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, including brands such as Simonds International, Burton Saw & Supply, BGR Saws, Global Tooling, and U.S. Blades.
The merger announcement stated that the transaction “will create a single company with unmatched product range, capable of delivering complete solutions from project conception, to building/installing processing lines, to supplying the spare parts, technical services, ancillary equipment, and custom-engineered cutting tools that our customers rely on to operate their mills at peak performance.”
USNR is headquartered in Woodland, Wash., while Wood Fiber Group has headquarters in Ridgefield, Wash. Both companies have multiple additional facilities. Wood Fiber Group was formed in 2018 through the merger of Simonds International and Burton Saw & Supply.
Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Editor, Timber Processing January/February 2024
Some of the smartest men and women in the industry have graced the pages of this magazine—and have won the award of Timber Processing Person of the Year. They’ve all been incredibly worthy of this recognition for innovation, commitment and love of the industry they serve. Perhaps none have been quite as innovative as the introverted sawmiller from Georgia named Levi Anderson Pollard, V, whose name is on two of the patents that changed the way the sawmilling world manufactures and dries lumber (and on so many other patents as well).
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