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SEPTEMBER 2022

Cover: ROSEBURG COUNTS ON DILLARD SAWMILL

DILLARD, Oregon – Just before the turn of the century, the legendary Roseburg Forest Products founder Kenneth Ford rebuilt his sawmill here at Dillard, with a stud mill line that started up in 1998 after his death a year earlier. Four years later a reengineered and rebuilt end-dogging system with related breakdown equipment was added. The state-of-the-art sawmill facility broke the 400MMBF production mark in late 2013.

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THE ISSUES: When Great Men Came Together

“Hallowed Ground” is a description reserved for Civil War battlefields, where large armies clashed and thousands of soldiers fell, and where great generals once stood—Grant at Shiloh and Lee at Fredericksburg. A sawmill is not on such a scale, but Roseburg’s at Dillard, Oregon comes pretty close.

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

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SECOND LOOK: One Down

Our cover story in the May issue was the renovation of the former Anderson-Tully hardwood sawmill at Vicksburg, Mississippi into a high production southern yellow pine sawmill by Vicksburg Forest Products. It was no small task to say the least.

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Co-located with the Timber Processing & Energy Expo in Portland, Oregon, From Forest To Frame: Mass Timber Developments, will be Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following companies, which are exhibiting in the TP&EE to be held in Portland, Oregon September 28-30, submitted editorial profiles to complement their advertisements placed in Timber Processing September 2022.

  • AKHURST MACHINERY
  • AMERICAN WOOD DRYERS
  • BID GROUP
  • BM&M
  • BRUNETTE MACHINERY
  • BRUNNER-HILDEBRAND
  • BURTON MILL SOLUTIONS
  • CARBOTECH (AUTOLOG)
  • CLAUSSEN ALL-MARK
  • COLONIAL SAW
  • DELTA COMPUTER SYSTEMS
  • EVERGREEN ENGINEERING
  • FIBERPRO
  • GILBERT
  • GREG F SMITH
  • HALCO
  • HURST BOILER
  • JOESCAN
  • JOHN KING CHAINS USA
  • LICO MACHINERY
  • LIGNOMAT
  • LINCK
  • LMI TECHNOLOGIES
  • METAL DETECTORS INC.
  • MICROTEC
  • MÜHLBÖCK
  • NELSON BROS. ENGINEERING
  • NYLE DRY KILNS
  • OLESON SAW
  • OPTICOM
  • OPTIMIL
  • PORTER ENGINEERING
  • RAPTOR INTEGRATION
  • RAWLINGS
  • REAL PERFORMANCE MACHINERY
  • SALEM EQUIPMENT
  • SAMUEL CODING & LABELING
  • SAMUEL PACKAGING
  • S. HUOT
  • SIGNODE
  • SMITH SAWMILL SERVICE
  • MID-SOUTH ENGINEERING
  • TAYLOR MACHINE WORKS
  • TELCO SENSORS
  • TIMBER MACHINE TECHNOLOGIES
  • USNR
  • WAGNER
  • VALUTEC
  • VALON KONE
  • VECOPLAN
  • WELLONS
  • WESTCOAST CYLINDERS
  • WEST SALEM MACHINERY
  • WILLIAMS AND WHITE
  • WOOD-MIZER
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  • Roseburg Focuses On Real Estate Growth
  • Monroe Joins ROM Leadership Team
  • Sierra Pacific Foundation Comes Up Big

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Roseburg Counts On Dillard Sawmill

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Timber Processing

DILLARD, Oregon – Just before the turn of the century, the legendary Roseburg Forest Products founder Kenneth Ford rebuilt his sawmill here at Dillard, with a stud mill line that started up in 1998 after his death a year earlier. Four years later a reengineered and rebuilt end-dogging system with related breakdown equipment was added. The state-of-the-art sawmill facility broke the 400MMBF production mark in late 2013.

Today, the dual-line design and much of Roseburg’s Dillard Lumber mill flow remains, but the level of technology and overall capacity surrounding and supporting the mill are light years ahead of Mr. Ford’s time. With the facility now capable of breaking 500MMBF in annual production of 8-, 9- and 10-ft. studs among the unprecedented challenges of a pandemic that helped create the highest lumber prices ever, Mr. Ford would no doubt be impressed with what his legacy has wrought.

Since Timber Processing last visited in 2005 after the major upgrade, Roseburg has pursued a compelling strategy of maintaining sawing technology and system upgrades along with investments in technology that empowers team members and helps build a stronger teamwork culture.

“We used to hire ‘sawmill people,’” says Dillard Lumber Operations Manager Marshall Ledbetter. “Now, we hire leaders and train them to do the job and give them what they need to do it.”

Some of the mill’s most recent equipment and system upgrades include:

  • The #2 board edger received an optimization upgrade in 2021, with a new Goldeneye scanning and optimization package from MiCROTEC.
  • In 2014-2015 several key investments were made, the first in July 2014 by adding a new USNR sawmill stacker that utilizes the MillTrak camera control system to monitor backlog and overall lumber flow.
  • In 2019 the mill added its third American Wood Dryers (AWD) 84 ft. double-track kiln, this one with the Thermo-Vent features that reduces moisture and also gets the kiln up to temp quicker and helps hold it there, Ledbetter says.

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