Great Lakes Kiln Drying Association

Current Offerings

4-Day Intro to Lumber Grading Workshop

A four-day workshop will take place December 4-7, 2023 at Kirtland Community College in Grayling, MI. The workshop will include a thorough study and explanation of the NHLA Rules Book, emphasizing the basics of hardwood lumber inspection and the manufacturing of railroad ties.

Who should take this course?

The value of “rules conscious” employees enables a more deliberate manufactured end product, a higher yield from the log, and a better sense of the value of the lumber being handled. This workshop gives yardmen, sawyers, edgermen, sales and office staff, and management an introduction to lumber inspection.

See the attached flyer below for complete information about the workshop. 

Questions? Contact Randi Dodgson at or 989-275-5000 ext. 1609.

2023 Fall Meeting

October 12 - 13

​Houghton, MI 


The 2023 Fall Meeting will be held on October 12 & 13 in Houghton, MI where GLKDA members and friends will gather for two days of educational tours, informative sessions and networking opportunities. Arrive the night before the meetings on Wednesday October 11th to enjoy the beautiful area. 

Thursday join us and listen to informative speakers for the day and following the speakers, we will all gather for “Stress Relief” at The Rockhouse Grill and Tavern to catch up with friends, colleagues, and our meeting sponsors. On Friday, we will spend the day touring some great places in the Keweenaw Peninsula. In the morning, we will visit Northern Hardwoods in South Range followed by MTU’s CLT Lab. After we enjoy lunch, we will have the unique opportunity to visit the historic Ford Center Sawmill and Research Station.
For complete information, including agenda, registration form and lodging information, see the 2023 Fall Meeting Flier.

Table Top Rental and Stress Relief
If your company would like the opportunity to display literature, samples, etc. at the Fall Meeting, or if you would like to help sponsor the "Stress Relief", see the 2023 Fall Meeting Table Top Rental and Stress Relief flier.

Plan to join us - send in your registration form by October 1 to take advantage of the early registration rate.