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Regional lumber associations to merge

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Northwestern Lumber Association (NLA), a 118-year-old trade organization representing the LBM industry in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, has announced a statement of agreement to merge with the Wisconsin Retail Lumber Association. Representatives from the two organizations are currently working on the details of the merger agreement, which is scheduled to be completed in 2010.

“This is such a natural fit between our organizations,” said Ron Enter, NLA chairman. “We have collaborated on many programs already and our business cultures are very similar. This will be beneficial for all our members.” The two trade groups will have a combined membership of 2,500 people, according to the NLA.

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Former Hechinger, GP exec hired at Viance

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Viance, the Charlotte, N.C.-based wood treatment technology provider, has hired Chris Kollwitz as its new director of marketing. He comes to Viance from ELF Wood Products in Atlanta, where he worked as director of sales and marketing for two years.

Kollwitz’s career in the building products industry began at Hechinger, where he worked in store operations and planning from 1985 to 1993 and was involved in the former retailer’s launch of the “Home Project Center” concept.

In 1993, Kollwitz joined Georgia-Pacific as senior marketing manager for its building products businesses.  In 2004, he was promoted to national account executive to home improvement retailer Lowe’s, and later worked for BlueLinx after it purchased GP’s distribution business.

Ajoint venture between Rohm and Haas and Chemical Specialties, Viance is a provider of wood treatment technologies and services to improve the performance and durability of wood and wood products.

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Stimson Lumber auctions off mill items

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Stimson Lumber has auctioned off the inventory of its 125-year-old mill in Bonner, Mo.

The Portland, Ore.-based lumber company closed the mill in July of this year following a “chronic, long-term” shortage of logs in western Montana relative to the high milling capacity in the area.

According to the Missoulian newspaper, goods are being auctioned off of the mill through today, including blades, drill presses and numerous other items. The lumber mill has been up for sale since August, at an asking price of $16 million, according to the report.

Stimson Lumber operates nine manufacturing locations in the United States, in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

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