Stimpson Retires After Active Career

Fred Stimpson, one of the Stimpson family members who ran Gulf Lumber Co. in Mobile, and who was most recently president of Canfor Southern Pine for six years, announced his retirement this past December. In April Canfor elected him to the company Board.

Stimpson, a Timber Processing Man of the Year in 2000, spent much of his lumber career with Gulf Lumber Co. sawmill and forestry operations. Educated in forestry, Stimpson became president of Gulf Lumber in 1987 and served in that capacity to 2009, which was the same year Gulf Lumber and Scotch Lumber merged to form Scotch Gulf Lumber, including the Gulf Lumber sawmill in Mobile and the Scotch sawmills at Jackson and Fulton, Ala. Stimpson served as CEO of Scotch Gulf Lumber.

Scotch Gulf Lumber sold to Canfor for $80 million in 2013 in a three-year purchase plan and Stimpson joined Canfor. In 2015, Stimpson became president of Canfor Southern Pine, based in Mobile, and led the company’s Southern U.S. business, helping the company expand from four mills to 15 operations including a transportation company for hauling lumber and wood residuals across the Southeast.

Stimpson’s successor as president of Canfor Southern Pine is Tony Sheffield. Previously, Sheffield served in financial and sales positions for Canfor Southern Pine, most recently as vice president of Southern Yellow Pine Sales and Marketing. He was chief financial officer for Scotch Gulf Lumber before the purchase by Canfor and was general manager at Scotch Lumber before that.

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