THE EMPLOYEES WHO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN

 

 Forest Fact: Everyday the forest industry, together with federal and state forestry agencies, plants over 6 million more trees.

 

 

BILL BAKER

ACCOUNTING

MANAGER

Bill began his employment with Schaller Hardwood in February 1982 at the age of 19, just out of high school. Bill’s first position with the company was as a general laborer handling lumber for the order fillers. After working three years as a lumber handler, Bill was promoted to a position as order-filler. In his job as an order-filler, Bill became very familiar with the kiln dried lumber inventory and the quality requirements of Schaller Hardwood’s customers. In 1990, Bill was promoted to the position of yard supervisor of Schaller Hardwood’s Kiln Drying Operation. Bill’s responsibilities as supervisor included scheduling of the dry kilns, receipt and inspection of green lumber, seeing that the lumber was properly placed on sticks to ensure flat straight lumber, and supervision of about eighteen employees. In 1995, Bill was promoted to an accounting/inside sales position. In 1998, Bill was promoted to Credit Manager and placed in charge of all accounts payable. In this position Bill also assists with inside sales and has even been known to pitch in and fill orders when necessary. Bill has over 32 years of experience in the lumber industry. You can contact Bill at bill@schallerhardwood.com

 

 

DARRELL BENTON

ORDER FILLER

Darrell began his career in the hardwood lumber industry when he began his employment with Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company in January 1982. Darrell’s first position with Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company was as a lumber handler handling green lumber at yard #2. After about a six month period at Yard #2, Darrell was transferred to Yard #1where he took a position as a forklift operator, loading orders on our outbound trucks and unloading incoming shipments. In January 1984, Darrell began training as an order-filler. After three months working with Dave Holmes, Darrell was enrolled in a lumber grading short course held at the National Hardwood Lumber Association Inspection School in Memphis, TN. After returning from Memphis, Darrell was promoted to an Order Filler. Darrell’s responsibilities as our lead Order Filler, include preparing customer’s orders to the written specifications provided on the order, ensuring that the customers orders are filled properly, and that the lumber used in filling the order meets or exceeds the grade standards set by the National Hardwood Lumber Association. Darrell also has the responsibility of receiving and checking all inbound shipments of kiln dried lumber. This responsibility includes checking the received footage, checking the moisture content to be sure the lumber has been properly kiln dried, and checking the grade and appearance of the load to be sure it meets the standards set by Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company. Darrell brings over 32 years of experience in the hardwood lumber industry to the service of Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company’s customers.

 

 

GLENN CROOK

SALES PROFESSIONAL

Glenn started with Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company in July 1983 at the age of 24. His first position with the company was as an over-the-road driver. After working a year as an over-the-road driver, Glenn was trained to become an order-filler. In his job as an order-filler, Glenn became very familiar with the lumber inventory and the quality requirements of Schaller Hardwood’s customers. In 1985, Glenn was promoted to the position of yard supervisor of Schaller Hardwood’s Kiln Drying Operation. Glenn’s responsibilities as supervisor, included scheduling of the dry kilns, receipt and inspection of green lumber, seeing that the lumber was properly placed on sticks to ensure flat straight lumber, and the supervision of about a dozen employees. Glenn during this time also attended several courses on kiln drying and lumber inspection. In 1987, Glenn was promoted to an outside sales position and placed in charge of procurement of all local/tie side lumber. Glenn has worked in outside sales covering Arkansas, Western Tennessee, Southern Illinois, Southern Indiana, and Oklahoma. At the present time Glenn is handling outside sales in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Glenn, when in town, assists in inside sales and delivery scheduling. Glenn has also kept his chauffeur’s license up to date. When special circumstances arise, Glenn has been known to jump into the truck to help out. Glenn brings over 31 years of experience and expertise to his customers. You can contact Glenn at glenn@schallerhardwood.com

 

 

 

DAN EDEN

WAREHOUSE MANAGER

Dan began his career with Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company in April 1998 after spending eight years as a store manager for a large supermarket chain. Dan also owned and operated a small cabinet shop on a part-time basis. Dan’s started his career with Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company as local truck driver operating out of Marionville, MO location. Dan’s time as a truck driver allowed him to visit with the majority of customers in the Springfield area, and become aware of their needs. After working as a driver for approximately six months, Dan was promoted to warehouse manager for Schaller Hardwood’s Marionville, MO location. Dan responsibilities as manager include scheduling all deliveries, receiving all in-bound shipments of sheet goods and laminates, and assisting with inside sales. Dan’s background in management and woodworking provides a great benefit to both Schaller Hardwood and the company’s customers. Dan now has over 16 years experience in the hardwood lumber industry.

 

 

 

 

BRIAN ELLIOTT

SALES PROFESSIONAL

 

Brian began his career with Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company in October 1984 after attending Three Rivers Community College for two years. Brian started his career in the hardwood lumber industry as a lumber handler at Yard #2, handling green lumber for the lumber inspector. After about 2 months handling lumber, Brian was transferred to Yard #1 to train as a forklift operator. Brian while working full-time for Schaller Hardwood also worked part-time in sales for J.C. Penney. In October 1985, Brian was promoted to a position as a lead man in the company’s millwork facility. Brian set up and operated the Oliver-Strato-Plane and straight-line rip saw. In September 1986, Brian attended a National Hardwood Lumber Inspection Short Course. This course is an intensive 3 day course of instruction on the basics of hardwood lumber grading. In January 1990, Brian was promoted to a position as an order-filler. Fort the next four years Brian prepared lumber orders and plywood orders. This experience prepared him for an outside sales position as he became intimate with the hardwood lumber inventory, customer’s needs and expectations. In April 1994, Brian was promoted to an outside sales position covering Central and Northern Missouri, Western Illinois, and St. Louis. After achieving a high degree of success in this territory, Brian expanded his territory into Central Illinois. Brian with over 30 years of experience in the hardwood lumber industry, has proven to be an asset to both his customers and Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company. You can contact Brian at  brian@schallerhardwood.com

 

 

 

WILLIE GOIN

QUALITY CONTROL

 

Willie began his career with Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company, while a student at Three Rivers Community College, in September of 1989. Willie worked part-time as a lumber handler at Yard #2, handling green lumber for the lumber inspector. Willie while handling this green lumber decided that he’d rather use his mind than his body. After about a year of working as a lumber handler, Willie was enrolled in a "Kiln Operators" course in Memphis dealing with the basics of kiln drying hardwood lumber. Under the guidance of Scott Lundstrom, Willie began operating the dry kilns. In September of 1992, Willie enrolled in the Lumber Inspection School at the National Hardwood Lumber Association Headquarters in Memphis, TN. This course is an intensive four month course on grading hardwood lumber. Willie graduated in December of 1992 with the 109th class. After graduating Willie inspected the green lumber coming into Yard #2. After grading lumber for a year, Willie was promoted to Assistant Yard Supervisor at Yard #2. After spending approximately seven years handling and grading lumber, Willie moved into a position as an outside sales professional. Willie serviced the Central Illinois territory for 2-1/2 years. In July 1998, a new position was created within Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company, Quality Control Supervisor. This position required a unique set of abilities for which Willie was ideally suited. Willie with his extensive experience in lumber inspection, kiln drying, and sales experience has proven to be an asset to both Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company and Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company’s customers. Willie works at both Poplar Bluff locations to ensure the customer of receiving lumber that meets or exceeds industry standards, that the millwork is correctly performed, that the correct number of sheet goods are shipped, and that the orders are properly loaded on trailers for delivery. In addition to his duties as Quality Control Supervisor, Willie is a permanent member of the Schaller Hardwood Lumber Safety Committee, a forklift driver instructor, and a first responder. Willie has over 25 years of experience working in the hardwood lumber industry.

 

 

 

 

JERRY HAMPTON

YARD #2 SUPERVISOR

In August 1980, Jerry began his career with Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company. Jerry’s first position with the company was tailing a 24" Faye-Egan planner. When Jerry began working, the planner was located in a tin shed and the lumber was fed into the planner inside the shed. The lumber after coming out the rear of the planner went out a hole in the shed and was caught and stacked outside. It was pretty miserable in the rain, snow, or cold weather. In May 1983, Jerry was promoted to a position filling plywood orders, loading trailers, and making local deliveries on the straight truck. In May 1988, Jerry was promoted to 2nd shift Mill supervisor. At this time Schaller Hardwood, was forced to work two shifts each day in order to service our customers in a timely manner. The 2nd shift worked from 2:30 P.M to 11:00 P.M. In January 1992, Jerry was promoted to 1st shift mill supervisor. While the 2nd shift did all the large surfacing runs, the 1st shift prepared and millworked the customers orders. Jerry was responsible for supervising a crew of 6 employees, seeing that the proper millwork was done on all orders, preventative maintenance on the millwork equipment, and that all orders were millworked and ready to ship on time. In January 1995, Jerry was promoted to Yard #1 Supervisor. In this position Jerry was responsible for supervision of 14 employees, seeing that all orders were filled and processed on time, trailers were loaded according to schedule, and the safe operation of the yard. In February 1995, Jerry was diagnosed with end stage renal failure (kidney failure). In October 1996, Jerry began treatment for end stage renal failure and took a medical leave of absence from Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company. On September 5, 1997, Jerry received a kidney transplant from his sister. On December 1, 1997, Jerry returned from his medical leave of absence and began work as the mill supervisor at Yard #2. This millwork facility began full operation in February 1998. Jerry helped design and implement the procedures at this new millwork facility prior to its start up. Jerry now supervises a crew of 7 employees. As mill supervisor at Yard #2, Jerry is responsible for the taking off sticks of all lumber coming out of the dry kilns, color selecting the Red Oak lumber after S2S 15/16", re-inspecting the lumber after kiln drying, and preparing into standard size bundles for shipment into Yard #1. Jerry has over 34 years of experience in the hardwood lumber industry and is always looking for new and more efficient ways to process lumber and to improve the quality of material produced.

 

 

 

DAVID HOLMES

YARD #1

SUPERVISOR

Dave began his career with Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company in 1971 working part-time while still in high school. Dave’s first position was cleaning and painting the physical plant in St. Louis. After graduating from high school, Dave was hired full-time as a lumber handler, handling lumber for the order-fillers in St. Louis. In February 1977, Dave enrolled in the National Hardwood Lumber Association Inspection School in Memphis, TN. This school provides an intensive four- month course in lumber inspection. Dave graduated from the National Hardwood Lumber Association Inspection School with the 62nd class in June of 1977. Upon graduation Dave was promoted to a position as order-filler and kiln-operator at the St. Louis facility. In 1979, when Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company began the initial phase of relocation to Poplar Bluff, Dave began spending one week per month inspecting lumber at the new Poplar Bluff facility. In the fall of 1980, Dave permanently relocated to Poplar Bluff, MO. At this time Dave was promoted to assistant yard supervisor at Yard #1. Dave was responsible for filling all out of the ordinary orders, and those orders that had very specific requirements. Dave also had the responsibility of operating the first dry kiln in Poplar Bluff. Dave operated this dry kiln until Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company began installing dry kilns at Yard #2. Dave also spearheaded the implementation of computerized lumber tally systems at Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company. Dave has also served on the safety committee and been responsible for implementation of several safety procedures. During his time on the safety committee a "crash clean-up team" was formed to deal with any accidents our over-the-road drivers may have. Dave now heads up this team. In August 1997, Dave was promoted to supervisor of Yard #1. In this position Dave is responsible for supervision of 17 employees, that all orders are filled properly and on time, that trucks are loaded on time and properly, and that all equipment is maintained properly. Dave has over 38years of experience in the hardwood lumber industry and is constantly striving to raise the standard of service and quality at Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company.

 

 

 

ROGER LOCKWOOD

SALES

PROFESSIONAL

Roger started his career in the hardwood lumber industry after graduating from the University of Missouri with a B.S. degree in Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife. After his graduation, Roger enrolled in the National Hardwood Lumber Inspection School in Memphis, TN. Roger graduated from the National Hardwood Lumber Inspection School with the 56th Class. With his degree in forestry and his graduation from the inspection school Roger began his employment in the hardwood lumber industry with Boise Cascade Corp. in Orange, Virginia in 1975. Roger’s responsibilities included grading and measurement of hardwood logs as they came into the sawmill, inspection and measurement of the hardwood lumber produced at the sawmill and operation of the mill’s dry kilns. In February 1976, Roger attended a Dry Kiln Operators Course at the University of Virginia. This course was a five day course in drying hardwoods. In October 1996, Roger attended an advanced Kiln Operators Course at the Haywood Technical Institute in Clyde, North Carolina. This course was an intensive five-day course in advanced kiln drying and the problems that can be encountered in drying hardwoods.

In April of 1977 Roger being born and raised in Missouri continued his career in the hardwood lumber industry when he was offered and accepted a lumber sales and buying position with the Thomas & Proetz Lumber Company in St. Louis, MO. After about two years with Thomas & Proetz Lumber Company, Roger was offered the opportunity to open a sales office in Cape Girardeau, MO for American Forest Products. From this office, Roger brought and sold hardwoods throughout the Midwest. After running his own show with American Forest Products for a couple years, Roger was bitten by the bug to run his own company. Roger started operating Lockwood Lumber Co. in 1982. Roger brought and sold hardwood lumber throughout the country. He purchased green hardwoods and had them dried at a commercial dry kiln facility, after drying Roger would re-inspect the lumber for shipment to his customers. In running his own company, Roger became acutely aware of customer’s requirements, the necessity of shipping top quality material, and shipping on time. During this time Roger also developed some outstanding relationships with many of the sawmills supplying green hardwood lumber. In 1994 after Roger shutdown his company for personal reasons, he began his sales career with Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company. Roger’s wealth of experience and expertise has served both Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company and his customers well. Roger is responsible for outside sales in the St. Louis area, Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, and Western Tennessee. Besides his responsibility in sales, Roger also assists in the procurement of hardwood lumber. Roger has over 39 years of experience in the hardwood lumber industry and is always available to assist his customers.

 

 

 

SCOTT LUNDSTROM

SALES PROFESSIONAL 

Scott began his career with Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company in November 1979, as a lumber handler in St. Louis, MO, after attending Southeast Missouri State University for two years. When Scott started working for Schaller Hardwood, St. Louis was the company’s only location. In January 1980, Scott enrolled in the Lumber Inspection School at the National Hardwood Lumber Association in Memphis, TN. This course is an extensive four month course on grading hardwood lumber. Upon graduation in May 1980, Scott became the first employee to begin work at our Poplar Bluff location. Scott became a jack-of-all-trades in Poplar Bluff during the transition time of moving inventory and buildings from St. Louis to Poplar Bluff. Scott handled responsibilities, including order-filler, lumber inspector, kiln operator, and truck driver during this transition time. In September 1982, Scott was promoted to an outside sales position covering Central Illinois, Southern Indiana, Western Kentucky, and Western Tennessee. Scott also began assisting in the purchasing of plywood inventory and green lumber for our kiln drying operation. In January 1991, Scott was promoted to Yard Supervisor. Scott has the responsibility of managing a work force of 25 employees, scheduling and operating 6 dry kilns containing 40,000 board feet of lumber each, supervising and assisting in the inspection and receipt of all green lumber, and coordinating the flow of lumber from the dry kilns to our main yard facility in Poplar Bluff. Scott during his 35 years of experience in the hardwood lumber industry, has furthered his education by taking several classes. These classes include, National Hardwood Lumber Association Introduction to Kiln Drying, National Hardwood Lumber Association Wet Wood Workshop, National Hardwood Lumber Association Sales Seminar, University of Minnesota Dry Kiln School, University of Louisiana Log and Lumber Grading School. Scott has proven over the years to be a great source of knowledge for Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company’s customers. Scott is always ready to assist our sales department or any customer that may have a question concerning lumber grading or kiln drying.

 

 

 

 

BRUCE PLOETZE

PRESIDENT

Bruce began his career with Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company working summers while in high school. His first job was cleaning and painting the physical plant in St. Louis. In September of 1975 while attending Southwest Missouri State University, Bruce began working part-time as an outside sales representative for the Springfield, MO area. In May 1977 after graduating from Southwest Missouri State University, Bruce began working full-time as an outside sales representative. His first sales territory consisted of Southwest Missouri, the Tulsa area, Northwest Arkansas, Southern Illinois, Southwestern Indiana, Northwestern Kentucky, and the St. Louis area. In August of 1980, Bruce relocated to Poplar Bluff, MO to assist in the relocation of Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company. During this time period Bruce as most of the Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company employees wore several different hats. In addition to covering his sales territory with the addition of Central Arkansas, Bruce assisted in order filling, lumber handling, and truck driving. In the summer of 1983, Bruce took on the added responsibility of all sheet good purchasing for the Poplar Bluff location. In 1988, Bruce in addition to his outside sales responsibilities filled in as the "Plywood Guy". This fill in period lasted approximately two years. Also in 1988 Bruce was promoted to a position as Sales Manager. In October 1996, Bruce filled in as a Yard Supervisor at yard #1in Poplar Bluff while Jerry Hampton went on medical leave. During this period Bruce was able to experience first hand some of the problems and situations encountered during the day-to-day operation of the yard. Serving on an interim basis a Yard Supervisor provided Bruce an opportunity to focus on the employee side of the company. In March of 1997, Bruce was promoted to President of Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company. His responsibilities as President include overall day-to-day supervision of Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company, purchasing of both green and kiln-dried lumber, assisting in the purchase of sheet goods, scheduling of out-of-town deliveries, inventory control, pricing, coordination and cooperation between locations, inside sales, and outside sales in Southwest Missouri and Tulsa. Bruce has over 37 years of experience in the hardwood lumber industry. Bruce welcomes calls from any of Schaller Hardwood Lumber Company’s customers with any problems, suggestions or compliments they may have. You can contact Bruce at bruce@schallerhardwood.com