MAY 2021

Cover: Dempsey Wood Products Isn’t Slowing Down

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina – In a time when greenfield southern yellow pine sawmills are popping up like seedlings, Dempsey Wood Products (DWP) has been standing strong in South Carolina at its 32-year-old site.

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The Issues: It’s Next Up For Many Independent Sawmills

The cover story for this issue, on Dempsey Wood Products in Orangeburg, SC, provides further evidence that I am aging quickly. But in a good way. What I mean is, is that the current patriarch of the company, Ronald Dempsey, who is roughly my age, has passed along leadership of the company to his son, Parker, who is roughly the age of our editor, Jessica Johnson, who recently visited the mill and wrote the article.

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

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Dempsey Wood Products Isn’t Slowing Down

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Timber Processing

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina – In a time when greenfield southern yellow pine sawmills are popping up like seedlings, Dempsey Wood Products (DWP) has been standing strong in South Carolina at its 32-year-old site. DWP, led by Ronald Dempsey, son Parker Dempsey and project (and mill) manager Michael Gulley, has been moving about the mill the last few years, implementing major projects from one corner to the next. It’s not greenfield, but they’ve nearly built a complete new mill.

For Parker and Gulley, the greenfield designs aren’t fun. The challenge, and fun, comes in putting together the puzzle pieces. For Gulley, who isn’t family but is pretty close having grown up alongside the younger Dempsey and been nosing around the mill since high school, having owners who want to invest in the mill keeps it exciting. But also, he says, looking forward to the projects helps keep him, and the staff of more than 100, always on their toes.

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