Timber Processing’s March issue spotlights Sierra Pacific Industries, including its mill In Anderson, California, for its success under the guidance of President and CEO Red Emmerson. A major log yard upgrade is but one of an ongoing list of improvements at one of the South’s oldest producers: T.R. Miller Mill Co. Also, Optimil Machinery has surged forward in the past decade.
Boise Cascade Corp. plans to audit forest management practices on the 2.3 million acres of timberland it owns or controls in the U.S. The audits are beginning this year and will continue on a regularly scheduled basis. The company has retained PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to audit its western Oregon timberlands. In related business, Boise Cascade announced, as part of an expansion of its Forest Stewardship Program, the establishment of a forest stewardship advisory council made up of nationally known conservation experts.
In little more than 50 years, the Emmerson family has developed Sierra Pacific Industries into a world-class forest products manufacturing firm, encompassing sawmills and value-added operations that squeeze the most value out of each log while operating in one of the most heavily regulated areas in the nation. According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture report, “Profile 1999: Softwood Sawmills in the U.S. and Canada,” Sierra Pacific’s multiple timber processing facilities produced 1.27 billion BF last year.
The October 1992 issue of Timber Processing chronicled the planning, construction and startup of T.R. Miller Mill Co.’s state-of-the-art green end project. In an unprecedented open door policy, T.R. Miller (TRM) allowed TP editors to follow each stage of the project. Alongside management, they experienced the excitement of groundbreaking; the frustrations of supplier delays; the nerves-on-end anticipation as the first log hit the saws; and the elation of victory as production volumes and lumber recovery exceeded original design projections.
Pacific Woodtech Corp. LVL recently started up a Corvallis Tool Co. (CTC) and Dieffenbacher-supplied continuous-flow laminated veneer lumber press line, the third such line in existence. According to those closely involved in the $50 million project, installation and startup went smoothly, and the facility is now producing 2.6 million cu. ft. of LVL and 48 million linear feet of I-joist annually.
Surrounded by the countryside, Don Puckett Lumber is steeped in the outdoors its namesake so loves. And although this is a small mill located in a sparsely populated piece of Ohio, that doesn’t mean the mill is inefficient, or "country" as some use the term. In fact, Don Puckett Lumber has a satellite wood yard, a bar code system and a modern resaw line from West Plains Resaw. "I don’t want it too big," Don Puckett says of his mill. "I just want it to be smooth."
In the last decade, Optimil Machinery Inc., based in Delta, BC, Can., has played an increasingly dominant role in the sawmill marketplace and is now respected as a leading edge manufacturer of high-speed, high-recovery log breakdown technology. Over the last 10 years, the manufacturer has completed more than 100 Optimil double length log infeed installations, 30 sharp chain installations and 70 bandmill installations.
Sometimes success creates unforseen challenges. Finding solutions to those challenges can lead to new opportunity. That’s been the case at Dodd Wood Products, Inc., a sawmilling firm based here that faced the challenge of disposing of its mill waste. The Dodd plant had optimized yield from its pallet board mill so completely that waste coming off the sawmill operations was unsuitable for chipping due to the small size of the residue. That was the challenge.