Who’s Who in Hardwood Purchasing – December 2023

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Jim Rice is president of Lodi Lumber Co., located in Lodi, OH.

Lodi Lumber is a manufacturer of custom and standard pre-hung doors, mouldings and millwork. The company purchases a total of 300,000 board feet annually of Red and White Oak, Hard and Soft Maple, Poplar, Cherry, Walnut, Knotty Alder and some Mahogany (FAS and No. 1 Common, 4/4 through 8/4, kiln-dried and rough).

Lodi Lumber was founded over 134 years ago and also purchases some red and white pine in both Clear and Common grades for use in manufacturing.

Value-added services offered include the ability to custom match moulding profiles in various species and custom knife grinding.

Rice graduated from Cloverleaf High School, located in Lodi, in 1974 and attended Lorain County Community College, located in Elyria, OH. He has worked at Lodi Lumber for 53 years and held management roles for 38 years. Rice’s duties include daily operations and lumber purchasing.

In his spare time, Rice enjoys hunting and archery. He has been married to Joyce for 38 years and the couple has two daughters, Lindsey and Whitney, as well as six grandchildren. Whitney is the 5th generation of the family to work at the company.

Additional information is available at www.lodilumber.com.

John W. Hubbard is owner and operator of Camden Hardwood Products LLC located in Camden, TN.

Camden Hardwood Products manufactures Hardwood flooring and furniture frames. The company purchases over 1 million board feet of Hardwood species per year (No. 2 Common and Better, 4/4 through 12/4, green or air-dried, rough), including Hickory, Red and White Oak, Hard and Soft Maple and Poplar, as well as mixed Hardwoods.

Hubbard has worked at Camden Hardwood for almost 30 years, with responsibilities including lumber purchasing and daily operations. He is a graduate of Columbia Military Academy in Columbia, TN, and graduated from the National Hardwood Lumber Association Inspector Training School in 1963.

In his spare time, Hubbard enjoys hunting and fishing and gardening.

For more information, contact 731-584-3314.

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Kate Davis is the CEO of TableLegs.com, an end use manufacturer and wholesaler stationed in St. Johnsbury, VT, who focuses on tables, tops, bases, components and turning squares throughout the U.S.

TableLegs.com purchases roughly 200,000 board feet of domestic lumber annually, 170,000 of which is domestic Hardwood. The company purchases kiln-dried FAS Hard and Soft Maple, Red and White Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Sapele, and pine in a range of 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 10/4 and 12/4. Their turning squares are the above species excluding Hard Maple at 1.75”, 2.25”, 2.75”, 3.5”, and 4.5” wide and 4”-60” long.

TableLegs.com uses their proprietary EasyBase system, and they provide finishing and custom turnings for their products.

Davis has officially been involved in lumber purchasing with the company for 12 years, only recently taking the CEO position. Unofficially, she has been in the business her whole life, saying, “This is a family owned business.”

Outside of her job, Davis enjoys being outside and spending time with her family, which includes her husband of 18 years, Jeff, as well as two daughters.

TableLegs.com is a part of the VT Wood Works Council.

To reach the company, in addition to their website, call 800-748-3480 or email legs@tablelegs.com.

By Miller Wood Trade Publications

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