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Cover: Rex Lumber Saw Shop Has Plenty On Its Plate

DOTHAN, Alabama – Circle sawing performance and filing efficiency at Rex Lumber are benefiting from a central filing room system that services and works up round saws running at multiple machine centers from the company’s three sawmills in Graceville and Bristol, Florida, and Troy, Alabama.

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THE ISSUES: Schooler Is Leaving Big Shoes To Fill

We’ve always considered our 34th Person of the Year, Eric Schooler, as one of the good guys. One reason, rather selfishly on our part, is because during his tenures at Hampton Lumber and Collins Companies, when we called up and asked if he would mind if our magazine editors visited his mills for an article, he usually said something to the effect of, “Come on.”


Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing


The new Angelina Forest Products SYP 305MMBF sawmill in Lufkin, Texas was the cover story for the July issue. Not long after, West Fraser Timber purchased it from the private investor ownership for $300 million.


SEELEY LAKE, Montana – Labor shortages have affected businesses all over, and the forest products industry is not immune. For instance, to keep pace with increased demand in recent markets, Pyramid Mountain Lumber has made adjustments in direct response to limited labor.

Article by David Abbott, Senior Associate Editor, Timber Processing

  • Jon Potter Heads Structurlam NW
  • AWC Establishes New Board Leaders
  • Workers’ Comp Group Honors Kennebec Lumber
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative Appoints New Officer
  • Versatile Gang
  • Wheel Loader
  • Chemical Sensing

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Lumberman To The Core: Eric Schooler Looks Back

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Timber Processing

WARRENTON, Oregon – Spanning six decades and ongoing, former Collins President and CEO and current Hampton Lumber Chairman of the Board Eric Schooler’s remarkable career tracks the development of modern North America sawmilling. Schooler started in the early 1970s in an industry just beginning to embrace widespread automation, with a digital revolution awaiting a decade later. As sawmill technologies and efficiencies developed, Schooler has implemented and applied systems to boost operations and profitability and seen the benefits of doing so.

However, it’s the melding of technological prowess with insightful operations and people management – within the context of organizational goals and objectives pursued among capital concerns and market conditions – that sets Schooler apart. What’s remarkable is his success at the two companies that have largely defined his career: 20 years as President and CEO of Collins until he stepped down a year ago, and two stints with Hampton Lumber as VP of Manufacturing prior to Collins and the ongoing role as Hampton Lumber’s board chairman.

Showing such innovative and successful leadership at both organizations and contributing to the lumber industry throughout his career is why Schooler is the 2022 Timber Processing Person of the Year. He’s Timber Processing’s 34th award winner, and it’s enlightening to hear what representatives from both companies have to say about him.

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