Management appointments at Roseburg Forest Products

Industry veterans Phil Odom and Steve Courtney join the Oregon forest products company while Tony Ramm is promoted.

(Clockwise, from top left) Steve Courtney, Tony Ramm and Phil Odom

Roseburg Forest Products has made a series of management appointments in the early stages of 2018.

Phil Odom has been named business manager for Roseburg’s plywood and lumber business. The newly created role consolidates the reporting structure of the company’s plywood and lumber sales organization.

James Taylor, Kevin Smith and Kelly Robertson — sales managers for lumber, softwood plywood and hardwood plywood — will report to Odom. In addition, central planning manager Patrick Schleisman and the plywood field sales team, including John Biedermann, Bob Clark, Gary Hayes and Robin Long, will report to Odom.

Phil has held several roles at BlueLinx Corp., where he most recently served as VP of national business development. During his time at BlueLinx, and earlier at Georgia-Pacific, he managed sales, distribution, manufacturing and operations teams. He has developed national sales strategies and built out new channels, markets and product lines, Roseburg said.

Roseburg has also appointed Steve Courtney as the director of solid wood resource procurement, effective Jan. 22. In this newly created role, Courtney will be responsible for planning, sourcing and managing the log supply requirements for the solid wood business and will report directly to Steve Killgore, senior VP of solid wood.

As a member of the solid wood operations leadership team, Courtney will work closely with Roseburg’s Resource Group and will coordinate log supply planning and procurement with Gabe Crane, who will transition out of the log procurement role to assume expanded responsibilities within the resource group. Crane will continue to report to Scott Folk, senior VP of resources.

“The creation of this new role and organizational structure reflects Roseburg’s ongoing efforts to optimize value within the company’s manufacturing and resource businesses,” Killgore said. “We are excited to bring Steve on board.”

Courtney served most recently as the general manager of wood procurement for the northwest operations of Interfor Corp. He brings more than 25 years of industry experience and has been active in industry affairs. He currently serves as chairman of the American Forest Resources Council and will work from the Roseburg’s western regional office in Dillard, Ore.

Also, Tony Ramm has been promoted to general manager of plywood, effective Feb. 1. Tate Muir will replace him as plant manager at Roseburg’s plywood plant in Riddle, Ore. 

As general manager for plywood operations, Ramm will be responsible for managing Roseburg’s plywood facilities in Dillard, Riddle and Coquille, Ore. He will report to Bob Jewell, director of solid wood manufacturing. 

Ramm was named Riddle plywood plant manager in May 2014. He joined Roseburg from Weyerhaeuser, where he held increasingly responsible positions for 10 years. He also worked for Boise Cascade for 11 years. 

Tate Muir has worked for Roseburg for the past 21 years. He has served as Riddle plywood’s manufacturing superintendent since June 2013, overseeing all manufacturing processes at the plant.

Based in Roseburg, Ore., Roseburg Forest Products is one of the nation’s largest privately held forest products companies.

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