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The Issues

Straight from the print magazine, the editors use this column to provide deeper insights into features, provide editorial comments on current events, and maybe even ramble just a little bit. The Issues is your chance to peek into their minds.

Most Lumbermen Remain Optimistic

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing June 2022 – The great and colorful Satchel Paige, who pitched more than 20 years in the Negro Leagues before winding down his career pitching five seasons in the…

Our Fathers And Their Children

Our Fathers And Their Children

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing March 2022 – My father-in-law, Dr. Woodward D. Lamar, best known as Woodie, died on Thursday morning, February 24, after a brief illness. He was, as the obituary stated, “99 years of ageless…

Schooler Is Leaving Big Shoes To Fill

Schooler Is Leaving Big Shoes To Fill

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing January/February 2022 – 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…

2021 Will Go Down As One Busy Year

2021 Will Go Down As One Busy Year

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing December 2021 – As the year winds down, we once again take a quick look back through it. Needless to say, everything that happened rode on the dark wings of the pandemic…

Sawmill Industry Is Still In A Sprint

Sawmill Industry Is Still In A Sprint

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing November 2021 – The numbing noise of nothingness. I’m referring to those times in the lumber market cycle when profits don’t exist and pessimism takes hold. Anybody in the lumber industry who has some age on them has…

FS ‘Reassessment’ Runs Fire Risk

FS ‘Reassessment’ Runs Fire Risk

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Timber Processing October 2021 – Perhaps it was the 20-year lifespan of the contract, or maybe it was yet another fire season that scorched half a million acres in the state: What if we can’t deliver the timber that we promise? What if there are court cases…

SFPA Expo Gets It Done, TP&EE 2022 Next Up

SFPA Expo Gets It Done, TP&EE 2022 Next Up

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Timber Processing September 2021 – A tip of the cap goes to Eric Gee, executive director of Southern Forest Products Assn., and his SFPA team for producing an excellent machinery exposition in mid-August at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta…

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