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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE – Born out of a need to establish uniformity in the trade of hardwood lumber in 1898, the National Hardwood Lumber Association will celebrate its Quasqicentennial this year, a milestone that represents 125 years of foundational support and service to the hardwood industry.
NHLA Executive Director Dallin Brooks described the achievement as a testament to the steadfast mission of the Association to serve not only its members but the hardwood industry at large.
“An association doesn’t last 125 years unless it brings value to the industry,” stated Dallin. “NHLA is valuable for its grading rules, lumber services, education services, and networking services. These core services are the foundation that helps NHLA grow, our members prosper, stabilizes the hardwood industry.”
The Quasquicentennial celebration will last all year long, kicking off in January with a “125 Challenge” and a 125th Anniversary & Open-House Celebration at NHLA Headquarters in Memphis, Tenn.
The “125 Challenge” is designed to get members involved by earning points through fun activities to receive exclusive NHLA commemorative gifts. Some activities are part of a member’s normal routine, such as registering for the NHLA Annual Convention. Other activities will stretch their involvement, such as speaking to a class about the hardwood industry or taking a video of their company in action.
The 125th Anniversary & Open-House event will be held on Wednesday, April 12, from 10am to 2pm. The NHLA facilities will be open for tours and a formal presentation and rededication ceremony will take place from 11am to Noon. Invitations will be mailed to all current members and industry friends.
Also of note in 2023, the NHLA Inspector Training School will celebrate its Diamond Jubilee. For 75 years, the School has created the world’s best Hardwood Lumber Inspectors and has been a pioneering force in developing the future leaders of the hardwood industry.
To learn more about the National Hardwood Lumber Association, visit www.nhla.com. For more information about the 125 Challenge & the 125th Anniversary Celebration, visit www.nhla.com/125years.