Spotten Lanternfly threatens southeastern PA hardwoods

The PA Department of Agriculture is launching a statewide campaign to increase awareness of the Spotted Lanternfly. The Spotted Lanternfly is currently only found in Southeastern PA, and we’re hoping to keep it that way! It is a major threat to some of our most valuable commodities, including: hardwoods, grapes, hops, stone fruits, apples, etc. Early detection is vital to control this invasive pest and protect Pennsylvania’s agriculture and natural resources-related businesses. Have you seen this bad bug? We need your help to stop the #SpottedLanternfly from spreading. It’s currently found only in southeastern Pennsylvania, but it’s an excellent traveler! It’s a major threat to our state’s $12 billion hardwoods industry. If you see it, report it! Visit www.agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternflyalert for information on what to look for and how to report your sightings.  ...

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KWPA shirts a success at Gilson’s Summer Snow Day

We recently attended Gilson’s Summer Snow Day event where we revealed our new KWPA tshirts! We were able to talk with many people about KWPA and invited them to sign up for our monthly newsletter, The Grain. Throughout the day we randomly chose a name to raffle off one of the new shirts. They were a big hit so stay tuned for future opportunities to get one! A big thanks to Gilson for hosting the event – we were stoked to be part of it....

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Summer reads for the woodworker

Whether you are looking for a book to relax with on the beach or something to wind down with at the end of the day in the comfort of air conditioning, these books are great options for someone who is in the woodworking industry. The Soul of a Tree: A Master Woodworkers Reflections By George Nakashima   Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking: Book 1: Joinery By Tage Frid   Good Clean Fun By Nick Offerman   Woodhicks and Bark Peelers By Ronald E. Ostman and Harry Littell   Pennsylvania Lumber Museum by Robert Currin, Art Becker This book can also be purchased at the PA Lumber Museum Gift...

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KWPA members working together for the Young Americans program

We are always excited to see what our members are doing to grow their businesses and organizations in the industry. However, we are even more excited to see when they are investing in the community and giving back. For example, just last week we had three of our members all involved in the same fundraising event! The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (a valued KWPA member) hosted its 16th Annual GSVCC Golf Classic while Ag Choice Farm Credit and Wood-Mode, two additional KWPA members, were Hole & Tee Partners for the event. The press release states, “The Annual Golf Classic is a special fundraising event to help support and promote the Young Americans program, an initiative that recognizes future leaders within 12 of our local private and public schools.” Way to go, members! You can read the full press release...

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Remmey, The Pallet Company uses PA trees to make shipping possible

94% of all pallets used are wooden because they are strong and durable (credit). They are used for shipping anything from heads of lettuce to lawn mowers. Because they are used for shipping nearly anything and everything, over 400 million new pallets were manufactured in 2011, over 470 million pallets were recovered out of which 326 million pallets were reused as pallets and the remaining 148 million were recycled to become other reprocessed products (credit).   Remmey, The Pallet Company are leaders in this industry. As a Pennsylvania-based business, most of their lumber comes from northcentral and northwestern Pennsylvania. Remmey consumed an impressive 32,000,000 feet of PA hardwood in 2016. The majority of their customers are located within 200 miles. With an impressive fleet of 14 tractors and 80 trailers, they are able to personally deliver their pallets to their customers.   Our customer base is a mix of industrial, pharmaceutical, electronics, food and packaging. “Everything manufactured in volume in the US gets shipped on a pallet”, states Don Remmey, “We sell pallets to Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey, they can load their product on those pallets and they can go anywhere in the world!” Pallets have to be heat treated to leave the US. About 30% of Remmey’s pallets are purchased with the intention to ship out of the country. While Remmey does not directly export pallets, their customers are authorized to export their product on Remmey pallets because the pallets are heat treated and stamped.   Remmey employs 125 people at their two locations, Beaver Springs in Snyder County and Lehighton in Carbon County. They have 4 full time salesmen that cover PA and New...

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Annual Meeting 2017

We had a great Annual Meeting this year! We looked back over achievements of the past year and looked ahead to where we are going. A number of KWPA members gave updates about special projects and goals for the next year. Scott Seyler addresses KWPA annual Meeting Scott Seyler, Dennis Waddell, Cooperative Education Coordinator, Corey Green, James Vanderlin Company, and Erich Doebler Pennsylvania College of Technology. Cherry and Hard Maple literature rack crafted by Corey Green of James Vanderlin and made from PA hardwoods sawn and kiln dried at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Elizabeth Biddle, Director of Corporate Relations at the Pennsylvania College of Technology addresses the KWPA Annual Meeting Cam Koons, Past Chair KWPA presents the 2017 Lauchle Scholarship Award (from left to right Eric Witmer, 2017 Recipient, Eileen Lauchle and Erich Doebler,...

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PA Hiking Week 2017

PA Hiking Week 2017 runs from Thursday, May 25 – Friday, June 2. Take an afternoon or a whole day to go out and enjoy our Pennsylvania forests! Here are just a couple suggestions for trails near Williamsport:   Loyalsock Trail Miles: 15 Elevation Gain: 4,576 feet Level: Difficult   Culbertson Trail Miles: 6.2 Elevation Gain: 2,368 feet Level: Moderate   Jacoby Hollow Miles: 3.3 Elevation Gain: 459 feet Level: Easy   Looking for a group hike? On June 4 there will be two group hikes. One will be at the Loyalsock Trail and the other at Jacoby Falls Trail. These trails will be led by the Loyalsock State Forest. Check out the...

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Students build wooden table for local resident who aspires to help the community

KWPA member SUN Area Technical Institute will never cease to impress you with the stories of hard work, dedication and craftsmanship that comes out of the Advance Wood & Welding program. However, there are some stories – like this one – that will just surprise you. The following is a story that combines community service, skill and compassion. We thank Mr. James Romig, the Advance Wood Instructor for the program, for sharing this with us! “Mike Hobbins has been a Susquehanna Valley resident for many years. Community members have enjoyed his positive demeanor and relentless will to help others, young and old! About 4 years ago, Mike was unfortunately shot in a hunting accident that left him permanently blind. Life as he knew it, instantly changed forever. A career as a highly skilled precision machinist was over. A love for maintaining his New Berlin real estate property with a pool, ceased. He and his wife had to adjust to this abrupt transition of being unemployed and life style change of helping others. Mike was in a very unfamiliar territory of not being able to assist  others, let alone trying to educate himself to this new life of darkness.     Through this tragedy, former Mifflinburg HS Football Coach Hobbins was introduced to Mr. Joseph Weisser by his vocational rehabilitation counselor. Instantly, a brotherly friendship was created. Mike started volunteering at SUN Area Technical Institute to assist Mr. Weisser in doing job interviews for all the students. Over the past 3 years, Mike has grown to learn many of the students and has volunteered 40-50 days a school year. He has not...

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Deer Park Lumber: future plans and past accomplishments

Deer Park Lumber specializes in high quality kiln dried Northern Appalachian Hardwood. Cherry, Red Oak, Hard Maple and Ash are just a few examples of what they currently offer. They focus on lumber products and forestry services including forest management. One of their main goals is to always be improving to keep up with changes in the market. Once again, they are making efforts this year to stay competitive. Future Plans “We are doubling the size of our grade line,” states Joe Zona of Deer Park Lumber, “We will have capacity to do more sorting when needed. Also, we are installing a Vision Tally system. This will improve our efficiency and give very accurate lumber tallies to our customers. Construction on the project is due to be complete mid to late April.” Past Accomplishments What is particularly unique about Deer Park Lumber is that you don’t have to look very hard to see that they highly value giving back to the community, promoting the industry at large, and making a great place to work. Here is a short list of some of their recent happenings: They recently sponsored and organized the 1st Annual Alift Golf Tournament. Proceeds benefited loggers (and their families) who suffered injuries in the field. Last spring, they supported the PFPA Log a Load for Kids pheasant hunt to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Pennsylvania. They are involved with local schools and have been able to promote the forest products industry to young students. Recently, the Miss Teen PA United States Agriculture visited and toured the Deer Park Lumber facility. Deer Park...

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Lewis Lumber Products specializes in “Intricate Detail Specialty” Millwork

Due to Pennsylvania’s rich lumber heritage, lumber mills and lumber products businesses are fairly common throughout the state. However, each business has something unique and different that sets them apart and caters to the needs of craftsmen in the area. Lewis Lumber Products provides products and services that are primarily for the cabinet, furniture and flooring industries. However, what makes them especially unique is their state-of-the-art dimension mill that allows them to provide precision custom moulding profiles at a standard-setting level. They specialize in providing value-added processes and product lines that grow out of lumber. They provide the means through which lumber is separated and manufactured according to width, length, grade, color, and grain. “Quality is our business,” states Lewis Lumber Products, “Our wholesale division specializes in “Intricate Detail Specialty” Millwork.  We have carved a niche for ourselves by demonstrating a penchant for diverse and complex moulding profiles.  We thrive on the tough jobs and relish the chance to work with exotic species.  Our confidence in our product is such that we guarantee first time quality in addition to 99% on-time delivery.” You can find Lewis Lumber products in Picture Rocks, PA. They extend their business to other Millwork and wood processing companies in a 250-mile radius of Williamsport, PA. Be sure to also visit The Hardwood Store in Picture Rocks where some of their finest work can be found. The Hardwood Store is our customer-friendly retail environment that carries moulding profiles in 6 species along with 36+ species of lumber in rough and surfaced forms. They currently have a number of live-edge tables for sale at The Hardwood...

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