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  • Eleven New Master Lumbermen Honored at Annual Meeting

    March 20, 2019

    Eleven veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster during the 2019 Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona. Quality Standards Director Russ Tuvey presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Tuvey noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 421 individuals receiving the award in the past 51 years.

    "One of the great honors for me today is in announcing the newest class of WWPA Master Lumbermen." Tuvey said. "Since 1968, WWPA has recognized these select individuals with the Master Lumberman award. Today, we will induct eleven more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

    The new Master Lumbermen are:

    Bruce Wayne Berglund (F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Company), Steven Berry (Hampton Lumber Mills), Bruce John V. Burson (Bright Wood Corporation), Kelly Dutton (F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Company), Robert Gillen (The Collins Companies), Kevin K. Hawley (Idaho Forest Group, LLC), Jeff Hurd (Hampton Lumber Mills), Mark Thomas Kovac (Northland Wood Products), Mark William Morris (Hampton Lumber Mills), Donnie Shove (Idaho Forest Group, LLC), Rodney Trammel (Hampton Lumber Mills).

     

    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 2020 Master Lumberman awards are due by October 31, 2019. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards Department at dmartin@wwpa.org.

    Photo by Patrick S. Adams (526 Media Group, Inc.)
    Left to right: Charlie Phillips (WWPA QS Field Manager), Steve Berry (Hampton), Jeff Hurd (Hampton), Mark Morris (Hampton), Bruce Burson (Bright Wood), Kelly Dutton (F.H. Stoltze), Robert Gillen (Collins), Bruce Berglund (F.H. Stoltze), Kevin Hawley (Idaho Forest Group), Rodney Trammel (Hampton), Donnie Shove (Idaho Forest Group), Russ Tuvey (WWPA Director of Quality Standards)

     

    Chairman's Safety Awards

    Nine Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during ceremonies at the 2019 WWPA Annual Meeting in Tucson Arizona, March 11. The awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman 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 (2014-2018) in three categories based on mill size were presented. Idaho Forest Group, LLC. won for mills with 340,000 or more employee hours a year. Georgia-Pacific NW, LLC captured top honors for mills with 220,000 to 340,000 employee hours a year. Stimson Lumber Co., received a Chairman's Award for mills with less than 220,000 hours annually.

    Photo by Patrick S. Adams (526 Media Group, Inc.)
    Left: WWPA Second Vice Chairman Todd Payne & Rick Northrup (Idaho Forest Group, LLC)
    Right: WWPA Chairman Fritz Mason & Second Vice Chairman Todd Payne

    Best one-year safety records were recognized with the District Awards. The 2019 winners are:

    District 1: Hampton Lumber Mills (Darrington, Washington)
    District 2: Hampton Lumber Mills (Warrenton, Oregon)
    District 3: Interfor U.S., Inc. (Gilchrist, Oregon)
    District 4: Blanca Forestry Products, Inc. (Blanca, Colorado)
    District 5: Idaho Forest Group (Lewiston, Idaho)

     

    Hi-Q honors go to 6 Western mills for 2019

    WWPA has announced that 6 mills in 2018 set the standard for lumber grading accuracy and were named as Hi-Q mills for the year. The Association's exclusive Hi-Q program recognizes graders who have reached the top level in accurately grading lumber. In 2005, the program was expanded to cover mills that have at least 75 percent of the lumber graded by a certified Hi-Q grader. Awards are presented based on annual production for large (more than 75 million BF), medium (75 million to 25 million BF) and small (under 25 million BF).

    The 2019 winners are:

    Large Mills
    Hampton Lumber Mills (Randle, Washington)
    Stimson Lumber Company (Tillamook, Oregon)
    Willamina Lumber Company (Willamina, Oregon)

    Medium Mills
    Stimson Lumber Company (Plummer, Idaho)
    Idaho Forest Group, LLC (St. Regis, Idaho)
    Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc. (Seeley Lake, Montana)

     

    Revised Grading Interpretations for the National Grading Rule

    A revised book for Grading Interpretations for the National Grading Rule is available for WWPA Member mills. Updates include a number of editorial changes, reorganized topics in Compression Wood, Breaks, definition for Checks, revised graphics for 3 & 4 Face Knots, proportional increase knot rule, adding additional Grain Deviation explanation, adding clarification language for Shake and editing the Splits section.

    Books can be ordered by calling Von Porter at 503-306-3497 or email vporter@wwpa.org


  • 2019 Annual Meeting Registration Now Open


    October 23, 2018
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    2019 WWPA Annual Meeting

    - NAWLA Leadership Summit 

    March 10-12, 2019

    Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa | Tucson, AZ

    Decision-makers from across the forest products industry will build knowledge on relevant management topics and key trends in education sessions and connect with peers through multiple networking events. 

    The Annual Meeting & Leadership Summit is open to all decision makers within the forest products industry, including those from retailers, buying groups, and all other segments across the supply chain.

    Full agenda has been posted online. 
    Online Annual Meeting registration and hotel reservations are hosted on the NAWLA website.

    Click Here to REGISTER

    (Early Bird) Before February 15
    WWPA Member Fee $799
    WWPA Non-Member $899

     

    After February 15
    WWPA Member Fee $899
    WWPA Non-Member $999

    Spouse Fee
    $369

    HOTEL RESERVATIONS

    Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
    3800 E. Sunrise Dr.
    Tucson, AZ 85718

     

    Rate: $209/night
    Reservation deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

    For questions about the Annual Meeting, please email us at info@wwpa.org






  • New WWPA Grading Rules eBook!

    March 9, 2018

    In April, 2018 WWPA launched the Western Lumber Grading Rules 2017 for Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks. The ebook can be downloaded onto a smartphone using the Kindle Phone App or using the Kindle Desktop App. The eBook allows easy access and navigation to Grading Rules definitions, whether at home on a computer or in the field on the move.

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    To purchase the book for Kindle visit the Amazon Kindle store. For those using a Macintosh, the book can be purchased by launching the iBooks App from the Mac and entering WWPA Grading Rules into the search field.

    Using the WWPA Western Lumber Grading Rules book has just gotten easier!



  • WWPA to assume RIS’ function as the rules-writing agency for Redwood lumber

    December 28, 2017

    In January, 2017 the Redwood Inspection Service (RIS) and Western Wood Products Association entered into an agreement for WWPA to assume RIS’ function as the rules-writing agency for Redwood lumber and provide mill supervisory services and grading and inspection of Redwood lumber previously provided by RIS. WWPA is granted the exclusive license to use RIS grade marks and to issue RIS grade stamps to Redwood producers who enter into agreements to use WWPA inspection services.

    For more information, visit the Redwood Inspections Service page:

    https://www.wwpa.org/about-wwpa/redwood-inspection-service



  • New 2017 Grade Rule Books

    January 20, 2017
    WWPA’s newest edition of the Western Lumber Grading Rules 2017 is now available in both English and Spanish language versions. Both editions can be ordered in either the traditional pocket version or a spiral-bound, laminated cover, desk top edition. The Spanish language edition also contains metric equivalents of U.S. customary units for measurement of characteristics and net sizes.

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    Pricing for both the English and Spanish books is $25.00 for the pocket edition and the spiral-bound version is $27.00. Members can place orders by emailing Von Porter at vporter@wwpa.org or calling 503-306-3497. Those who don't need PO numbers with their purchase, can order using the WWPA Online Store.