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James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

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James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.

James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.


James R. Mathews (1949-2023)

Dec 8, 2023, 14:58 PM by wwpa admin2
December 8, 2023

James R. Mathews (1949-1923)

 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of James R. Mathews. Jim was a WWPA Lumber Inspector and Master Lumberman, but he is most remembered by his colleagues and those in the industry as a great friend and mentor.

Jim spent 42 years working in the lumber industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1970. He worked in most of the planing mill positions until moving into the Lumber Grading Department as a student grader in 1972. Jim was first certified in 1974 in Commons and then subsequently earned certificates in all NGR Grades, Shop and Selects. He remained within the Grading Department for the next 17 years as a Certified Lumber Grader, Quality Control Supervisor or Grading Department Shift Supervisor.

Jim joined the WWPA as a Lumber Inspector in 1987 overseeing the California Southern Central Valley. In 1989 He was moved to the WWPA Portland office where he served in several capacities; Director, Japanese Lumber Inspection; Assistant Director, Coast/California; Assistant Director; all within the Quality Services Division.

In 2012 Jim was awarded the prestigious Master Lumberman award. When asked how he got started in the business as a lumber grader, Jim replied with his typical humor.

"That first winter was a learning curve. Although I had lived in Klamath Falls my entire life, I really wasn’t prepared enough for the cold weather. I did look around (the mills) and see the only jobs that had a heater was the lumber graders. So, I decided I was going to be a lumber grader so I could have a heater also.

 

The highlight of my career was in the mid 1980's when the opportunity came along to join the WWPA as a lumber inspector. I strived for that position for a number of years."

After 25 years with WWPA, Jim retired in the Spring of 2012 as the Quality Assurance Administrative Manager.

Jim has left an impressive legacy on WWPA and the industry as a whole. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. and international lumber standards, his work ethic and commitment to excellence, along with his great sense of humor, will be greatly missed.


SAVE THE DATE!

2024 WWPA Annual Meeting April 14 - 16, 2024

The 2024 WWPA Annual Meeting will be held April 14 through 16 in Vancouver Washington at the Hotel Indigo Vancouver Downtown.

The 2024 event will include the (Welcome Reception and Exchange Show), Quality Standards & Technical Services Committee Meeting, Master Lumberman & Safety Awards, Speakers Session and (Chairman's Reception and Exchange Show).

A complete schedule of events will be made available in the coming weeks.

For questions about the WWPA Annual Meeting email WWPA at info@wwpa.org.