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By Long Range Systems

Founded more than 70 years ago, Yoder Lumber is a third-generation, family-owned manufacturer of top-quality Appalachian hardwood products. Products are made in Yoder Lumber's Ohio and West Virginia facilities and then distributed to warehouses, factories and stores nationwide and internationally. Yoder Lumber started using the LRS Forklift Staff pagers and Butler XP pagers in 2015 in their Hardwood Components Plant.

Improved Forklift Staff Efficiency

"An issue that kept coming up in our Hardwood Components plant was the wait time on the forklifts to move material in and out of machines," said Tony Yoder, CPTO. "We were originally using radios to call on forklift drivers, but they just weren't the right solution for that task." The radios created excess chatter on the floor, and sometimes drivers couldn't hear the call.

"We decided to explore a paging system, and when we searched online LRS was the first to appear," said Yoder. "The products were a natural fit." Yoder Lumber installed the Butler XP, which when pressed, activates the Forklift pager for a specific driver, delivering them with customized instructions.



By Noah Mechling 

The Ohio Forestry Association (OFA) winter meeting was held in Dublin, OH on March 2nd, 2017.  Each year a company is awarded “Logger of the Year” at the annual meeting.  This year one of Yoder Lumber’s contracted crews, M&H Logging received the “Logger of the Year” award.…



Written by Jessica Ferlaino
Business in Focus

Founded by John J. Yoder in 1944, Yoder Lumber Company is a third-generation family operation that continues to offer its customers superior selection and timely delivery from its in-house transportation and logistics division. Its consistent quality is rooted in tradition and enhanced by technologically advanced equipment and processes. Yoder Lumber has come a long way since its humble beginnings of a five-man crew and a portable sawmill, having grown to over 200 employees across four locations in Ohio and West Virginia. Each of these state-of-the-art facilities is strategically located in the heart of the Appalachian hardwood region.

It obtains its logs from local, independent, certified loggers and sawmills, as well as from private and public landowners and its own timberland. Lumber is available in ash, basswood, beech, cherry, grey elm, hard maple, soft maple, hickory, poplar, red oak, sassafras, sycamore, walnut, and white oak. Yoder Lumber has the sawmills, the production equipment, the drying operations, the automatic grading and sorting to meet any need.




By Tami Mosser
Reporter, The Daily Record

Melvin Yoder says he's a pretty laid-back guy.

And, he guesses, most of his 200 employees would probably stay the same.

Yoder has been the CEO of Yoder Lumber for 35 years, but the business has been part of his life since he was a teenager.

He is the second generation to run the business that began as a portable sawmill in 1944. His dad would move the equipment from site to site, he said, and clear the trees. "I used to go and help in the summer when I wasn't in school," he said, "when I was 14 or 15 years old."

Come to think of it, Yoder said, he's not really sure how much labor he contributed in those days. But he sure did like being there.…



By: Norwegian Institute of Wood

 Note: this article has been translated into English from the original Norwegian article

What do they do in America? 20 participants went in September to New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and had a very informative excursion. When Norwegians working in the wood industry travel abroad, they realize that here at home, they are highly equipped with technical equipment. It is also a lesson. The companies must have professionals who understand the wood industry and extremely modern technology.…



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Manufacturer of High Quality Appalachian Hardwoods | Green and Kiln Dried Hardwoods | Hardwood Millwork and Components| S4S Hardwood Specialists | Custom Hardwood Solutions | Commercial, Retail, and Restaurant Interiors | Hardwood Veneer Logs | Species Include Alder, Ash, Basswood, Beech, Birch, Cedar, Cherry, Cypress, Grey Elm, Hickory, Maple, Pine, Poplar, Red Oak , Sycamore, Walnut, White Oak | Forest Management | Timber Harvesting | Located in Berlin, Millersburg, and Sugarcreek, Ohio and Parkersburg, WV

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