Timber Processing’s April issue spotlights Tradewinds of Virginia and how it has taken the conventional chip mill concept to another level of fiber optimization. Pallet Business Journal reports on the Pallet Factory’s move to Memphis and its upgraded production lines.
Louisiana-Pacific is lobbying U.S. Agriculture Sec. Dan Glickman and his staff for an extension on a contract granting L-P exclusive rights to harvest old-growth timber in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The three-year contract, which allows the harvest of 300MMBF annually, is set to expire at the end of 1999, but L-P, faced with slumping pulp and paper markets, wants more time to harvest the timber.
Visit his operation here, an hour north of sprawling Richmond, and one of the first comments you'll hear from Lanny Woolfolk is "This is not a chip mill." And he's right. Woolfolk, President of Tradewinds of Virginia, has taken his company's philosophy of total resource utilization a huge step further with the installation of an innovative and efficient hardwood "fiber optimization" and processing facility, supplied as a turnkey project by Dieter Bryce.
Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. President Emmet (Buck) Vaughn addresses the group’s business meeting during AHMI’s annual convention at The Cloister on Sea Island, Ga. February 18-21. During the first year of his two-year term, Vaughn presided over AHMI’s successful “The Height of Beauty” campaign, which promotes the Appalachian name to users of hardwood lumber throughout the world.
Constructing a new chip mill these days isn’t so simple. That’s what Willamette Industries, Inc. and the principals of Gilkey Lumber discovered over the last couple of years as they brought on line Broad River Forest Products, Inc., which began chipping wood here last July. The new hardwood chip mill takes up 25 acres on a 200 acre site located seven miles from Gilkey Lumber, based in Gilkey, NC.
The principals of Stratton Lumber, Inc. have perhaps the most objective view of the ongoing dispute concerning Canadian softwood lumber imports into the U.S. President Jean-Paul Fontaine, whose father founded Stratton Lumber, Inc. 20 years ago, also owns and operates a separate family sawmill just across the border in Woburn, Quebec. J.A. Fontaine & Fils, Inc. was one of only six mills in the province exempted from the countervailing duties imposed in 1987 because it had never taken advantage of available government subsidies.
Our firm has used computers for machine control, word processing and engineering solutions since the early 1970s. Our first computer was a “kit” machine built by our electrical engineer in 1974. In fact, it was the same computer that launched Allen, Gates and Microsoft. As an engineer I have relished the power the computer has given us. My only frustration occurs when some smart @#* software developer restructures a software system that I have spent years learning.
An Acrowood Dual Drive Suspended Rotary Screen, in combination with an Acrowood DiamondRoll Fines Screen, is proving to be an effective screening method for sorting wood fiber. Reports from mills indicate this combination provides them with the flexibility they need to deal with fines screening problems, especially those caused by winter conditions. And year-round, the Acrowood system provides a top-notch chip supply.
The Pallet Factory keeps outgrowing buildings. Even the one owner Mike Doyle just built might not be big enough for long and plans for expansion of the lot are on the drawing board. The Pallet Factory’s formula for success includes quality, but it’s pallet management that keeps winning new customers and retaining existing ones. “If the pallet industry had been doing a better job managing pallet pools, rental would have had a tougher time,” says Doyle.
USNR introduces the SST Small Log Canter Line. SST stands for skew, slew and tilt and the machine has the ability to skew, slew and tilt in both axes for maximum recovery from each log. The system also has the ability to auto-correct the log for rotation. A “U” design is one of the most significant advancements in small log canter lines, providing high recovery with feed speeds in excess of 650 FPM.