How’s Your Log Supply Chain?

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Timber Processing May 2022 – In between looking for extra employees to fill out another shift or solidify the one or two already in place, or perhaps looking for larger vaults to hold the cash they’ve been putting away thanks to record lumber prices, lumber suppliers would be smart to…

Pres-To-Logs Has History Of Its Own

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing April 2022 – The story in this issue on North Idaho Energy Logs, written by David Abbott, caught my attention at the mention of Pres-to-logs. Much of the Idaho company’s success in wood energy markets is because of its energy logs or fire logs composed of…

Our Fathers And Their Children

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing March 2022 – My father-in-law, Dr. Woodward D. Lamar, best known as Woodie, died on Thursday morning, February 24, after a brief illness. He was, as the obituary stated, “99 years of ageless…

Schooler Is Leaving Big Shoes To Fill

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing January/February 2022 – We’ve always considered our 34th Person of the Year, Eric Schooler, as one of the good guys. One reason, rather selfishly on our part, is because during his tenures at Hampton Lumber and Collins Companies, when we called up and…

2021 Will Go Down As One Busy Year

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing December 2021 – As the year winds down, we once again take a quick look back through it. Needless to say, everything that happened rode on the dark wings of the pandemic…

Sawmill Industry Is Still In A Sprint

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing November 2021 – The numbing noise of nothingness. I’m referring to those times in the lumber market cycle when profits don’t exist and pessimism takes hold. Anybody in the lumber industry who has some age on them has…

FS ‘Reassessment’ Runs Fire Risk

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Timber Processing October 2021 – Perhaps it was the 20-year lifespan of the contract, or maybe it was yet another fire season that scorched half a million acres in the state: What if we can’t deliver the timber that we promise? What if there are court cases…

SFPA Expo Gets It Done, TP&EE 2022 Next Up

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Timber Processing September 2021 – A tip of the cap goes to Eric Gee, executive director of Southern Forest Products Assn., and his SFPA team for producing an excellent machinery exposition in mid-August at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta…

Sometimes Companies Just Get Lucky

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Timber Processing August 2021 – In this industry you are bound to cross paths with somebody again, but with one or both of you now working for a different company. Given that I’ve been doing this trade magazine gig for 38 years, I’m never the one who…

SFPA Expo Emerges At The Right Time

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Timber Processing July 2021 – As I write this it is June 23, 2021 and we are putting the final touches on this issue, in which is included a preview section featuring some of the exhibitors in the upcoming SFPA Forest Products Machinery Exposition…

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Lucidyne Becomes Microtec Corvallis

Corvallis, Ore.-based Lucidyne Technologies, which was purchased in 2020 by Microtec, is now named Microtec Corvallis as Microtec finalizes its branding integration plans. Last year, following its acquisitions of Finscan and Woodeye, Microtec rebranded Finscan as Microtec Espoo and Woodeye as…

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Softwood Lumbermen Still Feeling Good

U.S. softwood lumbermen are not as bullish about their lumber business situation as they were a year ago, but they’re still upbeat and capital expenditure projects are in full force, according to Timber Processing’s annual 2022 U.S. Sawmill Operations & Capital Expenditures Survey…

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Multi-Family Housing Continues Surge

U.S. single-family housing starts in April dipped 7.3% from March to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.1 million, but multi-family starts (five units or more) shot up 16.8% over March to 612,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development monthly new…

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Softwood Lumber Board Updates Board Members

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has reappointed George Emmerson, J.D. Hankins II, Brian Luoma and Brad Thorlakson to serve second terms on the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) Board of Directors. He has also appointed past Director Marc…

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