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Ms. Connie Smith

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Local Address: Clayton, Washington, United States

Employment History

  • General Manager and Sales
    Trathen Logging Co.
  • President and Owner
    Twin Mills Lumber Co. , Inc.

Board Memberships and Affiliations

20 Total References
Web References
Welcome to the Workforce Development System of Oswego County!, 28 Oct 2014 [cached]
Connie Smith
Board of Directors, 20 Sept 2014 [cached]
Connie Smith
Connie Smith, 19 Jan 2009 [cached]
Connie Smith - Central Square, NY
Ms. Smith has been an active member of the Empire State Forest Products Association for over 15 years. Ms. Smith is currently General Manager at the Central Square location of Trathen Logging Company. She began her career in the sawmill industry as a bookkeeper and eventually became President and sole owner of Twin Mills Lumber Company, Inc. Three years ago she sold the business to Trathen Logging Company and has remained as General Manager of the Central Square location.
Along with forging her way in a predominantly male-oriented industry, Connie has also been heavily involved in trade, civic, and community-minded organizations. Current activities include being a board member and past Secretary-Treasurer of ESFPA, a member of the Board of Directors for The United Way of Oswego County, a member of the Board of Directors for Oswego County Workforce Development, a current member and past-President and past Assistant Governor for District 7150 of Rotary Club of Oneida Shores, and a member of the Board of Directors and Trustee of New York Lumbermen's Insurance Trust Fund.
As a Board Member of the Empire State Forest Products Association, Ms. Smith would like to increase public awareness of the challenges faced by the forestry industry and encourage more political support for the industry at the state levels.
Ms. Smith resides in Central Square, NY near her son, Charles, and her granddaughter, Caylee Sue.
Board of Directors - Empire State Forest Products Association, 22 Oct 2013 [cached]
Connie Smith, Sawmill Consultant, Central Square, NY
Rotary District 7150 Oneida Shores Club, 28 April 2006 [cached]
Secretary/Treasurer: Connie Smith
"The Thrill of the Chase" - Connie Smith enjoys running lumber mill in a male-dominated industry - by Elizabeth Doran
But Smith, who ran his own lumber-mill business, was determined to beat his illness and carry on as usual. "He was very independent, practical and strong," recalls Connie Smith, who now runs Twin Mills Lumber Co. in Central Square. "He just wasn't leaving," she said. "Unfortunately, the cancer had other ideas. He lasted for 19 months, and although we hadn't talked about it, I just knew I had to keep the business going."
Seymour Smith, who died at 47, also didn't believe in life insurance, so Connie had an added incentive to slide into the driver's seat.
Connie Smith struggled at first with the pressures of keeping the business rolling, while learning all its aspects.
But in the 13 years since Smith took over, she's become a proficient small-business owner at ease with directing all the operations of a lumber mill. Today, Smith also is involved in the lumber industry, and in 1998 she became secretary/treasurer of the Empire State Forest Products Association. And she continues to run the business on her own, handling all the purchasing, finances, equipment problems, employees and more. "I just enjoy the challenge of the business," she said, "and the challenge of just trying to stay in business. I like the thrill of the chase."
Twin Mills, at 1379 County Route 4 in Central Square, is a sawmill which processes hardwood logs for the furniture industry. Twin Mills gets its native hardwoods from landowners and loggers within a 100-mile radius of the mill, and then sells the hardwood wholesale and direct to furniture manufacturers. Some of its customers include AMF in Lowville, which makes bowling pins using lumber processed by Twin Mills. Other customers include Rex Lumber in Acton, Mass., and Chaplain Hardwoods in Essex Junction, Vt. Twin Mills has a core customer base of about 50 companies in the Northeast and Canada, Smith said. Most customers order a tractor-trailer load, which contains about 8,000 board feet, Smith said.
Sales at the lumber mill are steady, but Smith said profit margins are a lot slimmer than in the past. That's primarily because raw materials are so difficult to secure. "Competition is very fierce right now for raw materials, because there's so much demand," Smith said. "Sales aren't a problem for us at all. We have many excellent customers who would take more lumber for us if we could produce it. The recent surge in diesel fuel prices has sliced profit margins even thinner, Smith said.
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