PWP Founder Dick Jackson Receives Posthumous Award of Merit From the American Wood Protection Association

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The Pacific Wood Preserving Companies announce that their founder, Dick Jackson, is posthumously honored with the Award of Merit from the American Wood Protection Association.

The Award of Merit plaque pictured above was awarded posthumously to PWP founder Dick Jackson. The honor is a "lifetime achievement" award for the wood preserving industry.

Dick was quietly creative and never looked at situations or challenges like a “normal” person. And he was one of the smartest people I ever met.

The Pacific Wood Preserving Companies (PWP) announced Monday that company founder Dick (Richard) Jackson posthumously received the prestigious Award of Merit from the American Wood Protection Association (“AWPA”) on yesterday at the AWPA’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Jackson died from inoperable pancreatic cancer on March 15, 2012.

“I am thankful that Dick was made aware of this tribute before his death,” Jackson’s wife Elaina Jackson said. “It meant so much to him to know he was to receive this honor, as he viewed it as our industry’s “lifetime achievement” award.” According to the AWPA, the Award of Merit is the association’s highest award, bestowed in recognition of outstanding contributions to furthering the objectives and purpose of the association. The association is a non-profit organization that is responsible for promulgating voluntary wood preservation standards in the United States, and its standards are often referenced internationally.

Jackson’s wife Elaina accepted the award on Jackson’s behalf and delivered a tribute to him at the AWPA’s annual convention in Nashville. In part, she said, “Dick was a risk taker, an innovator and had drive and initiative. He was quietly creative and never looked at situations or challenges like a “normal” person. And he was one of the smartest people I ever met.” Jackson was known for installing the country’s first concrete drip pad, a big environmental improvement, as well as introducing borate treated wood and high density incised CCA wood to the mainland US. PWP’s reputation as an environmentally progressive treater is one of the company’s hallmarks.

In her tribute, Elaina also said, “Dick was Spicy. I know that is an odd way to describe a person, but that’s how I think of him. He was bold and interesting, like a delicious meal that you can’t forget. The flavors were complex and you can’t quite figure out what herbs and seasonings were used, but you know you had just experienced something unique and memorable. And I know that he has been known to give some of our competitors indigestion more than once.” The full text of Elaina’s tribute to her husband can be found at PWP’s website,, under news and events. Jackson received a standing ovation from the membership after the tribute.

Jackson founded The Pacific Wood Preserving Companies (“PWP”) over 40 years ago, and the company has operations in five western US states. Major products produced by PWP include preservative treated Douglas fir and Cedar utility poles, hardwood railroad ties, crane mats, fire retardant treated lumber, and preservative treated construction materials.

Mrs. Jackson has been the company’s Chief Operating Officer since 2000, where she was responsible for managing day-to-day business. She was recently named PWP’s President and Chief Operating Officer, and is in the process of certifying PWP as a woman owned business enterprise.

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

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