The October issue of Timber Processing spotlights the California Redwood Company, which has implemented new management processes and sales strategies to gain a more competitive position that’s closer to the retail market and end consumer. Also featured is Mexia, Ala.’s Rocky Creek Lumber, where upgrades from conventional dry kilns to continuous dry kilns, along with other improvements, have lowered operating costs and have positioned the mill for future market opportunities. A section shares the latest information in bandmill products.
Fram Renewable Fuels has entered into an agreement with Telfair Forest Products (TFP) to build a wood pellet manufacturing facility at TFP’s Lumber City, Ga. location. The facility is expected to produce 125,000 metric tons of wood pellets annually in addition to TFP’s current shavings production. The procurement plan for this venture will require up to 350,000 tons of raw material purchases per annum from the local area.
After almost a half-decade of implementing major changes that impact operations from the log yard to the sales distribution at its premium redwood lumber facilities, The California Redwood Company (CRC) is combining efficient, cost-reducing manufacturing initiatives with a more focused, connected and innovative marketing and sales effort to place the organization on a firmer, long-term competitive footing.
In August 2009, when the lumber industry was being hammered hard by depressed housing markets and many mills were curtailing operations, Martin Companies, LLC, boldly embarked on a $5 million capital improvement project to increase operating efficiency and expand production capacity at RoyOMartin-Rocky Creek Lumber, an Alabama pine timbers mill acquired in 2006.
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One of two states in the South with renewable electricity portfolio standards (REPS), North Carolina is now on course to create 12.5% of its electricity from renewable by 2021, and the path became a little smoother with a recent court ruling.