Timber Processing’s September issue spotlights Keadle Lumber in Thomaston, Georgia, led by President Steve Keadle. It is back to being a pure southern yellow pine dimension lumber producer in its 60th year. The Stewart family looks for its niche to stay competitive. Also, Missouri’s Mueller Bros. keeps up hardwood production for 50 years, adding its own custom-made debarker to the equipment mix.
Louisiana-Pacific Corp. is selling its Meridian, Id. composite decking plant to Fiber Composites, LLC, including the use of the WeatherBest brand name. Fiber Composites President Doug Mancosh remarks, “The acquisition of the WeatherBest brand and LP’s Meridian plant is consistent with our company strategy of producing and selling the highest quality composite decking and railing products in the industry.”
In the past year, second generation principals of Keener Lumber Co., Inc. (KLC) have focused on expanding their value-added services with the addition of a staff position to lead the research and development of alternative products.
There’s a motto that’s evolved over the years at Keadle Lumber Enterprises (KLE): “To stand still is to go backwards.” It’s based on the premise that if you stand still, the world and technology will pass you by. Remaining competitive in the global economy is top priority on Keadle Lumber’s list as it produces dimension lumber at a rate to keep it afloat in today’s lumber market.
Situated just outside the shadow of St. Louis, near the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and at the crossroads of north, south, east and west, Mueller Bros. Timber Co. manufactures 9MMBF annually of grade hardwood lumber and performs other services like straight line ripping, kiln drying, surfacing and blocking.
A technology developed by the former Soviet Union’s Military Industrial Complex is alive and well, and has immigrated to the U.S. Now, this cutting edge technology is making inroads into an age-old industry in the South. Gulf Lumber Co., a southern pine lumber producer in Mobile Ala., has turned to Applied Ultrasonics and its patented Esonix Technology to solve maintenance problems in the debarker.
The ASM Series 890 steady scan log transport system has quickly developed a reputation as a fast, accurate, low maintenance log conveyor that provides an optimization system a true scan by tracking and holding the log rock-steady through the scan zone.
National Hardwood Lumber Assn. Inspection School graduated its 153rd class in the school’s 49th year. Graduates go on to jobs as hardwood lumber graders and many continue into management careers. Almost 7,000 students have graduated from the NHLA Inspection School, which has been located in Memphis since its inception. The 14-week course is offered twice a year.