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Atlanta Hardwood Corporation Appoints Two New Vice Presidents

General News

Atlanta Hardwood Corporation (“AHC”), parent company of AHC Hardwood Group, is excited to announce the promotion of Kris Long to vice president of national sales. Long brings 25 years of experience to the new position and will manage U.S. and Canadian sales. AHC Hardwood Group specializes in wholesale and commercial sales of domestic hardwoods, softwoods, imported lumber, including exotic African hardwoods, and mouldings.

Starting as an entry-level lumber stacker in 1993, Long worked his way through the organization in positions as tally person, lift operator, shipping manager, distribution sales and national sales representative. His knowledge of production and sales complements a strong work ethic and natural sales ability. Long and his wife, Elyse, along with children, Jackson (14), Davis (5) and Lydia (2), reside in Huntersville, North Carolina. Long is based in the AHC Hardwood Group Huntersville office.

According to Hal Mitchell, president of AHC, “Kris adds a new level of depth to our sales management team. His understanding of industry needs and our perceived value allows him to build partnerships with our customer base and respect within the sales team.”  Mitchell adds, “We are excited about the new level of communication that Kris brings our sales team to ensure our customers receive top-level service, quality and dependability.”

AHC has also announced the promotion of Zack Rickman to vice president of operations. Rickman brings an extensive background in production, from green lumber through finished millwork, to the position.  AHC Hardwood Group specializes in wholesale and commercial sales of domestic hardwoods, softwoods, imported lumber, including exotic African hardwoods, and mouldings.

Rickman has grown with the company, building a rich history of hands-on experience to his new position, having served in numerous roles, which began with a summer internship and include moulder operator, NHLA-certified lumber grader, rough mill supervisor, procurement agent, sales support and general manager.  In his role as vice president of operations, Rickman will be responsible for production at four lumber yards, including remanufacturing and millwork facilities, distribution, production personnel and capital expansions. Rickman is based out of AHC Hardwood Group, North Georgia, home of White County Mouldings and the production location for VikingWood® thermally modified hardwood. Rickman and his wife Ashley reside in Cleveland, Georgia with their children Reese and Wyatt.

“Zack provides AHC Hardwood Group with tremendous production knowledge, including green supply and lumber through finished millwork,” says Hal Mitchell, president of Atlanta Hardwood Corporation.  Mitchell adds, “We are excited about the opportunity to leverage his success with our White County Mouldings facility to expand value-added, vertical integration to our other facilities.”

About Atlanta Hardwood Corporation

Atlanta Hardwood Corporation is the flagship of a family of forest product companies, which includes AHC Hardwood Group, AHC Import Lumber, AHC Export Lumber, White County Mouldings and Hardwoods Incorporated of Tennessee, LLC.  Atlanta Hardwood Corporation provides premium, renewable hardwoods to customers throughout the U.S. and internationally.  Since 1952, Atlanta Hardwood Corporation has grown to be one of the largest groups of kiln drying concentration yards in the eastern U.S., processing and distributing more than 65 million board-feet of premium hardwood lumber each year.  The company offers more than 60 species of domestic and imported lumber, making available some of the most desired species from around the world to address the needs of distributors, architects, designers, and manufacturers.


Kris Long – Vice President National Sales – – (704) 875-6587

Zack Rickman – Vice President Operations – – (706) 865-3166

Source: Atlanta Hardwood Corporation