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Arauco hires new salesman
Robert Cookish has been named regional sales manager for Ontario for Arauco North America. He will be based out of the Canadian Regional Support Center in Markham, Ont. With the addition of Arauco's new particleboard plant in Grayling, Mich., Cookish will support and expand upon sales of composite and thermally fused laminate panels.
Jean-Guy Sabourin dies
Jean-Guy Sabourin, 71, a veteran of the Canadian plywood industry, died February 2. He worked for a number of companies in Quebec, most recently Produits Forestiers Avantage, La Prairie, Que.
Dick Lerch retires from The Buying Source
After 40-plus years in the industry, Dick Lerch of The Buying Source, Greenville, S.C., retired at the end of 2016. His employment included extended periods with LMC, Builder Marts of America, and most recently The Buying Source. He specialized in Eastern S-P-F.
Veteran trader Kent Marks dies
Robert "Kent" Marks, 53, vice president of sales and marketing at International Beams, Sarasota, Fla., died January 30. He worked his entire adult life in the building materials industry, including a long stretch with BlueLinx/Georgia-Pacific distribution. A funeral service will be held at Peachtree City (Ga.) United Methodist Church on February 4 at 3 p.m. For more, click here...
Naish named president of Birmingham International
Forest City Trading Group has announced that Shane Naish is the new president of Birmingham International Forest Products, Birmingham, Ala. Naish has been a top trader with FCTG since he started in 1996, and has been involved with the leadership at BIFP for many years.
Cedar Creek announces new VP of purchasing
Cedar Creek, Oklahoma City, has announced that Paul Wetmore has been named vice president of purchasing. In his new role, he will be responsible for establishing and leading the company's strategic purchasing initiatives. Wetmore joined Cedar Creek in 2004 as an industrial sales manager, and was later promoted to general manager of the Oklahoma City branch. He was named regional manager in 2011 and regional vice president in 2014.
Cedar Creek announces new regional vice president
Cedar Creek, Oklahoma City, has announced that Craig McDonald is the company's new vice president of the South Central region. His experience includes leadership roles with USG, International Paper, Trus Joist, Weyerhaeuser, and Masonite.
Riddle retires after 21 years at Seneca
Longtime Seneca and Jones family attorney Dale Riddle has retired effective December 31. Riddle began working at Seneca, Eugene, Ore., in January 1995 as full-time in-house legal counsel. Riddle will be succeeded by Cameron Krauss as Seneca's Senior Vice President - Legal Affairs.
AF&PA elects new chair
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced the election of Clearwater Paper Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Linda Massman as the new AF&PA Board Chair and released the 2017 slate of AF&PA Board officers. Top industry leaders participated in the association’s Winter Board of Directors Meeting in Washington on January 26. For more, click here...
Honsador names new CEO
Honsador Holdings, LLC has announced that it has named Newell LaVoy as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. Norm Plotkin will continue in the role of Executive Chairman, supporting the company and leading the Board of Directors. LaVoy brings over 35 years of experience in building materials distribution as well as truss and millwork manufacturing, having held the CEO/President and other executive positions throughout his career. The companies with whom LaVoy has worked include Builders FirstSource, Moore’s Lumber & Building Supplies, Pelican Companies, Builderway, Western Lumber Company, and Boise Cascade Corporation. For more, click here...
NAHB elects new leaders for 2017
Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected four senior officers to top leadership positions within the federation during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. Taking the helm as NAHB’s Chairman of the Board this year is Granger MacDonald, a Kerrville, Texas-based builder and developer with 40 years of experience in the home building industry. For more, click here...
NAWLA announces 2017 board of directors
The North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) is pleased to introduce its 2017 Board of Directors, which was elected by members in accordance with the organization’s bylaws. Board members and officers officially began their terms January 1, 2017. Officers (Executive Committee) are: Jim McGinnis, The McGinnis Lumber Co., Inc., Meridian, Miss. (Chairman); Nick Fitzgerald, Building Products, Inc., Council Bluffs, Iowa (First Vice Chairman); David Bernstein, Mid-State Lumber Corporation, Branchburg, N.J. (Second Vice Chairman); Rob Latham, Tri-State Forest Products, Inc., Springfield, Ohio (Secretary/Treasurer); Scott Elston, Forest City Trading Group, Portland, Ore. (Immediate Past Chairman). 2017 Directors are: Bethany Doss, Capital Lumber Co., Healdsburg, Calif.; Phil Duke, Lumberman’s Wholesale Distribution, Nashville, Tenn.; Heath Hutchison, Hutchison Lumber and Building Products, Adams City, Colo. (New Director); Mary Jo Nyblad, Boise Cascade LLC, Boise, Idaho; Paul Owen, Vanport International, Inc., Boring, Ore.; Bill Price, All Star Forest Products, Jackson, Miss. (New Director); Warren Reeves, Wholesale Wood Products, Dothan, Ala.; Alden Robbins, Robbins Lumber Company, Searsmont, Maine (New Director); Dan Semsak, Pacific Woodtech Corp., Burlington, Wash.; D. Wayne Trousdale, Cedar Creek, Oklahoma City, Okla. (New Director); Mark Wells, UFP Purchasing, Inc., Union City, Ga.; Donna Whitaker, Interfor, Baxley, Ga.
Memorial service planned for Tracy Trogden
Hardel Plywood will hold a memorial service for Tracy Trogden at 2 p.m. Monday, January 30 at the Indian Summer Golf & Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane SE, Olympia, Wash. The company requests that you notify the sales department or Emmanouel Piliaris at 360-740-0232, if you plan to attend.
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