Timber Processing’s April issue spotlights Vaagen Brothers Lumber, which has taken its manufacturing principles across the border and started up a sawmill in Midway, British Columbia. With the recession in the rearview, AFP Logs & Lumber gears up for expanding markets. Ingram aims for accuracy with a new automated grading machine. Also included is a preview for the Ligna show that will be held in Hannover, Germany in May 2013.
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Written by Scott Jamieson, this article first appeared in Canadian Forest Industries/Canadian Wood Products, and is updated for publication in Timber Processing magazine. Following a fall and winter of reduced production activity and a period of downtime to install a flare butt reducer with new infeed and additional log sorting bins, Vaagen Fibre Canada ULC recently cranked back up production in early March, looking to fine-tune the new equipment and apply parent company Vaagen Lumber Bros.’s small log batch-feed production strategy to its new venture in Canada. Plans are to set a target of around 6MMBF per month while log deliveries are balanced out during spring breakup, “Then we’ll evaluate our log flow early this summer to determine when we can go to two shifts,” says Vaagen Bros. Vice President Russ Vaagen.
Timber Processing magazine Contributing Editor Jennifer McCary visits AFP Logs & Lumber LLC, located in Buckhannon, West Virginia. As the nation sank deeper and deeper into the Great Recession, AFP Logs & Lumber LLC successfully redoubled its sales efforts to expand its offshore markets. Today, export trade captures roughly 80% of annual lumber sales. Additionally, they expanded the product mix and increased sorting capacity to accommodate market specific demands. Currently the mill is making 30-35 sorts. General Manager Nick Boyles asserts they could make 100 sorts if they had that much room. Primary sorts include color, width, thickness and species. Species mix is traditional Appalachian hardwood. AFP has sales offices in China and Vietnam with markets in 15 to 20 countries. The company exports veneer logs, sawlogs and lumber.
The following companies are advertising in this issue of Timber Processing magazine and also exhibiting at the upcoming LIGNA fair, to be held in Hannover, Germany, May 6-10: Comact, Dynalyse AB, Esterer WD GmbH (EWD), Heinola Sawmill Machinery, Hildebrand, JoeScan, Limab, Linck, Logosol-Laks, Mebor Research & Development, MiCROTEC, RemaSawco, Soderhamm Eriksson, Springer Maschinenfabrik AG, TS Manufacturing, USNR, Ustunkarli Carpentry Machines Production Ltd., Valutec, Wassmer, WoodEye, Dieffenbacher Group, HOLTEC, Metriguard, Inc., and Vollmer.
The following article was submitted to Timber Processing magazine by Lucidyne Technologies, and written by Bill Briskey, director of marketing and sales: The rationale for Charles Ingram Lumber, located in Effingham, South Carolina, to turn over its grading process to an automated grading machine was to eliminate the speed and grading limitations attributed to human grading. But an additional requirement was that the mill should be capable of generating more value-added products. Ingram wanted to be able to end up with a system that would allow it to make frequent changes at the planer mill so it could quickly respond to sales opportunities that would generate more profit. Charles Ingram Lumber produces 100MMBF annually, and the bulk of its products include dimension grades of southern yellow pine as well as multiple appearance grades.