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CONTENTS January/February 2020 • Issue 208



feature 10 Domestic Hardwood Promotion — Now is the time


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departments 6 Education Spotlight

Sixteen Students Graduate from the 190th Class of the NHLA Inspector Training School

Why I Love the Hardwood Lumber Industry – Phuc Hoang, ITSEF Scholarship Recipient

U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer appeaered on Fox Business this morning and mentioned that hardwoods are part of the trade deal with China. While the agreeement has not yet been signed and details are still emerging, there are indeed positive signs that the hardwood idustry has ben heard by the Administration and hardwoods are very much a part of the discussion.

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THE MISSION OF NH LA To serve NHLA Members engaged in the commerce of North American hardwood lumber by: maintaining order, structure and ethics in the changing global hardwood marketplace; providing unique member services; promoting North American hardwood lumber and advocating the interest of the hardwood community in public/private policy issues; and providing a platform for networking opportunities.



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Jon Syre Cascade Hardwood, LLC Structure David Mayfield Mayfield Lumber Co. Membership & Networking COMMITTEE CHAIRS Stephanie VanDystadt DV Hardwoods, Inc. Membership Rob Cabral Upper Canada Forest Products, Ltd. Promotion & Advocacy Dennis Mann Baillie Lumber Co. Convention Scott Cummings Cummings Lumber Company, Inc. Inspection Services Bruce Horner Abenaki Timber Corp. ITS/Continuing Education

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John Hester Director of Membership and Business Development

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Jens Lodholm Data Administration Specialist Carol McElya Inspector Training School Administrator Roman Matyushchenko Associate Dean of Education Vicky Quiñones Simms Membership Development Manager Dana Spessert Chief Inspector


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NEW YEAR, NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROMOTION HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s that time of year when everyone in the hardwood industry takes a leap of faith and believes, if just for a moment, this year will be better. Many of us would hope that 2020 certainly would not be any worse. It is also time for New Year’s resolutions . . . and here is mine. I have decided that I am going to take a leap of faith and begin this new year by believing in something that is greater than any one individual, company or trade association. Collaboration. It’s a powerful word, one that our industry is not always known for supporting over the long term – until now. Dana Cole, the Executive Director of the Hardwood Federation, was a guest at NHLA’s annual fall board meeting in November. Dana and NHLA CEO Lorna Christie reported on the exciting progress the Hardwood Promotion Coalition has made in providing our industry with a unified promotional effort. NHLA is proud to be part of this effort, and I am both excited and hopeful about the Coalition’s progress. Several members of the group serve as an Action Team to ensure completion of tasks identified during a July meeting. Team members include Lorna Christie, of NHLA, Dana Lee Cole, of Hardwood Federation, Tom Inman, of AHMI, Linda Jovanovich, of HMA, and Michael Martin, of NWFA. I serve as an advisor along with other board representatives from the 23 associations that are currently involved. The Coalition has identified research needs, and after reviewing several companies, selected a firm to conduct the research required. Target audiences will include design influencers (including builders, designers, contractors, architects, web and TV personalities) and consumers. A database of information has been created to share this information with all industry members. The Coalition agreed that duplication of efforts must be avoided. A survey of industry groups is also planned to identify ongoing promotional efforts across the country, including their use of social media platforms. NEXT STEPS The results of the research will help define our industry’s promotional strategies, starting with a brand statement. The brand statement will define who we are, what we believe in, and the unique value we offer to consumers. Such messaging will form the core of future promotion activities. In addition to the research, the Coalition will also be working


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with a market accelerator, a company that will help translate the research into promotional strategies and help us achieve our goals faster. See Dana Lee Cole's article on page 10. And now to the most important question of all – how much? The Coalition has determined that $250,000 will be needed to fund the research and market accelerator. I am proud to report that the NHLA Board approved the contribution of $50,000 at our last meeting, and other associations are speaking with their boards to determine their contributions. Currently, approximately 24 associations have participated in the organizing sessions of the Real American Hardwood Promotion Coalition. Nearly 20 associations have pledged funding for the first phases of research and brand development with more pledges coming weekly. And it is exciting to report that over 35 associations have been approached, informed or expressed interest in the Coalition activities . . . and outreach continues. The next meeting of the Coalition will be held in Indianapolis on Monday, February 3 in conjunction with the Indiana Hardwood Lumber Association meeting. A general session for interested hardwood businesses and suppliers will be held on February 4th as part of the IHLA Convention agenda as well. All associations are welcome to attend and we look forward to their participation. I hope to see you at this meeting. A quote occurred to me as I was writing this article . . . “Success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination.” I cannot think of a better way to describe the progress the Promotion Coalition has made in what has been a very short time. And while I recognize we have a long road ahead of us, we are moving in the right direction to create a unified and inclusive long-term effort. If you have questions, or are part of an association that would like to participate, please let us know at hardwoodpromotion@gmail.com!

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Sixteen Students Graduate from the 190th Class of the NHLA Inspector Training School

Front Row (L-R): Tony Phillips, Brian Boris, Gideon Lawer-Yolar, Rich Hascher (Instructor), Mark Scholl, Phuc Hoang, and Parker Dukas Second Row (L-R): Chance Crawford, Fred Potter, Justin Plant, Anthony White, Rob Drake, Dylan McGee, Andrew Brown, and Cody Farrell Not pictured: Eric Barich and Robert Packard


he National Hardwood Lumber Association celebrated the graduation of the 190th class of the Inspector Training School on Friday, November 22, 2019. Twelve students completed the 12-week traditional program with an additional four students completing the Online Program for a total of sixteen graduates. John Hester, NHLA Director of Membership and Business Development, welcomed and thanked the families, friends and employers who supported the students during their time away from home and traveled so far to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class.


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Eric Porter, Vice President of Abenaki Timber Corporation, gave the keynote address. Eric congratulated the graduates, reminding them of the importance of lumber inspectors, “People now expect you to apply the rules correctly and diligently and to maintain the proud tradition of those who came before you, in understanding the importance of lumber inspection and its place in the industry. If you make lumber inspection a career you will no doubt have people who look up to you for guidance, truth, and accuracy in performing your job. If you move on to other areas in the industry, the experience you’ve had here will give you instant respect because of what you’ve accomplished.”

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Class president, Rob Drake spoke to his fellow students during the ceremony saying, “My time at the Inspector Training School has given me the knowledge I need to expand my career and the patience to do things right. I want to personally thank each and every member of the 190th class. I appreciate having the opportunity to get to know you all. There is a bond between us that will last a lifetime.” GRADUATES OF THE 190TH CLASS WERE: • Eric Barich, sponsored by East Perry Lumber Company • Brian Boris, sponsored by Bryant & Young Lumber Co. • Andrew Brown, sponsored by Abenaki Timber Corp. • Chance Crawford, sponsored by J & T Lumber • Rob Drake, sponsored by Jackson Brothers Lumber Co., Inc. • Parker Dukas, sponsored by Abenaki Timber Corp. • Cody Farrell, sponsored by Bryant & Young Lumber Co. • Phuc Hoang, Independent • Gideon Lawer-Yolar, sponsored by Allegheny Wood Products, Intl. • Dylan McGee, sponsored by John Boos & Company • Robert Packard, sponsored by Hartzell Hardwoods • Tony Phillips, sponsored by Bryant & Young Lumber Co. • Justin Plant, sponsored by Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve • Fred Potter, sponsored by Nicholson & Cates • Mark Scholl, sponsored by East Perry Lumber Co. • Anthony White, sponsored by Allegheny Wood Products, Intl. Bruce Horner, with Abenaki Timber Corp., presented the individual achievement awards. Outstanding individual awards recipients were as follows: • Parker Dukas, ITS Educational Foundation Award for Highest Overall Average • Rob Drake, Howard Hanlon Award for Second Highest Overall Average • Parker Dukas, Westside Hardwood Club Award for Highest Board Run Average • Tony Phillips, J.P. Hamer Award for Most Improved Student • Dylan McGee, NHLA Award for Best Attitude/Citizenship • Mark Scholl, Lumberman’s Club of Memphis Leadership Award • Phuc Hoang, Willard Scholarship Award

Enrollment is now open for the 193rd class, which begins at NHLA headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee on September 1, 2020. To enroll or learn more about the program please visit www.nhla.com.

LUMBER DONATIONS The Inspector Training School Educational Foundation is seeking donations of lumber on behalf of the NHLA Inspector Training School. The lumber will be used by students at the School for practice on board runs and testing. Any hardwood species is acceptable, and the lumber grades should be mixed as 3A Common & Better. We are asking that donations and delivery of lumber be made by August 3, in time for the next Inspector Training School program in September.

If your company would be willing to donate, please contact Roman Matyushchenko, Associate Dean of the Inspector Training School at 901-399-7569. Donations made through ITSEF are tax deductible.


Why I Love the Hardwood Lumber Industry Phuc Hoang – ITSEF Scholarship Recipient


huc Hoang was the recipient of the (ITSEF) Inspector Training School Educational Foundation Scholarship, for class 190. Each fall and spring, ITSEF awards scholarships to increase School enrollment and enrich student’s lives. Mr. Hoang submitted the following essay about why he loves the hardwood lumber industry. The hardwood lumber industry is appealing to me because it serves a great purpose utilizing the earth’s natural materials to better people’s lives. I wanted to attend the NHLA Inspector Training School because its curriculum aligns perfectly with my career goals: to pursue a career in the hardwood lumber industry. I want to become a lumber exporter and attending the NHLA Inspector Training School enabled me to gain the necessary skills and knowledge I need to be successful. I believe in “Kaizen,” which means “change for the better.” I strive to evolve for the betterment of myself and others. Kaizen is my motto. I want to succeed in the lumber industry by playing my part in creating a unique workplace that preserves cultural values.

The Inspector Training School Educational Foundation (ITSEF) is dedicated to:

In the lumber industry, one has to be proficient in grading lumber and familiarized with the logistics of wood exports and imports. I would love to travel the world, and I believe that taught me the logistics of importing and exporting hardwoods to countries worldwide.

• Increasing School enrollment by providing financial support.

Honest, loyal, dedicated, intelligent, reputable, hardworking, and downto-earth are some of the characteristics used to describe the people in the hardwood lumber industry, and I am honored to be a part of that group. I want to become one of the people that wakes up each day, prepared for the opportunity to perfect a craft I genuinely care about and love. By pursuing a career in the hardwood lumber industry, I envision myself furthering areas of growth, leveraging technological advancements, expanding markets, and improving efficiencies.

• Promoting the School outside of the hardwood industry. • Maintaining relevant equipment to enhance the learning experience. To make a financial or lumber donation to ITSEF, please email itsef@nhla.com.

To sum up, the hardwood lumber industry is not just about cutting logs into boards; it is also working within the cycle of processing timber into useful products like chairs, tables, cabinets, and flooring that help people to live better and more productive lives. I view my work as being part of an industry that utilizes the earth’s resources, and that is very motivating and inspiring to me, as it brings dignity and meaning to my career. I want to inspire people with my work, the hardwood lumber industry has so much untapped potential, and I want to help the world realize its significance. If you know of someone who would benefit from receiving the ITSEF scholarship, please visit www.nhla.com/education.


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Now is the Time

An interview with Dana Lee Cole of the Hardwood Federation and the Real American Hardwood Promotion Coalition

he U.S. hardwood industry is facing significant change driven by a variety of factors, including stiff competition from wood look-alike products, relentless misleading campaigns about the sustainability of wood commodities, and a slowing world economy.

initiative to effectively tell this story and communicate the science-based benefits of real hardwood products. This has allowed competitors and adversaries to frame public opinion and gain the advantage.

Industry leaders are proactively looking for ways to fight back against the perfect storm of challenges facing hardwood producers. Many have come to the same conclusion: Now is the time to negate the rise of competing products, the spread of disinformation by the environmental community, and information overload.

In response, two dozen hardwood trade associations, including the National Hardwood Lumber Association, have come together to form the Real American Hardwood Promotion Coalition (RAHPC). By bonding all of the hardwood associations and their members together, the Coalition’s goals are to raise public awareness of the benefits of real hardwood and to increase markets. Effective hardwood promotion will educate consumers of the benefits of hardwoods, generate new products, increase sales, and improve industry stability.

The industry has a powerful story to tell. One of the beauty and desirability of hardwood products, the history of the industry, the small family business focus, the sustainability of the raw material, and the environmental and health benefits of using hardwood. Yet, we have not been successful in developing a coordinated and collaborative domestic

The Coalition is developing a clear, concise, and accurate messaging that underscores the value and creates a desire for real hardwood. Dana Lee Cole, the Executive Director of the Hardwood Federation – and one of the founders of the American Hardwood Promotion Coalition, sat down with us to discuss the new Coalition.


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A great American industry that produces beautiful, environmentally sustainable products. And an industry that supports rural communities with good-paying jobs. Q: Aside from helping the hardwood industry thrive, are there any other benefits for associations or businesses to join the American Hardwood Promotion Coalition? Dana Lee Cole: Yes! First, members get to be part of the RAHPC conversation…the overriding desire of those that first started thinking about how we could develop a promotion effort, was that ALL hardwood groups, organizations, and associations felt that they had a place at the table and a chance to have input. Other benefits include: • Access to members-only data and information as developed through Coalition research and branding phases. • Regular updates on Coalition activities, research results, and strategic planning proposals. • Invitations to participate in all Coalition general meetings and phone calls.

Q: Speaking of leadership, who can become a board member of RAHPC? Dana Lee Cole: Coalition Members that contribute financially at the recommended level to Coalition programs are eligible to participate on the RAHPC Board. Association executive staff (CEO, Executive Directors, Executive VPs, etc.) will be members of the Board.

Q: How many associations are currently involved? Dana Lee Cole: Over two dozen groups and associations have participated in the first two organizing sessions of the Coalition. More than 20 Associations have pledged funding for the first phases of research and brand development. We have reached out to many more and hope to quickly grow the Coalition in 2020.

• Invitations and encouragement to participate in promotional activities (once developed from research and branding phases). • The ability to move from Membership status to Leadership status. W W W. N H L A .C O M

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Q: What is the Coalition’s strategic plan with specific goals.? Dana Lee Cole: For the American Hardwood Promotion Coalition, key components to a successful sustaining promotion program include Advocacy, Research & Development, Marketing, and Education. Our plan has 4 phases.


3. Education: The Coalition is developing a database of post-secondary programs related to forestry, sustainability, and wood as a primary building material. Association and industry leaders will be able to search for opportunities to present and educate the build/design influencers of the future about the benefits of sourcing hardwoods for finished goods, construction, and industrial applications.

1. Collect Data: Review existing data; identify missing data regarding consumer attitudes towards hardwood products; identify the unknown and utilize focus groups and surveys. The Coalition will work with a vetted research firm to collect significant data from consumers, architects, builders, designers, educators, and industry associates. Data will include buying habits, key influencers, little know (un)truths about hardwood products, and the environmental favor they hold versus other materials.

We will be moving forward with the first two steps in early 2020, and the Education database is already underway.

2. Develop a Brand: Hire a marketing firm that specializes in brand acceleration. The firm will use the research results to develop the brand statement and identify the most effective plan to market it to the public. This will hopefully include strategic efforts that can be applied at little or low cost. A priority of both phases will be to keep industry association leaders aligned and engaged.

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4. Implementation: Identify feasible tactics and move forward, continually evaluating and adjusting.

Implementation will be the final step . . . once we have a roadmap of potential efforts, the Coalition will consider which tactics to engage. Developing a sustainable funding mechanism will also be a task that the Coalition Board will take on in early 2020.

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We need to tell our story using science-based data and facts to back it up. The Coalition is a way to coordinate across associations and companies so that we are all using the same playbook. (continued from page 12)

Q: Is funding in place to meet these goals? Dana Lee Cole: The Coalition has raised more than $230,000, including a generous contribution of $50,000 from NHLA, which will fund the first phase of data collection and brand development. Once we see recommendations for implementation activities, we will be able to determine future funding needs.

Q: What types of consumers will be the Coalition’s target audience? Dana Lee Cole: Design influencers (including builders, designers, contractors, architects, web, and TV personalities) and consumers of hardwood products . . . those people considering what type of floors or cabinets they want to use daily in their homes and workplaces.

Q: NHLA is very excited about the Coalition. Do you believe it will change the hardwood lumber industry as we know it? Dana Lee Cole: It’s not really about changing the industry . . . it’s about showing the industry as it is: A great American industry that produces beautiful, environmentally sustainable products. And an industry that supports rural communities with good-paying jobs.


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Q: The hardwood lumber industry has been knocked around by false statements of the environmental community, how can we combat their messages that products like hemp or bamboo are (better than hardwoods.) Dana Lee Cole: We need to tell our story using science-based data and facts to back it up. The Coalition is a way to coordinate across associations and companies so that we are all using the same playbook. The more people in the choir, the louder the song. It’s the same with promotion . . . the more people telling the same story, the wider it will spread.

Q: How can people get involved? Dana Lee Cole: Coalition representatives will be doing presentations at several meetings in early 2020. If you are attending one of these sessions, ask questions! The Coalition will meet during Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association (IHLA) meeting in Indianapolis in early February. As part of the IHLA meeting agenda, a Coalition overview and informational session will be held on February 5. If readers would like to become an active part of the Coalition, support the initiative financially, or have questions, they may reach out via email to hardwoodpromotion@gmail.com. As members of the U.S. hardwood industry, the task before us is not an easy one. Yet, despite the obstacles, there is great optimism and growing enthusiasm that if we can pool our business intelligence and resources, we can meet obstacles head-on. Coalition members are enthusiastic and ready to get to work. 2020 will be an exciting year!

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WALNUT in so many words by DANA SPESSERT, NHLA Chief Inspector


s Chief Inspector for NHLA, I have heard a lot of conclusions, opinions, and theories that just don’t match up with reality, specifically about the NHLA Hardwood Grading Rules. In this month’s Rules Corner, I want to relay a lumber grading situation involving 2 Common Walnut. As I was inspecting what a buyer had rejected from a load of lumber, I was reminded of a saying that I have heard many times throughout my career . . . “Anything that holds together will make 2 Common Walnut!” As we look at this situation, I want you to remember two things: 1)The load of lumber being evaluated was 2 Common, which includes 2A Common and 2B Common and 2) this is Walnut which is graded somewhat differently. For example, 2B Common has a requirement of 50% Sound Cuttings. These cuttings are unlimited in the number allowed and the cutting is smaller than the Standard Grade of 2 Common and is defined as 2” and wider and containing 72 sq. inches. In other words, if a cutting is 2” wide it must be at least 3 feet long (2” x 36” = 72 sq. inches). Another example is a 3” wide cutting would need to be 2’ long (3” x 24” = = 72 sq. inches). As you can see, there is still a limitation on the cutting size, it is just calculated differently.

The 2019 NHLA Rules for the Measurement & Inspection of Hardwood and Cypress, on page 10, paragraph 31, under the heading of Sound Cutting, it states: In the definition of a Sound Cutting it clearly states what is allowed and what is not allowed. The area that I believe to be overlooked is the allowance of the ¼” or ½” holes (unsound knot) in the Sound Cutting. As stated in the above definition, any Sound Cutting of less than 12 units is only allowed one, ¼” hole. If the cutting is allowed one ½” it must contain 12 or more units. For example, a Walnut 2 Common Cutting would need to be 4” wide x 3’ long in order to have a ½” hole, or it would not be a Sound Cutting. The other item that is also overlooked are the last eight words of the definition, “and on one side only of a cutting.” Any time the hole goes all the way through, the Cutting it is no longer allowed to be part of the Cutting. Send your questions to me by email at d.spessert@nhla.com or call 901-399-7551.

The reason this is important to note is explained in the Sound Cutting definition below:

“A cutting free from rot, pith, shake and wane. Texture is not considered. It will admit sound knots, bird pecks, stain, streaks or their equivalent, season checks not materially impairing the strength of a cutting, pin, shot and spot worm holes. Other holes 1/4” or larger are admitted but shall be limited as follows: one 1/4” in average diameter in each cutting of less than 12 units; two 1/4” or one 1/2” to each 12 units and on one side only of a cutting.”


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This class is designed for people who have some experience running drying equipment. Basic procedures such as measuring moisture content using samples is NOT covered. Students should bring real-life problems to the instructor for evaluation, discussion and resolution. Venue: NHLA Headquarters Memphis, TN Instructor: Gene Wengert – “The Wood Doctor”

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Venue: NHLA Headquarters Memphis, TN Instructor: Rich Hascher, NHLA ITS Instructor Module 2: Online study Module 3: Three weeks handson training and final testing at NHLA headquarters.

Traditional 12-week hands-on training to achieve the certificate of completion in Hardwood Lumber Inspection. Venue: NHLA Headquarters Memphis, TN Instructor: Rich Hascher, NHLA ITS Instructor

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JOB BOARD HARDWOOD OPERATIONS MANAGER • Oversee the hardwood sawmill operations, which include: Procurement, Trucking, Receiving Log Pad, and Sawmill. • Manage the activities in these areas to meet the financial goals of the company while setting up strategic plans to meet demands. • Ensure quality control of hardwood. • Implement and manage safety policies. • Identify, recommend, and implement changes to improve productivity and cost. • Responsible for planning and maintaining department budgets • Identify opportunities to drive operational efficiency; Implement and/or delegate necessary action to realize benefits • Responsible for the overall efficiency, quantity, and quality of work performed in all order fulfillment processes. This includes ensuring all key positions have adequate back-up and providing resources for all individuals to perform their functions Experience: • 5 + years of operation management experience • 10 + years of Sawmill experience • BA/BS preferred but not required • Ability to thrive in a team environment • Technology skills required, including proficiency in Microsoft Office • Expert communication skills in person, on paper and electronically • Demonstrated high character • Ability to utilize Microsoft Word & Excel and other 3rd party software applications at an intermediate level Salary & Benefits: Salary will be based on experience. Missouri Walnut offers a great benefits package! We offer all team members within the organization: 401K, Health, Dental, Vision, Profit Sharing Bonus, Production Based Bonuses, and many more!

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This position operates and controls the Lumber Handling Machine from the grading deck platform. The employee must be aware of the manufacturing process and the safety hazards related to the machine’s operations. Must be able to operate a grade console and board turner. May be required to do their own sorting setups before starting another run per sorting specifications. Corrects any skews and situations that stop the lumber line from running. This may require getting off the grading deck and correcting the problem within their area. All inspectors may be required to switch off with another lumber inspector. Lumber inspectors are required to work in another assigned position when they are not grading lumber. Grades and tallies lumber at certain work stations to obtain surface measure and grade of the boards. Single boards are measured and tallied by making a dot on the tally sheet under the correct column. Reports tallies to Team Leader or Supervisor who reports to the Lumber Office. Determines total board footage by adding and multiplying tally columns During downtimes, other functions will be required. (e.g. clean-up, maintenance, stacking, etc.) – Follows all safety practices.

Experience: • Previous experience in grading walnut lumber along with other hardwoods species is desired • NHLA schooling is preferred but not mandatory. • Long periods of sitting on the grading deck. Occasionally turns boards weighing between 5 lbs. to over 60 lbs. using lumber grading rulers. • Familiar with lumber grading rules, calculator, tally book, pencil, lumber crayon stick, grad console, and board turner is a plus. Salary & Benefits: Benefits include, paid time off, healthcare, vision, dental, life insurances, relocation bonus, competitive wages, 401K employer contributions and many more!

How to Apply: Please email resume to Gage McKinnis at gmckinnis@missouriwalnutgroup.com.

How to Apply: Please email resume to Laura Arling at larling@hartzell.com.

Missouri Walnut, LLC 11417 Oak Road | Neosho, Missouri 64850 Phone: 417-455-0972 | www.mo-walnut.com

Hartzell Industries 1025 S. Roosevelt Ave. | Piqua, Ohio Phone: 937-615-1924 | www.hartzell.com

FORESTER/TIMBER BUYER Moss Lumber Industries, Inc. is looking for an experienced Forester/Timber Buyer for their Gurley & Scottsboro, Alabama locations. Please call 256-776-9441 for detailed information about this position.

LUMBER GRADER Banks Hardwoods is seeking a Lumber Inspector to grade both green and dry lumber to NHLA standards. Our company was established 35 years ago and has found a niche as a high-quality lumber supplier due to the “Quality Everything” motto we follow in doing business. This reputation has been earned by working as a team from our purchaser, salesforce, lumber graders, customer service reps, and every other position within our company. We have two facilities with a combined kiln capacity of 2.3 million board feet in addition to a regular supply of kiln-dried lumber brought in from other sources. To learn more about Banks Hardwoods, please visit our website.

Experience: 5 to 10 years of experience is preferred, but we will take consideration for all candidates. Salary & Benefits: Salary will be based on experience. Benefits include insurance, paid vacation, and holidays. How to Apply: Please email resume to John Moss at paige7231@bellsouth.net. Moss Lumber Industries, Inc. PO Box 338 | Gurley, Alabama 35748 Phone: 9256-776-9441 | www.mosslumberind.com LUMBER INSPECTOR • Reports to Lumber Operations Supervisor and receives written and/or verbal orders/specifications. It is the Lumber Inspector/Trainee’s responsibility to maintain the highest standards of grading when receiving or shipping lumber.


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Experience: NHLA Grading Certified Salary & Benefits: Competitive pay, complete and affordable benefits, clean and up to date facility, and a family-oriented work environment. How to Apply: Please email resume to Jennifer Ransburg at jenniferransburg@bankshardwoods.com. Banks Hardwoods 69937 M 103 | White Pigeon, Michigan 49099 Phone: 269-483-2323 | www.bankshardwoods.com W W W. N H L A .C O M

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