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Angelina Hardwood Sales Co stands on solid reputation built over six decades

Deep in the piney woods of East Texas, a company with a history of more than six decades has been quietly building an impressive reputation in a specialized wood products field.

Angelina Hardwood Sales Co, established at Lufkin TX in 1945 by George H Henderson Sr and now operated by his grandson, manufactured 1.5 billion board feet of truck flooring and other specialized products between 1960 and 2007 — a record for the company.

Using Apitong woods, the company has built a following in a specialized field by “taking care of the folks we do business with,” said George H Henderson III, better known as “Trey.”

“Taking care of its customers” led the company to install a state-of-the-art chip-fired dry kiln system with an annual drying capacity of 3 million board-feet in 2006.

At its peak in 1946, Angelina Hardwood Sales pioneered for Moore Dry Kilns the direct-fired gas kiln as the industry model.

Another innovation was the installation of a GreCon Dimter model 104 precision optimizing saw that can cut finished lengths up to 20 feet. The driving force behind the installation was George Henderson Jr, who succeeded his father as president.

By adhering to its founder's philosophy of personal integrity, honesty, and service, the company has built a following among customers in the United States, Canado, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

The company started making its flooring products from domestic hardwoods, but now uses some of the best hardwoods in the world. It started producing Apitong flooring in 1960. Besides flooring for truck trailers and rail cars, the company produces floor components for military vehicles.

With 23 full-time employees, the company has been an active member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association for 82 years. Access for more details.

Havco Composite Floor offers proven ROI

The Havco Composite Floor combines natural strength and technology to produce a floor that provides fleets and owners proven return on investment (ROI) over the life of the trailer.

Havco Composite starts with the strength and resiliency of 100% oak laminate, then adds a layer of the firm's patented Glass/Epoxy Fiber-Reinforced Plastic. The resulting floorboards are not only stronger and more durable, but they also offer greater fatigue resistance and better waterproofing. This eliminates wicking, reducing downtime for routine maintenance and recoating. The floor has been rigorously tested, both in the lab and during a 10-year road trial, losing only 11% to 16% of its original strength in floor load failure tests. Lighter composite flooring provides fuel savings, eliminates the need for a threshold plate, and offers higher trade-in value.

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Rockland undercoating lengthens floor life

Rockland Flooring, manufacturer of laminated trailer flooring, has introduced a new undercoating product designed to improve floor life in trailers, containers, and truck bodies. The polyurethane (PUR) coating is applied to the bottom of each floor at one of Rockland's four manufacturing plants.

This new coating provides superior water protection and abrasion resistance compared with traditional undercoating products. It has also been specifically formulated to withstand regular exposure to the toughest road chemicals including CMA and calcium chloride.

For more information on this new undercoating, e-mail Chris Wolford at [email protected].

J M McCormick moves to new headquarters in Lebanon, Indiana

J M McCormick, a distributor of lumber and plywood, hosted an open house June 28, 2007, for its new headquarters at Lebanon Business Park in Lebanon IN.

The company, which had been based in Indianapolis IN, received a 10-year real and personal tax abatement for the relocation project, thanks to the Boone County Economic Development Corp and the Lebanon City Council. McCormick originally invested more than $5 million in the new facility and $500,000 in equipment upgrades. The firm agreed to retain 28 jobs and create 14 additional ones.

All lumber or plywood distributed by McCormick goes through the headquarters for approval, said Espey. A rail spur for trains to stop and pick up deliveries is near the site of the headquarters.

McCormick was founded by the late Mike McCormick, brother-in-law of the current chief executive officer Ed Espey.

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