Timber Processing’s November/December issue spotlights the highly respected Columbus Lumber in Brookhaven, Mississippi as it constantly upgrades its operation, including new rolling stock in the log yard. Lewis County Forest Products aims to penetrate the high-end green stud market. Also, trade shows continue to play an important role in the progression of the forest products industry.
Duane Vaagen, President of Vaagen Brothers Lumber Co., Colville, Wash., and a former Timber Processing Man of the Year, will be the keynote speaker at the 32nd Annual Wood Technology Clinic & Show in Portland, Ore. The show is scheduled for March 17-19 at the Oregon Convention Center, and Vaagen’s address will occur at noon on Wednesday, March 17.
Columbus Lumber Co., LLC (CLC) is located on W.L. Behan Road, named after the man who moved his lumber company from Columbus, Miss. in 1943 to this part of the state to take advantage of a substantial timber base. Six decades forward to the present, his great-grandson, William (Bill) L. Behan IV, is President of the company that features three business units: a pine sawmill, a treating facility and a retail operation, all at the same location.
The owners of recently started up Lewis County Forest Products are seeking to exploit a niche in the timber market to produce high-end green Douglas fir studs, mostly 2x4 and 2x6. “We looked at the wood basket available in southwest Washington in regards to private timber, and saw there was a hole between sustainable harvest and lumber production,” says owner Phil Johnson, a veteran stud mill operator.
Trade shows are big business for exhibitors and attendees. They provide a forum for exhibitors to display the newest technology available, and for attendees to research and compare products. But trade shows themselves are also a big business: the 22nd largest industry in the world, according to Trade Show News Network, an on-line resource for the trade show industry.
Arecent Wall Street Journal article highlighted an emerging strategy of large automakers, which is to source cars from low-cost plants in Third World countries to supply home markets. Evidently, despite their large investments in domestic car production capacity, most automakers would love to benefit from the low production costs available in Third World countries.
Stainless steel circular saws came into being in order to combat corrosion, especially the rapid saw plate erosion encountered by mills that cut western red and incense cedar, and to reduce damage from bending. That’s not why they’re being used today. Overwhelmingly, stainless steel saws are replacing alloy steel saws in gang edgers for a single reason: They cut straighter—a lot straighter.
Lacey-Harmer’s Sense-A-Cut (SAC) III is a dedicated microcomputer which increases the accuracy of band saw deviation sensing and makes feed speed response quicker. SAC increases feed speed, by increments, up to a maximum limit as long as there is no saw deflection. It slows feed speed instantly when deflection is detected. This allows the mill to push the limits intelligently and it adds up to serious production increases over time.