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Our leadership team has deep expertise and a bold vision. Find out about our take on evolving trends and patterns in the industry, and how we are carving out a solid, strategic future for our company. 

Interfor Grows Again in the US South

Bart Bender, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
June 22, 2015

Interfor is pleased to announce that we continue to build value by increasing our offering of Southern Yellow Pine following Friday’s acquisition of the Monticello Sawmill from The Price Companies, Inc.

Interfor is the fastest growing lumber company in the world, with an annual lumber capacity of 3.2 billion board feet. With this acquisition, we have extended our US South footprint into Arkansas and increased our total SYP annual capacity to 1.3 billion board feet.

Our 3,300 employees remain committed to building value for our customers by delivering quality products, “on spec, on time, every time”. Together we will work to deliver the highest standards of product quality and customer service that have come to define Interfor.

Standing Behind Quality and Service

Bart Bender, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
May 4, 2015

Interfor has a tremendous reputation in the marketplace as a professional, well-respected forest products company with a diverse, high-quality product mix and exemplary customer service.

That’s what drew me to the Company. Since becoming Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing earlier this month, I’ve met individuals at every level who stand behind this reputation. They share a passion and commitment for the Core Values and Promises that support our day-to-day activities. I’ve met customers who know they can depend on Interfor to deliver quality products “on spec, on time, every time”.

I joined Interfor at an exciting time, shortly after we had acquired the Simpson Lumber sawmills. We will continue to align the work of the sales & marketing team with all of our operations to build value for customers around the world.

I look forward to meeting with more customers to explore ways we can serve them better, and to sharing information about our Company and industry through this space.

Grade Stamps Identify Interfor SYP Lumber

Steven Hofer, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
March 31, 2015

We’ve just made it a lot easier for customers to identify our quality Southern Yellow Pine structural lumber from our eight US Southeast sawmills.

Effective immediately, Timber Products Inspection and the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau will add Interfor sawmill identifiers to grade stamps. When you see “IF” and a number on a piece of lumber, you’ll know it comes from one of our Southeast mills and is backed by our customer promise to deliver quality products "on spec, on time, every time".

The mill identifiers are: Baxley, GA (IF01); Eatonton, GA (IF02); Swainsboro, GA (IF03); Thomaston, GA (IF04); Perry, GA (IF05); Preston, GA (IF06); Georgetown, SC (IF07) and Meldrim, GA (IF08).

The Versatility of Wood: From TED2015 to Helping Community

Steven Hofer, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
March 17, 2015

The Lions Marquee is the perfect location for 1,000 of the world’s leading thinkers and doers to appreciate the beauty of our 16-foot Douglas-Fir lumber against the backdrop of Vancouver’s magnificent scenery.

The marquee was built for this week’s TED2015 Conference in Vancouver with wood from our sawmill in Adams Lake, BC. When the event ends Friday, the structure will find a new home in the DTES Street Market in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside where it will offer shelter to vendors and visitors. The event runs every Sunday and supports hundreds of local residents in one of Canada’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.

The Lions Marquee resembles the Lions peaks on Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains, and was created and built by 17 local design and architectural students, under the direction of not-for-profit DBR│DESIGN BUILD RESEARCH INSTITUTE.

It is a great way to demonstrate the versatility of wood – and it fits perfectly with our Company’s promise to build value for our communities.

Michael Green, an award-winning Vancouver architect who co-founded DBR, says that when TED organizers asked for a structure to shelter participants during breaks, he chose wood because it is “the best structural material on earth” and easy to repurpose for long-term community benefits.

This is the second year Interfor lumber has been part of TED – a non-profit platform that has been sharing ideas worth spreading since 1984. The backdrop to the TED2014 community stage in Vancouver was made with our Hem-Fir and Western Red Cedar.

New Senior Sales Team: Building for Success

Steven Hofer, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
March 2, 2015

Today we finalized our acquisition of four sawmills from Simpson Lumber Company, and announced changes to our Sales & Marketing leadership.

The acquisition of the sawmills in Tacoma (Commencement Bay), WA; Longview, WA; Meldrim, GA; and Georgetown, SC, increases our annual lumber production capacity by 30 percent to 3.1 billion board feet and reinforces our position as the fastest growing lumber company in the world.

As we grow, we remain committed to our customer promise: to build value by delivering quality products “on spec, on time, every time”. To achieve this, having the right team in place is critical.

That’s why Interfor is proud to announce that Bart Bender will become our Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, on April 1. Bart will replace me as I turn my focus to leading Interfor’s growing presence in the US Northwest.

Bart is a proven industry leader with 20 years of experience in the wood products business and has built a reputation of delivering exemplary service to customers around the world. In his roles as General Manager and Vice President Sales at Ainsworth Engineered Canada LP, Bart led world-wide sales, marketing and logistics efforts. He is currently Senior Vice President, Operations at Ainsworth.

We also named three new Vice Presidents:

• Rick Fortunaso, Vice President, Sales & Marketing – Western Commodity and Specialty Lumber (including cedar);
• Donna Whitaker, Vice President, Sales & Marketing – Southern Yellow Pine;
• Craig Dohm, Vice President, Logistics.

This is an exciting time for our Company, and I believe, our customers. We’ve more than doubled in size in less than three years, we offer the broadest range of lumber products in the world, and we continue to look for ways to build value for customers around the globe.

I know Bart and his team will maintain the high level of service customers have come to expect from us. He will continue to post updates through this space on developments at Interfor and evolving trends in our industry.