Timber Processing’s October issue spotlights Jordan Lumber & Supply Co. of Mt. Gilead, NC as it continues to prove that it is one of the most progressive lumber operations in the country. A Massachusetts sawmill, steeped in tradition, focuses on education. Also, an article discusses the qualities and benefits of a good leader.
Potlatch Corp. is selling its oriented strandboard (OSB) plants at Grand Rapids, Bemidji and Cook, Minn., as well as a cogeneration facility to Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. for $457.5 million in cash, but is not selling its sawmill at Bemidji.
Principals of family-owned Jordan Lumber & Supply Co. rank among the nation’s most progressive independents in the business. The company’s second and third generation owners are forward-looking businessmen, always improving and updating production capabilities and ever vigilant in pursuing new opportunities to grow and expand.
For many sawmill owners, their business is a family one, handed down from generation to generation. The oldest of these mills started out of necessity—a town was going up and people needed lumber for their homes, churches and courthouses.
Everyone knows that quality leadership is an important part of every successful business. A good leader can drive an organization to ultimate success, while a bad leader can potentially run a business into the ground. But what exactly makes one leader better than another?
History is littered with stories of inventions that promised to change the world; however, there have been very few that have lived up to those promises. Never has this been more the case than with the Internet. The Internet sparked a true modern day gold rush. As with any gold rush very few people actually discovered gold and became millionaires.
The other day I had come to a stop at a stop sign when I glanced over at the adjacent grade school playground. There, to my enjoyment, a couple of dozen children were playing tug-of-war. We all played tug-of-war as children didn’t we? Two sides of kids pull on their respective ends of a rope, trying to drag the other side, one by one, across a line in the middle, or better yet down into a muddy pit.