Bluewater Member Donates Wood to Local Schools.

Bernie McGlynn Lumber helps local schools with wood for shop projects.

Mildmay, Ont. – Bernie McGlynn Lumber, and division South Bruce Flooring, in Mildmay, Ont. recently donated a large amount of hard- and softwood for use in school projects to a number of high schools in the Grey – Bruce – Huron area. This wood is being used by shop classes in schools that offer the WoodLINKS program, which provides two years of training for careers in the furniture, cabinet and millwork industries. McGlynn has also donated wood to shop programs in the Catholic school board.

According to South Bruce Flooring Vice President, and Bluewater Wood Alliance board member, Dennis McGlynn, “Bernie McGlynn Lumber is putting our money where our mouth is.  Helping schools back up their new WoodLINKS program helps to inspire our youth to take an interest in wood working as a career. It is an investment in our own future.”

Bernie McGlynn Lumber, a member of the Bluewater Wood Alliance (BWA), is showing the kind of leadership that is needed to help reinvigorate the wood products manufacturing industry in the region. The industry is changing as computer-based manufacturing technology is adopted by companies to stay globally competitive. However, without home-grown workers to fill the increasingly complex manufacturing jobs in the wood industry, growth will be stunted.

“The Bluewater Wood Alliance has provided tremendous support to the secondary school construction technology programs over the past year. The donation from Bernie McGlynn Lumber is one more example of the generous ongoing support being provided by members of the wood alliance to the students and staff in our schools,” stated Alana Murray, Superintendent of Education for Bluewater District School Board.

The BWA is committed to helping wood products manufacturing companies to work smarter and more profitably by working together. Part of this is the formation of a partnership with the Bluewater District School Board that can help educators and the industry to work together to promote good careers in the industry.

Long a mainstay of jobs in the Grey and Bruce region, the furniture and wood manufacturing industry, which was hit hard in the recessions of the past two decades, is growing again and, with the coordination of the BWA, is developing plans to establish new domestic and international markets for the wood products of the alliance.