Timber Processing’s January/February issue honors the Man of the Year, Bob Jordan of Jordan Lumber & Supply in Mt. Gilead, NC. The 2002 fire season has resulted in new challenges for Arizona’s tribal owned sawmill.
Pacific Lumber Co. (PALCO) of Scotia, Calif. and its subsidiaries have reportedly filed for voluntary protection under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the federal bankruptcy court in Corpus Christi, Tex. The filing companies are Pacific Lumber Co.; Scotia Pacific Co. LLC; Britt Lumber Co. Inc.; Scotia Development LLC; Salmon Creek LLC and Scotia Inn Inc.
Measuring a life in lumber by only board feet yields a woefully incomplete picture of Bob Jordan’s career in the forest products industry. Jordan’s accomplishments are extraordinary: an almost lifelong involvement in successfully operating and directing his family’s extensive forest products business interests, and making multiple positive impacts through industry activism and political work, including serving as lieutenant governor of North Carolina and ongoing involvement in higher education.
On June 18, 2002, a wildfire later named the Rodeo Fire ignited near Cibecue, Ariz. on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, home of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and rapidly began gobbling up hundreds of acres of forestlands. Two days later a lost hiker lit a signal fire near Chediski Peak, which immediately exploded into another raging inferno about 15 miles from the Rodeo Fire.
While pneumatic technology has been in place throughout the lumber processing industry for many years, an uncommon approach using a common material is now taking hold. Traditionally, manufacturers of equipment used in harsh sawmill environments have employed pneumatic cylinders constructed of steel, previously believed to be the only material capable of tolerating the debris, temperature fluctuations, vibration and shock generated in tough applications such as a trim saw line.
Technically, cermets are any metal based (or metal bonded) ceramic. Definitions differ. Technically, ordinary tungsten carbide is a cermet. There are a couple hundred grades of cermets available. Through translation errors cermet has come to mean titanium based grains of ceramic such as TiC, TiN or TiCN. They typically have a nickel/chrome binder.
Clyde Laverne Schurman, founder of Schurman Machine Works, Inc., died in Woodland, Wash. on December 10. He was 92. Schurman was an inventor who loved machine mechanics and steam engines. His understanding of people, machinery and the sawmiller’s determination to modernize, led to the implementation of significant changes in the sawmill industry.
The L-M “I-CUT” has recently been added to the line of L-M Bundle Cross Cut Systems. The “I-CUT” system offers the latest technology, utilizing a double liner bearing guide system with built-in hold down and guards, to ensure much greater precision accuracy and operator safety. Cutting capabilities range from 20' long to 60' long, and even longer if required. The “I-CUT” System is ideal to process pallet stock, structural components, studs, fencing and even 60' long I-Joist and more.