working for you
Our people are our greatest asset and we want you to see the experts who drive this company from the ground up. Roseburg's Working For You series brings you face to with some of these people, who are the heart and soul of Roseburg. We are founded on a passion and committment to forest products manufacturing, and our employees are the best example of that. Their passion drives our expertise and keeps us growing, learning, and innovating. Each person represents a different part of Roseburg, from forest land management to the manufacturing of decorative panels. And from each of their perspectives you will hear a different piece of the Roseburg story.
8/26/15 - Rick Abel is a journeyman electrician for the engineered wood products plant in Riddle, OR. The work he does is more high-tech than most people think of when they imagine an electrician. Rick programs the machines that automate much of the engineered wood manufacturing process. This means more time at the computer and less time doing hard wiring, but he still enjoys it. Rick started at Roseburg in 1999 as a rolling stock mechanic in Dillard, OR. If it had wheels, he worked on it. After seven years of working as a mechanic, he felt it was time for a change. So when Roseburg posted an opening for an electrician apprenticeship, he took the job and worked his way up to Journeyman status. Rick is a Roseburg native. He and his wife have three kids.
6/5/15 - Teresa Clark is the Engineered Wood Shipping Supervisor. She manages all the engineered wood products in the shipping yard from the moment they come out of the plant, to the moment they leave by truck or train. Teresa has been with Roseburg since 2003, having started out as a temporary shipping clerk and then working her way up. She’s passionate about working with people, solving problems, and making sure everything goes off without a hitch.
6/24/15 - JD became part of the Roseburg team in 2000 at the particleboard facility in Dillard, Oregon. He transferred over to the engineered wood products facility in Riddle, Oregon, when it first opened in 2001. JD takes inventory of the incoming veneers and glues that later get made into LVL. He also checks the veneers to make sure they’re in good enough shape to be laminated into beams. JD has spent most of his career in wood products, having worked at a glulam facility before joining Roseburg. He has also worked in construction, often using LVL beams similar to the ones he now helps build. This experience has given him a lot of insight on what it takes to make quality engineered wood products.
6/24/15 - Sean wears a lot of hats at Roseburg’s particleboard facility in Taylorsville, Mississippi. As a general helper, he can be found everywhere in the facility, from driving the forklift to helping with cleanup. Sean has been in the wood product industry for more than eight years. He worked as a core layer and core feeder at the Georgia Pacific plywood facility in Taylorsville for seven years. He joined Roseburg’s particle board mill in 2013 because he saw it as a great opportunity he couldn’t pass up. Sean draws inspiration from his brother, who also works in wood products.
6/24/15 - Cheryl has been in the wood products industry for most of her life. She started in the Taylorsville, Mississippi particleboard mill in 1978, back when it was still part of Georgia-Pacific. She worked her way through every part of the mill, from general cleanup to her current position of specialty saw operator, which is the job she’s loved the most. She became a part of our team when Roseburg bought the building in 2006. Cheryl cuts panels to very precise dimensions passed on the needs of the customer. The most important part of getting precise cuts, she says, is knowing how to “read the tape.” That’s a skill she’s taken years to perfect.
7/8/15 - Dennis has spent his entire career in particleboard. He started right out of high school working for Boise Cascade, where he spent 20 years learning all the ins and outs of particleboard production. He then worked for SierraPine for another six years before coming to Roseburg’s particleboard plant in Dillard, OR, in 2006. Most recently, Dennis has been managing the particleboard complex in Taylorsville, MS. He made the move in 2014, which he believed was is chance to have “one last big adventure” in the wood products industry. As the Complex Manager, Dennis has been working hard to make the entire plant function the Roseburg Way, which he believes means making the plant and the people do “the best we can possibly do.”
7/8/15 - David is the engineered wood products plant manager in Riddle, OR. He has been with Roseburg for 20 years. David graduated from Portland State University with a Business degree, and then started out with Roseburg as a veneer dryer. From there, he worked his way up in the engineered wood plant, from shipping to plant superintendent; and finally to plant manager.David loves the wood products industry because it’s “good, honest work done by good, honest people.” That’s something that makes him fit right in here at Roseburg.
4/15/14 - Nadine Orozco joined the company in 2011 and is part of a young, talented generation making a difference at Roseburg Forest Products. After graduating from Oregon State University with a Master’s Degree in Wood Science & Engineering, Nadine worked in the sales department where she learned the ins and outs of how products go to market. In 2013 she transitioned to the manufacturing side of the business where she worked as the Value-Added Technical Director for the Composites business in Dillard, OR. In late 2014 Nadine accepted the position of Dry End Superintendent at Roseburg’s engineered wood plant in Riddle, OR. Nadine is an excellent example of young, educated individuals who are immersing themselves into the company and forest products industry.
1/15/14 - Phil Adams is the Land and Timber Manager for our 635,000 acres of western timberlands in Oregon and California. A professional forester with over 30 years of experience as an industrial forester and manager, Phil has been with Roseburg for 13 years now and is passionate about the role the company’s private timberlands play in the rural communities where we own land and operate.
2/15/14 - Ryan Phillips is a Product Manager for the hardwood plywood segment of Roseburg’s plywood business. Ryan has become an integral part of a family legacy in the wood products industry, and represents the third generation of his family to work at Roseburg Forest Products. Both his father and grandfather worked in a variety of positions in Roseburg’s plywood business. Ryan worked his way through college with funds he earned performing a variety of summer labor jobs with the company. After graduating from Oregon State University in 1996 he joined the company in the quality control area of the mill. He has been in the sales department since 2006.
3/15/14 - Tom started working for Roseburg Forest Products in 1979, just three years out of high school. His first job was loading flat cars on the swing shift. During the recession in the 1980’s, Tom joined the U.S. Army and spent four years in active duty, but after his discharge from active duty he returned to Roseburg and became a millwright apprentice. Within two years Tom accepted a millwright position and within four years had become a Journeyman. He has continued his education to become an A-level millwright through Roseburg’s upgrade program and in 2003 Tom became the lead millwright. Tom now plays a highly valued leadership role in all aspects of the business. He takes pride in the work he does and enjoys being part of a larger team that is known for the quality of their performance.
2/15/14 - Randy started his Roseburg career in 1983 at our Coquille Plywood plant working on the green end. He worked his way up and became the Quality Control Technician in 1993. His drive to learn and expand his opportunities were rewarded when he was named Plant Superintendant in 1997. That same drive and determination served him well as he was promoted to Plant Manager in 2009. Randy’s career path has been a huge benefit to Roseburg because he has experience in all areas of the Coquille Plywood operations. Combining mechanical inclination with his experience, Randy continues to improve the efficiency of our operation while maintaining high product quality. In his free time Randy is a master Bee Keeper in the State of Oregon.
3/15/14 - Gary Gravis is Roseburg’s Great Plains Territory Sales Manager, a region which includes Manitoba, Canada, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, where he has lived since 2001. Gary grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After college, Gary began his career working for a building products distributor in Texas and over the years he has worked for numerous companies both buying and selling wood products throughout the Midwest. In fact, Gary was a Roseburg customer prior to joining the company in 2006. Gary’s wood products knowledge, Midwest roots and prior experience doing business with Roseburg make him perfectly suited to serve the needs of our customers in the Great Plains region.