“Thanks everyone for all you do every day,” said Scott Cummings. “We wouldn’t be a company without you.”
Cummings was talking to the employees and their families at the 90th anniversary celebration of Cummings Lumber held at the Alparon Park football field during the Troy Fair.
Employees were honored with a dinner catered by In His Service Catering. The dinner started with appetizers of crackers, cheese, vegetables and various dips. The dinner menu included beef tenderloin, chicken, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes, broccoli and green beans. For dessert there was cake and ice cream served by the Troy Fair Dairy Queen and her court.
After dinner, there was a sawing competition.
“I wouldn’t want to do that all day,” said Ben Lopez, referring to the hand sawing of a large log.
Cummings Lumber has come a long way in its 90 years of operation. Today they are in their fourth generation of operation with Scott Cummings, great grandson of the company founder, directing the company. Cummings Lumber provides the finest quality hardwood products. With their modern methods, they work hard to ensure that our forests will be here for future generations.
Over the years their operations have been modernized and they have become a plant of efficiency with a reputation for their quality and care.
Terry May started working for Barefoot Flooring, a part of Cummings Lumber, in 2001. After about eight years he moved to the mill. Now, he’s the one-man shipping department. He uses a vision tally machine, containing lasers that scan and read the measurements of boards. It’s a timesaving machine, making May’s job more efficient.
“That machine is a Godsend to me,” said May. “I used to have to do it all by hand; measuring every board.”
“The person who trained me did an excellent job,” added May, who had less than a day’s training to learn the new machine.
“They (Cummings Lumber) do a lot for their employees,” said Jeanne Kutt, mother of John Kutt, an employee of Cummings.
According to Tim Ayers, an employee of Cummings Lumber for 19 years, they give all their employees a hearing test every year.
“Every year they give us a Christmas party catered by Bernie Murray’s in Elmira,” said Ayers. “Also they give us a choice of a ham, a turkey or a 25 dollar gift card to Leona.”
Keith Reininghaus has worked for Cummings for two years as a lumber handler, doing different things in the mill including stacking lumber and building pallets. He finds his job good, but challenging at times.
“But,” said Reininghaus. “It’s a good challenging!”
Cummings Lumber is located in Troy, Pa. You can learn more by visiting them online at www.clc1.com or by calling (570) 297-4771. You can also find them on Facebook.