NELMA’s 12th annual Dimension Graders Competition was held Saturday, June 14 at first-time host mill, Milan Lumber Company at Milan, New Hampshire. Twenty-six graders representing four of NELMA’s Dimension lumber mills participated in this year’s event. The competition featured the typical grading of 50 stationary boards by each individual participant with a 5-minute time limit. The choice of grades included No.1, No.2, No.3, and Economy. Cash awards for the top 5 finishers totaled $750.00, with an additional $100 for the winner from the top group in the bonus round.
Winning the individual top award was Dominique Plourde of Fontaine Lumber, who improved on his 10th place finish from a year ago. Coming in 2nd place was Donnie Beedy of Stratton Lumber; 3rd place was earned by Tom Wellington of Pleasant River Lumber; Greg Silver of Stratton Lumber finished in 4th place; Marvin Gilbert of Stratton Lumber rounded out the award winners in 5th place. In the Bonus Round that included the Top 5 finishers, Tom Wellington scored a perfect 10 to take the added award.
In the Team standings, Stratton Lumber retained the coveted Bronze Hammer Trophy with a narrow one-point win over Fontaine, 62-61. This was Stratton Lumber’s 5th Team Championship in the 12 years of the competition.
NELMA congratulates all participants in this unique, fun and educational annual event, and wishes to express their sincere thank you to Milan Lumber’s management and staff for their wonderful hospitality in hosting the 2014 Competition.
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