Header: Header: Header:

Filled With Action On Many Fronts

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Processing December 2022

2022 left us with softened lumber prices, declining housing starts, and rising interest rates. Nobody was complaining too loudly, given the astronomical surge in lumber prices in the spring of 2022 that everyone enjoyed, and the corresponding surge in housing starts. There remained activity in the building markets at year’s end, but there was shuffling around with lumber production curtailments, while new greenfield or recently upgraded mills became anxious to see what they could do. You might say it was a mixed bag of goods heading into the new year.

Before we totally bid 2022 adieu, here were some developments as covered in the pages of this magazine:

Timber Processing named Eric Schooler, CEO of Collins, as its 34th annual Person of the Year.

—North Carolina lumberman J. Wilson Jones, Jr. died at age 87.

—Canfor purchased Millar Western Forest Products.

—Neiman named Steve Henson as CEO.

Spencer Forest Products began construction of a sawmill near Forks, Wash.

Southern Forest Products Assn. announced it was moving its sawmill expo from Atlanta to Nashville in 2023.

—Sierra Pacific Industries named Todd Payne as president and GM.

—Oregon-based Freres Lumber celebrated its 100th year.

—Claw Forestry Services announced it was building a southern yellow pine sawmill in Gloster, Miss.

—85% of U.S. softwood lumbermen responding to TP’s annual Sawmill Operations & Capital Expenditure Survey in April forecasted their business situation for 2022-2023 as excellent or good, as did 75% of U.S. hardwood lumbermen.

—Canfor continued with construction of a SYP sawmill in DeRidder, La.

George Weyerhaeuser Sr., who served as president and CEO of his greatgrandfather’s namesake company, died at age 95.

BID Group purchased Smith Sawmill Service.

PalletOne, Inc. purchased 50% of Dempsey Wood Products.

Paper Excellence purchased Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products.

—Teal Jones Group continued construction of a SYP sawmill near Plain Dealing, La.

USNR acquired Timber Automation.

Canfor announced plans to build a SYP sawmill north of Mobile, Ala.

—Tahoe Forest Products began building a sawmill near Carson City, Nev.

Wood Fiber Group changed its name to Burton Mill Solutions.

—Hancock Lumber acquired Madison Lumber of Madison, NH.

—Western Forest Products named Steven Hofer as president and CEO.

—After cancellation in 2020 due to the pandemic, Timber Processing & Energy Expo returned to Portland, Ore. and drew more than 1,200 non-exhibitor attendees from more than 110 wood products producer companies, while showcasing 170 equipment exhibitors manned by 900 of their representatives.

—Roseburg continued construction of a SYP sawmill in Weldon, NC.

Meanwhile during 2022, Timber Processing editors again took to the field and visited: Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Seely Lake, Mont.; Pleasant River Lumber, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine; Mt. Hood Forest Products, Odell, Ore.; Vicksburg Forest Products, Vicksburg, Miss.; Georgia-Pacific, Diboll, Texas; Biewer Lumber, Winona, Miss.; Roseburg, Dillard, Ore.; Neiman, Gilchrist, Ore.; Price Sawmill, Piedmont, Mo.; Tri-State Lumber, Fulton, Miss.

Latest News

Canfor Puts ‘Stock’ In New BC Facility

Vancouver, BC-based Canfor Corp. is investing $200 million to build a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Houston, British Columbia, which will have an annual production capacity of 350MMBF. “I’m very pleased to be making this announcement in British Columbia, where Canfor has been proudly headquartered for 85 years,” comments Don Kayne, President and CEO. “This decision comes following…

West Fraser To Acquire Spray Lake Sawmills

West Fraser has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Spray Lake Sawmills located in Cochrane, Alberta subject to certain post-closing adjustments. Spray Lake Sawmills produces treated wood products, dimensional lumber and a variety of residuals and biproducts, with an annual lumber capacity of 155 MMBF and…

PTF BPI Announces 2023 Dates

The 7th biennial international Processing Technologies for the Forest and Bio-based Products Industries (PTF BPI) 2023 Conference will be held October 30 to Nov. 1, 2023 in St. Simons Island, Ga. at the King & Prince Resort…

GP Donates $100,000 To Volunteer Fire Department In Corrigan, Texas

The Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department, which has close to 25 active volunteers and answered more than 150 emergency calls in 2022, has kicked off a capital campaign to build a new fire station, which will cost $400,000. In support of this campaign, and in recognition of the three major facilities Georgia-Pacific operates (and the 1,000 people employed) in Polk County, Texas, the company has donated $100,000 to the effort…

Nashville Sets Perfect Stage For Lumber Conference

Lumber producers who made the trek to Room 205 and the 2023 Productivity & Efficiency Conference produced by Timber Processing and sponsored by Southern Forest Products Assn. (SFPA) were not disappointed as the event featured a wide range of speakers who delivered insights on different facets of mill operations…

Sawmillers Show Up At EXPO

After six shows in Atlanta, Ga. dating back to 2011, the Southern Forest Products Assn., host of the biennial Forest Products Machinery & Equipment EXPO, decided to move the 37th edition to Nashville, Tenn. Held August 23-25, this was an exciting change for exhibitors and attendees alike—the Music City Center was in the heart of the city, allowing everyone the chance to not only walk from the variety of hotels and top-notch restaurants to the show floor but also enjoy all that Nashville has to offer by way of its world-famous music scene…

Single-Family Starts Lead U.S. Housing Rebound In July

U.S. housing starts increased in July to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.452 million, nearly 4% above June (and 6% above July a year ago). Single-family housing starts in July were at a rate of 983,000, 6.7% above June, while multi-family starts were 460,000, even with June, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development monthly new residential construction report…

Find Us On Social


The monthly Timber Processing Industry Newsletter reaches over 4,000 mill owners and supervisors.



Timber Processing is delivered 10 times per year to subscribers who represent sawmill ownership, management and supervisory personnel and corporate executives. Subscriptions are FREE to qualified individuals.


Complete the online form so we can direct you to the appropriate Sales Representative.