Hancock Lumber’s Pittsfield Graders Win 2011 EWP Competition

8b5b3619d9adc0a73172e672f1f664a3All eyes were on the new “Leaderboard” throughout the 2011 NELMA Eastern White Pine Graders’ Competition, held June 11 at Limington Lumber Company in East Baldwin, Maine, as each competitor hoped to be among the top 15 alphabetical listing when the dust settled.  Fifty-six graders representing ten Eastern White Pine manufacturers competed in this year’s 8th Annual event. The goal was to correctly grade the most of the 50 boards within the 5 minutes time limit in order to make the list.

From the Top 15, the list was narrowed further to an alphabetical listing of the Final 8, which moved on to the “Bonus Round”, a new addition to the 2011 Competition that gave the finalists an opportunity to add to their winnings prior to announcing their actual final placement.  The “Bonus Round” included a new set of 20 boards to grade with a 5-minute time limit, while being watched by their non-finalist peers.

In the Individual Grader Competition, finishing ahead of the pack in first place was Paul Angelone of Madison Lumber Mill.  Paul was last year’s second place winner.  In addition, Paul also won the “Bonus Round” in a time tie-breaker with two other finalists.  Here’s this year’s Top 8 Eastern White Pine Graders:

53a97ff0ba07c1e26b3949ac341f369b1. Paul Angelone – Madison Lumber Mill

2. Troy Manson – Hancock Lumber – Pittsfield

3. Bill Badger – Hancock Lumber – Pittsfield

4. Bob Burns – H.G.Wood

5. Brian Ward – Limington Lumber (2010 Individual Champion)

6. Matt Packard – Hancock – Casco

7. Matt Chesley – DiPrizio Pine Sales

8. Dean White – H.G.Wood

These Top 8 finalists shared almost $1,500 in cash prizes for their efforts.

e7db97ad3d773a4a1afca0d24e847b13In the Team Competition, this was the closest battle since the first event was held in 2004, with only 4 points separating the Top 5 Teams.  Claiming the Bronze Hammer Trophy for the 3rd time in 8 years was Hancock Lumber’s Pittsfield team, edging out H.G.Wood, 69-68.  Madison Lumber Mill finished in third place, followed by Limington Lumber (2010 Champion) and Hancock Lumber’s Casco mill rounding out the Top 5.

1d3b61aa1d7017fc476044dd872103a6Congratulations to all of this year’s graders that competed in this NELMA event.  The grades of Eastern White Pine are some of the most challenging lumber grades of all North American species.  Special thanks and gratitude goes to Limington Lumber management and staff for sharing their facilities and hosting a spectacular lunch for the Competition.  Next year’s event will again be held in the Spring at a location to be announced.