MARCH 2021

Cover: GP Turns It Up At Albany

ALBANY, Georgia – When Georgia-Pacific Lumber decided to build three new sawmills, two at brownfield sites and one completely greenfield, the industry watched closely. Partnered with BID Group, the first two startups were not without challenges, in Talladega, Alabama and Warrenton, Georgia, but were overall great successes, especially aided in 2020 by aggressive lumber prices just as the mills hit their stride.

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The Issues: Georgia-Pacific Finishes Strong

When the largest privately held company in the U.S., Koch Industries, purchased publicly-held Georgia-Pacific Corp. in 2005, the lumber leadership at GP who came to Koch with the deal soon found out that the Koch business philosophy brought long-term vision, profit reinvestment in operations and no limitations that typically govern a public company. Hello cash flow!

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Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Timber Processing

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Building Mass Timber

Building for years, mass timber construction and cross-laminated timber (CLT) products are on the cusp of a boom as the economy seeks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and housing and commercial and institutional construction grows. The upside for mass timber building expansion is bright indeed, but challenges remain as the industry seeks to grow the product and the overall market for mass timber construction.

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Timber Processing

LOG MERCHANDISING

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following companies submitted editorial profiles and images to complement their advertisements placed in the Timber Processing March 2021 issue:

  • BID Group
  • FiberPro
  • Linden Fabricating Co.
  • Mebor
  • Mellot Manufacturing Co.
  • Metal Detectors Inc.
  • Telco Sensors
  • Timber Automation
  • TS Manufacturing
  • Les ACIER J.P. Inc.
MACHINERYrow
  • Pan Pac Selects Springer Feed System
  • Harrigan Plans For Trimmer Line
  • Idaho Forest Group At Lumberton Goes With BID Group
  • Jordan Forest Products Orders Bucking Line
  • Russia’s Atlant Orders USNR Line
  • Resolute Forest Products Implements New Waste Chippers
  • Schwaiger Adds Sennebogen Unit
  • Miloptic Acquires Automation Industries
  • PotlatchDeltic Picks OPER8 Platform
  • Derome Enhances Drying Program
PRODUCT SCANNER 10
  • Small Log Profile
  • Truck Dump Repair
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GP Turns It Up At Albany

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Timber Processing

ALBANY, Georgia – When Georgia-Pacific Lumber decided to build three new sawmills, two at brownfield sites and one completely greenfield, the industry watched closely. Partnered with BID Group, the first two startups were not without challenges, in Talladega, Alabama and Warrenton, Georgia, but were overall great successes, especially aided in 2020 by aggressive lumber prices just as the mills hit their stride. Then it came time to build, from the ground up, Albany Lumber in Albany, Georgia. The groundbreaking for the $150 million, 320,000 sq. ft. facility was in February 2018. GP and BID Group collaborated on a similar turnkey formula. Mill leadership was getting its collective feet wet, spending time training at the other two startups, gathering information to make Albany stronger. And then things ground slowly to a halt as the coronavirus pandemic ransacked the world about a year after the groundbreaking and a few months after lumber production began.

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