Virtual Green Manufacturing Tour: Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring
December 7 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am$5 – $10
About this Event:
Every year GBA loves to get an in-depth look at Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring (AMHF) – a family operation in Emlenton, PA. The three-part tour is normally done in person, but this year we will use technology to navigate our tour of the Hickman family’s FSC-certified forest, sawmill and flooring plant. We hosted this field trip online in 2020 to rave reviews as the virtual tour offers a unique perspective!
Hickman Lumber was the first sawmill in Pennsylvania to be FSC-Certified, and the family manages the forest both for their living and their legacy, with three generations now involved in the company. GBA member Jessica Hickman Fresch will share a virtual tour of all aspects of the operation, from the forest to the sawmill to the plant, and then will answer questions and engage in discussion with the audience. We will also hear from Jessica’s father, Dennis Hickman, who manages the family operation today. Jessica and Dennis will be joined by their Forest Manager, Mike McKain. Mike has worked as a forestry consultant for more than 25 years and helped Hickman Lumber develop its Forest Stewardship Council program in 1999.
Event participants will learn about the benefits of wood products, understand the different local species used in the AMHF operations, and discover what makes Pennsylvania’s forests so special and so vulnerable.
Architects, specifiers, designers, contractors, sustainable materials enthusiasts, building owners, university students, and sustainability consultants will all enjoy getting an inside look at this family operation.
- Understand forest health and resources
- Gain insight into life-cycle analysis specific to American hardwood
- Compare the sustainability qualities of hardwood to other building materials
- Gain an appreciation for local sustainable hardwoods and their positive impact on the environment and the economy
About our Speakers:
Jessica Hickman Fresch
Jessica was born into the family business and helped during summer vacations, but never expected to have a career with the company. Jessica is a graduate of Westminster College, with a double major in International Business and Spanish. Jessica has lived, worked, and studied in Costa Rica, England & Argentina. After the recession of 2008, her father Denny asked her to help update the company website and work on sales & marketing. Jessica promised her father three years, but soon realized this was the best job for her. She currently lives in Pittsburgh and enjoys traveling to trade shows, presenting lunch and learns to architects and designers, and helping homeowners get the flooring of their dreams. Jessica was selected as one of the initial 40 under 40 emerging leaders in the National Wood Flooring Industry (NWFA). She serves on various committees in the NWFA and is on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Forests Products Association. (PFPA). Out of the office, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh and children, as well as mountain biking, camping, and trail running.
Denny has worked in the sawmill and hardwood flooring industry his entire life. After studying at Penn State University, Denny returned home to continue working at the family lumber business, Hickman Lumber. In 1980, Denny graduated from NHLA Lumber Grading School and by early 2000, he started Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring. Denny is known throughout the industry as an expert in lumber drying and has given numerous presentations at the NWFA Expo. Outside of work Denny enjoys hunting, fishing, baseball, Penn State Football and spending time with his wife and family, especially his young grandchildren.
The Hickman family will also independently be leading an in-person tour for anyone interested on Thursday, September 9.