Who’s Who in Softwoods

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Brandon Arling

Brandon Arling is a division product manager for Boise Cascade Building Materials Distribution, located in Lake Oswego, OR. He handles procurement of Eastern SPF studs and dimension and Western SPF studs. Arling is a crucial part of BMD’s commodity procurement team, bringing value to both customers and suppliers with thoughtful market insight and continuous market engagement on both the buy and sell side of his products.

Boise Cascade Building Materials Distribution is a national distributor of lumber and building materials with 38 distribution locations. They sell a broad and deep line of building materials purchased from Boise Cascade Company’s Wood Products division and other quality manufacturers, which are used in new home construction, repair and remodel, light commercial construction and industrial markets. These products include engineered wood products, plywood, lumber, oriented strand board, and siding, along with other key building materials such as framing accessories, composite decking, roofing and insulation.

As a value-added service, Boise Cascade’s Building Materials Distribution provides vertical integration between Boise Cascade’s manufacturing and distribution businesses, ensuring access to quality products.

Boise Cascade Building Materials Distribution is a member of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association, Western Wood Products Association and American Plywood Association.

Arling has been with Boise Cascade for two-and-a-half years in his current position. He has been in the forest products industry for 10 years, most of his time spent as a lumber trader in the wholesale community. His first job was at NAWLA doing membership sales and helping with different shows.

He attended Saint Xavier High School and then the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN for college. When not at work, he enjoys cooking, reading, golfing, camping, gaming and watching animals. If you want to get him talking, bring up animals, especially his Rottweiler puppy Dragon.

For more information, contact Arling at (971) 864-6685 or BrandonArling@bc.com.

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Jamie Hursh

Jamie Hursh has been a sales representative for 28 years for Richardson Timbers, LLC, located in Dallas, TX. Richardson Timbers, founded in 1949, is a wholesale-only timber milling company that specializes in custom timbers, millwork, and remanufacturing with an annual production of several million board feet of lumber.

Richardson Timbers offers Douglas-Fir and Western Red Cedar in sizes up to 20×20 with lengths to 40 feet; kiln-dried Fir and mixed hardwoods in sizes up to 12×12 with lengths to 24 feet; and Specialty Exotic Timbers. The company also offers upper-grade Fir, Western Red Cedar and Hemlock boards in random lengths.

The company specializes in siding stock and cut details including Corbels, Brackets, Arches, Rafter Tails and Tank Cradles. The company also offers Precision End Trim (PET), surfaces up to 20×20 at 40 feet, and Tru-Ruf, which provides four bright, clean rough faces to the timbers.

Richardson Timbers is a member of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association and Lumbermen’s Association of Texas.

In his spare time, Hursh enjoys cycling, skiing, fishing and boating.

For more information, visit www.richardsontimbers.com.

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Jeff Law

Jeff Law is part of the Cedar sales team for Western Forest Products, located in Vancouver, BC. He is responsible for the profitability, growth and business development of the company’s Cedar and Fir timber portfolio within the Pacific Northwest.

Western Forest Products manufactures high-quality wood products while sustainably managing forests. According to Law, they are a leading Cedar lumber, timbers and Japan square manufacturer in North America.

The company produces over 160 million board feet annually of Hemlock, Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Yellow Cedar and Balsam. They offer a range of appearance, structural and industrial wood products used in various outdoor living, interior living, exterior appearance, structural and industrial applications.

Western Forest Products is a member of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association and the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.

Law has been with Western Forest Products since October 2021, having previously worked for Tolko Industries in Armstrong, BC. His first job in the industry was in 2002 working for Weyerhaeuser in Drayton Valley, AB. His other industry-related experience includes quality control and sawmill/OSB/Plywood production roles.

A graduate of Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, AB, Law has a Diploma in Wood Products Engineering and has completed a National Lumber Grading Authority (NLGA) grading course. He has been married to his wife, Jordan, for 13 years. They have one daughter, who lives in Edmonton. Outside of work, Law enjoys sports, fitness and spending quality time with family, especially while on the beach.

For more information, contact Law at (604) 219-6771 or by email at jlaw@westernforest.com.

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Corey Bounds

Corey Bounds is risk assessment director of Continental Underwriters Inc., located in Richmond, VA. The company is a Managing General Agency and wholesaler providing the forest products industry in North America with a broad range of insurance and risk management solutions.

Continental Underwriters Inc. analyzes operations, pinpoints risks and provides solutions while consulting with mill owners and their employees. From hot work programs to housekeeping and fire protection engineering, they provide all the tools needed for a forest products company to run more smoothly and mitigate potential risks before they occur.

The company is a member of the Lake States Lumber Association, Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association, Appalachian Hard wood Manufacturers Inc., Hardwood Manufacturers Association and Virginia Forestry Association, among others.

Bounds has worked for Continental Underwriters for seven years, although he has been in the forest products industry for over 20 years. His experience includes working as a loss prevention representative for Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance, before moving on to become regional loss prevention manager for the Eastern United States. He has also spent considerable time training and educating underwriters to understand the unique aspects of each operation with which they work.

Bounds graduated in 2002 from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He currently resides in Mississippi with his wife and three children, where they enjoy spending time together camping, canoeing, playing baseball and softball and showing livestock. He is also actively involved in his community and church.

For more information, visit www.contund.com or email Corey at corey@contund.com.

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