Jason Ostrem, NELMA Inspector, has been promoted to fill the position of Wood Packaging Inspection Program Coordinator within the NELMA organization, effective February 5. This position was vacated with the retirement of Dennis Cornelius in 2014. Requiring a minimum of 5 years of export wood packaging inspection experience, the Coordinator provides a key role in the Association’s continual efforts to ensure the continuity and consistency of inspections performed by the NELMA staff within the program. Jason will also assist the Director of Inspection Services with implementation of new inspection policies and procedures in addition to new technologies developed to streamline and economize the inspection process.
Jason has been with NELMA in the position of Inspector since September 2007, hired during the organization’s expansion needs within the Upper Midwest Region. He was previously employed by Wal-Mart where he worked for 13 years at the company’s Distribution Center in Menomonie, Wisconsin with his latest position in the Management of Functional Areas. In his 7+ years with NELMA, Jason has expanded his lumber knowledge and duties to include lumber inspections for Studs, NGR, and Timbers, officially certified in 2013. He will continue his role as an inspector for wood packaging and lumber within his territory, modified to allow for performing the duties of the Coordinator position.
Jason received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Stout in 1994 and resides in Cochran, Wisconsin with his wife (Cindy) and two children (Isabelle and Tristan). Please welcome Jason to his new position with the Association.