Hancock Lumber’s Pittsfield Sawmill Hosts 9th Annual Eastern White Pine Graders Competition

Hancock Lumber played host to the 9th annual Eastern White Pine graders competition, held June 16 at the company’s Pittsfield, Maine sawmill.  Fifty-two graders representing 10 mills located in New England participated in this year’s NELMA-sponsored competition. The contest continued the traditional rules of grading 50 stationary boards within a five minute time period, with the top 10 finishers sharing cash awards totaling $1,550.  And for the second year, a separate bonus round of the top 10 was held at the conclusion of the event that required the 10 finalists to grade 10 additional boards with the winner receiving $100 added to his placement award.

The 2012 Top Grader of Eastern White Pine went to Bill Badger, representing the host mill, Hancock Lumber at Pittsfield.  Mike Rafuse of Irving Forest Products finished second, followed by Troy Manson of Hancock Lumber at Pittsfield in third place, Jason Labbe of Hancock’s Ryefield mill in fourth place, and George Gallant of Irving Forest Products in fifth place.  The bonus round was won by the overall winner, Bill Badger.

Pittsfield_winning_team_webIn the team competition, Hancock Lumber Company’s Pittsfield mill retained the Bronze Hammer trophy for a second year in a row, their fourth win in the nine-year competition.  Rounding out the top 5 team results: Irving Forest Products of Dixfield, Maine, Hancock Lumber’s Ryefield, Maine sawmill, and a tie for fourth between Limington Lumber of East Baldwin, Maine and Madison Lumber Mill of West Ossipee, New Hampshire.

Congratulations to the 2012 winners and all that participated in this NELMA event that incorporates grading education and camaraderie within a half-day of fun.  Special thanks to the management and staff of Hancock Lumber for hosting this year’s competition.

Look for details early next year for the 2013 Eastern White Pine Graders Competition.