Timber Processing’s September issue features the Schweighofer mills in Romania that market to customers all over the world. EACOM Timber’s Nairn Centre focuses on recovery gains to capture the most from improving markets. Wespine, an Australian firm, has advanced into a trim-to-upgrade MSG program. Pleasant River Lumber implements new log scanning and bucking. Wood Resource Recovery grinds its way into big contract.
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Timber Processing magazine Senior Associate Editor David Abbott visits Holzindustrie Schweighofer, located in Sebes, Romania. Austrian-based Holzindustrie Schweighofer moved its primary manufacturing sites southeast of its corporate headquarters 10 years ago to Romania in central Eastern Europe. The first mill, at the Sebes location, built in the west central Romanian district of Alba Iulia, came online in September 2003. It was followed in 2008 by a second sawmill in Radauti, in the northern district of Suceava, and in nearby Siret, Schweighofer acquired the former Swedwood edge glued panel and finger-jointing plant the same year. Radauti and Siret lie near the Ukrainian border and so are connected to both the European and Russian rail systems. In 2010, Schweighofer took over a blockboard and shuttering board plant from Finnforest in Comanesti, in the Bacau district. Blockboards are mainly for the door and furniture industry while shuttering boards are used in the formwork industry (prefabrication of concrete).
Timber Processing magazine Contributing Editor Scott Jamieson travels to Nairn Centre, Ontario to visit the EACOM Timber Corp. mill located there. Jamieson writes, “Focus on recovery, and the remaining problems solve themselves. That’s how EACOM Timber Corp.’s Mel Lemky summarizes the spate of recent projects and investments at the company’s Ontario sawmill operations. Lemky, a graduate of the BC Interior sawmilling school of hard knocks, is EACOM’s vice-president of operations for Ontario. Originally part of the Domtar pulp & paper empire, EACOM purchased its wood products division in 2010, with eight sawmills in Quebec and Ontario. Since that time, the emphasis has been on improving such standard sawmill performance indicators as unit cost and recovery. Lemky says the work his team has been doing at the company’s Nairn Centre sawmilling complex reflects that focus.”
(This article was submitted to Timber Processing magazine by Autolog) The East Alabama Lumber Co. from Lafayette, Ala. in the Southeastern U.S. made the decision, in early January of this year, to team-up with Autolog, a leader in optimization and controls from Eastern Canada, to upgrade their planer operation with new controls and a fully optimized linear ProGrader system. The mill produces 65MMBF per year on a single shift with southern pine products ranging from 6 ft. to 16 ft. in length, thickness from 2 in. to 4 in. and width from 4 in. to 12 in. Forty-five percent of its total production consists of decking (5/4 x 6 in.) with appearance grades.
(This article was submitted to Timber Processing magazine by Microtec) The Chilean group Arauco has installed and implemented the new CT.LOG scanning and optimization system from Microtec at the Horcones Forestry Complex. Already operating Microtec measurement technology in the log yard for bucking, sorting and data processing in order to properly divert the stems to downstream processing facilities, Arauco decided to invest in CT.LOG to boost value and quality during stem bucking even further.
(This article was submitted to Timber Processing magazine by Metriguard) WESPINE, a Western Australia softwood sawmill company in business for 25 years, produces about 200,000 m3 (85MMBF) per year of premium quality wood products for sale throughout Australia and the countries of the Pacific Rim. They specialize in the production of pinus radiata and have been very successful over the last few years operating a trim-to-upgrade program for their machine stress graded lumber.
(This article was submitted to Timber Processing magazine by Teledyne DALSA) A family-owned Maine business with four generations of experience in the forest products industry, Pleasant River Lumber produces more than 100MMBF annually of spruce and eastern white dimensional lumber from its three mills in Dover-Foxcroft, Hancock and Enfield. Pleasant River Lumber has a reputation for producing a high quality product. To that end, the company prints an American flag and the grader’s name on all the lumber it produces.
Sawdust Diaries is a column in Timber Processing magazine that appears in every other issue. Its author, Connie Grenz, has worked in the wood products industry for 34 years. In her September article, Grenz discusses how a forest products business can manage its natural resources. Grenz writes, “This article looks at the ways a forest product business, specifically the Collins Pine Company, can manage its natural resources, balancing timber growth and harvest, while working with differing goals of oil and gas companies. The Collins-managed forest in Pennsylvania is the largest private landowner in the state. My previous articles focused on human capital and machinery equipment in ways that influenced the making of our products. This time I will outline some key challenges to utilizing our natural resources in partnership with oil and gas owners in such a way that both parties benefit.”
Timber Processing magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson visits Wood Resource Recovery in Gainesville, Florida. Johnson writes, “When Bill Gaston, now 62, started working in the tree trimming business, or as he calls it, climbing trees, at 17 he had no idea what his future held. He knew he liked being outside. He knew he was developing a skill that would carry him through life. About age 20, when Gaston realized he was actually in business for himself trimming trees, he still didn't know what the future held. Flash forward a few decades and the small tree company is now one of Florida's largest tree companies, serving many different purposes. The original company, Gaston's Tree Service, is still intact, run by Gaston 's son Shawn. Today Bill and his brother Levin focus their energy toward Wood Resource Recovery, a wood recycling firm that does everything from land clearing to storm cleanup to simply accepting competing tree trimming services' debris.
(This article was submitted to Timber Processing magazine by USNR) Shop and molding products are the latest achievements by USNR’s BioVision sawmill grade scanning system. For Evergreen Forest Tamarack Mills LLC operation at New Meadows, Idaho, value recovery and throughput are up significantly, and new markets are on the horizon. Evergreen Forest was established 50 years ago when Maurice Hitchcock bought the mill at New Meadows and rebuilt it. Then 15 years ago it was acquired by Bob Krogh and family. Today, Rodney Krogh and brother Mark are president and general manager, respectively.