WWPA Honors 2024 Master Lumberman

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Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) concluded its 2024 Annual Meeting recently at the Hotel Indigo in Vancouver, WA. The three-day event brought together industry leaders and members for a series of informative sessions, networking opportunities, and committee meetings.

A highlight of the event was a visit from U.S. Congressman Bruce Westerman, (4th District, Arkansas), during the WWPA Industry Breakfast. Westerman spoke about his background in forestry and about the future of the lumber industry. The audience also received a surprise visit from U.S. Representative Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (3rd District, Washington) who shared some of her insights working with the logging community in her district.

Another highlight of the meeting was the Master Lumberman Awards. The award recognizes outstanding lumber grading and quality control professionals in the Western lumber industry. It is a prestigious honor with only a select few achieving Master Lumberman status each year.

Below are the winners of the WWPA Master Lumberman Awards, Safety Awards and Hi-Q Awards:

2024 Master Lumberman:

Jeff Hahn – Idaho Forest Group

Tracey Row – Humboldt Sawmill Company

Hank Spears – Sierra Pacific Industries

Chris L. Cannon – Woodgrain

Joseph D. Krauss – Bright Wood Corporation

Chairman’s Award: Lowest 5-year incidence rate awards (2019-2023):

Hampton Lumber – Tillamook, OR

Interfor U.S., Inc. – Molalla, OR

Western Forest Products – Vancouver, WA

District Safety Awards: 2023 Lowest 1-year incidence rate awards by district

District 1: Hampton Lumber Mills Darrington Div. – Darrington, WA

District 2: Interfor U.S., Inc. – Philomath, OR

District 3: Woodgrain Lumber – Pilot Rock, OR

District 4: Montrose Forest Products – Montrose, CO

District 5: PotlatchDeltic Corporation – St. Maries, ID

Hi-Q Awards (2023 Recipients)

Boise Cascade Company – Kettle Falls, WA

C&D Lumber Company – Riddle, OR

Canyon Lumber Company, Inc. – Everett, WA

Interfor U.S. Inc. – Longview, WA

Mount Hood Forest Products – Hood River, OR

PotlatchDeltic Corporation – St. Maries, ID

Stimson Lumber Company – Plummer, ID

Stimson Lumber Company – St. Maries, ID

Stimson Lumber Company – Clatskanie, OR

Stimson Lumber Company – Tillamook, OR

Western Forest Products US LLC – Vancouver, WA

Willamina Lumber Company – Willamina, OR

The annual meeting concluded with the Industry Reception and Exchange Show, offering an- other opportunity for attendees to network. The annual meeting serves as a valuable platform for the WWPA to connect its mem- bers, address industry issues, and promote collaboration.

Learn more at www.wwpa.org.

By Zach Miller

Editor and fourth generation of the Miller family to work at Miller Wood Trade Publications.

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By Zach Miller

Editor and fourth generation of the Miller family to work at Miller Wood Trade Publications.

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