Born in Danville, Va., he was a 1962 graduate of Chadbourn High School. He was an outstanding athlete and was selected to participate in the 1962 North Carolina East/West All Star High School Football game in Greensboro. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM on a football scholarship before transferring to Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, where he graduated in 1967. He served in an Army Reserve medical unit out of Winston-Salem, which was deployed to Vietnam at Chu Lai in 1968.
Crutchfield worked for American Tobacco in Reidsville, NC until 1974 before moving to Whiteville. He became president of Whiteville Plywood where he worked for 39 years.
Crutchfield was a member of the Whiteville Civitans and was a founding member of the Columbus County Community Foundation. He served on the HPVA (Hardwood Plywood Veneer Assn.) board and served as chairman during the ’80s.
A graveside service was held December 4 at Whiteville Memorial Cemetery with military honors.
The ninth Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) will feature 38 speakers, while nearly 100 exhibitor sponsors will fill the Grand Ballroom North of the Omni Atlanta Hotel at Centennial Park in downtown Atlanta, Ga. USA.
Rob Freres, president of Oregon-based Freres Engineered Wood, a manufacturer of lumber, veneer, plywood and mass timber, has thrown in his support for a lawsuit filed by the Oregon Trucking Assn. and three Oregon-based trucking companies against the state of Oregon for overcharging truckers under the weight-mile tax.
Austria-based Hasslacher group is acquiring a stake in Element5, a mass timber producer specializing in the design, manufacture and assembly of modern engineered timber buildings. Based near Toronto, Can., Element5 employs more than 100 and produces cross-laminated timber and glued laminated timber for the North American market.
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