Timber Processing’s April issue spotlights Japan’s Orvis Corp., which uses its own vessel, Green Hope, to procure radiata pine logs from New Zealand for its new sawmill in Himeji City. Also featured are Atlanta Hardwood Corp. and Maine’s Parker Lumber. The issue provides a Ligna preview, and the Machinery Row section highlights the teaming-up of Baxley and Comact. An article introduces the concept of going LEAN and discusses how now is the time to focus on operations waste. As in each issue, the Product Scanner section features new products.
Atlanta Hardwood Corp. (AHC), a privately-owned wholesale lumber company, is the umbrella over a family of forest products companies with eight operating facilities, including drying and molding, five distribution centers under the banner Hardwoods Inc., and an export division called AHC Export Group, based in Huntersville, NC, near Charlotte, with sales offices in China.
About 1:30 a.m. on April 5, 1997, a fire of undetermined cause turned brothers Don and Jeff Parker’s world on end. But three days after their Parker Lumber sawmill was reduced to a pile of rubble, production was back in full swing thanks to the kindness of neighboring sawmillers Reuben Lumbra and sons Benny and Stephen.
Japan’s Orvis Corporation started up its new radiata pine sawmill in Himeji City late last year, featuring machinery supplied by Finland’s Heinola Sawmill Machinery and a complete saw shop supplied by Vollmer. Established in 1959, Orvis has more than 246 employees. In addition to the main business of sawmilling, it has three other divisions.
Brewco Inc. is a world leader in thin-kerf resawing technology, allowing a mill to process grade lumber without the need for filing room support. Brewco manufactures horizontal resaw systems that process 4-sided cants off a headsaw. Brewco also manufactures thin-kerf headrigs, circle headrigs, carriages, log decks, grade edgers, and material handling equipment for the grade lumber industry.
Current economic conditions are causing companies to learn to be lean in ways they hadn’t thought of a short time ago. Businesses that have been around for decades are failing because of missteps or failure to adjust to new market realities. We can all think of big names we thought would never go away. Lehman Bros., Bear Stearns, and in our own industry, Pope & Talbot, represented institutions with long histories of success that couldn’t survive this downturn in the economy.
Wood-Mizer Products, Inc. announces the release of Bio-Mizer, a biomass furnace which converts wood waste into renewable energy, and reports that Fritch Mill in Snohomish, Wash. is the first mill in the U.S. to implement it. The Bio-Mizer utilizes biomass waste such as sawdust, wood chips, agricultural waste, paper, and even chicken manure to produce heat that is “safe, clean, and carbon-neutral.”
Williams and White’s Series 2 Top and Face with Plunge Grind option is a perfect machine for grinding all tooth geometries, emphasizing easy operation and is fully hydraulic. The plunge grind option means you can grind any custom top profile including V-top. The machine can grind a V from a square tooth because no gear box is used in the system. Having direct drive when topping facing or plunge grinding means less wear components and therefore less breakdown.