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Hampton Creates New College Tech Endowment

Hampton Lumber & Family Forests is pleased to announce the creation of a Hampton Lumber Scholarship endowment for Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC). The endowment will provide scholarships for students in TBCC’s forestry and manufacturing and industrial technology (MIT) programs…

USNR Gains Foraction Chile Order

USNR has announced the order of a complete sawmilling system to the Chilean company Foraction Chile. This highly advanced production line is designed to process radiata pine and will be installed at a greenfield site in the Los Rios region, about 800 km south of Santiago…

KDS Windsor, The New York Blower Co. Open New Manufacturing Plant

KDS Windsor, Lumber Drying Technologies, (KDS) and The New York Blower Co. (NYB) have recently announced they are expanding manufacturing operations in Philadelphia, Miss. This joint venture is one of many investments in growth the past few years…

Westervelt Announces New COO

The Westervelt Company has announced a new Chief Operating Officer role, to be filled by Cade Warner effective January 1, 2023. Warner is currently Chief Sustainability Officer for Westervelt. In his new role, he will be responsible for the five business operations of The Westervelt Co.—Forest Resources…

NewLife FP Renamed Restoration Forest Products

Arizona-based forest restoration company NewLife Forest Products has rebranded itself as Restoration Forest Products, LLC (RFOR). In addition to the name change, the company announced changes to its senior leadership team…

Housing Starts Continue Negative Pattern

Housing Starts Continue Negative PatternU.S. housing starts dropped 4.2% in October from September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.425 million, including a drop in single-family starts of 6.1% to 855,000, and a modest decline of 0.5% in...

First CLT Office Opens In DC

Opened in fall 2022, the first mass timber commercial building in the U.S. capital city features more than 108,000 sq. ft. of mass timber. The building is an innovative retrofit at 80 M Street SE in Washington, DC: Termed an overbuild—extra stories atop an existing building—the expansion features three floors, where columns of mass timber are visible from the interior…

SFPA Elects 2022-23 Officers

The Southern Forest Products Assn. (SFPA) elected its new officers during the board of directors session at the association’s annual meeting October 21, 2022, in Nashville. The 2022-23 SFPA officers are Chairman of the Board, Mark Richardson, The Westervelt Co.; Vice Chairman of the…

Weyco, Union Reach Contract Agreement

In late October, after a 48-day strike, Weyerhaeuser reported the successful resolution of a work stoppage involving members of the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union in Oregon and Washington. Weyerhaeuser has approximately 1,200 employees who are members of…

WWPA Opens 2023 Master Lumberman Nominations

WWPA is now seeking nominations from member companies for the 2023 Master Lumberman honors. The awards will be presented at the Association’s Annual Meeting, April 17, 2023, at the Embassy Suites PDX-Portland Airport Hotel…

Hampton Creates New College Tech Endowment

Hampton Lumber & Family Forests is pleased to announce the creation of a Hampton Lumber Scholarship endowment for Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC). The endowment will provide scholarships for students in TBCC’s forestry and manufacturing and industrial technology (MIT) programs…

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Westervelt Announces New COO

The Westervelt Company has announced a new Chief Operating Officer role, to be filled by Cade Warner effective January 1, 2023. Warner is currently Chief Sustainability Officer for Westervelt. In his new role, he will be responsible for the five business operations of The Westervelt Co.—Forest Resources…

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NewLife FP Renamed Restoration Forest Products

Arizona-based forest restoration company NewLife Forest Products has rebranded itself as Restoration Forest Products, LLC (RFOR). In addition to the name change, the company announced changes to its senior leadership team…

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Housing Starts Continue Negative Pattern

Housing Starts Continue Negative PatternU.S. housing starts dropped 4.2% in October from September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.425 million, including a drop in single-family starts of...

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First CLT Office Opens In DC

Opened in fall 2022, the first mass timber commercial building in the U.S. capital city features more than 108,000 sq. ft. of mass timber. The building is an innovative retrofit at 80 M Street SE in Washington, DC: Termed an overbuild—extra stories atop an existing building—the expansion features three floors, where columns of mass timber are visible from the interior…

read more

SFPA Elects 2022-23 Officers

The Southern Forest Products Assn. (SFPA) elected its new officers during the board of directors session at the association’s annual meeting October 21, 2022, in Nashville. The 2022-23 SFPA officers are Chairman of the Board, Mark Richardson, The Westervelt Co.; Vice Chairman of the…

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Weyco, Union Reach Contract Agreement

In late October, after a 48-day strike, Weyerhaeuser reported the successful resolution of a work stoppage involving members of the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union in Oregon and Washington. Weyerhaeuser has approximately 1,200 employees who are members of…

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WWPA Opens 2023 Master Lumberman Nominations

WWPA is now seeking nominations from member companies for the 2023 Master Lumberman honors. The awards will be presented at the Association’s Annual Meeting, April 17, 2023, at the Embassy Suites PDX-Portland Airport Hotel…

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Port Angeles Grant Boosts Port Efficiency

In Washington state, the Port of Port Angeles has been awarded an $8.6 million federal grant from the Dept. of Transportation Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program. The grant will provide key funding to assist in the repair and improvements to Port Angeles’ industrial…

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USNR Gains Foraction Chile Order

USNR has announced the order of a complete sawmilling system to the Chilean company Foraction Chile. This highly advanced production line is designed to process radiata pine and will be installed at a greenfield site in the Los Rios region, about 800 km south of Santiago…

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USNR Sells DynaStar Software To DrekiTek

USNR announced in early September, they have sold the DynaStar Maintenance Management Software to DrekiTek Software Solutions Ltd., and looks forward to a long-term relationship with DrekiTek Software Solutions as it continues the development and support of the DynaStar system…

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Wood Fiber Group Is Now Burton Mill Solutions

Burton Mill Solutions is the new name for the Wood Fiber Group and combines the biggest names in sawmill cutting tools and filing room automation technology, including Simonds International, Burton Saw & Supply, BGR Saws, Cut Technologies, U.S. Blades, Armstrong, and Wright Machines…

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New Cleereman Optimized Edger Hits The Mark

Cleereman Industries/Cleereman Controls, which introduced their edger line in the spring of 2021, reports the installation of seven edgers and has sold more than 30. Jay Glime of G&G Lumber in Florence, Wis. and Jon Ritcher of Shamco Lumber in Iron River, Mich. both replaced existing manual edgers with Cleereman optimized edgers. Both of these mills average more than 40MBF per day with Cleereman optimized carriage lines…

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HALCO Honored For Operations Research

HALCO Software Systems was the recipient of the 2022 Omond Solandt Award in operations research from the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS). This prestigious award, which has typically been awarded to much larger organizations like IBM and Air Canada, was in recognition of HALCO’s developments in production planning optimization methods in the forest industry…

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JoeScan To Debut New Scan Heads

The sawmill scanning experts at JoeScan will soon bring the proven simplicity of their JS-50 scan head to more parts of the sawmill. “Mills love how our latest JS-50 WX model performs on their edgers and trimmers,” says JoeScan president Joey Nelson. “It’s a robust, reliable platform that is very easy to use. So we’ve been working hard to develop next-gen scanners for more machine centers…

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Lucidyne Becomes Microtec Corvallis

Corvallis, Ore.-based Lucidyne Technologies, which was purchased in 2020 by Microtec, is now named Microtec Corvallis as Microtec finalizes its branding integration plans. Last year, following its acquisitions of Finscan and Woodeye, Microtec rebranded Finscan as Microtec Espoo and Woodeye as…

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