Timber Processing’s January/February issue declares the Man of the Year to be Larry Williams, Chairman and C.E.O. of remanufacturing giant and Boise-based Idaho Timber Corp. Rushmore Forest Products rebuilt their outdated mill, adding curve-sawing technology to improve efficiency, yield and quality. Arrington Lumber & Pallet Co. had humble beginnings, although it is anything but that today, with one of the largest, single-location pallet operations in America.
Larry Williams insists he really doesn’t deserve the 2001 Man of the Year award bestowed upon him by this magazine. The somewhat modest CEO of Boise-based Idaho Timber Corp. instead points to his employees as the real and deserving winners of the annual honor. “The fact is, I don’t deserve this award, but the people who work for Idaho Timber do,” Williams says.
This picking the Man of the Year business becomes more difficult each winter. That’s because we receive nominations from all over the country, and all of the nominees are extremely talented individuals representing nearly all segments of the lumber industry. Our 2001 Man of the Year, Larry Williams of Idaho Timber Corp. (see page 10), is very deserving of the honor (he’s the 13th recipient of the award since we named Duane Vaagen of Vaagen Brothers Lumber in Colville, Wash. as the 1989 Man of the Year).
Three years ago, Neiman Enterprises, Inc. purchased this former Continental Lumber Co. facility, now known as Rushmore Forest Products, Inc., with full intention of revamping it to better handle smaller logs. The addition of this facility offered the independently owned company a lot more flexibility with its log supply, which comes mostly from nearby Black Hills National Forest.
Sometimes ideas do pan out. Ernest Arrington had worked around the lumber business and had the idea to build a few pallets as his own boss. Today, the company he started is one of the largest private pallet mill operations in America. The formula that got the company there isn’t veiled in secrecy; they’re proud to say it’s simply service.
If you have a chance to visit the newly opened D-Day Museum in New Orleans, take a close look at the big gray boat in the cavernous, sunlit Louisiana Pavilion on the first floor. It’s a duplicate of the World War II era LCVP or Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel boat, commonly referred to by soldiers as the Higgins boat. Down to its 1944 marine diesel engine, it’s a carefully constructed clone of the famous boats that effectively delivered men and machines to the beaches of Normandy, other European shores and the Pacific Islands.
Forano International Inc., Menominee Saw and Supply Co. Inc. and Sawmill & Machinery Designs Inc. are joining to develop, manufacture and distribute sawmill equipment. Dennis Lentz, President of Sawmill & Machinery Designs Inc. of Michigan, with 40 years of experience in sawmill machinery design, sales and service, will provide concepts and technical support. Ben Mroz, President of Menominee Saw and Supply Co. Inc. of Michigan, will add his experience along with that of sales representative Rich Wright to distribute and provide customer service for newly designed sawmill machinery.
The CAE log bucking optimizer is a companion to the CAE primary breakdown and curve-sawing optimizers. The bucking optimizer uses algorithms to ensure optimum value recovery. Curved logs can be bucked to longer lengths within the allowable amounts of curve and other parameters for downstream equipment. Bucking optimizer uses advanced linear scanning sensors and powerful processors to handle the data and transmit it over a mill network. Additional features include sweep table, length bias configuration and peeler control table.