As part of the June issue of Timber Processing, the 2020 Sawmill Operations and Capital Expenditure Survey included a special set of questions relating directly to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which at the time of the survey mailing was still very fresh. One of the survey questions listed 10 items for lumbermen to choose any or all of as to the impact of the virus crisis on their business and actions they’ve taken. “Have enhanced employee safety measures,” received the largest response at 68%, though that figure is probably higher by now.
“We have communicated continuously with our employees and families to ease anxiety surrounding the virus,” says Richie LeBlanc, president of Hunt Forest Products/LaSalle Lumber in Louisiana. “It has been somewhat difficult to make decisions using data that becomes obsolete in a few hours. Our folks have responded admirably during the crisis.”
“One of our biggest challenges has been maintaining our employees morale and sense of well being while dealing with potentially ill employees.” comments Wes Grant, President, Cross City Lumber in Cross City, Fla. “Production efficiencies have been markedly impacted while trained operators have been out due to testing and quarantining of themselves and family members.”
Next highest on the list of items selected was “seeing significant lumber price decline” at 57%. That was followed by “applied for government payment protection loan” with 37%, and “changed hours of sawmill operation” at 34%.
A good portion of the respondents, 18%, said they had laid off employees.
Responses are from personnel representing approximately 260 sawmills across the U.S. and Canada.
Every year, millions of workers get injured on the job, and a significant number of reported occupational injuries are hand related. But some of the best companies have managed to reduce hand injuries by 50, even 90 percent. How?
Brad Thorlakson, President and CEO of Tolko Industries, has announced that Pino Pucci, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Logistics will assume a newly created interim role as Tolko’s Chief Operating Officer. “This role has been created to support our succession planning process, as Pino will eventually succeed me as President & CEO,” Thorlakson says. “Pino’s proven leadership experience, significant focus on people and…
Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Editor, Timber Processing September 2023 – Unlike my dear old boss Rich Donnell, I did not grow up in Nashville. When the Southern Forest Products Assn. announced the move from my beloved hometown of Atlanta, Ga. for its Forest Products Machinery & Equipment EXPO…
Find Us On Social
The monthly Timber Processing Industry Newsletter reaches over 4,000 mill owners and supervisors.
Timber Processing is delivered 10 times per year to subscribers who represent sawmill ownership, management and supervisory personnel and corporate executives. Subscriptions are FREE to qualified individuals.
Complete the online form so we can direct you to the appropriate Sales Representative.