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Columbia Forest Products partners with Greenwood Tree Farm Fund

BY Brae Canlen

Columbia Forest Products has announced an agreement with Greenwod Tree Farm Fund (GTFF) to use its FSC-certified timber for its MPX hardwood plywood.

The plantation-grown hybrid poplar log will be used for the creation of core veneers for the hardwood panels, which feature PureBond formaldehyde-free technology. Popular panels are superior to those made of fir and pine, according to the manufacturer, because they can suppress the thickness variation and core telegraphing of the veneers.

GTFF is a 35,000-acre tree farm and hardwood sawmill complex located in the Pacific Northwest. It is operated by GreenWood Resources as the investment and property manager. The Collins Companies manages the sawmill and markets the lumber under the brand of Pacific Albus, which refers to hybrid poplar varieties developed by GWR.

A new Meinan lathe will be installed alongside GTFF’s existing Upper Columbia Mill at the Boardman, Ore., plantation, assuring a highly efficient supply of core veneer cross-bands to Columbia’s plywood mill in Klamath Falls, Ore. 

Ed Woods, Columbia’s VP western zone, said that “the material from GTFF will be FSC-certified, and customers will continue to experience the smooth, easy-finishing panel faces they’ve come to enjoy with Columbia’s MPX products. Only now, they’ll be working with poplar cross-bands that come from GTFF’s immense Boardman plantation. 

“Though we have already been utilizing GTFF’s poplar veneer to make plywood, we have also been bringing eastern poplar all the way back to Oregon,” said Woods. “Having the veneer peeled on the plantation, within our state, is a tremendous logistical improvement. We are in business to assure our customers top-quality hardwood plywood when they need it, and the new operation in Boardman will position us even better to do just that.” 

GreenWood Resources, founded in 1998, is a global timberland investment and property management company specializing in the acquisition, development and management of high-yield, short-rotation, sustainable tree farms. GWR currently manages approximately $350 million of assets or commitments and is committed to certifying its tree farms under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or equivalent third party-audited certification programs. In addition, GWR has been a leader in the research and development of poplar as one of the key future sustainable feedstocks for bioenergy and biofuels. 

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Cedar Creek expands in Richmond, Va.

BY Ken Clark

Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek is expanding into the Mid-Atlantic with a new location in Richmond, Va., describing the market as a high-growth area.

“This expansion is further evidence of our commitment to growing the footprint of Cedar Creek and opening new markets,” said Bill Adams, CEO of Cedar Creek. “We view this as a great opportunity to increase our presence outside of our traditional mid-South markets and enter what’s forecasted to be one of the best growth areas in the country.” 

D. Wayne Trousdale, COO of Cedar Creek, added: “We found a great physical location and have assembled an excellent team of experienced employees from our industry who know the customers and the local market.”

Cedar Creek is a wholesale building material distribution company with 14 locations covering 20 states in the mid-South and Midwest. In May 2010, it was recapitalized by Boston-based Charlesbank Capital Partners, with the goal of providing flexible capital for the company to grow beyond its current trade areas.

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Bill Tucker joins Schaffer Associates

BY Ken Clark

Bill Tucker, the former president of the Florida Building Material Association (FBMA), has joined the Schaffer Associates team. Located in Charlotte, N.C., Schaffer Associates specializes in building human resource infrastructure through acquisition, retention and development.

“When I retired from FBMA I knew I wanted to do something different but within the building supply industry,” said Tucker in a prepared statement. “Working with the industry’s leading executive recruiting firm provides an opportunity to work with and assist people I know and like.”

He added: “Over my years in business I’ve hired and unfortunately have had to terminate a lot of people. I know what a ‘good’ hire can mean for a company and how costly and destructive a ‘bad’ hire can be.” 

After graduating from Florida State University, Tucker went to work for his father, a commercial roofing, sheet metal and air-conditioning contractor. In 1984 he became the marketing director of a workers compensation self-insurance fund and later the executive director of the fund’s parent association. In 1992 he was hired by FBMA to manage the Florida Wood Council, and in 1999 he was named the president of the Association. In January 2012, he took an early retirement from FBMA.

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