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National Hardwood Magazine - September 2022

The September 2022 issue of National Hardwood Magazine is full of fascinating features and news updates from the hardwood industry. This month's issue includes stories on PRS Guitars Limited Partnership, Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods, BID Group and much more.

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National Hardwood Magazine SEPTEMBER 2022 Volume 96 No. 8

A good tree produces good fruits. It’s true

in the forest, and it’s true in business. Granite

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Features & Industry Events

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Wood Selection Is Key At PRS Guitars

Limited Partnership

From Forest Floor To Finished

Product At Thompson Appalachian

Hardwoods

BID Group: Driving Solutions With

Artificial Intelligence

LSLA Reports Strong Attendance At

Annual Summer Golf Outing

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Appalachian Hardwood Members

Hear Furniture, Workforce Training

Updates

Ron Jones Hosts Penn-York;

Club Now Sets Sights On

September Meeting

Founded in 1927 by: O.L. Miller – 1894-1963

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• Forest Products Export Directory • Imported Wood Purchasing Guide

• Import/Export Wood Purchasing News • Hardwood Purchasing Handbook

• Green Books’s Hardwood Marketing Directory

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• The Softwood Forest Products Buyer

Paul J. Miller Jr. – President

Terry Miller – Vice President

Zach Miller – Sales

Sue Putnam – Editor

Matthew Fite – Staff Writer

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10 Hardwood Calendar

12 U.S.A. Trends

14 Canadian Trends

16 News Developments

18 HMA Update

20 AHEC Report

22 WCMA Insights

24 NHLA: Why Knot...

54 In Memoriam

64 Who’s Who

68 Trade Talk

76 Classified Profit

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79 Advertisers Index

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HARDWOOD CALENDAR

Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s

Association, Hoosier Hardwood Festival,

Boone County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, IN.

www.hoosierhardwoodfestival.com.

Sept. 9-11.

New England Lumbermen’s Association,

Fall Meeting, Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT.

Contact: Secretary/Treasurer Chris Castano at

ccastano@mainewoods.net. Oct. 19.

September

Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club, Host: Walker

Lumber & Forcey Lumber with PA Forest

Products Assoc., State College, PA.

www.pennyork.org. Sept. 12.

National Hardwood Lumber Association, 125th Annual Convention and Exhibit Showcase,

Huntington Convention Center, Cleveland, OH. www.nhla.com. Sept. 21-23.

October

Hardwood Manufacturers Association, Fall

Regional Meeting, St. Louis, MO.

www.hmamembers.org. Oct. 19-20.

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Beasley Forest Products produces 170 million bd. ft.

of Southern Hardwood and Cypress lumber annually.

Linwood Truitt and John Stevenson are in charge of kiln-dried lumber sales; and Ray Turner handles industrial sales at Beasley Forest Products.

Beasley Forest Products offers:

• sorted and random widths in Red Oak (4/4), White Oak (4/4), Poplar (4/4 & 8/4), Ash (4/4 & 8/4)

and Cypress (4/4 & 8/4) for export or domestic shipment.

• 1.7 million bd. ft. kiln capacity.

• Cypress framing timbers and manufacture various tongue-and-groove patterns.

• pallet components (cut stock) and pallet cants.

• cross ties and industrial timbers.

• crane mats for the pipeline industry.

• prompt delivery with company trucks and local trucking companies.

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John Stevenson, Ext. 4384

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P.O. Box 788 • Hazlehurst, Georgia 31539

Phone: (912) 375-5174 • Fax: (912) 375-9191

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U.S.A. TRENDS

Supplier news about

sales, labor, prices, trends,

expansions and inventories

LAKE STATES

NORTHEAST

SOUTHEAST

WEST COAST

#

1

Hardwood lumber sales in the Lake States region are

not booming. Nor are sales declining a lot.

A sawmill representative in Michigan stated, “Our sales

are pretty good. I hear some chatter about things slowing

down, but our shipments have still been good. However,

sales have leveled off; it’s not booming.

“It’s pretty doggone hot,” he added, “so sales have

slowed some from six months ago.”

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

Cherry, Hickory, Walnut, Basswood and Poplar in No. 3

Common and Better, 4/4 through 8/4.

Transportation challenges were reported across the

board for sawmills in the Northeast region of the country.

Slower buying for Hardwoods was also a common

theme.

A Maine Hardwood lumber salesman said Hard Maple

currently remains his big seller in his market.

“Maples are slowing down,” he said. “We sell Hard

and Soft Maple. Hard Maple is doing OK, but both have

slowed down. Birch is still desired in our market also.”

He said the market is worse than six months ago with

buyers operating with full inventories.

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Reports of slow sales for Red Oak and increased fuel

prices are indicators of slower business in the Southeast.

In Georgia, a sawmill salesman made his prediction of

a lumber shortage amid negative effects from fuel prices.

“Fuel is having a negative effect, as I own my own

trucks, but I think I’d make a prediction. The way trends

are going, the way the economy is going, there’ll be a

lumber shortage in six months.”

He sells Red and White Oak and Poplar, with White

Oak currently selling the best. He cuts it in 4/4 and 8/4

selling primarily to end-use manufacturers and distribution

yards.

Out on the West Coast, some lumbermen report a

slowing of sales, while one lumber provider said his

sales have been strong and haven’t slowed down.

“There’s definitely seasonal slowing to our sales, unlike

last year when it didn’t slow down,” said a lumber

provider in Washington. “The slowdown now is due to

vacations, etc. The slowdown is not severe; it’s about

like normal pre-pandemic conditions. It’s about a 25 to

35 percent slowdown.”

Compared to the recent past, his market is slower, he

noted. “We’ve been fortunate in the last two years in that

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CANADIAN TRENDS

News from suppliers about prices, trends, sales and inventories

ONTARIO

QUEBEC

Secondary manufacturers noted demand for finished The COVID-19 seventh wave is causing concerns for

Glen Thompson and Tommy Stiles, A.W. Stiles Contractors Inc., Matt Taylor, U-C Coatings LLC, Buffalo, NY; Damon Graf, DR Graf

goods McMinnville, hasn’t TN been as strong as in past years, even businesses, Lumber Co., Lexington, and the ongoing KY; and Tom challenge Johel, U-C of Coatings finding qualified

LLC

though supply chains had improved this increased competition

whose topic for was products Growing like the furniture, Global Pie. Hardwood flooring,

cabinets, At this year’s moulding IHLA and Convention, millwork multiple and other networking interior finisheportunities

goods. were Competition offered, and from the imports association’s is also board having of an di-

op-

effect, rectors and held some a business report session. affected The cash 2017 flows. board Domestically,

for IHLA competition is Shaun Cook, for Hardwoods of C.C. Cook is & more Son Lumber evident Co., while of

president

international Reelsville, IN. sales Tom Oilar have of slowed. Cole Hardwood, With COVID located persisting in Logansport,

its seventh IN, is wave, the 2017 it is 1st still vice affecting president businesses, and Brett as Frank-

are

in

and retaining employees continues, as well as truck

transport 2nd vice president. and containers to ship products. With some improvement

Additionally, to supply in conjunction chains, order with the backlogs IHLA meeting, have started the

to Fellowship decline for of Christian secondary Lumbermen wood products held a brief manufacturers. meeting.

Contacts IHLA is a noted non-profit that trade prices organization are trending comprised down for of many sawmills,

wholesale except brokers, for Hickory, equipment Birch and vendors, Ash. secondary Domestic

species,

markets manufacturers, are reported loggers as and doing landowners, well while among exports others to China

the and industry. Europe have slowed down a bit.

in

lin, of Tri-State Timber LLC of Bloomington, IN is the IHLA

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John Pysh, President; Max Kutz, General Manager; John Toncich III,

Accounting; and David Platt, Foreman

Max and our forester discussing a Red Oak tree; high quality and

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NEWS DEVELOPMENTS

NEWS ABOUT NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL

HARDWOOD CONSUMERS INCLUDING MERGERS,

PLANT EXPANSIONS & ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES

MJB WOOD GROUP OPENS NEW FACILITY

MJB Wood Group, LLC, a leading manufacturer and

distributor of industrial wood products in Bristol, IN, recently

held a grand opening for its new 500,000-squarefoot

facility on a 38-acre lot near here, close to the city

of Elkhart. The new MJB facility has replaced an older

228,000-square-foot facility in the

area that MJB has outgrown. Included

is a 100,000-square-foot fabrication

area that will allow MJB to offer

custom services such as cut-to-size,

CNC machining, moulding, kitting

and light assembly.

MJB uses solid U.S. Hardwoods as

a part of its manufacturing process,

including Maple, Alder, Poplar and

Red Oak. MJB manufactures in the

U.S. in Bristol, IN; Clio, SC; El Dorado,

AR; and Cedar Hill, TX.

The new facility will increase MJB’s

ability to meet the sourcing needs

of customers in the immediate area

and throughout the Midwest, including

those in the RV industry. Over the

past five years, MJB has experienced

tremendous growth in the region, exceeding

18 percent year-over-year

revenue growth. The new site employs

100 people, twice the current

facility.

The industries MJB serves include

cabinet manufacturers, furniture and

fixture OEMs, recreational vehicle

OEMs, RV suppliers – primarily laminators

of wood panels, bus, cargo

trailers, golf cars, box trucks, millwork

OEMs and home improvement retailers,

interior and exterior door OEMs

and industrials.

MJB Wood Group is a 45-year-old

company that is owned by AC Summit

LLC, the private investment company

for members of the Coors family.

To learn more, go to www.mjb

wood.com.

REMODELING MARKET CONFIDENCE

DECLINES

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released

its NAHB/Westlake Royal Remodeling

Market Index (RMI) for the

second quarter, posting a reading of

77, declining 10 points compared to

the second quarter of 2021.

“Although most remodelers across

the country are still positive about

the market, a growing number are

starting to experience symptoms of a

slowdown,” said NAHB Remodelers

Chair Kurt Clason, a remodeler from

Ossipee, NH. “Some customers are

showing a reluctance to go forward

with projects due to the higher costs

and delays associated with material

shortages, as well as higher interest

rates.”

The NAHB/Westlake Royal RMI

survey asks remodelers to rate five

components of the remodeling market

as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” Each question

is measured on a scale from 0 to

100, where an index number above

50 indicates that a higher share views

conditions as good than poor.

The Current Conditions Index is

an average of three components: the

current market for large remodeling

projects, moderately sized projects

and small projects. The Future Indicators

Index is an average of two

components: the current rate at which

leads and inquiries are coming in and

the current backlog of remodeling

projects. The overall RMI is calculated

by averaging the Current Conditions

Index and the Future Indicators

Index. Any number over 50 indicates

that more remodelers view remodeling

market conditions as good than

poor.

The Current Conditions Index averaged 83, dropping

eight points compared to the second quarter of 2021. All

three components declined as well: the component mea-

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HMA UPDATE

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOUR KIND OF INDUSTRY EVENT?

The summer season may be winding

down, but HMA members are revving

up for an over-the-top Regional Meeting

soon to convene in the Show-Me State.

Yes, our Fall Regional Meeting, an

exclusive HMA member benefit, is set

for Tuesday through Thursday, October

18-20, in St. Louis, Missouri. And the

agenda is a full one.

•Tuesday ‘early arrivals’ are invited

to meet-up with HMA’s Board of Directors, Past

Presidents, and NextGen Leaders Council members

for an evening of food, liquid refreshments and fun at

the Board of Directors’ Dinner Reception. The festivities

begin at 6 p.m. And to accommodate everyone -

Advance Reservations are required!

•Wednesday’s facility tours of East Perry Lumber

Company, Frohna; HAVCO Wood Products, Scott

City; and W.W. Wood Products, Inc., Dudley, will be

followed by a not-to-be missed, HMA-style reception

and dinner, and an evening of networking and

colleague comradery.

•Thursday’s Tour of McGinnis Wood

Products, Inc., in Cuba, will be the official

close of the Meeting, before depositing our

happy participants at St. Louis Lambert

International Airport.

Does this sound like your kind of

Hardwood industry event? If so, you‘ll find

all of the Meeting details at HMAmembers.

org. Now, here is the other significant

need-to-know part of my message.

If your organization is not a member of the HMA, but

You would like to get on board, there is plenty of time

to do so before our October event. Simply contact me

to discuss the particulars of HMA membership, which

includes ‘new’ member incentives that are currently

available. The best way to reach me is via email at

ljovanovich@hardwood.org.

It goes without saying, I hope to hear from you, soon,

and anticipate meeting you at the Missouri Meeting.

Looking ahead, HMA’s National Conference and Expo

is set for March 22-24, 2023, at the JW Marriott Nashville.

Themed “Agents of Change,” in the coming months,

I’ll be providing more detail about the event. But know

that it will be featuring speakers and panel discussions

on issues of importance to the Hardwood industry –

leadership, innovation, technology, manufacturing and

market trends, national and global economics, and more.

It’s very exciting, and I’m thinking you’ll appreciate the

information that will soon be coming your way. Until then,

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AHEC REPORT

NEW EU “ANTI-DEFORESTATION” LEGISLATION HAS THE

POTENTIAL TO SEVERELY RESTRICT U.S. HARDWOOD

EXPORTS TO THE EUROPEAN UNION AND BEYOND

Proposed “geolocation” requirement would discriminate

against small nonindustrial operators

WE ARE GRAF BROTHERS

The world’s largest manufacturer of

rift & quarter sawn white oak products

The new EU Anti Deforestation legislation,

first presented as a draft in November

of last year, is still passing through the EU

law-making process, but this is happening

more quickly than expected for such a complex,

not to mention controversial law. In order

to pass, the law must be agreed upon

by consensus between both the EU Council

of Ministers and the European Parliament.

On June 28, the EU Council of Ministers –

which represents the governments of all 27

EU Member States – did in fact agree on the

draft text. It now only needs to be agreed by

the European Parliament (which is usually

more inclined than the Council to implement far-reaching

environmental measures). A vote may take place as early

as September.

In principle, this is just the sort of law that AHEC and

the U.S. Hardwood sector would wish to support. It aims

to remove products from deforested land from the EU

market. Any form of deforestation is anathema to an industry

such as ours that is built on the sustainable use

of Hardwood forests and one which is most directly

threatened by conversion of these same forests to other

uses. The preamble to the legislation makes clear that

the major driver of deforestation is not demand for wood

products, but that “agricultural expansion

drives 90 percent of global deforestation.”

The law is, in theory, built on the concept of

risk-based due diligence pioneered by AHEC

in the Seneca Creek studies and which was

the foundation of the EU Timber Regulation

(EUTR). It extends this powerful concept to

control trade beyond timber to include agricultural

commodities most implicated in deforestation

– beef, soy, palm oil, and coffee.

The need to develop mechanisms to avoid

discrimination against smaller producers and

landowners is clearly stated in the preamble

to the law. Unfortunately, in its current draft

the law falls short of that lofty goal.

One aspect of this law in particular would be a major

obstacle for U.S. Hardwood product exports to the EU as

well as for many small non-industrial operators across

the globe: a requirement to provide “geolocation” data

for the specific “plot(s) of land” from where all regulated

material (including wood) contained in products placed

on the EU market is sourced.

In contrast to the current EU Timber Regulation, where

products only need to be tracked beyond “country of harvest”

where there is risk of illegality, Article 9 of the draft

Regulation requires that operators collect information on

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WCMA INSIGHTS

WCMA/WMMA 2022 FALL CONFERENCE AND PLANT TOUR EVENT

The Wood Component Manufacturers

Association (WCMA) is joining

forces with the Wood Machinery Manufacturers

of America (WMMA) to hold

a joint Fall Conference & Plant Tour

Event. The event will be held in Minneapolis,

MN, from Wednesday, November

2, through Friday, November

4. I know as owners and managers of

manufacturing facilities, it is sometimes

hard to take the time for your own growth and professional

development. Let me assure you, this event is a

must attend!

The event will give attendees the opportunity to meet

with colleagues, tour unique and successful manufacturing

plants, and attend educational sessions. We will

be touring Lexington Manufacturing, Northland Forest

Products, 3M, and other manufacturing plants. At each

plant, attendees will see first-hand how companies are

managing various aspects of manufacturing, including

optimization and scanning, materials handling, lean

manufacturing, tooling, and machining. One of the most

valuable parts of these tours is seeing different methods

of manufacturing and observing what other companies

are doing successfully. In addition, there will be plenty of

opportunities to network, one of the biggest

benefits of attending.

The event will be held at the JW Marriott

Mall of America. The hotel is in an

unbeatable location in Bloomington,

MN, and directly connected to the Mall

of America with its renowned shopping,

dining and entertainment. The Mall of

America is one of the top tourist destinations

in the country and is known around

the world. Please be sure to reserve your room by October

18.

Non-members are encouraged to attend to see what

the WCMA is all about. Any company that qualifies for

membership may attend the event at a higher registration

rate. If you decide to become a member within 60 days

of the event, the WCMA will refund the difference in registration

cost and will discount your 2023 Annual Dues

by 50 percent. We are proud of our new efforts and want

to share our progress with potential members. We are

sure that after participating in these excellent networking

opportunities you will be excited to join.

If you are a manufacturer of wood components or dimension,

and not a current member of the WCMA, now is

a great time to join. The WCMA is committed to becoming

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NHLA: WHY KNOT...

WORK TOGETHER

It is my pleasure to write for

the first time as the executive

director of NHLA. I have always

believed in the value of associations

and the ability they have to

make a difference in an industry.

To that end, I made it a career

goal, early on, to run an association. I had some experience

as president of a classical music society, but my

love for music does not compare to my love for the forest

products industry.

I also worked for the Canadian forestry association

Forintek, now FPInnovations, where I was engaged with

the NAHB surveying contractors and homeowners on

their use of wood, including Hardwoods. As a Masters’

student at UBC, I studied the ability of thermally modified

wood to help rural communities be more sustainable,

as a value-added commodity can handle market

swings better than a low-value commodity. Afterward, I

continued to promote thermal modification and became

a member of the NHLA, and attended the convention as

an exhibitor and sponsor for a couple of years. Then I

took over as the Executive Director of the Western Wood

Preservers Institute. For the last 10 years, I have worked

to promote and unify the preservers, changing their perceptions

from the negative to the positive. I am proud

to say I accomplished my goals

there and will work to do the

same for the NHLA.

One more experience I would

like to share with you was my

Undergraduate Wood Thesis. I

interviewed top softwood industry

executives; George Weyerhaeuser Jr., Bill Sauder

(InterFor), Michael Ainsworth, and Reid Carter (Brookfield

Asset Management). I asked them about leadership

in the wood industry and got some great insight into how

a leader can change a company. However, I realized that

it was really their extracurricular activities, with associations

and universities, that was changing the industry.

I am not one to settle for small change; I want to

change the world. I am an idealist and believe that we

can. And it starts right here with NHLA. As connected as

we are, we hold the future of the Hardwood industry in

our meetings. The ability to make the ties you ship on,

the pallets you ship with, the floor you walk on, the table

you eat on, the cabinets you store in, the furniture you sit

on, and much, much more; will be critical to developing

the continued environmental movement. Using wood is

the best way to be sustainable and lower your ecological

footprint as carbon sequestration becomes the focus of

climate strategies.

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BY DALLIN BROOKS,

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,

NATIONAL HARDWOOD LUMBER ASSOCIATION,

MEMPHIS, TN

901-377-1082

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Wood Selection Is Key At

PRS Guitars Limited Partnership

By Michelle Keller

Annapolis, MD–With an official artist roster of hundreds

of acclaimed musicians, the soulful guitar

riffs from Carlos Santana, melodic notes by John

Mayer and electrifying sounds from Mark Tremonti all

pour out of guitars made by one guitar manufacturer–

Paul Reed Smith Guitars Limited Partnership (PRS).

A leading manufacturer of high-end American solid,

semi-hollow, and hollow-body electric guitars, pickups,

acoustic guitars, and amplifiers, the company purchases

at least 100,000 board feet annually in domestic Hardwoods

(grades determined by proprietary guitar specific).

Domestic species included in the manufacturing

process are Red, Sugar, and Big-Leaf Maple, Swamp

Ash and Alder.

Domestic Hardwoods are used in electric guitars for

bodies, tops, necks, fingerboards, head plates, bindings,

knobs, truss rod covers and back plates. In acoustic guitars,

domestic Hardwoods are used for tops, backs and

sides, necks, fingerboards, bindings, bracings and head

stocks.

“If you have good ingredients and a good recipe you end

up with a guitar that looks good, feels good and

performs as you want it to perform.”

–Jack Higginbotham,

Chief Operating Officer,

Paul Reed Smith Guitars Limited Partnership

Additionally, PRS purchases the following

imported species: African, Caribbean and

Big-Leaf Mahogany, East Indian Rosewood,

Gaboon Ebony and many other imported species.

All totaled, PRS purchases over a quarter

million board feet annually in both domestics and

imports.

Inside the doors of the manufacturing facility, Senior

Wood Manager Michael Reid said the process of making

guitars that produce the best tone and meet expectation

starts with wood selection. “All of the wood that

we select is carefully examined and chosen for tonal

qualities (how will it sound); appearance (how attractive

is it visually); and weight (it is generally better to have

lightweight body wood and heavier fretboard wood for

example). With every increase in factory size or production

output, we build tighter quality control to

make sure our standards remain

extremely high.”

As for the equipment

used to build an iconic

guitar, Reid said,

“We use many different

kinds of

equipment, including

a Baker resaw,

Hitachi band saw,

Pictured is stain touchup being done at

PRS Guitars, Annapolis, MD, on a Private

Stock guitar made with a quilted Big-Leaf

Maple top from the Pacific Northwest. The

company purchases at least 100,000 board

feet annually in domestic Hardwoods.

Grizzly jointer and a Northtech crosscut jump saw. Each

year we introduce new products in varying amounts. As

an example, in 2021 we had around 14 new product introductions

in addition to a handful of more minor product

updates.”

Reid said PRS is flexible for available wood species

Among the domestic Hardwoods purchased

by PRS are: Red, Sugar and

Big-Leaf Maple, Swamp Ash and Alder.

Pictured is a semi-hollow Private Stock

guitar by PRS featuring a burl Big-Leaf

Maple top.

In acoustic guitars, domestic Hardwoods

are used for tops, backs and sides,

necks, fingerboards, bindings, bracings

and head stocks. An all quilted Big-Leaf

Maple Angelus Cutaway acoustic guitar

with a natural color top and burgundy

stained sides from PRS is pictured.

but never flexible on the quality and grade. “Our strength

lies in the degree of flexibility we have when considering

supply options and new wood species,” he said. “It’s in

the dedication of our team led by Paul Smith to constantly

improve quality. Direct communication with the

salespeople is key and above all else, the unparalleled

value we place on the relationships we have with all

of our wood vendors, no matter how large or small.”

During a factory tour, Chief Operating Officer Jack

Higginbotham said, “The discovery that comes along

with guitar manufacturing is what really drives us every

day, that’s the passion for making a guitar, the

passion of chasing sound. Every day when we walk

into this factory we’re basically walking in on a tightrope

and we are performing a balancing act in a lot

of ways. Some of the ways are the balance between

history and technology and where we’re pushing the

art of making guitars. Then there’s the balance of the

art of the guitar itself versus manufacturing that leads

us to the balance of machines and the craftsmanship

and handwork that goes into making a fine instrument.

We feel strongly about the ingredients that

go into making a guitar. If you have good ingredients

and a good recipe you end up with a guitar that looks

good, feels good and performs as you want it to perform.”

Discussing the manufacturing process he added,

“Guitar making is composed of materials, design,

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Domestic Hardwoods are used in electric guitars for bodies, tops,

necks, fingerboards, head plates, bindings, knobs, truss rod covers

and back plates. This Private Stock “Koi” inlay guitar is made

with a quilted Big-Leaf Maple top with a fade stain.

PRS Guitars is a member of the International Wood Products

Association, Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association

and National Hardwood Lumber Association. Here is a PRS

semi-hollow Private Stock guitar made with a Big-Leaf Maple

spalted flame and burl top with a tobacco sun-burst stain.

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From left are Nordeck Thompson, owner and CEO, and Nick

Thompson, President and COO, of Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods,

located in Huntland, TN.

From left, Nick Thompson, President and COO; Tina Limbaugh,

Lumber Inventory and Shipping Specialist; and Juan Quintanilla,

Southwest Salesman, stand in front of Thompson Appalachian

Hardwoods kiln-dried lumber.

Here is an air-drying yard

at Thompson Appalachian

Hardwoods on a beautiful day.

From Forest Floor To Finished Product At

Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods

Huntland, TN–Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods

is a full-service Hardwood lumber manufacturing

company specializing in Appalachian

species, with 20 million

board feet of annual production.

Thompson Appalachian manufactures

4/4 through 8/4 Red and

White Oak, 4/4 and 6/4 Poplar, 4/4

through 8/4 Ash, and 4/4 through

8/4 Hard Maple and Walnut. In

addition to lumber, the company

also sells paper-quality wood

chips, sawdust and residential

bark mulch.

CEO Nordeck Thompson said,

“We work every day to steward the

high-quality timber growing in our

area. Our primary goal is to take

care of the resource and deliver

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it into the best market for each specific product. That

drives our processes and the value we can return to the

forest landowners in our region.”

Over Nordeck’s tenure as owner

and CEO, the forest product supply

chain has continued to evolve,

creating investment opportunities.

Those investments include several

entities: MGT Land Company,

a real estate and standing timber

investment company; Thompson

Timber Company, a log harvesting

company; Thompson Transport,

a forest products trucking company;

and TAPCO, a domestic,

wholesale company specializing in

mixed loads of KD lumber.

When asked about what keeps

Thompson Appalachian Hards

Mary Claire Thompson is surrounded by her children who are succeeding Nordeck and Mary Claire in ownership and management of

Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods. Bottom row, L-R: Nick Thompson, President and COO; Mary Claire Thompson, Vice-President;

Top row, L-R: Kathryn T. Greer; Claire T. Getty, CFO; Caroline T. Huber-Feely; Laura Ann T. Howell; Mary Lee T. McConnell, CAO.

woods successful in the forest products industry, Nick

Thompson, President and COO, said, “Our focus is on

consistent raw material from the same Appalachian Forest.

We want consistent thickness and manufacturing,

and we want our customers to know what they’re buying.

We are meticulous with stick placement, yarding

and drying schedules. All lumber is stacked on Breeze

Dried TM or fluted sticks. We have three separate yard

locations onsite. Each type provides a different drying

environment. We do not push drying schedules. It takes

the time it takes, which is why we have invested in one

million board feet of dry kiln capacity. We’re extremely

detailed in our processes, which provides us with the

consistency our customers are looking for.”

A family-owned and operated company, Nordeck said

the company’s Executive Team is composed mostly of

This air-dried lumber is ready to be put in a kiln at Thompson

Appalachian Hardwoods.

the next generation of family. “We are actively working

as a group of companies to grow and strengthen our

team,” Nordeck explained. “For our team to be resilient

and effective in delivering these products, we need a

combination of experience and fresh ideas. On the

executive level we have Nick Thompson as President

and COO, Mary Lee McConnell as CAO, Claire Getty

as CFO, Todd Nelson as VP of Sales, Rob McConnell

as VP of Operations and Drew Getty as VP of Procurement.

Under their direction, our companies are building

a pipeline of talent which is the investment I am most

excited about as the founder of the company. In order

to perform and drive capacity in all companies, we must

invest in our people. Today, human capital investment

is just as important as equipment investment. I am confident

in the team from the top to the bottom and back

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Thompson Transport is a forest-products trucking company, located

in Huntland, TN.

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BID Group: Driving Solutions With Artificial Intelligence

AI Gains Consistency And More Through-Put On Grade

Mirabel, QC – While Artificial Intelligence (AI) was

founded as an academic discipline in 1956, its

various sub-fields of usage have required decades

of experimentation and have been implemented

with various tools in differing industries. The lumber industry

is no exception to that, with the BID Group leading

the way in AI development.

The privately-owned BID Group, established in 1983,

has been providing industry-leading solutions for its

highly valued customers in the wood processing industry.

BID is a leader in Operational Lifecycle Excellence,

transformational wood processing technologies, and integrated

solutions. It’s at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence

and Digital Solutions in the industry, empowering

customers to achieve their best overall performance.

BID Group is the umbrella company that owns a multitude

of brands, providing turnkey operations from the

ground up.

BID adds strategic value for its customers through its

ability to provide complete, smart-connected, turnkey

manufacturing systems that include engineering, project

management, equipment, software, installation, startup,

and after-sales parts and services. BID is dedicated to

delivering its customers superior performance, innovation,

remarkable service, and results through continuous

improvement of its products and services. The company

has offices in 18 locations with over 2,000 employees

throughout North America and is situated to serve its

BID’s GLC is designed to offer broad online learning options for

technologies-related content.

global customer base.

Here in Mirabel, the BID Group is building on the ever-growing

use of AI to enable businesses to improve

efficiency and productivity. This is not the first time BID

has been recognized for further developing technology

that can improve a company’s bottom line by enhancing

production. Comact, a brand of BID, was founded in

1924 and acquired by BID in 2013.

Comact began focusing on the softwood industry

when it debuted its first full grader with vision system

at a stud mill in Ontario. Later, in 2008, Comact’s first

edger optimizer for a Hardwood sawmill was installed,

and they knew they had developed a valuable product

Here are some of the BID team members who are dedicated to providing superior optimization products.

In the Hardwood industry, BID’s Comact TrimExpert (pictured) is the most commonly

utilized AI optimizer.

for the Hardwood side of the industry based on the results of the optimizer’s

performance.

Senior Vice President of Optimization at BID, Stephane Desjardins, said,

“In 2008, we completed a good project with a good outcome but quickly saw

that we had to put in more effort as there is always room for improvement.”

From 2008 to 2018, they installed more Hardwood and Softwood systems

and with each one, they found ways to improve as the industry evolved. “In

2018, we began work on our AI platform,” explained Desjardins. “Our first

test was wood species identification. You want to sort species because you

want to dry them differently. In the beginning, it was difficult to get over 80

percent of good detection, but then as we tried Deep Learning, within a few

weeks we were able to get to 98-99 percent detection. So, with that, we saw

opportunities with the AI system for both Hardwood and Softwood.”

He commented further that AI is “similar to the human brain in the way

it figures things out and the more times it is shown something, like a wood

defect, the more accurately it recognizes it each time. We have 30 wood

processing engineers who teach the system how to detect what is needed.

Each project is assigned a wood processing engineer, a software engineer

and a project manager.”

Patrick Lepage, Manager of Sales Support of the Optimization Group,

added, “Our wood processing engineers have either a bachelor’s degree in

forestry or wood technology. There are different levels of expertise on each

team, with some being more hands-on at the mill.”

“These guys are really the face of

the optimization team during startup.”

Anne-Marie Levesque, Vice

President of Digital Technologies

and Marketing, added, “The wood

processing engineers are part of

the preparation process and are

the ones training the customer, so

they are part of the whole project to

assist the customer before, during

and after startup so the customer

can take ownership of the machine.”

Sawmill product consistency is

a result of the optimization and AI

products developed by BID, too.

“A big value of our system is that

the machine gives you a consistent

product – every day, every time,”

commented Lepage. “With the ongoing

labor shortage, good graders

are hard to find, and human graders

can be very proficient at what

they do, or they can be average.

With our machine, the product is

stable. This consistency also gives

you greater flexibility.”

Desjardins concurred, adding,

“you can do proprietary grades on

the production line. For example,

if you put a new product down the

line, a human grader may find it difficult

to switch between products.

However, our systems are not challenged

by that.”

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LSLA Reports Strong Attendance

At Annual Summer Golf Outing

Spring Green, WI–House on the Rock Golf Resort,

located here, was the recent site of the annual Lakes

States Lumber Association (LSLA) golf outing.

Over 100 guests attended the LSLA’s Wednesday

Welcome Reception sponsored by Cascade Hardwoods

and Kendrick Forest Products. Attendees enjoyed an

Photos By Paul Miller Jr.

Golf winners were:

evening guided tour through the world famous House on

the Rock attraction and a cocktail reception at the House

on the Rock Resort.

On Thursday, 136 golfers teed it up on the Robert

Trent Jones Sr.-designed Springs Course at the House

on the Rock Resort.

A-flight/overall champion with

a score of 58:

Cal Diercks (Kretz Lumber Co.)

Luc Connor (WD Flooring)

Ross Corullo (Action Floors)

Andy Dufeck

(Dufeck Wood Products)

B-flight winners with a

score of 70:

Josh Steger

Jason Wiskus

Tim Meese

John Carithers

(Kendrick Forest Products)

C-flight winners with a

score of 78:

Daniel Smithburg

(Rockland Flooring)

Jason Nelson

(Nelson Forest Industries)

Logan Wenzel

(Blackhawk Industrial)

(Seated, from left) Cory Corullo, Action Floor Systems LLC, Mercer, WI; Vince Catarella, Baillie Lumber Co., Hamburg, NY; Phil Kersten,

Kersten Lumber Co. Inc., Birnamwood, WI; and Luc Connor, WD Flooring LLC, Laona, WI; (back, from left) Ross Corullo, Action

Floor Systems LLC; Jason Brettingen and Cal Diercks, Kretz Lumber Co. Inc., Antigo, WI; Sam Brettingen, Heck Capital Advisors,

Milwaukee, WI; and Peter McCarty, TS Manufacturing, Dover-Foxcroft, ME

Maynard Herbert

(Colonial Life)

Baillie Lumber Cash Shoot-Out winner: Keith Renneberg (Metro Hardwoods)

Penn-Sylvan International Hole

#12 Long Drive winner:

Kretz Lumber “Money Ball”

winners:

Welter Forest Products

“Crazy Shot” winners:

Matt Marchel

(Lyme Great Lakes Timberlands)

Vince Catarella (Baillie Lumber Co.)

Peter McCarty

(TS Manufacturing)

Phil Kersten Jr.

(Kersten Log & Lumber)

Stephen Zambo

(Ally Global Logistics)

Josh Steger

(Kendrick Forest Products)

John Sondel and Troy Brown, Kretz Lumber Co. Inc., Antigo, WI;

Tim Kendrick, Kendrick Forest Products Inc., Edgewood, IA; Gus

Welter, Granite Valley Forest Products, New London, WI; Geoff

Henderson, Anderson-Tully Lumber Co., Vicksburg, MS; and (in

back) Sage Maiers, Kendrick Forest Products Inc.

Duane and Wendy Taylor, Bennett Hardwoods Inc., Wausau, WI;

and Pam and Gary Ludwig, L & N Hardwoods Inc., Shawano, WI

Sam Brettingen

(Heck Capital Advisors)

On the final evening of the event over 165 guests attended a social hour and awards banquet at the resort.

Learn more about the Lakes States Lumber Association, which is headquartered

in Crystal Falls, MI, at www.lsla.com. n

Andy Dufeck, Dufeck Wood Products, Denmark, WI; Rhonda

Kendrick, Kendrick Forest Products Inc., Edgewood, IA; Josh

Leiterman, Dufeck Wood Products; and Paul Miller Jr., National

Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, TN

Tom Colla, Tigerton Lumber Co., Tigerton, WI; Josh Anstey, Cascade

Hardwood LLC, Chehalis, WA; (front center) Fred and Sierra

Borntreger, TQMM LLC, Wausau, WI; (back) Mike Schulke,

Tigerton Lumber Co.; and Jerry Renneker, Koetter Woodworking,

Borden, IN

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Appalachian Hardwood Members Hear

Furniture, Workforce Training Updates

Hot Springs, VA–The two-year run for furniture makers

and retailers is slowing with inflation on the rise,

reports a veteran domestic manufacturer.

Doug Bassett, president of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture

(VB) in Galax, VA, spoke at the 2022 Appalachian

Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. (AHMI) Summer Conference.

He said 2020 and 2021 were “black swan” years

for the domestic furniture industry.

COVID-19 had many people at home and evaluating

their home furnishings. These consumers purchased

new living room, dining room and bedroom furnishings

to upgrade their homes.

“There was unprecedented government spending

to prop up the economy — $4.6 trillion in government

outlays over three years,” Bassett said. “Many people

spent this on their homes.”

VB sales grew from $62 million in 2019 to $99 million

in 2021. The company reduced the number of offerings

and focused on popular and profitable items.

He said imported furniture was at a disadvantage

during the same time period. Freight costs for shipments

from China or Vietnam increased from $4,000

per container to $20,000 (or more).

There were also supply chain disruptions with missing

components, factory slowdowns, and shipping delays.

COVID outbreaks in Vietnam and Malaysia halted production.

“We are here in Virginia, making bedroom furniture

that we could deliver in days and selling it like crazy,”

Bassett said. Just one year later, however, the boom

has slowed considerably. Fuel and freight prices and inflation

have reduced demand.

Bassett said the company has 100 new accounts that

were formerly dependent on imports. He was cautious

that lower shipping costs and higher production have

imports back.

“We will see but many tell us they will not be as dependent

on international supply chains moving forward,”

he said.

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Photos By Gary Miller Story By Tom Inman

Bob Cafiero, Meadow River Hardwood Lumber Company LLC,

Rainelle, WV; and Helen and Jim Tanner, Tanner Lumber Co., Elkins,

WV

Rick Armstrong, Homer Gregory & Co. Inc., Morehead, KY; Gary

Miller, National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, TN; and Tony

Honeycutt, Mullican Flooring, Johnson City, TN

John, Emma and Wendy Bowman, AHMI, High Point, NC

Peter McCarty, TS Manufacturing, Dover-Foxcroft, ME; Pandora

Barr and Dean Alanko, Allegheny Wood Products Inc., Petersburg,

WV; and Mark Haddix, Farm Credit of the Virginias, Elkins,

WV

Bruce Horner, Abenaki Timber Corp., Kingston, NH; and Robyn

and Scott Cummings, Cummings Lumber Company Inc., Troy, PA

John Pysh and Sandy Jacobson, Pennsylvania Hardwoods LLC,

Pleasantville, PA; John Crites II, Allegheny Wood Products Inc.,

Petersburg, WV; and Jeremy Pitts, Nyle Dry Kilns, Brewer, ME

Brian, Jennifer and Emma Turlington, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington,

NC; and Lowery Anderson, Roy Anderson Lumber Company Inc.,

Tompkinsville, KY

Jim Burris, Corley Mfg. Co., Chattanooga, TN; and Matt Begley,

BPM Lumber LLC, London, KY

Mark and Kim Vollinger, W.M. Cramer Lumber Company, Hickory,

NC; and Tom Sheets, Blue Ridge Lumber Co. LLC, Fishersville,

VA

John Pysh, Sandy Jacobson, John and Marsha Toncich,

Francheska Smith and Max Kutz, PA Hardwoods LLC, Pleasantville,

PA

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

Doug Bassett, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company, Galax, VA

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Dana Spessert, National Hardwood Lumber Assoc., Memphis,

TN; and Craig, Mason and Mandy Albright, Messersmith Manufacturing

Inc., Bark River, MI

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Justin and Alissa Tanner, Tanner Lumber Co., Elkins, WV; Rick

and Kathy Armstrong, Homer Gregory & Co. Inc., Morehead, KY;

and Ray White Jr., Harold White Lumber Inc., Morehead, KY

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AHMI PHOTOS Continued

Marijo Wood, and Aaron and Brittany Hoover, Neff Lumber Mills

Inc., Broadway, VA

John and Jerri Patterson, Middle Tennessee Lumber Co., Burns,

TN; and Robyn and Scott Cummings, Cummings Lumber Company

Inc., Troy, PA

Karen Pryor, Oaks Unlimited Inc., Waynesville, NC; and Michael

and Maribel Snow, AHEC, Sterling, VA

Janeen and David Pierson Jr., Pierson Lumber Company Inc.,

Clay, WV; and Craig Albright, Messersmith Manufacturing Inc.,

Bark River, MI

Lowery Anderson, Roy Anderson Lumber Co. Inc., Tompkinsville,

KY; Steve Houseknecht, Wagner Lumber Co., Owego, NY;

Tom Sheets, Blue Ridge Lumber Co. LLC, Fishersville, VA; and

Andy Nuffer, DMSi Software/TallyExpress/eLIMBS, Winston-Salem,

NC

Nick Sokoll, Taylor Machine Works Inc., Louisville, MS; and David

Shofstahl, Mountain Gateway Community College, Clifton

Forge, VA

Bryan Brendle and Dana Lee Cole, The Hardwood Federation,

Washington, DC

Bob Cafiero, Meadow River Hardwood Lumber Co. LLC, Rainelle,

WV; and Angela and Beryl Beagle, Stella-Jones Corp., Goshen,

VA

Katie, Alexander and Brandon Turman, Turman Sawmill Inc.,

Hillsville, VA

Neil and Beth Poland, Mullican Flooring, Johnson City, TN; Marijo

Wood, Neff Lumber Mills Inc., Broadway, VA; and John Faircloth,

UBS Wealth Management, Tampa, FL

Evan Jenkins, Consultant, Allegheny Wood Products Inc., Huntington,

WV; David Pierson Jr., Pierson Lumber Company Inc.,

Clay, WV; and Bryan Brendle, The Hardwood Federation, Washington,

DC

John Foley, BPM Lumber LLC, Lexington, KY; Phil Cornett, WV

Great Barrel Co./Audrina Mill, Caldwell, WV; and Steve Hamer,

Jim C. Hamer Co., Kenova, WV

Wanda and Mike Turman, Turman Sawmill Inc., Hillsville, VA; and

Wendell Cramer, W.M. Cramer Lumber Co. Inc., Hickory, NC

Daniel Hedges and Gabrielle Dean, Glenville State University,

Glenville, WV; and Rosemary and Tom Inman, AHMI, High Point,

NC

Tim and Melanie Parton, Gilkey Lumber Co. Inc., Rutherfordton,

NC

Karen, Ezra and Joe Pryor, Oaks Unlimited Inc., Waynesville,

NC; Nathalie and Tripp Pryor, AHEC, Sterling, VA; and Taylor and

John Lyle, Oaks Unlimited Inc.

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Ron Jones Hosts Penn-York; Club Now

Sets Sights On September Meeting

Photos By Stephen West

Reno, PA– Wanango Country Club, located here, was the

host venue for a recent monthly meeting of the Penn-

York Lumbermen’s Club.

Hosted by Ron Jones Hardwood Sales Inc., the meeting

featured networking, a golf game and sporting clays prior to

dinner. Eighty guests were in attendance with 11 participating

in the sporting clays and 39 competed in the golf game.

Skills prize winners were:

#5 Closest to the Pin, was a tie at 1-1/2 feet by John

Pysh and Rob Matson

#10 Closest to the Pin, Marty James

#2 Longest Putt, Matthew Lowry

#4 Closest 2nd shot, Mike DeAngelo

#18 Longest Drive, Jack Monnoyer

Low Gross 1st and 2nd, Marty James 80 and

Don Fetzer 81

Sporting Clay winners were:

First Place, Scott Silvis

Second Place, Tom Edwards

Third Place, Ian Fulton

Guest speaker at the dinner was Stephen Zambo,

president of Ally Global Logistics LLC of Weymouth,

MA and Jacksonville, FL. He spoke about the current

state of Export Container logistics for lumber

and logs. Additionally, he discussed the disruptions in

bookings, available containers and equipment. Other

topics covered were port congestions and about future

trends.

With offices located in Union City, PA, Ron Jones

Hardwood Sales specializes in providing premium

Northern Appalachian Hardwood lumber. The company

is family-owned and operated and was established

in 1983. Learn more at www.ronjoneshard

wood.com.

The next meeting of the Penn-York Lumbermen’s

Club is Monday, Sept. 12 in State College, PA and will

be hosted by Walker Lumber and Forcey Lumber with

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Learn more at www.pennyork.org.

Three generations from Ron Jones Hardwood Sales Inc., Union

City, PA are pictured: Nate Jones, Ron Jones and Steve Jones.

Doug McCloskey, (retired) Obenreder & McCloskey Lumber, Tionesta,

PA; Rick Ochs, (retired) Ochs Lumber Co., Lucinda, PA;

Ron Jones, (retired) Ron Jones Hardwood Sales Inc., Union City,

PA; and Jim Obenreder, (retired) Obenreder & McCloskey Lumber

Ron Jones and Trevor Vaughan, Ron Jones Hardwood Sales Inc.,

Union City, PA; Jeff Herman, Tanner Lumber, Wilmore, PA; and

Dave and Kathy Zimmerman, Marsh Planing, Titusville, PA

Diane Cooper, Kaylynn Ostergard and Cheryl Xander, Ron Jones

Hardwood Sales Inc., Union City, PA

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PRS GUITARS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP Continued from page 27

PRS includes softwoods in its product

mix too. This is a Hollow-body II Private

Stock guitar made with a figured western

red cedar top.

and processes.

The rough cut is

where we compile

all of our materials.

These materials

form the foundation

of the guitar. It

creates the sound

of the guitar from

the woodworking

point of view. Once

we have the materials

in house,

it’s up to us to

nurture them and

to get everything

we can out of the

wood to make the

best guitar we can.

That starts with the drying process. You have to be very

careful with the drying of Maple because Curly Maple

is very sensitive and it actually can be easily damaged

if you don’t dry the wood correctly. So, we start with an

air-drying process where the wood is book matched.

Book matching is the process where we take a block of

wood and bandsaw it in half on our horizontal mill and it

folds out just like the pages on a book. The wood is then

put on a pallet and separated by stickers, just pieces

of wood that separate them from each other so that air

can go between them and slowly dry the moisture off

the wood. Once we get that moisture content down to

a reasonable level, we are then able to put the wood

in our drying rooms where we have forced hot air that

circulates in the room and slowly works the moisture out

of the wood and gets it down to below what our humidity

levels are in our factory.”

He continued, “How well you dry that wood is directly

correlated to how well that guitar is going to vibrate.

It also has a direct correlation to how well it will stay

in tune because if you get that moisture out, you lock

it down and that guitar becomes very stable. You still

have to make sure that you have a quality bridge, quality

tuner, quality set up; and that the nut is cut correctly

from the right materials. All these things can ruin a

guitar easily, but you don’t stand a chance of having a

guitar that stays in tune if you don’t have a stable platform.

We divide our materials into two groups, we have

our core materials and we have our S2 materials. Inside

both groups we use a grading process. When you look

through the factory and you see stacks of Curly Maple

with different colors on the end of them, it’s that way

so that we can quickly build a schedule, put our guitars

together and make guitars each day based upon the demand

of customers.”

In a recent YouTube feature with creator and host of

Acoustic Life, Tony Polecastro, Paul Reed Smith said

his personal favorite wood for tonal preference in an

acoustic guitar is between Ebony and Honduras Rosewood.

“It depends on the guitar,” he explained. “History

has shown that an Ebony bridge and an Ebony fretboard

works. You can make it with an Ebony bridge and a Brazilian

Rosewood fretboard or you can make it from Honduras

Rosewood. But Ebony works for the guitar, just

like a Maple bridge and an Ebony fretboard works for a

violin.”

Smith also said, “The guitar is the violin of our time. It’s

basically a harpsichord where you can change the length

of the strings with your hand and there’s this visceral

feeling between you and the guitar. It’s the next most

intimate instrument other than voice or saxophone.”

He continued, “I’m always looking for an emotional re-

sponse to the music. Either it makes me want to dance,

or laugh or cry even. It gives you a feeling that stays

with you. I can mention so many tunes. ‘The Wind Cries

Mary’ will always be in my heart, it’s just beautiful. I can

listen to it a thousand times.”

Smith credits, at least in part the success of PRS Guitars

to a combination of being both a skilled musician

and luthier. “I tried to make guitars that were close to

what my heroes played,” he said. “That’s the way it’s

done. My experience is that you have to do it like a musician.

You have to learn the language before you can

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Paul Reed Smith; Chief Operating Officer, Jack Higginbotham;

President, Jamie Mann; Senior Wood Manager

Michael Reid; and Wood Supply Manager, Paul Platts.

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THOMPSON APPALACHIAN HARDWOODS Continued from page 29

Two key employees of Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods are

Tina Limbaugh, Lumber Inventory and Shipping Specialist, and

Juan Quintanilla, Southwest Salesman.

up the chain of command. As I start to take less of a

daily role and pass the baton to the next group, there is

no limit to what this team can do for our customers and

supply chain partners.”

Nick added, “Our Executive Team is seasoned with my

dad, Nordeck, at the helm as CEO and strategic planner

and Todd Nelson leading sales. Both have worked

together in and on our company for almost 30 years.

An employee, using a forklift from Taylor Machine Works Inc.

from Louisville, MS, loads a dry kiln at Thompson Appalachian

Hardwoods.

The rest of our executive team is celebrating 10 years of

employment at TAH this year. Every day, we get to work

with and learn from dedicated and talented employees

that have been with our company for over two decades.

Our Lumber Inventory and Shipping Specialist, Tina

Limbaugh, is the best of the best and the pulse of our

company. She manages inventory, coordinates production,

fulfills orders and directs logistics. Juan Quintanilla

Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods is connected to Thompson Timber Company, a log harvesting company.

is the newest addition to our sales team but has worked

in all aspects of the company including production and

warehouse management over his 25-year tenure with

TAH. Juan will be focused on the Texas, California and

Mexico markets. Chip Underwood leads domestic sales

in TAPCO and TAH. Todd Nelson directs all export sales.

The team we have in place makes us a premium, strategic

partner for buyers of our materials.”

Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods is a member of

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BID GROUP Continued from page 31

BID’s Global Learning Center (GLC) in South Carolina provides superior

hands-on training in the use of AI optimizers.

ing the effective lifespan of installed BID equipment.

Another part of BID’s mission is loyalty to existing

clients. The company partners with them for the long

haul. “We always offer our customers upgrades to

make sure their system is kept at the optimal level

of performance,” said Desjardins. “After a year, or a

number of months, we can go in and refresh it based

on evolving improvements in technology. We make

sure we don’t leave any customer behind so when

we get new technology, we offer it to every existing

customer. Regarding AI, today we have sold 70 upgrades

to existing clients.”

Levesque added, “Innovation is in our DNA, so we

are always looking for what is next in technology and

ways to offer improvements. We are never stopping

in that regard.”

While BID’s systems are thorough and intelligent,

they are simple to operate. Desjardins explained,

“Our systems are truly designed to be simple. You

just need someone that knows how to grade lumber

on your team because you want someone to properly

oversee the process and make sure the system

for the company’s production line is under control.”

Any grade of Hardwood lumber can be handled

by BID’s system. Levesque noted, “any grades –

National Hardwood Lumber Association grades and

A wood processing specialist at BID works on the test bench that

is dedicated to the company’s customers.

Currently, BID Group has orders to fill into 2024. The typical

amount of time needed to deliver a system is nine months.

This operation provides all core equipment, technologies

and services, typically enabling a company to ramp-up to full

production quickly after optimizer’s installation. BID provides

24/7 technical phone support with dedicated resources for

remote and on-site services.

BID also offers its EverBlue ® program, which aims to maximize

the operational lifecycle excellence of an installed BID

Group base of equipment. The EverBlue ® program supports

consistent mill productivity, sustained uptime, and optimal

value through proactive, multi-year plans aimed at prolongproprietary

grades – we can handle any of them. We

also have a simulator tool built in so if you want to introduce

a new grade that would have an impact on your

production, you set that up in your simulator and rerun

your production. The system provides a comparison report

of the simulation for that production versus the real

one so you will see the impact of adding that product.

This is a great tool that helps you in making the best

business decisions and it is simple to use. Team members

will be trained on how to use it.”

Perhaps at the core of BID’s success with AI and optimization

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the wood products businesses.

Summed up by Desjardins: “We are constantly improving

our technologies, improving and developing

more features with our AI. We are also investing a lot

in supporting the industry through its Digital Transformation.

We are designing, developing and implementing

several Operational Intelligence Tools to provide better

insights to the operations team and help them in identifying,

diagnosing, fixing, and anticipating production

issues when they happen, as well as how to avoid and

predict them.”

On the horizon for BID is the launch of its Global

Learning Center (GLC), with its campus based in South

Carolina. The GLC is designed to offer broad online and

hands-on learning options and content to help BID’s

customers close the knowledge gap and build a strong

team that will be able to face all kinds of situations – no

matter what type of technology they use.

Desjardins reiterated: “We are putting a lot of effort

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LSLA PHOTOS Continued from page 33

Rob Kittle, Cleereman Industries Inc., Newald, WI; and Jamie Kissack

and Rick Wilson, Pukall Lumber Co., Arbor Vitae, WI

Troy Brown, Kretz Lumber Co. Inc., Antigo, WI; Rick Degan, Bennett

Hardwoods Inc., Wausau, WI; David Caldwell, Hardwood

Market Report, Memphis, TN; and Nate Jones, Ron Jones Hardwood

Sales Inc., Union City, PA

Charley MacIntosh, Kretz Lumber Co. Inc., Antigo, WI; John Sandell,

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI; and Geoff

Henderson, Anderson-Tully Lumber Co., Vicksburg, MS

Essie Peterson, Northern Hardwoods Inc., Atlantic Mine, MI; Vic

Boeding, Bruggeman Lumber, Sand Springs, IA; Ryan Peterson,

Northern Hardwoods Inc.; and Steve Bruggeman, Bruggeman

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Vince Catarella, Baillie Lumber Co., Hamburg, NY; Brady Francois,

Snowbelt Hardwoods Inc., Hurley, WI; and Fred and Sierra

Borntreger, TQMM LLC, Wausau, WI

Scott Shaver and Shay Sherfinski, R & R Insurance Services Inc.,

Waukesha, WI; Seth Helton, Missouri Walnut LLC, Neosho, MO;

Dan Hansen, Midwest Hardwood Company LLC, Maple Grove,

MN; and Andy Dufeck and Dan Dufeck, Dufeck Wood Products,

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Andy Nuffer, DMSi Software/TallyExpress/eLIMBS, Winston-Salem,

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Jeremy Mortl, Messersmith Manufacturing Inc., Bark River, MI;

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AHMI Continued from page 34

Hardwood Training Courses Begin This Fall

Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers

members will be able to send workers to specific

training courses this month.

The Appalachian Hardwood Training Institute

(AHTI) is preparing classes at three campuses

in the region for the fall semester. AHTI

Project Coordinator Brooke Shehan offered

details at the AHMI Summer Conference.

The program is funded by the Appalachian

Regional Commission to improve the skills of

existing workers and attract new employees

to the Hardwood industry. It is a partnership

between AHMI, Mountain Gateway Community

College, Glenville State University and Big

Sandy Community College.

Workforce coaches have been hired at each

campus and are working with administrators

to develop courses. Shehan said there will be

workshops and training sessions on industry

needs.

Conference attendees were asked to complete a survey of

course offerings to guide the program. The top five results were:

1) Lumber Grading & Scaling

2) Edging Lumber & Resaw Operations

3) Class A CDL License

4) Log Grading & Scaling

5) Lumber Drying Techniques

There were 28 other subjects that are being considered. AHTI

will develop short-term training sessions (1-2 days) focused on

these identified needs of industry and employer partners in Virginia,

West Virginia, and Kentucky.

The overall goals are:

•Create a model beyond the three states.

•Continue training sessions at each of the college sites.

•Develop pathways for trainees into certificate/degree

programs.

•Develop a whitepaper to outline a training model for the

remaining 10 states in Appalachia.

•Expand within the ARC region with assistance from

Community Colleges of Appalachia.

Speyside Hosts AHMI Attendees

AHMI members and guests attending the 2022 Summer

Conference were treated to a tour of the Speyside

Bourbon Stave Mill in Millboro, VA.

Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc. is a division of

Speyside Cooperage Ltd. which was founded in Scotland

in 1947. Speyside currently operates two cooperages

in Scotland and two in the U.S. – in Kentucky

and Ohio.

The stave mill in Millboro is one of three operated

by Speyside. The facility produces staves from Appalachian

White Oak that are cut, inspected, sorted by

size, air-dried and then shipped to cooperage plants

in Atkins, VA, and Jackson, OH.

The plant produces 30,000 plus pieces per day with

80 percent for staves (sides) and 20 percent for headers.

The mill employs approximately 50 people.

Officials said the facility uses about 7 million board

feet of White Oak a year. It opened in May 2018 and

Speyside has other stave mills in Waverly, OH; Glade

Spring, VA; Bolivar, TN; and Manchester, KY.

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PENN-YORK PHOTOS Continued from page 39

Paul Kephart, Northwest Hardwoods Inc., Beachwood, OH; Dan

McElroy, D.A. McElroy, Buffalo, NY; Steve Jones, Ron Jones

Hardwood Sales Inc., Union City, PA; and Mark Metzger, U-C

Coatings LLC, Buffalo, NY

Tom Byers, National Hardwood Lumber Assoc., Tionesta, PA;

and Greg Krieg, Chad Moon, and Kevin Williams, Ron Jones

Hardwood Sales Inc., Union City, PA

Matthew Lowry, Quanex, Greenville, PA; Randy Flament, Emporium

Hardwoods, Emporium, PA; and Russell Shamblen, Premier

Hardwood Products, Syracuse, NY

Kyle Mitcheltree, Mitcheltree Brothers, Pulaski, PA; Brad Schroeder,

Northwest Hardwoods Inc., Beachwood, OH; Andy Dickinson,

Sirianni Hardwoods Inc., Painted Post, NY; and Darrel Mitcheltree,

Mitcheltree Brothers

Dave Lupsha, Associated Hardwoods, Granite Falls, NC; and Fon

and Dave Hunter, Hunter Brothers International, Pittsburgh, PA

Burt Craig, Matson Lumber Co., Brookville, PA; Greg Ochs, Hickman

Lumber Co. Inc., Emlenton, PA; and Mike Songer, Meridien

Hardwoods of PA Inc., Pittsfield, PA

Doug McCloskey, (retired) Obenreder & McCloskey Lumber,

Tionesta, PA; Allen Guth, Guth Forest Products, Tionesta, PA;

Ron Jones, (retired) Ron Jones Hardwood Sales Inc., Union City,

PA; Rick Ochs, (retired) Ochs Lumber Co., Lucinda, PA; and Jim

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Tom Armentano, Sirianni Hardwoods Inc., Painted Post, NY;

Jack Monnoyer Sr. and Jack Monnoyer Jr., Deer Park Lumber

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In Memoriam

Danny Wayne Davis

Danny Wayne Davis passed

away on July 19th at Baptist Floyd

Hospital. Danny was born in Salem,

Indiana to Robert L. Davis and

Wanda Zink Davis on June 1, 1944.

Danny earned a Bachelor of Science

degree from the Kelley School

of Business at Indiana University

and worked for Goodwood Lumber.

Danny was married to his beloved wife, Karen Stead

Davis and together, they had five children: Ondra

Crockett (Gary) of Memphis, Indiana, Shanda Messmer

(Mark) of Jasonville, Indiana, Daniel Davis of Louisville,

Kentucky, Scott McDill (Melody) of Scottsburg, Indiana

and Drew McDill (Brook) of Scottsburg, Indiana.

Danny and Karen have eight grandchildren: Samuel,

Moriah, Rebekah, Ian, Connor, Oliver, Wiley, and Jett

and great-grandchildren: Willow and Robin.

Danny also has siblings: David Davis (Eileen) of Sellersburg,

Indiana, Tony Davis of Salem, Indiana, and

Marla Mills (Rodney) of Salem, Indiana.

Danny loved his people, his family and friends, hilarious

jokes, travel, card games, James Bond movies, corn

on the cob, and jigsaw puzzles. He was a faithful member

of the First Christian Church of Scottsburg.

Funeral services were held at Weathers Funeral

Home. Burial followed in Bethel Baptist Cemetery in

Leota.

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LAKE STATES Continued from page 12

Half of his customers are end users and the others are

distribution yards. “The distribution yards’ sales are still

pretty good,” he remarked. “On the distribution end, the

main concern is they think pricing has peaked and they

don’t want to get stuck with high-priced inventory. They’re

trying to run their inventory down. A couple of flooring

manufacturers say prices have fallen off. Also, RV manufacturers

have slowed down.”

He said that the availability of transportation is OK.

However, “Rates are higher, and we pass them down to

customers. The transportation rates are not ideal for anybody.

I hope the prices come back down to earth.”

A Wisconsin lumberman said his market is “kind of

slow. I’d say kiln-dried Red Oak is slow. White Oak is

pretty steady, except for Select and Better. Cherry is kind

of slow. Hickory is moving. Basswood has slowed down.

He said a lot of this is due to his customers; fuel prices are

catching up with them. He also said that this time of the

year usually brings a slowdown especially in Red Oak.”

The market is worse than it was a few months earlier,

he observed. “Also, the prices are going down,” he stated.

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

Cherry, Hickory, Basswood and Aspen in No. 3 Common

and Better, mostly in 4/4 and some in 5/4.

He sells lumber mostly to end users. “As far as my

distribution yards,” he noted, “it’s going pretty strong

still. For end users, their lumber purchases have slowed

down. One of my flooring customers said it has slowed

way down. One customer said they’re getting sales but

it’s not like they were.”

Transportation hasn’t been a big factor for this lumberman.

“It’s been pretty good for us,” he commented. He

has been working with the same transportation providers

for the most part. “We also got a new company in our

area that’s picked up a lot of slack from one that retired.

That was nice,” he reported.

“Our market is pretty steady,” said an Indiana representative

of a concentration yard with a sawmill tied to it.

“It’s dropped a little bit from what it was six months ago.

There are shortages of lumber and people are dropping

prices. In all the uptick of prices in the recent past, we

were fair. We didn’t drive our lumber prices up like a lot

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LAKE STATES Continued

with us. We don’t have drastic swings in our pricing. We

have stayed pretty steady on prices.”

He handles Ash, Birch, Cherry, Sycamore, Red and

White Oak, Soft Maple, Wormy Maple, Poplar and Hickory

in No. 2 Common and Better, 4/4 through 8/4 and

some 16/4.

He exports lumber to lumber yards and end users.

Domestically, he sells to cabinet, moulding and flooring

manufacturers and to distribution yards. “Distribution

yards tend to have too much inventory and are backing

down from purchasing lumber,” he reported. “Flooring

manufacturers’ sales are steady. The RV industry is

slowing down. Cabinet and institutional furniture manufacturers

are pretty busy.”

He observed that transportation used to cause his

company problems “quite a bit. Some lanes are still difficult

to ship to, like Denver, Albuquerque and Phoenix. It’s

hard to get flatbed trucks in and out of those places.” n

NORTHEAST Continued from page 12

The species he handles includes Hard and Soft Maple,

Yellow Birch, White Ash and “a little bit of Red Oak. We

cut 4/4 and 5/4 thicknesses. Hard Maple is selling best

right now.”

Hard Maple is his strongest seller currently for end

users and exporters. “Soft Maple is slowing down,” he

added.

He says current market challenges include increased

fuel and energy costs and the fight not to pass the increased

costs on to clients.

One sawmill representative in Maryland said the market

is fair right now, for better or for worse.

“There is a slowdown on domestic Hardwoods,” he

said. “The market is worse than six months ago.”

He handles all Appalachian Hardwood species including

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

Yellow Poplar, Basswood, Ash, Hickory, Beech, Birch,

Walnut, Locust, as well as white pine and eastern hemlock

in softwoods.

Hardwood species grades sold are No. 2 Common or

Better for appearance products, primarily in 4/4 thickness.

“Distributors are our number one customer,” he added.

“We also sell to flooring, cabinet, and stair part manufacturers.”

Overall, reliable means of transport remain a struggle

for his company.

“It’s hard to find a truck right now, any way you look at

it,” he remarked.

Another Hardwood lumber salesman in West Virginia

claimed prices are “backing up” Hardwood purchasing in

the market.

“The market has tightened up and it’s worse, but mostly

for Oak and Soft Maple,” he explained. “It’s down for

those, but I’d say it’s worse than three months ago.”

In his region, Hard Maple is a current best seller. His

Hardwood sawmill cuts “predominately 4/4 and sells to

end users and distributors.”

He also cited acquiring sufficient transportation means

as a current challenge.

“The fuel surcharges are being absorbed by companies

like us. Which is something we have done before in

the past, but now it is just constant. Still, that’s even if you

can find enough drivers. Of course, nobody is building

new kitchen cabinets with the gas prices so high right

now.” n

SOUTHEAST Continued from page 13

A Louisiana Hardwood lumber salesman described a

lack of sales for Red Oak.

“We handle Red and White Oak, Ash, Southern Yellow

Pine and miscellaneous, which is what we call

‘everything else.’ All of them are moving pretty good

except for the Red Oak.”

He sells in thicknesses of 4/4, 5/4, 7/4 and timbers

to end users.

He also detailed struggling Red Oak sales due to

less buying from China.

“Red Oak in the Common & Better grade lumber is

struggling. The ties and timber in Red Oak seem to

be moving. We have an order that we’re behind on for

ties, switch ties and long ties. Red Oak is the one that’s

kind of hit a brick wall here in the last month or so. I sell

to probably six or seven different guys on average. I

got all but one ‘No.’ This guy was buying it cheap and

rolling the dice. If you’re cutting a timber, tie, piece of

board road, anything construction related, it seems to

move.”

Fuel surcharges are also a challenge for the Louisiana

forest products company.

“Everything has a fuel surcharge on it. It’s worse by

the week. We have a dedicated company that trucks

our lumber out. We just pay them a fuel surcharge.”

One Alabama lumber supplier salesman and president

said his quality pallet lumber business can keep

up with demand but the market isn’t the same as

months prior.

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“It’s slightly worse, but still good,” he explained. “We

slowed down a little bit from six months ago, but I mean

it’s more manageable. Before we were working, killing

ourselves. Now, we can take a breather every once and

a while, still meeting demand.”

The types of species purchased by the Alabama company

has broadened.

“We used to be 100 percent Hardwood. We’re having

to use a bunch of green pine now. We still use Hardwoods

when we can get it just more green pine now.”

Wood species used in his products are the following:

Red and White Oak, Poplar, Hickory, Cherry and Walnut.

He sells to food, chemical, steel, aluminum, automotive

businesses among others, but hasn’t heard any negative

feedback lately. He remains focused on maintaining his

transportation line.

“Transportation, supply chain and parts are getting

harder and harder. We’ve had to cancel a few orders for

customers due to they couldn’t get their raw materials

in. Just soon as they come in, then they order again.” n

WEST COAST

Continued from page 13

we haven’t had a slowdown at this

time of year. Now, we’re seeing normal

times. Of course, there’s all this

negativity in the news around us.”

He handles “pretty much all North

American Hardwoods”: Oak, the Maples,

Poplar, Hickory, Basswood, a

few softwoods and imports. His best

seller is Hard Maple. He sells upper

grades, and then No. 1, 2 and sometimes

3A Common, primarily in 4/4

but also 5/4 through 8/4. “It’s very

heavy to 4/4,” he remarked.

His customers include distribution

yards, end users, millwork shops,

cabinet shops and sawmills. “It’s

kind of weird,” he observed. “Cabinet

makers are as strong as ever. But

we’re not hearing a lot from our other

customers about their levels of sales.

“We sell to sawmills because a mill

doesn’t always manufacture every

species, and they may want the ones

they don’t make to supplement their

offerings to their customers. Lumber

is stacking up a little bit at the mills.

Some people attribute that to earlier

heavy buying, and they’re working

their inventories down and not wanting

to get stuck with too much highpriced

lumber.”

Transportation, he said, has been

“better lately with easier availability,

and prices have stabilized if not softened

a little bit. We’re also getting a

lot more calls from truckers asking if

we’ve got loads for them to haul. That didn’t happen a

year ago.”

In California, a lumber representative said, “The market’s

steady but not as busy as it was. I think the business

is still there, but there’s not as much activity as

there was. The market is a little slower than it was six

months ago.”

He handles White Oak, Walnut and Hickory in all

grades in 4/4 thickness. White Oak is his best seller.

Retail lumber yards and flooring manufacturing companies

are his customers. “Their sales are steady,” he

stated.

“Transportation is OK,” he noted.

“Locally transportation is no problem.

It just takes longer getting containers

from the mills in the Midwest.”

In Oregon, a lumberman, who

mostly sells Walnut, reported that

his market is “strong, very strong.

We haven’t seen any slowdown.”

Besides Walnut, he offers White Oak

and Maple.

Compared to a few months earlier,

“I think the market is the same,

steady with a strong pace,” he remarked.

He sells mostly higher end grades

for furniture, such as Select and Better

in 4/4 through 12/4 thicknesses.

His customers are furniture manufacturers,

casework companies that

build out commercial spaces and

higher end residential casework and

millwork companies. “Their sales are

still strong,” he noted. “Demand is

still kind of what we’ve seen over the

last couple of years. It peaked and

hasn’t really slowed down. I don’t

know if it’s regional or that we’re selling

into the upper end of the market.

Our customers made a good deal of

money the last couple of years and

they’re still doing well. I talked to a

big millwork processor in our area,

and he said his business is the slowest

it’s been in years. We haven’t

seen that at all.

“Freight is still super-expensive

and the service is terrible,” he commented.

“The freight carriers don’t

show up, or it takes longer to get products shipped.

They don’t like to ship long material anymore. A lot of our

freight is 12 feet to 16 feet long. So, we’re shipping mostly

less than truckloads. We’re shipping 300 board feet to

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ONTARIO Continued from page 14

overseas shipping delays and shortage of truck transport.

However, it was noted that Hardwood supplies were

climbing.

With Ash trees being affected by the Emerald Ash Borer,

supplies of this species did not increase, but output

was sufficient to meet demand. Prices for green stocks

were firm and kiln-dried Ash markets were keeping inventories

at manageable levels.

With the ongoing heat wave over the summer months,

mills have a steady flow of logs and sawmills are busy

prioritizing production of the high valued whitewoods

such as Hard Maple, requiring mills to ship lumber as

soon as it was sawn to avoid stain damage. As prices

for kiln-dried Hard Maple have been softening, many

businesses were taking a cautious approach to buying.

It was reported that green Hard Maple prices were lower

due to ample supply and controlled rates of purchasing.

Soft Maple demand continues to be strong for finished

goods with production sufficient to meet demand.

With whitewoods taking the priority, Aspen was not

a high production species over the

summer, and so supplies were not

quite meeting demand. Prices were,

thus, higher for the common grades,

and kiln-dried inventories were reported

as thin.

Basswood production improved,

noted contacts, as sawmills worked

to keep whitewood log decks rotated.

This increase stabilized prices,

but developing supplies were not

overwhelming the markets, so demand

for this species is good. Kilndried

Basswood demand is solid

particularly for No. 1 Common and

Better, and some sales contacts reported

competition had increased for

kiln-dried Basswood.

Birch supplies are tight, commented

contacts, as Birch serves as a

standalone and as an alternative to

Maple. Most contacts said inventories

were low with steady demand

for this species. Prices were noted

as higher for kiln-dried inventories,

thus prices had risen. As well, green

lumber production was not meeting

buyers’ needs for most grades and

thicknesses.

Demand for Red Oak has decreased

both domestically and on international

levels. Although production

of this species is not high, it is

enough to meet demand, thus prices

have gone down slightly.

According to published statistics,

White Oak rose the first five months

of this year, with shipments slowing

in June and July as European

countries prepared for summer vacations. It was noted

the upper grades had softened, affecting pricing. Green

production was not high, and mills and wholesalers are

shipping out production.

The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate a full

percentage point on July 13, marking the largest single

rate hike since August 1998. This was to bring skyrocketing

inflation, which hit a 39-year-high of 7.7 percent in

May, down to its two percent target.

In its latest monetary policy report, the Bank of Canada

said inflation in Canada is “largely the result of international

factors,” but that “domestic demand

pressures are becoming more

prominent.”

The hike brings the rate to 2.5 percent

and is expected to prompt commercial

banks to raise their prime

rates which will increase the cost

of loans linked to the benchmark,

such as variable rate mortgages and

home equity lines of credit.

The central bank said the largest

drivers of global inflation are the

Russian invasion of Ukraine and ongoing

supply disruptions, leading to

higher global energy and food prices.

Domestically, the Bank of Canada

said “further excess demand has

built up,” citing tight labor markets

and strong demand. This is allowing

businesses to pass more of their

cost increases on to consumers, the

bank said.

Economists said while the announcement

may have come as

a surprise, it wasn’t unreasonable

given the rate of inflation, rising inflation

expectations and the tight labor

market. They state that an economy-wide

recession is unlikely in

2022, adding that economic indicators

still point to a healthy economy.

The unemployment rate fell to a

record-low of 4.9 percent in June

as businesses continue to struggle

with an ongoing labor shortage. The

central bank is also citing concerns

about rising inflation expectations

among consumers and businesses.

Economists generally worry when people begin expecting

high inflation, as those expectations then feed into

future prices set by business and wage negotiations.

The bank is hoping to rein in inflation, referred to as

a “soft landing,” where inflation is brought under control

without triggering a recession.

The Bank of Canada’s most recent business outlook

survey showed Canadians believe inflation will remain

higher than previously expected — and for a while. Canadians

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ONTARIO Continued

from now, the survey found.

The Conference Board of Canada is cutting its estimate

for economic growth for this year and next as central

banks around the world hike interest rates to deal

with soaring inflation. Its new two-year outlook, the Conference

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It states it now expects Canadian economic growth will

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That’s down from its earlier projections for growth of 4.0

percent in 2022 and 3.3 percent in 2023. It says higher

commodity prices are a saving grace for producers in

Canada, but other sectors will have to cope with higher

interest rates and slower export growth to the U.S. n

QUEBEC Continued from page 14

Several sawmills and wholesalers noted Ash sales

were going well, with exports being fair. However, demand

from domestic and other international

markets along with restrained

production due to shortage

of these trees is keeping supplies

down and prices firm.

Prices for Basswood have been

climbing due to low supplies and

high demand for green and kiln-dried

lumber. Because of its versatility,

Basswood was being sought as an

alternate species for others of higher

costs. Contacts stated that prices for

the popular species, like Hard and

Soft Maple, and other alternative

species, started moving lower, thus

causing the price rise for Basswood

to pause.

According to U.S. information,

Cherry is not a popular species in

North America despite the relatively

low price. Volumes of exports to China

are still continuing, but at a lower

rate. Kiln-dried Cherry is therefore

more abundant, with prices on a

downward trend.

The regionally important Hard

Maple has seen a change over the

summer, as end users who were demanding

more are restricting their

purchases. Kiln-drying operators

have ample supplies available. Hard

Maple does remain the top seller

for cabinet manufacturers, however

order backlogs are moderating for

some cabinet and cabinet component

plants, as they are more cautious

with raw material purchases.

As such, prices have lowered for

various grades and thicknesses for

green and kiln-dried lumber.

Soft Maple is also seeing a slowdown in orders,

whereas demand was high over spring and early summer.

Supplies improved and markets were filled with

this species. Also in the cabinet sector, demand for Soft

Maple is strong, as it is for furniture manufacturers. End

users, drying operations and wholesalers took steps to

slow down Soft Maple receipts, and as such prices are

being adjusted lower. Increased supplies and tighter

controls on purchasing increased competition for kilndried

Soft Maple.

Contacts reported green Hickory demand is holding

up, especially from residential

flooring manufacturers, and most

thicknesses are selling well on both

domestic and export markets. Kiln

dried Hickory is also decent with inventories

at manageable levels with

prices steady.

Demand for Red Oak from China

and residential wood flooring manufacturers

slowed down, with shipments

being identified as sluggish

to several markets in the U.S. and

abroad.

Depending on areas contacted,

market conditions for White Oak are

mixed. Exports to Southeast Asian

markets are good, despite weaker

Chinese business. In Europe, markets

have slowed due to summer

holidays. Kiln-dryers also are controlling

green White Oak purchases,

while flooring plants reduced their

purchases of Nos. 2A and 3A.

Poplar supplies are ample, with

sales and purchasing noted as decent

for businesses. Most green

grades and thicknesses are selling

well. Prices have come down due

to competitive pressures due to increased

production over the past

couple of months. Kiln dried Poplar

conditions are reported as pretty

much the same as for green.

No. 1 Common and No. 2A Walnut

is moving better than the upper

grades. Supplies of this grade are

not excessive, while upper grades

are reported as abundant relative to

demand.

Favorable weather conditions for air drying lumber

have boosted framestock supplies thus better balanced

with demand.

Statistics Canada’s June Labor Force Survey showed

Canada’s labor market was still tightening, making it difficult

for Canadian employers to find workers. Employment

fell by 43,000 in June, marking the first employment decline

not associated with public health restrictions since

the pandemic began. The reason stated is mainly due to

people age 55 and older leaving the workforce.

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KEITH BYRGE is a purchasing agent with La-Z-Boy

Corporation, located in Dayton, TN. His responsibilities

include purchasing for all the La-Z-Boy plants in the U.S.

and in Mexico.

La-Z-Boy Corporation is a manufacturer of residential

furniture, including recliners, reclining sofas and love

seats, sleep sofas, modular furniture and leather upholstery,

as well as stationary sofas, love seats and chairs.

The company currently purchases approximately 12

million board feet annually of Soft Maple in 5/4 and 4/4

thicknesses, No. 2 Common, No. 2 Common and Better

and WHND.

Byrge’s family owned and operated a small sawmill

and logging operation in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and he grew

up working there. After graduating from Oakdale High

School in Oakdale, TN, Byrge continued to work for his

family’s company until he was hired by La-Z-Boy in May

of 1992 to build arm frames. Ten years later, he became

frame supervisor, then moved into the lumber area managing

all facets of the rough mill along with Show Wood

Finishing Operations, where the wood is stained.

When not at work, he enjoys coon hunting and rustic

woodworking, along with attending church with his family.

He has been married to his wife, Carla, since 1995

and together, they have one son, Eli, who is 24 years old.

For more information, visit www.la-z-boy.com or email

Byrge at kbyrge@la-z-boy.com.

RUSSELL SHAMBLEN handles kiln-dried and green

lumber purchasing at Premier Hardwood Products in

Syracuse, NY.

Premier Hardwood Products currently consumes

30,000 board feet per day (approximately 7 million board

feet annually) of kiln-dried Hardwood lumber in Hard Maple,

Red and White Oak, and Hickory. The grades are

No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3A Common, all in 4/4 thickness.

The company manufactures Hardwood flooring.

Premier Hardwood Products is a member of National

Wood Flooring Association, New England Lumbermen’s

Association and Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club.

A 1980 graduate of West Virginia University, Shamblen

has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wood Technology.

He has been employed in the wood products industry at

various companies and locations for the past 42 years.

He has been with Premier Hardwood Products for the

past 17 years.

Shamblen, his wife Mary, and son William enjoy traveling,

hiking, photography and being outdoors as much

as possible.

To learn more about Premier Hardwood, visit www.

premierhardwood.com.

ALLEN SHAVER is president and owner of Shaver’s

Sash & Door Ltd., of Regina, Saskatchewan. The company

is a manufacturer of custom millwork, specializing

in doors and sashes, moulding, spindles, rails, and heritage

homes. Shaver purchases 130,000 board feet annually

of Birch, Cherry, Hard Maple, Red Oak, Walnut,

Tulipwood and a variety of exotic species requested by

clients.

Founded in 1914, the firm is well known for its craftsmanship

in new and renovated homes, as well as historical

restorations. With three generations and 200 years

combined experience, the team at Sash & Door have

probably done it all or re-done it all at one time or another.

“Whether your home was built in the 19th or 21st century,

remember our motto: Good as new is easy, but

good as old takes talent,” Shaver said.

Born in Regina in 1960, Shaver began working at Sash

& Door as a child. He joined the firm full-time in 1977,

and worked every position from cleanup to presidency.

Married with two children, Shaver enjoys hockey, golf,

fishing, and hunting.

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CLARK LUMBER COMPANY

• 6 Sawmills producing 48,000,000’ of Appalachian

Hardwoods 4/4 - 8/4

• 900,000’ drying capacity

• 2,500,000’ kiln dried Lumber Inventory

• Species: Red & White Oak, Hard & Soft Maple,

Poplar, Ash, Cherry, Hickory, Walnut and

Aromatic Red Cedar

• Export prep & container loading

• A team of over 130 employees manufacturing

Appalachian Hardwoods

Hugh Clark, President; Brandon Clark, Vice President; and

Joseph Draper, Sales

“From our Forest to your Facility”

Brandon Clark

bclark@clarklumbercompany.com

Joseph Draper

jdraper@clarklumbercompany.com

Clark Lumber Company

552 Public Well Road

Red Boiling Springs, TN 37150

Office: (615) 699-3497

www.clarklumbercompany.com

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QUEBEC Continued from page 63

Unemployment fell to a new record-low of 4.9 percent

as a result of fewer people looking for work. The adjusted

employment rate, which includes people who were not

in the labor force but looking for work decreased to 6.8

percent, another record low.

An economist with the Conference Board of Canada

said amid tight labor market conditions, employment

rose among diverse groups such as recently landed immigrants

and core-aged Indigenous workers living off

reserve. Also, the employment rate among core-aged female

workers was at 81.3 percent, just shy of the May record

high. He added that these improvements suggested

labor shortages were increasing labor market inclusivity

by drawing in workers who traditionally face underemployment

or lower rates of employment and labor force

participation.

Employment in the services-producing sector declined

by 76,000 in June, with losses spread across several

industries, including retail trade. However, employment

rose by 33,000 in the goods-producing sector, with gains

in construction and manufacturing. Construction saw its

first increase in March, and a Scotiabank economist said

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the increase was a sign that construction was ramping

up again, but the decline in retail trade was cause for

concern.

The tight labor market pushed up wages in Canada. In

June, average hourly wages rose 5.2 percent to $31.24

on a year-over-year basis.

One option presented to support labor shortages was

to welcome high levels of immigrants with skills that meet

the demands for talent. In 2022, Canada is set to open

its doors to a record 431,645 new permanent residents,

and is currently on track to meet this target. Canada has

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suring large remodeling projects ($50,000 or more) fell

11 points to 79, the component measuring moderately

sized remodeling projects (at least $20,000 but less than

$50,000) dropped seven points to 84 and the component

measuring small remodeling projects (under $20,000) declined

by six points to 86.

The Future Indicators Index dropped 11 points to 72

compared to the second quarter of 2021. The component

measuring the current rate at which leads and inquiries

are coming in fell 13 points to 68 and the component measuring

the backlog of remodeling jobs decreased by 10

points to 76.

For the full RMI tables, please visit nahb.org/rmi.

BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION

ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF WILDFIRE

COMMISSION

The Departments of Agriculture, the Interior and Homeland

Security through the Federal Emergency Management

Agency (FEMA) recently announced the selection of

members to the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management

Commission.

Established by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure

Law, and announced in December 2021, the Wildland

Fire Mitigation and Management Commission will play a

key role in recommending ways that federal agencies can

better prevent, mitigate, suppress and manage wildland

fires. It will also recommend policies and strategies on

how to restore the lands affected by wildfire.

The call for nominations for the non-federal members

was issued in March. More than 500 applications were received,

and 36 non-federal members – 18 primary and 18

alternates – have been selected to serve on the commission.

Along with 11 federal members, the commission will

be co-chaired by Departments of Agriculture, the Interior

and FEMA leadership. Commission members represent

federal agencies, Tribes, state and local municipalities,

and private entities, as directed by the Bipartisan Infrastructure

Law. Included are Agriculture Department Secretary

Thomas Vilsack and Department of Interior Secretary

Deb Haaland.

For more information and a complete list of commission

members, visit www.usda.gov/topics/disaster-resourcecenter/wildland-fire/commission

or e-mail wildlandfire

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We at Bryant Church Hardwoods, Inc., located in Wilkesboro, NC, are proud of our modern Hardwood

concentration yard facility that we constantly update to better serve our customers with the finest

Appalachian Hardwood and Eastern White Pine lumber available. Call us at (336) 973-3691 when we can

be of service.

This is an aerial view of our modern

Hardwood concentration yard where we

process quality Appalachian Hardwood

and Eastern White Pine lumber.

Some facts about our company are, we:

•Have a 30 acre Hardwood and Eastern White Pine lumber concentration yard

that exclusively represents one sawmill.

•Specialize in all thicknesses of kiln dried Eastern White Pine lumber.

•Deal in Appalachian Hardwood species such as Red and White Oak, Poplar,

Ash, Hard and Soft Maple, Steamed Walnut, Cherry, Basswood, Beech and

mixed Hardwoods.

•Market our Appalachian Hardwood lumber in 4/4 through 8/4 thicknesses that

is green, air dried and/or kiln dried.

•Specialize in mixed truck loads.

•Have 9 steam dry kilns that have a combined dry kiln capacity of 630,000 bd.

ft. per charge.

•Own a Newman 382 planer.

•Usually carry about 4,000,000 bd. ft. on our air drying yard.

•Usually carry about 1,500,000 bd. ft. of kiln dried lumber in inventory.

•Offer export preparation, container loading and package tally.

•Offer the service of sorting lumber at special lengths, widths and grades

according to customer specifications.

•Use our own trucks and contract trucks for prompt delivery of your orders.

•Have over 75 years of combined experience in the lumber business.

Tim Church

Mason Church

Bus.: (336) 973-3691

FAX: (336) 973-7993

(800) 973-3380

Web site: http://BCHI.com

P.O. Box 995 • Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Distribution Yard: 683 Buck Road • Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Because we’ve been in business since 1953, we have many years of experience that helps us to ship your orders right the first time.

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TRADE TALK

AN UPDATE COVERING

THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT

HARDWOOD SUPPLIERS/VENDORS

Have you considered

UPGRADING

your machine control?

Give us a call for options.

EXPERIENCE QUALITY DEPENDABILITY

975 Conrad Hill Mine Rd. ~ Lexington, NC 27292

Phone 336-746-5419 ~ Fax 336-746-6177

www.kepleyfrank.us

Facilities:

3 Sawmills Processing 50 Million' • 750,000' Dry Kiln

Capacity • 600,000' Fan Shed Capacity

2 382 Newman Planer Mills • 50 Bay Bin Sorter

Products Available:

4/4-8/4 Appalachian Lumber • 6/4-8/4 Ship Dry Capacity

Crossties (100,000 BF per week) • Timbers up to 18'

1,000,000+ Average KD Inventory • 12,000,000+

Average AD Inventory

Species:

White Oak • Red Oak • Poplar • Ash • Hickory

Elm • Beech • Gum • Hackberry • Pecan

Jimmy Kepley, owner, and Bart

Jenkins, lumber sales

The firm manufactures 4/4 through 8/4 thicknesses.

Sales:

Bart Jenkins

bjenkins@kepleyfrank.us

Jimmy Kepley

jkepley@kepleyfrank.us

KANE, PA—“Good markets

provide opportunities to build

customer base, secure relationships,

and for Collins to reinvest

for the future,” stated Bo Hammond,

Hardwood sales manager

for Collins. Kane Hardwoods

recently completed upgrades

to the debarker, log infeed, air

system, waste systems and setworks

systems in the sawmill

Bo Hammond

here.

The Kane facility is also adding pavement to their yard

to preserve air-dried pack quality, adding power vents to

kilns for better drying efficiency and effectiveness, and

reorienting the air-dried yard. “All these are designed

with lumber flatness, brightness and grade quality in

mind for our customers,” Hammond noted.

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

LEXINGTON, NC—Brian Turlington,

Vice President at SII Dry

Kilns, based here, announced

several installations of kiln systems

that have been completed

recently. SII Dry Kilns has installed

and started up kilns in a

variety of designs and locations

including two kilns for Vaughan

Brian Turlington

Bassett Furniture in Galax, VA,

three kilns for Dixie Forest Products

in North Wilkesboro, NC, one kiln for East Perry

Lumber Company in Frohna, MO, one kiln for Rogers

Lumber in Camden, AR, one kiln for John Boos & Co. in

Effingham, IL, two kilns for MacDonald & Owen Lumber

in Brookville, PA, one kiln for Stoltzfus Forest Products

in Peach Bottom, PA, three kilns for Bingaman & Son

Lumber Inc. in Kreamer, PA, three pallet kilns for Southern

Packaging (two in Port Allen, LA and one in Woodville,

MS), two pallet kilns for The Timbermen Inc. in

Camak, GA, three Walnut steamers for Missouri Walnut

in Neosho, MO and one Walnut steamer for Kendrick

Forest Products in Edgewood, IA.

Additionally, SII has completed controls projects for

Ferguson Land & Lumber in Rocky Mount, VA, and Ap-

palachian Hardwood Lumber in Bedford Heights, OH.

SII Dry Kilns is a manufacturer of conventional package-loaded

kilns, dual path continuous kilns and double

track-loaded batch kilns, in addition to various types of

fan sheds and multi-zoned pre-dryers for the Hardwood

and softwood industries. SII offers complete kiln rehab

and rebuild services including roofs and wall panels,

doors, heating systems, fan decks and structural replacements.

SII Dry Kilns is a 50-plus-year-old family-owned company

with 60-plus employees and has equipment in operation

at over 2,000-plus drying facilities worldwide.

More information can be found at www.siidrykilns.

com.

JoeScan president Joey Nelson dials-in a new JS-50

scanner.

VANCOUVER, WA—The sawmill scanning experts at

JoeScan, headquartered here, will soon bring the proven

simplicity of their JS-50 scan head to more parts of the

sawmill, according to a company spokesperson.

“Mills love how our latest JS-50 WX model performs

on their edgers and trimmers,” says JoeScan President

Joey Nelson. “It’s a robust, reliable platform that is very

easy to use. So, we’ve been working hard to develop

next-gen scanners for more machine centers.”

JoeScan will debut several new scanners at the Timber

Processing and Energy Expo trade show in Portland,

OR on September 28, 29 and 30. The company invites

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Proportional Valve

Tester PVT-2

Linear Carriage System

Scanning Carriage Systems

Resaw Systems

Paw Taw John has user

friendly systems and their

customer service has been

excellent.

Greg Wells, Owner –

Greentree Forest Products, Inc.

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

18125 N. Ramsey Rd., Rathdrum, ID 83858

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TRADE TALK

Continued

Connecting North American

Forest Products Globally

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Stay on track: www.rta.org or

attendees to stop by their booth or visit www.joescan.

com to learn more. For additional information, contact

JoeScan Senior Business Development Manager

Blake DeFrance at 360-993-0069 extension 7008, or

e-mail him at Blake.DeFrance@joescan.com.

NEWALD, WI—Cleereman

Industries, headquartered here,

along with Cleereman Controls

President Stefan Dracobly, recently

installed and started up

a new Cleereman 3-Saw optimized

edger at B&B Lumber,

a company that manufactures

Hardwoods, in McConnellsville,

NY.

Stefan Dracobly

Rich in logging and sawmill

history, Cleereman Industries

has developed and manufactured sawmill machinery

for over 60 years using three guiding principles:

•Manufacture high quality products built for high production,

increased yield and years of trouble-free operations.

•Use simple yet highly functional designs to minimize

the number of moving parts while maximizing the performance

and functionality.

•Provide unequaled service and support to its customers.

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

CRESTVIEW, FL–Sawmill MD, located here, recently

announced that Matson Lumber Company of

Brookville, PA, a Hardwood manufacturer, has recently

started up the first VisionTally HD High-Speed System

at their Corsica, PA operation to automate and improve

their lumber tally process and results. The VisionTally

HD High-Speed system scans a pack of lumber for both

width and length in less than one minute.

The consistent accuracy of the VisionTally system

along with the reports available from the VisionTally

BundleQuery Database will revolutionize how the mill

can rely on and use tally information, according to Sawmill

MD.

“Quite a few of VisionTally’s customers have told us

that in addition to consistent, accurate lumber tallies,

the VisionTally shows up to work every day, doesn’t

Matson Lumber Company of Brookville, PA, a Hardwood

manufacturer, has recently started up the first VisionTally

HD High-Speed System at their Corsica, PA operation.

call in sick, and never takes a break,” said Mike Ballard

of Sawmill MD. “We would like to thank the team from

Matson Lumber that worked with VisionTally to refine

the first HD version of VisionTally at their facility,” he

added. “Burt Craig, President of Matson Lumber, has

consistently told us that that he is pleased and that the

VTHD is performing as promised.”

Contact Mike Ballard or Duncan Ferguson at Saw

millMD@mindspring.com for more information on the

VisionTally HD system, or log onto their website, Saw

millMD.com, to see a video of the VisionTally system

and videos of the other products promoted by Sawmill

MD.

SAINT-GEORGES, QC—BID

Group recently announced it

has entered into an agreement

to acquire Smith Sawmill Service.

The transaction brings together

two customer-focused

organizations and further expands

BID’s industry-leading

operational life cycle product

and service offerings to include

Steven Hofer

the essential recurring saw and

tooling capabilities required to support modern wood

processing operations.

Smith Sawmill Service is one of the largest suppliers

and service providers of saws, cutting tools, filing

room equipment, and critical consumable products to

the wood processing industry. Smith serves the North

American market with both proprietary cutting technolo-

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A 60+ Year Tradition of Excellence

Serving architectural woodworkers, cabinet and fixture

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Zebrawood, 4/4 through 16/4 in many species. When you

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with fine quality and prompt, reliable service.

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JoCo Lumber, Inc. is a division of

Josey Lumber Company, Inc.

Tripp, Logan, and Joey Josey

Our company offers:

• 10,000,000 BF of annual production from

our 6’ band headrig and 6’ band resaw.

• Red and White Oak, Soft Maple, Ash,

Poplar and Cypress in 4/4 through 8/4

thickness.

• rough, surfaced, air-dried and kiln-dried

lumber in random widths and lengths.

• export prepping, container loading of logs and lumber,

anti-stain dipping and end coating lumber.

• 500,000 BF of dry kiln capacity.

• 65,000 SF of enclosed warehouse for storage and loading of

kiln-dried lumber.

For Quality Appalachian Lumber Contact:

JOsey Lumber COmpany, InC.

JoCo Lumber, InC.

476 Lees meadow rd. • p.O. Drawer 447

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gies and industry-leading brands. With locations in Texas,

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MEMPHIS, TN – The National Hardwood Lumber

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AHEC REPORT Continued from page 20

“geolocation of all plots of land where the relevant commodities

that the relevant product contains or has been

made using were produced, as well as data or time

range of production.” It goes on to note that “Where a

relevant product contains or has been made with relevant

commodities produced in different plots of land,

the geolocation of all different plots of land shall be included.”

A “plot of land” is defined in the draft Regulation

as “within a single real-estate property.”

At first sight, this may seem reasonable. The need for

traceability back to precise place of harvest might appear

to be an essential part of any legislation designed

to ensure no products from deforestation are placed

on the market. Indeed, it should present no obstacle

in those instances where individual harvests are sufficiently

large, or sufficiently homogeneous, to pull together

commercial consignments of the specific wood

species and grades demanded by their EU customers.

Providing data on the “plot of land” should certainly be

an easy matter for the managers of industrial plantations

– where each harvest produces a consistent species

and grade of timber. The same is true for managers

of state-owned concessions in boreal areas and

the tropics, where forests are more diverse, but where

each plot of land will be at least 1,000 hectares and

sometimes extend to millions of hectares. Indeed, a

prime example of who would benefit from such a system

are large state-owned enterprises where the state

also owns the timberland - such as Russia where “ownership”

of millions of hectares of forestland are vested

in one “single real estate property” - the Russian government.

As written, the requirements and definitions relating

to geolocation have a strong potential for discrimination

against products from smaller landowners, particularly

when derived from diverse natural forests such as is

the case in the U.S. Hardwood industry.

It is also important to understand that if implemented

this law would have implications beyond just direct

Hardwood exports to the EU. Countries such as Vietnam,

India and Turkey that supply wood furniture to the

EU would be required to provide the same geolocation

data for their raw material supplies.

For more detailed information, on the homepage of

the AHEC website (www.ahec.org) is a document with

AHEC Comments on the regulation and its potential for

discrimination, as well as what we believe to be relatively

simple amendments to the EU text. AHEC is engaging

with our colleagues in the European wood trade

associations to organize a campaign to educate Members

of the European Parliament on the real-world implications

of adopting the legislation as it currently exists.

We also encourage all U.S. exporters to communicate

with their customers in Europe as well to ensure that

they are aware of the implications and are in communication

with their respective Members of the European

Parliament. The Comments document on the AHEC

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website is designed to facilitate this discussion.

We are also working closely with Dana Cole and the

Hardwood Federation here in D.C. to ensure that the

U.S. government is also engaged in this process. n

WCMA INSIGHTS Continued from page 22

a progressive, nationally recognized association, whose

focus is meeting the needs of its members. Membership

provides access to a wide range of industry experts, and

your colleagues are often your best source for in-depth

insight and ideas. Our members share openly, freely,

and with great enthusiasm, and know that success of

individual businesses translates to success of the industry

as a whole. To read more about the benefits and join

today, just visit our website at www.wcma.com.

If you have not yet registered for the 2022 Fall Conference

and Plant Tour Event, please visit our website at

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wcma@wcma.com. Minneapolis is a great city, and we

encourage you to spend an extra day or two to visit the

area. We look forward to seeing you in November! n

WHY KNOT... Continued from page 24

The staff at NHLA are doing our best to get your message

out to the market, regulators, and consumers; to

use Hardwoods. Your extracurricular participation with

NHLA at meetings and other activities are where you

get to influence and be influenced by the industry. We

have a lot of work to do, to get everyone on board the

Hardwood cart, and we cannot wait for or expect others

to do it for us.

So, my first request is that we work together. Let

us know your issues and concern, and help us get

the message out. Please visit with us at conventions

and conferences, and we will do our best to help you.

Whether you are an NHLA member or not, Why Knot

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Yard Manager/Buyer – Tigerton Lumber Company – Iron River Landing

Tigerton Lumber Company is looking to hire a log yard manager for our

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Tigerton Lumber Company is looking to expand its procurement group

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Mileage reimbursement program

Cell phone plan

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Disability and dental

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Certified Lumber Grader – Job Description

Cardin Forest Products is a family owned sawmill and kiln drying operation located

in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. We are currently seeking a candidate to fill a

hardwood lumber grading position in our kiln drying operation.

The ideal candidate will have:

•Been NHLA certified

•2 to 3 years of experience grading kiln dried hardwoods

Duties will include, but not be limited to the following:

•Grade and mark all lumber to be sorted according to NHLA rules/guidelines

and industry standards

•Communicate effectively with your team and other departments

•Adhere to all safety policies and perform tasks in a safe and responsible

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

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

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religion, national origin, citizenship status and creed.

Salary Negotiable

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Cell: (423) 619-8056

Email: jball@cardinfp.com

HELP WANTED

Northwest Hardwoods, Inc. is a world-class, integrated, global

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•Paid Life Insurance

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60 x 130 Wood frame equipment building (stacker)

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INDEX

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

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

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

Anderson, Roy, Lumber

Company, Inc..........................................59

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

Autolog Sawmill Automation..................48

Automation & Electronics USA..............17

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

Beard Hardwoods...................................74

Beasley Forest Products, Inc.................10

BID Group....................................................

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

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

Breeze Dried Inc.....................................42

Carbotech International.........................48

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

Church, Bryant, Hardwoods, Inc............66

Clark Lumber Co.....................................65

Cleereman Controls..................................5

Cleereman Industries...............................5

Cole Hardwood, Inc..................................9

Collins.........................................................

Continental Underwriters, Inc...............50

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

Corley Manufacturing Co........................23

Cramer, W.M., Lumber Co.......................54

Cummings Lumber Co., Inc......................3

Deer Park Lumber, Inc..................... 40&41

Devereaux Sawmill, Inc..........................64

Distribution Management Systems, inc.

(DMSi)......................................................11

EXPO Richmond..........................................

Fitzpatrick & Weller Inc..........................73

Forcey Lumber Company, Inc.................46

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

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

GF Hardwoods, Inc.................................62

Graf Bros. Flooring & Lumber................21

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

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

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

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

Hardwood Manufacturers Assoc ..........19

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

Hermitage Hardwood Lumber

Sales, Inc................................................60

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

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

Industrial Vision Systems, Inc.................7

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

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

JoCo Lumber, Inc....................................71

JoeScan..................................................47

Jones, Ron, Hardwood Sales, Inc..........56

Josey Lumber Co., Inc............................71

Kendrick Forest Products......................55

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

Kepley-Frank Hardwood Co., Inc...........68

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

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

Kretz Lumber Co., Inc.............................67

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

Lewis Controls, Inc.................................23

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

Limbo......................................................54

Lumber Resources Inc...........................45

Lussier, Simon, Ltd.................................14

MacBeath Hardwood Company..............71

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

Mars Hill, Inc...........................................75

Matson Lumber Company.......................51

Maxwell Hardwood Flooring..................53

McDonough Manufacturing Company........

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

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

Messersmith Manufacturing, Inc...........61

MiCROTEC...................................................

Middle Tennesee Lumber Co., Inc..........12

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

MO PAC Lumber Company......................38

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

Neff Lumber Mills, Inc............................73

New River Hardwoods, Inc.....................43

North American Forest Foundation........74

Northern Hardwoods..................................

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

Nyle Dry Kilns........................................ BC

Oakcrest Lumber, Inc.............................72

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

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

Patrick Lumber Company.......................58

Paw Taw John Services, Inc..................69

Pennsylvania Hardwoods, LLC...............15

Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual

Insurance Company................................13

Peterson, Keith D., & Co., Inc................72

Pike Lumber Co., Inc............................ IFC

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

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

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

Quality Hardwoods Ltd...........................39

Railway Tie Association.........................70

Ram Forest Products, Inc.......................52

Real American Hardwood Coalition.........6

Robinson Lumber Company........................

Rosenberry, Carl, & Sons,

Lumber, Inc.............................................44

Sawmill MD...............................................7

SII Dry Kilns............................................25

Sirianni Hardwoods, Inc.........................49

Smithco Manufacturing, Inc...................75

Snowbelt Hardwoods, Inc..........................

Southern Forest Products Assoc...............

Stiles, A.W., Contractors, Inc........ 80&IBC

Stoltzfus Forest Products, LLC..................

Taylor Machine Works, Inc.........................

Tigerton Lumber Co....................................

TMX Shipping Co., Inc................................

Tropical Forest Products............................

TS Manufacturing...................................16

Tuscarora Hardwoods, Inc.........................

U-C Coatings, LLC...................................57

USNR.......................................................63

Western Hardwood Association.................

Wheeland Lumber Co., Inc.........................

White, Harold, Lumber, Inc.........................

Williams, R.J., Inc.......................................

Wood-Mizer, LLC........................................8

York Legacy Mill Inc...................................

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

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