SEPTEMBER 2021

Cover: Collum’s Lumber Knows One Speed: Fast As Possible

ALLENDALE, SC. – Longstanding SYP independent sawmill operation, Collum’s Lumber Products, has long been a leader in technology and optimization, and big production numbers.

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THE ISSUES: SFPA EXPO GETS IT DONE, TP&EE 2022 NEXT UP

A tip of the cap goes to Eric Gee, executive director of Southern Forest Products Association, and his SFPA team for producing an excellent machinery exposition in mid-August at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The in-person trade show world has taken a severe hit since the onslaught of the pandemic. Cancellations and altered dates have become the norm.

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

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Timber Processing produced the Productivity & Efficiency Conference as sponsored by the Southern Forest Products Association during the second day of the SFPA Expo. In addition, Jordan Family of Companies brought a lot of the house from its sawmill operations to support Timber Processing’s 33rd Annual Person of the Year award presentation.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following companies submitted editorial profiles and images to complement their advertisements in Timber Processing September 2021.

  • BID GROUP
  • CLEEREMAN INDUSTRIES
  • CONE OMEGA
  • MCDONOUGH
  • MELLOTT
  • PROGRESS ENGINEERING
  • TS MANUFACTURING
  • WEINIG
  • USNR
MISSISSIPPI GROWING

“There is no better place to grow the business than the fiber-rich state of Mississippi,” commented Tim Biewer, President & CEO of Biewer Lumber, upon the company’s announcement earlier this year to construct a $130 million greenfield SYP sawmill in Winona, Mississippi.

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Collum’s Lumber Knows One Speed: Fast As Possible

Article by Patrick Dunning, Associate Editor, Timber Processing

ALLENDALE, SC – Longstanding SYP independent sawmill operation, Collum’s Lumber Products, has long been a leader in technology and optimization, and big production numbers.

Brothers Bill, Hank and Micky Scott continue to direct day-to-day operations – Bill oversees the planer mill, dry end and trucking; Hank manages the company’s financials and administrative duties; and Micky directs wood procurement, the green end and planned acquisition.

“If you’re not spending money on your mill every year you’re backing up,” Micky says. “In a sawmill, especially one that runs as hard as ours, if we spend less than one million dollars a year on upkeep we’re backing up.”

Micky says they spent around $5 million every year for the past five years to keep their facility updated.

Collum’s Lumber is one of the Southeast’s leading single-site SYP volume producers, surpassing 5MMBF the first week of May to break their weekly board feet production record and are in stride to exceed 220MMBF in 2021 after recent installations to its sawmill and planer mill.

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