Timber Processing’s April issue features Franklin Lumber, LLC, a former IP sawmill in Franklin, Va. that’s up and running again under new ownership. The issue also highlights Advanced Sawmill Machinery on its 20th anniversary in business this year. Other featured articles discuss universities turning to biomass power, the upcoming 2014 Richmond Expo, and a look back at Weyerhaeuser’s 1922 railway sawmill tour.
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Timber Processing magazine Senior Associate Editor David Abbott visits Franklin Lumber, LLC, located in Franklin, Virginia. International Paper sold the majority of its company sawmills to West Fraser in 2006, but the Franklin southern yellow pine dimension lumber mill here had been an exception. Located in Isle of Wight County, the sawmill had benefited from a synergistic relationship with IP’s paper mill, situated directly adjacent on the same site. The sawmill supplied pine chips to the paper mill and received power and steam from it. IP wanted to keep the sawmill running if only to maintain a steady supply of chips. That lasted until 2009, when the recession and low lumber prices forced the mill’s closure. The paper mill followed a year later, in 2010, in total leaving 1,100 in the community jobless, and leaving the county with a $7 million budget gap, having lost its biggest taxpayer. Fast forward through more than four years of sitting idle and the mill has buzzed back to life after three former employees—Terry Godwin, Carl Buck and Perk Taylor—went in together to buy it and start it back up late last year as Franklin Lumber, LLC.
Timber Processing magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell highlights Advanced Sawmill Machinery, located in Holt, Florida, as they celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. Looking at David Seffens’ remarkable and ongoing career that spans six decades from the 1960s to the 2010s, one of his many business associates recently remarked that Seffens’ work is both his vocation and his hobby—he’s always thinking of sawmill innovations even while taking a break from creating sawmill innovations—and it completely fulfills him. A self-described “natural born mechanic” and self-taught sawmill engineer, Seffens’ career coincided with the rapid modernization of the sawmill industry in general and major expansion and modernization of Southern U.S. lumber manufacturing, including the transition from large natural stand to small plantation logs. Along the way, Seffens has sold sawmill equipment, installed sawmill equipment, consulted with sawmills on what equipment to use and how to efficiently employ it—and ultimately began designing and building his own sawmill equipment after starting Advanced Sawmill Machinery in 1994.
Timber Processing magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson discusses forest residues finding markets in the halls of higher education. It’s no secret that many colleges and universities have ongoing projects relating to biomass power production. For example, the federal departments of Energy and Agriculture have recently issued $8 million in grants to seven universities—University of North Carolina, Purdue University, University of Illinois, University of Georgia, Oregon State University, Colorado State University and University of Florida—to support projects aimed at producing non-edible feedstock for bioenergy production. Another $10 million from the Department of Agriculture has been given to five universities in the Northern Rockies region, dubbed the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR)—University of Montana, Montana State University, Colorado State University, University of Idaho, University of Wyoming—with the goal of turning beetle-killed timber into liquid power.
Timber Processing magazine looks forward to the upcoming Richmond Expo. Thousands of forest industry players will converge at the Raceway Complex in Richmond, Va. May 16-17 for the 34th version of the East Coast Sawmill & Logging Equipment Exposition. Vendors of equipment and supplies, some 300 strong, will their showcase their latest products and innovations. There will be acres of static and active machinery and equipment outside, plus scores of displays inside. All in all, it will amount to the largest collection of lumber, pallet, logging, biomass and related gear and services in the Eastern U.S. in 2014. Susan Jennings, show coordinator and president of Virginia Forest Products Assn., thinks that an upswing in the economy will help the show be a big success in 2014. “Our outlook is very positive and we’ve had an excellent response from attendees and exhibitors. We’re prepared to meet the requests of the attendees. They see the light at the end of the tunnel and they’re ready,” Jennings says.
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Timber Processing magazine recounts Weyerhaeuser’s 1922 cross-country mill tour. During the summer of 1922, a customized Northern Pacific Railway Company train called the Weyerhaeuser Forest Products (WFP) Special carried a group of salespeople and managers from St. Paul, Minn. to manufacturing mills in the Northwest. About 80 people were on board the WFP Special during the three-week journey. The purpose of the expedition was to inform and educate the salesmen about the manufacturing mills and products so they could better serve their customers. They documented their journey and what they learned in a newsletter called the Salesmen’s Log. The group left St. Paul-Minneapolis on June 29 after a visit to the Twin Cities wholesale distribution yard. They noted that the yard was “designed and constructed with two things in mind: reduction in handling costs and speeding up shipments.”
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