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Mark Your Calendar: SFPA/SLMA Spring Meeting

Make plans today to attend the 2018 SFPA/SLMA Spring Meeting & Expo, to be held March 14-16 at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center.  A complete agenda, including industry speakers, and the meeting and exhibitor registration forms will be distributed in January; however, you can review the tentative agenda by clicking here.   Hotel Reservations can be made online by clicking here, or call 800/843-6664, press 1 for new reservations, and mention “SFPA Block”.

“This meeting is open to all individuals interested in the Southern Pine industry.  We are developing the industry speaker agenda, and it will be a meeting you will not want to miss,” noted SFPA’s Executive Director Tami Kessler.

For questions about the 2018 SFPA/SLMA Spring Meeting & Expo, e-mail Tami at tkessler@sfpa.org.

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SFPA Welcomes Conifex

SFPA welcomes Conifex El Dorado, Inc. of El Dorado, Arkansas, as a new Lumber Manufacturer member.  Established in 2008, Conifex manufactures softwood lumber products primarily for North American and Asian markets. To further diversify the company’s product and geographic reach, Conifex has upgraded and restarted an idled sawmill complex in El Dorado, with an estimated annual capacity of 180 million board feet.

Adam Lites is the company’s controller. Contact him at 870/677-3968, or send an e-mail to adam.lites@conifex.com.  To learn more about Conifex, visit www.conifex.com.

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SFPA Elects 2018 Slate of Officers


The SFPA Board of Directors elected its 2018 slate of officers during its recent Annual Meeting in Bonita Springs, Florida.  They are Chairman Donna Whitaker of Interfor U.S., Peachtree City, Georgia; Vice Chairman Steven Mason of Deltic Timber Corporation, El Dorado, Arkansas; Treasurer Donny White of Ray White Lumber Company, Sparkman, Arkansas. The Board also reelected Tami Kessler as Executive Director and William Almond of Almond Brothers Lumber Company in Coushatta, Louisiana, to serve as Immediate Past Chairman. The officers assume their duties immediately.

“I look forward to continuing the legacy of this association, working with the excellent staff at SFPA,” Chairman Whitaker said.  “Our association is a strong voice in the industry, and I hope to build on that strength as we continue activities through the coming year,” she added.

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