Idaho Forest Group Acquires Merritt Brothers Mill

Idaho lumber giant Idaho Forest Group (IFG) has acquired a 115-acre mill owned by Merritt Brothers Lumber Co. in Athol, Idaho. The plant manufactures finger-jointed lumber, a structural product that can be used in place of dimension lumber. Operating six sawmills in...

Idaho Industry Teams Up With Colleges To Fill Sawmill Jobs

Idaho’s sawmills once relied on the brute strength of their workers to turn logs into lumber. Now, they need more employees like Jeremy Lozano-Keays. The 30-year-old electrical technician is part of a team overseeing the sophisticated electronic equipment that keeps...

Idaho Sawmills Look For Automation To Maximize Returns

With the gradual turnaround in the housing market, a family-run lumber company in Adams County is about to put down $1.5 million on high-tech equipment to get more out of its logs. At Evergreen Forest Products, new scanners will read rough-cut timber, showing mill...

Idaho’s Emerald Forest Products Begins Reopening Process

May 15 is the estimated startup date for the Emerald Forest Products sawmill, according to owner Dick Vinson. “There’s lots of work going on at the site,” Vinson said. This includes completing a new stack system, installing new equipment and changes to the dry kilns....