DiPrizio Pine Sales Hosts the 2013 Eastern White Pine Graders Competition

The 2013 Eastern White Pine Graders Competition returned on June 22 to where it all began 10 years ago at DiPrizio Pine Sales in Middleton, New Hampshire.  This 10th Anniversary event drew 52 graders representing 9 Eastern White Pine Mills located in Maine and New Hampshire. Prize awards totaling $1,375 were distributed to the top 8 graders with the best scores after grading 50 pre-selected boards, in addition to a “Bonus” round prize of $100.

In a closely packed field, each of the top 3 finishers correctly graded the same number of boards leaving the total time it took to grade as the tiebreaker.  Congratulations go to Wilber Reynolds of Hancock Lumber in Pittsfield, Maine as the 2013 Individual 1st Place winner, who took 3:09 to grade the sample boards and break the tie at the top.  2nd Place went to George Gallant of Irving Forest Products with a time of 4:03, just edging fellow grader, Mike Rafuse also of Irving Forest Products who finished in a time of 4:17! The remaining Top 8 winners include Cornel Berry of Pleasant River Lumber of Hancock, Maine in 4th Place; Nathan Edwards of Hancock Lumber – Casco, Maine in 5th Place; In 6th Place, Parker Hills of Pleasant River, Hancock, Maine; Rick Johnston also of Pleasant River, Hancock, Maine in 7th Place; and in 8th Place, Gene Black of Limington Lumber, East Baldwin, Maine. In the final bonus round for the Top 8, Cornel Berry of Pleasant River’s Hancock, Maine mill took the honors and $100 bonus award.

The coveted Bronze Hammer Team Trophy went to Irving Forest Products of Dixfield, Maine with 70 points thanks to fielding 2 graders within the Top 3 finishers. This was Irving’s second win over the past 10 years. Pleasant River’s Hancock, Maine graders came in second with 66 points followed by Hancock Lumber – Pittsfield, Maine (64), Hancock Lumber – Casco, Maine (63), and Limington Lumber, East Baldwin, Maine (61) rounding out the Top 5 Teams in this year’s competition.

On behalf of the Association and participating mills, NELMA would like to thank DiPrizio Pine Sales management and staff for their generosity in hosting the 2013 Competition and particularly for the home-cooked lunch enjoyed by everyone!


From L to R:

1st Place, Wilber Reynolds – Hancock Lumber, Pittsfield, Maine

2nd Place, George Gallant – Irving Forest Products, Dixfield, Maine

3rd Place, Mike Rafuse – Irving Forest Products, Dixfield, Maine


1st Place Team: Irving Forest Products, Dixfield, Maine


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