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Douglas Timber Operators chooses new director
The Douglas Timber Operators (Roseburg, Ore.) Board of Directors is announcing the appointment of Matt Hill as DTO’s new Executive Director. Bob Ragon served as DTO’s previous Executive Director since 2000, and retired at the end of the 2017. Gabe Crane, President of the DTO Board of Directors, thanked Bob Ragon for his years of service: “Bob’s leadership grew DTO into a broad-based organization unlike any other. We are deeply grateful for his years of dedication and service to our industry, community and the jobs that sustain it.” Matt Hill was born and raised in Roseburg, graduating from Roseburg High School in 1994. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. For more, click here...
5/22/2018


Denner retiring from Rosboro
Mark Denner will be retiring from Rosboro, Springfield, Ore., at the end of May after 45 years in the industry and 16 years at Rosboro. Raegan Stratton has joined the Rosboro lumber sales department to fill the vacancy. Raegan has extensive experience in the wood products industry having worked for Roseburg Forest Products for over 20 years.
5/4/2018


West Fraser CEO retiring
West Fraser announced today Ted Seraphim’s plan to retire as Chief Executive Officer at the end of the second quarter of 2019. West Fraser also announced today the appointment of Ray Ferris, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, as President and Chief Operating Officer effective immediately. Ray will be appointed Chief Executive Officer upon Ted’s retirement next year. For more, click here...
4/20/2018


Roseburg names Hancock as Roanoke timberlands manager
Roseburg is pleased to announce that Pete Hancock has accepted the position of Roanoke Timberlands Manager, effective May 7, 2018. In this role, Hancock will oversee the day-to-day harvest and land management activities on Roseburg’s 158,000-acre fee land base in North Carolina and Virginia. For more, click here...
4/20/2018


Western Forest Products announces changes to board
Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX:WEF) (“Western” or the “Company”) announced today that Mr. Barrie Shineton will not be standing for re-election as a director at Western’s Annual and Special Meeting on May 3, 2018, and that Ms. Suzanne Blanchet has been proposed as a nominee for election to the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”). For more, click here...
4/12/2018


Ashlee Cribb elected to APA Board of Trustees
The APA Board of Trustees has approved the nomination of Ashlee Cribb, Vice President of Structural Products for Roseburg Forest Products. Cribb, who was recently promoted to her current position with Roseburg, is responsible for the sales and manufacturing of Roseburg’s engineered wood products, softwood plywood and lumber businesses. She joined Roseburg in January 2017 as sales director for the company’s solid wood business.
4/2/2018


Jaye named procurement manager for new Rex Lumber mill
Alan H. Jaye was recently named procurement manager for Rex Lumber Co.’s new Alabama lumber manufacturing facility to be built near Troy. The $110 million state-of-the-art facility, slated to start up in mid-2019, will produce approximately 240 million board feet and create more than 110 jobs. Jaye’s 35-year career as a registered forester reflects broad technical knowledge and extensive business experience in all areas of professional forestry, including wood and fiber procurement, land management, resource sustainability, and environmental certification. Jaye served the past six years as procurement manager for Enviva Pellets, formerly Green Circle Bio-Energy, of Cottondale, Fla., which is the largest wood pellet facility of its kind.
3/8/2018


Forest service chief resigns amid sexual misconduct investigation
The chief of the country's forestry agency has stepped down amid an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed to ABC News in a statement on Wednesday night. A PBS News investigation first reported allegations against Chief Tony Tooke related to relationships with subordinates prior to when he assumed his current role. The U.S. Forest Service confirmed last week that an independent investigator was looking into concerns about Tooke's behavior. In a memo to employees Tooke acknowledged the investigation and said he has been cooperating but that he decided to resign to do what is best for the agency. For more, click here...
3/8/2018


Freeman joins Arkansas Wholesale
John R. Freeman is now the commodity S-P-F and stud buyer at Arkansas Wholesale Lumber LLC, (now a division of US LBM), Searcy, Ark. A seasoned forest resources executive, Freeman joins Arkansas Wholesale after serving over 40 years in roles of increasing responsibility at various companies such as Sherwood, Futter, Cedar Creek, Allied Building Stores, PF O’Connor, Miron and Gerrity. Freeman will assume the duties from Brad Cunningham, who will continue his role as general manager, in supporting the company and leading the team of buyers at Arkansas Wholesale.
3/7/2018


Softwood Lumber Board seeks candidates
The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) seeks nominations of softwood lumber manufacturers and importers interested in candidacy for Board seats coming open in January 2019. Each Director will serve a three-year term, which may be renewed once. The deadline for nominations is April 20th, 2018. The 19-member Board will hold elections to fill six seats for Directors whose terms expire on Dec. 31, 2018. For more, click here...
3/2/2018


Jeld-Wen parts ways with CEO, announces two acquisitions
Jeld-Wen Holding, Inc. has announced a leadership transition with Chairman of the Board, Kirk S. Hachigian, assuming the duties of CEO on an interim basis. The company also announced an agreement to acquire American Building Supply, Inc. and A&L Windows Pty Ltd. Jeld-Wen Board of Directors announced the departure of President and CEO, Mark Beck, effective Feb. 27, by mutual agreement. Under the terms of his employment agreement, Beck’s service as a director has also ended. Hachigian, Chairman of the Board and former CEO, will assume Beck’s duties while the Board conducts a search for a new CEO. For more, click here...
3/1/2018


New trustees join APA board
Four new trustees have been elected to the APA - The Engineered Wood Association Board of Trustees, filling vacancies created by retirements and new executive assignments. They are: Bruce Alexander, senior vice president, sales, marketing and logistics for Norbord; Andrew Konieczka, vice president and general manager, plywood and composite panels for Georgia-Pacific; Mike Brown, senior vice president of operations, wood products manufacturing for Boise Cascade; and Jason Ringblom, executive vice president, OSB, for Louisiana Pacific. For more, click here...
2/28/2018


Roseburg announces changes to executive team
Roseburg Forest Products, Springfield, Ore., is pleased to announce that Ashlee Cribb has been named Vice President of Structural Products, with responsibility for the sales and manufacturing of Roseburg’s engineered wood products, softwood plywood, and lumber businesses. In a related move, Mark Avery, current Vice President of Roseburg's Composites Business and Logistics, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Industrial Products and National Accounts. For more, click here...
2/23/2018


Montreal Wood Convention scheduled March 20-22
A record number of suppliers, wholesalers, and retailers are expected to attend the Montreal Wood Convention March 20-22. There is still time to register. For information, click here...
2/23/2018


Softwood Lumber Board announces new members
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of eight members to serve on the Softwood Lumber Board. Seven members newly appointed to serve three year terms are: Fritz R. Mason, Peachtree City, Ga. (U.S. South); Caroline M. Dauzat, Miramar Beach, Fla. (U.S. South); Adrian Blocker, Seattle, Wash. (U.S. West); Eric J. Cremers, Spokane, Wash. (U.S. West); Ted Seraphim, B.C. Canada (Canada West); Don Demens, B.C. Canada (Canada West); and Hugues Simon, Quebec, Canada (Canada East). One member was appointed to fill a vacancy for the term ending in December 2018: Jack P. Jordan, Sr., Mt. Gilead, N.C. (U.S. South). For more, click here... For more on the SLB, click here...
2/19/2018


Killgore named CEO of Timber Products
Timber Products Company today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Steve Killgore as Chief Executive Officer. Killgore will assume leadership at Timber Products on February 20th. “As a family run business for four generations, it is with the utmost confidence that we transition to outside leadership for our day to day work. Killgore is an industry veteran who can help lead us into the future,” said David Gonyea, Timber Products Co-Chair of the Board. Killgore has over 40 years of experience. Most recently, he worked for Roseburg Forest Products, and was responsible for their solid wood business, which is comprised of lumber, plywood, and engineered wood products.
2/15/2018


Creech named VP of Purchasing at Allweather Wood
Laurie Creech, formerly with Weyerhaeuser, Simpson, and Plum Creek, has been named vice president of purchasing at Allweather Wood. She starts February 14 and will be based out of the company's Washougal, Wash., office.
2/14/2018


Roseburg Resources announces reorganization
As a result of several strategic developments within the company, including the recent sale of its California timberlands and purchase of 158,000 acres in Virginia and North Carolina, Roseburg Resources Co. has reviewed its organizational structure, leading to the promotion of three key managers to newly created director positions. Phil Adams, former Manager of Land and Timber, has been promoted to Director of Timberlands. Gabe Crane, former Manager of Log Acquisitions, Marketing and Softwood Resources, has been promoted to Director of Resource Operations and Sales. Tony Powell, former Manager of Resource Technical Services, has been promoted to Director of Resource Technical Services. For more, click here...
2/7/2018


Millar Western announces key appointments
J. Craig Armstrong, President and CEO, is pleased to announce key appointments to the senior management group of Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. The appointments, effective today, have been made in view of the retirements of long-serving senior staff Stefan Demharter, Vice President, Wood Products, and Steve Lord, Director of Pulp Sales and Marketing. For a complete list of appointments, click here...
2/5/2018


Resolute names Laflamme new CEO
Resolute Forest Products Inc. named Yves Laflamme as its new president and chief executive. Laflamme — currently Resolute’s senior vice-president of wood products, global procurement and information technology — is succeeding Richard Garneau, who is retiring. For more, click here...
2/1/2018


Lindbo joins Weekes
Leif Lindbo, formerly of Cedar Creek, has accepted a position in sales and sales management at Weekes Forest Products, St. Paul, Minn.
12/22/2017


Thomson named president of Mountain View Reload
Mark Thomson, has been named President, Mountain View Reload ( USA ) Inc., and Apex Terminals Inc., Surrey, B.C., effective January 1. Mark was General Manager, Transportation, West Fraser Timber in his former position and has 25 years experience in the forest products industry.
12/22/2017


WWPI elects new officers
The Western Wood Preservers Institute (WWPI) elected its 2018 executive officers during its 70th Annual General Meeting in Palm Springs, Calif. They are President David Qualman of Conrad Forest Products, Coos Bay, Ore.; Vice President Shannon Terrell of Brooks Manufacturing, Bellingham, Wash.; Treasurer Blair Buchanan of Allweather Wood, Washougal, Wash.; Secretary Kyle Cassidy of Stella-Jones Corporation, Tacoma, Wash., and Patrick Tymkiw of Bell Lumber & Pole in Vernon, B.C. as Immediate Past President. They will work with Executive Director Dallin Brooks as WWPI continues to expand its programs for preserved wood and fire-retardant treated wood in the west.
12/20/2017


Long-term employee to lead timber company
Representatives of the 100-year-old Hill Family Trust based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, didn’t have to look far when it came time to select a new president of Cascade Timber Consulting, which manages the family’s 145,000 acres of timberland in east Linn County, Ore. In fact, their new leader will only have to move his office a few yards down the hallway of their Sweet Home office building. Linn County native Milt Moran, 64, has worked for Cascade Timber Consulting and its predecessors for 45 years, ever since the Lebanon High School graduate earned an associate’s degree in forest management at Central Oregon Community College in 1973. For more, click here...
12/19/2017


Registriation open for NAWLA Leadership Summit
Registration is open for the 2018 NAWLA Leadership Summit & WWPA Annual Meeting, scheduled April 8-10 in Austin, TX. For more information, go to www.nawla.org.
12/13/2017


Roseburg chairman elected 2018 AWC chairman
The American Wood Council (AWC) today announced the election of Roseburg Forest Products Chairman Allyn Ford as the AWC chairman for a one-year term, effective in January 2018. Danny White, a director of T.R. Miller Mill Company, was elected the first vice-chairman, and Neil Sherman, executive vice president of siding at LP Corporation, was elected as second vice-chairman. Current AWC board chairman, Stimson Lumber CEO Andrew Miller, will serve as the immediate past chairman. For more, click here...
12/13/2017


Registration open for Montreal Wood Convention
Registration is open and the early bird rate still applies for the Montreal Wood Convention 2018, which will be held March 20-22 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. The event will attract producers and traders from across North America. For more, click here...
12/6/2017


Weyerhaeuser appoints Stockfish to timberlands position
Weyerhaeuser has appointed Devin Stockfish as senior vice president, Timberlands, effective January 1, 2018. He will replace Rhonda Hunter, who has elected to retire after 30 years with the company. Stockfish is vice president of Weyerhaeuser's Western Timberlands business. Prior to that role he was senior vice president and general counsel for the company. He joined Weyerhaeuser in 2013.
11/15/2017


Hardman honored at APA meeting
Dennis Hardman, former president of APA – The Engineered Wood Association and longtime leader in the engineered wood industry, was honored with the Bronson J. Lewis Award at the APA Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California. The meeting took place October 28-31, 2017. The annual award is named after the late Bronson Lewis, who served for 24 years as secretary and then executive vice president of APA. The award recognizes individuals for their lifetime leadership and outstanding contribution to the industry.
11/14/2017


Idaho Pacific names new member of board
Paul Street, former general counsel and corporate secretary of BMC Stock Holdings, has joined the Board of Directors of Idaho Pacific Lumber Company, Boise.
11/8/2017


SFPA elects new officers
The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) Board of Directors elected its 2018 slate of officers during its recent Annual Meeting in Bonita Springs, Florida. They are Chairman Donna Whitaker of Interfor U.S., Peachtree City, Georgia; Vice Chairman Steven Mason of Deltic Timber Corporation, El Dorado, Arkansas; Treasurer Donny White of Ray White Lumber Company, Sparkman, Arkansas. The Board also reelected Tami Kessler as Executive Director and William Almond of Almond Brothers Lumber Company in Coushatta, Louisiana, to serve as Immediate Past Chairman. The officers assume their duties immediately. “I look forward to continuing the legacy of this association, working with the excellent staff at SFPA,” Chairman Whitaker said. “Our association is a strong voice in the industry, and I hope to build on that strength as we continue activities through the coming year,” she added.
10/27/2017


New leaders step up for NLBMDA
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association elected its new leadership team yesterday at the ProDealer Industry Summit. At the association's annual meeting, the NLBMDA board of directors elected Rick Lierz as the new chair of the association. Rick is president and CEO at Franklin Building Supply in Boise, Idaho, and is replacing outgoing chair George Lester II, chair and CEO at The Lester Group in Martinsville, Va. For more, click here...
10/20/2017


George Hewitt retires from Swanson Group
George Hewitt has announced his retirement from the Swanson Group, Glendale, Ore., as of September 1. He has been in the industry for 41 years, the first 30 years as a wholesaler and the last 11 years in mill sales.
8/31/2017


Tooke named new chief of U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced Tony Tooke will serve as the new Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Tooke has worked for the Forest Service since age 18 and currently is the Regional Forester for the Southern Region. For more, click here...
8/22/2017


Do it Best creates new executive post
Do it Best Corp. named John Wade as its national product sales and new business development manager. In this new role, Wade will lead the Do it Best Corp. product sales team and new business development managers, working to grow member sales and recruit new members to join the co-op. For more, click here...
7/18/2017


Quebec's Forest Industry Council names new head
Conservative MP Denis Lebel, who announced on Monday that he was leaving politics, will be the next president and general manager of the Conseil de l’industrie forestière du Québec. CIFQ’s president of the board of directors, Éric Bouchard, made the announcement Tuesday, adding that Lebel will begin in September. He will succeed André Tremblay, who has occupied that position since Jan. 1, 2011. For more, click here...
6/21/2017


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