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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Give the Gift of Love from the Hardwood Forests of Pennsylvania with Edelholz

“Jason and Julie stepped closer to the flowing stream as they walked deeper into the forest. They both knew that soon the forest would open to reveal a scenic pond surrounded by ancient shade trees…” This is the beginning of The Edelholz Fable, written by Richard Cormell, that delightfully tells the story of a group of trees sharing about their great impact on the world. Each species shares how it contributes to daily life or played a large role in a historic event. The Edelholz Fable can be read on the Edelholz website. The creation of this story captures just how much Edelholz values Pennsylvania forests. They offer a wide variety of products designed from hardwoods in PA. Hand-crafted furniture is one of their top products. During production, each piece has been marked with an Edelweiss flower to indicate to the consumer that it is a genuine Edelholz product and made from PA timber, some of which harvested by themselves. Production is done locally by finely skilled craftsmen. Edelholz was featured on WNEP’s Home & Backyard where you’ll learn more about their store, The Point Barn as well as product offerings including Penn State items, and their cheese, jams and honey. Plus, you will learn how they have been supporting KWPA! Edelholz and KWPA KWPA is very grateful for Edelholz’ support of and donation to KWPA’s scholarship funds. “I feel it is important to support organizations such as KWPA because there is a definite need to educate the public on the positive impact that the hardwood industry has on our lives including employment opportunities, creating wildlife habitat, providing recreational...

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AgChoice Farm Creidit can help you with your company’s new year goals

One of our goals at KWPA is to make sure our members, and general public, are aware of resources that can help them be successful in the lumber and forest products industry. Some of the best resources we can promote are actually our members themselves! This month we are featuring KWPA member, AgChoice Farm Credit. AgChoice Farm Credit exists to serve the needs of the agricultural industry and rural communities that it supports. AgChoice Farm Credit’s Services AgChoice Farm Credit provides helpful services to those who have animal and/or plant farms, country homesteads, and also the forest products industry. Q: What does AgChoice Farm Credit do for those who are in the forest/lumber industry? A: AgChoice Farm Credit is a member-owned farm and forest products cooperative, providing reliable and timely loans, lines of credit, leases and letters-of-credit for any creditworthy forest products operation in Pennsylvania. For 100 years, our loans and other products have helped our customer-owners purchase timber, timber contracts, timberland, sawmill equipment, trucks and trailers, logging equipment, road bonds, buildings and a host of other needs. Learn more at agchoice.com. Benefits of working with AgChoice Farm Credit Q: What are the benefits of working with AgChoice Farm Credit? A:  We know the industry. We have a dedicated, dependable Forest Products Credit department that specializes in forestry and timber-related lending. We visit our customers at their location, getting to know their operation and their people. Working with AgChoice Farm Credit AgChoice Farm Credit has multiple locations across the state of Pennsylvania that are operated by experienced managers who know the industry. Q: What steps would someone need to...

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Welcome to new KWPA member: Tilo Industries

We are always excited to have new members join KWPA. We’ve recently had the privilege of welcoming Tilo Industries in Lewisburg, PA. Tilo Industries specializes in creating architectural millwork and mouldings, furniture and cabinet components from hardwood that is responsibly harvested. They work with a wide range of hardwood species including Ash, Pine, Cherry, Walnut, Oak and Maple varieties and more. Their craftsmen work hard to create end results that they are proud of. They specialize in custom orders, value added services, and can take on rush jobs. Tilo’s services & offerings Architectural Millwork & Mouldings From small custom jobs to large-scale projects, Tilo delivers: precision-cut moulding using the most advanced technology available high quality and consistent in both the raw material we buy from reputably environmentally suppliers and the finished product you receive attention to craftsmanship you won’t find at a large supermarket-style lumber yard Standard and Custom Moulding Profiles They offer a large variety of moulding profiles, from astragal, crown, dentil and beaded insert moulding to banisters, flooring, cabinetry and window sills, all in a wide variety of wood species. Custom Profiles If you have an idea or a sketch, but can’t find the match in any catalog of standard profiles, Tilo can take your sketch, CAD drawing, photo, rendering or existing sample and develop a custom moulding using leading edge technology. Moulding Sanding — Finish-Ready All of the millwork and mouldings Tilo makes are smooth and chatter-free because of their precision technology and high level of professionalism. Un-sanded, their moulder-run product has a superior, smooth finish. Rotating knives do make cutter marks–which are different from chatter...

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Gilson Snowboards uses PA-grown poplar trees

In the winter of 1965, Michigan resident Sherman Poppen invented one of the very first snowboards, called a Snurfer. He created it by attaching two small skis together to make a wider board on which the rider would stand and hold a lanyard that was attached to the front. This invention was inspiring and started what has snowballed into a popular culture among many adventure-seekers. Adding to the story of the history of snowboard crafters is featured KWPA member, Gilson. Gilson prides themselves in “building snowboards that enhance your experience on the mountain.” Their snowboards are crafted right in Pennsylvania from Pennsylvania Poplar trees that are locally grown and harvested sustainably. With the use of modern technology, they are able to create snowboards with the highest quality of construction. Plus, all of their work is done under one roof. Curious to see how it is done? Watch the video below! Gilson is getting ready to launch their Demo Tour where they’ll be traveling over 20,000 miles in a 1970’s Airstream hitting 10 different states across the U.S. Check their website for updates about tour stops and sponsor information! In the mean time, locals can enjoy a free hot roll wax on your snowboard or skis at Gilson’s location every Friday from November 15-December 15. Their hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 9am-7pm, Fridays from 9am-9pm, and Saturdays from 9am-7pm. Check out Gilson...

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KWPA meets with Lycoming County school guidance counselors

On Monday, October 10th, KWPA had an exceptional opportunity to meet with 30 guidance counselors from different Lycoming County schools. The counselors were on a tour learning about different job opportunities in the area and what skills were required for these jobs. Closing the tour for the day was Penn College of Technology where KWPA was able to share about the lumber and forest products industry in PA. Erich Doebler, Forestry Instructor and KWPA board member, spoke on behalf of KWPA. These types of opportunities are what KWPA looks forward to because one of our major goals is to be able to create partnerships with schools to create interest in the lumber and wood products companies. We also strive to promote jobs in the industry, so meeting with guidance counselors this week was an ideal opportunity for KWPA! We are looking forward to continuing to grow relationships with the connections we made during the presentation. Thank you to our members who make days like this possible! The KWPA presentation was held at: Pennsylvania College of Technology  Herman T. Schneebeli Earch Science Center 203 Allenwood Camp Lane Montgomery,...

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KWPA member SUN Tech prepares students for wood products manufacturing careers

October’s Featured KWPA member, SUN Area Technical Institute (SUN Tech), offers a unique and fitting program for students in the New Berlin, PA area: Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing. This program prepares students for a solid career in the wood products manufacturing industry. When students complete the 990 hour program, they are fully qualified for a career as a machine operator, production worker, finisher or technician. “My interest in woodworking began when I saw my grandfather’s shop that he worked in. I took my first wood shop class in ninth grade, and developed a passion for woodworking. I love the precision of it, and working with my hands. I plan on attending college and hope to start my own business one day.” – Student The program has had great success given the school’s location in the heart of PA’s lumber industry. Wood Products Manufacturing Instructor, Jim Romig, shared with us, “We are very fortunate to have such a high number of woodworking companies in our local area!” Students have gone on to work at companies like WoodMode, Conestoga Wood Specialties, Northway Industries, Heister House Millworks, Stanley Woodworking, Ralph Stuck Lumber, Bingaman & Son Lumber, Alderfer Lumber, Yorktown, and others. Romig also shared that students who graduate the program and pursue careers in the industry typically have multiple opportunities for employment. Students have also been more apt to further their education with post-secondary institutions like Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, which ranks as one of the best Technical Colleges in PA and boasts an Associates Degree in Cabinetmaking. “My great uncle is a craftsman and I learned to love woodworking by...

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Interview with PA wood crafter Dave Corle, Sr

National Forest Products Week is observed during the third week in October. To celebrate this national week, we reached out to a local PA wood crafter, David Corle, Sr, to learn more about his artistic process and interaction with our forests. Q: Have you always been interested in woodworking? How did you get started? I have. I like to think it’s in my genes. My great uncles and grandfather, on my mothers’ side, were incredible craftsmen. As for myself, I started working for a local home builder when I was a teen. I fell immediately in love with building. From there I worked for several construction companies and started my own company in 1982. I have had a good run; I’ve met a lot of nice people over the years through my business. I always enjoyed creating rustic twig and log pieces for my family. Over the years I have made log beds, various chairs, barstools, and lamps, among other items. Q: You state on your PA Wilds Cooperative profile page that your art “hearkens to, in some respects, a simpler time”; why is this important to you? I was born into a family of six children. I was raised to make do with what was on hand and to create to the best of my ability. This remains true today; at times when creating a new piece I use some unconventional methods. Nostalgia plays a part, but more importantly I find it very rewarding to create pieces with wood-to-wood joinery that allows a sapling to join to the piece in its unaltered form.  Q: What is special to you about PA forests? Trees are...

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Lycoming County Visitor Center’s PA hardwoods display is now complete!

Lycoming County Visitor Center’s PA hardwoods display is now complete!

With the installation of the interactive touch screen monitor created by Penn College in collaboration with KWPA, the display on Pennsylvania hardwoods donated by KWPA to the Lycoming County Visitors Center is now complete. The new interactive touch screen monitor allows visitors to study the growth rings of a cherry tree, watch a hardwood forest regenerate, learn forest facts, watch videos on furniture, pallet, and baseball bat production and learn more about KWPA. Now with the historical items generously on loan from the Lumber Heritage on one end and a beautifully crafted table from James Vanderlin Co. with lumber donated by Lewis Lumber Products on the other end and this new monitor in the center, the completed display gives visitors of all ages to Williamsport, (the lumber capital of the world) an informative introduction to our important industry. -Scott Seyler, Chairman,...

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Featured KWPA member: RT Machine Company

Established in 1999, RT Machine Company (RT) boasts an 80,000 square foot establishment where they can house 600+ woodworking machines. Their warehouse is located in Hughesville, PA which is just outside of Williamsport. RT fits into this location perfectly due to Williamsport’s rich history in the lumber industry; Williamsport was once known as the Lumber Capitol of the World. RT is continuing the area’s history in the industry by offering the largest inventory of used woodworking machinery in North America. RT specializes in buying and selling industrial woodworking machinery, repairing and refurbishing machinery, and installing and repairing machinery at your facility. RT handles everything from a single machine to an entire factory and anything in between. RT represents Stiles Machinery lines for Moulders, CNC Routers, Edgebanders, Wide Belt Sanders, Sliding Table Saws, Panel Saws, Jointers, Planers and Shapers. RT also represents Mereen-Johnson for gang rip saws, James L. Tayor for clamping equipment, and Friulmac for end matching machinery. Be sure to visit their website regularly for their current inventory list and check out their YouTube channel to see videos of some machinery they have available. Most of their inventory is available to ship within days of when an order is placed. RT has grown tremendously from the start of their business in 1999. We were curious to know what has helped in strengthening their company to become who they are today. When asked about what their values are as a company, RT shared: We are committed to a teamwork environment where every member is treated with respect, and encouraged to contribute. We are focused on and committed to the...

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