Jordene drives a forklift in the mill, moving and stacking pallets of lumber. Employed for a month - at the time of this interview - she is already on top of her game. It is the best job she has ever had, and she is almost in disbelief that she has health benefits.

Striking out on her own...

The journey to Hulett started in the Tri Cities and she has no regrets. She is at home in a community where the town and the mill are intertwined.“I love it, I am a small-town girl.”


Jordene exudes a quiet resilience as she discusses how this job has helped her build confidence. She appreciates the encouragement to improve and master her skill set. You can hear the pride in her voice as she talks about contributing to creating a safe and productive environment. I get the feeling that whatever comes her way she will find a way to land on her feet.

The future is bright...

This gal is all about learning by doing and doing it well. “The more you do something, the better you get.”

You can’t go wrong with a work ethic like that.


Julia Petersen

Author’s Note: I am looking for more women to interview who work in trade and non-traditional roles. If you or someone you know would like to talk with me you can contact me at julia@evergreenmagazine.com – Attention: Women’s Work.

All photos - copyright Julia Petersen, 2019

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