WHY PROPRIETARY GRADING?? Years ago, in order to maintain some sort of standard, the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) created grades for lumber that the industry has traditionally followed. The problem is, there are so many different variations within each grade that many boards produce very low yields or are unusable for many customer applications. OUR SOLUTION: At Hardwood Industries, we created a proprietary grading system to give customers availability to lumber that can more specifically meet their needs. Our own NHLA trained graders follow a very rigid set of guide- lines in selecting boards based on our proprietary grades. If a board is of questionable grade, we will rip or chop the board to improve the value. If we cannot improve the value, we will downgrade the board to the next lower grade. Boards are graded for application instead of to a minimum standard. Re-Manufactured • Standard NHLA grading rules are applied to rough lumber. Hardwood Industries grades after Hit or Miss surfacing. • When grading walnut, standard NHLA rules do not specify sap wood as a defect. Hardwood Industries grades for a percentage of heart content. DID YOU KNOW? THE JOURNEY FROM GOOD... Re-Graded WE DO LUMBER differently.