PWP Appoints New President and CEO and New Executive Vice President

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The Pacific Wood Preserving Companies Announce that Elaina Jackson has been appointed as its new President and CEO and that Ken Laughlin has been named Executive Vice President

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PWP founder Dick (Richard) Jackson passed away March 15, 2012 from pancreatic cancer. PWP announces that Elaina Jackson has been appointed as President and CEO, and that Ken Laughlin has been named EVP.

“I miss my husband dearly, and the best way I know to honor him is to continue to successfully operate the business he founded almost 40 years ago,” Elaina Jackson said.

The Pacific Wood Preserving Companies (PWP) announced today that it has named Elaina Jackson as its President and Chief Executive Officer, and Ken Laughlin as Executive Vice President. The appointments were made subsequent to an announcement that the founder and former President of the company, Richard “Dick” Jackson, passed away from pancreatic cancer on March 15, 2012.

“I miss my husband dearly, and the best way I know to honor him is to continue to successfully operate the business he founded almost 40 years ago,” Elaina Jackson said. Mrs. Jackson has been the company’s Chief Operating Officer since 2000, where she was responsible for managing day-to-day business. “My role and responsibilities will not change appreciably, but I will miss Dick’s wisdom, insight and love for this business,” Jackson said. Jackson has a BA in Journalism from Humboldt State University, and attended Golden Gate University’s graduate school studying finance. She worked for over 10 years as a commercial banker, where she met her husband almost 30 years ago. She also worked for over five years as the President and shareholder of Marzetta Signs, a mail-order manufacturer that was sold to a competitor in 1999.

Jackson also noted that in her new role as a majority shareholder of PWP, she is working to have PWP certified as a Woman Owned Business, and expects the certification to be complete within about 90 days. “Many of our utility and railroad customers have requested their desire to see this certification, and we are working diligently to comply with their requests,” Jackson said.

Ken Laughlin, PWP’s sales manager, has been appointed as corporate Executive Vice President, a role he will hold in addition to his sales leadership duties. Jackson said the appointment was made to acknowledge Laughlin’s key role within PWP. Laughlin has a BS degree in forestry from West Virginia University. He has worked for PWP for over 24 years, after working for one of the largest wood treaters on the East Coast. Laughlin has held positions in both sales and operations throughout his career, and has served as president and member of the executive committee of the Railway Tie Association (RTA), and is currently an officer with the American Wood Protection Association, serving on its Executive Committee.

PWP owns wood treating plants in Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona, as well as a manufacturing facility in Texas. PWP manufactures treated wood utility poles, railroad ties, a variety of lumber related products and crane mats. For more information, visit http://www.pacificwood.com.

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