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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…

GP To Build New Sawmill At Pineland

Georgia-Pacific plans to invest $120 million and build a new sawmill at its existing sawmill site in Pineland, Tex. Construction is expected to begin early next year and completed in late 2022. The new sawmill will replace the existing stud mill that was built in the 1960s. The new mill will have the ability to produce 450MMBF of…

West Fraser Buying New SYP Sawmill

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. has entered into an agreement to acquire the Angelina Forest Products (AFP) southern yellow pine sawmill in Lufkin, Tex. for $300 million (U.S.). The new sawmill began construction in 2018, commenced operations in late 2019 and is expected to progress toward full production capacity of more than…

WKO Acquires SDS Lumber

SDS Lumber, including its sawmill and plywood mill at Bigen, Wash., is part of an acquisition involving three purchasing entities. Seattle-based Twin Creeks Timber, LLC, The Conservation Fund, and Carson, Wash.-based Wilkins, Kaiser & Olsen, Inc. (WKO) are acquiring SDS Lumber and Timber Companies…

SLB, USDA Enhance Collaboration

Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that builds upon the existing collaborative relationship between the SLB and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA). SLB and USDA expand a public-private partnership that seeks to grow demand for wood products…

Multi-Family Leads Way In U.S. Housing Jump

After a downward slip in July, U.S. housing starts, riding a multi-family hike, increased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.615 million in August, 3.9% above July and 17.4% over August a year ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development monthly new…

Forest Service Cancels Arizona 4FRI Phase 2 Process

Anxious bidders for the Phase 2 contract that’s part of the federal 4 Forests Restoration Initiative (4FRI) seeking to treat and improve forest health conditions on more than 2.5 million acres across four Arizona national forests were told to wait a…

IFG Closing Tricon Timber

Officials with Idaho Forest Group announced at the end of August the closure of its St. Regis, Mont. sawmill in late November. The company had acquired the mill in 2017 from Tricon Timber. A post on IFG’s website from August 2019 noted the company had added a sprinkler system, replaced some older equipment and…

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NewLife Gains Full Production

NewLife Forest Restoration has ramped up production at its new engineered wood products plant in Bellemont, Ariz., while also increasing forest restoration work in service of its 4 Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) Phase 1 Forest Service stewardship contract that seeks to thin and treat…

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Labor, Materials Issues Cause Project Delays

The same labor availability issues that have plagued forest products manufacturers since the COVID pandemic began are also plaguing builders as the economy seeks to rebound. According to a survey of more than 2,000 construction companies…

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Mercer Purchases Katerra CLT Facility

Mercer International Inc., a global forest products company based in Vancouver, BC, reported it received approval from the applicable Bankruptcy Court for the purchase by its subsidiary, Blue Varsity, of the cross-laminated timber…

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Sierra Pacific Buys Oregon’s Seneca

Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) is acquiring Oregon-based Seneca and affiliates, combining two family-owned forest products businesses with strong historical roots on the West Coast. Founded in 1953, Seneca operates a 175,000 acre…

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Search NA Announces New President/Owner

Search North America is pleased to announce that Richard Poindexter will be succeeding Carl Jansen as the new President, Owner and Senior Recruiter of Search North America. Search North America is a search, recruiting and placement…

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Skeena Sawmills Purchases GradeScan System

Skeena Sawmills has purchased a GradeScan with Perceptive Sight 2.0 from Lucidyne and Wolftek (Lucidyne’s Canadian distributor) for installation in their Terrace, BC planer mill. After closely watching the performance of Lucidyne’s GradeScan…

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Housing Starts Dip, Permits Still Gain

Following two months of uptick, U.S. housing starts declined 7% in July from June, showing a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.534 million, which was 2.5% above July 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Dept. of Housing and…

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Hunt, Tolko Plan Second Sawmill In La.

Hunt Forest Products and Tolko Industries Ltd. announced they will build a $240 million sawmill in Bienville Parish, near Taylor, La. Construction is expected to start in early 2022, and the new facility will employ 60 when operations begin in the…

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Lucidyne Transverse Scanner

Microtec’s recent acquisition of Lucidyne creates a significant global lumber scanning portfolio. Microtec has demonstrated success across a range of scanning solutions and Lucidyne’s GradeScan is a gold standard for lineal scanning….

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Ligna Changes 2021 Show Dates

Organziers of the Ligna show—Deutsche Messe and VDMA—announced that the large woodworking machinery event next year is rescheduled from May to September 27 to October 1, 2021. The announcement comes in view of ongoing developments and…

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Kalmar Forklifts ChargePod

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has launched its containerized ChargePod solution for electrically powered forklifts. The solution addresses growing customer demand for cost-effective mobile outdoor charging solutions and is ideal for customers…

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Vecoplan VPC Pre-Crusher

Bulky wood waste such as crates, pallets and cable reels can now be efficiently pre-processed with Vecoplan’s VPC Pre-Crusher machine. The VPC is designed to be paired with any Vecoplan shredder to increase output by 50–200%. Outfitted with…

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Forbes Is Sole Owner Of Brunette

Brunette Machinery Co. Inc. announced that Kirk Forbes has concluded the purchase of shares from his business partners and is now the sole owner of Brunette, which is celebrating more than 75 years in supplying the wood products business…

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BID Continues Digital Growth

The BID Group of Companies has expanded upon its use of PTC’s products to include Vuforia Augmented Reality (AR) offerings, in particular Vuforia Chalk remote experience software. Prior to leveraging Vuforia Chalk, BID deployed PTC’s…

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