Who’s Who in Hardwood Purchasing – August 2023

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Brandon Leibering is the Operations Manager/Partner at Leibering Dimension, Inc. (LDI), located in Ferdinand, IN. LDI manufactures Hardwood flooring, paneling, and cabinet/furniture dimension. LDI purchases approximately 1.5 million board feet of green lumber annually in primarily Hickory, but also Red and White Oak, Poplar and Hard Maple.

Among his operation duties, Leibering has a keen knack for moulder quality. A company representative noted that he is a true craftsman, displayed by his confidence, dedication, and attention to detail. In addition to operations, Leibering also manages lumber purchasing.

Leibering started his career in 2008 as a green chain lumber stacker and later that year went on to graduate from the NHLA Inspector Training School where he finished second in his class.

Leibering and his wife, Illia, have two children, Owen and Emma. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and riding side-by-sides.

Leibering Dimension is a member of the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association, National Hardwood Lumber Association and National Wood Flooring Association.

More information can be found at www.leiberingdimension.com.

Cliff Farmer is president of C & H Hardwoods located in Fort Worth, TX. Farmer handles lumber purchasing, as well as inside and outside sales for the company.

C & H Hardwoods is a manufacturer of mouldings and flooring, purchasing approximately 5 million board feet annually of Alder, Soft Maple, Red Oak, Poplar and some Mahogany (FAS and No. 1 Common, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4 and 8/4, kiln-dried and S2S).

Farmer attended Tarrant County College, located in North Richland Hills, TX. His first position in the forest products industry was in lumber sales in 1982.

He has been married to Hope for 40 years and the couple has two daughters, Misty and Mandy. In his spare time, Farmer enjoys playing golf.

For more information, contact 817-561-7711.

Colin Hotalen is a lumber buyer for Rex Lumber Company, located in Acton, MA. Rex Lumber is a distribution yard that purchases around 20 million board feet annually in both Hardwood and softwood. The Hardwood grades that they handle are Select and Better and FAS in thicknesses of 4/4-16/4. The Hardwood species that they purchase are Alder, Ash, Basswood, Birch, Butternut, Cherry, Cypress, Hickory, Hard and Soft Maple, Red and White Oak, Poplar, Walnut, Cumaru, Red Grandis, Ipe, African and Genuine Mahogany, Sapele, Teak, Utile, European Steamed Beech, Kosipo and Nogal.

They offer these species in rough lumber, millwork and mouldings. They also offer CAD drawing and custom profiles for mouldings, blanking, cabinet planing, computerized cut to length, custom glue-ups, custom mouldings, end matching, finishing, kiln-drying, priming and buffing, resawing, ripping, sanding and trucking.

Hotalen has been in the forest products industry for 18 years, with his first full time position being inside sales. He has been the lumber buyer with Rex Lumber for 5 1/2 years. He also has experience as a lumber inspector, assistant dry-kiln operator, sawmill management trainee and import/domestic lumber buyer.

Hotalen earned a Bachelor of Science in Wood Science and Technology from West Virginia University. He graduated from the 172nd class at the National Hardwood Lumber Inspector School.

Hotalen enjoys camping, hunting and fishing and spending time with his friends and family. He has been married to his wife Samantha Hotalen for 3 ½ years. They have one daughter and are expecting another child.
For more information call 978-263-0055, email colinh@rexlumber.com or visit www.rexlumber.com.

By Miller Wood Trade Publications

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