About WQC

The WQC program is designed to ensure its customers receive high-quality treated wood utility products that will provide decades of reliable service, enabling you to stretch your construction and maintenance budgets. In addition, our technical programs provide training that will enable your employees to make the most cost-effective purchasing decisions.

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Documented Performance

Simply put, the WQC program works. More than 80,000 inspection reports from the field reveal product conformance rates of more than 99 percent for WQC poles and cross-arm shipped to utilities across the country.


Wood Quality Control, Inc. (WQC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) was created in response to a request from the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) after that agency began receiving a steadily increasing number of complaints from cooperative borrowers about the poor performance of their treated wood poles. Several years of discussion ensued between REA, NRECA and a number of cooperative managers, leading to the WQC program beginning operation in October 1982.

Today, more than 10 million WQC poles and 8 million WQC cross-arm have been installed in utility lines throughout the United States and in electrification programs abroad.

Our Partnership with Timber Products Inspection

WQC partners with Timber Products Inspection, the nation’s leading inspection agency for both untreated and treated wood products. With an outstanding reputation for service and the most experienced inspection staff in the industry, this dynamic duo handily outperforms the competition.

For more information about Timber Products Inspection and the services they offer, please visit the company’s website that can be accessed at www.tpinspection.com.

WQC's team members

Jim Carter

James "Jim" Carter, executive vice president of Wood Quality Control, has been with WQC for about 25 years. His credentials include the following:

  • more than 30 years experience working with wood products
  • worked as a quality control manager with Southern Wood Piedmont Company; after one year, became company's manager of research and development
  • worked for Atlantic Wood Industries as a quality control manager
  • B.S., Forestry, Iowa State University


Nick Klein

  • worked as a procurement forester, specializing in timber procurement and land management assistance for private land owners
  • worked as a forest products specialist at Arkansas Forestry Commission
  • worked for Timber Products Inspection
  • B.S., Forestry, University of Arkansas at Monticello
  • joined WQC in 1992


Ron Watson

  • more than 30 years experience working with wood products
  • began career working for a wood preserving company that treated power poles and barn poles; worked up to quality control supervisor; also oversaw a pole peeling plant and a quality control and treating department while working for the organization
  • worked for Timber Products Inspection
  • joined WQC in 2000


Contact Us

708 East Main Street
Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: 803-359-2218
E-mail: woodqualitycontrol@nreca.coop