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Westervelt Picks BID For Planer Mill

BID Group has received a new turnkey order from Westervelt Lumber to modernize the existing planer mill in Moundville, Ala. BID will manage, design, build, equip, install, and provide full start-up services for the project. The new operation will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies, and start-up is expected to be in the first quarter of 2023.

“We are excited to partner with the BID team again to continue expanding our manufacturing capacity and modernizing our lumber facilities in the U.S. South,” comments Joe Patton, Westervelt Lumber Vice President and General Manager, Wood Products. “This project will employ the best complement of modern technologies to meet our growing consumer demand for the highest quality product, in a facility that has been recognized as a top performer. Working with an industry leader like BID provides the confidence that this major project to further enhance our capabilities will be done right and delivered on time.”

The modernization will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies including equipment, software, and automation systems, including the very first robotic trim block management system, BID’s latest innovation. Through its strategic partnership with Yaskawa Motoman, BID has become the first industry OEM to offer robotic solutions using artificial intelligence.

“We would like to thank the Westervelt team for their ongoing trust in BID. We are excited to partner with them to commission the first artificial intelligence enabled robotic system. The innovative combination of technologies behind this system will generate a new level of operational efficiency within the wood processing industry,” says Simon Potvin, BID Group, President, Wood Processing.

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