The 2023 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 16 through 18 in Portland Oregon at the Embassy Suites PDX - Portland Airport.
The 2023 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).
A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.
For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master Lumbermen Honored at 2022 Annual Meeting
Six veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on May 25 during the 2022 Annual Meeting in Stevenson Washington. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 431 individuals receiving the award in the past 54 years.
"One of the great honors for me today is in announcing the newest class of WWPA Master Lumbermen." Austin said. "Since 1968, WWPA has recognized these select individuals with the Master Lumberman award. Today, we will induct six more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."
The six Master Lumbermen are:
Ezequiel Barajas (Idaho Forest Group, LLC)
Adam J. Bauer (PotlatchDeltic Corporation)
Steven E. Coalman (Stimson Lumber Company)
Everett W. Easley III (Collins)
Jose Armando Lavalle (Sierra Pacific Industries)
Gordon R. Watts (Mendocino Forest Products)
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From left to right: Gordon Watts (Mendocino Forest Products), Armando Lavalle (Sierra Pacific Industries), Steve Coalman (Stimson Lumber Company), Everett Easley (Collins), Adam Bauer (PotlatchDeltic), Ezequiel Barajas (Idaho Forest Group), Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards).
To qualify for the award, candidates must be Certified Graders for at least 20 year, have extensive experience in lumber manufacturing, hold supervisory responsibilities and must be nominated by their companies. Nominations for the 2023 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2022. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at email@example.com.
In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Safety Awards were presented by Todd Payne.
"Western lumber mills take great pride in assuring safe working environments. Keeping employees safe while at work can provide significant, bottom-line results for every operation." Payne said. "Today, we recognize companies that have achieved the highest level of safety within their facilities."
Chairman's Awards for best five-year safety records (2017-2021) in three categories based on annual employee hours were presented.
Hampton Lumber Mills - Tillamook, OR
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Molalla, OR
Western Forest Products US LLC - Vancouver, WA
Best one-year safety records (2021) were recognized with the District Awards.
2021 Lowest 1-year incidence rate awards by district:
District 1: Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
District 2: : Interfor U.S., Inc. - Molalla, OR
District 3: Woodgrain Lumber - Pilot Rock, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Stimson Lumber Co. - St. Maries, ID
Hi-Q Mill Awards
Each year WWPA identifies individual certified graders with high grading proficiency over a yearlong performance schedule and provides this information to participating mills. The Association recognizes that such achievements reflect a commitment the entire mill made to improve the quality of the lumber produced. This is the foundation for the WWPA Hi-Q Mill Awards. The 2021 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.
1. C & D LUMBER COMPANY - Riddle, OR
2. HAMPTON LUMBER MILLS - COWLITZ DIV. - Morton, WA
3. IDAHO FOREST GROUP, LLC - Moyie Springs, ID
4. INTERFOR U.S. INC.- Longview, WA
5. INTERFOR U.S. INC. - Molalla, OR
6. SIERRA PACIFIC INDUSTRIES - Corning, CA
7. STIMSON LUMBER COMPANY - Plummer, ID
8. STIMSON LUMBER COMPANY - St. Maries, ID
9. STIMSON LUMBER COMPANY - Gaston, OR
10. STIMSON LUMBER COMPANY - Tillamook, OR
11. WARRENTON LUMBER COMPANY - Warrenton, OR
For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at firstname.lastname@example.org.