OMAK -New Wood Resources announced that David Niessner has joined the company as general manager of Omak Wood Products in Omak.
Niessner will help manage the 90-person team at Omak Wood Products, which was formed through an agreement with New Wood Resources and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation to restart the veneer mill in Omak, and to enter into a long-term log supply agreement from tribal-owned timberlands.
“David brings expert leadership and a keenly analytical mind to the unique opportunity and partnership New Wood Resources has embarked on with the Colville Tribes,” says Kurt Liebich, CEO of New Wood Resources. “His contributions will fuel growth and drive success.”
Throughout his 35-year career, Niessner has held extensive leadership responsibilities in forest land management in the Northwest and across the South, as well as in large-scale multi-mill fiber procurement in the solid wood products and pulp and paper industries. He has also been responsible for raw materials procurement and supply chain management on a global scale.
As general manager of Omak, Niessner will oversee the mill’s production of softwood veneer for Pacific Northwest markets and Douglas fir plywood for specialty and commodity applications. The mill will provide as many as 200 jobs at full production and will help revive the timber industry in the region.
Niessner and his wife, Bonnie, will relocate to the Omak area from Atlanta, Georgia. An avid outdoorsman, Niessner enjoys high country backpacking and fly fishing, and he and his wife have two children. He is a graduate of Penn State University and has a degree in forestry.
Omak Wood Products, part of New Wood Resources LLC, operates a plywood mill in Omak. The mill has had several owners over the past decades — including its current owner, Colville Tribal Federal Corporation — and had previously been closed since 2009. With a team of 90 associates, Omak Wood Products manufactures softwood veneer for Pacific Northwest markets and Douglas fir plywood for specialty and commodity applications. Learn more at www.omakwood.com.
New Wood Resources through its subsidiary companies, produces and distributes wood panels for industrial and commercial customers in North America. The company operates Olympic Panel Products, a Shelton, Wash.-based specialty overlay plywood manufacturer, and Omak Wood Products, a plywood and veneer mill inOmak, Wash. To learn more about Olympic Panel Products, visit www.olypanel.com.