Today Flippo Lumber, located in Doswell, VA, is a producer of Southern pine dimensional lumber, 2 X 4s thru 2 X 10s, decking, and some timbers. Their biggest customer base is pressure treating plants and pallet operations.
Back when VFEF was just getting started they produced rough green lumber and excelsior. The rough green lumber was sold to local planing mills; excelsior was used in packing materials and padding in such things as foot stools. Excelsior has been replaced by Styrofoam peanuts.
When Paul Mellon challenged fellow forestry leaders to raise money to start the Virginia Forestry Education Foundation (VFEF) to continue educating our youth about forestry, Jack Ferguson approached Carter Flippo to get the donations rolling. They were the first to contribute.
Since then Carter Flippo, his brother Arthur, as well as Flippo Lumber have been very generous to VFEF. Over the past 28 years, the Jane and Arthur Flippo Foundation has been one of the biggest donors to VFEF.
The Flippos have always volunteered their time to the industry, with Carter and Arthur both serving as past presidents of Virginia Forestry Association. The current president of Flippo Lumber is Carter’s son, Nelson Flippo. He is a past president of Southeast Lumber Manufacturers, Virginia Lumber Manufacturers, and was the first chair of our state’s Board of Forestry, which he chaired for 8 years. Nelson’s son T.C. is also a past president of the Virginia Lumber Manufacturers Association, and his daughter Elizabeth Flippo Hutchins is currently on the Virginia Board of Forestry. The Flippo family truly leads the way in forestry awareness and conservation, and the continuing principals that Carter Flippo envisioned back in the 1950s are in full force today.
Youth education is the only way to sustain our forest and our forest industry, and donations to VFEF make that education possible.
Please join me in donating to the VFEF by going to our website (www.VFEF.net).
J. Peyton Phillips, Director, Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation