Timber Processing’s April issue spotlights North Florida Lumber for its installation of a merchandising system and a primary breakdown line to go after “super pulpwood.” Owners of Dwight Lewis Lumber Co. and Lewis Lumber Products Inc. continue to position for the future. Also, a construction firm fills in the missing link for vendor-client satisfaction.
Weyerhaeuser Co. is selling its B.C. Coastal Group assets to Brascan Corp. of Toronto for $1.2 billion ($970 million US), plus working capital. Weyerhaeuser expects to complete the sale in the second quarter. The company expects to use the proceeds to pay off debt.
Veteran sawmiller Finley McRae is known as one who stays on the leading edge of technology. The owner of North Florida Lumber Co. was among the first Southeastern lumberman to install a sharp chain back in the early ’70s.
Nestled into the forested hills of north central-east Pennsylvania is the community of Hillsgrove, and Dwight Lewis Lumber Co., which operates a hardwood sawmill. Just a 20 minute drive through the woods due south, in the town of Picture Rocks, is affiliate company Lewis Lumber Products, Inc., which operates a secondary processing/dimension plant as well as a distribution yard.
If America had Canada’s stumpage system, then there wouldn’t be much of a dispute. But the reality is there are two distinct models of timber valuation, and the core of America’s complaint vis-à-vis Canada is that, as a result, there is an asymmetry in the market where the two sides compete.
Treated framing material usage in the U.S. South is relatively low, leaving considerable potential for increased usage for termite protection and mitigation of moisture related decay. It has been estimated that damage to wood structures by termite damage in the U.S. is more than $2 billion annually (USDA Forest Service 2002).
Cut Technologies’ Quiet Cougar XX Trim Saw is a new concept in saw design, and is claimed to give a smoother cut than any other carbide tipped trim blade in the industry. Its innovative design incorporates two major features: a hollow-faced carbide tip which gives a super-clean cut resulting in a smooth surface for application of stampsor labels; and unique resin-filled slots in the body of the saw.