., North Wilkesboro, NC; Jim and Sally Stuckey, Wholesale

Wood Products Inc., Dothan, AL; Nancy and Kent Beveridge, Skana Forest Products

Ltd., Vancouver, BC; and Chris Sainas, Dakeryn Industries Ltd., North Vancouver, BC

Mark Auxier, Patrick Lumber Company, Portland,

OR; Jackie Bartanen, Amerhart Limited, Green

Bay, WI; and Mark Erickson, Blue Book Services

Inc., Carol Stream, IL

Margie Semsak, Murphy Company, Eugene, OR; David Cox, Richmond International

Forest Products LLC, Glen Allen, VA; Kyle Little, Sherwood Lumber

Corporation, Melville, NY; Daphne Cox, Richmond International Forest

Products LLC; and Bonnie and David Bernstein, U.S. Lumber Group LLC,

Branchburg, NJ

Natalie Heacock, Patrick Lumber Company, Portland, OR; Terry Haddix,

Patrick Lumber Company, Tigard, OR; Tiffany and Bo Richardson,

Empire Building Materials Inc., Bozeman, MT; and Alyssa Lett,

UFP Industries Inc., Grand Rapids, MI

Additional Photos on page 14

Page 12 Softwood Forest Products BuyerMay/June 2022

Builders and homeowners have trusted our Made-in-Maine Hancock

Pine products to help bring spaces to life for nearly two centuries.

Contact Matt or Jack today to learn more about our offerings.

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NAWLA Leadership Summit PHOTOS Continued from page 12



John and Andrea Murphy Jr., Murphy Company, Eugene,

OR; and Bethany Doss and David Preston,

Capital Lumber Company, Healdsburg, CA

Russell Morgan and KelCee Hallstrom, Zip-O-Log Mills Inc., Eugene,

OR; Brian Boyd, Manufacturers Reserve Supply, Irvington,

NJ; and KayCee Hallstrom and Nate Hallstrom, Zip-O-Log Mills


Steven Heintzelman, Keiver-Willard Lumber Corporation,

Newburyport, MA; Jay Reese, Penn-Sylvan

International Inc., Spartansburg, PA; and Patti and

Webb Heintzelman, Keiver-Willard Lumber Corporation



Lori Byrd, RoyOMartin Lumber Co. LLC, Alexandria,

LA; Mark Wells, UFP Industries Inc., Union

City, GA; Aly Kingsley, Wildwood Trading Group,

Tualatin, OR; and Rick Brignac, Westervelt Lumber

Company Inc., Tuscaloosa, AL

Mike Limas, Anthony Muck and Henry German, DMSi Software,

Omaha, NE; Jim Robbins Sr., Robbins Lumber Inc., Searsmont,

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

Mark Swets, Erin Hlavacek and Kelsey Kwasniak,

NAWLA, Chicago, IL; and Bill Price, All Star Forest

Products Inc., Jackson, MS


Bobby Byrd, RoyOMartin Lumber Co. LLC, Alexandria, LA; Tracey Crow, UFP

Industries Inc., Atlanta, GA; Joe Hanas, Nordic Structures, Montreal, QC; David

Cox, Richmond International Forest Products LLC, Glen Allen, VA; and

Jim McGinnis, The McGinnis Lumber Company Inc., Meridian, MS

Laura Ebersberger, UFP Industries

Inc., Newfoundland, NJ; and Mike

and Ann Baker, UFP Industries Inc.,

Grand Rapids, MI

Mike TerMolen, Do It Best Corp., Fort Wayne, IN; Ann

Baker, UFP Industries Inc., Grand Rapids, MI; Nate Jorgensen,

Boise Cascade Company, Boise, ID; and Judy

Haney and Mike Mann, Boise Cascade Building Materials

Distribution LLC, Boise, ID

Jim Stuckey, Wholesale Wood Products Inc., Dothan,

AL; Lindsey DiGangi, Pennsylvania Lumbermens

Mutual Insurance Company, Philadelphia, PA;

Bethany Doss, Capital Lumber Company, Healdsburg,

CA; and Grant Phillips, Wildwood Trading

Group, Tualatin, OR

Bethany Doss, Capital Lumber Co., Healdsburg, CA; Chelsea Brown,

Patrick Lumber Company, Portland, OR; KelCee Hallstrom and Kay-

Cee Hallstrom, Zip-O-Log Mills Inc., Eugene, OR; and Natalie Heacock,

Patrick Lumber Company

Jim Enright, Pacific Woodtech Corporation,

Burlington, WA; Todd Lindsey, Eastern Engineered

Wood Products, Bethlehem, PA; and

Randy Schillinger, Pacific Woodtech Corporation

Jon Teague, Hampton Lumber, Portland, OR; Andre and Susan Beaulieu, J.D. Irving

Limited, Saint John, NB; Scott Gascho, Hampton Lumber; Cozette Ellis, Idaho Timber

LLC, Meridian, ID; Mark Porter, Hampton Lumber; and Ted Ellis, Idaho Timber LLC,

Meridian, ID

Curt and Karly Stuckey, Wholesale Wood Products Inc., Birmingham,

AL; Bill and Kathy Price, All Star Forest Products Inc., Jackson,

MS; and Jim McGinnis, The McGinnis Lumber Company Inc.,

Meridian, MS

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SLMA / SFPA Spring Meeting PHOTOS Continued from page 1

Mark and Sarah Frances Richardson, Westervelt Lumber Co.,

Tuscaloosa, AL; Loren Walker and wife, BID Group, Saint George,

SC; and Larry Poudrier, BID Group, Marbel, QC

Joe Patton, The Westervelt Company Inc.,

Tuscaloosa, AL; Lee Goodloe, Canfor Southern

Pine, Mobile, AL; and Nash Elliott, Canfor

Southern Pine, Estill, NC

Roy Beall, Jasper Lumber Company LLC, Jasper, AL; Craig

Forbes, Weyerhaeuser, Hot Springs, AR; and Nick Girardi and

Charles Moniotte, KDS Windsor, Asheville, NC

Drew Harrigan, Harrigan Lumber Company Inc., Monroeville, AL;

Daniel Gravely, Real Performance Machinery LLC, Independence,

VA; Stephen Singleton, Southern Pine Inspection Bureau, Gulf

Breeze, FL; and Pino Pucci, Tolko Marketing & Sales Ltd., Vernon,


Furman Brodie, Charles Ingram Lumber

Co. Inc., Effingham, SC; Caroline Dauzat,

Rex Lumber LLC, Graceville, FL; and Marc

Brinkmeyer, Idaho Forest Group LLC, Coeur

d’Alene, ID

Bryan Smalley, SLMA, Tyrone, GA; Ricky Stanley, T.R.

Miller Mill Co. Inc., Brewton, AL; Mike McCoy, McGriff

Insurance Services Inc. – National Forest Products Practice,

Kennesaw, GA; and Bill Howard, Claude Howard

Lumber Co. Inc., Statesboro, GA

Corey Bounds, Continental Underwriters Inc., Newton, MS;

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

Jeff Jordan, Jordan Lumber & Supply Inc., Mt. Gilead, NC; and

Woody Stanchina, Continental Underwriters Inc., Richmond, VA

Jay Galloway, Hood Industries Inc., Hattiesburg,

MS; Mark Partyka, Osorno, Birmingham,

AL; and Rich Mills, Hood Industries Inc.

Jason Goodman, U-C Coatings LLC, Buffalo, NY; Hunter

McShan, McShan Lumber Co. Inc., McShan, AL; and

Chris Fehr and Dave Sondel, U-C Coatings LLC

Chad Smith, USNR, Hot Springs, AR; Tracey

Mitchell, USNR, Perry, GA; and Lee Pollard,

Pollard Lumber Co. Inc., Appling, GA

Marcus Trisdale, Microtech, Corvallis, OR; Frank Joest, Microtech,

Bressanone, Italy; Chris Cournyer, Microtech, Corvallis, OR; and

Norvin Laudon, Microtec, Vancouver, BC

Roland Davyduke and Daniel Gravely, Real

Performance Machinery LLC, Independence,

VA; and Bill Howard, Claude Howard

Lumber Co. Inc., Statesboro, GA


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and a commitment to our environment, we promise to be dedicated to offering

our customers the personal service that is essential to delivering the

Ryan Flom, Softwood Lumber Board, Washington, DC; Jack Jordan, Jordan

Lumber & Supply Inc., Mt. Gilead, NC; Sandie Sparks, Sparks Lumber Inc.,

Ellijay, GA; Jeff Jordan, Jordan Lumber & Supply Inc.; and Chuck Smith, Rex

Lumber LLC, Graceville, FL

Jim Anderson, Furman Brodie, Rory Brodie and Thomas Brodie, Charles

Ingram Lumber Co. Inc., Effingham, SC; and Larry Poudrier, BID Group,

Mirabel, QC

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Additional Photos on page 18


Page 16 Softwood Forest Products BuyerMay/June 2022

SLMA / SFPA Spring Meeting PHOTOS Continued from page 16

Jamie Hull, Wolftek Industries Inc., Prince George, BC;

and Chris Cournyer, Microtech, Corvallis, OR

Eric and Lauren Gee, SFPA, Executive Director, Metairie,

LA; and Nancy and Matt Rogers, Cone-Omega LLC, Hahira,


Fred Taylor, Troy Lumber Company, Troy, NC; and Henco

Viljoen, Nyle Dry Kilns, Bangor, ME

Barry and Helen Black, Taylor Machine Works Inc., Louisville,

MS; and Bryant Beadles, Canfor Southern Pine,

Thomasville, GA

Brian Delbrueck, Arxada, Alpharetta,

GA; and Drew Harrigan, Harrigan Lumber

Company Inc., Monroeville, AL

Thomas Brodie and Rory Brodie, Charles Ingram Lumber

Co. Inc., Effingham, SC; and Cali and Woody Rich, Legna

Software LLC, Winston-Salem, NC

Mark Barford, National Wooden Pallet & Container

Association, Alexandria, VA; Bryan Smalley,

SLMA, Tyrone, GA; and Jimmy Wilson, PalletOne

Inc., Bartow, FL

Will Lampe, Lampe & Malphrus Lumber Co., Smithfield, NC; Heidi

Danbrook, Gilbert Products Inc., Roberval, QC; Hunter McShan,

McShan Lumber Co. Inc., McShan, AL; and Eric Gee, SFPA, Executive

Director, Metairie, LA

Pino Pucci, Tolko Marketing & Sales Ltd., Vernon, BC;

Nick Girardi, KDS Windsor, Hendersonville, NC; and

Rick Stoltz, Tolko Marketing & Sales Ltd.

Eric Michaud, Carbotech International Inc., Sarasota, FL; Gale Miller, Autolog,

Production Management Inc./Carbotech International Inc., Tuscaloosa,

AL; Harold Wayne Hankins, Hankins Inc., Ripley, MS; and Bruce Kicklighter,

Autolog, Production Management Inc./Carbotech International Inc., Evans,


Tracey Mitchell, USNR, Perry, GA; Harold Wayne Hankins and Trey Hankins,

Hankins Inc., Ripley, MS; and Jeff Stephens, USNR, Hot Springs,


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For more APA News and Information, go to www.apawood.org

Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring organic airborne chemical that can be

synthesized for certain industrial uses, such as adhesives used for wood products,

and in the manufacture of many other household goods, such as medical

products, carpets and cosmetics. Because elevated levels of formaldehyde

may lead to health concerns, regulations exist to limit exposure. These include

limits on formaldehyde emissions from some types of wood products.

In addition, some green building specifications create a preference for low

emitting products. Many green building rating systems often include criteria

to address indoor air quality goals, including mitigation of formaldehyde concentrations

or formaldehyde-emitting products. Learn more about these green

building specifications in APA Technical Note: Formaldehyde and Engineered

Wood Products https://www.apawood.org/publication.

This article provides information on formaldehyde regulations that apply to

U.S. and Canadian structural engineered wood products including structural plywood,

oriented strand board (OSB), wood I-joists, structural composite lumber

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are defined as wood products recognized in the U.S. and Canadian building

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Since most North American construction involves site-built conditions where

exposure to weather is expected, the standards for engineered wood products

require moisture-resistant adhesive systems. The inherent structural and moisture

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Always look for the APA Mark

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wood products bearing the APA

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Applicable to

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1. U.S. HUD Manufactured

Home Construction and

Safety Standard (CFR


This standard specifies a 0.20

ppm emission limit for plywood

and a 0.30 ppm limit for particleboard

when tested with the ASTM

E1333 Large Chamber Method.

The intent was to regulate the

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Testing during development of

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the plywood emission limit;

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SFPA Received

USDA Funding

For 2022 Unified

Export Strategy

The Southern Forest

Products Association

(SFPA) recently received notice from the U.S. Department

of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agriculture

Service (FAS) for its 2022 Unified Export Strategy

(UES), noting several key strengths of the program,

which are:

• Collaboration with the other Softwood cooperators

to conduct innovative marketing seminars and


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An international reputation.

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• Execution of activities without disruption.

• Executive Director Eric Gee’s direction has allowed

SFPA program activities to be more policy


• Ongoing communication and collaboration with

FAS Washington.

•Incorporation of alternative funding sources like

the Emerging Markets Program (EMP) to expand

technical training and market research for new core


FAS has recommended some improvements for the

2022 program, including:

• Plan and execute activities to effectively use

remaining ATP funding, which expires on September

30, 2024.

• Increase efforts to achieve climate change and

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activities in Europe.

• Work more closely with FAS to collaborate and

participate in more marketing activities and seminars.

The SFPA will continue to maintain good communication

with FAS, and remain flexible in program

planning in the year to come.

Learn more at www.sfpa.org

DHS To Issue 35,000 Additional

H-2B Visas

The National Association of Home Builders reported

that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

has announced the publication of a joint temporary

final rule making available an additional 35,000 H-2B

temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second

half of fiscal year 2022. These

additional visas will be set aside for

U.S. employers seeking to employ

additional workers on or after April

1 through Sept. 30, 2022.

H-2B visas allow employers to

hire foreign workers who come

temporarily to the United States

and perform temporary nonagricultural

services or labor —

including construction work — on

a one-time, seasonal, peak-load or

intermittent basis.

The supplemental H-2B visa

allocation consists of 13,500 visas

available only to returning workers

who received an H-2B visa,

or were otherwise granted H-2B

status, during one of the last three

fiscal years.

The remaining 11,500 visas,

which are exempt from the returning

worker requirement, are

reserved for nationals of Honduras,

Guatemala, and El Salvador

(collectively called the Northern

Triangle), as well as nationals from


How to File

Once the temporary final rule has

been published, eligible employers

seeking cap-subject H-2B workers

can file Form I-129, Petition for a

Nonimmigrant Worker, seeking additional

H-2B workers. They must

submit a confirmation with their

petition to demonstrate their business

is suffering irreparable harm

or will suffer impending irreparable

harm without a supplemental


More information

Additional details on eligibility

and filing requirements will be

available in the temporary final

rule and the Cap Count for H-2B

Nonimmigrants webpage. •

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Athens, NY

• Treatment Facility

Northern (Dricon) Facilities

Biewer has four northern sawmills right in the heart of

pine country— two in Michigan and two in Wisconsin.

These sawmills are fully automated, modern, high-tech

facilities that are vertically integrated to produce the

highest-quality building products. These four mills

produce more than 350 MMBF of dimensional lumber,

pickets, and timber annually.

Southern Facilities

Biewer’s southern production includes one facility in

Newton, MS, and a new mill located in Winona, MS,

which opened in early 2022. Together, these two

impressive sawmills will produce over 600 MMBF

annually. Biewer also added a third picket mill in MS,

bringing the company's total picket production to an

average of 40 million.

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US LBM Acquires Truss

Manufacturer And Supplier

Crown Components

Buffalo Grove, IL—US LBM, headquartered

here, a leading distributor of specialty building materials

in the United States, has acquired Crown Components,

a manufacturer and supplier of structural

roof and floor trusses in the metropolitan Phoenix


Founded in 2014, Crown Components serves

framing and building contractors for residential,

multi-family and light commercial projects. Crown

Components manufactures all types of pre-assembled

roof and floor wood trusses in a variety of shapes and

systems and provides full turn-key manufacturing

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services including materials takeoffs, truss design and

jobsite delivery.

Crown Components operates a nine-acre facility

in Tolleson, AZ, that services the Phoenix-Mesa-

Scottsdale market.

Other US LBM divisions in Arizona include R&K

Building Materials and Rosen Materials.

To learn more, go to www.uslbm.com.

R.P. Lumber Opens A New

Location In Nevada, MO

Edwardsville, IL—R.P. Lumber Co., Inc., headquartered

here, has opened a new location in Nevada,

MO. This is the family-owned hardware and building

materials retailer’s 82nd location and its 16th in


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the states of Illinois, Missouri, Wyoming, Iowa, and


In addition to offering lumber, shingles, siding,

drywall and other building materials, R.P. Lumber

will also feature a selection of hardware merchandise.

Their design team will specialize in designing everything

from decks and patios to cabinets and countertops

for kitchens and bathrooms. They can also help

with doors and windows.

R.P. Lumber Co., Inc. is a family-owned, fullservice

retail home center and building materials

supplier. R.P. Lumber offers full-service delivery,

lumber, drywall, roofing, kitchen cabinet design,

complete hardware stores and much more for professional

contractors and homeowners.

To learn more, go to www.


Britton Lumber, A

Building Materials

Company And

Sawmill, Expands

Bath, NH—Britton Lumber

Company, a forest-products and

building materials business located

here, recently announced the

planned expansion of its Eastern

White Pine sawmill in August

2022. Britton Lumber manufactures

Eastern White Pine and operates a

30,000-square-foot facility which

produces approximately 9 million

board feet annually.

The planned addition will see a

new 6,500-square-foot structure

built onto the existing sawmill

which will include a new optimized

linear edger, unscrambler, and new

belt conveyors and transfer decks.

The new edger and equipment from

McDonough Manufacturing, of Eau

Claire, WI, will replace Britton’s

existing 35-year-old manual edger,

which is a significant bottleneck

and the most labor-intensive position

in the sawmill, according to a

company press release.

While no jobs are being created

or eliminated, a key component

to the mill upgrade is to improve

workflow and create safer and more

desirable jobs. Britton Lumber

expects an increase in production

of approximately 5 percent and

the project is to be completed and

operational by the end of 2022.

The company currently operates

two divisions: manufacturing,

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Northeast Business Trends

By Tonya Rickman

Staff Writer

Inland West Business Trends

By Terry Miller


Softwood market trends in the Northeast are in a state of

flux, according to some industry sources located there.

An executive in sales for a lumber wholesaler in Pennsylvania

explained, “The market is volatile, if anything, as

far as prices being all over the place. Random lengths do

not seem to be keeping up with what the actual prices are,

and there have been considerable drops at the mill levels.”

He noted that while supply does seem to be better compared to a few months

ago, there’s room for improvement. “As far as availability,” he said, “we’re still

seeing a lot of issues in getting Softwood, particularly timbers right now. Production

levels are still below what they should be at this time.” Their company deals

primarily with Southern Yellow Pine (in Nos. 2, 3, and 4 Common), although they

also move SPF and plywood.

Patrick Lumber Company

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Continued on page 42

Sales of Softwood lumber in the Inland West region

have slowed down, but, according to one source, “Wood’s

still moving.” Asked how things are going in the market,

this same source, a sawmill representative in Idaho, said,

They’re going. Obviously, the selloff on futures is making

people a bit apprehensive but wood’s still moving.”

Asked to compare the market to several months earlier, he commented, “I’d say

it’s about the same.”

He handles Hem Fir, White Fir, Doug Fir, Ponderosa Pine and Cedar. The best

seller, he stated, is Ponderosa Pine.

He sells his Softwood lumber mostly to distribution yards, but also to home

centers. His customers’ sales are “good,” he noted. “Home centers are good and

distribution yards’ lumber is moving. The positive news from our perspective, as a

sawmill, is: it doesn’t sound like our customers have a lot of inventory. So, oftentimes,

even during a down market,

they’re asking how quickly we can

get them the lumber. For us, this

is a bullish indicator that things

will turn around the moment they

feel the futures have come off all

they’re going to come off. Then,

they’ll come back and buy more


“Transportation is a huge

hassle,” he added. “We’re almost

more excited about finding trucks

than we are about getting purchase

orders. It’s a nightmare. Everybody’s

fighting it. It’s worse than

it’s ever been.”

“We’ve slowed down a little

bit,” reported a wholesale distributor

in Montana. “Things

have quieted down just a touch. I

think inflated pricing is having an

impact on that: inflated truck pricing

and inflated material pricing. I

think it’s temporary though. There

are still a lot of people waiting

on jobs for pricing to come back

down on lumber. There will be a

resurgence, but I don’t see it right


Asked how the market compares

to a few months ago, he

said thoughtfully, “That’s always

a tough question because I don’t

look back very often, but probably

better now.”

He offers Select Struct and No.

1 Hem Fir, No. 2 Hem Fir and No.

2 and Better SPF. His best seller,

he figures, is upper grade Hem Fir.

Retail lumber yards are his customers.

They’ve had an outstanding

first quarter, but things are

starting to slow down a little bit

– just like us. It’s just a temporary


Continued on page 42

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Midwest Business Trends

By Paul Miller Jr.

Vice President

West Coast Business Trends

By Zach Miller

In the Midwest region, one lumberman expressed pure

positivity about the market while others said great sales

activity may not be happening at this time, but it is coming.

A sawmill representative in Texas stated, “The market is

good.” Asked what made him say that, he observed, “The

board market is still strong.” His company manufactures all Southern Yellow Pine

in grades No. 2 and No. 3 and D and Better in one-inch thickness. “We produce

17 different patterns,” he added.

The market was better at the time of the interview than it had been several

months earlier, he remarked.

He sells mainly to wholesalers, he said, and to “very few end users.” His customers

are struggling in that it is hard for them to find the materials that they need,

he stated.

Continued on page 44

September 8 -10, 2022

Whistler, British Columbia

The Global Buyers Mission (GBM) is Back in-Person!

We cannot wait to see you in person! This September 8th to 10th, we will invite international

buyers to meet our Canadian suppliers back in Whistler for our first live meeting since

2019! The 2022 GBM will feature exhibits, networking activities, 1:1 business meetings and

educational opportunities.

You can find new suppliers, see new product offerings, meet some new folks, and renew old

acquaintances. We know your time is limited so let us make this GBM one that exceeds your

expectations for making new business connections.

We will update the globalbuyersmission.com website regularly, so stay tuned for more details

as we finalize our plans for the 2022 Global Buyers Mission!

For more information visit: globalbuyersmission.com,

email gbm@ bcwood.com or call toll free 1-877-4BCWOOD.

At the time of this writing, Cedar prices remained high,

and framing lumber prices were on a two-week skid,

creating attractive openings for some buyers. West coast

producers on both sides of the border continued to deal

with a myriad of challenges including the usual suspects,

labor and transportation taking center stage. The following

is what a few west coast manufacturers had to say about

the market and its challenges:

Dean Garofano of Delta Cedar Specialties, Delta, BC said, “What’s trending

in the Cedar market in early 2022? Cedar demand has been a little lackluster in

the early part of 2022. Many distributors report slower take away compared to the

last couple of years for the same period. I think that it is safe to say that there are

several factors that are contributing to these market trends. To start with, consumers

are grappling with runaway inflation in almost every sector, along with rising

interest rates and the devastating Russian invasion of Ukraine. There are still

those consumers less impacted by

economic factors that have more

discretionary funds. However,

many are choosing to book those

cancelled vacation plans now

that COVID-19 restrictions have

been lifted. Adding to this are the

historically high lumber prices,

particularly with Cedar. Given all

these factors compiled, it should

not be overly surprising to see

some slowdown in demand.”

Garofano continued, “On the flip

side, the log supply shortages I

have been highlighting for months

peaked in April, with sawmills

and custom cutters running out

of logs to cut. Mills were scrambling,

Cedar log prices continued

to escalate, and the lack of logs

forced many coastal mills to take

downtime. As spring approached

logging was expected to pick up;

however, helicopter logging and

the old growth deferrals were still

big question marks. The Russian

sanctions stopped the flow of parts

for the Kamov helicopter, and the

price of fuel severely impacted

the bottom line for heli projects,

putting many offside financially.

The old growth deferral impact

has yet to be measured with the

BC Government, leaving it up to

First Nations to ultimately make

those decisions. The Ministry of

Forests (MOF) recently stated

that out of the 204 First Nations

that have been asked to respond to

the government’s plans, 188 have

responded. The MOF went on to

say that 75 agreed with the deferral

plan, seven voted against it and

more than 60 said they would like

more time to respond. In addition

Continued on page 57

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Southeast Business Trends

By Matthew Fite

Staff Writer

Quebec/Ontario Business Trends

By Richard Lipman

Guest Writer

The Southeast Softwood market is trending toward

lower prices, according to industry sources located there.

At the time of this writing, a sales manager for a

Mississippi-based sawmill noted that the shift has been

particularly noticeable in Southern Yellow Pine within

the past two to three weeks. “It seems to be that people

are sitting on the PO books right now, waiting for the price to drop more,” he

said. “You don’t have a whole lot of buying when the price is dropping like it

is.” He also mentioned that with a lot of new mills opening, it seems that supply

is starting to catch up with demand.

Of course, this is great news for consumers. “The customers are ecstatic about

the prices dropping because the prices have been so high,” he noted. “Before the

current drop, they’ve been way above anything I’ve seen in the past 25 years. In

fact, in the past three years, they’ve been way above anything we’ve ever seen.”



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Continued on page 57

In the SPF business, “Customers want to wait as long as

possible before placing orders,” reported a Quebec wholesaler.

They want to postpone buying as much as they can.

They feel there is a correction going on. Like always, they

want to start buying on the bounce-back, that is what they

want to do. They want to know what is the support level

and then start buying. They don’t mind paying $50 above the support level, but

what they don’t want to do is pay $100 more than where the market is heading.

There is a little bit of uncertainty and prices are soft.”

“Overall, inventory is under control on our side,” noted a Quebec producer.

“From what I hear, inventory might be on the high side for some of the major

mills that rely on rail for their delivery. They could not get enough rail cars in the

last two months, but it is getting better. So they are in a catch up mode. The inventory

right now is on the mill side and retail distribution is super lean. The reason

there is no panic is that there is an overall sense of a slowdown on the retail side.

That could change, but that is the

overall feeling that we are in right


Noted a Quebec manufacturer,

“Grades are selling pretty consistently

across the board at the present

time. The 9-foot studs are the hardest

ones to sell right now. The industrial

grades are ok, the No. 3 and

No. 4 are still pretty good. The tide

is going up or down, but right now

when the tide goes down, everything

goes down. For the next six months

or so, I would say the highs are

likely behind us and we are going to

enter in to some kind of new normal,

but at a decent price, historically.”

An Ontario wholesaler commented,

“We are going to be above

average for the next six months

that is for sure, certainly above the

average that has been experienced

traditionally in our business. So, it

is still going to be good prices but

somewhere between the lows and

the highs of last year.”

Regarding the Softwood duty, an

Ontario manufacturer said, “It is

computed in the prices, it is business

as usual and we have figured out

what is the acceptable discount, Canadian

versus paying the U.S. tax. It

seems to be very stable at this point.

I haven’t heard of any new talks, but

there are still hopes in the industry

that the negotiations will start

again and we can put this dispute

behind us. I would doubt we will see

anything for the next six months, but

this dispute has gone on for way too

many years. Another challenge is

that labor keeps coming up in almost

every conversation I have and this

will be a persistent problem for the

lumber industry. Getting any people

is quite tough, and you just can’t

find any decent workers. The results

on the hiring we have done lately

have been disappointing.”

Continued on page 61

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Continued from page 1

Additionally, the Mulrooney Award presentation was made to Jim Robbins

(see details in separate story in this issue of The Softwood Forest Products


Since its founding in 1893, NAWLA has been at the heart of the industry–longer

than any other lumber organization in America. NAWLA represents the best

interests of wholesalers, manufacturers, and service provider companies from

the planting of seedlings, to the selling of building materials and wood in all of

its many forms. •

Learn more at www.nawla.org

SLMA and SFPA Spring Meeting ––

Continued from page 1

were also informed of changes to insurance coverage for sawmills and updated

on Southern Yellow Pine exports.

In total, more than 200 registrants participated at the recent meeting. SLMA’s

next meeting, the 2022 SLMA Annual Conference, is scheduled for July 20-23,

2022, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. n



dent, agricultural economist and consultant for Wells Fargo & Company, for

an education session. The system that allows us to build houses and buildings

slowly changes, but the state of the system bounces around. Let’s think about

strategic investments and daily management in that world. Both the strategic and

tactical have their importance to the NAWLA participants.


Monday, September 12

Frisco, Texas

The Texas Regional Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Lumbermen’s

Association of Texas. Save the date; more information will be coming in

June 2022!


Thursday, September 22

New Castle, New Hampshire

Continued from page 10

NAWLA is proud to partner with the 2022 NELMA Annual Meeting for our

Northeast Regional Meeting. Traveling to New Castle for the 2022 NELMA

Annual Meeting September 20-23?

You won't want to miss the NAW-

LA Northeast Regional Meeting

for an afternoon of socializing with

industry peers. Save the date; more

information is coming soon! •

Learn More and Join Us

For up-to-date information and

to register, visit www.nawla.org/

regionals. Regional meetings are

open to NAWLA members and nonmembers,

so invite your peers. We

hope to see you soon!

WHO’S WHO - Coyles

Continued from page 2







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At the age of 15, Coyles moved

from the U.K. to Canada and has

enjoyed living in the province of

BC since 2011. He began working

at GSFP in 2013 in their Woodlands

Department while pursuing a career

in forestry. In February 2021, he

achieved the title of Registered

Professional Forester.

This experience sparked his interest

into other parts of the industry,

so at the start of 2021 Coyles began

the transition into a lumber sales

role. Coyles has a degree in Natural

Resource Sciences and a Master’s in

Business Administration and hopes

to take the passion gained from

the woodlands sector and carry it

through into his new product development

and sales position at GSFP.

In his spare time, Coyles enjoys

mountain biking, hiking, camping,

paddle boarding and skiing.

GSFP is a member of the Western

Red Cedar Lumber Association, the

North American Wholesale Lumber

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APA — Continued from page 20

forementioned engineered wood products are either not covered by, or are explicitly

exempt from, the HUD regulations.

2. California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control

Measure (ATCM) for Composite Wood Products (also known as Title

17, California Code of Regulation 93120)

These regulations were developed by a division of the California EPA and

took effect in 2009. The scope of the standard covers particleboard, MDF and

hardwood plywood. Demonstrated low emission levels of engineered wood

products led the CARB regulations to explicitly exempt structural plywood

specified to PS 1, structural panels specified to PS 2, OSB specified to PS 2,

structural composite lumber specified to ASTM D5456, structural glued laminated

timber specified to ANSI A190.1 and prefabricated wood I-joists specified

to ASTM D5055. These exemptions apply to products trademarked or audited

by APA under the APA quality assurance program, regardless of whether the

product is used in construction or industrial applications.

3. U.S. Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act

(also known as EPA TSCA Title VI)

This Federal Act was signed into law in July 2010. The EPA published draft

implementation rules in July 2016 for implementation of the law in 2018. The

emission standard mirrors the standard established by CARB and explicitly exempts

structural plywood specified to PS 1, structural panels specified to PS 2,

OSB specified to PS 2, structural composite lumber specified to ASTM D5456,

structural glued-laminated timber specified to ANSI A190.1 and prefabricated

wood I-joists specified to ASTM D5055, as trademarked or audited by APA

under the APA quality assurance program.

4. Canadian Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products


The Canadian government published the Formaldehyde Emissions from

Composite Wood Products Regulations on June 17, 2021. The regulation comes

into force 18 months afterward, and the requirements for laminated products

will apply five years after the regulations come into force.

The regulations were developed following CARB and EPA TSCA Title VI to

allow for uniform requirements for both the U.S. and Canada. Therefore, the

Canadian regulations also do not apply to structural plywood specified to PS

1, CSA O121 or CSA O151; OSB specified to CSA O325 or PS 2; structural

glued-laminated timber specified to CAN/CSA O122 or ANSI A190.1; prefabricated

wood I-joists specified to

ASTM D5055; structural composite

lumber, including laminated

strand lumber (LSL), laminated veneer

lumber (LVL), parallel strand

lumber (PSL) and oriented strand

lumber (OSL) specified to ASTM

D5456; and cross-laminated timber

(CLT) specified to ANSI/APA PRG

320. CSA O160, Formaldehyde

Emission Standard for Composite

Wood Products, is a voluntary standard

providing the requirements

for product sampling, emissions

testing, marking and labeling for

composite wood products in compliance

with formaldehyde regulations

in Canada.

Find additional information including

formaldehyde emission test

results, international regulations

and green building specifications in

APA Technical Note: Formaldehyde

and Engineered Wood Products



Robbins Lumber, Inc.

would like to congratulate

Jim Robbins

for receiving the

John J. Mulrooney Award

at the 2022 NAWLA

Leadership Summit.

About APA –

The Engineered



Founded in 1933 and

based in Tacoma, WA,

APA represents about

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strand board, glulam and

cross-laminated timber,

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North America. Its primary

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Building a Sustainable

Future with Wood



The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) is an industry-funded initiative established to promote the benefits

and uses of softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential, and non-residential construction.

To learn more about our mandate, visit www.softwoodlumberboard.org.

Key Elements Define the SLB’s Program Investments

The SLB invests in Codes, Communications, Conversions, Education, and Innovation &

Research to elevate softwood lumber as the preferred material in the built environment. Our key

priorities are to:



billion board

feet (bbf)

of incremental demand.

Helped the softwood lumber

industry to support over

775,000 lumber harvesting

and manufacturing jobs

and 546 mills in 45 states.



352 light-frame and 96 mass timber

buildings, and influenced a total of 1,700

projects to choose wood for their design,

performance, and sustainability needs.

The American Wood Council (AWC) supported


to advance their adoption the 2021 IBC allowing

for taller mass timber buildings.

Protect and expand permitted use of wood

products through codes and standards.

Increase demand and grow market share for wood

in commercial and multifamily market segments

and in mid- and high-rise construction through new,

innovative, and replicable solutions.

Think Wood’s lead

nurturing program



new projects

totaling an


2.8 million

square feet of

project space.


virtual and in-person

hours of education

delivered to architects, engineers,

designers, developers, and

code officials.

Think Wood

educational materials

and resources were

downloaded nearly


times to inform and

inspire specification

of wood.

Protect lumber’s share of light-frame

and residential applications, including

decking and outdoor living.

Research and assert wood’s carbon

and sustainability benefits as a key

differentiator in the market.

By facilitating wood use, helped to avoid



of carbon dioxide emissions, which amounts to

taking 1,040,600 cars off the road for a year.

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WHO’S WHO - Sackett

Continued from page 2

they carry Select/Top Knot, Select/kiln-dried and

green. In hardwoods, they market First and Seconds,

Nos. 1 and 2 Common, and green in poplar, as well

as others. Additionally, they manufacture pattern

stock in all the above grades and species.

Value-added services offered by the company

include moulded products such as tongue & groove,

shiplap, S1S2E, bevel siding, S4S and S2S. They

are a member of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers

Association, National Hardwood Lumber Association

and Hardwood Manufacturers Association.

Sackett has worked for Gates Milling, Inc. for 10

years, although he has been involved in sales and

purchasing in the forest products industry for 29

years. He holds a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology

from Washington and Lee University in

Lexington, VA, and is a graduate of NHLA inspec-

tion school’s 113th class. He is also former vicepresident

and president of the SCMA. In his spare

time, he enjoys fly-fishing and canoeing. n

For more information, call (252) 357-0016 or

email csackett@gatesmilling.com.

WHO’S WHO - Duprey

Continued from page 2

customer-specific programs. After kiln drying, their

boards average between 10 to 12 percent moisture

content with a standard deviation of less than two

percent. Hancock’s made-in-Maine Pine boards are

offered in widths ranging from 2”- 12” and lengths

ranging from 4’ - 16’, with 45 percent of production

being pattern stock.

The company has three moulder operations for

pattern product, manufacturing a variety of textures

and patterns on boards such as clean bandsawn,

barn rougherhead or resawn bevel products. At their

Bethel facility, they also shrink-wrap pattern products

to meet specific customers’ needs.

Hancock Lumber is a member of the North American

Wholesale Lumber Association, Northeastern

Lumber Manufacturers Association, Wood Products

Manufacturers Association, American Wood Council

and Forest Stewardship Council.

As a past three-year Maine International Trade

Center board member and current board member for

the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association,

Duprey has worked for Hancock Lumber for

28 years. He has a BA in Forestry-Concentration of

Wood Science and Technology. Outside of work, he

enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his

wife and two sons. n

For more information, visit www.hancocklumber.com.

WHO’S WHO - Bardwell

Continued from page 2

Bert and Bud Vaagen founded Vaagen

Brothers lumber in the early 1950’s.

Today, the company continues as a

closely held corporation owned by

members of the Vaagen family. This

continuity of management, vision, and

leadership has helped guide the

company for more than half a century.

Creating a culture of innovation,

integrity, and cooperation that’s

fueled Vaagen’s advancement, evolution

and growth over the years.

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Bardwell is a graduate of Colville

High School in Washington. He

earned a bachelor’s degree in

Elementary Education from Carroll

College in Helena, MT, and a

master’s degree in Curriculum and

Instruction from Western Governors


He has worked on and off at

Vaagen Brothers since high school

and through college, although he

has been around the industry his

entire life. He started at the sawmill

in high school doing clean up, and

then worked other jobs throughout

the sawmill and planer. He also

worked with Vaagen Timbers during

their start-up process. As part of

a generational legacy, his grandparents

and father worked at Vaagen

Brothers, as well.

When not at work, he enjoys

sports, exercising and hiking/outdoor

activities. He has been married

to his wife, Abigail, for nine years.

They have six-year-old twins (one

boy and one girl) and a three-yearold

daughter. •

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which produces Eastern White Pine boards with a

sawmill, dry kilns, and planer mill in Bath, NH; and

wholesale distribution, which sells building materials

from warehouses in Fairlee, VT, and Gray, ME.

To learn more, go to www.brittonlumber.com.

Talbert Building Supply

Acquires Virginia Building

Supply Company

Roxboro, NC—Talbert Building Supply, headquartered

here, has opened its sixth branch by

purchasing the Danville, VA location of Plyler Supply

Company. The location specializes in cabinets, vinyl

siding and accessories and vinyl windows for construction

professionals and homeowners.

This is Talbert’s second Virginia branch. Their

Roxboro and Clarksville branches and sales teams

service the market, but this location will enhance

Talbert’s product offering and service capabilities,

according to a company press release. The Plyler

product lines complement Talbert’s commitment to

offering in-demand specialty products and solutions,

the press release stated. Ultimately, Talbert plans to

develop the property into a full-line lumberyard.

Founded in 1983, Talbert Building Supply is an

independent, family-owned lumber and building

materials dealer that supplies a wide range of building

products and services to customers across North

Carolina’s Piedmont and Southside Virginia.

For more information, go to www.talbertbuildingsupply.com.

Nation’s Best Buys Its

Second Location In


Dallas, TX—Nation’s Best, located here, recently

announced their acquisition of Weiss Do it Best Lumber

in Perryville, AR. Weiss is Nation’s Best’s second

location in Arkansas.

Founded over 50 years ago, Weiss Lumber offers a

full-service lumberyard, with a strong focus on power

tools, electrical equipment, and hand tools.

As part of Nation’s Best’s acquisition strategy,

Weiss Do it Best Lumber will maintain operations

under its existing name with its key leadership team

overseeing company operations alongside Nation’s


Nation’s Best is a member-owner of Do it Best,

the only U.S.-based lumber, hardware and building

materials buying cooperative in the home improvement


Nation’s Best Holdings, LLC was founded in 2019

and currently owns and operates a growing number

of locations across the United States. Nation’s Best is

committed to identifying and acquiring best-in-class

independent home improvement stores to ensure their

continued relevance as vibrant community resources,

according to a company press release.

To learn more, visit www.


TAL Holdings

Acquires Orofino

Builders Supply


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Woodgrain has expanded its lumber production and capacity with the

addition of two sawmills, now offering more volume than ever before.

Whether you are a small dealer or large distributor, we want to fulfill your

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Vancouver, WA—TAL Holdings

(“TAL”), headquartered here,

a family-owned building material

center, recently announced they

have reached an agreement in

principle to acquire the five-store

chain, Orofino Builders Supply

(Orofino), located in Grangeville,

Kamiah, Lewiston, and Orofino,


Orofino grew from a small

neighborhood hardware store to a

five-store operation that includes

lumberyards, hardware stores and

design centers.

In the coming months, the name

“Orofino” will be transitioned

to Best Built Builders Supply,

according to a company press release.

Currently, Orofino operates

under several different names. The

name-change will unify the brand

and create consistency for employees

and customers, according to

the press release.

TAL Holdings is a familyowned

company with 19 home improvement

stores located throughout

the Pacific Northwest.

For more information, go to


Continued on page 64

For more information or to get a quote, call: 855.804.1575

Or visit our website: www.woodgrainlumber.com


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A sales manager for a sawmill in Maine agreed,

The Softwood market is a little bit of a mess right

now. The market topped out maybe two weeks ago

and so we’re transitioning. We were at all-time,

40-year highs, so nobody knows where this thing is

really going to wind up.”

He described the market as being in the middle

of a price discovery, in which no one knows where

the price starts, making it very difficult to nail down.

There are big differences in quotes,” he explained,

“and sometimes, there can be a $200 difference

between the top quote and a low quote, making it

hard to pin down.”

He credited much of the shift to supply finally

catching up with demand, particularly in some

species. “There seems to be an overabundance of

Southern Yellow Pine,” he noted, “and that’s push-

ing Spruce down.”

His company produces approximately 300 million

board feet of Spruce annually, including everything

from 1x3 and 1x4 strips and 1x6 boards, all the way

up to 2x3 through 2x10 in dimension lumber (6’ to

16’ lengths). He noted that 2x4 is still the bestseller

since that is the standard for building across most of

the county. “Whereas, when you get into 2x6 walls,”

he added, “that’s just pretty much the northern tier,

where they need 6” walls for R value. So, 2x4s are

always our biggest seller.”

Selling to a mix of end users, distributors, pro

yards, and buying groups, he detailed how his

“customers are frustrated because they have wood

in their yards that’s expensive. And they’re fearful

that the market’s gonna fall and they’re gonna take

losses on that inventory. They’re trying not to buy

anything, but they’re so busy, they get forced every

week to buy something.” Still, he reiterated that demand

is high. “I mean, you have 1.8 million housing

starts,” he added, “that’s a good thing.”

The sales manager for a sawmill in New Hampshire

agreed that the market is strong and demand

remains high for his company’s primary focus of

Eastern White Pine sales in 4/4 thicknesses (NEL-

MA grades).

Interestingly, transportation setbacks and backlogs

are less problematic currently for all interviewees.

For the New Hampshire source, transportation delays

have resolved rapidly. “In just the last week and

a half, I have more room than I’ve had in a year –

it’s almost empty,” he said. “I’m not having an issue

but I’m right off of the interstate, though, so I might

be the only one saying that.”

Despite fewer delays, transportation costs remain

a concern. “Our transportation costs have doubled

in a 12-month timeframe,” noted our Pennsylvania

source. “You can move the wood, but you have to

pay whatever the going rate is, and that’s part of

the deal.” To cover the cost increase, his company

has had to raise their prices anywhere from $2 to

$500, in general. “We’ve gone from from paying

$4.60 a mile to $6 a mile in some

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Transportation is “absolutely”

a problem, he remarked. “I don’t

know anybody in this business

that transportation isn’t affecting.

We have longer lead times and

short rail car supplies. All those

things are affecting our business.”

Another lumber supplier, this

one in Arizona, commented,

“Actually, the market is really

quiet. The last two to three weeks

have been pretty quiet. I think the

prices just got too high.” Asked

if he saw signs of improvement,

he replied, “Yes. With the lumber

prices that finally came down

pretty hard recently, I think another

week or two of that will bring

people back into the market. The

prices will get down to a level

that starts making sense to buyers

and they will come back to the

table. People will wait a week or

so to see what the prices will do

before they’ll step back in. After

that, I think people will get back

into buying again.”

He compared the market at that

time with the market six months

earlier. “As far as sales, they’re

worse now,” he stated. “Trucking

is worse, and rail shipments are

not better. But I think the longterm

trend is that sales will come


All the lumber he handles is

in No. 2: green Doug Fir, Inland

White Fir and Select Struct White

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Fir. The species he sells the most is green Doug Fir.

He sells lumber to distribution yards and brokers.

“Most of them have a lot of jobs to do,” he stated.

They’re just waiting to purchase as they see these

prices going down. I have customers who need millions

of board feet of lumber that, once it gets to a

price level that makes sense, they’ll be stepping out

and buying a lot of lumber. But right now, everybody’s

just waiting. Their sales have slowed down,


He said, “Transportation is expensive, and even

when you get someone to say they’ll pick up a load,

they frequently don’t pick it up. It’s a struggle.” n


Continued from page 28

For this sawmill, transportation is a problem. “It’s

hard to find trucks,” he said. “We don’t use rail.”

A wholesaler in South Dakota said, “The market

is steady. It’s busy. There are a lot of people with

projects lined up and ready to go but it’s a matter of

getting going with the change of seasons. More sales

are coming but it takes time.”

Asked if things are better or worse in the market

than several months ago, he commented, “I wouldn’t

say ‘either’ ‘or.’ Things are holding pace right now.”

In Softwood, he sells mainly Cedar, followed by

SPF, Hem Fir and a little bit of Doug Fir.

He sells to lumberyards. “A lot of them are busy,”

he observed. “Customers are bidding a lot and have a

lot of jobs in the works. They are waiting for people

to dig holes, pour concrete and such for construction.”

Transportation is difficult in that “it’s taking for-

ever to get materials in,” he noted. “We’ve got plenty

of materials out there to buy; we just can’t seem to

get it in a timely fashion. We get lumber by truck and

rail, and we ship it out by truck. Truck and rail are

both problematic.”

A wholesale distributor in Kansas City stated that

his market is “still strong. I think the pricing got to a

level where there’s been some pushback. People are

kind of taking a wait-and-see approach to the market.

There’s been some correction in Softwood lumber.

Whenever these guys sense a little blood in the water

and the prices going down, they kind of pull back in

their buying a little bit.

“Overall,” he said, “the demand is still strong

with the builders, but I do sense a slight pullback in

buying till the price levels out. Everyone’s trying to

catch that bottom of the market; they want to buy at

the absolute cheapest point. So, unless they’re out of

inventory, they’ll wait this out until they sense we’re

at the bottom of the correction.

“When the market is accelerating upwards in

price,” he observed, “our customers

will buy lumber off of railcars that

aren’t here yet, because they know

it’s an investment. It’ll be worth

more when it gets here. When it’s

going down, they do the opposite;

they do not want to buy off of long

lead-times; they want to get prompt

wood only. People are holding off

a bit, to see where the market lands

on pricing.”

Compared to a few months earlier,

he noted that the market was

“about the same.”

He handles No. 2 SPF, No. 2

green Doug Fir and Western Red

Cedar. The best seller is green

Doug Fir. “We sell primarily to pro

dealer yards and big box stores,”

he noted. “Sales are still great at

the dealers’ yards. There’s no sense

of pullback except for the pricing

issue. The general dynamics are

still good. There’s still more people

trying to buy houses than there are

houses available. So, they keep

building them, creating demand.”

For him, transportation is a definite

issue. “There’s still a rail-car

shortage on cars out of Canada,

and trucking is still very tough out

of the west coast and Canada,” he

remarked. “The two avenues we

buy on are rail cars and to a lesser

extent trucking, and both are difficult

right now.” n

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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.

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

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


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 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, ME, 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


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

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

Photo courtesy Neshaminy Constructors Inc.

percent, she owned 51 percent.

Her 51 percent ownership qualified the company as a woman-owned, minorityowned

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


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

Continued on page 48

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.

One Success Story After Another



West Bay has been advertising its Cedar products continuously in The Softwood Forest Products Buyer since 1991 when we started

our first annual Ad program with black and white quarter pages. Today we use two quarter pages and one half page horizontal in the special

NAWLA Traders Market edition in four-color. Our advertising commitment has grown over the years along with our company.

Recently, our Cedar sales team was pictured on the Front Cover of your paper. In a very short time, we got at least 40 phone calls from

people we do business with who noticed the photograph. This is proof to us that our Ads are in the right place. We know the people we do

business with read ‘The Softwood Buyer’- both suppliers and buyers. To us it makes perfect sense for our Ads to be seen in a newspaper

that was created to bring suppliers and buyers together and that is regularly read by industry members.

Chad Findlay, Sales Manager

West Bay Forest Products & Manufacturing Ltd.

Langley, B.C.

Lumber wholesalers of SPF, Douglas Fir, Pine, Plywood and Western Red Cedar

Skana is both a manufacturer and distributor of quality forest products. At our remanufacturing facility in Vernon, BC, we

produce a full program of high-grade specialty Western Red Cedar products while the Herbert, Saskatchewan plant’s primary

focus is specialty SPF products. If we don’t manufacture what you’re looking for, our experienced Wholesale Distribution

Division will help you find it.

604.273.5441 Skana.com

Toll Free: 800.665.4213

West Bay Forest Products & Manufacturing Ltd., established in 1988, is a wholesale distributor of Western Red Cedar products. Their products include: fascia, rough

dimensions, decking, timbers, fencing and pattern stock. Company offices, yard and milling facilities are located in Langley, B.C., on the outskirts of Vancouver. Chad

Findlay, sales manager, says, “The success of our company is due to the success of our customers. We work hard to build strong relationships with them and to

understand and service their needs.”

You can reach West Bay Forest Products & Manufacturing Ltd. at 9770-199A Street, Langley, B.C., Canada, V1M 2X7,

www.westbaygroup.com; 604-881-2850; sales@westbaygroup.com.


P.O. Box 34908 • Memphis, TN 38184-0908 • Toll Free: 800-844-1280 • FAX (901) 373-6180

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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-working, 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.”

Abele can be reached at 856-853-1770 or 215-922-1584.

The company is a member of different organizations, including the Chamber of

Commerce Southern New Jersey. n

Learn more at www.uslumberinc.com

SCMA Annual Meeting –

Tony Hood, Lee White and Brooks Jeffords, Turn Bull Lumber Company,

Elizabethtown, NC

Continued from page 7

Ian Faight, SCMA/HMA, Pittsburgh, PA; Kelsey Kennedy, Gates Milling Inc., Gatesville, NC; Jerry

Fortner, Cypress Rose Sawmill, Homerville, GA; Linda Jovanovich, HMA, Pittsburgh, PA; and Brian

Meier, Cypress Rose Sawmill

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.

Terry Miller, Softwood Forest Products Buyer, Memphis, TN; Kaitlyn Wood, Gates Milling

Inc., Gatesville, NC; Rusty Logue, Battle Lumber Co. Inc., Wadley, GA; and Hunter

Manning, Gates Milling Inc.

Michael Shook, Norcross Supply Company, Norcross, GA; Taylor Stringer, Stringer

Industries Inc., Tylertown, MS; Tripp Josey, Josey Lumber Company Inc., Scotland

Neck, NC; and Warren Reeves, Wholesale Wood Products, Dothan, AL

Additional Photo on page 50


Bitterroot Valley Forest Products


Ghost Wood Products being primed.

At left: Bitterroot Valley Forest Products’ staff includes Quinn Chamberlain,

Sales; Dennis Ebel, Sales & Buying; Rachel Plenger, Softwood Shaving Sales;

Pat Duchien, Sales Manager; Gordon Watson, Controller

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Association as a grader training tool for Eastern White Pine and Spruce-Pine-

Fir species, The Grader Academy is now available to the entire industry.

*Learn about lumber grading standards

*Test your grade rule knowledge

*Play Above-Board, the real-time Grader Game

*Compete with your friends and colleagues

Visit www.graderacademy.org to test your knowledge and skills at

the lumber grading profession.

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SCMA Annual Meeting –

Continued from page 49

Truss Beasley, Beasley Forest Products Inc., Hazlehurst, GA; Cassie Lewis, Turn

Bull Lumber Company, Elizabethtown, NC; Zack Rickman, Atlanta Hardwood Corporation,

Mableton, GA; and Ian Faight, SCMA/HMA, Pittsburgh, PA

SLB COLUMN —Continued from page 2

As manufacturing grows to meet increasing demand—1,303 mass timber

projects have been completed or are in design as of late 2021, according to

WoodWorks—universities can continue to play a leading role in expanding the

mass timber market by demonstrating key concepts and training the workforce

both in the classroom and on the project site.

To explore areas of collaboration, university programs should contact the

SLB at info@softwoodlumberboard.org. •

NELMA - New Website—Continued from page 8

program was born, and it’s still going strong. Members list job openings within

their mill and, with support from their Association, these listings are shared far

and wide to hopefully bring new and much-needed employees into member mills.

Architecture Students, This Contest is for You!

Back in 2012 NELMA launched the industry’s first-ever student design competition

with the Sustainable Versatility Design Award. Over the years, the Association

has awarded both cash and publicity to budding architects who have accepted

the annual challenge of specifying a unique project centered around Eastern White

Pine or SPFs.

While the contest wasn’t held in 2020 or 2021, it will come roaring back in the

fall of 2022 with all-new challenges leading to all-new inspiration.

And all contest information will be located on the new NELMA.org.

NELMA.Org in a Nutshell

The new website is easy-to-use, with a beautiful, easily navigated interface. It

represents a visual branding evolution from the previous pages, with all open encouragement

to all visitors to explore and learn from other audiences represented

on the website.

The first look at NELMA.org exposes the visitor to inspiring, beautiful pictures

of current projects from around the country. A sort of visual “this is what’s possible

with Eastern White Pine and SPFs” statement. Following this immediate hit

of inspiration, users are invited to find their home within the website.

More project photos, more information, easily cross-referenced data and knowledge

– it’s all there, topped off with a touch of the simplicity needed when attacking

complex challenges like bringing multiple audiences with multiple needs

together under one virtual roof.

The industry as a whole is a holistic ecosystem of education with tools that

can translate from one audience to another,” concluded Easterling. “With the new

NELMA.org, we’ve created that necessary central portal for all things northeastern

and great lakes Softwood products.” n

NAWLA Award Recipient—

Continued from page 9

These mills produce approximately 50 million board

feet annually. James Robbins Jr. is president, Alden

Robbins is vice president/sales manager and Catherine

Robbins-Halsted is owner/manager. Robbins Lumber

was established in 1881.

Jim has 13 grandchildren, two of which work in the


NAWLA is the association that delivers unparalleled

access to relationships and resources that improve

business strategy and performance through sales

growth, cost savings and operational efficiencies for

wholesalers and manufacturers of forest products and

other building materials that conduct business in North

America. n

Learn more at www.nawla.org

LMC Event — Continued from page 11

Additionally, he reported on tremendous growth with combined dealer retail

sales totaling $25 billion with over 400 members, and $7.9 billion of their purchases

through LMC in 2021.

Ryan also took time to recognize the organization’s most recent national Dealer

of the Year award winners – Hancock Lumber (ME) and Capital Lumber (WY),

along with LMC team members Kelley McFadden and Rachel Hoops for being

recognized as a “Top Women in Hardware & Building Supply” by HBS Dealer.

The 2023 LMC Annual will take place at the Charlotte Convention Center in

After 50 years in the lumber industry, Jim Robbins Sr. is surrounded by multiple generations of the Robbins

family, which today remains committed to producing the highest quality Eastern White Pine products on the


Charlotte, NC, from March 8 to March 10, 2023.

LMC (Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation) is the leading Forest Products

and Building Materials Buying Group in the USA owned by independent

lumber and building material dealers. There are over 1,500 LMC dealer locations

in the United States and the Bahamas. •

To learn more about LMC, visit www.lmc.net or follow LMC on Facebook,

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WEST COAST TRENDS— Continued from page 28

to the supply issues, trying to get completed orders shipped has been another

major challenge for manufacturers. Rail cars and trucks have been incredibly difficult

to source. Although the availability of transport has improved slightly, the

continuation of rising freight costs has contributed to the upward price pressure

of products.” Garofano finished by saying, “It will be interesting to see how all

the ever-changing dynamics play out over the balance of the year. With any luck,

the reduction in Cedar demand will be in harmony with the reduced log supply,

and we can all enjoy a stable consistent Cedar market in 2022.”

Phil Schumock of Stella-Jones, Tacoma, WA said, “As we speak, the market

for western species has definitely cracked but still has a long way to go to catch

up with SYP. Futures are a wild ride and it’s hard to read too much into that as

an indicator. We see good pull-through from our customers on pressure treated

lumber as home equity and housing turnover both remain very high. Those two

factors along with the weather usually drive our project-oriented product line.

Our outlook is for a continuing strong year. Labor and trucking remain huge

challenges as well as supply chain issues for new equipment. Inflation is something

we’ve been living with in our industry for a couple of years, and its impact

on our business has been muted by the strength of demand.”

John McDowell of Oregon Industrial Lumber Products, Springfield, OR

said, “Cedar demand is far outpacing supply, especially in clears. On the other

hand, I have found that we can still get and quote tight knot. Doug Fir clears are

a bit more available. Some sizes can be difficult to find, but for most boards,

supply and demand are in line. I think price trends are going to be pretty consistent;

flat grain prices are exceptionally high and have basically closed the gap

with VG.” McDowell continued, “Our biggest concerns right now are hiring, or

lack thereof, and getting parts for machinery. Looking ahead, I think it’s safe to

assume there will be a reasonable fire season, and we are preparing to see more

issues downstream with anti-old-growth cutting in Canada.”

Brent Brownmiller of Gorman Brothers Lumber, Kelowna, BC said, “The

balance between supply and demand is always the same. If we could produce

more, we would sell more. Our customers must supplement our products with

competitors to ensure they have product to sell. The pricing is flat, and we are

hoping to maintain that trend for the balance of the year. The business climate

is OK. It’s not at the record-setting pace of last year, but overall, most of our

customers are happy with the pace and take away of our product. Logistics are

a nightmare, and the fuel surcharges are 50 percent of the overall freight bills.

Labor is also a challenge. Trying to hire, train and retain good quality staff is an

issue all over North America. Logging issues are always the same. We are bringing

fiber from further away to make the best boards, and it’s getting harder to do

that.” Brownmiller ended with this: “We have been cutting alternative species

to what has become a more regular mix. Our customers have become interested

in pushing these more because they want to sell more product, and this is a way

they can do that. They also need time to establish with their customers that it will

be a regular program and not a sporadic offering.” n

SOUTHEAST TRENDS— Continued from page 30

While his company manufactures multiple products, his niche is in lowergrade

sales for industrial end users. In such, he deals primarily with Nos. 3 and 4

Common Yellow Pine and SPF products.

The president of a mill located in North Carolina dealing primarily with

Cypress related a different experience. “The market is very strong and prices are

very strong,” he said. “The biggest issue is supply. Demand far outstrips supply

at this point.”

Primarily targeting the wholesale distribution market, his company sells

Cypress in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 7/4 and 8/4, in both green and dry lumber. They also cut

timbers from 3x3 up to 16x16 (all green). “The 1x6 SEL and 1x6 No. 2 Common

are, by far, our best sellers,” he added.

A sales manager for a distribution yard in Alabama stated that the market is

starting to soften up quite a bit, with stabilization of supply nudging pricing

Continued on page 61




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San Group To Acquire Interfor’s

Acorn Forest Products Sawmill

Langley, BC—San Group,

with its head office here, and Interfor

Corporation (TSX: IFP) recently announced

that they have entered into

a definitive agreement (the “Agreement”)

pursuant to which San Group

will acquire Interfor’s Acorn sawmill

assets located in Delta, BC (the

“Mill”) through its wholly owned

subsidiary, Acorn Forest Products Ltd.

Kamal Sanghera

The Mill is a focal point and leader in

BC Coastal lumber products production. Pursuant to the Agreement, San Group

will acquire all the assets and inventory of the Mill and hire all employees currently

employed at the Mill.

The acquisition builds on San Group’s fully integrated value-added wood

products processing methodology and positions the company’s Innovative Lumber

Manufacturing Systems (“ILMS”) with the Mill’s production capabilities.

The acquisition expands San Group’s business by increasing its global customer

base and providing access to new regions, according to a company press release.

San Group initially expects to operate the Mill’s primary and secondary processing

lines as an independent business unit, consistent with Interfor’s current practice.

San Group will also inherit the Mill’s long-standing position as a specialty

wood products provider for the Japanese market.

The impact of this acquisition includes:

• New Future for the BC Forest Industry: This acquisition will integrate

Acorn’s production into San Group’s value-added manufacturing model which

uses downstream processes to create wood products ready for distribution.

• Creation of Forestry Jobs: San Group will continue the employment of all

employees of Acorn and, through the acquisition, will create new value-added

forestry jobs within San Group’s vertically and horizontally integrated business

units, which include harvesting, primary manufacturing, re- manufacturing,

value-added manufacturing, retail sales and global distribution.

• Positive Environmental Impact: Acorn assets will complement San

Group’s production ethos designed to maximize the utilization of each log harvested,

thereby reducing the impact on forests and the environment.

• Growth: After the acquisition, San Group’s production capacity will be over

500 million board feet, making San Group the second largest sawmilling company

in the Coastal Region of British Columbia and one of the largest privately

held forestry companies in Western Canada.

“Acorn’s complementary sawmilling technology, customer base, and geographic

footprint make it an excellent fit with our value-added business model,

and the transaction strengthens our global wood products export base,” said San

Group’s Co-Owner Kamal Sanghera. “We expect Acorn Forest Products Ltd. to

be an industry leader in wood products manufacturing, enhancing our position of

producing some of the world’s most carbon-conscious environmentally friendly

wood products, and to be well-positioned for the transition towards higher levels

of autonomy. The acquisition is also consistent with our go-forward strategy to

diversify and accelerate investment in high-growth areas.”

Suki Sanghera, San Group’s Co-Owner, said: “This is a compelling transaction

for all stakeholders. It will deliver significant and immediate value to San

Group by connecting Acorn’s production capacity with our current facilities, and

to provide current and new employees an opportunity to join a company whose

philosophy is centered on increasing the longevity of our forests through value

added manufacturing. We have invested a great deal into the BC forestry sector,

including the construction of a new mill and world-leading 300,000 square foot

value-added plant in Port Alberni, and Acorn will seamlessly integrate within our

ecosystem creating at scale one of Canada’s most efficient and largest valueadded

wood products companies.”

Suki Sanghera added, “We have a great deal of respect for Interfor’s team

and their culture of innovation and creativity. One of our first major deals in the

lumber industry was with Mr. Sauder in the early 1990’s to acquire a remanufacturing

plant. We are humbled to now have the opportunity to purchase Acorn,

one of the BC Coastal Region’s premier sawmilling facilities. We will strive to

live up to his family’s name and their

contribution to the BC forest industry

by emulating his entrepreneurial spirit,

which allowed Interfor to become one of

the world’s largest and environmentally

conscious forestry companies. We are

excited to welcome Acorn’s employees

into our global San Group family and are

confident that together we will be able

to achieve improved results and move

product faster to the value-added wood

products market.”

About Interfor:

Interfor is a growth-oriented forest

Suki Sanghera products company with operations in

Canada and the United States. The Company has annual lumber production

capacity of 4.9 billion board feet and offers a diverse line of lumber products to

customers around the world.

For more information about Interfor, visit www.interfor.com.

About San Group:

San Group Inc. is a vertically integrated forest products

company, operating in the coastal region of British

Columbia. San Group's operations include timber harvesting,

sawmilling, lumber remanufacturing, value added lumber

manufacturing, global distribution sales and consumer retail

sales via their San Cedar Direct stores. San Group is proud

to manufacture and export 100 percent Canadian-made wood

products to over 27 countries, according to a company press

release. The company has been awarded as 2018 Business

in Vancouver, BC Wood Products Exporter of the Year in

the Natural Resources Division and Overall, 2019 Ernst &

Young, Entrepreneur of the Year, 2020 Business Examiner

Manufacturer of the Year and 2022 Business of the Year,

Vancouver Island. The company’s motto is: From Harvest to

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Air Systems Mfg. of Lenoir, Inc.

All Star Forest Products

Ally Global Logistics

Alta Forest Products

Automation & Electronics


Beasley Forest Products

Bennett Lumber Products, Inc.

BID Group


Bitterroot Valley Forest


Boise Cascade BMD

Boise Cascade EWP

Bowers Forest Products

Brunette Machinery Co.


C & D Lumber Co.

Calvert Co.

Cersosimo Lumber Co., Inc.

Coastal Forest Products


Continental Underwriters

Corley Manufacturing Co.

Delta Cedar Products

Diorio Forest Products

Disdero Lumber Co.

DiPrizio Pine Sales

DMSi (Distribution Mgmt.

Systems, Inc.)

Durgin & Crowell Lumber Co.

Elk Creek Forest Products LLC

Empire Lumber Co.

Furtado Forest Products Ltd.

Gates Milling

Hancock Lumber Co.

Hood Industries

Humboldt Sawmill

Huscroft, J.H., Ltd.

Idaho Forest Group

Idaho Timber

Irving Forest Products

King City Forwarding

USA, Inc.

Lewis Controls

Lucidyne Technologies, Inc.

Lumber Blue Book Services

Mars Hill

McDonough Manufacturing Co.

McGinnis Lumber Co., The

Messersmith Manufacturing, Inc.

NAWLA (North American

Wholesale Lumber Assoc.)

Neiman Enterprises

NELMA (Northeastern Lumber

Manufacturers Assoc.)

NewLife Forest Products, LLC

Nordic Structures

Nyle Dry Kilns, LLC

OILP (Oregon Industrial Lumber

Products, Inc./Denali Cedar)

Pacific Western Wood

Works Ltd.

Patrick Lumber Company

Paw Taw John Services

PotlatchDeltic Corp.

PPG Industrial Coatings

Prime Forest Products

Quebec Wood Export Bureau


Richardson Timbers

Robbins Lumber, Inc.


San Group, Inc.

Seaboard International

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Silvaris Corporation

Skana Forest Products, Ltd.

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South Coast Lumber Co.

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Southern Forest Products

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Specialty Building

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Stiles, A.W., Contractors, Inc.

Summit Steel Buildings

Taylor Machine Works, Inc.

TS Manufacturing

Teal-Jones Group

Thompson River Lumber

Timber Products Co.

U-C Coatings


Vaagen Bros.

Valutec Wood Dryers

Warren Trask Company

West Bay Forest Prdts. &

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Western Forest Products

Western Red Cedar Lumber

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Westervelt Lumber

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QUEBEC/ONTARIO TRENDS—Continued from page 30

On the Pine side, the situation is positive for the manufacturers. An Ontariobased

manufacturer indicated “to sum things up, things are pretty much unchanged

over the last couple months. Lumber is still in short supply, and prices

are firm. Diversification is good, the products are good and logs are in good


However, noted an Ontario wholesaler, “Trucking is still an issue. Freight, with

this fuel surcharge, is quite tough. It is hard to get the trucks in the first place but

they just put the screws to you. I have heard some describe it, lets just say, quite


Said an Ontario manufacturer, “It is difficult for producers to pass fuel surcharges

along. We are doing it for now but I am sure it is going to come to a head.

In some industries I am sure it is an open check book, but in the lumber business,

it is a little bit more difficult to pass things along. The margins of profit aren’t near

as much for us as in some other industries.”

A wholesaler from Quebec reported that “in terms of grades, it is pretty good

all the way through, even in the industrial grades. Regarding Spruce and Red Pine

on industrial products, they had a bit of a rise going through the winter months. It

has done what it will always do and has trailed off a little bit. A lot of these guys

are still sitting on high inventories from last year that they were not able to move

because they got caught with inventory when the price fell so abruptly. They are

using this year to sell that off and are a little more cautious when they are buying.

Right now they will not pay any price, they are holding back a little bit.”

Noted an Ontario wholesaler, “The market appears to be doing quite well.

Demand seems to be there, at least for now. Unless something happens south of

the border where U.S. demand slows, it would roll back and affect us to some


According to a Quebec producer, “We are going to be ok for the remainder of

the year. I don’t have any idea what 2023 has in store for us. Many think there

will be some kind of correction. However, it is really encouraging to see that all

the grades seem to be moving well. There is a good range of products moving

and there are no loss leaders that are being left behind. This is a welcome and rare

situation, and there are no U.S. duty issues for us.”

“It has been a good little stretch for manufacturers,” said one Ontario mill, and

it would be nice if this could continue for at least five years. We could catch up for

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the last many years when we ‘lost’, but we will certainly take it. It is just unfortunate

that sometimes the perception at the retail end of the business that the mills

are unduly tough on them and that is not the case. Ultimately the consumer pays

the price, but they are still buying. I am not sure where all the money is coming

from and they could have decided to move some of their projects to next year, but

that doesn’t seem to be that case and I have to wonder. The houses are still going

up and they are finding a way to do it. It is also good to see the hardwoods done

quite well in the last couple of years. They finally got their pricing up to where it

should be. If they can hold that, it would be good.” •

SOUTHEAST TRENDS— Continued from page 57

downward. He credited much of it to the Covid restrictions being lifted and the

mills getting back to work. “It’s been relatively dry down here in the South,” he

added, “so it seems like there’s plenty of production coming out now.”

His company deals primarily with Southern Yellow Pine, Nos. 2 and 3 (4’

to 12’ lengths), with 2x4 and 2x6 remaining their top seller. For SPF, they deal

solely in No. 2 Common. Selling primarily to multi-housing end users, he said

that his customers “know that we’re in a correction phase, so they’re backing off,

trying to pick a bottom.”

Transportation continues to be a significant factor for most interviewees, with

each taking a slightly different approach to mitigating problems associated with

it. “I haven’t seen a whole lot of change in my area,” mentioned our Mississippibased

source. “I’ve held back from trying to ship long distance because it’s just

a lot harder – you can get upside down in some of the freight rates going 600,

700, 800 miles, so I have stayed back.” He added that if the mill provides a

delivery price, he will let them handle it, since most of the mills he deals with

have contracts with the trucking companies where they lock in a price. “When

the fuel prices start going up, a lot of times, you just have to wing it,” he added.

“I’ve stayed away from long distance hauls while the freight rates have been so


Our Alabama source reiterated that since the cost of trucking has increased

significantly, they are still facing challenges getting the product moved. “Between

rain and trucking,” he said, “you’d better allow two to three weeks on trucks for

the Southern Pine market. If you’re talking Spruce rail, it’s still pretty messed

up.” •










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RETAIL REVIEW— Continued from page 40

Lezzer Lumber Purchases Green Hills

Lumber & Home Center

Curwensville, PA—Lezzer Lumber, headquartered here, one of the 40 largest

building material retailers in the country, is set to acquire Green Hills Lumber &

Home Center of Mohnton, PA.

The addition of Green Hills will be Lezzer’s 11th lumberyard location. In

total, Lezzer Lumber operates 12 retail facilities, a truss manufacturing facility,

and four commercial door manufacturing facilities throughout Pennsylvania.

Green Hills Owner Clancy Herr and General Manager Jud Kelly will stay and

manage the day-to-day operations of Green Hills. This addition gives Lezzer

Lumber the opportunity to expand into the city of Reading and Berks, Chester,

Montgomery, and Bucks Counties.

Green Hills Lumber & Home Center has been serving Mohnton and the

greater Reading area for more than 40 years. Its 13,000-square-foot retail facility

features lumber, plumbing, electrical hardware, paint and a large showroom.

Green Hills Lumber & Home Center carries plywood, framing lumber, Cedar,

Pine, Douglas Fir, and treated lumber

For nearly a century, Lezzer Lumber has been a family-owned business in the

home and building materials industry. Lezzer employs more than 500 throughout

Pennsylvania at its lumberyard, retail, and commercial locations. Lezzer offers

home material products including lumber, roofing and floor trusses, windows

and doors, siding, kitchen and bath cabinetry and countertops, decking, fencing

and railing, roofing, moulding and millwork and more.

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AWC - Continued from page 2

that the opposition needed to garner more than a 2/3 majority vote in the online

voting process to prevent the proposal from being incorporated into the 2024


AWC used the Code Official Connections program to provide code officials

with the technical basis for the code change, and to correct the misinformation

shared by competing material groups. Additionally, AWC presented an educational

offering featuring the lead scientist for the fire research to program participants.

Despite significant opposition from other material interests, the proposal

passed to allow 100% exposed mass timber ceilings in Type IV-B. This change

to the 2024 International Building Code will result in significant cost savings for

12 story, 180’ mass timber structures, while maintaining the level of fire performance

established by the ICC Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee.

One of AWC’s core initiatives is to help code officials and designers understand

the building codes and applicable standards that impact the use of wood

products. Building and maintaining strong relationships with everyone involved

in the development of codes and standards helps ensure that wood products will

continue to enjoy broad regulatory acceptance. Code Official Connections has

become an incredibly valuable tool in AWC’s toolbox for code engagement, and

the number of participating code officials in the program is a testament to AWC’s

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Woodgrain To Acquire

Huttig Building


Fruitland, ID and St. Louis, MO—Woodgrain

Inc.(“Woodgrain”), headquartered in Fruitland, ID,

and Huttig Building Products, Inc. (“Huttig,” or

the “Company”), headquartered in St. Louis, MO

recently announced a definitive agreement has been

reached whereby Woodgrain will purchase Huttig,

a leading distributor of millwork, building materials, and wood products.

This acquisition will significantly increase Woodgrain’s distribution network,

its product offering and its value-added services, according to a company press


“Huttig has a long history as a value-added distributor, focused on service

and innovation. This acquisition will increase our footprint by expanding our

network, and by adding Huttig’s expertise and resources to our own, we are

positioned to bring even more value to our respective customers and supply partners,”

said Kelly Dame, president and chief executive officer of Woodgrain.

Jon Vrabely, Huttig’s president and chief executive officer, said, “We are confident

that the Company’s comprehensive strategic alternatives review process

that was publicly announced in October 2021 has resulted in a tremendous outcome

for our stockholders, associates, and customers. We are especially pleased

that we achieved a great outcome for all of our stakeholders with Woodgrain as

we have enjoyed a strong partnership with them for several decades.”

Woodgrain will acquire Huttig in an all-cash transaction valued at $10.70 per

Huttig, currently in its 138th year of business, is one of the largest domestic

distributors of millwork, building materials and wood products used principally

in new residential construction and in-home improvement, remodeling and repair


Woodgrain is one of the leading millwork operations with locations throughout

the United States and Chile. With 68 years of quality craftsmanship and

service, Woodgrain is a leading producer of mouldings, doors, and windows.

To learn more, visit www.woodgrain.com.

Western Forest Products’ President

And CEO Demens To Retire;

Macfarlane Named To Board

Vancouver, BC—Western Forest Products Inc.

(“Western” or the “Company”) announced recently

that its president and CEO Don Demens has announced

his intention to retire by March 31, 2023.

The Board of Directors has commenced a search

for a new president and CEO. Demens will continue

in his role as president and CEO until his replacement

has been found. He will also remain a member

of the Company’s Board of Directors until such time

as the transition to his successor occurs.

“I am proud of what we have accomplished at

Western,” said Demens. “I am confident in the strength of Western’s management

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president and CEO who will continue to move Western forward as a leading

wood products company.”

“On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Don for his significant contributions

to the Company over the past 13 years, including nine as CEO,” said Michael

Waites, chair of the Board.

Also, Western Forest Products has announced that Fiona Macfarlane has been

appointed as an independent director to Western’s Board of Directors. With

the appointment of Macfarlane, five new members will have joined Western’s

Board in the past three years, which is consistent with Western’s ongoing Board

renewal and succession process.

“I am pleased to welcome Ms. Macfarlane to the Board,” said Waites. “Her

extensive skillset and expertise will further complement our current Board members.”

To learn more, go to www.westernforest.com.

Teal-Jones Group Announces

Louisiana Expansion

Surrey, BC—Recently, Louisiana Economic Development issued a media

release announcing Teal-Jones is investing $110.5 million to build a lumber mill

in that U.S. state. The project is in the final planning stages.

State and local officials made it an easy investment decision. They were welcoming,

understood Teal-Jones’ needs, and offered a lot of information. The state

offers a stable investment climate with consistent rules and taxes, so Teal-Jones

can invest with confidence, said the company’s release. The company is grateful

for that and looks forward to doing its part in return – creating good jobs and

contributing to state coffers, according to a company spokesperson.

Once complete Teal-Jones’ new mill will directly employ about 125 people

in good, new jobs. The company will produce about 300 million board feet of

lumber at the mill annually, crafting a range of specialty and dimensional lumber

cut from Southern Yellow Pine.

This will be Teal-Jones’ fifth mill in the USA – the fourth added recently when

the company purchased an existing operation in Mississippi.

British Columbia is Teal-Jones’ home, and the company’s commitment to the

province remains strong, according to a company spokesperson. “We employ

more than 1,000 people in the province, the majority of those in milling and

value-added manufacturing. We continue to invest our income earned in the

province locally, heavily investing in our primary Surrey site since 2019,” the

spokesperson stated. “However, the province’s current approach to forestry is

making it a less attractive place to invest, prompting us to look to the U.S. for


For more information, go to www.tealjones.com.

John Stenson

John Stenson Is U-C

Coatings’ New Midwest

Sales Representative

Buffalo, NY—U-C Coatings, LLC, based here,

a leading manufacturer of premium wood protection

products, recently announced the hiring of John

Stenson as Midwest Territory Sales Representative.

Stenson has 15 years of experience in the timber

and lumber industry with a focus on hardwood


logs, veneer production, and hard and Softwood lumber grading and inspection.

Stenson’s experience also includes the monitoring of pressure treatment, heat

treatment, and pallet manufacturing facilities for the purpose of conformance.

After taking a break from the timber and lumber industry to work as a ballistics

manager for a ballistic helmet manufacturer, he has returned to his roots.

Stenson is based in Ohio. His main focus will be on broadening U-C Coatings’

presence in the Midwest Territory with the latest wood protection products, as

well as the tried-and-true products that have made U-C Coatings, LLC a trusted

partner in the lumber industry.

U-C Coatings is a leading manufacturer and supplier of premium wood protection

products. For more than 50 years U-C’s products have been used in a variety

of industries, including hardwood and Softwood logging and lumber production,

wood products manufacturing, woodworking and wood decking markets.

Their products are used worldwide to protect, conserve and enhance forest

resources. U-C’s goal is to help its customers achieve more with less waste and

provide the highest level of protection for their products.

To learn more, go to www.uccoatings.com.

Cleereman Installed Equipment In


Newald, WI–Cleereman Industries/Cleereman

Controls, headquartered here, recently performed an

equipment installation, according to Vice President

Paul Cleereman.

Millville Lumber Co. in Snow Hill, MD, which

manufactures Southern Yellow Pine exclusively,

recently installed a new Cleereman Carriage with

Cleereman Controls 3-D scanning and a Cleereman

hydrostatic carriage drive. This is the second linear

carriage with Cleereman Controls optimizer that

Paul Cleereman

Cleereman has installed at Millville Lumber in the

last couple of years.

Rich in logging and sawmill history, Cleereman Industries has developed and

manufactured sawmill machinery for over 60 years using three guiding principles:

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Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau

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Federal Way, WA—Calling them “the most comprehensive lumber span

calculators we have ever produced,” Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau (PLIB)

has unveiled three new web-based calculators that provide users with previously

unavailable digital structural lumber design tools.

PLIB’s Design Value Comparison Calculator, the

first of its kind, allows users to determine the applicable

design values for an unlimited set of species

combinations, an invaluable tool in today’s market,

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Brunette Machinery Company

Acquires D & L Timber Technologies

Surrey, BC—Brunette Machinery Company Inc, with its head office here, a

premium supplier to the North American forest industry for more than 75 years,

recently announced the acquisition of D & L Timber Technologies Ltd.

“We are thrilled to welcome this global leader in the portable sawmill industry

into our family,” said Kirk Forbes, President and

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D & L Timber Technologies is well-aligned with

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manufacturing expertise and excellence in customer service. We believe by

combining our two organizations' shared values, first-class products, brands and

global capabilities, Brunette and D & L will elevate their existing operations

and will better meet the growing demand for state-of-the-art equipment in the

forestry industry.

“We are pleased to officially welcome D & L Timber Technologies’ dedicated

and skilled employees to the Brunette family,” said Forbes. “This transaction

will allow our team to write its next chapter as one of North America’s foremost

suppliers of quality wood processing equipment. Our companies’ combined

talents, strengths and operational excellence will deliver significant opportunities

for growth to our employees and our customers. We look forward to the exciting

journey ahead as we continue to provide high-quality products and excellent

service to our customers worldwide.”

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President of Engineering Bradford Douglas.

The Span Calculator performs calculations for all species and grades of

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uniform loading conditions and optional adjustments for wet service conditions.

Additionally, it features a “span options” mode that allows selection of multiple

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The free Span Calculator app is available on the AWC website (www.awc.org)

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The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American wood

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Softwood Calendar

NAWLA Regional Meeting, The Vancouver Club, Vancouver, BC.

www.nawla.org. May 4.

WRCLA Cedar Summit, Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand

Okanagan Resort, Kelowna, BC. www.realcedar.com. May 11-13.

Montreal Wood Convention, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Hotel, Montreal, QC. www.montrealwoodconvention.com. May


NAWLA Regional Meeting, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel,

Montreal, QC. www.nawla.org. May 25.


NAWLA Regional Meeting, Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland,

OR. www.nawla.org. June 16.

Mississippi Lumber Manufacturers Association, 2022

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2018 NDS Supplement Design Values

Leesburg, VA—The American Wood Council (AWC) has released an update

to the mobile apps and web-based Maximum Span Calculator for Wood Joists

and Rafters to include the design values as found in the 2018 National Design

Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction Supplement. The mobile apps

and the web-based calculator were also updated to include design values for

non-North American species to ensure their proper use.

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

Alta Forest Products.............................. 11

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BC Wood Spec./Global Buyers Miss...... 28

Beasley Forest Products........................ 21

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Blue Book Services................................ 54

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Boise Cascade EWP LLC...................... 63

Bowers Forest Products......................... 55

Brunette Machinery................................ 67

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Continental Underwriters, Inc................. 64

DMSi...................................................... 33

Delta Cedar.............................................. 8

Denali Cedar/OILP (Oregon Industrial

Lumber Products).............................. 65

Diorio Forest Products, Inc........................

DiPrizio Pine Sales................................ 20

Disdero Lumber Co................................ 32

Durgin & Crowell Lumber Co................. 17

Elk Creek Forest Products..................... 53

Empire Lumber Co.....................................

Gates Milling............................................ 6

Hancock Lumber Co.............................. 13

Humboldt Sawmill............................... 19

Huscroft, J.H., Ltd......................................

Idaho Timber............................................ 7

Keller Lumber Co................................... 69

King City Forwarding USA, Inc.............. 41

Legna Software...................................... 66

Lucidyne a Div. of Microtec.................... 34

Mars Hill, Inc.......................................... 70

Messersmith Manufacturing................... 57

Mississippi Lumber Manufacturers

Association (MLMA)........................... 44

Neiman Enterprises............................... 29

Nordic Structures................................... 72

No. Amer. Forest Foundation (NAFF).... 69

No. Amer. Whls. Lbr. Assoc. (NAWLA).......

No. Eastern Lbr. Mfg. Assoc.

(NELMA)............................................ 48

Nyle Dry Kilns........................................ 15

Pacific Western Wood Works Ltd........... 22

Patrick Lumber Company...................... 26

PPG Industrial Coatings........................... 3

Prime Forest Products........................... 45

Quebec Wood Export Bureau/Montreal

Wood Convention...................................

Richardson Timbers............................... 51

Robbins Lumber Inc............................... 35

SII Dry Kilns........................................... 31

San Group.............................................. 59

Sandy Neck Traders..................................

Selkirk Cedar......................................... 50

Shelton Lam & Deck.............................. 32


Siskiyou Forest Products....................... 58

Skana Forest Products.......................... 46

Softwood Lumber Board (SLB).............. 36

Southern Forest Products Assoc.

(SFPA)................................................ 71

Smith, Gilbert Forest Products............... 61

Stiles, A.W., Contractors Inc.................... 9

TS Manufacturing................................... 27

Teal-Jones Group................................... 25

Thompson River Lumber...........................

Timber Products Co...................................

U-C Coatings......................................... 24

U.S. Lumber........................................... 10

Vaagen Bros. Lumber............................ 38

Valutec Wood Dryers............................. 43

West Bay Forest Products Ltd...................

Western Forest Products Inc.................. 56

Western Red Cedar Lumber Association


Woodgrain Lumber & Composites......... 40





• 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



Never used. Bandsaw with covers. $150,000.


200 hp drive motor, includes unscrambler, control cab, infeed

and outfeed. $95,000.

Please call Jenness for more information at 207-745-2223

or Jeff at 207-342-5221.


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