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LMC hosts industry events

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Lumbermens Merchandising Corp. announced a slate of upcoming events, including dealer exchanges, expos and golf outings.

The events include: 

• July 26th, 2014, LMC’s 33rd Annual Golf Outing, at Linfield National Golf Club in Limerick, Pennsylvania;
•Aug 13, 2014, LMC Hardware Express at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois;
• Sept 10 – Sept 11, 2014, LMC Dealer Exchange, Marriott Providence Downtown in Providence, Rhode Island;
• Nov 11 – Nov 12, 2014, 2014 Forest Products & Building Materials Expo at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and
• Mar 4 – Mar 6, 2015, LMC 2015 Annual Meeting at the Sands Expo Center & Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more industry events, visit the HCN event page.

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Fred Dzida named president, Weyerhaeuser Company Limited

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Weyerhaeuser has tapped Fred Dzida to assume the role of president, Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, the company’s wholly owned Canadian subsidiary.

Effective June 16, Dzida will assume his new responsibilities as well as retain his role as VP Canadian Timberlands.

"Fred brings tremendous experience, skill and leadership to his new role," said Doyle Simons, Weyerhaeuser president and CEO. "I wish to thank Anne for the significant contributions she has made to our success during her 20 years with Weyerhaeuser."

With over 35 years of forest industry experience under his belt, Dzida has hands-on experience in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan. He’s held numerous roles with Weyerhaeuser, most recently as head of the company’s Canadian Timberlands organization.

Anne Giardini, Q.C., who has served as Canadian president since 2008, is stepping down later this year. Until then, she will stay on as an officer and director of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited.

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Plum Creek begins recovery after Montana blast

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A day after explosions set its Columbia Falls, Montana plant on fire, Plum Creek Timber Company is starting to pick up the pieces.

Nearby residents reported two or three loud blasts around 3 p.m. Tuesday, though the cause of the explosions is as of yet undetermined.

It took fire and emergency officials all afternoon to quell the fire, but fortunately, all workers were safely led outside without sustaining any major injuries. A few were treated on-site for smoke inhalation.

“We are very thankful that all of our employees are safe," said Tom Ray, VP Northwest resources and manufacturing. “Everyone at Plum Creek commends the efforts by fire departments to protect the people working at the facility. Their work is greatly appreciated."

Today, the company reported that a recovery effort was underway at the medium density fiberboard (MDF) facility. There was still some residual fire activity during the early morning hours, which fire crews promptly put out.

The company is investigating the cause of the fire, but in the meantime, production will be suspended for about 30 days.

At Plum Creek’s nearby sawmill and plywood mills, everything is business as usual.

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