Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting with manufacturers in the Kootenay region of the Province. Outside of it being a stunningly beautiful part of the world, you will find some world class companies, like Kalesnikoff and Spearhead Timber, along with some really unique characters like George Brinkman, of the aptly named “Boards by George”.
I had planned to stop in to see George for a quick visit and 3 hours later, left with a wealth of stories and knowledge of the forest sector that I didn’t have before our meeting. He must have had nearly every softwood and hardwood species that grows in the Province in his yard and if it wasn’t there, it had been crafted into flooring, cabinetry, or mouldings for his house that he is building above his yard in Meadow Creek. His house will be a monument to both the forest industry in BC and his love of wood. Guys like George are great characters and part of what makes the value-added industry so interesting.
On the trade-show front, we have PCBC in San Francisco coming up June 27-29. We are sold out for the show but have passes available for any company wanting to come down to check out the event. If you’re interested, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org