- Biewer Plans For Second SYP Greenfield Mill: Biewer Lumber is constructing its second greenfield southern yellow pine sawmill in Mississippi, this one in Winona, about 100 miles north of its first one in Newton, and 130 miles south of Memphis. The $130 million investment will use BID Group as the turnkey supplier, which was also the case at Newton. Biewer Lumber was the first company to start up a turnkey BID SYP sawmill at Newton in late 2016. The facility in Newton expanded in 2019 with a second line, increasing production to 350MMBF annually. The sawmill in Winona will have similar production capacity. Work on site will begin in first quarter 2021 and startup of the sawmill is scheduled for December 2021.
- Mission Forest Products Orders 250MMBF Capacity Mill: Mission Forest Products is proceeding with plans to build a $160 million 250MMBF annual production greenfield sawmill in Corinth, Miss. and has placed a substantial order with machinery supplier USNR. Mid-South Engineering is contracted to handle the civil and building work. Installation is scheduled for the latter half of 2021, with startup in the first quarter of 2022. Mission Forest Products is a subsidiary of Timberland Investment Resources, LLC, with the project being financed through capital provided by investors that TIR represents.
- Arizona Sawmill Finds New Home: Good Earth Power AZ and its operating entity, NewLife Forest Products, which received the Phase I 4FRI contract to harvest 300,000 acres in Arizona’s national forests back in 2013, and is interested in landing the contract for another 800,000 acres as part of Phase 2 to be awarded in 2021, has acquired a large-scale industrial manufacturing facility in Bellemont, Ariz. near Flagstaff in order to build and operate a sawmill. The 425,000 sq. ft. facility, which sits on a 35-acre property, was built in 1996 as a tissue paper manufacturing facility and owned by global manufacturer Essity, which shut it down in 2019. Good Earth Power/NewLife plans to produce 120MMBF per year of lumber and also produce engineered wood products, while employing 200. The company currently operates an older sawmill in Heber, Ariz. It had started ground work on a new sawmill in Williams, Ariz., but decided to invest in the vacant manufacturing plant and relocate the sawmill there.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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