Ron Smith

Ron Smith is a Sales Manager for Wagner Meters, specializing in moisture measurement applications for primary and secondary wood-products manufacturers. Throughout his career, Ron has clocked over 39 years of experience with telemetry and instrumentation sales and product management.

He got started in the industrial measurement and telemetry field in 1980 with Butler National Corporation out of the Kansas City area. There the focus was on landline and wireless telemetry applications in a variety of industries, including municipal water and wastewater treatment, pipeline and oil/gas field, and emergency notification systems for nuclear power plants and US national labs.

This background and experience made Wagner Meters an ideal fit for Ron. He came on board in 1993, thrilled to find a great company to work for in the Pacific Northwest where he came from. Ron has always appreciated Wagner Meters’ drive to stay at the forefront of moisture measurement technology. He also enjoys the continual challenge of finding new applications for Wagner products and helping determine a long-term strategy for the company.

Born in Renton, Washington, Ron’s family moved to the San Joaquin Valley in California in 1962. As teenagers, Ron and his younger brother worked as laborers in orange and avocado orchards doing irrigation and other important jobs while also finding time for high school sports. Ron married his wife Debbie in 1982 and they now have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Ron has always been highly involved in community life. In early 2000, Ron and 8 other local people formed a nonprofit corporation with the goal of raising funds and garnering in-kind donations to build a new stadium at the local high school. This was completed in the late summer of 2002. Additionally, for 18 years, Ron served as a coach for the high school track team.

When he’s not at work, Ron enjoys spending time supporting his grandchildren in their sports and other activities. He also enjoys watching college football and tries to find time for an occasional day of fishing.

Articles by Ron

The Rapid RH® Concrete Moisture Test
Moisture Meters

10 More Top Tools Every Woodworker Should Have
10 Steps to Make the Most of Your Moisture Meter
5 Essentials for the Hobbyist Woodworker
American White Oak and Red Oak Qualities & Uses
Assessing a Home’s Moisture Damage after Natural Disasters
Building Inspectors Brace for Anticipated El Niño Flooding
CEO Ed Wagner Tells His Own Cautionary Flooring Tale
Common Moisture Meter Mistakes
Common Types of Hardwood Floor Finishes
Considerations That Influence Exotic Hardwood Decisions
Correct Moisture Content: Critical to Your Woodworking Projects
End Grain, Edge Grain, or Face Grain? The Best Wood Uses for Projects
Engineered Floors Are Still Wood Floors
Environmentally Friendly Flooring: Making the Right Choice
Hardwood Floor Acclimation: When Can You Install?
Hardwood Lumber Grading Explained
Home Inspection Tools: Why a Moisture Meter Is Essential
How a Moisture Meter Can Help Find Moisture and Mold Growth
How to Find and Control Mold in a Home or Business
Pinless Moisture Meters vs. Pin Meters Guide
Protect Your Hardwood Floor from Moisture Problems
Relative Humidity and How It Influences Moisture Content
Rigorous Selection, Stringent Moisture Control Are Essential for Top English Willow Cricket Bats from J.S. Wright & Sons
Sapwood and Heartwood
Softwood Floors Just Aren’t as Hard
Storing Lumber and Wood Components
The Building Inspector’s Toolkit – What’s in Your Belt?
The Ecology of World-Friendly Wood Finishes
The Importance of Exacting Moisture Measurement in Making Musical Instruments
The Pros and Cons of Knots in Wood
The Tree Next Door: Douglas-Fir
The Wood Moisture Legacies of Oak
Top 40 Woodworking Tools
Top 40 Woodworking Tools Page 2
Top 40 Woodworking Tools Page 3
Top 40 Woodworking Tools Page 4
Types of Bamboo Flooring and the Challenges of Installing
Validating Moisture Meter Calibration
What Do These Moisture Meter Readings Mean?
What Is Specific Gravity in Wood?
What Thermo-Hygrometers Can Do
When a Cupped Floor Has Been Rightly Installed
Why Buy a Wagner Meter?
Wood and Water Don’t Mix
Wood Flooring Moisture Content Affected from the Ground Up
Wood Projects: Hobby Like a Pro
Wood Species: A Distinct Society
Woodworker Peter Parfitt Finds Satisfaction in Helping Others
Woodworking Problems: Wood Expansion and Shrinkage
Woodworking Project Decisions
Wood Division Knowledge Base

10 More Top Tools Every Woodworker Should Have
10 Steps to Make the Most of Your Moisture Meter
5 Essentials for the Hobbyist Woodworker
American White Oak and Red Oak Qualities & Uses
Assessing a Home’s Moisture Damage after Natural Disasters
Building Inspectors Brace for Anticipated El Niño Flooding
CEO Ed Wagner Tells His Own Cautionary Flooring Tale
Common Moisture Meter Mistakes
Common Types of Hardwood Floor Finishes
Considerations That Influence Exotic Hardwood Decisions
Correct Moisture Content: Critical to Your Woodworking Projects
End Grain, Edge Grain, or Face Grain? The Best Wood Uses for Projects
Engineered Floors Are Still Wood Floors
Environmentally Friendly Flooring: Making the Right Choice
Hardwood Floor Acclimation: When Can You Install?
Hardwood Lumber Grading Explained
Home Inspection Tools: Why a Moisture Meter Is Essential
How a Moisture Meter Can Help Find Moisture and Mold Growth
How to Find and Control Mold in a Home or Business
Pinless Moisture Meters vs. Pin Meters Guide
Protect Your Hardwood Floor from Moisture Problems
Relative Humidity and How It Influences Moisture Content
Rigorous Selection, Stringent Moisture Control Are Essential for Top English Willow Cricket Bats from J.S. Wright & Sons
Sapwood and Heartwood
Softwood Floors Just Aren’t as Hard
Storing Lumber and Wood Components
The Building Inspector’s Toolkit – What’s in Your Belt?
The Ecology of World-Friendly Wood Finishes
The Importance of Exacting Moisture Measurement in Making Musical Instruments
The Pros and Cons of Knots in Wood
The Tree Next Door: Douglas-Fir
The Wood Moisture Legacies of Oak
Top 40 Woodworking Tools
Top 40 Woodworking Tools Page 2
Top 40 Woodworking Tools Page 3
Top 40 Woodworking Tools Page 4
Types of Bamboo Flooring and the Challenges of Installing
Validating Moisture Meter Calibration
What Do These Moisture Meter Readings Mean?
What Is Specific Gravity in Wood?
What Thermo-Hygrometers Can Do
When a Cupped Floor Has Been Rightly Installed
Why Buy a Wagner Meter?
Wood and Water Don’t Mix
Wood Flooring Moisture Content Affected from the Ground Up
Wood Projects: Hobby Like a Pro
Wood Species: A Distinct Society
Woodworker Peter Parfitt Finds Satisfaction in Helping Others
Woodworking Problems: Wood Expansion and Shrinkage
Woodworking Project Decisions
Concrete Information & Knowledge Base

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