Who’s Who – February/March 2023

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Anisa Gjoka is the operations manager at King City Northway Forwarding in Montreal, Quebec.

King City Northway Forwarding exports lumber overseas, mainly to Asia, Europe and Mediterranean countries from any North American port and rail, they also import from anywhere in the world. They send 20,000 containers per year to these regions. They can handle all aspects of a customer’s export shipment, including trucking, rail and ocean transport, as well as all of the required documentation for export shipments. The company oversees the shipment, while maintaining licenses to export from both Canada and the U.S.

Anisa Gjoka has held her position at King City Northway Forwarding for about five and a half years.

Gjoka has her bachelor’s degree. She enjoys hiking, biking, swimming and all outdoor activities.

To learn more, email agjoka@kingcitynorthway.com, call 514-935-5394, or visit www.kingcitynorthamerica.com.

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Brian Gibson works in sales for Cole Hardwood, a concentration yard based in Logansport, Indiana. Gibson oversees the West Coast and Southwest territories along with international sales.

Cole Hardwood sells Red and White Oak, Ash, Cherry, Walnut, Hard and Soft Maple, Hickory, Poplar and Beech in 4/4 through 8/4 thicknesses. The company also can dry up to 12/4 thickness in such species as Poplar and Soft Maple.

Cole Hardwood has a kiln capacity of 1,300,000 board feet and keeps about 12 million board feet in inventory. The facility uses a Newman 382 planer, straight line rip and dries thicker stock lumber to a uniform 6-8 percent. Its four trucks deliver within a 300-mile radius.

Gibson started working at Cole Hardwood after graduation from Bethel College in 2018.

Gibson’s hobbies include woodworking, fishing, hunting, cycling, running and hiking.

Cole Hardwood is a member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association and

Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association. For more information, please see www.colehardwood.com.

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Joseph Draper is a lumber salesman for Clark Lumber Company in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, having worked for this firm for eight years.

Clark Lumber Company has six sawmills producing 48 million board feet of Appalachian Hardwoods annually in 4/4 to 8/4 thicknesses. The company manufactures Red and White Oak, Poplar, Hickory, Hard Maple, Cherry and Walnut. Clark Lumber Company has 900,000 board feet of kiln drying capacity and 3 million board feet of covered air-drying capacity.

Draper’s first job in the forest products industry was pulling cable for his father’s logging business. So, Draper is a second-generation lumberman. He decided to attend college and earned a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Tennessee Tech University.

After graduation, Draper took a job selling insurance. He ran into Brandon Clark, vice president of Clark Lumber Company, at church, and Clark invited Draper to a job interview. Draper was hired on at Clark Lumber Company and has been selling lumber for the firm domestically and in exports ever since.

Draper and his wife of nine years, Amber Draper, have four children: a daughter Noa, 7; a daughter Ada, 5; a son Josiah 4; and a daughter, Lyla, 2.

In his free time, Draper likes to deer hunt and spend time with his family. “We play with the kids

quite a bit,” he said.

For more information, go to www.clarklumbercompany.com.

By Miller Wood Trade Publications

The premier online information source for the forest products industry since 1927.

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