Who’s Who in Import/Exports

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David Olah

The Rossi Group recently announced the addition of David Olah to its sales team. Olah has been in the hardwood business for over 20 years and embraces the daily challenges it brings. After graduating from Virgina Tech in 2000 he started his forest products career with Georgia Pacific. When he is not hard at work selling lumber, he enjoys spending time with his family (wife of 20 years, Laurie, and kids Maggie, Melissa and Daniel). He coaches baseball and likes following sports. He is an avid outdoorsman that enjoys hunting, fishing and snowboarding.

Rossi Group, headquartered in Cromwell, CT, is a manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor that sells all over the world. Its affiliates – Emporium and Bradford – sawmills produce a combined 61 million board feet annually, while their kiln capacity is a combined 3 million board feet. The company stocks over 8 million board feet of Red and White Oak, Cherry, Hard and Soft Maple and Ash (No. 3 Common through FAS in 4/4 through 12/4 thicknesses). Emporium Hardwoods is FSC certified and has company owned trucks to help ensure a fast turnaround time.

Rossi Group is a member of National Hardwood Lumber Association, Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association, Hardwood Distributors Association, Western Hardwood Association, Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club, New England Lumbermen’s Association, American Hardwood Export Council, Canadian Hardwood Bureau and Appalachian Lumbermen’s Club.

For more information visit www.rossilumber.com.

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Mathieu Lussier

Mathieu Lussier is in charge of sales for U.S. and Western Canada for Simon Lussier Lteé, located in Blainville, Quebec.

Simon Lussier Lteé. is a third-generation family-owned business, wholesaler, distributor and exporter of Yellow and White Birch, Hard and Soft Maple, Aspen, Red and White Oak, Walnut and Yellow Poplar (4/4 to 13/4 thicknesses, No. 2 Common and Better). The company annually purchases a total of 15 million board feet of green and kiln-dried lumber. Approximately 70 percent is purchased green and the remaining 30 percent is purchased kiln-dried.

Simon Lussier Lteé. offers S2S and pull-to-width services. They are specialized in mix loads and programs for their customer’s inventory efficiency needs. In Mirabel, Quebec, the company has 400,000 board feet of kiln capacity and two high tech grading chains that help their customers to know for example the percentage of 1 white, 2 white and sap 1 face in each bundle.

Lussier’s first job in the forest products industry was piling lumber during summertime when he was 15. He studied music after graduating from high school. After a few years at college, he went on to graduate from the lumber grading school in Quebec (Ecole de Foresterie et de Technologie du Bois de Duchesnay) and finished first in his class of 2002. Then he worked for two years as a lumber grader. Other positions he has held include night shift foreman, dispatch/customer service office and pallet stock/squares salesman.

In 2009, Simon Lussier Lteé. expanded export sales, and Lussier took on the role of export sales coordinator. Lussier was officially promoted to export sales manager in 2015. Since April 2024, he is now focused on hardwood lumber sales in the USA and western Canada.

Simon Lussier Lteé. is a member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association, Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club, New England Lumbermen’s Association and the Quebec Wood Export Bureau.

In his spare time, Lussier enjoys music, fishing, hunting, golf and hockey. He is the happy father of two, Lea is 16 and Nathan 7.

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

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Wesley Boles

Wesley Boles is vice president and a member of the sales team at Hermitage Hardwood Lumber Sales Inc., located in Cookeville, TN.

Hermitage Hardwood is a manufacturer of Appalachian hardwoods, including Poplar, Red and White Oak, Ash, Walnut, Hickory, Cherry, Basswood and Hard and Soft Maple, offering domestic and export shipments. The company specializes in high grades, including FAS and No. 1 Common, with width sorts and customized surfacing offered upon request.

Boles graduated from the University of Tennessee, located in Knoxville, TN, with a degree in marketing and a minor in logistics. He also graduated from the 161st class of the National Hardwood Lumber Association’s Inspector Grading School.

Boles’ responsibilities include expanding new customer bases in locations across the United States and export markets. He is also involved in daily production and kiln planning.

Hermitage Hardwood Lumber Sales is a member of the American Hardwood Export Council, Hardwood Manufacturers Association, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc., and the National Hardwood Lumber Association.

In his spare time, Boles enjoys spending time with friends and family and sports, including golf and tennis. He is married to Chelsea and they have three daughters.

For more information, visit www.hermitagehardwood.com.

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