The Softwood Forest Products Buyer - November/December 2022

In the latest issue of the Softwood Forest Products Buyer, see photos from the latest NELMA, Global Buyers Mission and LAT conferences, plus stories about Sawmill Surplus LLC and Western Red Cedar.

In the latest issue of the Softwood Forest Products Buyer, see photos from the latest NELMA, Global Buyers Mission and LAT conferences, plus stories about Sawmill Surplus LLC and Western Red Cedar.


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Vol. 37 No. 6 The Softwood Industry’s Only Newspaper...Now Reaching 36,034 firms (20,000 per issue) November/December 2022

NELMA’s 89th Meeting Attendance

Surpasses Previous Five Years

Photos By Zach Miller

World Travelers Gather In Whistler

For Annual Global Buyers Mission

Photos By Zach Miller

James Webb, Robbins Lumber Co., Searsmont, ME; Lizzie and B Manning, Sawmill

Associates, New London, NH; and Denise Schofner and Dante Diorio, Diorio Forest

Products, Ashland, VA

New Castle, NH – The Wentworth by the Sea Resort, located here,

recently played host to the 89th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern

Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA). Winning Strategies:

Double Down with NELMA served as this meeting’s theme.

The 3-day program welcomed 142 members and guests to the venue,

Continued on page 41

Blake Hamilton, Brett Anderson, Madison Roy and Doug Chiasson, Irving Forest

Products, St. John, New Brunswick

Additional Photos on pages 12 &14

Paul Saini, The Teal-Jones Group, Surrey, BC; Haseeb Minhas, Minhas Traders, Karachi,

Pakistan; Joe Belknap and Tom Jones, The Teal-Jones Group; and Al Huber,

NuAge International Affiliate Corporation, Kelowna, BC

Whistler, BC–BC Wood is pleased to have welcomed over 600 delegates

from all over the world for the 19th Annual Global Buyers Mission

(GBM), held here at the Whistler Conference Center. Given the still

present challenges of the pandemic, BC representatives said they were

extremely pleased with the efforts made by those buyers and suppliers

that supported and participated in the 2022 GBM. The GBM continues

to be Canada's largest event dedicated to promoting value-added wood


After an evening Welcome Reception at the Roundhouse Lodge, CEO

Brian Hawrysh and Board Chairman Grant McKinnon from Pacific

Homes welcomed the Opening Ceremony guest speaker, the Honourable

Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations

and Rural Development, and also welcomed the participation of

Honourable George Chow, BC’s Minister of State for Trade.

Omni Frisco

Hotel Welcomes

The 2022 LAT


Photos By Terry Miller

Additional Photos on pages 14, 16 &18

Continued on page 42





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Memphis, TN 38184-0908

Frisco, TX –Members and guests

of the Lumbermen’s Association of

Texas (LAT) recently gathered at

Omni Frisco Hotel, located here,

for the association’s annual meeting.

Jay Bowling, Blair Logistics Inc., Birmingham,

AL; Grant Phillips, Wildwood Trading

Group, Portland, OR; and Tre Glisson,

Woodgrain/Huttig Building Products Inc.,

Austin, TX

Additional Photos on pages 20 & 22

The LAT attracts Softwood industry professionals each year giving them an

opportunity to network and attend information sessions.

This year Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts was a keynote

speaker, as well as Paul Pirok, executive vice president, and managing director

of homebuilding at Veritex Community Bank. Jeremiah Kuntz, senior manager

of government relations in Texas for Aurora, spoke on the fleet of the future, as

well as there being a session on the State of the Texas Workforce.

Ky Ash of Husch Blackwell Strategies moderated the Lumberyard Politics:

Continued on page 42

Bill DenHoed is the specialty products purchasing

manager for Sprenger Midwest Wholesale Lumber,

located in Sioux Falls, SD.

Sprenger Midwest is a regional wholesaler offering

Cedar, treated wood, Spruce-Pine-Fir, White Fir,

machine-stress-rated engineered wood, plywood,

oriented strand board and Pine boards.

Value-added products offered by the company

include pre-finished siding.

Bill DenHoed

DenHoed graduated from Canton High School,

located in Canton, SD, in 1985 and studied carpentry at Minnesota West

Kyle Jones is a long-standing sales representative

for West Bay Forest Products Ltd, located in Fort

Langley, BC.

West Bay Forest Products Ltd offers Western Red

Cedar products, including: posts, rails, trim and fascia

boards, decking, fencing, siding, timbers, balusters,

patterns and custom inquiries. Our four facilities,

which include sawmills and remanufacturing plants,

Kyle Jones produce approximately 40-50 million board feet annually.

Jones has been working in the forest products industry for 24 years, all

North American CLT vs. Imported Product

Stringent standard assures consistent value and


Following another successful Traders Market

event this year in Phoenix, it’s time to join NAW-

LA for exciting industry content we’re bringing

you in 2023.

Connect with Fellow Industry

Leaders at NAWLA’s Leadership Summit

Please mark your calendar and join us for the 2023 NAWLA Leadership

Summit, taking place in person at the JW Marriott Desert Resort & Spa

in Palm Desert, CA! This 3-day event is tailored toward organizational

and industry leaders looking to connect to discuss business challenges and

present new solutions for the industry. Registration opens at the end of


Who’s Who in Softwoods

Continued on page 43

Continued on page 43

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is

lightweight, yet extremely strong

with superior acoustic, fire, seismic

and thermal performance. It

offers fast and easy installation,

with virtually no waste onsite. CLT

offers design flexibility and low

environmental impacts, making it

a strong alternative to conventional

materials like concrete, masonry or

steel—particularly on larger construction projects.

CLT manufactured in North America must meet stringent product

standards and be certified to the ANSI/APA PRG 320 Standard for Performance-Rated

Cross-Laminated Timber. Products manufactured outside of

North America may not meet these same performance expectations. APA

The Engineered Wood Association explains key characteristics evaluated

in the certification process.

Continued on page 50

Joe Penrod is a product manager for Alta Forest

Products, located in Chehalis, WA.

Alta Forest Products produces over 300 million

board feet of over 140 different fencing products

manufactured from Western Red Cedar, as well as

pre-stained Whitewood. The company manufactures

5/8-inch Green, Rough boards in 3-to-7 1/2-inch

widths, and lengths from 42-inches to eight feet in Pallet

through Clear grades.

Joe Penrod

Penrod was born and raised in Southern California,

and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brigham Young Univer-

Wayne Carlisle is a lumber trader for Mars Hill

Inc., based in Waynesboro, MS.

Mars Hill Inc., a wholesale lumber company, supplies

and markets 1x4 through 2x12 Spruce-Pine-Fir

and mostly 4/4 through 8/4 hardwoods to its customers

located throughout North America. The operation

also sells some industrial plywood in 4x8 sheets and

Southern Yellow Pine cut stock to some of its customers.

Wayne Carlisle

Carlisle has been in his current role for approximately

15 years. Previous experience includes family-owned and operated Car-

By: Jackson Morrill

President & CEO of the American Wood Council

There is some remarkable news to share for the

countless professionals who work in the design, architecture,

construction, fire service, and code enforcement

Jackson Morrill

space, especially those who rely on standards for the

design of wood members, assemblies and connections.

After nearly seven years of AWC convening meetings, collaboration and

consensus building, the American National Standards

Institute (ANSI) approved the Fire Design

Specification for Wood Construction (FDS) as an

American National Standard. Officially designated

as ANSI/AWC FDS-2022, it is essentially the

authoritative, one-stop shop resource for all the

provisions for the fire design of wood members,

assemblies and connections needed to meet the

current code requirements.

While this development may have flown under a

Get Ready for 2023 with NAWLA

New ANSI Approved Standard

Marks Big Step For Managing

By NAWLA Staff

Continued on page 43

Continued on page 43

Continued on page 51

Back By Popular Demand –

NAWLA’s Executive

Management Institute

Join NAWLA April 2023 for the Executive

Management Institute (EMI), a rigorous educational

program designed for new and current

senior leaders in the forest products industry and held in conjunction

with one of the world’s top-ranked business schools, the Kellogg School

of Management at Northwestern University. The NAWLA EMI course

content is designed for members who have senior management in mind

— weaving the needs, challenges and areas of opportunity for the industry

throughout the course.

Learn more about attending Leadership Summit or registering for Executive Management Institute at nawla.org.

Table of Contents


NELMA'S 89th Meeting........... 1

Global Buyers Mission............ 1

2022 LAT Convention.............. 1

DMSi......................................... 4

Sawmill Surplus....................... 6

IWF............................................ 7

WRCLA, Mass Timber

Construction......................... 8

Timber Products Reception.... 9

TP&EE Reception.................. 10


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

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

NAWLA News........................... 2

APA News................................. 2

SLB News................................. 3

Washington Scene................ 11

Retail Review......................... 34

Northeast Bus. Trends.......... 36

Inland West Bus. Trends....... 36

Midwest Bus. Trends............... 38

West Coast Bus. Trends......... 38

Southeast Bus.Trends.............40

Ont./Quebec Bus. Trends..... 40

Softwood Stock


Trade Talk............................... 60

In Memoriam.......................... 64

Softwood Calendar................ 65

Classified Opportunities....... 66

Index of Advertisers.............. 66

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SLB Celebrates The Student Winners Of

The 2022 Timber Competition

How can we help create a sustainable built environment

in the future? One way is to help educate the

architects who will be designing it about the embodied

carbon benefits of using wood as a structural material


That’s why the Softwood Lumber Board partnered

with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

(ACSA), the Georgia Institute of Technology’s

School of Architecture, and the Kendeda Building for

Innovative Sustainable Design to hold the 2022 Timber

Competition. This student design contest—which,

in previous years, was sponsored by the ACSA and

the Binational Softwood Lumber Council—invites entrants

from accredited schools of architecture around

the country to solve real-world design problems.

The teams create designs that innovate with timber



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Continued on page 52

First place “Pine Hill,” designed by Peter Koczarski and Zhong-

Ming Peter Zhang, students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology,

with support from faculty sponsor Caroline Grieco.

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More Efficient,

By Design

Manage orders and inventory in real-time with Agility ERP. Turn

complicated tasks into simple steps. That’s how you supercharge

your team and get things done.

Learn more at DMSi.com

From left, Jennifer Tauscher from Biewer Lumber is joined with Laura Williams and Austin Nolen, Web-Don Inc., to pet and feed the stingrays at Stingray Beach.

What Makes A Great Customer Conference?

By Anthony Muck, DMSi




Events can be a great way to serve your customers, whether it’s a

simple lunch and learn about new products or special buying events with

live music. It’s more than offering free food and entertainment: a good

event should help your customers grow their businesses. It elevates your

relationship with customers from transactional to true partnership. For

DMSi, we host a three-day training and networking conference called


If someone asked me to sum up PartnerConnect22, I’d say it’s an

exploration opportunity. Customers learn how they can better use existing

features in our inventory and accounting software, Agility, and learn about

new ones. In short, PartnerConnect is a fantastic way to maximize the

value of Agility.

Over three days, (with plenty of good food, drink, and laughter), attendees

learn best practices and new features of Agility. They also get

a chance to network and learn from their peers. That can mean sharing

thoughts about trends in the market, but also exchanging knowledge on

how they use Agility to handle different facets of their business.

Continued on page 44

From left, Camille Torres, Michelle Mullison, and Jane Ryan of Concannon Lumber.






From left, Paula Sadler (East Hardwood Co.), Kerry Blusys (DMSi), and Barb Garza

(Darant Distributing Corp.)

From left, Jon Zawodny (Capital Forest Products), Josh White (Worldview Ltd), George

Gruber and Alissa Puritt, (Capital Forest Products).

Page 4 Softwood Forest Products BuyerNovember/December 2022

IWF Sets Sights On 2024 After Successful Event This Year

Photos By Terry Miller

(Front row, from left) Kenzie Hand, MiCROTEC, Corvallis, OR; Arianna Giudiceandrea,

MiCROTEC, Bressanone, Italy; and Jonna Wing, MiCROTEC, Linkoping, Sweden; (back

row, from left) Frank Jost, MiCROTEC, Bressanone, Italy; and Stefan Nilsson, MiCRO-

TEC, Linkoping, Sweden

Gregory Welling, Woodgrain Lumber & Composites, Fruitland, ID; Cami Waner, Collins,

Wilsonville, OR; Stuart Ilsley and Tonya Spens, Panel Processing Inc., Alpena, MI; and

Larry Broadfoot and Mike Shuey, Collins

Additional Photos on page 22, 24 & 26

Pictured are Carter Zierden, Mark Burnette, Dante Diorio and Ian Foley, Not Pictured Zach Hathaway.

Driving Solutions For Sawmill Partners At

Sawmill Surplus LLC

Richmond, VA–Retail lumberyard and building supplier Sawmill

Surplus LLC offers tongue and groove Eastern White Pine, Southern Yellow

Pine flooring, Heart Pine, shiplap, treated wood, and other specialty


Comprised of Ashland, VA’s Diorio Forest Products personnel, Co-

Owner Ian Foley said servicing similar lumberyards as the customers of

Diorio Forest Products gave the owners the idea for Sawmill Surplus.

“For the last five or six years at Diorio we were selling to yards like this

all over the country and we had been kicking around the idea for our own

in Richmond. So by the summer of 2020 things came together and we

purchased the warehouse and began bringing the lumber in and by October,

Sawmill Surplus was open.”

Co-owner Carter Zierden said, “We bring in a lot of full-size material

and, in this case, it is all circle-sawn wood. People are looking for different

marks and different uses and applications with a lot of the things we

have and our customers are only limited by their own creativity. We carry

decking and dimension, green Hemlock for raised garden beds and for

DIY construction projects and that has allowed us to help offset some of

the costs of the commodity lumber that is out there now.”

Conveniently located at the intersection of I-95 and Route 64, just four

minutes off I-95 and two minutes off 64, Sawmill Surplus recently closed

on a new 10-acre, 7,000-square-foot facility. Diorio Forest Products

Owner and Co-Owner of Sawmill Surplus, Dante Diorio said, “One of the

most important parts in development was to try and find a location that

was practical and made sense. We found our current location before the

real estate market went insane and bought it within one day. We had been

looking for an additional facility for quite some time. This space is twenty

minutes from our initial location, which will allow us to buy more mate-

By Terry Miller

For more information visit Sawmill Surplus

on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/

sawmillsurplus/, email sales@sawmillsurplus.com or

contact them by phone at 804-500-4527.

rial and be able to take advantage of opportunities and pass those values

on to our customers.”

Co-owner Ian Foley added, “One of the biggest advantages in this location

is that a truck can pull in at one gate and pull straight out at the other

gate. It’s an easy location for drivers to get in and out of.”

Co-owner Mark Burnette said, “Another advantage for those trucks is

Continued on page 46

Sawmill Surplus carries an array of products for DIY construction projects, such as

decking and dimension, and green Hemlock for raised garden beds. Pictured is Yellow

Pine Flooring.

Atlanta, GA–The International

Woodworking Fair®

(IWF), North America’s largest

woodworking technology and

design trade show/conference,

was recently held here at the

Georgia World Congress Center.

It attracted thousands of attendees.

The every-other-year event

topped 1,000 exhibiting companies

in 13 exhibit halls who

occupied more than 1.4 million

gross square feet of floor space.

The large and diverse exhibitor

mix showcased products

and services in more than 542

categories that covered all key

market sectors.

IWF offers the latest solutions

in architectural woodwork, cabinetry,

flooring, furniture manufacturing,

engineered products,

doors, windows, machinery,

tools, metals, plastics and more.

Additionally, IWF is where

industry professionals find

educational opportunities that

allow them to help their companies

improve products, work

more efficiently, expand to

new markets and become more


The next IWF in Atlanta is

scheduled for Aug. 20-23, 2024.

Stay up-to-date with announcements

about future IWFs

by visiting www.iwfatlanta.com.

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Mass Timber Construction Opportunities For

Western Red Cedar. Or, How Wood Begets Wood.

By Brad Kirkbride, Managing Director, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association

Timber Products Hosts Guests At IWF

Photos By Terry Miller

Wanuskewin, located outside Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is a mass timber and Glulam beam

structure clad in vertical WRC wall panels.

Architect: aodbt architecture + interior design

Photo: Garrett Kendel from King Rose Visuals

The Great Dharma Chan Monastery in Boulder, CO. (Also called the Chung Tai

Zen Center) finished in Western Red Cedar.

Architect: Sopher Sparn Architects

Photo: Brad Nicol Photography

Nazli Nazaruddin, Clarke Veneers and Plywood, Jackson, MS; Katharina Schneider,

11Foundry LLC, Vienna, Austria; Kevin Smith, Timber Products Company, Springfield,

OR; (front, center) Rachel Milligan, Associated Hardwoods Inc., Tampa, FL; Dave Lupsha,

Associated Hardwoods Inc., Granite Falls, NC; Jason Harper, Clarke Veneers and

Plywood, Madison, MS; and Ian Clarke, Clarke Veneers and Plywood, Jackson, MS

Tom Gennarelli, Timber Products Company, Springfield, OR; Anna McCann, Merritt Machinery

LLC, Lockport, NY; Mark Avery, Timber Products Company; and Matthew Avery,

MJB Wood Group LLC, Dallas, TX

Additional Photos on page 26


Lock-Deck combines beauty,

strength and durability in

a structurally engineered

product. The design and

construction possibilities are

limited only by imagination.

Lock-Deck is used in buildings

where the beauty of the wood

structure is left exposed to

create a unique architectural

experience for its occupants.

The flexibility of the unique

laminated manufacturing

process makes any

combination of species, size,

length, texture and color


Species: Douglas-Fir, Pine, Cedars, and many more

Sizes: 2x6 through 5x8 and lengths up to 34’

Textures: Smooth or rough sanded, re-sawn, wire-brushed, circle sawn.

Factory finishing in 24 colors or custom matched.

Lock-Deck is manufactured with pride by Shelton Structures, Inc. in Chehalis, WA

For more information visit LockDeck.com. Email Gunnar Brinck at

GBrinck@disdero.com or call


Western Red Cedar has been

used for decades as an appearance

material for siding and

interior paneling, as well in numerous

outdoor projects such as

decks, pergolas and yard scape


Most often chosen for its

attractive appearance, natural resistance

to rot, decay and insects,

as well as its versatility, WRC

was long held as the defacto

material for these types of applications

prior to the introduction

of composite substitute products

to the market. Once these

well-funded competitors started

appearing in lumber yards and

on contractors’ radar, natural

Softwood species like WRC had

to work harder from a marketing

and awareness perspective

to mitigate market erosion and

correct misconceptions about

subjects such as maintenance,

durability, and environmental


While the growing awareness

of wood’s role in carbon sequestration

and reversing climate

change is now rejuvenating

its popularity, the rise in mass

timber construction projects

is also creating an unexpected

wealth of new design opportunities

for natural and sustainable

wood products like Western Red


Mass timber construction is

a low-carbon building solution

that uses a category of engineered

wood products such as

solid wood panels, columns,

timbers and beams that have

employed state of the art technology

to glue, nail or dowel

them together in layers. These

products have been engineered

Continued on page 49

Atlanta, GA–Timber Products

of Springfield, OR welcomed

clients and business associates

to a reception held here at The


Approximately 75 people were

in attendance to enjoy an open

bar and heavy hors d'oevres.

Founded in 1918, Timber

Products offers a variety of premium

northern hardwood lumber

and Softwood plywood products

to cover a broad array of project

needs. The company offers everything

from marine panels to

underlayment, sheathing, custom

cuts and more. The company

is committed to environmental

sustainability and offers a fully

integrated approach to manufacturing

with multiple manufacturing

facilities, an import division,

and a nationwide logistics and

transportation division, according

to its website.

Learn more at www.timberproducts.com.




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TP&EE Returns After Pandemic Cancellation

Photos By Zach Miller

Washington Scene

Justina Mathews, James Morton and Edward Grambusch, Paw Taw John Services Inc.,

Rathdrum, ID; and Leonard Becraft and Justin Kensrud, Rainier Veneer Inc., Spanaway,





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

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

are. We value relationships more than anything, and believe in giving our partners

the right tools to get the job done.

Jeremy Howard, Nyle Dry Kilns, Brewer, ME; Dennis Sanders, Jim Lewis, Terry Haddix,

Kevin Murphree and Bill Johnson, Patrick Lumber Company, Philomath, OR; and Adam

Duplisea, Nyle Dry Kilns, Brewer, ME

www.altafp.com 800-599-5596

Additional Photos on page 28, 30 & 32

Portland, OR–The Timber

Processing and Energy Expo

(TP&EE) was recently held here

at the Portland Expo Center for

the fifth time since the original

event in 2012. However, this

every-other-year expo has not

been held since 2018. It was

due to be held in 2020 but the

COVID-19 pandemic caused its

cancellation. TP&EE is marketed

as the premier wood products

machinery event, catering to primary

producers of lumber, panels

and engineered wood products,

complemented by the supporting

wood-based energy industry.

Produced by Hatton-Brown

Expositions LLC, in addition to a

wide array of expo booths manned

by equipment and technology suppliers,

the three-day expo offered

mini-conferences entitled Sawmill

Productivity & Efficiency, and

From Forest to Frame: Mass Timber

Developments, both of which

were well attended.

TP&EE Show Director Rich

Donnell reported that 170 exhibitors

displayed their goods to more

than 1,220 registered non-exhibitor

attendees. More than 110

wood products producer companies,

representing hundreds of

mill operations throughout North

America and abroad, sent personnel

to comb the aisles.

Donnell commented: “We

weren’t sure what to expect, given

the four year hiatus from the last

TP&EE, and given some consolidation

in the industry through

acquisitions. But we were very

pleased with the turnout of mill

personnel, and the exhibit floor

looked absolutely fantastic with

the range of technologies.”

To obtain updates about the

upcoming 2024 TP&EE, visit


Fed Economist Bullish On

Single-Family Upturn

The National Association of Home Builders

reported on nahb.now the following:

Looking beyond the current housing market

downturn, the prospects for single-family home

construction appear bright, according to Jordan

Rappaport, a senior economist at the Federal

Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Rappaport has issued a new study that finds

that years of under-building, which has left a

housing deficit estimated by NAHB at more

than one million homes, coupled with a shift to

hybrid work models and commuting mean an

expansion for single-family construction is coming

after the current downturn.

Rappaport noted the following key findings on

commute times, telework and home construction

(that track closely to NAHB's

own Home Building Geography

Index data):

•For a large share of metropolitan

residents, long commutes

contribute to making the outer

suburbs a less desirable place

to live than places closer to the

metropolitan center.

The negative effect of commuting

on home construction

reflects that constructing singlefamily

homes is typically less

expensive in the outer suburbs,

where commuting times are


•One of the largest benefits

of hybrid working is reduced

time spent commuting, a function

of both fewer weekly trips

and faster driving speed due to

reduced traffic congestion.

Given these benchmark assumptions,

Rappaport predicts

that reduced commuting times

will eventually boost aggregate

single-family permits in the

56 core-based statistical areas

(CBSAs), with a population

of at least one million in 2020,

by 427,000 per year, increasing

single-family construction

in these CBSAs by 92 percent

above its level in 2019 and

increasing national single-family

construction by 49 percent above

its level in 2019.

Based on this assessment,

Rappaport predicts that national

single-family permits will eventually

rise to a long-term annual

rate of 1.4 million.

However, Rappaport cites

several headwinds already noted

by NAHB that will prevent a

quick ramp up of single-family

home building once this current

downturn subsides.

For example, he noted that

when single-family construction

begins to rebound, supply constraints are likely

to slow its climb to its predicted long-term rate.

Moreover, shortages of workers, construction

materials, and ready-to-build lots are all likely to

constrain the growth of single-family construction

in the short term.

And proportionately scaling up employment to

match Rappaport's predicted increase in singlefamily

construction to 1.4 million units per year

would require developers to hire one million

more construction workers than were employed

in mid-2022.

Despite these headwinds, Rappaport is forecasting

that the ramp up for construction will

produce a long-term growth period for home

building, and once single-family home construction

moves forward, it is likely to remain high

for many years.




At Durgin and Crowell we promise to be dedicated

to offering our customers the personal service that

is essential to delivering the highest quality, fully

sustainable Eastern White Pine on time, to the

specs desired. We provide hands on solutions,

because we are Pine Passionate.

Construction Job Openings Up

By 54,000

The construction industry had 407,000 job

openings in August (the most recent data available

at this time), according to an Associated

Builders and Contractors analysis of data from

the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings

and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).

JOLTS defines a job opening as any unfilled

position for which an employer is actively


Construction workers quit their jobs at a faster

rate than they were laid off or discharged for the

18th consecutive month in August.

“Today’s job openings estimate is further evidence

that contractors continue to hunt for talent,”

said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu.

Continued on page 52


Page 10 Softwood Forest Products BuyerNovember/December 2022 Softwood Forest Products BuyerNovember/December 2022 Page 11

Win Smith, Robbins Lumber Co., East Baldwin, ME; and

Rob Hoffman and Tom Merkert, Capital Forest Products,

Annapolis, MD

NELMA EVENT PHOTOS Continued from page 1

Bryson Southard, Ultimizers, Inc., Boring, OR; and Jeff

Hardy, Cersosimo Lumber, Brattleboro, VT

Tim Stoval and Tony Hester, Bright Wood Corporation,

Madras, OR; and Jason Swartz, Minominee Tribal Enterprises,

Neopit, WI


Team Hancock Expands with

Madison Lumber Mill Acquisition

Karl Seger, Falcon Lumber Limited, Toronto, ON; Ryan

Satterfield, Cersosimo Lumber, Brattleboro, VT; and Karl

Smith, H. E. Smith Company Inc., Yarmouth Port, MA

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

NH; Henco Viljoen and Adam Duplisea, Nyle Dry

Kilns, Brewer, ME; and Bryan Darrah, Durgin and Crowell

Lumber Co.

Phil Ruck, Stillwater Environmental Engineering, Orono,

ME; and Chris Brochu, Ashley Brochu and Tonia Tibbetts,

Pleasant River Lumber Company, Dover-Foxcroft,


Tom Merkert, Capital Forest Products, Annapolis, MD;

and Martin Vaillancourt, USNR, Plessisville, QC

Jeff Easterling, NELMA, Cumberland Center, ME; Scott

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

Products, Jackson, MS

Chase Morrill, Maine Cabin Masters, Manchester, ME;

Kim Drew, Drew Public Relations with NELMA; and Ashley

Morrill Eldridge and Ryan Eldridge, Maine Cabin Masters


Mike Conlin and Jeff Evans, Pennsylvania Lumbermens

Mutual Insurance Company, North Hampton, NH; and

Patrick McBride, McDonald and Owen Lumber Co., West

Salem, WI

Dan Paige, Sandy Neck Traders, Cape Cod, MA; Matt Duprey, Hancock Lumber, Casco, ME; Tim Stovall, Bright Wood

Corporation, Madras, OR; Aaron Schulte, Hancock Lumber, Casco, ME; and John Cole, Hancock Lumber, Bethel, ME

Win Smith, Robbins Lumber Co., East Baldwin, ME; B

Manning, Sawmill Associates, New London, NH; and

Dante Diorio, Diorio Forest Products Inc., Ashland, VA

Ian Penney, Jamie Moulton and Matt Chesley, DiPrizio

Pine Sales, Middleton, NH

Chelsea and Bob Bell, MiCROTEC, Erieville, NY




Jim St. John, Wiener, Crowley and St. John, Queens, NY;

Susan Coulombe, Irving Forest Products, Dixville, ME;

and Doug Chiasson, Irving Forest Products, St. John, NB

Zach Miller, The Softwood Forest Products Buyer, Memphis,

TN; and Alden Robbins, Robbins Lumber Co.,

Searsmont, ME

John Krueger, Jim Dermody and Eric McCoy, Seaboard

International, Nashua, NH

Additional photos on page 14

Page 12 Softwood Forest Products BuyerNovember/December 2022

Two of New England’s top performing eastern

white pine manufacturers are stronger together

as Hancock Lumber announced its recent

acquisition of Madison Lumber Mill. Hancock

Lumber’s eastern white pine operations have

expanded to four mills with its first sawmill

acquisition in over 20 years.

“When you fi nd caring owners that are looking for an exit strategy that can preserve and perpetuate

their love for their business, employees, industry, and customers—well, it’s a win-win. Hancock

and Madison combine to offer a dynamic set of capabilities within the eastern white pine industry

for log suppliers, customers, and employees. This is a rare opportunity, and we are excited to

maximize its full potential for the benefi t of everyone

associated with both companies. Our commitment to

eastern white pine takes a long view and this partnership

enhances that view.”—Kevin Hancock, CEO

NELMA EVENT PHOTOS Continued from page 12

Kenn Sweet, Jeff Easterling, Meg Parkinson, Elizabeth

Dingley and Matt Pomeroy, NELMA, Cumberland Center,


Alden Robbins, Robbins Lumber Co., Searsmont, ME;

and Ingo Wallocha, Valutec Wood Dryers, Vancouver, BC

Henry Lamothe, Henniker Forest Products, Henniker,

NH; Prisco DiPrizio and Phyllis DiPrizio, P. DiPrizio Lumber

LLC, Rochester, NH; and Gloria Hall and Rebecca

Lowell, R. E. Lowell Lumber, Buckfield, ME

GBM EVENT PHOTOS Continued from page 1

Allen Fitzpatrick and Dean DeCraene, Delta Cedar Specialties

Ltd., Delta, BC; Raquel Millikin and Kelly Sigsworth,

Isabey Interiors, Kelowna, BC; and Dean Garofano

and Richard Jiang, Delta Cedar Specialties Ltd.,

Delta, BC

Daryl Mason and David Townsend, Townsend Lumber

Inc., Tillsonburg, ON; and Jeff Honeysett, Adam Hazelwood

and Ryan Hagen, San Group Inc., Langley, BC

Brent Brownmiller, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd., West

Kelowna, BC; and Brandon Johannesson, AFA Forest

Products Inc., Langley, BC

Paul Saini and Len Van Ryswyk, The Teal-Jones Group,

Surrey, BC

Zach and Kelly Miller, The Softwood Forest Products

Buyer, Memphis, TN; Whitney and Lucas Rodakowski,

Prime Forest Products LLC, Beaverton, OR; and Trevor

Tyrer, Trans-Pacific Trading Ltd., Richmond, BC

Mark Rodakowski and Grace Hefley, Prime Forest Products

LLC, Beaverton, OR; and Louis Hoy, Oregon-Canadian

Forest Products Inc., Langley, BC

Kai Zhang, Smart Wood Forest Products Ltd., Burnaby,

BC; and Brent Friesen and Richard Leroux, Andersen

Pacific Forest Products Ltd., Maple Ridge, BC

David Chu and Angela DeMarni, Western Forest Products

Inc., Vancouver, BC; Athar Moeen Khan, Trade Commissioner

at the High Commission of Canada, Karachi,

Pakistan; and Nathan Tellis, Western Forest Products

Inc., Vancouver, BC

Paul Mackie, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association,

Langley, WA; and Will Downing and James Casorso, CapriCMW

Insurance Services Inc., Kelowna, BC

Dean Fedoruk, Westminster Industries, White Rock, BC; Tyson Palmer and Dennis

Wight, Pacific Western Wood Works Ltd., Delta, BC; and David Whitehill and Brian

Edwards, MBM Specialty Forest Products Ltd., High Wycombe, UK

Faisal Ali, San Group Inc., Langley, BC; Abdul Wahab, Pakitex Boards Pvt. Ltd., Karachi,

Pakistan; Jim Brindle, San Group Inc.; Tetsuya Nishishita, T&H Forest Industries

Ltd., North Vancouver, BC; and Tyler Moore and Paul Deol, San Group Inc.

Additional photos on page 16

Page 14 Softwood Forest Products BuyerNovember/December 2022 Softwood Forest Products BuyerNovember/December 2022 Page 15

GBM EVENT PHOTOS Continued from page 14













Aidan Coyles and Greg Smith, Gilbert Smith Forest

Products Ltd., Barriere, BC; and Peter Winter, CP Timber

Ltd., Hertford, UK

Huy Trinh, HSC, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Frèdèric

Jacques, Montreal Wood Convention, Montreal, QC

Sunny Binning, Jazz Forest Products Ltd., Abbotsford,

BC; and James Sangara and Ron Sangara, Leslie Forest

Products Ltd., Delta, BC

d i m e n s i o n

2X4 • 2X6 • 8'-16' • PRIME


t i m b e r s

4X4 • 6X6 • 4X6 • 5X5 RGH

t i m b e r s

12X12 • 10X10 • 8X8 • 10'-30'

b o a r d s

1X12 • 1X10 • 1X4 • DECKING


2 0 2 3 Q 4

g r e e n f i e l d e x p a n s i o n

d i m e n s i o n

2X4 • 2X6 • 2X8 • 2X10 • 2X12

8'-20' • PRIME • MSR

d i m e n s i o n

2X4 • 2X6 • 2X8 • 2X10 • PRIME


p a l l e t c a n t s

3.5X6 • 3.5X8

d i m e n s i o n

2X4 • 2X6 • PRIME

t i m b e r s

4X4 • 6X6 • 4X6

3X8 • 4X8

b o a r d s


c u s t o m




b o a r d s

1X4 • 1X6

b o a r d s

1X4 • 4X6 • DECKING

Steven Newman, Millworks Ltd., Cambridge, UK; and

Dean DeCraene and Richard Jiang, Delta Cedar Specialties

Ltd, Delta, BC

Will Downing and James Casorso, CapriCMW Insurance

Services Inc., Kelowna, BC; and Chiara and Ric Durfeld,

Durfeld Log and Timber, Williams Lake, BC

Brad Rodakowski and Lucas Rodakowski, Prime Forest

Products LLC, Beaverton, OR















Mike Penner and David Townsend, Townsend Lumber

Inc., Tillsonburg, ON; and David Blacklock, Hale-Wood

Architectural, Honolulu, HI

Jordan Kirk, Surrey Cedar Ltd., Surrey, BC; Andrew Goto,

Timber Focus Ltd., Manchester, UK; and Guy Hemphill,

Surrey Cedar Ltd.

Muhammad Amir, SPF Precut Lumber, Coquitlam, BC;

Lloyd Lovett, King City Northway Forwarding Ltd., Alliston,

ON; and Mo Amir and Fareed Amir, SPF Precut



Teal-Jones Group

A Family Of Fine Forest Products

Meeting the needs of our customers with the highest quality Timbers and Dimensional lumber available…PEFC certified…

Jovan Gill, Fraserview Cedar Products Ltd., Surrey, BC;

and Larry Broadway, Four Corners Building Supply,

Charleston, SC

Ike Padgett, Tindell’s Building Materials, Knoxville, TN;

Kevin Rasmussen and Landon Erbenich, Downie Timber

Ltd., Revelstoke, BC; and Brent Brownmiller, Gorman

Bros. Lumber Ltd., West Kelowna, BC

Tony Hyatt, Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau, Abbotsford,

BC; and Kirk Nagy, The Waldun Group, Maple Ridge, BC

Gulraj Binning, Sunny Binning, Jas Binning, Parm Binning, Sean Girard, John Wu and

Raj Singh, Jazz Forest Products Ltd., Abbotsford, BC

Rick Harris and Sandra Wu, Skeena Sawmills, Terrace, BC; Griffin Augustin, Trans-

Pacific Trading Ltd., Richmond, BC; Christiana He, Skeena Sawmills; and Trent Gustafson,

Trans-Pacific Trading Ltd.

Additional photos on page 18

Page 16 Softwood Forest Products BuyerNovember/December 2022

Len van Ryswyk

Vice President

Whitewood Marketing


Art Barker

North American

Whitewood Sales



Timbers – Hem-Fir / D. Fir

4x4 to 12x12

Grades #1 /btr / #2/btr appearance

Rough and Surfaced

Lengths: up to 24’

Specialty Lengths: 26’-40’ available

KD Hem-Fir Dimensional Lumber

2x4 to 2x10

Grades: MSR / Premium / 2/Btr / #3 / Econ

Lengths up to 24’

For more information contact Teal Jones Group

604-587-8700 • info@tealjones.com • tealjones.com

Paul Saini

China Region

Sales Manager


Wholesale/Wholesale Distributor Special Buying Issue ADVERTORIAL Page 13

GBM EVENT PHOTOS Continued from page 16

John Gillis, Centurion Lumber Manufacturing Ltd., Chemainus,

BC; Lloyd Lovett, King City Northway Forwarding

Ltd., Alliston, ON; and Jaron Doman, Centurion Lumber

Manufacturing Ltd.

Louis Hoy, Oregon-Canadian Forest Products Inc., Langley,

BC; and Brad Rodakowski, Prime Forest Products

LLC, Beaverton, OR

Curt McLeod, Capital Forest Products Inc., Hingham,

MA; and Tom Jones, The Teal-Jones Group, Surrey, BC

The Sales Team: Brandon Cox and Truss Beasley

Beasley’s new sawmill.

Christina Hartman, Raquel Millikin, Trisha Isabey, Kendra Dunn and Kelly Sigsworth,

Isabey Interiors, Kelowna, BC

Brad Kirkbride, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, Bend, OR; Paul Mackie, Western

Red Cedar Lumber Association, Langley, WA; Mark and Susan Rutledge, Shakertown

1992 Inc., Winlock, WA; and Nick Smith, Oregon-Canadian Forest Products Inc.,

North Plains, OR

Dick Jones, Joe and Lily Belknap, The Teal-Jones Group,

Surrey, BC; and Ken Kalesnikoff, Kalesnikoff Lumber

Co. Ltd., Castlegar, BC

Shelley Irwin, Comox Valley Shake & Shingle Ltd., Campbell

River, BC; Curt McLeod, Capital Forest Products

Inc., Hingham, MA; Bobbie O’Kane, Capital Forest Products

Inc., Annapolis, MD; and Scott Boates, The Teal-

Jones Group, Surrey, BC

Lloyd Lovett, King City Northway Forwarding Ltd., Alliston,

ON; and Mike Penner, Townsend Lumber Inc., Tillsonburg,


Beasley’s new continuous dry kiln

Truck waiting to be tarped and shipment going to a wholesale


2x4 - 2x12 up to 16’ • 4x6 and 6x6 • MC target 19% or less

Kamal Sanghera, San Group Inc. Langley, BC; Mike Damarni and Ian Leask, Lignum Forest Products LLP, Vancouver, BC; Kevin Somerville, San Group Inc., Port Alberni, BC; and

Suki Sanghera and Paul Deol, San Group Inc., Langley, BC

Currently producing 150,000,000 bf (3,000,000 bf per week)

Projected goal: to produce over 300,000,000 bf annually

(912) 375-5174



Greg Smith and Aiden Coyles, Gilbert Smith Forest

Products Ltd., Barriere, BC; and Brad Kirkbride, Western

Red Cedar Lumber Association, Bend, OR

Andrew Gibson, Pakira Inc., Boston, MA; and Nathan

Tellis, Western Forest Products Inc., Vancouver, BC

Tyson Sands and Ryan Kline, Disdero Lumber Co.,

Clackamas, OR; and Paul Mackie, Western Red Cedar

Lumber Association, Langley, WA

Sales contacts:Brandon Cox and Truss Beasley

Page 18 Softwood Forest Products BuyerNovember/December 2022 Softwood Forest Products BuyerNovember/December 2022 Page 19

LAT MEETING PHOTOS Continued from page 1

Bubba and Jerolyn Finnell, Oldham Lumber Company

Inc., Dallas, TX; Kolton Barber, Boise Cascade Company,

Dallas, TX; and Cason Shrode, Cassity Jones Building

Materials, Longview, TX

Blair Casey, UFP Retail Solutions, Schertz, TX; Luke

Lightfoot and Jerry Lightfoot, Orange County Building

Materials Inc., Vidor, TX

Randy Meek, East Side Lumber & Decking, Austin, TX;

Chad Kracht, Weyerhaeuser, San Antonio, TX; and Dane

Dinderman, East Side Lumber & Decking

Jackie Craig, Klumb Forest Products, Tyler, TX; Nick Zilliken,

Richardson Timbers LLC, Dallas, TX; and Kate Borroni,

Woodson Lumber Company, Caldwell, TX

Phillip and Kathy Steffy, Zarsky Lumber Company, Victoria, TX; Blake Baldwin, Primesource Building Products,

Dallas, TX; Beba and Steve Weaver, Zarsky Lumber Company, Corpus Christi, TX

Daniel Bruce, UFP Retail Solutions, Saginaw, TX; Alex

Schmidt, UFP Retail Solutions, Schertz, TX; and Kale

Samber and Taylor Lubienski, UFP Retail Solutions, Saginaw,


Dillon Van Dusen, Hampton Lumber Sales Company,

Portland, OR; and Jacob Sutherlun and Scott Hall,

Matheus Lumber Company Inc., San Marcos, TX

Scott Collins, Michael Rowland and Richard Gaiennie,

Gaiennie Lumber Co., Opelousas, LA

(Front, from left) Connally Walker, Lengefeld Lumber Company LLC, Temple, TX; Jason

Brewer, Mistie Weatherly and Nate Johnson, DW Distribution, DeSoto, TX; and (back

row, from left) Harrison Walker and Branan Walker, Lengefeld Lumber Company LLC

Jim Lensing, Higginbotham Brothers, Comanche, TX; Chris Rivers, Aimee Rivers and

Justin Rieson, Parker’s Building Supply, Beaumont, TX; and Andy Moore, Parker’s

Building Supply, Port Arthur, TX

Steve Brown, UFP Retail Solutions, Saginaw, TX; Carlos

Hernandez, UFP Retail Solutions, San Antonio, TX; and

Kevin Hayes, Belco Forest Products, Shelton, WA

James Marson, Western Lumber Company LLC, Medford,

OR; Terry Miller, The Softwood Forest Products Buyer,

Memphis, TN; and Brandon Crosier, Western Lumber

Company LLC

Mike and Mary Zumwalt, Hampton Lumber Sales Company,

Portland, OR; and David Lawrence, Richardson

Timbers LLC, Austin, TX

Robert Debs, Nations Best Holdings LLC, Dallas, TX; Greg Smith, Nations Best Holdings LLC, Jonesboro, AR; Matt Lambert, Nations Best Holdings LLC, Broken Bow, OK;

Jeremy Zmolik, Nations Best Holdings LLC, Mabank, TX; Jeff Hess, Nations Best Holdings LLC, Springtown, TX; and Jim Hataway, Nations Best Holdings LLC, Bridgeport, TX

Additional photos on page 22

Page 20 Softwood Forest Products BuyerNovember/December 2022

LAT MEETING PHOTOS Continued from page 20

Bill Richards, Emery Jensen Distribution, Dallas, TX;

Eric Fleming, Fleming Lumber Company/Ace Hardware,

Hillsboro, TX; and Dan Lazaroff, Emery Jensen Distribution,

Abilene, TX

Chris Knowles, Timber Products Company, Springfield,

OR; Jennifer Hendrickson and Scott Parker, Executive

Director, NAWLA, Chicago, IL; and Bill Price and Patrick

Price, All Star Forest Products Inc., Jackson, MS

Joe Burlison, LBM Advantage, Conroe, TX; Jim Olson,

Hunt Forest Products LLC, Ruston, LA; Barry Brooks,

LBM Advantage; and Curt Allen, Hunt Forest Products


Mike Zenko and Owen Lusztig, Boscus Canada Inc., Vancouver,


Ryan Dyess and Jackie Craig, Klumb Forest Products,

Tyler, TX; and Colby Chandler, Cassity Jones Building

Materials, Tyler, TX

Heather Holtkamp, Charlie Wiese, Christine Turner, Kaitlynn

Neal and Kolton Barber, Boise Cascade Company,

Dallas, TX

Alex Apolinar, Matheus Lumber Company Inc., San Marcos,

TX; and Chad Kracht, Weyerhaeuser, San Antonio,


Paul Reuland, John E. Quarles Company Inc., Fort Worth,

TX; and Kathy and Lynn Surls, Richardson Timbers LLC,

Dallas, TX

Debbie Fuller, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance

Co. (PLMI), Philadelphia, PA; Jason Coats, UFP

Retail Solutions, Oklahoma City, OK; and Kelly Sullivan,


Chris Brennan, Richardson Timbers LLC, Dallas, TX; Julie Rambo, Idaho Pacific Lumber

Company Inc., Boise, ID; David Lawrence, Richardson Timbers LLC, Austin, TX;

Kim Morris, Seven D Wholesale, Piedmont, SC; and Jamie Hursh, Richardson Timbers

LLC, Dallas, TX

IWF PHOTOS Continued from page 7

David Yessian, Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company, Plano, TX; Blair Casey, UFP Retail

Solutions, Schertz, TX; Michael Wren, Hixson Lumber Company, Carrollton, TX; Alberto

Osornio, Hixson Lumber Company, Houston, TX; David McClellan, Hixson Lumber

Company, Magnolia, AR; and Royce Slaven, Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company,

San Antonio, TX

From our 440,000 acres of Northern California timberlands to our company-owned sawmills,

treating plants,and distribution centers, to you — we are your source for top-quality, certified

sustainable redwood, Douglas-fir, and preservative treated lumber and timbers.


Uppers available in 1-inch, 2-inch,

and 4-inch dimensions in lengths

from 6–20 feet. Timbers available

in 6-inch and larger dimensions,

up to 12” x 24”, and lengths

up to 24 feet.


Joists and planks available in 3-inch

and 4-inch dimensions in lengths up

to 24 feet. Posts and beams available

in 6-inch and larger dimensions, up to

12” x 24”, and lengths up to 24 feet.


Comprehensive product assortment including

Douglas-fir, Hem fir, and Southern Yellow Pine

lumber, timbers, and plywood, available in a range

of preservative treatments for above ground,

ground contact, and fire-retardant applications.

(Front row, from left) Greg Ritchie, Banks Hardwoods

Inc., White Pigeon, MI; Kelly Hostetter and Wesley Robinson,

Robinson Lumber Company, New Orleans, LA;

(back row, from left) Brian Farrier, Jason Watrous and

Dick Peters, Banks Hardwoods Inc.

Ben Mathews, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington, NC; Greg Hubble,

Prime Lumber Company, Thomasville, NC; Brian Turlington

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

Pope, SII Dry Kilns, Montpelier, VT; and Ken Matthews, SII

Dry Kilns, Lexington, NC

Bee Jay Squires and Chris Norris, Hood Industries dba

Hood Distribution, Hattiesburg, MS; and Andy Shaw, Columbia

Forest Products, Greensboro, NC

Additional photos on page 24

To order, please call (707) 764-4450 • MendoCo.com

Page 22 Softwood Forest Products BuyerNovember/December 2022

IWF PHOTOS Continued from page 22

Charlie White, Horizon Forest Products, Duncan, SC; and

Lin Thompson, Timber Products Company, Springfield,


Jeremy Howard, Adam Duplisea and Jeremy Pitts, Nyle

Dry Kilns, Brewer, ME

Jimmy Rane, Great Southern Wood Preserving Inc.,

Abbeville, AL; and Tim Davis, Global Tooling & Supply,

Springfield, OR

Pat Lynch, Sara Anderson and Jeff Brinkhaus, Timber

Products Company, Springfield, OR

Roeby Birdsall, Fessenden Hall Inc., Pennsauken Township,

NJ; Kevin Smith, Timber Products Company,

Springfield, OR; and John Rock, Fessenden Hall of PA

Inc., Lancaster, PA

Brad Ham, Hardwoods Paxton Rugby, Kansas City, MO;

Dewey Bunker, Hardwoods Paxton Rugby, Gorham, ME;

Josh Sneckner, Hardwoods Paxton Rugby, Perris, CA;

and Todd Johnson, Hardwoods Paxton Rugby, Savannah,


Tim Machac, Judy Chalfant, Lesa Terrell and Todd McKinney,

Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC, Atlanta, GA

Kris Long, Dean Miller and Laura Elk, AHC Hardwood Group, Cleveland, GA; Mark Levin, AHC Hardwood Group,

Clarksville, TN; and Hal Mitchell, AHC Hardwood Group, Mableton, GA

Chad Schnell, Kimball International Inc., Santa Claus, IN;

Scott Persyn, PPG Industrial Coatings, Columbia, SC;

and Jayro Lopez, PPG Industrial Coatings, Chicago, IL

Geoff Gannon and Niki St. Denis, TS Manufacturing Co.,

Lindsay, ON; Peter McCarty, TS Manufacturing Co., Dover-Foxcroft,

ME; and Joe Korac, Automation & Electronics

USA, Asheville, NC

Michael Nuclo, UFP International, Miami, FL; and Christian

Skarring, UFP Miami LLC, Miami, FL

John Miller, Nelson Miller, Brandon Hutchins and Steve

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

Cody Young, The Teal-Jones Group, Warren, AR; Joe Sam Pope, USNR, Woodland, WA

Belknap, The Teal-Jones Group, Spokane, WA; and Kiel

Miller, The Teal-Jones Group, Surrey, BC Additional photos on page 26

Page 24 Softwood Forest Products BuyerNovember/December 2022

IWF PHOTOS Continued from page 24

Dustin Norris, Vice-President, Smith Sawmill Service/BID

Group, Timpson, TX; and Saville Harris, Senior Production

Manager, Smith Sawmill Service/BID Group

John Marazzo, Chris Healy, Sydney Stenson and Dan

Braiman, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance

Co., Philadelphia, PA

Andreas Müller, Brunner Hildebrand Lumber Dry Kiln Co.,

Nashville, TN; Bernie Pahlke, BEP Engineering Services

Ltd., Surrey BC; and Jos aan de Stegge, Brunner Hildebrand

Lumber Dry Kiln Co.

TIMBER PRODUCTS PHOTOS Continued from page 9

Matt Spranger, Alpine Plywood Corp., Milwaukee, WI; Stacey Hughes, Timber Products

Company, Springfield, OR; Ashley LaBarber, Alpine Plywood Corp.; and Alicia Powell

and Michael Rudy, Timber Products Company, Medford, OR

John Varner, Veneer Technologies Inc./Moehring Group, Newport, NC; Daniel Libolt,

Timber Products Company, Springfield, OR; Robert Jewell, RNR Consulting LLC, Normangee,

TX; and Steve Killgore and Pat Lynch, Timber Products Company

Mavis Morgan and Jeff Brinkhaus, Timber Products Company,

Springfield, OR; Don Miller Jr., Aetna Building Solutions/Aetna

Plywood Inc., Indianapolis, IN; and John

Chlebek, Aetna Building Solutions/Aetna Plywood Inc.,

Maywood, IL

Jason Miller, Commonwealth Plywood Ltd., Sainte-

Therese, QC; and Sara Anderson and Mark Herbert, Timber

Products Company, Springfield, OR

Eric Feaster, Timber Products Company, Medford, OR;

and Kendall Conroy and Shawn DeGraw, Timber Products

Company, Springfield, OR

Steve Lenning, Dakota Kitchen & Bath Inc., Sioux Falls,

SD; Joel Stukas, Independent Rep, Athens, TX; Adam

Johnson, Johnson Hardwood Company LLC, Sioux Falls,

SD; and Tommy Heard, Rugby Architectural Building

Products, Dallas, TX

Colin Miller, 11Foundry LLC, Jackson, MS; Josh Hosen,

Decorative Hardwoods Association/Capital Testing and

Certification Services, Sterling, VA; and Jeff Johnson,

Past Vice-President, Timber Products Company, Atlanta,


Blair Ruzicka, West Fraser, Vancouver, BC; Doug DeHart,

Westwood Products, Salem, OR; Karla Randle, Timber

Products Company, Sacramento, CA; and Chris Knowles,

Timber Products Company, Springfield, OR

Charlie White, Horizon Forest Products, Duncan, SC; Sam Patterson, Geoff Hillenmeyer

and Josh Green, Middle Tennessee Lumber Co., Burns, TN; and Lin Thompson,

Timber Products Company, Springfield, OR

Hisashi Tsuji, Taihei, Japan; Daishi Itoh, Taihei, Japan; Steve Killgore, Timber Products

Company, Springfield, OR; Anito Koji, Meinam, Japan; Nakaya (Jimmy) Takashi, Meinam,

Japan; and Sam Matsuoka, Taihei Machinery Works Ltd., Komaki, Aichi 4850084


Page 26 Softwood Forest Products BuyerNovember/December 2022

Softwood Forest Products BuyerNovember/December 2022 Page 27

TP&EE Photos Continued from page 10

Aaron Edewards and Brad Pickens, Evergreen Engineering

Inc., Eugene, OR; Kevin Tangen, Evergreen Engineering

Inc., Freeland, WA; and DJ Tobey, Evergreen Engineering

Inc., Vancouver, WA

Ray Barbee, Western Wood Products Association, Portland,

OR; Kirk Maraviov, Sierra Pacific Industries, Anderson,

CA; Kevin Cheung, WWPA, Portland, OR; and Rock

Belden, Sierra Pacific Industries, Anderson, CA

Rock Belden, Sierra Pacific Industries, Anderson, CA;

Brian Hamre and Lee Hamre, Taylor Machine Works Inc.,

Louisville, MS; and Kirk Maraviov, Sierra Pacific Industries,

Anderson, CA

Adin Berberovic, Robert Bois and Alan E. Roberts, Autolog, Production Management

Inc., Blainville, QC; Trenton Hunter, Southport Lumber Co., Coos Bay, OR; and Bruce

Kicklighter, Gale Miller and Mario Godbout, Autolog, Production Management Inc.

Jordan Long and Scott Slee, Western Forest Products Inc., Nanaimo, BC; Dave Ford,

USNR, Salmon Arm, BC; and Derek Haupt and Clayton Storey, Western Forest Products


Dan Dixon, Sierra Pacific Industries, Shelton, WA; Allan

Czinger, USNR, Woodland, WA; and Marty McMahan, Sierra

Pacific Industries

Luke Drapeau, Canadian Forest Products Ltd., Prince

George, BC; and Ingo Wallocha, Valutec Wood Dryers

Inc., Vancouver, BC

Josh Halsband, Wolftek Industries Inc., Prince George,

BC; Leland and Kellen Shew, Weyerhaeuser, Springfield,

OR; and Jamie Hull, Wolftek Industries Inc.

Kip Anderson, U-C Coatings LLC, Portland, OR; James Russell, U-C Coatings LLC,

Albany, NY; Steve Anderson, U-C Coatings LLC, Portland, OR; Noelia Cross, U-C Coatings

LLC, Seattle, WA; Marty Kyler, Stimson Lumber Company, Priest River, ID; and

Johnny Schneidecker, Stimson Lumber Company, Tillamook, OR

George Earle and Mike Ladly, Alta Forest Products, Naples, ID; and Chris Hough, Daniel

Jordan and Marv Bernhagen, Lewis Controls Inc., Cornelius, OR

Brian Scott, Weyerhaeuser, Eugene, OR; Ethan Beck, Weyerhaeuser, Columbia Falls,

MT; Blake DeFrance, JoeScan Inc., Vancouver, WA; Fabian Hohmuth, F3H Consulting,

Dresden, Germany; Brad Michael, JoeScan Inc., Vancouver, WA; Tim Vader, Small

Moon Development, Tacoma, WA; and Kyle Blackwell, Weyerhaeuser, Eugene, OR

Doug Gow, Sierra Pacific Industries, Aberdeen, WA; Travis Carter, Sierra Pacific Industries,

Eugene, OR; Gilles Gauvin and Eric Faucher, Carbotech, Plessisville, QC; and

Marty McMahan, Sierra Pacific Industries, Shelton, WA

Additional Photos on page 30

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TP&EE Photos Continued from page 28

Kenzie Hand, MiCROTEC, Corvallis, OR; Frank Jost, MiCROTEC, Brixen, Italy; Austin and Kelsey Morrow, Southport

Lumber Co., Coos Bay, OR; Taylor Trammel, MiCROTEC, Corvallis, OR; and Melanie Kaindl, MiCROTEC, Brixen, Italy

Jean-Benoit Pichè, Pichè Inc., Daveluyville, QC; Eric Gee,

Southern Forest Products Association, Metairie, LA; and

Doug Eubanks and Sebastien Couture, Pichè Inc.


Mark Sampson, Fred Smith and Eric Smith, Idaho Forest

Group LLC, Grangeville, ID

Jeff Abbott, Brett Bennett, Bryson Bennett and Jim Shepherd,

Bennett Lumber Products Inc., Princeton, ID

Rich Reynaga and Matt Gross, C & D Lumber Co., Riddle,

OR; Ann-Marie Lèvesque, BID Group Technologies Ltd.,

Mirabel, QC; and Matt Johnson and Nick Johnson, C &

D Lumber Co.

Joe Kneer, BID Group, Redding, CA; and Eric James, Michael

Vinson, Quinn Roemer and Russ Tuckerman, Sierra

Pacific Industries, Anderson, CA

Scott Weatherford and Ted Nelson, ATCO Wood Products

Ltd., Fruitvale, BC; and Sonia Marchesini and Colleen

Koustas, Brunette Machinery Co. Inc., Surrey, BC

Ted Nelson, ATCO Wood Products Ltd., Fruitvale, BC;

Russ Vaagen, Vaagen Timbers LLC, Colville, WA; and

Scott Weatherford, ATCO Wood Products Ltd.


Cody Buchanan and Randy Panko, Wood-Mizer LLC, Indianapolis,

IN; and Jowan Toor, KTC Industrial Engineering

Ltd., Surrey, BC

Joe LaBerge and Dean Johnson, Collins,

Wilsonville, OR

John Redfield and KayCee Hallstrom,

Zip-O-Laminators LLC, Eugene,


George Morris and Joe Honochick,

Zip-O-Log Mills Inc., Eugene, OR


Steve Wemhoff and Dave Moore, PotlatchDeltic Corporation,

St. Maries, ID

Peter McCarty, TS Manufacturing Co., Dover-Foxcroft, ME; Ted Smith, TS Manufacturing Co., Lindsay, ON; Geoff Gannon,

TS Manufacturing Co., Plymouth, NH; Niki St. Denis, TS Manufacturing Co., Lindsay, ON; Ernesto Torres, Jordan

Rowe and Joe Korac, Automation & Electronics USA, Asheville, NC; and Brian Smith and Lance Mustard, Automation

& Electronics NZ, Tauranga, New Zealand

Additional Photos on page 32

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TP&EE Photos Continued from page 30

Don Moen, USNR, Retired, Tigard, OR; Eric Schooler, Collins,

Wilsonville, OR; Donald Brent, Collins, Chester, CA;

and Terry Brown, Lumber Quality Institute, Salem, MA

Darrell Gottschalk, Idaho Timber LLC, Meridian, ID; Joey

Browning and Pat Grady, Bennett Lumber Products Inc.,

Princeton, ID; and Brian Odegaard, Clarke’s Sheet Metal

Inc., Eugene, OR

Blane Belveal, West Coast Industrial Systems Inc., Lebanon,

OR; and John Wilson and Curt Cooper, Thompson

River Lumber Co., Thompson Falls, MT

Ryan Coates and Patrick Browne, Brunette Machinery

Co. Inc., Surrey, BC; and Trevor Mackenzie and Kyle Mac-

Murchy, Weyerhaeuser, Princeton, BC

Timm Locke, Timm Locke & Company, Portland, OR;

LaDauna Wilson, Engineered Wood Technology Association,

Tacoma, WA; and Zach Miller, The Softwood Forest

Products Buyer, Memphis, TN

Eric Fritch, Fritch Mill, Snohomish, WA; Bernie Pahlke,

BEP Engineering Services Ltd., Surrey, BC; and Jos aan

de Stegge, Brunner Hildebrand Lumber Dry Kiln Co.,

Nashville, TN

Jerod Stinson, Harold Coggswell and Dee Brown, Spearfish

Pellet Company, Spearfish, SD

Nathan Sarber, Vaagen Bros. Lumber Inc., Colville, WA;

and Darren Wager, NLine Energy Inc., Hood River, OR

Red Emmerson and Todd Payne, Sierra Pacific Industries,

Redding, CA

Geoffrey Rickson, Arxada LLC, Richmond, BC; Rob Dennison, Arxada LLC, Vancouver,

WA; Brian DelBrueck, Arxada LLC, Bellevue, WA; and Rob Breda, Sprayco Technologies

Inc., Port Coquitlam, BC

(Front row, from left) Adam Duplisea, Nyle Dry Kilns, Brewer, ME; Jennifer Moran and

Eddie Norris, Elk Creek Forest Products LLC, McMinnville, OR; (back row, from left)

Steve Roe, Dan Stearns and Rick Yonke, Elk Creek Forest Products LLC; and Jeremy

Howard, Nyle Dry Kilns

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Big C Lumber Expands

Granger, IN – Big C lumber, located here, recently acquired Delton

Pole Building Supply Co. of Delton, MI.

Delton Pole has been in business for three decades, specializing in postframe

buildings. In recent years, Delton Pole has expanded its assortment

to include materials for new-home construction and home remodeling,

such as construction lumber in No. 1 Yellow Pine.

This acquisition brings Big C’s holdings to 16 locations, mostly in the

Michiana area of northern Indiana and southern Michigan. Big C also operates

a location in Edgerton, OH. Big C was founded in 1921 and according

to the company website, it embarked on a growth-through-acquisition

program in 1985.

For more information visit, www.bigclumber.com.

R.P. Lumber Acquires Kieffer Lumber

Edwardsville, IL – R.P. Lumber Co., Inc., located here, has acquired

Kieffer Lumber in Mount Carmel, IL, making this the family-owned hardware

and building materials retailer’s 59th Illinois location and its 85th


Retail Review

The Kieffer family has been in the lumber, hardware, and construction

businesses for many years. Some of the Kieffer family will continue to

stay on with the business. The Kieffer family has worked adjacent with

R.P. Lumber in the Illinois area for many years, making the family excited

for the transition.

The location of Kieffer Lumber allows R.P. Lumber to bridge the gap

between several of their existing locations. This will allow them to better

serve some of their great southeastern Illinois and western Indiana customers.

The Kieffer Lumber team will remain on board.

R.P. Lumber Co., Inc. is a family owned, full-service retail home center

and building materials supplier. R.P. Lumber offers full-service delivery,

lumber, complete hardware stores, drywall, roofing, kitchen cabinet design,

and much more. R.P. Lumber has 85 locations across Illinois, Missouri,

Wyoming, Iowa, and Wisconsin. They also operate two truss manufacturing

facilities, a robust ecommerce platform, and a wholly subsidiary

R.P. Home & Harvest which operates 22 locations around the Lake States.

To learn more visit www.rplumber.com.

ABC Supply Opens New Branch

Beloit, WI – ABC Supply,

located here, has made another

expansion move, with the opening

of a new location in Gibbon,


ABC Supply is one of the nation’s

largest distributors of roofing

materials along with exterior

and interior building products,

such as wood siding, railing, and

decking. The company operates

more than 840 locations nationwide.

ABC Supply has also announced

that they will be opening

a new branch in Cleveland,

OH. This new location will be

one of three that ABC Supply

has opened over the past several

months, which include, Redding,

CA, and Cheswick, PA.

ABC Supply now operates six

locations in NE, with three in the

Omaha market. To learn more

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Herndon, VA – Beacon, headquartered

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Beacon’s service to both residential

and non-residential customers

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lumber products, such as manufactured

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Across the Northeast region, sources said that the

market is decent, as of this writing. There is however

a mixed bag on if it’s holding up to the level it was at

six months ago.

A lumber saleswoman in Massachusetts said she

noticed that while her market continues to be decent,

it is worse than it was six months ago. She said that

she sells to retail lumber dealers, home centers, and

industrial accounts. She noted that her company buys Softwood plywood,

particle board and MDF in grades CDX and AC, and with thicknesses

ranging from 1/4 to 3/4.

“Transportation is better; trucks are pretty easy to get right now,” she

said. “Fuel has come down in price. The rates on trucking have only come

down a tiny bit, but trucks are available,” she continued. She also remarked

on how it’s not just the trucks that are easier to book but rail and ocean

freight as well.


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Sources said, at the time of this writing, that the

market in the Inland West region is continuing to

stay steady. One source did remark that the lower

grade markets are tougher than the higher grade


A lumber representative in Idaho said that his

market has been decent, “Our customers are buying

what we are making,” he said. He did note that his

sales were better three months ago, with dimension lumber not selling as

well. He also remarked that the economy isn’t inspiring to buy at the time

of this writing.

He deals with Ponderosa Pine and Cedar in a variety of grades. He has

Ponderosa Pine in measurements of 1x4 through 1x12, as well as 5/4

shop. He has Cedar in 1x4 through 1x12 and 2x4 through 2x12 measurements

as well as 5/4 decking. Ponderosa Pine upper grade 2C is his best

seller, followed by Cedar boards.

This lumber representative sells mainly to distribution yards, and he

stated their business is still doing

well. “What’s responsible

for the softness in the market

is the distribution yards trying

to trim their inventory. It’s a normal,

seasonal pattern,” he noted.

He added that they are still moving

wood, but they are trying to

lower their perceived risk.

When it comes to transportation,

he said that trucks have

gotten a little bit better and that

rail has gone from horrible to

mediocre. “We’re doing alright.

The wood’s getting moved. It’s

working,” he said.

In Wyoming, a sawmill

representative said that sales

to customers who deal in shop

work hasn’t changed much over

the past few months. “Upper

and shop grades are trading

very well. The lower grades are

struggling. It seems that there

is an awful lot of it available on

the market right now,” he said.

He said that the market seems

worse than it was six months

ago. “Activity and trading levels

are both lower now than they

were six months ago,” he commented.

This sawmill representative

deals with, Ponderosa Pine,

Lodgepole Pine boards, Ponderosa

Pine shop, and ESLP studs,

all in one inch. “The higher

grades in all these species are

selling better. Lower grades

aren’t selling as well because

they seem to have a higher production

rate right now,” he said.

He also noted that it seemed that

there was salvaging going on in

the West, at the time of this writing,

as fire damaged trees are being

harvested. “They just aren’t

getting the type of recovery that

they typically do,” he added.

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Midwest Business Trends

West Coast Business Trends

By Paul Miller Jr.

Vice President

Sources throughout the Midwest said that their

sales have continued to be steady over the past six

months. However, some did mention that they are beginning

to see a slowdown, at the time of this writing.

In Texas a lumber salesman said that while his

company has seen a bit of a slowdown in recent

months, it hasn’t been anything drastic. “The custom

market has remained steady,” he said. He also

mentioned that the market seems to have slowed down due to interest rates

rising and less tract homes being built.

He markets No. 1 Common and Better, Green Douglas Fir in 4x6 to

20"x20"x40' Standard and Better, and Western Red Cedar. He said that at

the time of this writing that Douglas Fir is his best seller.

His customers are primarily retail lumber yards. “Their business has

slowed down some as well because of less tract homes being built, but

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As we head towards the close out of an up-anddown

2022 the overall feeling seems to be wait and

see. West Coast manufacturers are settling into the

inevitable end-of-year slow down and the hand to

mouth ordering that goes along with keeping inventories

low heading into the new year. The following

is what a few West Coast producers had to say:

Dean Garofano of Delta Cedar Specialties,

Delta, BC, said, "We have not seen much change in demand for the Cedar

market in the past couple of months. There was a slight uptick in September;

however, it should be expected that things will slow down again

as we move closer to the winter months. The downward descent of Tight

Knot Cedar seems to have subsided now, while clear lumber and timber

prices have held steady for the most part. As we move into October, we are

starting to see the clear prices soften, but so far there have only been small


Garofano continued, "On the

log front, the Coastal Cedar log

harvest was down 13 percent

up until the end of July. Since

then, hot dry drought-like conditions

are impacting harvesting.

High stumpage, in relation

to lower log values, continues

to make some previously engineered

blocks uneconomical.

Although, loggers are hoping

for some relief in January by

way of reduced stumpage. The

current lack of lumber demand

has made these reduced volumes

inconsequential; however,

once the market works

through the excess lumber

inventory, we may see some

tightening in the log market.

Until then, utility, and smaller

second growth Cedar logs

continue to see little demand

and price pressure down, while

Cedar saw logs and uppers

remain stubbornly high.

The old growth deferrals’

perceived future impact on

sawlogs and uppers availability

is contributing to keeping these

levels high, despite the lumber

value declines of commons and

low grade. Now that we are

starting to see some downward

adjustments to clear lumber

prices, these log sort values

may also see some downward

pressure. There is no doubt that

2022 has been challenging for

Cedar producers who are now

starting to plan for 2023 and

eager to put this year behind


Leslie Southwick of C&D

Lumber, Riddle, OR, said,

"Supply and demand for

Douglas Fir products continues

to stay pretty well balanced.

As for Cedar products, supply

is far exceeding demand as

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According to sources in the Southeast, the market,

as of this writing, is still doing well. There were

mixed remarks when asked if the current market was

doing better or worse than it was several months


A lumber exporter in Louisiana said that his demand

is high with business being good at the time of

this writing. He also noted that his market is better

than it was six months ago.

He said that he only deals with Yellow Pine in full rough thicknesses

of 4/4, 5/4, 1-5/8, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4, and 16/4. He added that he handles all

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He has not had a chance to talk to his customers about their markets, as

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Quebec/Ontario Business Trends

By Richard Lipman

Guest Writer

According to an Ontario wholesaler, “Eastern

Spruce-Pine-Fir prices have eroded a bit over the last

two months, although there has been a fair amount

of resistance to lower prices. This will be coming to

an end if nothing changes in terms of the production

volumes in the country, while the demand is lower.

This will create a problem in bringing prices down.

The price decrease has been limited in the last four

weeks because there was work to be done, projects to be finished. Companies

have done well with on time deliveries to the job sites.”

A Quebec wholesaler noted, “Common grades are decent. They are still

moving, while the No. 3 Common is harder to sell. If nothing changes on

the production side, things are going to drop. It will be the larger volume

mills that will need to make a change in production levels. I find the western

producers are better at adjusting production.”

Housing was on people’s minds, one Quebec producer noted, “We do

see that the housing market is slowing down, but it is not as bad as the

statistics show. There is still

demand. It is not as bad as it

looks. Business has also been

good for repair and remodelling.

I feel we could just be looking

at one year of harder times. By

next fall, we could be back in

a dynamic market where we

need to be building more homes.

We are not too worried. We are

going to find business. We must

understand the market is going

to go lower.”

According to an Ontario

producer, “Looking long term,

we still think that increased

demand and limited supply will

mean that the Spruce-Pine-Fir

prices will stay above the levels

from before the pandemic, even

though they are weakening right

now. We are watching the U.S.

economy carefully. The housing

market has slowed down. There

is not nearly as much building

going on, there’s no doubt about

that. If interest rates keep going

up, people are not going to make

the leap.

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before it sorts itself out. I really

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The higher rates are going to

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of new homes and the interest

rates are slowing down activity.”

On the Pine side, according to

a Quebec producer, “The Pine

markets are stable. Production

is about the same as it was a

couple months ago. There is

no excess out there. Demand

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NELMA Meeting Continued from page 1

the largest gathering in the past five years of this traditional September

meeting of the lumber industry. The event always begins with the NEL-

MA Golf Scramble, which this year was held at the Breakfast Hill Golf

Club in Greenland, NH. 52 golfers in 13 foursomes enjoyed a beautiful

New England day on the links. The team of Robert and Pam Johnson

(Johnson Lumber), and Adam Duplisea and Henco Viljoen (Nyle Dry

Kilns) took top honors with a winning gross score of 63. Second Place

went to the team of Matt Duprey, John Cole, Aaron Schulte (Hancock

Lumber) and Bernie Nugent (Warren Trask). The Third Place prize went

to the team of Alex and Bryan Darrah (Durgin & Crowell), and John

Krueger and Eric McCoy (Seaboard International). The longest drive

winners, ladies and men, were Rebecca Lowell (Lowell Lumber) and Eric

McCoy (Seaboard International).

A total of 13 exhibits and product displays lined the Welcome Reception

space on Wednesday evening following the golf scramble to kick-off

the all-important networking opportunities scheduled during the meeting.

The exhibits continued to welcome visitors during Thursday’s Breakfast.

The Morning Business Session followed with NELMA Chairman Chris

Brochu providing the official welcome. Jeff Easterling, NELMA President,

discussed the State of the Association, updating members with current

operational information that

covered staffing and financial

highlights. Chairman Brochu

recognized the Safety Award

winners for 2022 based on 2021

mill performance. The winners

for the Combined Operations

(Sawmill and Planer Mill) were:

Division I (< 50,000 hours),

Hammond Lumber – Belgrade,

Maine; Division II (>50,000 to

100,000 hours), Pleasant River

Pine – Hancock, Maine; Division

III (>100,000 to 150,000

hours), Durgin & Crowell – New

London, New Hampshire; and

Division IV (>150,000 hours),

Pleasant River Lumber – Dover-

Foxcroft, Maine.

Up next was the offering of

a slate of nominations to the

Board of Directors, approved

by the general membership.

The list includes the re-election

of the current officers for their

second year of their 2-year

term – Chairman: Chris Brochu

(Pleasant River); 1st Vice Chair:

Susan Coulombe (Irving Forest

Products); 2nd Vice Chair: Matt

Duprey (Hancock Lumber); and

Treasurer: B Manning (Sawmill

Associates). For the Board of

Directors: Bob Mai (Potlatch-

Deltic) for a 3-year term, and

Alex Darrah (Durgin & Crowell)

for a 3-year term. Robert Moses

of Britton Lumber was re-elected

as an at-large, one-year term

representative to the Advisory


NELMA’s extensive marketing

programs and activities were

highlighted by Jeff Easterling,

followed by an overview of

a plethora of public relations

activities during the year by Kim

Drew (Drew PR and NELMA

Consultant). The PR report

provided a natural segue into the

next event, a live audience podcast

of From the Woodshed with

A.W. Stiles Contractors, Inc.

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

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

Stiles Contractors fabricated and installed a patent pending

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

extension chambers. The engineering firm over the project

was Tinsley Consulting Group of Hot Springs, AR.

Complete Rebuilds Including:

• Roof Replacements/Complete Reskins

• Heating Coils and Complete Steam Systems

• Energy Efficient Upgrades -

controls, insulation additions, wind flow,

heating capacity, door seals, etc.

Ashley and Ryan Eldridge and Chase Morrill, all of Maine Cabin Masters

television fame.

Thursday’s Industry Luncheon welcomed guest speaker, Donna

Blevins, billed as the Big Girl of Poker at 6’5” tall. In addition to tidbits

about her views of poker playing, Ms. Blevins provided a unique approach

to inward self-help and awareness to the audience. Following

lunch, the afternoon session began with the signature economic presentation

by Paul Jannke of Forest Economic Advisors (FEA) with this

year’s topic of “Will Rising Interest Rates Cause a Recession or Merely a


And for the second year, the Northeast Regional Meeting of the North

America Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) was embedded within

the NELMA Annual meeting. Back by popular demand, Speed Dating

returned, the ultimate high-energy networking event for lumber buyers

and sellers. 10 mills (sellers) welcomed 26 buyers in a 5-minute meet-

&-greet frenzy that incorporated over two hours of important business

interactions. Thursday’s packed business day ended with the evening’s

Chairman’s Reception and Dinner that concluded with the Golf Awards

and Best Poker Hand prize winner announcement.

The 89th Annual Meeting ended with Friday morning’s Board of Directors

meeting that incorporated important industry issue updates from

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

Brewton, AL. A.W. Stiles Contractors

fabricated and installed two

steam-heated patented dual path

kilns each kiln consisting of 94’

center chambers and 62’ extension

chambers. The engineering firm over

the project was Tinsley Consulting

Group of Hot Springs, AR.

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Zoltan Van Heyningen, of the U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber, that briefed

the group on the ongoing U.S./Canada lumber legal case, and Phil Ruck

of Stillwater Engineering with an update and timeline on New England

state environmental deadlines that will impact sawmill operations.

NELMA would like to extend a very special thank you to this year’s

generous sponsors of the Annual Meeting. The High Rollers: Capital

Forest Products, Eastern Insurance, Irving Forest Products, and Seaboard

International Forest Products. The Card Sharks: Corley Manufacturing,

Durgin & Crowell, Hancock Lumber, H.E. Smith, Northeast Machine

Solutions, and Valutec. The Pit Bosses:

Daaquam Maine, Diorio Forest Products,

MiCROTEC, Nyle Dry Kilns, and Sandy

Neck Traders.

Mark your calendars to attend the

90th Annual Meeting, to be held September

20-22, 2023 at the Samoset

Resort in Rockport, Maine.

Forest Products


James Webb, Robbins Lumber Co., Searsmont, ME; Lizzie and B Manning, Sawmill

Associates, New London, NH; and Denise Schofner and Dante Diorio, Diorio Forest

Products, Ashland, VA

New Castle, NH – The Wentworth by the Sea Resort, located here,

recently played host to the 89th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern

Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA). Winning Strategies:

Double Down with NELMA served as this meeting’s theme.

The 3-day program welcomed 142 members and guests to the venue,

Learn more at


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World Travelers Gather In Whistler

For Annual Global Buyers Mission

Whistler, BC–BC Wood is pleased to have welcomed over 600 delegates

from all over the world for the 19th Annual Global Buyers Mission

(GBM), held here at the Whistler Conference Center. Given the still

present challenges of the pandemic, BC representatives said they were

extremely pleased with the efforts made by those buyers and suppliers

that supported and participated in the 2022 GBM. The GBM continues

to be Canada's largest event dedicated to promoting value-added wood


After an evening Welcome Reception at the Roundhouse Lodge, CEO

Brian Hawrysh and Board Chairman Grant McKinnon from Pacific

Homes welcomed the Opening Ceremony guest speaker, the Honourable

Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations

and Rural Development, and also welcomed the participation of

Honourable George Chow, BC’s Minister of State for Trade.

Frisco, TX –Members and guests

Jay Bowling, Blair Logistics Inc., Birmingham,

AL; Grant Phillips, Wildwood Trad-

of the Lumbermen’s Association of

Texas (LAT) recently gathered at ing Group, Portland, OR; and Tre Glisson,

Omni Frisco Hotel, located here, Woodgrain/Huttig Building Products Inc.,

Austin, TX

for the association’s annual meeting.

Additional Photos on pages 20 & 22

The LAT attracts Softwood industry professionals each year giving them an

opportunity to network and attend information sessions.

This year Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts was a keynote

speaker, as well as Paul Pirok, executive vice president, and managing director

of homebuilding at Veritex Community Bank. Jeremiah Kuntz, senior manager

of government relations in Texas for Aurora, spoke on the fleet of the future, as

well as there being a session on the State of the Texas Workforce.

Ky Ash of Husch Blackwell Strategies moderated the Lumberyard Politics:

Continued on page 42

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Blake Hamilton, Brett Anderson, Madison Roy and Doug Chiasson, Irving Forest

Products, St. John, New Brunswick

Additional Photos on pages 12 &14

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Paul Saini, The Teal-Jones Group, Surrey, BC; Haseeb Minhas, Minhas Traders, Karachi,

Pakistan; Joe Belknap and Tommy Jones, The Teal-Jones Group; and Al Huber,

NuAge International Affiliate Corporation, Kelowna, BC

Omni Frisco

Hotel Welcomes

The 2022 LAT


Photos By Terry Miller

Additional Photos on pages 14, 16 &18

Continued on page 42

This year, BC Wood and GBM registered international buyers from

Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan,

Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, United

Kingdom, and the United States. GBM offered thanks to the Federal

Trade Commissioner Service and BC's Trade & Investment Representatives

from international markets that greatly assisted with the buyer

recruiting this year. With their continued dedication, there were many

first-time buyers to the GBM, offering opportunities for Canadian manufacturers

to develop new business.

GBM also hosted North American architects, designers, contractors,

developers, engineers and specifiers to the WoodTALKS program, held

in conjunction with the GBM. This included successful presentations by

renowned architects in partnership with BC manufacturers; a site tour

of BC Passive House; and a mini-seminar series on the tradeshow floor.

These activities were very well received by both the architect community

and participating exhibitors.

Canadian products on display from across the country included timber

frame structures, engineered wood products, treated lumber, reclaimed

wood, cabinetry, building products and systems, Western Red Cedar products,

and a variety of other value-added wood building products.

BC Wood also organizes Extended Mission programs for incoming international

delegates that include

site visits and factory tours.

This year, pre-qualified Buyers

toured production facilities and

new project sites in the lower

mainland to meet participating

GBM manufacturers. Besides

helping buyers immediately

source high quality, innovative,

and competitively priced wood

products, the tours helped build

future business relationships by

familiarizing potential customers

with Western Canada's wood

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species. BC Wood offered thanks

to the many local companies

that made the effort to open their

mills and plants to participants

from Canada, Korea, Taiwan and

Pakistan, for these informative

and productive tours.

Many thanks must also go to

the organizer's funding Partners,

who without their continued support,

BC Wood stated it would

not be able to deliver this worldclass

event: Natural Resources

Canada Expanding Market

Opportunities Program (EMO),

Forestry Innovation Investment

Ltd. (FII), and Global Affairs

Canada (GAC). Our Corporate

Sponsors this year included The

San Group Ltd., The Waldun

Group, Interfor, Glandell Enterprises,

The Teal Jones Group,

BFL Insurance, and Daizen


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LAT Meeting

Continued from page 1

Opportunities and Challenges at the

Texas Legislature panel with Nathan

Johnson, a State Senator from

Senate District 16, and Jeff Leach,

a State Representative from House

District 67, as participants. Mitchell

Cottrell, CEO at Modo Networks,

LLC and Todd Byrd, Underwriting

Consultant of Pennsylvania Lum-

bermens Mutual Insurance Company, were panel participants on the Cybersecurity:

Technology and best practices to protect Texas LBM Industry panel.

Mireya Zapata, Executive Director of LAT spoke on how she not only looks

back on her excitement and commitment to raise the level of service to the

members of LAT and the increasing impact that the association will have on the

industry, but looks forward to the future and the excitement that she has for LAT

and the impact that she plans for the association to have at the Texas Legislature.

In conjunction with the LAT meeting, North American Wholesale Lumber Association

also met.

To learn more about the Lumbermen's Association of Texas, visit www.lat.org. •

WHO’S WHO - DenHoed Continued from page 2

Community College (previously Pipestone VoTech), located in Pipestone,

MN, graduating in 1987.

Prior to transferring into his new position, DenHoed worked in the

sales department of Sprenger Midwest for a total of 14 years. As specialty

products purchasing manager, he oversees the purchase of all of the

company’s specialty product offerings. He first started in the forest

products industry in 1987 as a carpenter. Previous experience also includes

handling lumberyard deliveries, sales, and design drafting for a cabinet


Sprenger Midwest is a member of the Western Red Cedar Lumber

Association and the Northwestern Lumber Association.

DenHoed received a Nebraska Marketing Rep of The Year award in

2007. He is a member and past president of the Sioux Falls Hoo-Hoo Club

#118. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, including his

three sons, one daughter and two grandsons, as well as playing golf.

For more information, visit www.sprengermidwest.com. •

WHO’S WHO - Jones Continued from page 2

of which have been spent at West Bay. He handles sales and marketing

for North American business in the South and Midwest states of the U.S.

Jones is also involved in purchasing and manufacturing.

West Bay Forest Products Ltd is a member of the Western Red Cedar

Lumber Association and the North American Wholesale Lumber Association.

Jones attended the University of New Brunswick, located in New Brunswick,

Canada, for economics and business administration. He has been

married to his wife Denise for 11 years. In his spare time, he enjoys running

with his dog, traveling, as well as watching and playing both hockey

and other sports. For more information visit www.westbaygroup.com. •

WHO’S WHO - Penrod Continued from page 2

sity, Provo, UT, in 2001. His career in the forest products industry started

in 2003 as a territory manager handling inside sales for Georgia Pacific’s

distribution division. After that, he worked at Welco Lumber for nine


As product manager for Alta, Penrod develops and oversees the prestained

Whitewood and Douglas Fir product lines, including the new

Summit board.

Alta Forest Products is a member of the North American Wholesale

Lumber Association and the American Fence Association.

In his spare time Penrod enjoys music, hiking, photography and art. He

has been married to Michelle for 21 years and the couple has one son and

three daughters.

For more information visit www.altafp.com. •

WHO’S WHO - Carlisle Continued from page 2

lisle Trucking Inc. and owner of Carlisle Service Center Inc., a truck and

trailer repair service in Mississippi. He began in the forest products industry

in 1981 hauling products from local sawmills for Carlisle Trucking Inc.

He is a member of the Masonic Lodge and Silas First Baptist Church.

Carlisle and his wife, Tammy, have three children. In his spare time he

enjoys attending his children’s sporting events, fishing, hunting and drag


The majority of Mars Hill’s Softwood and hardwood lumber is sourced

in the southeastern United States. The company specializes in Southern

Yellow Pine cut stock and hardwood lumber and it also supplies cants,

deck boards, fence boards, and standard 1x4’s, up to 2x12’s.

For more information visit www.marshillinc.com •








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DMSi Continued from page 4

This year, PC22 attendees chose from over 60 sessions and roundtables

covering core Agility best practices and new functionality. We added over

500 new software features in the past year alone, so there was a lot to


We also held an event we call the Mash-Up, an afternoon where our developers

talk directly to customers. The developers gain a key understanding

of our customers’ businesses goals, and challenges. That helps us chart

a strategic course for Agility and reinforces the tight customer partnerships

we strive to build.

The planning for PartnerConnect takes the better part of a year. This is

my seventh conference and what makes the work worth it is to witness the

benefit our customers get out of it. Whether it’s their first time or their seventh,

I feel confident that they take things home that they can implement

immediately to make their business more efficient.

Equally, my colleagues at DMSi get value out of the conference by

better understanding our customers, who we consider partners. Hence the

name PartnerConnect.

As one customer put it in the post-conference feedback (anonymously),

“I felt like a kid in a candy store and wanted to go to every session. Everyone

is so knowledgeable about the product. Your training program must be

phenomenal. Y’all and Chik-Fil-A have it figured out!”

Anthony Muck is the VP of Sales and Marketing at DMSi, an Omaha,

NE-based company that provides software for the building materials

industry. Muck has served as the NAWLA Leadership Summit Committee

Chair and is a current member of NAWLA. He is a graduate of the University

of Nebraska-Omaha. •

Attendees from lumber companies all over the U.S. participated in round tables, discussing important issues facing their businesses in today's environment.

From left, Archie Cameron, Dawn Previty, Emily Aguilar Contreras, Hilary Ross, and Brooke Steffen of Wurth Wood Group.

From left, Chris Martin, Tim Anderson, Ray Zulfer, and Kim Diaz of Aetna Plywood.

From left, Mike Leal (Lodge Lumber), Kimberly Roehl and Tressa Edwards (Midwest

Hardwood), Jacqui McElroy and Matt Bradley (Lodge Lumber).















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Sawmill Surplus Continued from page 6

Sawmill Surplus LLC in Richmond, VA offers tongue and groove Eastern White Pine,

Southern Yellow Pine flooring, Heart Pine, shiplap, treated wood and other specialty

products at its retail lumberyard.

An advantage of the 10-acre Sawmill Surplus site is that a truck can pull in at one gate,

load up and exit another gate, making it easy for drivers to haul product quickly.

Pallets of 1x6 Eastern White Pine from Irving Forest Products are stocked and ready to

buy at Sawmill Surplus.

the fact that we can usually get an untarped truck in and out of here in less

than an hour. People are not going to be waiting around to get their trucks

unloaded. It’s a quick in and quick out for our suppliers shipping us lumber

and keeping truck drivers happy is part of the business.”

Diorio added, “We have vendors that have claims or problems with

loads that are in transit and instead of having to bring it somewhere or

bring it back and unload it, our facility is able at times to help folks with

buying that product and it saves them money.”

While most businesses experienced struggles during the beginning of the

pandemic, Sawmill Surplus's opening during the pandemic was a positive

experience. Foley said, “Establishing during the pandemic was actually

good timing because people were working from home doing projects. We

were selling tongue and groove Pine, the ship lap and discounted treated

lumber when the prices had gone crazy at the box stores. Customers were

able to come in and get a deal on material and complete projects at their

house that they had been putting off.”

Diorio added, “When we started the operation we over capitalized intentionally

to be able to be where our vendors don’t have to wait. We’re positioned

from a financial standpoint to pay our bills as quickly as humanly


From years of experience in the forest products industry to easy logistics,

Sawmill Surplus offers several advantages for its customer base.

Co-owner Mark Burnette said, “One of the things that I enjoy along with

our customers is our simple organization. We have a very simple business

plan. We bring lumber in, sell it, and put it out. We don’t have a lot of fancy

freight sheets or computerized programs. It’s to come in and get what

you need and go. We pride ourselves in helping customers take the time to

Continued on page 48

Sawmill Surplus Co-Owner Mark Burnette.


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Sawmill Surplus Continued from page 47

Beetle Kill Pine is among the many products offered by Sawmill Surplus.

understand what their needs are, in ways they can’t get in other places.”

Driving solutions for sawmills with slow-moving items, Diorio said the

experience level at Sawmill Surplus allows purchasing decisions to be

made fast and without risk. “Products can be from mills, it can be from

wholesale distributors that have problems with things, or it can be logistics

companies, we are nondiscriminatory buyers. We are not afraid of

anything that a mill may have that they want to get rid of. There is nothing

we don’t stock. If the price is right, we will bring it in here.”

Carter said, “The value we bring to the sawmills is if they need to get

rid of something, we can make that happen.”

Burnette added, “We don’t have blinders on that say, ‘We don’t stock

that, or we are not interested.’ We are always interested. If it is wood,

particularly Softwood, we are always interested. It doesn’t matter what it

is, and we are not afraid of anything. That is an exciting place to be for us

and for our sawmill partners.”

Sawmill Surplus is conveniently located at the intersection of I-95 and Route 64, just

four minutes off I-95 and two minutes off 64 in Richmond, VA.

With a combined experience level of over 100 years between the partners,

Sawmill Surplus brings more than products to the table. Foley said,

“All of our experience here in either wholesaling, retailing, or woodworking

includes an in-depth knowledge where we can see the opportunities in

something someone else may not see. We can see a load of lumber that’s

not easily moved elsewhere, and get it where it is profitable. We can see

the outlets for it, and who we are going to market it to once it gets here

to make something that might otherwise be difficult to sell and make it


As for what the future has in store for Sawmill Surplus, Diorio said

plans are already underway to discuss future warehouses as well as retail


Owners of Sawmill Surplus include Ian Foley, Dante Diorio, Carter

Zierden, Mark Burnette, and Zach Hathaway.

For more information visit them on Facebook at


email sales@sawmillsurplus.com

or contact them by phone at 804-500-4527.

WRCLA Continued from page 8

for high-strength ratings like concrete or steel, but are considerably lighter

in weight, faster and more efficient to transport and build with, and are

significantly better for the environment; particularly when compared to

the carbon-intensive manufacturing processes of concrete, steel and other

building systems.

As the world moves toward lower-carbon building solutions, Softwoods

like Real Cedar can expect to see an increase in demand as a finishing

material for mass timber projects. This isn’t solely because of WRC’s

good looks, but also because the environmental, economic, political, and

ideological reasons for building with mass timber are identical to the

reasons for finishing with Real Cedar. Or, to phrase it more deftly: wood

begets more wood.

As an aesthetic complement to the structural components of mass

timber, WRC is an excellent choice, as mass timber beams and timbers

are usually very attractive and are often left exposed. The natural grain of

Real Cedar and its vast range of finishing options work extremely well in

spaces with large expanses of wood and creates a highly pleasing and serene

look. The growing interest in biophilic design- incorporating natural

materials like wood to reduce stress and stress-related illnesses- is another

well-documented benefit of building with wood and finishing with materials

like WRC.

In addition to the sublime look and tone WRC and mass timber create,

the combination of the two materials also has excellent thermal insulating

and acoustic qualities, as well.

The environmental benefits of using wood products to sequester carbon

and reverse climate change are becoming well known in the architectural

and building communities, and the future success of mass timber will depend

on healthy and sustainable forest management. An increase in mass

timber can also help pay for good forest management on public lands.

Hillary Franz, the Commissioner of Public Land in Washington state, has

noted that many forests in the West are at high risk of fire, due in no small

part to climate change, but also due to the amount of fuel on the ground

(dead trees, pine beetle infestations, etc.), and that these forests are in dire

need of thinning. Smaller trees can be used in mass timber production, and

a sufficiently large market for mass timber would create funding for thinning

these trees out.

Additionally, Softwoods like WRC used to beautify mass timber projects

come primarily from the Pacific Northwest, and a growth in demand

for Softwoods could help reopen mills that have closed in the last few

years and revive some of their communities, aligning their interests with a

Green New Deal-style program of national revitalization.

Mass timber is swiftly gaining momentum, and it’s an important means

of reducing the environmental and climate impact of the building sector,

as well as opening up the possibility of factory-based mass production of

low-cost housing. As of March this year, an estimated 1,384 mass timber

projects had been constructed or were in design in all 50 states, and the

recently built 284 ft., 25-story Ascent MKE building in Milwaukee, WI.

now has the distinction of being the world’s tallest timber building. And

that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come. Vancouver, British

Columbia architect Michael Green has millions of square feet of mass

timber projects underway, and future US projects include a spectacular

one million sq. ft. expansion of the Portland International Airport, presently

being designed by Oregon-based architectural firm ZGF, which is to

be capped with an undulating 380,000 sq. ft. mass timber canopy. While

we at the WRCLA didn’t have confirmation before this article’s deadline

on what finishing materials were going to be used, can there honestly be a

more complementary choice for a Pacific Northwest airport than Western

Red Cedar?

Mass timber and the many opportunities for Softwoods like Western

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APA - Continued from page 2

The North American Difference

CLT design standards in the U.S. (the NDS) and Canada (CSA O86)

require that the CLT products meet the requirements of and be certified to

ANSI/APA PRG 320. When comparing North American CLT to products

manufactured elsewhere, it’s important to consider the following characteristics.

Design Property Compatibility

The design capacities published in ANSI/APA PRG 320 were derived

analytically using the lumber properties published in the NDS and CSA

O86. Imported lumber may have different characteristics, may not be

recognized in the NDS and CSA O86 and has published design values

that are incompatible with those of North American lumber. Therefore,

design properties for CLT products manufactured with foreign species

lumber should be carefully examined for compatibility with North

American CLT design standards.

Adhesive Heat Durability

The adhesives used in ANSI/APA PRG 320 CLT are required to meet

heat durability requirements to ensure the adhesives will not melt at elevated

temperatures. The heat durability of CLT adhesives is required by

ANSI/APA PRG 320 to be evaluated in accordance with ASTM D7247,

Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Shear Strength of Adhesive

Bonds in Laminated Wood Products at Elevated Temperatures, and the

CSA O177 flame test. Most CLT adhesives used outside of North America

have not been evaluated for heat durability. The use of adhesives that have

not been evaluated for heat durability could impose a serious life safety

concern in the event of a structure fire.

Moisture Durability

CLT moisture durability is required by ANSI/APA PRG 320 to be evaluated

based on the same accelerated aging (vacuum-pressure-soak) tests as

used for structural glued laminated timber (glulam), which has decades of

proven success in structural applications around the world.

The face-bond criteria (the minimum percentage of wood failure and

the maximum allowance for gluebond delamination after accelerated

aging tests) specified in ANSI/APA PRG 320 for CLT is the same as that

for glulam. These moisture durability criteria represent the most stringent

requirements in the world for CLT to ensure its long-term performance.

Most CLT products manufactured outside of North America have not

been evaluated to the same moisture durability and face-bond criteria as

ANSI/APA PRG 320. Since moisture durability of imported products

have not been evaluated to the same criteria as North American CLT,

long-term performance capability is unknown and may pose a risk of

decreased structural performance and increased delamination potentials

over time.

Fire Performance

Fire resistance of CLT products, when determined in accordance with

NDS or CSA O86, is based on the requirements that CLT products are certified

to ANSI/APA PRG 320. The rigorous adhesive qualification requirements

specified in ANSI/APA PRG 320 ensure the integrity of CLT under

the most severe fire conditions. New CLT adhesives are required to qualify

with full-scale fire test in accordance with ASTM E119, Standard Test

Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials, in the U.S.

or CAN/ULC S101, Standard Methods of Fire Endurance Tests of Building

Construction and Materials, in Canada. This is not common practice

outside North America.

Most importantly, CLT products certified to ANSI/APA PRG 320-2018

or ANSI/APA PRG 320-2019 are required to use structural adhesives that

meet the requirements of the full-scale Compartment Fire Test (CFT)

specified in the standards and do not result in the char layer fall-off when

exposed to fire, which is known to cause a second flash-over and fire reignition.

The 2021 IBC and IRC and the 2020 NBC specifically require

CLT to be certified to these new standards. Therefore, it’s important the

designer, contractor and building official ensure the CLT products comply

to these new standards. Most CLT products manufactured outside

North America do not use adhesives that meet the stringent requirements

of ANSI/APA PRG 320-2018 or ANSI/APA PRG 320-2019 and

could result in a serious fire safety and code-compliance concern.

Always Look for the APA Trademark

The APA trademark is your assurance the CLT was manufactured by

North American producers whose products have been successfully qualified

and certified to ANSI/APA PRG 320. The ANSI/APA PRG 320

standard is recognized in the International Building Code (IBC) and International

Residential Code (IRC) in the U.S. and is required for using the

design provisions specified in the National Design Specification for Wood

Construction (NDS). In Canada, ANSI/APA PRG 320 is recognized by the

National Building Code (NBC) when the product is applied in designs that

meet the requirements of CSA O86, Engineering Design in Wood.

Find additional information in Cross-Laminated Timber—North American

CLT vs. Imported Product, Form S500 (www.apawood.org/publication-search?q=s500)

in the APA Resource Library.

About APA – The Engineered Wood Association

Founded in 1933 and based in Tacoma, WA, APA represents about 175

plywood, oriented strand board, glulam and cross-laminated timber, wood

I-joist, Rim Board® and structural composite lumber mills throughout

North America. Its primary functions are quality auditing and testing,

applied research, and market support and development.

Learn more at www.apawood.org.

AWC Continued from page 2

few radars in the design, fire, code and wood products industry, it’s important

for a variety of reasons.

The new FDS serves to consolidate different design provisions that were

scattered across a spectrum of design manuals, design aids and design

standards. The work over the last seven years to produce the FDS brought

all of those provisions under one roof, making it easier and more efficient

for designers, architects, fire service officials and code officials to find

exactly what they need to ensure wood-frame and mass timber buildings

meet the highest standards for fire safety.

In addition to bringing together existing provisions for the structural design

of unprotected wood members exposed to a standardized ASTM E119

fire exposure currently contained in the National Design Specification®

for Wood Construction, the FDS also provides calculation procedures to

address the added fire resistance and thermal benefits of protection provided

by use of additional wood cover, gypsum panel products, and insulation.

Calculation provisions have been developed to provide standardized

methods of calculating thermal separation and burn-through as required in

ASTM E119 and as provided in AWC’s Technical Report 10: Calculating

the Fire Resistance of Exposed and Protected Wood Members (TR10).

From the building code perspective, AWC maintains four other ANSIapproved

standards that are referenced in the building codes, and the

expectation is that the FDS will follow suit. Getting ANSI approval as an

American National Standard is a step beyond the minimum requirements

of consensus standards being recognized in the building code development

process, but does provide evidence to regulators that all steps in the

consensus process were followed.

Development of a standard under a consensus process provides transparency

and ensures the opportunity for meaningful participation by all

groups that are affected. A true consensus process also has procedures to

ensure balance, consideration of dissenting views and a process for appeals.

ANSI is the coordinator of the U.S. standards process and provides

strict objective requirements for accreditation of organizations, such as

AWC, following those processes. The ANSI process for establishing new

Continued on page 52

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AWC Continued from page 51

standards sets the requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics

that can be used consistently to ensure that materials – in our case

wood building products – are fit for the purposes for which they are designed.

In other words, standards are an agreed-upon formula for the best,

safest way of doing something.

It’s also important to recognize what an incredible achievement this

represents for AWC and the wood products industry. AWC facilitated

countless hours of technical and logistical discussions between technical

experts from a variety of organizations to make this happen. The bottom

line is this consensus-based standard is a significant, game-changing development

in how the building, fire safety and code enforcement industries

manage fire risk in the design of wood construction.

For AWC, it’s a point of pride to help the building community achieve

safe occupancy when building with wood, and we couldn’t be more satisfied

with the results. The FDS-2022 is available for free download on the

AWC website: awc.org/codes-standards/publications/fds-2022. n

SLB Continued from page 3

construction to create a vibrant model of healthy, biophilic urban living.

Those entries are then judged by a panel of leading educators, who select

the winners.

With more than 600 entries, this fourth iteration of the competition—

themed Timber in the City 4: Urban Habitats—demonstrates a rising tide

of interest in timber design and construction. Students are eager to learn

more about designing with systems that they are seeing garner more attention

in a national and international spotlight. The number of mass timber

projects in the U.S. is growing by the day, but with more than 17,000

commercial buildings built annually, there is still a long way go. That’s

why “it is important to reach the architecture students of today who will

be shaping the built environment of tomorrow and expose them to the

sustainable benefits that mass timber and other Softwood products can

contribute to their efforts,” says Reed Kelterborn, the SLB’s director of


Historically, architectural education has focused more heavily on teaching

design principles using structural materials like steel and concrete

rather than timber. With the Timber Competition, the SLB is helping

provide a timber-focused education opportunity to educate students about

the environmental benefits of designing with wood.

For Timber in the City 4: Urban Habitats, students were asked to

come up with designs for a mid-rise, mixed-use complex that included

short-stay housing, a large community wellness facility, and an urban

marketplace, all interconnected with a new urban transit center in midtown

Atlanta. Eight projects were selected as winners—first, second, and

third-place awards and five honorable mentions—from student teams at

seven schools, including the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the City

College of New York (which had three winners), the Savannah College

of Art and Design, Boston Architectural College, Harvard University, and

North Carolina State University. To read about the winning entries, visit

acsa-arch.org or thinkwood.com/timbercomp2022. n

WASHINGTON SCENE Continued from page 11

“In August, 5 percent of all construction jobs were unfilled, higher than at

any point between 2001, when the BLS began tracking it, and 2021. Contractors

have every intention of expanding their staffing levels over the

next several months, according to ABC’s Construction Confidence Index,

but severely constrained labor supply will frustrate these efforts.

“Despite the increase in construction industry job openings, the overall

number of job openings economywide fell to 10.1 million, its lowest level

since June 2021,” said Basu. “This is actually good news for the real estate

and construction segments, as any evidence of weakening economic

momentum brings us closer to the point when the Federal Reserve can

stop ramping up borrowing costs.” n

RETAIL REVIEW Continued from page 34

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Wehrung’s Lumber And Home Center Expands

Ottsville, PA – Wehrung’s Lumber and Home Center, located here,

announced it has added a fifth store, expanding its homegrown niche to

Macungie, PA.

This is the second acquisition in the past two years of other familyowned

and operated home improvement and hardware store locations.

Wehrung’s family of businesses carries on the friendly-small town vibe to

serve customers in their hometown communities.

The Ottsville, PA-based company purchased Driers Do It Center in

2021. The store remained open to serve professional and DIY customers

throughout a roughly $3 million investment in an extensive renovation and

restocking process. Wehrung’s Macungie continuously aims to be a “one

stop shop.”

For more information visit, www.wehrungs.com.

Tibbetts Lumber Co. Set To Acquire D&M Truss

St. Petersburg, FL - Tibbetts Lumber Co. LLC, located here, has announced

that it is set to acquire Pensacola, FL-based D&M Truss Co. in

late 2022. The St. Petersburg, Florida-based multi-location building materials

supplier’s agreement is to acquire all the assets of the single-location,

Pensacola, FL-based roof, and floor truss manufacturer.

When the deal is consummated, D&M Truss’ team and facility will be

strategic to Tibbetts Lumber Co. and their existing operations. The acquisition

will allow for further growth into FL’s panhandle, AL, and MS. D&M

Truss will give Tibbetts Lumber Co. a geographically significant footprint

to complement their existing central FL truss production.

Tibbetts Lumber’s U.S. footprint will increase to 10 locations throughout

Florida and its sister company, Cox Lumber Ltd., operates two loca-

tions in the Cayman Islands. Tibbetts Lumber Co. serves regional and

custom/semi-custom builders and remodelers across FL. Their primary

business lines include floor trusses, lumber and building materials, roofing,

interior and exterior doors, millwork and trim, windows, siding, and

specialty items for new and home construction.

For more information learn more at, www.tibbettslumber.com. n

NORTHEAST TRENDS Continued from page 36

In Vermont a sawmill representative said that his market was also decent

at the time of this writing, but it seems worse than it was six months ago.

He said that he only sells Eastern White Pine. “It’s my best and my

worst,” he said laughing. He handles all grades with thicknesses from

4/4 to 12/4. He noted that higher grades are selling well, while the lower

grades have begun to soften.

This lumber representative mainly sells to wholesalers, distribution

yards and other sawmills. When he’s talked to his customers about their

market, they’ve shared that their markets are similar to his.

He remarked that transportation seems to be OK right now, noting that it

is better than it was six months ago.

A sawmill owner in New Hampshire said that his market is still strong,

with it being like it was six months ago. He said, “We sell retail to the

public and to retail lumber yards.” He also noted that his customers have

remarked that their business has remained strong when it comes to Softwoods.

He said that his best selling species of Softwood are Rough Green Pine

and Hemlock, and standard shiplap comes in a close third. He stated that

he also sells: Western Red Cedar, STK grade in A and Better in vertical

grain, Douglas Fir in CVG grade, Sitka Spruce in CVG, Yellow Pine in

Select C and Better, Southern Cypress, Northern White Cedar, Atlantic

White Cedar, and Alaskan Yellow Cedar. “While we mostly do 1x and 2x,

we sell a wide range of sizes since we will do custom sizing,” he added.

This sawmill owner said that there is a labor shortage, and it has affected

all aspects of his business, making it harder to get things done. He did note

that trucking seemed fine and that it seems like it is getting better.

Despite his market doing well, he said that he is on the fence about

where things are headed. n

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He primarily sells to distribution yards and, based on his conversations

with these customers they have continued to have a steady market.

Transportation hasn’t affected his company in a negative way as they

have a dispatch desk that will ship out all the material out of their sawmills.

A lumber salesman in Utah said that his market has been solid, but that

there have been signs of the market slowing down as the orders have

started to come in slower.

He said that demand is down, and the market is worse than it was six

months ago. Despite the market being worse, he said, “Prices being down

has helped as far as functioning as a business.”

He deals almost completely in economy, mostly ESLP and some Douglas

Fir and Hem Fir. He has all of these in No. 2 Common and 2x4.

When asked about how transportation was for his company he said, “It’s

pretty tough. It’s gotten and continues to be expensive, and it is not reliable.”


MIDWEST TRENDS Continued from page 38

their customers are still doing custom work,” he said.

He noted that transportation hasn’t been an issue for them since they

have their own fleet of trucks.

In Missouri a sawmill representative said that his sales have been good,

but they have slowed down since this summer. “I think that there is fear in

the marketplace; people are taking a conservative approach. People have

had a pretty good two-three years and they don’t want to take a huge hit,

especially with winter right around the corner,” he said.

He remarked that things are worse than they were six months ago. “The

market is headed to a pre-covid kind of pace. Mills and suppliers are starting

to come off allocation. Big homebuilders are starting to hold off on

production as interest rates rise,” he said.

He handles Spruce-Pine-Fir and Douglas Fir in No. 2 Common 2x4-

2x12, and Western Red Cedar in 1x2 all the way up to the biggest timbers

in all appearance grades. He noted Green Douglas Fir seems to have held

on to its value, while Spruce-Pine-Fir seems to have been slower, with it

having taken bigger price hits.

He predominantly deals with pro dealers and contractor yards, while he

does sell to some box stores. He said that most of the information that he

has heard comes from his customers with it being consistent across the

Midwest. “It’s pretty apparent that there is a slowdown coming and it’s

already started,” he said.

He said that at the time of this writing he wasn’t having many problems

with transportation, especially after having such a horrible summer. “The

rail lines seem to have gotten better. Trucks are still not easy to find, but

it’s OK,” he continued.

In South Dakota, a lumber spokesperson said that the market was busy.

“We are moving a lot of lumber; the trucks are full,” he said.

He said that for his company the market “hasn’t really slowed down

over the past year.”

He markets Cedar, Spruce-Pine-Fir, White Douglas Fir and Hemlock Fir

in 1x and 2x in No. 2 Common Select Struct, as well as knotty Cedar. He

said that Spruce-Pine-Fir in the narrows and Hemlock No. 2 Select Struct

in the wide are his best sellers.

He sells to lumber yards and manufacturers. “They are buying what they

need; they continue to stay busy,” he noted about his customers.

He said that the issues with transportation haven’t really affected his

company. “We own about 15 trucks between our three branches. We also

hire independent haulers,” he said. He said that getting rail cars has taken a

little bit longer. n

WEST COAST TRENDS Continued from page 38

has been the case most of this year. The season for Cedar is over for this

year and we are now focusing on securing programs for the first quarter

of 2023. Douglas Fir prices have been pretty flat in September and may

continue to be that way for much of the fourth quarter. Cedar prices have

struggled to find a level that even pulls buyers off the sidelines for purchases.

This type of market lends customers to more just in time buying.

They are purchasing when they have orders in hand. I am not sure if any-

one knows what we will be experiencing at the beginning of 2023, so there

is a lot of speculation currently.”

Southwick continued, "The extended warm weather on the West Coast

has led to extended logging activity and continues at pretty strong prices.

There has been an abundant amount of Cedar logs available with the cool

down in the Cedar lumber market.” When asked to rate the year, Southwick

finished with, "2022 has been a seven for me. It has been a pretty

straightforward year in terms of Fir markets, and Cedar markets have been


John McDowell of Oregon Industrial Lumber Products, Springfield,

OR, said, “Currently we’re seeing some softening in Douglas Fir VG

clears, maybe 5 percent or less except 2x2, 2x3, and 2x5 mixed grade that

are servicing the door frame manufacturers. There doesn’t seem to be a

lot of those sizes available. Yellow Cedar knotty has followed Western

Red Cedar, which is to say demand is not high. Clears on the other hand

are still the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If we had more, we could

sell more. Customers are purchasing as much clears as we can offer, but

decking seems to be way down. Lam stock is also way down; no one is

building inventory this time of year, so they are ordering project by project.

No one wants to carry inventory into the new year. We’re anticipating

the inevitable winter slowdown. The question for us is are we going to see

a bounce back in spring 2023.”

McDowell continued, “The most challenging factors of this year for us

have been supply from the sawmills we work with, followed by continued

supply chain issues for machinery parts, and labor. We’re constantly hoping

things don’t break down and when they do we find ourselves pilfering

old machinery for parts until we can get shipments. As far as the labor

part goes, it’s always a challenge but ever more so with skilled hires right

now.” When asked to rate the year McDowell said, “I would give 2022 a

five out of 10. It was kind of a dud for us." n

SOUTHEAST TRENDS Continued from page 40

ket seeming to be doing well.

He said, “We handle Southern Yellow Pine in grades No. 1, 2 and 3

Common with 5/4 thickness and 2x timbers.”

He sells to mostly lumber treaters, distribution yards, and industrial

customers. “In general, their market is slower, than it was six months ago,”

he added.

Transportation has not been an issue for this lumberman. “Transportation

is pretty good right now. Trucking has gotten a lot better as things

have slowed,” he remarked.

In Mississippi, a lumber representative said that the market seems to be

average for him and his company as well. “Things are pretty good, but

we’re real cautious with where we are seeing the market going into the

fourth quarter,” he said. He also noted that while things are going well

now, the market is not as good as it was six months ago.

He sells Southern Yellow Pine in grades No. 1 Common through No. 4

Common in 5/4 thickness. He also sells radius decking timbers from 4x4

through 12x12 for their standard runs.

“Industrial treaters are our primary customers. They are seeing the same

things that we are. Inflation and interest rates are concerns, and it feels like

going forward we are going to see some correction,” he said when asked

about his customers and how their markets were doing.

When it comes to transportation his company hasn’t had any issues

either. “We have our own trucks. We are also seeing more availability in

transportation in the last month or so,” he noted.

Overall, he said that their product needs are still holding up pretty well

and that “for the time being we are still active.” n

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Fire “Today, retardant there lumber isn’t and any plywood part of the operation that hasn’t been replaced or renewed

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“We are looking to automate our processes at every step,” he explained, “utilizing

smart cameras, grade optimization, and an automatic stacker.”

Huot said, “ ‘Customer Experience’ is all about respect for our employees, our

customers, and every one of our stakeholders. We are in a ‘People Business First

and Foremost,’ serving the needs of others. Our responsibility is to understand our


customer, anticipate their needs, and DWYSYWD – Do What You Say You Will Do.

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Well-known for their ability to offer a multitude of specialty, high-end products, Diprizio

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available include: Band-Tex, Striated, both Standard and Coarse Rougher-head, and

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“Our Weinig moulder processes up to ten-inch widths,” he explained. “We grind

our own knives and what we are able to offer in patterns is limitless. We are very



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Kevin Hancock

Hancock Lumber Acquires

Madison Lumber Mill

Casco, ME—Two of New England’s top

performing Eastern White Pine manufacturing

facilities are stronger together as Hancock Lumber

Co., headquartered here, recently acquired

Madison Lumber Mill, according to a company

press release. Hancock Lumber’s Eastern White

Pine operations expanded to four mills with its

first sawmill acquisition in over 20 years.

While Hancock Lumber purchased Madison

Lumber Mill, the Madison, NH-based location

will continue to operate under the Madison Lumber Mill name. A synergistic

opportunity for both companies, the plan is to keep Madison Lumber’s

employees, manufacturing systems, customer relations, and products

produced unchanged, according to the press release.

The addition of Madison Lumber is filled with synergy for both

companies. The current owners, Kim Moore and Jim Smith, have built an

exceptional company. When you find caring owners that are looking for an

exit strategy that can preserve and perpetuate their love for their business,

employees, industry, and customers – well, it’s a win-win,” said Hancock

Lumber CEO Kevin Hancock. “Hancock and Madison combine to offer a

dynamic set of capabilities within the Eastern White Pine industry for log

suppliers, customers, and employees.”

Located an hour west of Hancock Lumber’s headquarters in Casco, ME,

Madison Lumber Mill is estimated to be the sixth largest manufacturer of

Eastern White Pine.

Meanwhile, Hancock recently announced that the company has been

named a Best Place to Work in Maine for the ninth consecutive year,

reinforcing they’re delivering on their mission to enhance the lives of the

people who work at the organization. “This is such exciting news—number

nine is just as rewarding, if not more so, than number one,” Hancock


Visit www.HancockLumber.com to learn more.

Tom Insko

Collins Names Insko President


Wilsonville, OR—Collins, based here, announced

recently that Tom Insko will become the

President and CEO of the company to succeed

President and CEO, Eric Schooler. An experienced

business leader, Insko was set to assume

responsibilities on October 1, 2022. He served

as the President of Eastern Oregon University, a

position he has held since 2015.

Insko has 27 years of successful leadership

experience and brings to Collins an extensive

background in the wood products industry. He was with Boise Cascade

for 20 years holding positions as plant manager, production manager,

senior financing manager, region manager, and area manager. At the time

of his departure from Boise, Insko was responsible for nine manufacturing

facilities with more than 1,100 employees. His manufacturing experience

spans plywood, composite panels, lumber, and laminated beams. He has

also worked extensively in forest policy and management, log and fiber

procurement, sales, and finance. Insko is currently a commissioner on the

Oregon Business Development Commission and previously served two

terms on the Oregon Board of Forestry.

“Tom lives by ethics and values that are well aligned with those of our

company and family,” stated Cherida Collins Smith, Board Chair. “He has

a vast amount of experience dealing with the complexities in our business

as well as demonstrated success in meeting challenges inherent in our

industry and in these times, that we were looking for to succeed the leadership

Eric Schooler has undertaken in the last 21 years. We are confident

Tom is an excellent choice to lead our company forward.”

Insko holds bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Business Economics

from Eastern Oregon University and an MBA from the College of William

& Mary.

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

Jim Brindle

San Group Hires Jim Brindle As

White Wood Sales Manager

Langley, BC—The San Group, with its head

office here, recently welcomed Jim Brindle to

its team as the White Wood Sales Manager. His

broad skillset and sales experience will complement

San Group’s global marketing strategy, the

company stated.

Brindle is a highly respected industry veteran

who brings a wealth of experience and an entrepreneurial

mindset that will complement San

Group’s sales division, according to San Group.

Brindle has honed his experience over the past

28 years working in a variety of forestry and sales-related roles, starting

his career in sawmilling, working his way up from a green chain operator,

lumber grader and head sawyer to a mill manager. Brindle’s extensive

sawmilling experience has supported his transition into lumber sales; for

the past 15 years, Brindle has specialized in an array of lumber, reman and

value-added product sales of all coastal hardwood and Softwoods including

Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar.

Brindle’s widespread lumber knowledge and unprecedented sales record

have helped him ascend to the top of the industry, said John Langstroth,

San Group’s Senior Vice President. “The global footprint of consumers

continues to grow and companies leaning into a more robust and diversified

sales strategy are the ones driving growth,” he added. “Jim’s extensive

expertise from sawmilling to lumber sale complements our mill-direct

marketing model. Coupled with his high acumen and customer-centered

sales approach, he will help our White Wood division cement itself as a

leader in the market. We are excited to welcome Jim to the San family.”

San Group Inc. is a vertically integrated forest products company, operating

in the coastal region of British Columbia.

To learn more, visit www.sangroupinc.com.

Stella-Jones Signs Agreement To Purchase

Wood Pole Manufacturing Business Of Texas

Electric Cooperatives, Inc.

Saint-Laurent, QC—Stella-Jones Inc., with its head office here, (“Stella-Jones”

or the “Company”) recently announced that it has entered into a

definitive agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets employed in

the wood utility pole manufacturing business of Texas Electric Cooperatives,

Inc. (“TEC”) for a total purchase price of $28M plus inventories of

approximately $4M.

TEC produces Southern Yellow Pine utility poles using Creosote and

CCA preservatives at its wood treating facility in Jasper, TX. Wood pole

sales for the year ended December 31, 2021, totaled $28 million. “This

acquisition, which adds a 43rd manufacturing facility to our network, will

enhance Stella-Jones’ offerings and expand our capacity to supply the

growing needs of North America’s utility pole industry, while optimizing

the overall efficiency of our continental network,” said Eric Vachon,

president and CEO of Stella-Jones. “We look forward to welcoming the

Jasper facility employees to our team of over 2,400 employees across

North America.”

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The transaction is scheduled to close prior to the end of 2022 and is

subject to customary closing conditions. Stella-Jones intends to finance the

transaction with its existing credit facilities.

About Stella-Jones

Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX: SJ) is North America’s leading producer of

pressure-treated wood products. It supplies all the continent’s major electrical

utilities and telecommunication companies with wood utility poles

and North America’s Class 1, short line and commercial railroad operators

with railway ties and timbers. Stella-Jones also provides industrial

products, which include wood for railway bridges and crossings, marine

and foundation pilings, construction timbers and coal tar-based products.

Additionally, the Company manufactures and distributes premium treated

residential lumber and accessories to Canadian and American retailers for

outdoor applications, with a significant portion of the business devoted

to servicing the Canadian market through its national manufacturing and

distribution network. The Company’s common shares are listed on the

Toronto Stock Exchange.

To learn more, visit www.stella-jones.com.

Jeff Gregory Promoted To CFO At Timber Products


Springfield, OR—The Timber Products Board and the Gonyea family,

recently announced that effective September 12, 2022, Jeff Gregory was

selected to be the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). “I am looking forward to

working with Jeff as our CFO, and I am confident he will do a tremendous

job for us,” said Mark Avery, CEO.

Gregory started with Timber Products in March of 2018 as our company

controller and has excelled in that position, a company spokesperson said.

Prior to working for Timber Products, Gregory held controller and finance

positions with GreenWood Resources, Nautilus

and Schnitzer Steel. Early in his career, Gregory

was with KPMG where he worked as an audit

manager. Gregory graduated from Oregon State

University with a Bachelor of Science degree

in accounting and recently obtained his MBA

from Washington State University. Gregory is

also a certified public accountant in the state of


Founded in 1918, Timber Products Co. produces

a wide range of diversified wood products.

Jeff Gregory Best known for its hardwood plywood, the company

is committed to environmental sustainability and offers an integrated

approach to manufacturing with eight manufacturing facilities, an international

division, and a nationwide transportation and logistics division.

Learn more at www.timberproducts.com.

James Russell

U-C Coatings Hires James Russell

As West Coast Territory

Sales Representative

Buffalo, NY—U-C Coatings, LLC, based here,

and a leading manufacturer of premium wood

protection products, recently announced the hiring

of James Russell as West Coast Territory Sales


Russell, based in Oregon, is a native Oregonian

and spent the last seven years as an Outside Sales

Rep and a Territory Solutions Specialist for Fastenal

Inc. in the west-central part of Oregon. He

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gained valuable experience providing top-level service and supplies to

sawmills and industrial customers alike, while growing the territory by

adding many new large-scale customers. Russell brings a strong desire

to provide excellent customer service and ambition to grow personally

to U-C Coatings that will mesh well with the company’s solid reputation.

He spends much of his free time outdoors, whether it is riding, camping

or hunting. James and his wife welcomed the birth of their first

child, a son, earlier in 2022.

U-C Coatings is a leading manufacturer and supplier of premium

wood protection products. For more than 50 years their products have

been used in a variety of industries, including hardwood and Softwood

logging and lumber production, wood products manufacturing, woodworking

and wood decking markets.

U-C Coatings’ products are used worldwide to protect, conserve and

enhance forest resources. Their goal is to help their customers achieve

more with less waste and provide the highest level of protection for

their products.

To learn more, visit www.uccoatings.com.

Dale Brown

USNR Acquires Timber Automation

Woodland, WA—USNR, headquartered here,

a division of Wood Technologies International,

recently announced that it has acquired Timber

Automation, an industry leader in wood processing

equipment and technology. According

to a company press release, the combination

solidifies USNR’s leadership position in providing

equipment and technology to the global

wood processing industry, adding more than 250

employees and over 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

The transaction will help Timber Automation gain wider market distribution

for its state-of-the-art sawmill and woodyard equipment, while

USNR will benefit from the addition of Timber Automation’s highly

skilled team members and production capacity.

The addition of Timber Automation’s LogPro line of log yard equipment

represents a major market expansion for USNR, and their Baxley

products—including optimization, edgers, and lumber processing

equipment—complement our product offering, providing our customers

with more options of high-quality machinery,” said Dale Brown, president

of USNR. “We are also excited to build upon our highly innovative

optimization and grading solutions and the opportunity to bring those

products to new markets.”

“We knew that USNR was the right owner for Timber Automation

from the outset,” said John Steck, president of Timber Automation.

“USNR’s reputation for doing right by the customer aligns perfectly

with our company culture and values. This partnership will help give us

wider visibility and provide better solutions for customers.”

Headquartered in Hot Springs, AR, Timber Automation also operates

a manufacturing plant in Baxley, GA, and a technology center in Lévis,

QC. Learn more about Timber Automation and its products by visiting


USNR, a division of Wood Technologies International, operates

facilities across the United States, Canada, and Europe, including six

large manufacturing plants. USNR is best known around the world for

providing end-to-end solutions for sawmills and planer mills.

Learn more at www.usnr.com.

North American Forest Foundation Welcomes

Two New Board Members

Collierville, TN—The North American Forest Foundation (NAFF),

headquartered here, recently announced two new board members—

Jimmy Thornberry of Powell Valley Millwork and Butch Bernhardt of

Western Wood Preservers Institute.

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Jimmy Thornberry

Continued from page 63

Butch Bernhardt

Thornberry is the president and one of the owners of Powell Valley

Millwork, a domestic manufacturer of mouldings and millwork with two

manufacturing locations east of Lexington, KY. Thornberry entered the

millwork industry in 1993 when he and his father developed their first

location in Jeffersonville, KY.

Since then, the Thornberry family has expanded their presence in the

market acquiring a second location in 2014 and grown their business to

employ approximately 200 team members, supplying a diverse customer

base across North America.

Communication is paramount to Thornberry, and he finds himself at

home when walking the facilities, asking questions, giving advice, and

finding ways to make equipment run more efficiently and increase morale

amongst the team, the NAFF stated.

In Memoriam

He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in finance

and business management. When not in the office, Thornberry is at home

with his grandchildren, traveling with his wife, or on the family farm

raising beef cattle.

Bernhardt is senior program manager for the Western Wood Preservers

Institute (WWPI), headquartered in Vancouver, WA.

His responsibilities include product education, technical publications,

standards, distance learning and digital design tools for preserved wood


Bernhardt has extensive experience in wood promotion, providing

product support, user education and international market development

for nearly four decades in positions with WWPI, Western Wood Products

Association, Softwood Export Council and Western Red Cedar Lumber


He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and is the

third generation in his family to work in the wood products industry.

Western Wood Preservers Institute represents preservative treated wood

product producers, chemical manufacturers and others serving the industry

throughout western North America. For 75 years, WWPI has provided

regulatory and market outreach services aimed at sustaining a viable

western North America preserved wood industry.

To learn more, contact Allison DeFord at adeford@northamericanforestfoundation.org

or visit www.northamericanforestfoundation.

org. n

ONTARIO/QUEBEC TRENDS Continued from page 40

September until mid-November. Logging has started again with the

arrival of the fall months, and we have been fortunate so far with the


An Ontario wholesaler reported, “Sales have been well diversified

across the board. Nothing is sitting out there that is building up. Most

items are selling OK. I believe the Pine markets are going to be pretty

good right through next summer, unless something drastic happens.”

According to an Ontario manufacturer, “Pricing is still OK. The only

thing that might fluctuate is on the industrial end, as far as grades go.

If Spruce drops very much and they can’t get enough of it, White Pine

will be used as an alternative.

There still seems to be a lot of movement in the industrial, so we are

OK there currently. We see the hardwood market has dropped off. With

the U.S. dollar being so strong, they must have lost some of their exports

over to Europe, which filters back. There is not near the hardwood

production around as there was at one time.”

Reported a Quebec wholesaler, “In the next six months, I don’t think

production is going to change, it should stay the same. There is still

going to be short supply. The only thing that could upset the market

is if the U.S. goes into a major recession. We might see their Pine on

our market and the unfortunate thing is our market isn’t that big. They

might decide they need to be tenacious just to get rid of stock, so that

would hurt us quite a bit.”

An Ontario producer noted, “The Canadian dollar is low right now,

which is good. If it gains strength and gets up around 83-85 U.S. cents,

then you are going to see the larger wholesalers buy from the states,

because they can afford to do it then. Right now, the exchange is too

heavy for that. Unless something drastic happens south of the border,

where they drop the price significantly, that is the only way they would

bring it in.

“Transportation is always providing us with challenges. Fuel will not

be coming down anytime soon by any noticeable amount, especially

with the recent OPEC decision and who knows what the winter is going

to bring for fuel prices.” n


Francis Raymon Bennett

Francis “Frank” Raymon Bennett, 87, of

Moscow, ID, was a beloved grandfather, father

and husband during his incredible 87 years of

life. He passed away peacefully in his home surrounded

by loved ones recently, according to the

Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Frank’s life began July 11, 1935, to parents

Guy and Millie Bennett, in Clarkston. He attended school in Clarkston,

while also assisting with his family’s fruit orchard business. With a fruit

orchard, wooden boxes were a necessity. The boxes were first created by

his father, who purchased lumber from the Potlatch mill. Soon, the two

realized they could make the lumber themselves, thus creating their first

small sawmill. When World War II started, the apple boxes quickly transitioned

to boxes for ammunition. But during the war, cardboard became

readily available and eliminated the demand for wood boxes. The family

was challenged to think bigger and thus, created their first dimensional

lumber mill.

As the lumber business grew, the family expanded to two other mill

sites, in Moscow and Troy. Frank had his sights on continued growth, and

he then purchased Boone Lumber, in Princeton, which is known today

as Bennett Lumber Products, Inc. After purchasing Boone Lumber, he

quickly got to work on modernization efforts for that mill and eventually

closed the Moscow and Troy mills. Frank was a visionary and his constant

modernization efforts frequently received praise for his mills being

“ahead of their time.” With his humble nature, few knew that Frank was

also an innovator in the industry. He had a keen eye for reducing manual,

labor-intensive processes whenever possible. In the late 1960s, he started

working with an engineering firm and brought to life the bin sorter. In

1972, Bennett Lumber Products was the first sawmill where the revolutionary

bin sorter was implemented. It then become adopted by sawmills


Throughout the years, Frank never failed to credit the success of Bennett

Lumber and Guy Bennett Lumber, to the dedication of the employees

from the surrounding communities. Without the employees, Bennett

Lumber Products and Guy Bennett Lumber would not have thrived and

continued to be successful year after year. Frank never fully retired before

his passing and that is a true testament to his love and devotion to his

business, employees and sustainable lumber practices. He put his whole

heart into the mill and made every decision with precision and the utmost

care. His legacy will continue with his son and grandson.

Frank met the love of his life, Delores Hall. They were married shortly

thereafter on Jan. 1, 1953. The two of them moved to Moscow and they

raised six beautiful children together.

Above all else, Frank deeply loved his family and you could often find

him surrounded by his children, 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

On any given Sunday, you would find him sitting at the kitchen

table educating one of the many family members on NASCAR, IndyCar

or golf. He and Delores shared a love of travel and would often take off

on an adventure together with their children. With that came his passion

for flying. He obtained his pilot’s license at a young age and would often

fly his helicopter to assess his timberland. In the evenings and on weekends,

you could find him tending to his yard and garden. He took great

pride in his meticulous koi pond. Frank had exquisite taste and a keen eye

for Western art and found a lot of joy in attending Western art shows with

his wife.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brother Guy Bennett Jr.; his

son, Frank Bennett Jr.; and his daughter Sandra Bennett.

Frank is survived by his wife, Delores Hall Bennett; sister Janice

Bennett Dimke; brother Richard Bennett; daughters Vicki Bennett Jahns

and husband Bob Jahns, Shelley Bennett, Suzanne Bennett Wilson and

husband Charles Wilson; and his son Brett Bennett.

A service to celebrate his life was held at the Nazarene Church, 1400 E.

Seventh St., Moscow, with a reception later at the Latah County Fairgrounds,

1021 Harold Ave., Moscow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Moscow

Rural Fire Department, P.O. Box 8626 Moscow, ID 83843.

Arrangements were entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow

and condolences may be left at shortsfuneralchapel.com.

Softwood Calendar


North American Wholesale Lumber Association, Traders Market,

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ. www.nawla.org.

Nov. 9-11.


National Association of Home Builders, International Builders' Show

(IBS), Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.

www.buildersshow.com. Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2023.

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AHC Hardwood Group........................... 48

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

Alta Forest Products............................... 10

Arxada.................................................... 62

Automation & Electronics USA LLC....... 27

BC Wood Spec./Global Buyers Miss..........

Beasley Forest Products........................ 19

Biewer Lumber...........................................


Blair Logistics......................................... 54

Blue Book Services....................................

Boise Cascade BMD LLC......................... 3

Boise Cascade EWP LLC....................... 61

Bowers Forest Products......................... 53

Brunette Machinery................................ 63

Cersosimo Lumber Co. Inc..................... 38


Continental Underwriters, Inc................. 52

DMSi......................................................... 5

Delta Cedar............................................ 34

Diorio Forest Products, Inc.........................

DiPrizio Pine Sales................................... 7

Disdero Lumber Co.................................. 8

Durgin & Crowell Lumber Co.................. 11

Elk Creek Forest Products..................... 47

Empire Lumber Co.....................................

Gates Milling........................................... 44

Hancock Lumber Co............................... 13

Humboldt Sawmill............................... 23

Huscroft, J.H., Ltd.......................................

Idaho Forest Group................................ 33

Idaho Timber............................................ 9

Keller Lumber Co................................... 65

King City Forwarding USA, Inc............... 29

Legna Software...................................... 57

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

Messersmith Manufacturing.......................


Muhlbock Drying Technology.................. 60

Neiman Enterprises................................ 68

Nordic Structures.................................... 31

No. Amer. Forest Foundation (NAFF).........

No. Amer. Whls. Lbr. Assoc. (NAWLA).......

No. Eastern Lbr. Mfg. Assoc. (NELMA)......

Nyle Dry Kilns......................................... 15

Pacific Western Wood Works Ltd........... 36

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

Paw Taw John Services, Inc................... 59

PPG Industrial Coatings.............................

Prime Forest Products............................ 51

Quebec Wood Export Bureau/Montreal

Wood Convention.......................................

Restoration Forest Products................... 35

Richardson Timbers............................... 46

Robbins Lumber Inc............................... 67

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

San Group.............................................. 43

Sandy Neck Traders...................................

Selkirk Cedar.......................................... 58

Shelton Lam & Deck................................. 8

Siskiyou Forest Products........................ 49

Skana Forest Products........................... 45

Softwood Lumber Board (SLB)..................

Southern Forest Products Assoc.

(SFPA).................................................... 37

Smith, Gilbert Forest Products............... 55

Stiles, A.W., Contractors Inc................... 41

TS Manufacturing................................... 21

Teal-Jones Group................................... 17

Thompson River Lumber............................

Timber Products Co....................................

U-C Coatings..............................................

U.S. Lumber...............................................

Vaagen Bros. Lumber............................. 40

Valutec Wood Dryers.............................. 50

West Bay Forest Products Ltd................ 65

Western Forest Products Inc......................

Western Red Cedar Lumber Association


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