TLC Mouldings, Inc. is another chapter of
Volume 2, Issue 4
molding process. They, along with the moulding machine
The Langdale Company's continued commitment to com- operators, went to a weeklong Weinig training program in
plete resource utilization. Just as the Langboard MDF North Carolina. Two months later Weinig sent personnel
plant came into being to utilize Langdale Forest Products to Willacoochee to train and help with the start up at TLC
sawmill and planer mill byproducts, TLC Mouldings, Inc. Moulding.
was created to utilize MDF's one foot drops. The one foot
drops are a result of the five foot panels produced by "That was
Langboard that are cut down to four foot panels. While in about all the
the beginning these panels were the catalyst for the cre- experience we
ation of TLC had before
Mouldings, start up," relayed Landon Meeks. And while some
today these one might think that was a recipe for disaster, it actually helped
foot drops only them grow as a team because everyone had to learn
make up 35% of together, work together and solve problems together.
their total pro- Randy Fortune added, "If you don't know that you
duction. can't do something - you try. And if you never try, you
As part of the
investigation The MDF Moulding Process - Start to Finish. The raw
process of how board used to make the moulding is stocked in-house. A
to utilize the one manufactured by TLC Mouldings, Inc. fork-lift feeds the board for two production lines into a
Samples of Harmony casings
foot drops, a six multi-score saw that rips it into strips ranging from 1 ½" to
month feasibility study of the moulding industry was con- 8" widths X 7' to 18' lengths with the size depending on the
ducted. When the decision was made to go ahead with a
MDF moulding plant, the 110,000 sq. ft. plant was devel-
Continued on page 2
oped and constructed with in-house personnel next door to
Langboard MDF plant in Willacoochee, GA.
The plant started opera-
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
tions with 42 employees
in June 2001 when the
Thoughts & Reflections 3
t first product rolled off the
Seasonal Snapshots 4
f li line. Employee Spotlight 5
A TLC Moulding's Plant
ot Manager, Randy
Your Benefits 6
Industries News 8
Meeks and Sales
Service Hotline 11
Manager, Craig Young were all employed at
Your Community 14
Langboard MDF prior to the startup of TLC Mouldings and
were familiar with the MDF product, but unfamiliar with the
Environmental News 15
Plant News 16
Calendar of Events 20
moulding being produced. system to deliver the finished product to be packaged.
Continued from page 1
Most productions are run to order and shipped immedi-
The next step involves the strips being fed into the Weinig ately, while some product is kept in the warehouse. TLC
m o u l d e r s . Mouldings ships 175 -200 truckloads of MDF mouldings a
There are two production lines with one line having a month to a customer base that covers an area west from
Weinig moulder with five heads for simpler (flat) profiles Texas north to Maryland. Production for a typical four-
and the other line equipped with a six head Weinig moulder week month averages 5,700,000 linear feet.
for more complicated profiles.
There are seven major moulding plants currently in the
southeast, which means competition can be tough. "It
was tough getting our foot in the door of potential cus-
tomers," said Randy Fortune. "But it might sur-
prise you to know that our toughest competition isn't in the
U.S., it is from imports." "Chile is one of our biggest com-
petitors in the fingerjoint market. But the competition has-
n't slowed us down, in fact we doubled our production in
the last year, added an 80,000 sq. ft. warehouse (see pg
18) this past Spring, and added a second shift this year
bringing the number of employees to 65. We are also in
the process of adding a third moulder line to be complet-
ed sometime the end of this year which will allow us to be
more efficient and increase production."
TLC Mouldings has in-house computer design, tooling, and
Moulding exiting the primer (paint) station.
maintenance that allows them to create and reproduce cus- According to Craig Young, "Our delivery times have
tomer profiles. The profile is taken to the grinderman who been a key factor in helping us to get our foot in the door
scans it on the Turbo CAD CAM system to make a drawing. of potential customers. Delivery times from Chile/South
This information is then sent to the template maker that America are typically six to eight weeks. Our turn around
makes a template opposite of the profile. Then the grinder time is second to none. In addition, our availability, selec-
makes the die out of carbide and feeds the information to tion of over 150 profiles and the ability to create and
the moulders. reproduce new ones per the customer's needs, delivery of
One line is equipped with a one coat primer (paint) station a primed product and the overall finished appearance
with the second line equipped with two sander lines and have been important aspects in obtaining, keeping and
two coat primer (paint) stations. A 10 head DelleVedove attracting new customers."
sander pre-sands the moulding on both lines before send-
ing it to be primed. The vacuum coater applies the water-
based primer. 99.9% of all mouldings produced are
The two-coat line then goes to an infrared oven to dry
between coats and then it is run through an eight head
DelleVedove sander before being primed a second time.
After the second coat of primer, the moulding makes a 90
degree turn to a forced heated air oven for approximately
90 seconds to fully cure before receiving a buffed finish by
another eight headed sander. The one coat line is sanded
before and after its one primer coat and only passes
through the forced heated air oven.
All finished moulding is visually inspected and graded in-
These racks hold the many custom made dies of
house and then passes through to the Venjakob handling
TLC Mouldings to produce a variety moulding pro-
Continued on page 3
& R e fl e c t io n s Randy Fortune, Plant Manager,
TLC Mouldings, Inc.
Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker and business visionary, tells many hours, weeks, months and years of planning that went
a story of an "overnight" success, Gary Spies. From White into this project. Nor did they know how committed our
Lake, Minnesota, Gary sailed his ten-foot boat across the employees were to seeing this company succeed. We
Atlantic Ocean in just fifty-four days. What is the real story? learned together, solved problems together and worked
Did he just have a good idea, implement it and was "lucky"? together all as a team.
Gary worked, planned, sacrificed, and studied for three years
to build his boat. He committed not only his money but also Today we are seeing the rewards at TLC Moulding of our
100 percent of his spare time for three solid years. He had to team's planning, hard work and sacrifice with: 1) The dou-
chart his course and plan every detail, including maximum bling of our production in the last year, 2) Our new addition
use of his space and the proper food, clothing, and water to of an 80,000 sq ft warehouse this Spring, 3) Our second shift
carry. Once he completed his plan he was ready to face the added earlier this year, and 4) The addition of a third line
most dangerous and difficult part - the rain and bitter cold. near the end of this year.
When Gary completed his successful mission, he was bat-
tered and weary. "Luck" did not play a part in Gary's success In today's global economy, competing in a market that is
- it was planning, hard work and sacrifice. dominated by imports is no easy task. The reason I know
TLC Mouldings is and will continue to be successful is
This story reminds me of how TLC Mouldings began. We because of our employees dedication to provide quality prod-
aren't where we are today because of "luck". There were a ucts, professional service and competitive pricing through
lot of people who probably thought we were crazy to start a their hard work and sacrifice.
moulding plant with an employee base that had very little
experience in the moulding industry. But they didn't know the
Affiliate Spotlight 2005 C al ndar
TLC Mouldings are sold under the "Harmony" line brand. C o mi n g S o on !
Continued from page 2
They produce baseboards, casings, chair rails and crown
The Langdale Company
mouldings. Unlike traditional wood mouldings, MDF is
free of splits, knot and torn grain. They also will not warp
Moulding from TLC can be seen in the new Omni Tower,
Atlanta, GA, Comfort Inn, Valdosta, GA, the clubhouse at
will be arriving
Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, Valdosta, GA, Rosen Center
Hotel, Orlando, FL, and the Fairmont, New Orleans, LA.
It has also been featured on the syndicated, "Michael
Holligan's - Your New Home" television show, "Panel
World" and "Wood Digest" magazines.
Watch the mailbox
What does TLC Mouldings do with the waste dust from
the production of the moulding? In a solution unique to
the moulding industry, the waste dust is mixed with trim
from the saws, and then processed into pellets that are
sent back to the MDF plant for boiler fuel. for yours!
A fitting solution for a plant created because of The
Langdale Company's commitment to environmental
S easonal “Jake
Grand Prize submitted
All entrants received
an entrant prize
for their entry.
“4th of July - Madison Johnson” Comfort Inn
Ann Johnson of the Comfort Inn
won $100.00 for her entry!
Fa l l S e a s o n a l S n a p s h o t R u l e s
The grand prize winner will be
awarded cash prize of $100!!!
This quarter’s Seasonal Snapshot rules are as
E N T E R T O D AY ! ! !
1) Photos must be taken by an employee of
Langdale Industries or affiliate company. Everyone who enters an eligible photo will
2) Photo subject: Anything that you are
receive an entrant prize.
thankful for this holiday season OR Hunting Submit your photo with above information to:
Photos. Stephanie Hibberts
Langdale Industries, Inc.
3) Each entry must have a photo with the follow- P O Box 1365
ing information printed on the back of photo: Valdosta, GA 31603-1365
name, address and telephone number, place of Phone: (229) 247-5588
employment, and title/description of photo. firstname.lastname@example.org
All entries will be entered ENTRY DEADLINE: All entries must be
into drawing for the received by December 1, 2004 to be eligible.
$100 grand prize.
triplet births in the U.S.*
That is pretty amazing considering that according to
Tom when the triplets begin school at Hahira
E m pl y
o Elementary there will be two sets of triplets and two
sets of twins all starting school together!
S p o t l igh Tom said they have had a lot of help from their par-
ents, family and friends since the boys arrived. T.J.,
Taylor and Samantha help out, too. Things are a little
Tom McCullough, Supervisor, Wood Preserving -
cramped at home right now, but their new home is
close to being finished and that will give them much
Boiler, Dry Kiln Department, at Langdale Forest needed room.
Products, has been seeing triple lately - make that
triplets! Another interesting note: Tom has worked at
Langdale Forest Products for 12 years. He is the third
Tom and his wife Christal are the proud new parents of generation in his family to work for LFP beginning with
Cole, Ethan and Hunter. Born on July 31, 2004 (6 his grandfather, Clyde
weeks early), the triplets were greeted by their sib- Wilson, who retired after
lings: T.J., 12 yrs, Taylor, 10 yrs, and Samantha 8 yrs. 35 years of service and
Cole weighed in at 4 lbs. 3 oz., Ethan 4 lbs 4oz, and his father, Walter Wilson,
Hunter 4 lbs. 6 oz. who retired after 27 yrs.
of service. And both of
Tom and his wife learned they were having triplets them worked as
after their first ultrasound showed three heartbeats, Supervisor, Wood
which coincidentally was the day before the construc- Preserving - Boiler, Dry
tion crew was getting ready to frame in their carport on Kiln Department, just like
their new house. In light of the news that three babies Tom. Tom quipped, "Out
would be arriving instead of one, Tom had to change of my five boys, I'm sure
the house plans to include a bigger nursery. one will carry on the tradi-
The doctor told Tom and Christal that this was the first
Tom and Christal!
set of triplets he had seen in 15 - 20 yrs that were not
a result of using fertility drugs. 60% of triplets born are
the result of fertility drugs. The odds of conceiving Top to bottom: Cole,
"spontaneous" triplets (i.e., without the aid of fertility Ethan and Hunter
*National Center for Health
drugs) are about 1 in 8,100. In 2002 there were 6,898 Statistics
"Skelly" a memorable name for a memorable character. Charles Millhorn got his nickname
"Skelly" (originally "Skeleton") from his basketball teammates in high school. Weighing in at 137 lbs at a
height of 6' 3", he is known by many at Langdale Industires and the affiliates.
Originally from Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee (it's a twin city), Skelly moved here in 1962 to work at the
Valdosta Boys' Club as Program Director. When he left the Boy's Club, Skelly had worked with them for
Skelly began working at Langdale Forest Products on July 22, 1974 pulling lumber.
Today, he is responsible for delivering and handling all the mail flow for Langdale Industries and affiliates. This year marks his
30-year anniversary at Langdale Forest Products.
His life long love of sports continues today as he enjoys watching basketball, football and baseball. His favorite team to watch
is the Atlanta Braves.
Skelly and his wife, Sybil, have been married 30 years as of this past March. They have three children, five grandchildren and
three great grandchildren living in Jasper, FL, Jennings, FL, Valdosta, GA and New Mexico.
November 9 - 18, 2004
The 2005 Annual Open Enrollment for employee benefits is mation carefully so that you are prepared to enroll in your
scheduled to begin on November 9 and end November 18, benefits.
2004. Houze and Associates will conduct the open enroll-
ment again this year and will meet with each employee at We are pleased to announce that in spite of the continuing
their location during the enrollment period. Each employee rise in health care costs, there will be no plan or benefits
must meet with a Benefit Counselor to enroll for benefits in changes for the 2005 year.
2005. The Langdale Company offers a comprehensive package of
The enrollment scheduled will be posted at benefits designed to meet the personal needs of our employ-
www.houze.org/langdale on Monday, October 18th. Please e e s .
check the website for the day and time that enrollers will visit You will find that the benefits balance two important consid-
your location. A schedule will also be posted at each location. erations: 1) The need for a modern, comprehensive program
that meets the essential needs of employees; and 2) The
Employees will receive a Benefits Package at their home the desire to satisfy special concerns and priorities of employees.
week of November 1, 2004. Please pay careful attention to
the documentation in the package. A benefit statement will be Langdale is proud to offer our employees the Langdale
provided that breaks down your current benefits and deduc- Employee Benefits Plan. It is designed in response to our
tions as well as information on all benefits that will be avail- employees' needs - a plan the opens the door for financial
able to you during open enrollment. Please review this infor- security and affordable health care.
FLU SHOTS B enefits
Flu shots will be available to all Langdale and affiliate employees,
October 26 - November 11. See schedule on page 7. Does the shot cause side effects? The flu shot is made from
killed flu viruses, which cannot cause the flu. It does not cause
There will be NO COST to employees. Langdale Industries will side effects in most people. About 1/2 of those who get the shot
absorb the $15.00 cost for each shot. have some soreness, redness or swelling on the arm where the
shot is given. These side effects, which can last up to two days,
Who should get the flu shot? According to the Centers for rarely interfere with a person’s daily activities. About 5 to 10% of
Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu shot for: people have mild side effects such as headache or low-grade fever
1) Adults aged 50 or over - even if you’re in great health! for about a day after vaccination. With very rare exceptions, the
2) Anyone with chronic health condition: i.e., heart disease, danger from getting flu - and possibly pneumonia - is far greater
diabetes, kidney disease, asthma, cancer, HIV/AIDS. than the danger from the side effects of the shot. One of these
3) Children 6 months to 8 years old getting flu vaccine for rare exceptions is people who have a severe allergy to eggs.
the first time. People who have a severe allergy to eggs should NOT get the
4) Women more than 3 months pregnant during flu season, flu shot.
typically Nov. - March.
5) Health care workers, and 7) Household contacts or care Helpful hint: Be sure to take Tylenol, Advil, etc. prior to or
givers of adults (63 or older) or children (under 24 immediately after receiving your flu shot.
months), anyone with chronic health problems and preg-
Flu Shot Schedule Benefits
Public Health Home Health will be giving the flu shots again this year.
Below is the schedule for this year.
(For information on flu shot schedule at Sweetwater, TN, Wadley, GA or Manchester, GA facilities, please
see your bookkeeper.)
“Your Benefits” is continued on page 18.
I dust y
Ne w s Nathaniel Jones, LFP
to YOU! Tracy Bever,
Birthday Wishes to
Southland Forest Products
Herman McDonald October 1
Darren Hingson October 5
William Berryhill October 18
Greg Turner October 27
Roger Parrish December 11
Langdale Chevrolet - Sylvester, GA
Louie Stripling October 8
Five-Eights Tillery October 8
Roger Cherry October 29
Christine Beard December 12
Charlene Jackson December 27
Bobby & Ann Reynolds
Greenleaf Wood Products
Kyle Christian August 12
David Christian September 1
Jeffery & Willie Jean Gilbert
Bryan Harvey December 2 (Langboard OSB)
Janet Jones August 7
Lula Williams August 8
Vejekia Rogers August 18
Sherrie & Richard Carter
Richard Oelkers August 31 (LFP Fab Shop)
Vicki Spencer September 1
Chasity Mark September 2
Charles Ross September 16
Destiny Williams September 19
Juanita Sylve September 30
David & Stephanie Hibberts
Cynthia Jenkiins October 7 (Langdale Ind.)
Darleen Gist October 13
Latoya Rhodes October 17
Javarski Love, son of Sandra Love, Ella & Nathaniel Jones
Celebrated his birthday on August 18.
Happy Birthday, I pray that you live to see
many more. October 21st
Amber & Andy Robinson
(TLC Doors & Trim)
Andrew (Drew) Bradley
& More Babies
June 25, 2004
7 lbs. 5 ozs., 21” long
Keene Pam & Nicky Boyd (LFP)
are grandparents for the 3rd time!
Tia & Roger Keene
(Langboard OSB) July 26, 2004
May 4, 2004
6 lbs. 13 ozs., 20” long
8 lbs. 10 ozs, 20 1/4” long
Proud parents: Ricky & Kelly Boyd Peters
Joann & Ronald Coppage
are the proud grandparents of I dust y
Born August 25, 2004 Ne w s
Brenda & Bobby Johnson (LFP)
to parents Robin & Charles
7 lbs. 15 ozs, 21” long
have a new granddaughter!
Jack Strayhorn (Langdale Ford) Brenna L. Justice
has a new grandson, born July 14, 2004
Nathaniel Edward 8 lbs. 7 ozs.
Worthington Parents: Cynthie and Jeff Justice
July 25, 2004 Big Brother, Brayden, is 3 1/2 yrs. old
7 lbs. 6 ozs
Jesse and Marie Benefield (CBC) Anthony
are pleased to announce the birth of Booth (LFP)
are proud the
Lacey Allison Benefield new parents of
August 24, 2004
6 lbs. 11 ozs. Lilly Ann
July 16, 2004
9 lbs., 1 oz.
Continued on page 12
Mother Has the Flu
(Notes pinned to the pillow of a mother who has the flu by her well-meaning
st for N
Dearest: Sleep late. Everything under control. Lunches packed. Kids off to
school. Menu for dinner planned. Your lunch is on a tray in refrigerator: fruit cup,
finger-sandwiches. Thermos of hot tea by bedside. See you around six.
Honey: Sorry about the egg rack in the refrigerator. Hope you got back to sleep.
Did the kids tell you about the Coke I put in the Thermoses? The school might
call you on this. Dinner may be a little late. I'm doing your door-to-door canvas
for liver research. Your lunch is in refrigerator. Hope you like leftover chili.
Dear Doris: Why in the name of all that is sane would you put soap powder in the
flour canister! If you have time, could you please come up with a likely spot for
Chris's missing shoes? We've checked the clothes hamper, garage, back seat of
the car and wood box. Did you know the school has a ruling on bedroom slip-
pers? There's some cold pizza for you on a napkin in the oven drawer. Will be
late tonight. Driving eight Girl Scouts to tour meatpacking house.
Doris: Don't panic over water in hallway. It crested last night at 9 P.M. Will finish
laundry tonight. Please pencil in answers to following:
1. How do you turn on the garbage disposal?
2. Why would that rotten kid leave his shoes in his boots?
3. How do you remove a Confederate flag inked on the palm of a small boy's
4. What do you do with leftovers when they begin to snap at you when you open
the door? I don't know what you're having for lunch! Surprise me!
Hey: Don't drink from pitcher by the sink. Am trying to restore pink dress shirt to
original white. Take heart. Tonight, the ironing will be folded, the house cleaned
and the dinner on time. I called your mother.
Did You Know ?
Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.
In 21 U.S. states, WALMART is the single largest employer.
Lake Nicaragua in Nicaragua is the only fresh water lake in the world that has sharks.
Frozen lobsters can come back to life when thawed!
Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music.
160 cars can drive side by side on the Monumental Axis in Brazil, the world’s widest road.
Minnows have teeth in their throat.
In one day, a full grown redwood tree expels more than two tons of water through its leaves.
Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
There are 92 known cases of nuclear bombs lost at sea.
S er i e H oti e
Rooted in the unmistakable heritage that gave birth to an icon, the 2005 Mustang is a bold, powerful, contemporary
version of history's most celebrated muscle car. The 2005 Mustang GT is the first mainstream production Mustang
to break into the 300-horsepower arena. The 4.6-liter aluminum V-8 has three-valve per cylinder and cranks out 300
horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque, while the new SOHC V-6 engine generates 210 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of
torque. The all-new specially tuned intake manifold balances sound characteristics with maximum airflow, assuring
a Mustang engine throaty growl that sounds as good as it performs.
With a roomier interior, all-new cockpit
and instrument panel, and audio sys-
tems created for true music lovers, the
2005 Mustang redefines expectations
for muscle car interiors.
The 2005 Mustang GT should be at the
dealership late fall.
WHO CAME UP WITH THAT ONE?
Success Axe to Grind
comes to those
Benjamin Franklin published a lot of stories,
who are too
one of which he was the central character.
Franklin was approached by a stranger who
busy to be
stopped to admire the family grindstone. He
asked to be shown how it worked and offered
Ben Franklin an axe to demonstrate. Once
his axe was sharp the stranger walked off
- Henry David
laughing. Today “having an axe to grind”
means that someone has a hidden motive
behind their actions.
Continued from page 9 Jim Schmidt
is proud to announce
his son, Andrew Schmidt,
received his Doctor of
on May 13, 2004
from the School of
Tracy & Carol Bever
Arizona State University.
(Langboard OSB & Comfort Inn) Andrew has accepted a
are pleased to announce professorship at Columbia
the marriage of their University, New York.
Best Wishes Andrew!
Chad Mixon I dust y
Congratulations Britney & Chad! Ne w s
September 25, 2004
Andy Narred, husband of Sheila Narred
(CBC), travelled to Alaska August 2 - 12 with
five friends. They experienced salmon fishing,
panned for gold, visited
Mount McKinley and stood
Graduations on a glacier. It was rumored
that they also took a trip to
wife of Nicky Boyd (LFP),
Pam Boyd, the North Pole and met
graduated July 31, 2004
with a BS in Psychology
from Valdosta State University.
She will be continuing her education
as she pursues her Masters in
Psychology & Counseling.
Nicky Boyd (LFP)
graduated July 31, 2004
with a BS in Adult Education
Magna Cum Laude Little League “Lil Rebels” of Berrien County,
Sponsored by Langdale Forest Products,
He will be continuing his education
Coach: Brad Warren (LFP)
as he pursues his Masters in
Keep up the good work
Sociology Tee Ball - Ages: 5 & 6 yrs.
Pam & Nicky!
Brad’s daughter, Taylor (6 yrs.),
is a member of the team.
Juan Turner, son of India and Eldon James
Turner, Jr. (Langboard), enlisted in the Marine
Crops completing Recruit Training at Marine
Corps Recruit Depot, Paris Island, SC,
September 1994. He was
selected for the Enlisted
and attended Officer
October - December
2003. Juan was commis-
Jeff Thorne (Langdale Chevrolet)
sioned a Second Lieutenant, December 12,
2003 and then assigned to The Basic School in
Quantico, Virginia. Juan completed The Basic & son, Seth (8 yrs.)!
School in July 2004 and was assigned to his cur- They were the
rent duty station, 2nd Force Service Support Overall Tournament Winners
Group Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Juan is of the Doublegate
the proud husband of the former Carletta Faye Parent - Child Tournament
Thomas of Riveria Beach, Floriday. They have a
beautiful 5 yr old daughter, Jakayla. Juan attrib-
utes everything he has accomplished to his faith
in God and the wonderful family God has
blessed him with. I dust y
Thank you Juan for your service to our News
country, so we can live in freedom!
Langboard, Inc. and
TLC Doors & Trim
Langboard, Inc. & TLC Doors & Trim
held their spring picnic on June 26,
2004. Everyone had a great time
playing Bingo, fishing, watching the
kids enjoy the water slide and
bounce house and everyone enjoyed
EATING the wonderful food! Even if
we did get rained out, we all had a
Your C om m uniy
The Lowndes County Heart Walk will be held October 9, 2004 from 10:00 a.m. until
noon, meeting at the Valdosta Middle School track. The Langdale Company has
participated for several years and welcomes all affiliates interested in participating
on our company wide team.
If you would like to participate or make a donation, please contact Donna
Anderson at (229) 333-2516 for further information.
All affiliates are welcome to participate!
Chancy Drugs &
Smith Northview Hospital
DRIVE Making You Sick?
Eldred B. Taylor, M.D.
The Bloodmobile will be at Saturday, November 13
Langdale Forest Products 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
on November 18, 2004. James H. Rainwater
Conference Center - Valdosta
Advance $10.00 After Nov 2nd $15.00
All affiliates are invited to participate
by giving blood.
Give blood - Save a life! For More Information Call 794-3525
State of GA DNR Wildlife Resources Division
Georgia needs to do like South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and so on. Have you ever heard this statement? We sure have; wish we
had a nickel for every time we have heard it regarding deer management. It often seems that a lot of time is spent looking at the neigh-
bors' grass and the longer we look; the greener it gets. Meanwhile, we don't inspect our own grass with same detail. And, so it is with
deer hunting in Georgia and Georgia's deer herd. So, how green is our grass? You may be surprised!
Georgia supports a very healthy, productive deer herd. The most recent pre-hunt deer herd estimate for Georgia was a conservative
1.2 million deer (2002). The result of this healthy, productive deer herd is that Georgia's 280,000 deer hunters harvested 410,000 deer
in 2002. On the other hand, your comrades in Alabama harvested 410,000, Florida - 140,000, South Carolina - 309,000 and Tennessee
- 157,000. This is quite a feat considering our pre-hunt population estimate in 1980, just 20 years ago, was only 473,000 and our har-
vest was about 135,500 deer. Georgia's deer hunters and deer herd have come a long way in a short period of time and are no doubt
leaders in the South! Is their grass still looking greener?
What about the successful Georgia deer hunters? The average deer hunter harvests 1.5 deer per season and it takes the average deer
hunter just 14 days to harvest a deer. This is incredible when compared to 1980 when the average deer hunter harvested 0.4 deer, and
it took the average hunter 31 days to harvest a deer! Deer hunting in the 1980's was good; now
it's great. No doubt, the good old days of deer hunting are right now! Georgia deer hunters are
harvesting more deer and are more successful than ever before.
Well, we briefly described the outstanding deer hunting opportunity that we cherish in Georgia.
Now, what about our deer herd? We have mentioned its general size, but what about its quality?
It may be of surprise, but Georgia actually has a quality deer herd and has since about 1996.
Finally, how does our buck harvest look between yearlings and adults? A final testament to the
quality of your Georgia deer herd is the fact that more quality bucks are being taken in Georgia
than ever before. In 1975, 70% of the bucks taken were yearling bucks (1.5 years old) and only
30% were true adults. In 2002, only 47% of bucks taken were yearlings and 53% of bucks taken
were quality, adult bucks.
It seems that Georgia hunters have the greenest grass in the neighborhood. Georgia far exceeds
its neighboring states in producing a quality deer herd. How did this happen? Well, it happened
while we were paying attention to our neighbors. First and foremost, Georgia tailored a management system unique to Georgia. There
is little doubt that voluntary restraint in the harvest of young bucks has contributed to this success; however, this practice is no silver
bullet all by itself. Additionally, Georgia slowly increased the doe bag limit and either sex days while holding the buck bag limit constant
As a result, the doe harvest steadily increased relieving hunting pressure on bucks. In fact, we lead the nation in doe harvest. At the
same time, the harvest of quality bucks has increased while the harvest of younger bucks has decreased. Congratulations, you and the
DNR have managed and molded Georgia's deer herd into a quality deer herd and made Georgia the leader in biologically sound deer
It is up to us collectively to keep Georgia's grass the greenest. Enjoy your bragging rights; you have earned them. However, new and
old threats keep appearing that stand to place at risk your hard work,
the quality of Georgia's deer herd and your bragging rights.
Remember, Georgia developed its quality deer herd though a path of
our own making, not by doing what others do. You can keep it that
way by keeping Georgia like Georgia.
E nvionm ent l
P l ntNews
Mr. Harley Langdale, Chairman, The
a Langdale Company, celebrated his 90th
birthday on September 8, 2004.
I would like to thank everyone
who came to share my birthday
with me. I genuinely appreciate
everything that you have done
as employees and individuals
helping this company grow and
stand stronger than it
ever has before.
Harley Langdale Jr.
Mr & Mrs Harley Langdale, Jr.
U-Vill Woods Cynthia Jenkins
In 2003 members of the Chamber's Existing Industry Committee created a recognition and award program
called “World Class Manufacturing Employees” (In 2004 it was renamed “World Class Employee”). The nomina-
tion process is unique in that hourly employees nominate a fellow employee, and management personnel are
not eligible. Management completes nomination forms for their sector. All nomination forms identify basic work
ethics (attendance, attitude and dependability) and also include industry specific evaluation criteria. Forty
employees were nominated this year. Judges interview the twelve highest scoring candidates. The top employ-
ees for the four sectors were announced September 2. U-Vill Woods was nominated by Langdale Forest
Products for the Manufacturing sector and Cynthia Jenkins was nominated by the Comfort Inn for the
Retail/Hospitality sector. While neither U-Vill or Cynthia made it to the finalist levels, Langdale Industries
is proud to have them as “World Class Employees”.
Congratulations U-Vill Woods and Cynthia Jenkins!
presented by Georgia Turf Tractor
Landale Ford, along with the NGA
Hooters Pro Golf Tour, sponsored
the first annual Langdale Ford
Championship at Kinderlou Forest
Golf Club, September 18, 2004.
Victoria Newsome Benefit
A golf benefit was held at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club on September 10, 2004 for
Victoria Newsome, daughter of
Langdale Industries employee, Margaret Ann Newsome.
Victoria was diagnosed with disseminated medulloblastoma (cancerous tumors in the
brain & spine) on January 8, 2004.
New 401(k) funds available
Continued from page 7
REMINDER! Freedom Funds: Fidelity Advisor Freedom
Funds offer a simple yet sophisticated approach
Upcoming in December: 401(k) Enrollment for to long-term investing. Their dynamic asset
allocation is synchronized to coincide with a tar-
eligible employees. Eligible employees will be geted retirement date, thus ensuring diversifica-
contacted by our Investment Advisor, Ralph tion to help maximize return potential and mini-
Smith. Payroll deductions for 401(k) will be mize risk.
effective with first January pay period.
Dreyfuss S & P 500 Index Fund: This fund
seeks to match the Standard & Poors 500 com-
If you currently contribute to 401(k) you can posite stock price index.
change contribution amount any time during the
Contact Donna Cain, Langdale
contact our Investment Advisor, Ralph
year. If you have questions or need more information
Industries (229) 333-2548 for questions Smith at (229) 247-4026.
about and enrollment in 401(k).
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N ew Faces
Industries Update would like to introduce some new faces in
the Langdale Industries and affiliate families.
Greg Miller, CFO/Vice President, Langdale Industries
Greg Miller joined Langdale Industries July 15, 2004 as Chief Financial Officer/Vice President. Originally
from Donalsonville, GA, Greg moved here from Albany, GA in 1991. He previously was self-employed
at Dame & Miller, LLP an audit firm. Having worked in public accounting for 17 years, Greg says he
enjoys being able to work on the "other side of the table" in his new position.
A Valdosta State University graduate, Greg and his wife of nine years, Mary Ann, have two sons - John,
4 yrs. and Clark, 2 yrs. Greg enjoys living in Valdosta and loves golfing, fishing, quail hunting and being
with his family.
Edwin Lane, President/CEO, Commercial Banking Company
Edwin (Ed) is a native of Colquitt, GA and is new to the Valdosta area. A graduate of Augusta State
University, he comes to us from ABC Bancorp in Moultrie, GA. He has lived in Moultrie for the past 10
Ed has a 12-year-old daughter, Becca, who lives in Albany, GA. A 7th grader, Becca shows Arabian
horses and has won several awards in the past six years. He also keeps his daughter's pet goat, Izzie,
who follows Becca everywhere she goes (just recently, even into the pool!). An avid tennis player, Ed
claims to be the "World's Worst Golfer" - although he likes to get out on the course and play whenever
he has the time.
Ed relayed he is excited to be a part of Commercial Banking Corporation and Langdale Industries.
"Valdosta is a great town to live and work in. I look forward to being a part of the community and get-
ting to know its residents."
Howard Tessin, General Manager, Comfort Inn
On August 2, 2004, Howard Tessin became the new General Manager of the Comfort Inn, as previous
General Manager, Wayne Ross, begins his retirement.
Having been in hotel management for 23 years, Howard has seen many changes in the hotel industry.
"Technology has played a major role with most hotels implementing computers in many of the day-to-
day operations. With more hotels being built every day the industry is very competitive, compared to
Howard, a native of Brunswick, GA has been married for 23 years to his wife, Lynn, who is a 3rd grade
teacher at Clyattville Elementary. They have lived in Valdosta for 23 years and have three children -
Blanton, a senior at Columbus State University who plays on the golf team, Rebecca, a sophomore at
Valdosta State University, and Jonathan, a senior at Lowndes County High School.
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11 Columbus Day 2 Election Day 7 Pearl Harbor
(observed) REMEMBER TO VOTE!! Remembrance Day
16 National Boss Day 9 Employee Open 8 Hanukkah
31 Daylight Saving Time Enrollment Begins 21 Winter Begins
Ends (Set Clocks Back) 11 Veterans’ Day 24 Christmas Eve
31 Halloween 18 Employee Open 25 Christmas
Enrollment Ends 26 Kwanzaa Begins
25 Thanksgiving (Holiday) 31 New Years’s Eve
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