Contact Lumber Changes Name to "Contact Industries"

Contact Lumber has changed its name to Contact Industries, effective January 1, 2007. The new name reflects the company's transition from a traditional millwork manufacturing organization to what has become known as a manufacturer of customized products, a number of which no longer utilize lumber in their composition.

"We are a different company today and need [to] be identified by the new products, services and technologies we provide to existing and potential new customers," said Frank Pearson, president. "Our organizational focus, investment and products have changed so much over the years that the name 'Contact Lumber' no longer truly reflects who we are and what we produce as a company."

"The most significant change this company has been able to achieve has been the way our employees have embraced the complexity of new product requirements including the use of non-wood materials to meet customers' needs," said Peter McKibbin, vice president of sales.

"Earlier this year, in response to a customer request, our manufacturing facility profile wrapped a very high-end stainable vinyl film with traditional wood print character over an all aluminum core. That represented the first time in our company's history that our organization produced an entirely non-wood component and it signaled a significant change in how we view ourselves."

The company is also focused on increasing its global competitiveness and exceeding the world's standards for quality-controlled manufacture. Most recently, Contact's manufacturing group, Clear Pine Mouldings, was recognized for its compliance to IS0 9001 quality system requirements. Contact will also envelop its manufacturing facility under the new name, Contact Industries.

Contact employs approximately 600 people in its manufacturing division in Prineville, Ore. and has a staff of 13 at its headquarters in Clackamas, Ore.

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