Kepley-Frank Installs Cleereman Carriage System

Cleereman Industries and Cleereman Controls recently installed a new Cleereman LP-42 linear carriage with Cleereman optimized carriage controls and a Cleereman sawyer booth at Kepley-Frank Hardwood Co., Inc. in Lexington, NC. Kepley-Frank also installed a new Cleereman 100 HP hydrostatic carriage drive and a Cleereman dual cable tensioner.

Kepley-Frank has a second Cleereman LP-42 linear carriage and Cleereman optimized carriage controls on order that will be installed in August. This second line will include a new modular track frame with carriage drive and sawyers cab.

Kepley-Frank, in its three sawmills, cuts more than 15MMBF a year of fine Appalachian hardwood lumber in 4/4 through 8/4 thicknesses in mostly red and white oak and poplar as well as ash and maple. The company is also a significant crossties producer. Also, through its concentration yard business, Kepley-Frank processes millions of board feet of lumber per year.

Cleereman Controls has now sold more than 50 controls systems in its first two years of existence. Vice President Paul Cleereman states, “As always we would like to thank all our loyal customers for their continued support in both Cleereman Industries and Cleereman Controls.”

Latest News

Housing Starts Show Modest Decline In September

U.S. housing starts dipped slightly in September to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.555 million, down 1.6% from August, but 7.4% above September 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development monthly…

Mellott Manufacturing Log Flare Butt Reducer

By customer request Mellott Manufacturing Co., Inc. is now offering the model 70E log flare butt reducer—designed and built with the same rugged quality as the LMR debarkers and all the Mellott product lines. Adding a log flare butt reducer to a mill infeed system will vastly reduce log handling problems…

Wood Fiber Group Merges With USNR

USNR and Wood Fiber Group have announced their merger. USNR is an industry-leading global supplier of sawmill and plywood mill machinery, aftermarket parts, and technical and engineering services. Wood Fiber Group is the largest supplier of cutting tools and filing room equipment to the wood products…

Industry Patriarch Varn Passes

George W. Varn, Sr., who broke into the family turpentine business following World War II, and then along with a cousin built a chip mill and a sawmill in the late 1960s in Hoboken, Ga., called Varn Wood Products, and who became one of the patriarchs of the southern pine lumber industry, died September 4 in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., the same hospital…

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.