Gordy Sanders receives 2017 Montana Governor's Award for Excellence

Gordy Sanders receives 2017 Montana Governor’s Award for Excellence

Resource Manager Gordy Sanders of Pyramid Mountain Lumber received the 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Use and Promotion of Montana Wood.

Tolko commits to rebuild Lakeview sawmill after fire 

Tolko commits to rebuild Lakeview sawmill after fire 

Tolko Industries Ltd. said it is committed to rebuilding its Lakeview mill in Williams Lake, B.C. after it was damaged by fire.

Oregon lumber industry concerned about new emission rules

Oregon lumber industry concerned about new emission rules

Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality has been working for the past year on a set of rules, known as Cleaner Air Oregon, aimed at regulating emissions produced by industrial facilities.

Part of Camas paper mill to shut down, between 280 and 300 jobs lost

Part of Camas paper mill to shut down, between 280 and 300 jobs lost

A major Camas, Wash. paper mill will be shutting down, impacting between 280 and 300 jobs.

Interfor expanding lumber production in Meldrim

Interfor expanding lumber production in Meldrim

Interfor Corporation announced that it plans to invest $16.5 million to upgrade it’s sawmill in Meldrim.

Last vestige of Libby, Montana's timber heritage goes up in flames 

Last vestige of Libby, Montana’s timber heritage goes up in flames 

Libby High School history teacher Jeff Gruber saw the black smoke filling the air Sunday afternoon on the southeastern edge of town.

Robbins Lumber named champion of economic development

Robbins Lumber named champion of economic development

The Maine Development Foundation Honored Robbins Lumber Inc. as a “Champion of Economic Development” at the foundation’s recent annual meeting in Bangor.

Montana mills and fires highlighted during Forest Products Week

Montana mills and fires highlighted during Forest Products Week

Montana Forest Products week was Oct. 15-21 which is an annual event started by the Montana Legislature in 2011 to honor the forest products industry and its appreciation for providing locally made wood products, stewardship of Montana’s public and private forests, and employment.

‘Cautious optimism’ as the timber industry moves forward

‘Cautious optimism’ as the timber industry moves forward

The pieces of wood aren’t large in comparison to the rest of the timber and lumber stacking up at F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co.’s mill, but the 1-by-2 strips represent a new upgrade in efficiency and safety here.

I suppose he invented the chip-n-saw, too 

I suppose he invented the chip-n-saw, too 

You’ll notice in the kiln drying section of this issue, several references to continuous dry kilns.

Potlatch-Deltic merger may place Waldo and Ola mills on the market

Potlatch-Deltic merger may place Waldo and Ola mills on the market

Potlatch Corporation’s pending purchase of Deltic Timber Corporation through a stock swap will have little impact on people who sell timber to them, but may have longer-term implications for Deltic’s hundreds of Arkansas employees.

UPM laying off about 150 workers at Blandin mill in Grand Rapids

UPM laying off about 150 workers at Blandin mill in Grand Rapids

About 150 people will lose their jobs at the Blandin mill in Grand Rapids as owner UPM Paper said due to closing one of the paper machines.

Whiskey barrel plant to be built in flood-ravaged community

Whiskey barrel plant to be built in flood-ravaged community

A new company that makes whiskey barrels out of white oak wood has been born from efforts to rebuild a devastated West Virginia community following deadly floods.

Hodge paper mill upgrade saves thousands of jobs

Hodge paper mill upgrade saves thousands of jobs

WestRock employs 450 at its Hodge mill, which supports about 3,700 indirect jobs.

Into the woods: This outsider company sees a revival in Washington's lumber industry

Into the woods: This outsider company sees a revival in Washington’s lumber industry

Washington’s lumber-producing sector, the state’s original heavy industry, is a shadow of what it once was.

SmartLam plans to bring new jobs to Columbia Falls, MT

SmartLam plans to bring new jobs to Columbia Falls, MT

For about a year the lot where Weyerhaeuser used to be was vacant, but now SmartLam Technologies plans to expand its business to the lot and bring more jobs to Columbia Falls.

Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario looking to expand local sawmill 

Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario looking to expand local sawmill 

The local sawmill at Lac Seul First Nation is looking to expand its business as company officials say the four-person operation can’t keep up with demand for its products.

Sawmills in US South have 25-30% margin and those in Eastern Canada just around 10-15%

Sawmills in US South have 25-30% margin and those in Eastern Canada just around 10-15%

BC Interior has an advantage over the West coast of USA, but mainly because of currency.

Timber Products plant quieted by fire

Timber Products’ Medford plant quieted by fire

Production lines at Timber Products’ Medford particle board plant are silent following a two-alarm fire.

First Nation sawmill operation eyes expansion

First Nation sawmill operation eyes expansion

A northwestern Ontario First Nation is exploring avenues on how to expand its thriving sawmill operation and delve into more value-added manufacturing.