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Procurement Forester

Reed Lumber Co., L.L.C. Potosi, MO

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Job Description

Reed Lumber Co., L.L.C.
Procurement Forester Position
April 12, 2021
Reed Lumber Co. is located about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis at the eastern end of the Ozark forest. In Missouri this forest includes about 14 million acres and is comprised mostly of low-grade mixed hardwoods. There are about 2.5 million acres of timber in the company’s procurement area. The ownership of the forest includes private individuals and companies, the USFS and the State of Missouri.
Reed Lumber Co. is a small and closely held with about 70 W-2 employees. The company has two sawmills, resaw lines, and a wooden pallet assembly operation, all of which are on one site. The sawmills processes about 14 MMBF of timber per year. The company has a lean overhead structure with a management group of five people, including the procurement forester.
1. Background
➢ Company sawmills mostly hardwood (about 75% red and white oak and 10% other hardwood species, with 15% shortleaf pine; a large proportion of this material is lower grade) – about 14 MMBF/year.
➢ Two sawmills are on one site – a circle mill processes 4.5 MMBF of cut-to-length logs and a Scragg mill processes 9.5 MMBF of tree length smaller-diameter stems.
➢ Lumber produced at the Scragg mill is nailed into pallets. The circle mill produces pallet cants that are resawn into pallet lumber and slabs that are reclaimed into pallet lumber. The circle mill also produces four-quarter grade lumber and railroad ties.
➢ Depending on the volume of pallet orders relative to the production of pallet lumber in our own sawmills, we either sell excess pallet lumber to other pallet companies or, to meet the deficiency, buy pallet cants and lumber from other sawmills.
➢ Log procurement includes buying gatewood, contracting for standing timber, and buying property that has standing timber. Procurement of standing timber is done through a separate company named Shirley Timber Co. Contracting for timber is done with private landowners, the USFS (Mark Twain National Forest), and the Missouri Conservation Department. We also manage stewardship contracts.
➢ Presently, logging is done by independent loggers but we have been considering starting at least one company-owned logging crew.
➢ About 70 total employees. Management group is comprised of the president, general manager, procurement forester, head machinist, and controller. There are four department foremen who perform some other duties such as driving forklifts.
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2. Responsibilities
➢ Log and timber procurement. Working with loggers, private landowners, the USFS and the Missouri Department of Conservation to find and bid on timber.
➢ Managing log procurement in a manner that yields appropriate diameter and species mix to meet volume requirements for each sawmill.
➢ Lumber and cant procurement (when needed). Working with other sawmills within about 120 miles.
➢ Working with our lumber customers (pallet and grade lumber), taking orders, and managing deliveries.
➢ Managing independent loggers and our own crew (should we create one).
➢ Overseeing the logging of individual tracts with an emphasis on resale when applicable.
➢ Coordinating closely with realtors and excavators on the resale of logged properties.
➢ Controlling log cost and log quality.
➢ Managing our log yard.
➢ Managing log inventory levels and conducting physical inventory counts.
➢ Working with our sawmills on particular production and material yield problems.
➢ Being part of company management and taking a role in financial and personnel management of the company.
3. Qualifications
➢ Degreed forester and competent silviculturist in the hardwood forest environment.
➢ Willing to relocate to the Potosi, MO area (within 25 or so miles).
➢ Interpersonal skills needed to deal with loggers, landowners, government bureaucrats, customers, and other companies in our industry.
➢ Analytical skills needed to bid competitively on timber, understand sawmill yields and productivity, and understand company financial performance and constraints such as cash flows.
➢ Ability to work independently, keep track of details, and manage own time including effective follow-through on tasks.
➢ A management perspective and a sense of ownership of responsibilities.
➢ Work experience preferably in industry and with hardwood species.
4. Compensation/Benefits
➢ Negotiable depending on the individual.
➢ Competitive salary.
➢ Generous 401K.
➢ Health insurance that can include family (employee contribution required).
➢ Pickup truck.
➢ Flexible work environment with emphasis on getting the work done and not just putting in time

Company Description
Reed Lumber Co. is located about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis at the eastern end of the Ozark forest. In Missouri this forest includes about 14 million acres and is comprised mostly of low-grade mixed hardwoods. There are about 2.5 million acres of timber in the company’s procurement area. The ownership of the forest includes private individuals and companies, the USFS and the State of Missouri.
Reed Lumber Co. is a small and closely held with about 70 W-2 employees. The company has two sawmills, resaw lines, and a wooden pallet assembly operation, all of which are on one site. The sawmills processes about 14 MMBF of timber per year. The company has a lean overhead structure with a management group of five people, including the procurement forester.
1. Background
➢ Company sawmills mostly hardwood (about 75% red and white oak and 10% other hardwood species, with 15% shortleaf pine; a large proportion of this material is lower grade) – about 14 MMBF/year.
➢ Two sawmills are on one site – a circle mill processes 4.5 MMBF of cut-to-length logs and a Scragg mill processes 9.5 MMBF of tree length smaller-diameter stems.
➢ Lumber produced at the Scragg mill is nailed into pallets. The circle mill produces pallet cants that are resawn into pallet lumber and slabs that are reclaimed into pallet lumber. The circle mill also produces four-quarter grade lumber and railroad ties.
➢ Depending on the volume of pallet orders relative to the production of pallet lumber in our own sawmills, we either sell excess pallet lumber to other pallet companies or, to meet the deficiency, buy pallet cants and lumber from other sawmills.
➢ Log procurement includes buying gatewood, contracting for standing timber, and buying property that has standing timber. Procurement of standing timber is done through a separate company named Shirley Timber Co. Contracting for timber is done with private landowners, the USFS (Mark Twain National Forest), and the Missouri Conservation Department. We also manage stewardship contracts.
➢ Presently, logging is done by independent loggers but we have been considering starting at least one company-owned logging crew.
➢ About 70 total employees. Management group is comprised of the president, general manager, procurement forester, head machinist, and controller. There are four department foremen who perform some other duties such as driving forklifts.

Reed Lumber Co., L.L.C.

Reed Lumber Co. is located about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis at the eastern end of the Ozark forest. In Missouri this forest includes about 14 million acres and is comprised mostly of low-grade mixed hardwoods. There are about 2.5 million acres of timber in the company’s procurement area. The ownership of the forest includes private individuals and companies, the USFS and the State of Missouri. Reed Lumber Co. is a small and closely held with about 70 W-2 employees. The company has two sawmills, resaw lines, and a wooden pallet assembly operation, all of which are on one site. The sawmills processes about 14 MMBF of timber per year. The company has a lean overhead structure with a management group of five people, including the procurement forester. 1. Background ➢ Company sawmills mostly hardwood (about 75% red and white oak and 10% other hardwood species, with 15% shortleaf pine; a large proportion of this material is lower grade) – about 14 MMBF/year. ➢ Two sawmills are on one site – a circle mill processes 4.5 MMBF of cut-to-length logs and a Scragg mill processes 9.5 MMBF of tree length smaller-diameter stems. ➢ Lumber produced at the Scragg mill is nailed into pallets. The circle mill produces pallet cants that are resawn into pallet lumber and slabs that are reclaimed into pallet lumber. The circle mill also produces four-quarter grade lumber and railroad ties. ➢ Depending on the volume of pallet orders relative to the production of pallet lumber in our own sawmills, we either sell excess pallet lumber to other pallet companies or, to meet the deficiency, buy pallet cants and lumber from other sawmills. ➢ Log procurement includes buying gatewood, contracting for standing timber, and buying property that has standing timber. Procurement of standing timber is done through a separate company named Shirley Timber Co. Contracting for timber is done with private landowners, the USFS (Mark Twain National Forest), and the Missouri Conservation Department. We also manage stewardship contracts. ➢ Presently, logging is done by independent loggers but we have been considering starting at least one company-owned logging crew. ➢ About 70 total employees. Management group is comprised of the president, general manager, procurement forester, head machinist, and controller. There are four department foremen who perform some other duties such as driving forklifts.

Address

19111 West State Highway 8

Potosi, MO
USA

Industry

Agriculture

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