West Coast Grading Agencies to Join Forces

Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau and West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau have voted to merge. The deal was set to close Jan. 1, 2019.

MPP Going into Advanced Wood Products Lab

Freres Lumber Co., Lyons, Or., made the final shipment of its new, patented Mass Plywood Panel (MPP) to Oregon State University for use in the construction of the new A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory.

Seattle Yard Moves After Fire

Gascoigne Lumber is moving into new quarters in Everett, Wa., after a four-alarm fire caused more than $4 million to its longtime home in the Queen Anne area of Seattle.

AZEK Moves Headquarters

The AZEK Co. has relocated from Skokie, Il., to a new headquarters and training center in Chicago.

WFP Buying Columbia Vista

Western Forest Products, Vancouver, B.C., has agreed to acquire the assets of Columbia Vista Corp., Vancouver, Wa., for $30.5 million, including working capital of $6.7 million.

Dealer Profile: North Carolina’s Kellogg Supply

Kellogg Supply, of Manteo, sited on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is a family-owned operation serving customers since 1946.

Washington Hardware Store Winding Down

True Value Washington Furniture & Hardware, Kennewick, Wa., is scaling back operations in anticipation of closing the 100-year-old business in one to three years.

Alexander Lumber Shuttering Smaller Yards

Alexander Lumber Co., Aurora, Il., is closing seven of its lumberyards in central and western Illinois, reducing the chain to 12 yards and two truss plants.

Direct Sellers of Ipe Unite

Buy Ipe Direct, Greenwood, S.C., has been acquired by a competing online direct-to-consumer wholesaler of exotic hardwoods, Ipe Woods USA, Salt Lake City, Ut.

Homewood Purchases Siding Company

Homewood Holdings LLC, a division of Building Industry Partners, has acquired the assets of Eagle Creek Siding, Olympia, Wa., and Mud Bay Manufacturing from their longtime owners, Jon Hunter and Scott Kramer.

More Federal & State-Based Changes Coming for Employers

In 2018, the federal government had fewer than average laws passed that impact labor and employment law. This was due to focus on other areas as well as political gridlock.

No One Thinks of Lumber: Putting Forest Products Careers on the Radar of the Next Generation

Just as people like us essentially only think of lumber during our careers, there are many talented people out there in other industries who simply… don’t.

WWPA Joins the eBook Revolution

In April 2018, WWPA launched the Western Lumber Grading Rules eBook for Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks. The eBook can be downloaded onto a smartphone using the Kindle Reader Phone App or a computer using the Kindle Reader Desktop App.

Happy New Year

Best wishes for a happy New Year filled with health, happiness, and spectacular success! Happy 2019!

Be on the Lookout for Combustible Dust Hazards

The wood particulates generated through most wood processing operations are a known combustible dust and are recognized as such by OSHA.

Makita Sponsors Snocross

Makita USA, La Mirada, Ca., has been named the Official Power Tool of snocross’ International Series of Champions.