HMA members and industry colleagues will soon be gathering in Grand Rapids for our 2017 Lake States Regional Meeting, May 24-25. If you are wondering whether this 36 hour event will benefit you, take a look at what’s being planned.
Wednesday, May 24
If you're looking to buy lumber or sell timber, then Richard and Kenneth Grubaugh are the guys that can help. They head up the experienced team at Maple Rapids Lumber Mill Inc., in St. Johns, Michigan. This family-owned operation, in business since 1973, will be tour stop number one. And we’re looking forward to it.
Tour stop number two will take us to Pewamo, Michigan and a visit with Devereaux Saw Mill Inc. One of the largest manufacturers and distributors of Michigan hardwoods, their mantra is integrity, honesty, hard work, and great people. And while “Sawmill” is part of the company name, they tell us that their facility is much more than just that.
After Devereaux, it’s on to Sunfield, Michigan and a visit with HMA member Quality Hardwoods, Inc. After a hearty lunch – be sure to thank Quality’s president, Luke Brogger, for arranging the accommodations for us - prepare to walk-off those calories with a tour of Quality’s extensive operation. Established in 1973, Luke tells us they house a modern, high-production band mill that produces approximately 12 million board feet per year.
We’ll wrap up Wednesday’s activities with an evening reception/dinner. As in past years, anticipate great networking opportunities, plenty of delicious food, and several hours of good old hardwood industry comradery.
Thursday, May 25
After an early breakfast, all roads lead to the yard facility of HMA member Northwest Hardwoods. Driven by a “pioneering spirit” and employing the most advanced technology, the Northwest name is synonymous with high quality and commitment. Special thanks to Delton Moore and company for opening their doors to the HMA.
Then before making our way to the Gerald Ford International Airport, we’ll visit the corporate location of industry supplier, Stiles Machinery, Inc. Inside sources tell us to be prepared for a series of equipment demonstrations, Q & A, and much more. Sounds like a fitting end to an action packed Regional.
Register to attend, today. You’ll not want to miss this HMA ‘members only’ event!