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.…
In this quarter’s newsletter I’d like to highlight our Rolling Ridge Woods (RRW), division. As a division of Yoder Lumber, RRW enjoys the full benefit of all the financial and human resources of Yoder Lumber as it works to acquire a larger market share of the export and domestic veneer log market.
The veneer log operation is one of the more unusual aspects of the Appalachian Hardwood merchandising market. Since I am not a forester or a veneer log buyer, I’ll provide you with a larger scope of what this division does.
A bit of background on how our veneer division operates: Each log is individually inspected, graded, valued, and tagged for inventory control by a log buyer. Most of the time when a log buyer purchases the log, he has some idea of which particular customer will buy it.…
Appearance has become a driving factor in the retail and commercial world where it’s all about the showcase, about displaying the product or atmosphere in the most enticing manner. MRO specializes in custom fixtures for national retail stores, grocery stores, commercial businesses, and the restaurant industry. Taking ideas, applying
quality design and engineering skills of the project management team, MRO Built has created a company mastering their market of presentation. After a recent tour with MRO, it’s true that the excellence is in the showcase; however, that excellence extends beyond the surface.…