Robert Jordan, IV, president and CEO of the Jordan Companies, is the 2021 Timber Processing Person of the Year, 14 years after his father, Bob Jordan, received the annual award, now in its 33rd year. Truly deserving of the award, Jordan, who operates one of largest single site southern yellow pine sawmills in Mt. Gilead, NC, produces 6MMBF of lumber per week. He is the third generation of Jordans to steer the ship in North Carolina, with three sons behind him eager to defy the odds and bring the company into the fourth generation of ownership stronger than ever before. The Jordan family is not only respected throughout the industry for their commitment to continual investment in, and embracing of, new technologies, but also because of a continued investment in the community they call home.
“Contrary to belief sawmillers are some of the great environmentalists. Growing trees clean more air. Managing a forest keeps the fire down. And providing steady jobs with great pay is an honorable thing. I have always been proud of how we do what we do,” Jordan says thinking back on his 30-plus year career that all comes back to the base of 70,000 plus acres of land and timber in North Carolina.
Read more about Jordan, his legacy, and what he thinks about the current lumber market in the January/February edition of Timber Processing.
Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Editor, Timber Processing January/February 2024
Some of the smartest men and women in the industry have graced the pages of this magazine—and have won the award of Timber Processing Person of the Year. They’ve all been incredibly worthy of this recognition for innovation, commitment and love of the industry they serve. Perhaps none have been quite as innovative as the introverted sawmiller from Georgia named Levi Anderson Pollard, V, whose name is on two of the patents that changed the way the sawmilling world manufactures and dries lumber (and on so many other patents as well).
Walter Jarck, whose career in the forest products industry spanned 65 years and ranged from logging machinery to engineered wood products, died January 3, surrounded by his children, in North Wilkesboro, NC. He was 92.
Carbotech Group has acquired Sawquip, a manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacture of sawmill equipment for the primary and secondary breakdown of logs into lumber. This acquisition allows Carbotech Group to add on a new field of expertise, providing customers with innovative new solutions for lumber production. Sawquip’s innovative products include log turners and optimized log infeeds, chipping canters, twin and quad circular saw modules, as well as optimized gangs for controlled shape sawing, among others.
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