Timber Processing’s September issue spotlights M.C. Dixon Lumber’s comeback with timbers on the menu. Improving markets and an upcoming election should provide some electricity at the upcoming Portland Expo. Also, with investments of more than $11 million and a new attitude, Fornebu Lumber has gone from a chip mill to a speed sawing record holder in three years.
Atlanta-based GreenWorld Development Inc. reports it has signed a binding framework agreement to acquire Natures Earth LLC, a wood pellet manufacturing operation in Laurinburg, NC for $16.5 million. GreenWorld plans to double the production capacity (currently at 120,000 tons) with an investment of $5.5 million. The company reports it intends to appoint Jason Kessler of Kesco and Bliss Industries LLC as the project manager.
The year 2010 was a milestone year for M. C. Dixon Lumber Co., marking the 82nd year the Dixon family has operated a sawmill at this site, which was when founder M. C. Dixon relocated his year-old business. It also marked the beginning of a new era for the former grade mill with the startup of its $4.5 million retooling project, replacing a large log production line with a small timbers line.
Organizers of the new Timber Processing & Energy Expo reported in early August that the event was definitely headed for an exhibitor sellout, with 98% of the space reserved still two months out from the event. TP&EE is scheduled for October 17-19 (Wednesday-Friday) in Hall D of the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore.
Fornebu Lumber Company may almost be in the middle of nowhere, but, as the saying goes, you can see it from here. And if you can’t exactly see it, you’ll still be able to find it in a town known as Brunswick Mines, which is not much more than a name on the map roughly 45 minutes northeast of Miramichi, New Brunswick. Yet, this little-known sawmill in this unknown town currently runs one of the world’s fastest HewSaw lines.
Band saws can often leave a cleaner edge than circular saws, so many mill operators favor them for mills that produce high quality lumber. But band saws also pose some potential problems that aren’t present with circular saws. As a band saw blade gets dull, the action of pushing a log through it tends to deflect the blade more than when the blade is sharp, which can impact a blade’s ability to cut.
On June 26 North Carolina authorities implemented a revision to the state’s truck weight regulations for forest products. The upgrade to the previous tolerances raises the allowable gross weight from 84,000 to 90,000 lbs. and the allowable tandem weight from 42,000 to 44,000 lbs. Those who exceed these weights will encounter enforcement penalties calculated on the basic bridge formula, as is currently practiced.