March 24, 2017 - The province of British Columbia is setting aside nearly $750,000 to help people living in the Revelstoke and Shuswap areas find jobs in the forestry sector.

Up to 16 people will be trained and prepared for employment through this opportunity.

“This is a great opportunity for local people to gain new skills, which will help them find work in the forestry sector through hands-on experience,” said Todd Stone, MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, in a news release.

The funding is being provided through a paid training opportunity with Okanagan College.

The training provided will include skills such as tree falling, machine work, forestry technology, and risk management, as well as practical job preparation skills.

“Forestry is an industry that brings great opportunities for people to build their careers through knowledge and hard work, and I’m excited to know the future is bright for the industry and for the participants in this project,” said Greg Kyllo, MLA for Shuswap and Parliamentary Secretary for the BC Jobs Plan, in the release.

B.C.’s forest industry employed nearly 60,000 people in 2016 and contributed $5.5 billion to the province’s economy in 2015.
March 24, 2017 - Tembec announced Friday a four-year $136 million capital investment program in its Quebec facilities to improve competitiveness, centered on its specialty cellulose pulp operation at the Temiscaming manufacturing site. Tembec is a leading global producer of specialty cellulose – processed from wood pulp – used to bind, strengthen, thicken and generally improve a great many products in the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, foods, coatings, electronics, construction and energy industries. Some sectors of the specialty cellulose market are experiencing annual growth in the four per cent range.

This investment qualifies Tembec to benefit from electricity rebates applicable to large industrial power users under the Electricity Discount Program for Consumers Billed at Rate "L". Tembec will be reimbursed for an amount of up to $55 million, representing 40 per cent of the $136 million investment.

The program, introduced in the Government of Quebec's 2016-2017 budget, applies to significant investments in the four-year period up to the end of calendar 2020 which increase productivity or improve energy efficiency.

"I want to acknowledge the significant support of the Government of Quebec for investment projects which improve the long-term competitiveness of Tembec's manufacturing operations in Quebec. Tembec is committed to maintaining a leadership position in the forest products industry, and today marks another major step toward that objective," said James Lopez, Tembec's President and Chief Executive Officer.

"It is critical to rely on innovation and modernization to promote the long-term strength of Quebec's forest products sector, to assure a sound future for our businesses, our workers and our communities. For this reason, our government works closely with companies to contribute to creating the conditions that allow them to achieve these ends. I salute the initiative of Tembec, a longstanding mainstay of the Quebec forest products industry, and a sustainability leader in this field," said Luc Blanchette, Quebec Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks.

The proposed investments will cover a number of upgrades at the Temiscaming site, including the long-planned replacement of 11 existing pulp digesters, a project required for the site to remain competitive in global markets. Work is already underway, with one digester replaced to date. Some of the new investment also will go toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as part of Tembec's long-term commitment to reducing its impact on climate change. The Temiscaming site's high-yield pulp and coated bleached board manufacturing facilities will also benefit from new investments as will the Matane high-yield pulp facility.

The Temiscaming site is supplied mainly with wood fiber from local forests and sawmills in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. Tembec has a total of some 1,500 employees in Quebec of which 800 work at the Temiscaming site.  

Tembec is a manufacturer of forest products – lumber, paper pulp, paper, and specialty cellulose pulp – and a global leader in sustainable forest management practices. Principal operations are in Canada and France. Tembec has approximately 3,000 employees and annual sales of approximately $1.5 billion. Tembec is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TMB).
March 24, 2017 - A Fleming College Urban Forestry Technician (UFT) student has received the prestigious Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award.

Reginald Eddy, in semester five of UFT, was one of two Canadian students to receive the award, which includes a $12,000 bursary and the opportunity to travel on exchange to the United Kingdom to complete a forest internship.

The award, handed out through the Canadian Institute of Forestry, is offered to recent graduates or any student studying forestry in Canada at the diploma, undergraduate degree or master’s degree level. Eddy has made history as the first diploma student to have ever been selected for the award.

“Having an opportunity to work in the Duchy of Cornwall, an incredibly historic and well-managed private estate, is something I can barely imagine. I am looking forward most, to being emerged in such a culturally significant part of the United Kingdom,” said Eddy. “My take away, I hope, will be a more encompassed understanding of the forestry industry and the addition of international connections in my professional network.”  

“This is an incredible achievement for Reg, for our program and for Fleming College. We are so proud of him,” said Tom Mikel, Coordinator of Fleming’s Forestry and Urban Forestry Technician programs.

The Urban Forestry Technician Co-op program is offered at Fleming’s Frost Campus within the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. Fleming’s UFT program was designed as a unique diploma-degree program in partnership with the University of New Brunswick (UNB). Students spend two years at Fleming and two years at UNB and graduate with both a diploma and a degree in just four years.
March 22, 2017 - Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre and FPInnovations have announced three winners in the initial stage of the FPInnovations-ARCTIC Forest Inventory Challenge — Arbonaut Oy, Lim Geomatics Inc., and Object Raku Technology — a program designed to accelerate innovative technologies to support sustainable forest managements and job creation.

Selected from a pool of global innovators, the three winners will use the funding to continue developing their remote-sensing solutions for conducting forest inventories over the next six months with the support of Foresight’s mentor network. One company will then be selected for additional funding and will be invited to field test their technology in western Canada. The winner will be announced in mid-2017.

“Studies indicate that improving quality and frequency of data collection using next-generation remote sensing solutions can save approximately $100 million per year for the British Columbia forest sector. These solutions are expected to provide accurate information on the species, size and quality of the trees in the forests at a lower cost than currently possible. They will also positively contribute to environmental and wildfire management planning,” according to a statement from the parties. 

“The technologies developed by these companies have the potential to deliver both environmental and economic benefits,” said Neil Huff, managing director of Foresight. “Not only will they help Canadian forestry companies reduce their environmental impact, but they will potentially create local manufacturing jobs, build capacity, and drive the need for locally sourced equipment and services.”

“The forest sector is currently facing many exciting challenges that have the potential to be resolved using the right mix of technology, research and innovation,” added Pierre Lapointe, president and CEO of FPInnovations. “The FPInnovations-ARCTIC Forest Inventory Challenge demonstrates the incredible opportunities available to high-tech companies interested in working hand-in-hand with the forest sector to explore new approaches to complex issues.”

March 22, 2017 - Ontario Provincial Police announced that a woman was arrested in Sudbury on Monday at a logging road blockade.

The 60-year-old protester was detained and charged with causing mischief and failing to comply with conditions of an undertaking, The Canadian Press reported.

OPP said the woman is scheduled to appear in court in Sudbury on April 5. | READ MORE
March 20, 2017 - Nova Scotia is adopting changes to the National Building Code, which include increasing the maximum height of wooden residential buildings from four to six storeys. 

The Fire Safety Act and Regulations will also be changed to enhance safety requirements for the taller wood buildings. 

"These changes will align the provincial building code with the latest National Building Code standards," said Zach Churchill, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Allowing taller wooden buildings will open up new, sustainable opportunities for the forestry sector in our province.”

The province is also updating its own accessibility regulations to improve barrier-free provisions in washrooms, requirements for power door operators and barrier-free paths of travel. 

“Nova Scotia's accessibility requirements are stricter than the ones in the National Building Code,” said Mr. Churchill. “I want to thank the disability community for their feedback on the building code changes, which will improve barrier-free design in our province.”

The changes will come into effect on April 1. 

The province consulted on building code changes with representatives of persons with disabilities, the construction industry, building officials, and other industry groups. It was a complementary process to the ongoing Accessibility Act consultations.

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March 16, 2017 - The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has become Corporate Partner of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to help advance shared priorities in the areas of economic growth, innovation and sustainable land-use management.

"In many rural and northern communities across Canada the forest sector is a critical driver of the local economy" says FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor. "But we bring real benefits to all cities through the innovative products we make as well as the environmental benefits with a sustainably managed forest". Nighbor adds, "We look forward to working with FCM in driving an agenda which is good for the environment and the economy."

"Canada's forest sector provides more than 230,000 jobs in over 200 communities across the country—including many rural communities—so FCM welcomes them as a corporate partner," said FCM president Clark Somerville. "Tackling climate change and creating a green economy are FCM priorities, and Canada's forest sector will be an important partner for us in this regard."

Under the new agreement, FPAC will have the opportunity to share information and work directly with FCM's 2,000 member municipalities on policies and initiatives that address climate change and support local job creation. This includes having a role at FCM's national Conferences that allows for real-time exchange of ideas and issues that advance shared priorities.
March 15, 2017 - According to some forest industry observers, Canada is in a better position to handle a softwood trade war with the U.S. today than it was a decade ago. But that doesn't include the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

A new report says they are likely to experience struggles if lumber duties are put into place in a few weeks. 

Some B.C.-based companies, including West Fraser, Canfor and Interfor already bought sawmills in the states during a period of peace on this issue.

“The big players in the West are now in a more comfortable position than they were 10 years ago,” head of the Quebec Forest Industry Council Andre Tremblay told the Canadian Press. “We are in a much more delicate situation now than during the last conflict.”

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March 14, 2017 - The federal government has committed up to $43 million to support clean energy projects at the pre-commercialization stage.

B.C.-based Canfor Pulp Products Inc. is receiving $13-million through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to further develop and demonstrate its biofuels project. The resulting biocrude could be refined by existing refineries into next-generation biofuels and biochemicals that can be easily integrated into conventional fuels markets.

"We have the opportunity to create a truly renewable biofuel that can easily integrate with conventional fuels to dramatically lower environmental impacts. This funding from SDTC provides critical support as we look to operationalize this truly transformative green technology," Martin Pudlas, vice-president of operations for Canfor Pulp Products Inc., said in a news release.

Another $20-million investment was announced by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. The $20 million is half of a $40-million joint initiative that will be matched by British Columbia. The aim is to help companies with projects at the prototype, field testing and demonstration stages.

Applications for the new funding will be accepted in early April 2017 by SDTC.

In addition to Canfor, Bains also announced funding for another B.C. company developing clean technology.

The Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC), a Burnaby-based joint venture with Germany's Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company is receiving $10 million to develop new automotive fuel cell modules. The technology has the potential to reduce the difference in cost between fuel cell and combustion engine vehicles. The project has drawn over $70 million in global investment into Canada, for a total project value of $88 million.

"Canadian companies are partnering to lead on clean technology innovation, from fuel cells to biofuels. The investments announced today will create new jobs and provide environmental benefits to British Columbians and all Canadians," Leah Lawrence, president and CEO of STDC, said in the release.

March 10, 2017 - Warren Spitz, President and CEO of Upper Canada Forest Products Ltd., is pleased to announce that our company is a winner of the Canada's Best Managed Companies program.

"Our culture is our most important strategic asset," said Spitz, "and we are focused on creating a place where people will be challenged, recognized, rewarded and celebrated. Being recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed companies is an honour and confirms that our vision and mission are sustainable and successful."

Established in 1993, Canada's Best Managed Companies is one of the country's leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. The 2017 Best Managed program recognizes the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies with revenue over 015 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

"Best Managed companies deserve recognition for their entrepreneurial approach to excelling in an uncertain economic climate. They truly bring out the best in Canadian business Leadership," said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte and Co-Leader Canada's Best Managed Companies Program.

The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums.
March 9, 2017 - Housing starts are now on pace to hit 204,669 units in Canada, whereas January saw them hitting 200,255 units, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This trend measure is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.

“This winter has seen Canada's national housing starts trend upward, supported mostly by increased construction of homes in Ontario,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC Chief Economist. “New single-detached home construction in Ontario is reaching levels not seen in the province since July 2008 — offsetting recent slowdowns in British Columbia.”

Monthly highlights
  • Condominium starts in the Montréal area increased considerably in February. The hike was mainly due to construction starting on some large real estate projects in the downtown Montréal-Griffintown sector. Activity on the new condominium market therefore remains strong in this zone, as these new units add to the nearly 3,000 units currently under construction.
  • Sherbrooke has seen a rebound in single-detached housing starts in recent months. Lower supply on the resale market and a favourable job market have stimulated demand for new homes. In 2016, employment in Sherbrooke continued to grow, and the year ended with net gains in full-time jobs among people aged 25-44. These factors should support housing demand in 2017.
  • In Toronto, low supply in the resale market resulted in demand spilling over into the new home market, particularly for low rise homes. Single-detached home starts were at their highest level for February in more than ten years. The total housing starts trend remained steady in February despite a drop in apartment starts.
  • St. Catharines saw February 2017 housing starts reach the highest level for any February since 1991. A third of starts were townhouses and two-thirds were new singles across the region. This comes on the heels of a strong year for St. Catharines starts, where demand has been driven in large part by the relative affordability of housing compared to neighbouring markets.
  • February saw total housing starts more than double in Winnipeg compared to the same period last year. New construction of multi-family units continued to drive total starts higher, with both purpose built rental and condominium units increasing year-over-year. Single-detached starts were also up by roughly 30% reflecting low inventories of completed and unsold new homes in 2016.
  • Multi-family home construction more than doubled in Edmonton last month from the same period last year. This was unexpected given the near record levels of complete and unsold apartments on the market. The Edmonton apartment inventory has been high since the start of 2016.
  • Housing starts in the Victoria CMA trended upwards in February. In particular, there was a surge in single-detached home starts in the West Shore municipalities. New construction has been supported by low inventories of homes for sale and strong migration to the region.
CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a more complete picture of Canada’s housing market. In some situations analyzing only SAAR data can be misleading, as they are largely driven by the multi-unit segment of the market which can vary significantly from one month to the next.

The standalone monthly SAAR of housing starts for all areas in Canada was 210,207 units in February, up from 208,934 units in January. The SAAR of urban starts increased by 0.9 per cent in February to 193,035 units. Multiple urban starts decreased by 4.7 per cent to 121,164 units in February, while single-detached urban starts increased by 12.1 per cent, to 71,871 units. Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17,172 units.

Preliminary Housing Starts data is also available in English and French through our website and through CMHC’s Housing Market Information Portal. Our analysts are also available to provide further insight into their respective markets.

As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers objective housing research and information to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry.

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March 7, 2017 - Excellence in contemporary design and building with wood was celebrated Monday evening in Vancouver at the Wood Design Awards in B.C. More than 400 distinguished design and building professionals gathered for the 13th annual event at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West), including architects, structural engineers, project teams, local government, industry sponsors and guests. Winners and nominees of the Wood WORKS! BC 2017 Wood Design Awards were honoured and recognized for their leadership and innovation in structural and architectural wood use.

The awards also marked the end of Wood Week BC – four events over 10 days that focused on the latest trends and topics on wood design and construction with a range of educational and networking opportunities. 

There were 114 nominations in 13 categories for the 2017 awards – a record number - with nominations from all over the province, as well as some national and international project submissions from as far away as Shanghai, China.  All projects showcase distinctive and unique qualities of wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, and cost-effectiveness in a wide range of projects and a variety of wood uses.

Lynn Embury-Williams is executive director of Wood WORKS! BC. "With wood now recognized for its ability to significantly reduce carbon impacts in our built environment and increase construction efficiency, it is playing a leading role in a design and building revolution. The relentless exploration of new frontiers with wood is the foundation of our awards program and the projects presented here this evening provide a view into the future," she said.

The panel of four judges included Adele Weder, MASA, MRAIC (Hon), Architectural Journalist and Critic,Vancouver, B.C.; Bob Smith, BScF, MSc, General Manager – Specialty Products Sales & Manager, Canfor,Vancouver, B.C.; Karla Fraser, Senior Project Manager, Urban One Builders, Vancouver, B.C.; and Ed Lim, P.Eng., United Building Systems, Vancouver, B.C.

The Wood Champion Award was presented to Dana Westermark, Oris Consulting, Richmond, who was one of the first to establish wood as the best material for a significant new market sector: five- and six- storey mid-rise wood frame residential construction. He has willingly shared the lessons he learned, and inspired and supported a team of consultants in the development of this new type of construction.

Fast + Epp, Vancouver, an internationally respected firm that has led the way for wood in many of Canada'smost innovative wood structures, was the recipient of the Engineer Award. The firm's projectGrandview Heights Aquatic Centre, Surrey, was cited in the nomination for its unique undulating roof structure, which achieves the significant clear spans required for pools, and ensures long-term operational cost savings.

The Architect Award was presented to HCMA Architecture + Design, Vancouver.  The firm, which has earned many significant awards for its work, has been a leader in supporting the movement toward using wood as a first choice in design and construction. The firm has also recognized the important economic, social and cultural aspects to the livelihood of many British Columbian communities that the wood industry provides.

The Wood Innovation Award recognizes creative and innovative approaches in the use of wood in building design, product design and/or processes.  The winner of this category was Iain Weir-Jones, Weir-Jones Group,Vancouver, for Shoreline by MGA in Vancouver. The jury felt that the wood created a contemporary design with unique warmth and character to stimulate and promote a healthy office and shop environment.

The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, represented by Brett Crawley, Vancouver, was presented with the Environmental Performance Award for Bella Bella Passive House, Bella Bella. The jury was impressed with the efficiency of the modular construction which employed less material waste, required fewer material deliveries (further reducing the carbon footprint) and reduced the dust, noise, air and water pollution, compared to traditional on-site construction methods.

Winners in the wood design categories include:

Residential Wood Design: Bo Helliwell and Kim Smith, Helliwell + Smith | Blue Sky Architecture, West Vancouver - Arbutus House, Victoria

Multi-Unit Residential Wood Design: Innovation Building Group Ltd., represented by: Ron Nadeau, Whistler -Solana, Whistler

Commercial Wood Design: Chris Jacques, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd., Vancouver - Tsawwassen Mills,Tsawwassen

Interior Beauty Design: Rod Windjack, HDR | CEI Architecture Associates Inc., Vancouver - Mulgrave Senior School Addition, West Vancouver

Institutional Wood Design - Small: Shelley Craig, Urban Arts Architecture, Vancouver - UBC Engineering Student Centre, Vancouver

Institutional Wood Design - Large: Patkau Architects, represented by: Patricia and John Patkau, Vancouver -Audain Art Museum, Whistler

Western Red Cedar: Franc D'Ambrosio, D'AMBROSIO architecture + urbanism, Victoria - Cadboro Bay Residence, Saanich

International Wood DesignMichael Green, MGA | MICHAEL GREEN ARCHITECTURE, Vancouver | Steve Cavanaugh, DLR Group, Chicago, IL, U.S. - T3, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.

Jury's Choice award: Kengo Kuma, Kengo Kuma and Associates, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan - Shaw Tower Teahouse, Vancouver

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Award, part of the North American-wide Wood Design Awards, was presented to the Oregon-based architecture firm Hacker, for its project, Lakeside at Black Butte Ranch, Black Butte, Oregon.

"We thank all the nominees for their ingenuity and innovation with wood design and building that continues to make British Columbia a leader nationally and internationally," concluded Ms. Embury-Williams.
March 7, 2017 - Kobelco Construction Machinery USA continues to expand representation in the North American market by adding Guydrolic, Inc. to its growing dealer network. Guydrolic will represent the full line of Kobelco excavators in Normandin, Que.

“We have been familiar with the Kobelco product line for many years and we know firsthand the strong reputation that the brand carries,” states Guy Turcotte, president of Guydrolic, Inc. “Kobelco excavators are well-known for being robust, reliable machines and we’re excited to now offer them to our customers.”

Kobelco has long been recognized for its world class line of excavators. In order to continuously improve its singular product line, the team of Kobelco engineers and field experts dedicate substantial time and effort into the research and development of today’s leading technologies and machinery. Kobelco ensures the delivery of excavators that can withstand the day-to-day rigors of demanding jobsites, while providing operators with all the production and comfort features required for a profitable days work.

The staff of Guydrolic will be working closely with Kobelco to gain the required sales and product support training to deliver on the Kobelco promise of customer satisfaction. Guydrolic will provide professional sales and service support on all Kobelco excavators from their locations in Normandin, Que.
March 6, 2017 - Global sales of construction equipment are expected to increase seven per cent this year, according to updated forecasts from specialist market intelligence company Off-Highway Research. The number of machines sold in 2017 is expected to reach 695,142 units worldwide, compared to the 650,133 pieces of equipment sold in 2016, which represented the bottom of the industry’s economic cycle. 

David Phillips, managing director of Off-Highway Research said, “Sales of construction equipment last year were affected by weak economic growth worldwide and low global prices for many commodities. These factors had a knock-on effect for the demand for most types of machinery, particularly equipment used in mining and other extractive industries. However, with commodity prices rising as 2016 went on, sales picked up in a number of key markets.” 

Of particular significance this year is the expected return to growth for the Chinese market, which bottomed-out in 2016 after five years of steeply falling sales. However, even with the 13 per cent rise in sales forecast for 2017, demand in China will still only be some 30 per cent of what it was in the boom years of 2010 and 2011. 

Meanwhile, the robust Indian market is forecast to go from strength to strength. Equipment sales grew a remarkable 40 per cent last year thanks to increased investment and a pick-up in project implementation in the country’s infrastructure market. This is expected to drive consistent and steady growth in Indian construction equipment sales for the next five years, and as the industry matures India could emerge as a significant regional manufacturing hub. 

Meanwhile, the mature markets of Europe, Japan and North America suffered a three per cent fall in sales last year, with factors such as uncertainty in the run up to the US presidential elections and the UK’s Brexit referendum harming business confidence. Growth is expected to return this year, particularly in Japan and North America, while the outlook in Europe is for a flatter market. 

The long-term outlook for the global construction equipment market is for a period of moderate growth, which should see sales rise from the low point of 650,133 units in 2016 to around 810,000 machines being sold in 2020 and 2021 – a 25 per cent increase in total. 

In value terms, the market is expected to rise 28 per cent over the same period, with sales increasing from US$69.8 billion in 2016 to US$89.3 billion in 2020. This reflects an expected resurgence in some higher value types of equipment over the coming years, most notably crawler excavators and rigid dump trucks.
March 6, 2017 - Hammond Lumber Company announced today a transition in leadership with the appointment of Mike Hammond as president and CEO. The vice-president for the past 20 years, Mike is following a natural succession as did his father, Don Hammond, the previous president since 1997 who will become vice president. As a Maine-based, 3rd generation, family-owned building supply business, Hammond Lumber Company has been in operation for more than 60 years manufacturing eastern white pine lumber and is one of the largest independent building material retailers in the northeast.

"I am humbled and proud of the opportunity I have been given. As we continue to grow, we have developed a strong core of experienced and knowledgeable employees that are committed to providing exceptional customer service. I'm eager to continue investing in Hammond Lumber Company's long-term growth and vitality. While my title has changed, this is part of the natural management succession plan we've had in place for many years. Our company is built on the strong values established by my grandparents, Clifton "Skip" and Verna Hammond, when they founded the company in 1953 and those values are stronger than ever. Today, my father, Don, is in great health and has no immediate plans to retire. Ultimately, our success as a company isn't about one person, it is about our hard-working employees who provide great personalized service to our customers," said Mike Hammond, president of Hammond Lumber Company.

Nationally, Hammond Lumber Company ranked 35th in sales on the 2016 ProSales 100 List. The company has 460 employees with 13 retail locations across Maine and is a longstanding manufacturer of high-quality eastern white pine lumber. In 2016, Hammond Lumber Company had sales revenue of $151 million.

Mike Hammond, who represents the third generation in the Hammond Lumber family, received his B.S. in business administration from the University of Southern Maine. He lives with his wife Amy in Belgrade, Maine. The couple has two daughters, Sadie, who is a sophomore pursuing a degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee and Bethany, a high school senior at Saint Dominic Academy.
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