Vaya con Dios, Temple-Inland

By Chuck Ray | Posted: 03/17/2014 7:36PM


Chuck Ray, PennState, Associate Professor of Wood Operations Walking across a yard near Philadelphia earlier this week, I had a twinge of nostalgia as I saw this bundle of Temple-Inland lumber. It may be the last one I ever see.

click image to zoomTemple Inland Good bye As you may recall, Temple-Inland was purchased by International Paper in 2011. Last year, Georgia-Pacific purchased the portion of the company that was formerly called Temple-Inland Building Products Group, and for the employees employed at the Temple facilities, the process of being integrated into the larger G-P began in earnest. I haven't heard what the schedule is for re-labeling the various Temple products as Georgia-Pacific products, but I'm pretty sure this bundle of lumber may be one of the last I ever see with the Temple-Inland brand.

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Well, so it goes. The folks I worked with at those Temple-Inland mills were some of the best, and I hope their new bosses at G-P treat them right. Perhaps G-P can show the rest of the world that there is a beneficial, productive way to employ newly-acquired assets and the folks who run them. That is a story I would love to write about.

Adios, Temple-Inland. Vaya con Dios.


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Chuck Ray, PennState, Associate Professor of Wood Operations

Chuck Ray

Dr. Charles D. “Chuck” Ray is Associate Professor of Wood Operations Research at Pennsylvania State University. His specialty is in the area of operations research, specifically those operational issues that confront the majority of the wood products sector. He previously spent 15 years in research and quality management for two large building products corporations, Temple-Inland Forest Products and Louisiana-Pacific. Ray is the sixth generation of his family to work in the sawmill industry, the Ray Brothers Lumber Company, established in East Texas before the turn of the last century. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter @ChuckDRay. He maintains an Extension website for Penn State at and also writes a blog on all wood issues called Go Wood which can be found at

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