By Linda Jovanovich
HMA Executive Vice President
I’d like to thank all who participated in HMA’s recent Lake States Regional Meeting in Grand Rapids. It’s been a while since HMA traversed that neck of the woods. And it was great to see you all, and even greater to know that your hard work is paying off.
Special thanks to:
- Our tour hosts - Maple Rapids Lumber Mill, Inc., Devereaux Saw Mill Inc., Quality Hardwoods, Inc., Northwest Hardwoods, and Stiles Machinery, Inc.- for opening the doors of your facilities to the HMA, and for recognizing that we are all industry stakeholders working to advance the interests of the hardwood industry.
- Our meeting sponsors - Piché and Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods, Inc. Your generous support kept everyone safe and well fed. (The safety vests that all meeting attendees wore were compliments of Piché. And Wednesday’s buffet lunch was compliments of Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods, Inc.) Thanks so much for going the extra mile for the HMA.
- Our Wednesday evening dinner speaker, Dana Lee Cole, Executive Director of the Hardwood Federation. She gave us updates on two legislative efforts to help drive up demand for wood residuals and perhaps offer some incentives for increased use of these materials. (Biomass Thermal Utilization Act (BTU ACT) and Community Wood Energy Program (CWEP). She provided key policy updates as well.
Now, before you all get caught up in the sun and fun of the summer, I have the following three requests.
If you’ve yet to read Art Raymond’s May TrendTracker Update, make the time, please. Not only does he have his “finger on the pulse” of the sectors and metrics important to our industry, his Bottom Line comments chart a course for the future.
The final day to submit your completed Manufacturing Costs and Wage Survey was May 31. But the Beck Group has graciously allowed us some ‘wiggle room,’ and has moved the deadline to Monday, June 12. This Members Only project will not be offered again until 2020. I encourage you to participate, today.
And lastly, I hope you’ve marked your calendar for HMA’s Mississippi Valley Regional Meeting, September 27-28. Tours include: J.M. Jones Lumber Company, Inc., Natchez, MS, Rives & Reynolds Lumber Company, Inc., Natchez, MS, Fred Netterville Lumber Company, Woodville, MS, and Stella-Jones Corporation, Alexandria, LA. Interesting facilities to tour! Colleagues to catch up with! And most of all, great networking opportunities! Don’t miss this.
Head on out to that swimming pool, now! And be sure to keep hydrated…