Product costing in the wood industry

Thursday, March 8, 2012 -1:00 - 4:00pm


Speakers: Adrienne Andersch, VT; Jeff Palmer, USDA FS


Product costing has been identified as a critically important area for wood products manufacturers. However, creating and keeping a well organized, updated costing system proves a challenge for many small and medium sized wood products manufacturers. Learn how WoodCITE, a product costing program may be a tool that helps your company improve your product costing efforts.


Adrienn is a 3rd year PhD student at the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on measuring the improvement in operational and financial performance associated with different levels of Lean implementation.

She pursued an Internship in Lean administration at Volvo Trucks NRV, and participated in several process improvement projects with companies, such as LPL Financial, Rochester Shoe Tree Co., Moog, Inc., and Swanstone Corp. Before moving to the United States, Adrienn received a Master of Science in Finance in 2007 from the University of West-Hungary.


Jeff Palmer is employed as an information technology specialist with the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station (work unit NRS-01) in Princeton, West Virginia. Jeff started working for the Forest Service in 1991 as a biological aid. He immediately began working with unit scientists in the development of business software tools for hardwood sawmills of small to medium capacity.

Jeff’s primary responsibility is software application design and development. Other responsibilities include web site application development and maintenance, and I.T. support to unit scientists as needed. Jeff uses the C++ programming language to develop many of his applications. He also utilizes the Pascal, SQL (Structured Query Language), Visual Basic, C, and HTML (with JavaScript and PHP scripting) programming languages. Pre-packaged applications such as Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access), Adobe PhotoShop and Adobe Acrobat (Forms Designer) are frequently used as well.

Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with specializations in business management and computer science from Bluefield State College in Bluefield, WV.