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Date Posted: 6/1/2005

N.Y. Man Wins Contest Sponsored by Wood-Mizer

Jason Smith, owner of Westbury Lumber in Red Creek, N.Y., was the grand champion winner of the Business Best Contest sponsored by Wood-Mizer Products.

The contest recognizes sawyers who operate successful businesses with their Wood-Mizer sawmills. It is divided into three categories based on the type of sawmill: manual, professional or high-production models.

Jason’s company, now 10 years old, began with a portable Wood-Mizer sawmill set up in a vacant lot. It has evolved into a stationary grade hardwood sawmill business now equipped with a commercial LT300 mill from AWMV Industrial Products, a division of Wood-Mizer.

The other winners were Mike Gogo of Mike Gogo Cedar Mills in British Columbia and John Nieminen of Cooks Run Cedar in Iron City, Mich.

The contest drew nearly 50 entries.

Wood-Mizer is a leading manufacturer of portable band sawmills. For more information on Wood-Mizer sawmills, call the company at (800) 553-0182 or visit the Web site at www.woodmizer.com.

Pallet Consultants Names Groene VP-Operations

Pallet Consultants recently named Brian Groene as vice president of operations. His duties will include implementing controls to guide the company as it grows and expands.

Brian is a graduate of the University of Tampa, where he earned a degree in accounting. For the past several years he has been an owner of Precision Ammunition.

Brian began his career in the pallet industry in 1979 when he went to work for Suncoast Pallets. The company was purchased by Bromley in 1992, and Brian eventually became Bromley’s vice president of operations, as well as owner of the company. He left the company shortly after it was acquired by IFCO Systems.

H&S Adds Sales Office in Florida

H&S Forest Products, which is headquartered in Columbus, Oh., recently opened another regional sales office in Dade City, Fla.

The new office will be headed by chief executive officer Joseph Smith in order to better service customers and expand the company’s presence in the Southeast. Joe may be reached at (352) 588-3049.

H&S Forest Products now has six regional offices with others in East Palestine and Cleveland, Oh., Evansville, Ind., Collierville, Tenn. and Norco., Calif.








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