Timber Processing’s September issue spotlights Troy Lumber in North Carolina for the improvements it is making for the company. A vertically integrated hardwood producer takes a leading role in preserving the future of Connecticut forests and its forest products industry. Also, the wood fuel pellet industry’s growth is exploding, thanks to rising home fuel costs and European demands for renewable resources.
Weyerhaeuser Co. intends to sell its hardwood sawmill and associated timber harvesting rights in Delta, BC. The sawmill produces random width lumber used for the manufacture of furniture, cabinetry and solid wood components and low-grade dimension products for the pallet industry.
Looking back over the past several months, Troy Lumber President Fred L. Taylor says it may not have been the wisest idea to install two major pieces of sawmill machinery at the same time, but it was the only way they could get things working the way they wanted. “It was a double challenge, but we had all the right people to make this happen in the time we needed it to,” Taylor says.
Picture a narrow winding ribbon of pavement covered in an arched green canopy of overhanging hardwood trees lining either side. That’s the view that greets visitors to the quaint community of Pomfret Center, home to two century-old private boarding schools and a population of nearly 4,000. It is also home to Hull Forest Products, a family-owned sawmill and forestry service established more than 40 years ago.
Once relegated to a minor forest products industry product, with lumber and boards and panels taking priority, wood fuel pellets are developing into a major product line as home heating fuel prices rise, and as international and domestic efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve fossil fuels build momentum.
Andritz Sprout pellet mills are designed and built on the basis of 50 years of experience and produce top quality products for animal feed, aqua feed and biomass products. The pellet mills are designed for conventional steam pelleting or expander pelleting. Modular design allows for upgrading to meet future requirements. The roll adjustment systems allow quick, simple and very accurate roll adjustment. The pellet mills range in size from 40 to 800 HP with 620 to 14,000 cm2 (90 to 2,200 sq in.) of die working area.
Mike Almond of Australia has purchased controlling interest in the newly formed company of HALLCO Industries Inc. The innovator of the Live Floor conveyor system, Olof Hallstrom, and his wife Mary have sold their interests in HALLCO. Almond owns a transport company, B Mountain Industries, in Newcastle on the East Coast of Australia. Mountain Industries has been involved in trucking and rail operations since 1980, employs 150 and runs in excess of 100 subcontract owner/drivers in the trucking fleet.
A four wheel drive articulated forklift, the TX4-300, is the latest addition to the TX Series at Taylor Machine Works. The 132" wheelbase TX4-300 has a rated capacity of 30,000 lbs. at 24" load center. Designed and built specifically to overcome the challenges of rough and undeveloped working surfaces, the TX4 also incorporates the innovative and performance-proven features of the TX Series introduced by Taylor in 2007.