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The Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers quarterly Two by Four newsletter, along with special edition publications, is dedicated to providing information on issues, services, and opportunities designed with the success of our members in mind. You will also find information on members throughout the MSLBMDA region, obituary notices, and other news on educational opportunities or other industry events. The Two by Four newsletter is the official publication of Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, representing lumber and building material dealers in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and southeastern Idaho.

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Kip Oram, Alpine Lumber Retired, Denver, CO Honorary Life Member

Kip Oram (Alpine Lumber retired) graduated from C.U. in 1969 and entered the Marine Corp that same year. He was Honorably Discharged in 1974. Kip started his lumber career with Foster Lumber Co in 1975 in Boulder, CO. He moved to a Manager position with Diamond Lumber, Laramie, WY 1980, was Manager of Diamond Lumber, in Boulder, CO 1981 – 1985, Manager of Alpine Lumber, Louisville, CO 1985 – 1986, named Vice President & General Manager, Alpine Lumber Co. 1986 – 1990, and as President of Alpine Lumber Co. 1991 – 2005 when he retired.

Kip has been an active and supportive member of the MSLBMDA since and served on the MSLBMDA Board of Directors from 1995-2000 and as our President in 1998-1999. He was named Lumberman of the Year in 2003 and as our Industry All-Star 2004-2006.

Kip has been very active in the industry serving as the HBA Denver Community Services Committee Chair – early 1990’s, served on the Home Builders Foundation Board of Directors 1994 – 1996, the Easter Seals Board of Directors 1992 – 1997 and again from 2012 to Present. He is serving on the Easter Seals Camp Advisory Committee from 2001 – Present.

Prior Awards:

In addition to the awards he has received from the MSLBMDA, Kip received the Easter Seals Lilly Award (for the outstanding volunteer of the year) in 1994, the HBA of Metropolitan Denver’s Associate Of The Year 1996, and was the 2013 Gala Honoree for Service & Dedication to Colorado Easter Seals.

Don Herbel, Austin Hardwoods, Denver, CO Honorary Life Member

Don Herbel of Austin Hardwoods in Denver, CO is 74 years old and has been an active and supportive member of the Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association since 1985. He served briefly on our Insurance Committee and participated in our Products Expo for many years.

In addition to stay busy with his role at Austin Hardwoods, Don is very active in the community. He contributes to and sponsors a team for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, sponsors Wilderness on Wheels, donated material to Senior Citizens Wood Shops at the Berkley Center and Windsor Gardens, offers high school and college tours to students interested in learning more about different hardwoods, donates materials to various local Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops, donated trim for the Home Builders Foundation’s Andre Lange Watchman project, and also donated material for the television production of Extreme Makeover Home Edition in Peyton, CO.

Don also loves cars and is an active member of the Looking Glass Corvette Association that sponsors several charitable car shows every year.

John E Gunzner, Front Range Lumber, Lakewood, CO Honorary Life Member

John E Gunzner has been in the lumber industry since 1956. At the age of 77 he still works full time at Front Range Lumber in Lakewood, CO where he’s been since 1965. Prior to that, John worked at Abbott Lumber in Englewood, CO as a driver and in sales. He then moved to a J.W. Metz yard in Lakewood, CO as an assistant manager.

In the past, John was very active in Hoo-Hoo, the former WOOD, Inc., and the Sentry Hardware group. Front Range Lumber first became a member of Mountain States Lumber in 1978 and John was named as Lumberman of the Year in 1983. His son John shares, “His passion is sales – even though he’s not personally very handy – it’s amazing how he can tell others how to do a job and knows what materials and techniques are involved.”

John “Sr.” is also very engaged in community affairs, currently serving on the board of the local merchant association and participating in Lakewood’s 20-year comprehensive plan. He is the President of the local coin club and meets the challenge of organizing that group and always manages to engage an interesting speaker to address them.

Ken Grenemyer, Continental Divide Fence, Denver, CO Honorary Life Member

Ken grew up in Broomfield, CO and graduated from Lafayette High School. He worked for Martin Marietta until he got into the fence business. Ken worked for Lifetime Fence for several years before seeing the need for a local fence distribution company serving Denver and surrounding states.

Ken joined with four partners in 1976 to form Continental Divide Fence. Through the years the other partners were bought out leaving Ken as sole owner. Ken, who is devoted to his family, has since brought into the company his daughters, son-in-law and grandson to help run Continental Divide Fence along with twelve dedicated employees, several of whom have worked with Ken for 10 – 27 years.

Continental Divide Fence sells to lumberyards, contractors and businesses throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Kansas and Nebraska. They carry a full line of wood, vinyl, chain link, and ornamental iron fence material.

Ken has taken great pride in servicing the lumber dealers in the Rocky Mountain Region with quality fencing supplies. He has been a member of Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association since 1978 and has participated in our Expo through the years. At 77 years young, you can still find Ken in the office every day overseeing the daily operation of the company.