Friday, July 19, 2013

Our Sawmill Supervisor – Rick Whitmore

This December Rick Whitmore will celebrate his 30th anniversary as an employee for Wightman Lumber. Rick has been the sawmill supervisor for the past 19 years. His primary responsibility is to insure productivity levels and product quality.  He shared with me that to achieve this goal it requires a combination of training employees so that they are able to achieve high quality standards while striving to meet productivity goals and at the same time keeping a vigilant eye on how the equipment is running. Avoidance of down time is one of his a primary focuses daily.

As I have the opportunity to learn more about my co-workers I am finding that many of them have chosen to make this work a life long career. Rick tells me that he has enjoyed his career because he has found “The Wightman’s to be good people to work for who are more than fair and no matter what the job is the owners are right there working beside you.” He enjoys wood products and likes that fact that many of the products produced are exported. He finds satisfaction in the process of taking logs and seeing them all the way to a finished product. In his spare time he enjoys wood working and has turned hardwoods into furniture and cabinetry. In the past he took pleasure in making things for his own home and now for his daughter as she establishes her own home.

With the prior experience he had working for another mill he adds another 31 years to our group.  Adding this to the 185 years already introduced and we are now up to an astounding 216 years of knowledge and experience and there is a lot more to come. It is no wonder that Wightman Specialty Woods produces top quality products with so many years of expertise behind the production process. 

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