With over 30 years’ experience in engineered wood products and structural adhesive technology, Jim brings a wealth of innovation and knowledge to the manufacturing environment. Half of his career has been in leadership positions in various engineered wood facilities, most notably, General Manager of Filler King Company, a glulam timber and laminated roof decking manufacturer. Under Jim’s watch, Filler King grew significantly and was later purchased by Boise Cascade. Jim stated, “The experience growing a small family run business into an industry leading company was challenging but extremely rewarding.”
Jim spent many years working to further the cause of the mass timber movement by being an integral part of the technical advisory committee and board of directors for AITC (past president). Jim, along with his Adhesive Sub-Committee, developed the ANSI 405 Standard for Adhesive for Use Structural Glued Laminated Timber. That Standard has withstood the test of time and is currently the adhesive standard for not only Glue Laminated Timbers but also the Cross Laminated Timber industry.
Jim worked the other half of his career in various roles with Hexion, an industry leading structural adhesive company. From starting in Technical Sales through his final role as North American Growth and Innovation Manager, Jim strived to provide engineered wood products companies with adhesive systems, as well as adhesive delivery machines, both of which brought extreme value to his customers. Jim stated, “By providing an adhesive system, we were able to provide our customers with optimized approaches for their plants. Our systems almost sold themselves because they were so effective.”
As Operations Manager, Jim’s philosophy is that the success of any company lies within its people. “Our employees are the key to our success.” Providing a safe, family like environment will be the cornerstone of our success at SmartLam North America, and Jim certainly is paving the way with his hands on approach to leadership.