Jim Dudley named president of Fortress Wood Products
James H. (Jim) Dudley, a veteran of 20 years in the treated lumber industry, has been named president of Fortress Wood Products, Inc., a division of The Lester Group based in Martinsville, Virginia.
Dudley joins Fortress from Culpeper Wood Preservers in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he was vice president.
Fortress is a wood treating company producing wood for residential and commercial use from three plants in North Carolina–High Point, Henderson and Elizabeth City.
“I’m delighted to join Fortress, an organization with an outstanding reputation in the lumber industry,” said Dudley. “Fortress is recognized for its excellent relationships with customers, built on top-notch service.”
The Lester Group bought Fortress in 1986.
“Jim will provide Fortress with outstanding leadership,” said George W. Lester, II, chairman and chief executive officer of The Lester Group. “Fortress has come through the poor economic environment in solid financial condition, poised to grow as the economy expands.”
Last year, Fortress opened a new treating plant in High Point, North Carolina.
Dimension Industries recalls outdoor dining chairs
Outdoor dining chairs sold at Costco are being recalled because they pose a fall hazard.
The legs of the chairs of the Fairview 7-piece patio woven dining set from Dimension Industries can bend and break, according to the recall notice.
Dimension has received three reports of the chair legs bending or breaking and causing falls, including one consumer who bumped his head when falling.
The recall involves about 6,700 units, which were sold exclusively at Costco Wholesale stores nationwide from January 2014 to March 2014 for about $1,300 per set.
The products were manufactured in China and distributed by Dimension Industries of Taipei, Taiwan.
Rayonier Advanced Materials names CFO
In continuation of its personnel expansion for the new post-split company, Rayonier Advanced Materials has appointed Benson Woo to the title of CFO.
The move was precipitated by the recent split from Rayonier of its Performance Fibers businees, now known as Rayonier Advanced Materials.
Technically, Woo will start out as chief accounting officer of Rayonier, effective June 9. He will assume his ultimate role following the June 27 separation of the Performance Fibers business unit, which will become the standalone company known as Rayonier Advanced Materials.
“Benson’s strong record of financial leadership in the manufacturing sector and his knowledge of global markets will benefit us greatly as we look to grow Rayonier Advanced Materials after the separation,” said Paul Boynton, CEO of Rayonier and future chairman, president and CEO of Rayonier Advanced Materials. “With the addition of Benson, I’m confident that the new senior leadership team for Rayonier Advanced Materials possesses the talent and experience necessary to continue to deliver the long-term value that our shareholders have come to expect from our business.”
Woo has more than 30 years of experience in various financial and executive roles, most recently as EVP and CFO of Prestolite Electric. He spent 15 years at General Motors, as well as held various positions with Case Corporation, York International Corp. Metris Companies, TriMas Corporation and Tower Automotive.
“I’m honored to be joining Rayonier at this exciting time,” Woo said. “As the world’s leading producer of high-value specialty cellulose fibers, Rayonier Advanced Materials will be well positioned for continued growth and market leadership. I hope that my experience will bring valuable insight to the company’s financial operations and growth strategy.”