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Successful Seminars in Mexico

Recently, a pair of educational seminars in Monterey and Mexico City enhanced the knowledge of U.S. softwood products among importers, distributors, architects and builders.

During their visit, a four-member team from American Softwoods (AMSO) toured Maderería NASA, one of the largest pallet manufacturers in the country, with operations in Tampico and Monterey. The company’s close proximity to a port enables them to export pallets and custom packaging to a wide customer base. While at the Tampico facility, SFPA’s Eric Gee delivered a presentation to the firm’s purchasing managers and sales personnel. Eric explained Southern Pine grades, various treatments and applications. He fielded questions from the group related to the strength and durability properties of Southern Pine.

The two seminars were well-attended by architects, designers, engineers and lumber distributors. Eric’s presentation focused on the many structural uses of Southern Pine products, primarily in residential construction.

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New VP at Robinson Lumber

SFPA member Robinson Lumber Company recently announced the promotion of Court Robinson to become the company’s Vice President. Building on his four years’ experience as Pine Business Development Manager – a position he retains – Court will lead Robinson Lumber’s international logistics teams, which manage business relationships that span the globe. Court will also now focus on designing effective international shipping strategies and enhancing internal operations companywide.

“We are excited to have such talented leadership dedicated to improving how we move products around the globe,” said company president Joe Buckhaults. “Court brings focus and problem-solving skills to our logistics operations, which will immediately improve our ability to serve both our customers and suppliers with timely and accurate shipments. And with annual movements in excess of 10,000 loads, those improvements will have a material impact on our bottom line.”

Robinson Lumber Company is celebrating its 125th year in business and fifth generation of family ownership.

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SFPA Welcomes New Member

SFPA welcomes Progress Industries, Inc. of Trussville, Alabama, as a new Associate member. Established more than 40 years ago, the company is recognized as a world leader in the design of chip mills and wood utilization equipment. Progress Industries continues its long tradition of maintaining a technological edge, staffed with talented engineers and highly trained tradesmen.

Johnny Tarassoli is vice president of the company and will represent Progress Industries with SFPA. Contact him at 205/655-8875 or send an e-mail to jtara@progressindustries.com.  To learn more about Progress Industries, visit www.progressindustries.com.

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