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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.…


The motivation behind H15 Ministries is the lives of Holmes County’s young people. The goal is to offer them a safe, inspiring, and positive space in which to fellowship, learn, and be mentored. And to make that happen, the community has been stepping in to transform several formerly abandoned buildings into a thriving hub of activity where teens will ]find help for homework, participate in constructive activities, learn job skills, get counseling, and be introduced to Jesus Christ by loving, caring Christian staff and volunteers.…



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.…



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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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