Welcome to the NHLA Inspector Training School located in Memphis, Tennessee at the headquarters of the National Hardwood Lumber Association. Memphis is the Home of the Blues, the Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll and has been labeled “the hardwood capital of the world!”

With humble beginnings, the first class of the Inspector Training School began in 1948 in a one room garage area of Nickey Brothers Lumber Company. In September of 1949, a permanent School structure was built on Tutwiler Avenue and housed the School until 1980 when the National Hardwood Lumber Association moved its headquarters from Chicago to Memphis. The Inspector Training School and the Association now reside together and have graduated more than 7,100 students since its modest establishment.

About Memphis

Memphis is a true southern city and for those unfamiliar with the South, we do experience all four seasons in Memphis! The average temperature in January is 50°F/10°C, and in August it's 90°F/32°C. But be prepared, if your time in Memphis occurs in the months of May through October, you will experience heat and humidity.

Memphis is a Mecca of Southern Culture; from blues and barbecue to famous landmarks and art galleries, there is always something to do in Memphis. Make sure to check-out a few of the more popular attractions during your time here.

On behalf of the School and NHLA staff, we extend a warm welcome to you and hope you have a rewarding and successful experience.

Top Must See Memphis Attractions

  • Graceland
  • Bass Pro Shops at the Memphis Pyramid
  • Beale Street
  • The Mississippi River
  • Smithsonian Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
  • National Ornamental Metals Museum
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Memphis Zoo
  • Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
  • Memphis Redbirds (AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals)
  • The Peabody and the world famous Peabody Ducks
  • Sun Studio
  • For more ideas visit www.memphistravel.com

Interesting Facts About Memphis

  • Memphis was named by American Heritage Magazine as the Great American Place for 1998.
  • Memphis Tennessee is the Pork Barbeque Capital of the World.
  • Memphis is the home of the first Greyhound and Continental Trailways bus lines.
  • Memphis is home to FedEx.
  • The Piggly Wiggly, the world’s first self-service grocery store, opened in Memphis in 1916.
  • Memphis is the site of the first Welcome Wagon, founded in 1928.
  • Memphis, Tennessee is the hardwood capital of the world.
  • Memphis has one of the top urban park systems in the nation covering 7,000 acres.
  • Memphis, Tennessee has the world’s largest artesian well water system.
  • Memphis is the only five-time winner of the nation’s cleanest city award.
  • MGM mascot, Volney the lion (who roared at the beginning of all MGM movies) lived at the Memphis Zoo!