Patrick started with RoyOMartin straight out of high school. He found his place at our Oakdale OSB mill due to great mentors and an outstanding training program.
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Martco L.L.C., known by its trade name RoyOMartin (“ROM”), is one of a group of vertically integrated companies owned by the Martin family focused on land, timber, and mineral resources, with special emphasis on sustainable forests and forest-product manufacturing businesses. The RoyOMartin name honors the business pioneer and Martin family patriarch, Roy O. Martin Sr., who began with a small sawmill in Alexandria, Louisiana, in 1923, and soon thereafter bought a few acres of timberland.
RoyOMartin is proud to offer all of its wood products as available Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified: OSB, plywood, lumber, timbers, landscape timbers, and wood chips.
We are members of:
APA - The Engineered Wood Association
NAWLA - North American Wholesale Lumber Association
NAM - National Association of Manufacturers
My name is Patrick Laborde. I work at Oakdale OSB. I'm on D team in heat and energy and, I'm also team leader relief.
I started on the clean-up crew. I stayed there for several weeks. There was a position open on shift,so I went to D team in the blender building.
I mastered the blender building, I got my two heat and energy raises outside then I got my operator raises. I mastered the system, and then I went over to the forming line and got my forming line raise. Then, after that, maybe four or five years ago, I started team leader relief.
I've been mentoring a lot of people, training them in the heat and energy area. I have a lot of mentors here. Everybody is real helpful. Everybody wants to see you do better.
Everybody's go-to is Marty. He's like a dad or a grandfather. Once you get past him being a little bit intimidating, he's real truthful. He'll be honest with you, and he'll help you, he'll help you get the answers you need, even if he doesn't know them.
I remember along time ago, Marty told me, "If you want to be a forklift driver, you can be a forklift driver, but if you want to do better,we're gonna let you do better here."
I saw that a lot of people wanted to help me in my path, so I try to help others grow in their path. I believe that's how we become world class.
I'm Patrick Laborde, and I'm glad somebody believed in me.