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Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

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Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.


Master Lumbermen Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

Apr 19, 2023, 09:06 AM by wwpa admin2

April 19, 2023

Five veteran lumber industry professionals were added to the WWPA Master Lumberman roster on April 17 during the 2023 Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. Quality Standards Director Pete Austin presented the awards at the Industry Luncheon. Austin noted the Master Lumberman award was a prestigious honor with only 436 individuals receiving the award since the program was first introduced.

"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 five more into this exclusive class of lumber professionals."

The five Master Lumbermen are:

Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products)
Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC)
Darin J. Pace (Western Wood Products Association)
Jesus "Jesse" Roman (Western Wood Products Association)
Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills) 

 

(Photo Courtesy Taras & Alla snappr.com)

From left to right: Pete Austin (WWPA Director of Quality Standards) Gerardo Garcia (SDS Lumber LLC), Gilbert M. Antone (Yakama Forest Products), Kevin Szabados (Hampton Lumber Mills), Darin J. Pace (WWPA Inspector), Jesus "Jesse" Roman (WWPA Inspector), Ray Barbee (WWPA President).

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 2024 Master Lumberman awards are due by November 30, 2023. For more information contact Dyanne Martin in Quality Standards at dmartin@wwpa.org.

Safety Awards

In addition to the Master Lumberman Awards, three Western mills were honored for outstanding safety records at their operations during the ceremonies. The Chairman's Safety Awards were presented by WWPA Second Vice Chairman Troy Little.

"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." Little 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 (2018-2022) in three categories based on mill size were presented.

Hampton Lumber Mills - Willamina, OR 
Interfor U.S. Inc. - Longview, WA
Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA 

 

Best one-year safety records (2022) were recognized with the District Awards.

2022 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 - LaGrande, OR
District 4: Montrose Forest Products - Montrose, CO
District 5: Boise Cascade Company - Kettle Falls, WA

 

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 2022 Hi-Q Mills recognized at the meeting are listed below.

1. Stimson Lumber Company Priest River, ID
2. Stimson Lumber Company Plummer, ID
3. Idaho Forest Group Moyie Springs , ID
4. Stimson Lumber Company St. Maries, ID
5. Western Forest Products US, LLC. Vancouver, WA
6. Stimson Lumber Company Tillamook, OR
7. Swanson Group Manufacturing Roseburg, OR
8. Willamina Lumber Company Willamina, OR
9. Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington, WA
10. Interfor U.S. Inc. Longview, WA
11. Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA
12. Sun Mountain Lumber Deer Lodge, MT

Visit the photo gallery of award winners at the following link: WWPA 2023 Master Lumberman Awards.

For more information on the WWPA Hi-Q program, contact WWPA at info@wwpa.org.