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Rated "Mature"

Before clicking the link be aware that maturity matters at McShan Lumber.

                                  Rated Mature

The long overdue change will encourage more wood use in building construction. 
That includes lumber companies certified by the American Tree Farm System and landowners certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the Forest Stewardship Council.

NAWLA's wood basics class visits McShan Lumber
The NAWLA group returns after a tour of the sawmill, dry kilns and planer mills.

Designed for professionals who are new to the forest products industry, the NAWLA sponsored four-day Wood Basics program provides an in-depth introduction, from seed to tree and production to sales.

 Testimonial: "It was amazing to be able to go all the way from the seed of a tree to the finished product in the mills we visited."

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McShan Lumber represented at the 50th annual Forestry Field Day
Georgia Pacific's Russell Pippin gives the students tips on how to determine the age of a tree.

The Pickens County Forestry Field Day was held April 21st marking the event's 50th anniversary.

The purpose of the Field Day is to teach young people the need to conserve our forest resources, understand good forestry practices, develop leadership in forestry and to show the importance of developing woodlands as a habitat for wildlife conservation.  The event is funded by local industry and landowners.

McShan Procurement representatives Grover and Gee Allgood are members of the Field Day Committee and helped lead two of the many events where the students are tested in skills they were taught in the county's vocational-agriculture classes.

The individual events included Age of Tree, Acreage in a Plot, Height and Diameter, Cruising Timber, Tree Selection, Selective Cutting, Tree Identification and a compass course.

The featured speaker was  Alabama's State Forester Greg Pate. Greg encouraged the students to consider a career in the county's Forest Products Industry and confirmed that the list of events are basic and important skills for anyone working in forestry.  He also stressed the importance of developing  effective communication skills which is the glue that helps deepen your connections to others and improve teamwork, decision making, and problem solving.

Alabama State Forester Greg Pate
Your Safety and My Safety Begins with Me
John Hunter Allgood, center, gathers input from committee members at the monthly safety meeting.
McShan Lumber's new and improved Safety Program has been officially named: "Your Safety and My Safety Begins with Me".

McShan's safety director John Hunter Allgood 
created a safety committee with members representing each manufacturing department.  Our goal of no lost time accidents is on track and the new program is definitely creating a new culture of safety awareness.

Committee members include:

Matt Wilkins, Chairman (Planer Mill, Greenline)
Greg Jones (Planer Mill, Greenline)
John Michael Fair (Sawmill)
Clinton Lowery (Sawmill)
Alfred Edwards (Stacking and Drying)
Phil Lanier (Stacking and Drying)
Demetrius Edwards (Planer Mill, Blueline)
John Hunter Allgood, Safety Director and Board of directors representative.

McShan Lumber, made in the U.S.A.
Container load of McShan Lumber
leaving Pickens County, Al to the Port of Mobile.
E xports of Southern Pine lumber remained steady in February, amounting to 51.7 million board feet (MMbf), according to the latest reports from the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. This volume represents a boost of 12% above the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date increase of 23% when compared with the first two months of 2015. Offshore shipments during February roughly break down as follows: 28.3 MMbf dressed, 9.3 MMbf rough, and 14.1 MMbf treated lumber.

From the Southern Forests Products Association (SFPA) newsletter

George Washington's
           rules of
Civility & Decent Behavior

This is the ninth of eleven McShan Plane Dealer newsletters featuring 10 of the 110 rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.
By age sixteen, Washington had copied out by hand, 110  Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation . They are based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595. Presumably they were copied out as part of an exercise in penmanship assigned by young Washington's schoolmaster. The first English translation of the French rules appeared in 1640, and are ascribed to Francis Hawkins, the twelve-year-old son of a doctor. 

Today many, if not all of these rules, sound a little fussy if not downright silly. It would be easy to dismiss them as outdated and appropriate to a time of powdered wigs and quills, but they reflect a focus that is increasingly difficult to find. The rules have in common a focus on other people rather than the narrow focus of our own self-interests that we find so prevalent today. Fussy or not, they represent more than just manners. They are the small sacrifices that we should all be willing to make for the good of all and the sake of living together. 

91.  Make no show of taking great delight in your victuals, feed not with greediness; cut your bread with a knife, lean not on the table neither find fault with what you eat.

92.  Take no salt or cut bread with your knife greasy.

93.  Entertaining any one at the table, it is decent to present him with meat; undertake not to help others undesired by the Master.

94.  If you soak bread in the sauce let it be no more than what you put in your mouth at a time and blow not your broth at table but stay till cools of it self.

95.  Put not your meat to your mouth with your knife in your hand neither spit forth the stones of any fruit pie upon a dish nor cast anything under the table.

96.  It's unbecoming to stoop much to ones meat keep your fingers clean & when foul wipe them on a corner of your table napkin.

97.   Put not another bit into your mouth till the former be swallowed. Let not your morsels be too big for the jowls.

98.  Drink not nor talk with your mouth full; neither gaze about you while you are drinking.

99.  Drink not too leisurely nor yet too hastily. Before and after drinking, wipe your lips; breath not then or ever with too great a noise, for its uncivil.

100.   Cleanse not your teeth with the table cloth napkin, fork, or knife; but if others do it, let it be done without a peep to them. be continued

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Quotes on Maturity

1.  "When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."
C.S. Lewis, On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature

2. "There are some questions that shouldn't be asked until a person is mature enough to appreciate the answers."
Anne Bishop, Daughter of the Blood

3.  "Maturity is when your world opens up and you realize that you are not the center of it."
M.J. Croan

4.  "It must be wonderful to be seventeen, and to know everything." 
 Arthur C. Clarke, 2010: Odyssey Two

5. "Sometimes problems don't require a solution to solve them; instead they require maturity to outgrow them."
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

6.  "Maturity is so often considered to be synonymous with 'adult.' But I truly feel that maturity may be defined by the ability to be both an adult and a child."
Gina Marinello-Sweeney, I Thirst

7.  "When you mature in your relationship with God you realize how suffering and patience are like eating your spiritual vegetables."
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

8. "It takes maturity and practice and patience to spread chunky peanut butter evenly on crumbly bread."
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

9."Some tragic mistakes are often made by those who acquire the reins of control before their maturity is adequate to handle it."
James Dobson

10."Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses in your life; you realize everything that happens in life is a result of the previous choice you've made and start making new choices to change your life."
Roy Bennett

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