Timber Processing’s October issue reports on Collum’s Lumber, which continues to install the latest technologies ten years after starting. Vaagen Bros. Arizona sawmill has potential to greatly aid forest health restoration efforts. With its new planer mill running and markets improved, NorSask Forest Products continues to ramp up. In addition, regarding trucking reform, the proposed changes are on hold as Congress awaits results of the latest study.
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Timber Processing magazine Associate Editor Jay Donnell visits Collum’s Lumber Products, located in Allendale, South Carolina. As an independent sawmill, Collum’s Lumber Products makes a big impression. Founded in 1936 by U.W. Collum as a planer mill in Batesburg, SC, the operation has grown into one of the biggest producers and most diverse in the southern yellow pine lumber market. Collum’s is capable of producing up to 165MMBF per year. That makes Collum’s one of the leading independent volume producers of SYP. The Allendale site comprises a sawmill, planer mill, dry kilns, pole mill, reman facility and treating plant. Its products include heavy-to-prime dimension lumber, from narrows to wides depending on markets. Collum’s also runs an in-wood chipping operation where they supply the chipper and operator while using contract loggers and contract haulers to deliver the chips.
Timber Processing magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell travels to Eagar, Arizona to spend some time with Vaagen Brothers Lumber Company. Seizing an opportunity to utilize millions of board feet of timber coming off national forest stewardship programs has brought longtime independent Northwest sawmiller Vaagen Bros. Lumber Co. to northeast Arizona and this tiny town in the White Mountain foothills. On the south end of town, the Vaagen team has rejuvenated the former Stone Container large log cutting mill site where operations ceased in 1999 following a major shutdown of national forest logging activities due to a preservationist lawsuit several years prior. The mill also holds the promise of being a major piece of the puzzle in solving Arizona’s forest health crisis, which is being addressed—slowly—by the implementation of stewardship programs to reduce fuel loads in national forests through thinning and understory removal.
This article, written by Scott Jamieson, originally appeared in Canadian Forest Industries magazine and is published in Timber Processing magazine as part of an alliance between the two magazines. Jamieson writes, “Like much of the Saskatchewan forest products sector, Norsask Forest Products was a bleak place just a few years back. The company operated sporadically for several years in the worst of the lumber recession, coming back full time as a single-shift operation in March 2011, in large part to create local employment and service long-time clients. The tide has turned, however, as fresh investments, better markets and new staff are breathing some welcome life into both the company and the communities it helps support. Norsask is currently 100% First Nations-owned by the Meadow Lake Tribal Council, with well over 60% of its workforce drawn from the nine communities MLTC represents, as well as from other non-aligned First Nation communities.”
The following companies, which are advertising in the October 2013 issue of Timber Processing magazine, submitted articles related to lumber drying: Heinola, Incomac, USNR, Vacutherm, Valutec Group AB, Wagner Meters, Brunner-Hildebrand, and SCS Forest Products.
Timber Processing magazine Contributing Editor Jennifer McCary discusses proposed changes in the trucking industry. McCary writes, “Last year’s surface transportation reauthorization bill (MAP21) was enacted without the truck weight reform amendment that many forestry interests had hoped would help them improve trucking efficiency and productivity in the forest industry sector. That amendment would have increased gross vehicle weight of a six-axle truck on interstate highways to 97,000 lbs. while conforming to current bridge formula axle limits. The amendment mirrored the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act (SETA) bill that has been introduced separately without success several times in recent years. It was attached to the ‘must pass’ transportation bill but did not survive due to continued strong opposition from rail, independent truckers and safety advocacy groups.” (This article originally appeared in the September/October 2013 issue of Timber Harvesting magazine.)
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