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APRIL 2022

Cover: Mt. Hood FP Has Planer Under Control

ODELL, Oregon – Well known for its commitment to investing in its mills and infrastructure, the Wilkins’ family sawmills which include WKO in Carson, Washington and Mt. Hood Forest Products (MHFP) in Odell, Oregon have continued their growth in the Columbia River Gorge. Almost a year ago MHFP added a new planer mill at its innovative green Douglas fir mill south of Hood River following several key improvements in the sawmill that have boosted production and quality.

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Mt. Hood FP Has Planer Under Control

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Timber Processing

ODELL, Oregon – Well known for its commitment to investing in its mills and infrastructure, the Wilkins’ family sawmills which include WKO in Carson, Washington and Mt. Hood Forest Products (MHFP) in Odell, Oregon have continued their growth in the Columbia River Gorge. Almost a year ago MHFP added a new planer mill at its innovative green Douglas fir mill south of Hood River following several key improvements in the sawmill that have boosted production and quality.

The new planer has made the all-green sawmill that produces 2x4s and 2x6s up to 20 ft. long an even more efficient and productive part of the family owned company’s group of facilities. During the past 10 years, output at Mt. Hood Forest Products has roughly doubled, going from 75-80MMBF annually to right around 150MMBF produced in 2021.

The past five years have been especially busy at the mill, which recovered from a January 2017 snowstorm that destroyed an outside green chain building and storage building by embarking on a series of mill improvements that same year:

  • The green chain building was rebuilt along with some storage areas, and some additional paving.
  • Adding a USNR multi-track trimmer fence (The WKO Carson, Washington mill has the first one USNR ever built.) and a Comact tong and dog lug loader.
  • The end of 2017 saw a gang conversion that’s been a big change for the mill: Converting the existing gang from a single arbor 6 in. to a double arbor 6 in. has enabled target size kerf reductions while keeping feed speeds up.

“That’s been a big improvement for us,” says president Mike Engel. By cutting through a full 4 in. cant with the bottom saw and only touching a 6 in. cant with the top saw, the mill is able to maintain sawing and feed speeds on 6 in. cants. “We used to have to slow down with the single arbor, but now we can keep up the same speeds on four- and six-inch,” he adds.

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