National Hardwood Lumber Association headquarters Raleigh Lagrange Rd, Memphis, TN 38134 Phone: (901) 377-1818
Brought to you by:
The Federal State Market Improvement Program (FSMIP) at USDA
The Center for Forest Products Business at Virginia Tech
The National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA)
With $123.78 billion in shipments in 2011 and more than 710.7 thousand workers, the wood products industry in the United States has become an important link in the economy of the country. Today the industry has suffered many drastic changes due to the rapidly increasing global competition that has pushed the local industry to look for different ways to remain competitive. Manufacturing cost issues, lack of innovation, and poor understanding of customer needs remain as the biggest challenges that the wood products industry still is trying to address and in the last 10 years, other issues have arisen such as logistics costs, lead times, product customization, forest certification, and information technologies.
With this context in mind, today’s wood products companies should be very careful when developing new markets, especially if these new markets are international. Certain European and Asian markets are more receptive to US wood products because there is a reputation of sustainability attached to the product. Also, US wood products offer uniqueness in terms of attractive aesthetics, supply chain reliability, and high quality standards.
Who Should Attend?
Sales Managers, Export Sales Managers, Sale Representatives
The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials (SBIO) at Virginia Tech and conjunction with the Virginia Forest Products Association (VFPA) and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) is offering an educational session on May 15, 2014 as part of the 2014 Richmond Expo organized by VFPA. The educational session is divided in two tracks. The morning track will focus on drying operations and the afternoon track will focus on financial management principles for forest products industries.
The educational session will be conducted at the Four Points by Sheraton located at 4700 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, vA 2321. Registration details will be set up soon, so please keep yourself tuned for more details. If you have any questions please contact Angela Riegel at (540) 231-7107 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A detailed description of the two tracks can be found in this web address http://sim.sbio.vt.edu/?p=1961
Morning track: Improving The Quality of Lumber Drying Operations
Lumber drying operations, no matter the size, must provide a good quality product to maintain their customer base. Drying defects not only lead to product value losses but if passed onto the customer can lead to lost sales. In today’s business environment, reducing warp, maintaining good color and stain free lumber, and producing stress free lumber with the proper MC is critically important.
This session is designed to assist anyone drying lumber from the small-scale lumber dryer to commercial drying operations. The techniques and information presented are relevant to both hardwood and softwood lumber drying operations.
The purpose of this workshop is to inspire new visions and strategies which address the most pressing energy challenges for contemporary society; it will create new ideas for usage of Lean Principles in reducing energy use and costs. It will also promote collaboration between scholars working across disciplines on Lean Thinking and Energy.
Key Values of Workshop:
Attendees will have a better opportunity to understand lean and potential energy savings with the implementation of lean principles into their process.
Presentation of an Energy toolkit to identify wastes related to energy, environment, and the processes.
Attendees will be exposed on “How to use Lean principles for Energy Savings” using real applications
Participants will be introduced to Energy Management Systems and their benefits
November 20, 2013. 9:00 am-4:30 pm.
Welcome and overview
Current and future scenario of Energy in Virginia. Charles Patton, President and COO. Appalachian Power.
Lean Thinking Principles. Henry Quesada, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech
Energy Audits using Lean Thinking. Henry Quesada, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech
Energy Management Systems. Tyler Gill, Enernoc Systems
Industry case study I. Brian Bond, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech
Closing comments and questions
Who should attend:
Plant Managers, Quality Engineers, Process Engineers, Procurement Managers, Supplier Chain Managers, Purchasing Managers, Plant Engineers, Energy Managers, Energy and Environment Engineers and Medium Enterprise Manager
Anybody who is interested in energy savings
$50. Includes coffee breaks, lunch, and materials.
USDA Forest Service
Wood Education & Resource Center
301 Hardwood Lane
Princeton, WV 24740
Phone – (304) 487-1510
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Dr Henry Quesada at (540 231 0978) during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. TDD number is (800) 828-1120.
The Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing (CIbM) at Virginia Tech would like to invite the University community, surrounding industry, and the general community interested in learning the most recent developments in the advancement of innovation to increase and support manufacturing in Virginia.
This one-day event is focused on providing experiences and opinions of industry and faculty speakers in the development of tools, concepts, and methods for bridging ideas into commercial products. The workshop will also cover current issues limiting the advancement of manufacturing and recent policy developments to support manufacturing. The event is also the culmination stage of the student innovation competition sponsored by the CIbM.