Timber Processing’s January/February issue spotlights Goodman Veneer & Lumber, which has improved its mill operations and its product offerings at Goodman, Wis. The issue also announces the future of the North American wood pellets industry, which is predicted to make a huge come-back. A guest columnist re-defines today’s saw filer, and articles highlight the emergence of A&E USA, which has evolved into a modern, industrious international company, and the carbide saw grinder. The Newsfeed section features the pick-up in mill activity. As in each issue, the Product Scanner section highlights new products.
Composite Panel Assn., composed of medium density fiberboard and particleboard producers, and industry allies, continues to meet with regulators and petition Congress for changes to the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) to exempt raw material used by the composite panel industry. U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently approved $514.5 million in BCAP subsidies that could divert the U.S. wood fiber supply from its current use in “higher value” composite wood products to being used as fuel, according to CPA, which views this as a threat to members of CPA and to all industries that rely on composite panel products.
Goodman began as a sawmill town established in 1907 by the Goodman family. Though that company is long gone, town fathers earned a place in history books as the first lumbermen to adopt “sustainable yield” management practices in their logging operations—a fitting legacy for present day sawmill, Goodman Veneer & Lumber Co., located at the original mill site.
Wood has historically been the primary source of non-food energy for humans. Though its importance ebbed as more convenient alternatives were found, when market disruptions occasionally caused the costs of the alternatives to spike, interest in and use of wood as fuel was rekindled. The most recent surge in energy costs was no different.
circa 1900. The saw filer was “the” man in a sawmill town and more respected than anyone outside of the mill owner. His craft was considered black magic and revered even though most of his techniques and procedures were based on theory and inclination. Tophats and overcoats were the fashion of the saw filer.
Automation and Electronics (A&E) has evolved from a small New Zealand-based organization into a modern, industrious international company. The company’s roots were established in 1986 in Tauranga, New Zealand. After more than 20 years of steady growth and progress, A&E recently opened an office in the U.S. with a base of operations in Ruston, La.
The UTMA AL805 CNC programmable carbide saw grinder available from Colonial Saw is designed for professional grinding shops and in-house tool rooms. The machine is fully enclosed for cleanliness and safety, and its rigid machine base provides stability. The machine features standard programs to accommodate all common tooth types on saw blades ranging from 100 to 800 mm (4 to 32") in diameter, pre-mounted face and top grinding wheel allow for face and top grinding in one setup, and a large window provides a clear view of the grinding process.