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Sawmill Management Training Workshop | December 6-8, 2017 | Portland, OR


Wednesday, December 6 & Thursday, December 7, 2017    8:00AM to 4:30 PM.

Friday, December 8, 2017     8:00AM to 2:30 PM.


World Forestry Center (WFC), 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon 97221

Cost $1,495

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages each day.  A course workbook containing notes and information for each workshop topic.

Directions and nearby hotel information will be provided. Lodging is not included in registration fee.

Beck Group Staff and Guest Speakers*

The following Beck Group staff members and industry guest speakers will be teaching and presenting at the workshop:

Roy Anderson Vice President, The Beck Group
Bryan Beck President, The Beck Group
Tom Beck Chairman, The Beck Group
Terry Brown Principal, Lumber Quality Institute
Gary Cantrell Principal, Lumber Quality Institute
Hal Harpold Director of Strategy and Business Improvement, Weyerhaeuser
Steve Henson Plant Manager, Potlatch Corporation
Don Lenhart Principal, Vanquish Leadership
Ann-Marie Levesque Business Development Director, PMP Solutions
Bruce Mallory Principal, Vanquish Leadership
Ethan Martin Regional Director, WoodWorks
Keith Robertson International Business Manager, Windsor Group
Zach Rollins Consultant, The Beck Group
Dave Salmon VP of Human Resources, Hampton Lumber
Derek Smith Principal, MBS Saw Filing
Joel Swanton Regional Sales Manager, Forest2Market

*More speakers to be announced! Guest speakers and topics may be subject to change.

Workshop Topics*

Characteristics of Top Quartile Operations What separates top performers from the rest of the pack?  We will explore the keys to success observed over 30 years of consulting and benchmarking in the sawmill industry.
Overview of the N. American Lumber Industry A big-picture examination of the major lumber producing regions, industry and regional trends, and key markets in the U.S. and Canada.
Leadership in the Sawmill Leadership traits and principles and how they can be applied at sawmill operations.
Profitability “Levers” There are many variables that impact profitability at a sawmill.  What impact will changes in log cost, lumber recovery, productivity, grade yield, or other variables have on the bottom line? We will explore this subject and help you identify the changes that provide the greatest leverage.
Lumber Recovery An examination of the ways lumber recovery is measured, what variables can influence recovery, and what impact changes in recovery can have on the bottom line.
Financial Statements and Reporting Systems How to read common financial reports such as the income statement and balance sheet, and insights about reporting and information systems used by successful sawmill operations.
Sawfiling Sawfiling practices can have dramatic impacts on lumber quality and mill performance.  We will discuss practices for improving performance.
Log Procurement and Valuation The key things mill managers need to know about log procurement, and how to identify the logs that are the best “fit” for your operation.
Sawmill Safety Developing a culture of safety for sawmill operations.
Lumber Drying Best practices for lumber drying can help you improve drying productivity while avoiding problems such as loss of grade and inconsistent moisture content.
Byproduct Markets A look at the market outlook for pulp chips and other sawmill byproducts.
Lumber Sales and Markets Overviews of domestic and export lumber markets for North American producers.
Mass Timber Construction Overview of domestic and export lumber markets for North American producers.

*Guest speakers and topics may be subject to change