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Most Lumbermen Remain Optimistic

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing June 2022 – The great and colorful Satchel Paige, who pitched more than 20 years in the Negro Leagues before winding down his career pitching five seasons in the Major Leagues, delivered one of the most famous quotes not only from a big league ballplayer but from anybody…

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…

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The Z-Trak2 family ushers in a new era of 5GigE 3D profile sensors for high-speed, in-line real-time lumber measurement and inspection.Offering 2,000 points per profile, all Z-Trak2 models are factory calibrated and offered with either blue or red eye safe lasers to suit various surface properties and operating environments. All sensors are housed in IP67 enclosures for harsh environments and come bundled with Teledyne’s Sherlock 8 —a point-and-click, rapid application development software package…

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New SYP Sawmill Stirs Up Dust

Looks like construction of the new Canfor $160 million southern yellow pine sawmill in DeRidder, La. is in motion, according to these photos taken by Senior Editor Jessica Johnson as she was passing through the area in early June on an assignment trip…

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Justin Price Becomes 75th FPS President

Evergreen Engineering co-CEO Justin Price will serve as president of the Forest Products Society for the 2022-23 term. Price takes over from Terry Liles, Director of Raw Materials for Huber Engineered Woods…

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Nova Scotia’s Elmsdale Lumber Announces Big McDonough Project

Elmsdale Lumber Co. in Nova Scotia has engaged McDonough Manufacturing for what will be a complete sawmill modernization over the summers of 2022 and 2023. This project will see upgrades to both primary and secondary sawing systems designed to increase capacity and more importantly yield…

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Our publication focuses on sawmill project installations in the softwood and hardwood lumber industry in North America and worldwide. Special emphasis is also given to new product technologies and to the important issues impacting the lumber manufacturing industry.

The Timber Processing editorial staff counts 90 years of combined experience in visiting sawmill operations, interviewing management and production personnel and delivering concise and accurate reports on startups and upgrades.

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