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Optimizing operations: Downie Timber invests in new equipment to meet demand

Revelstoke, B.C., like many other forestry communities in the province, has seen the number of sawmills in the area dwindle in recent years. But, there’s one sawmill left standing: Downie Timber. The mill, now owned by the Gorman Group, has been a staple in the community since 1950, and recent upgrades will ensure its success for years to come.

Conifex temporarily curtails Mackenzie, BC sawmill

“A combination of record-high delivered log costs and the unprecedented collapse in lumber prices has necessitated a temporary curtailment for two weeks,” said Ken Shields, chairman and CEO.

Mercer International to expand into U.S. with $50M CLT plant acquisition

The CLT facility is located on 54 acres of land near Spokane and has an area of about 270,000 square feet. It’s equipped with extensive automation technologies including one of the largest CLT presses in the world.

Feds invest $1.7M in FPInnovations to develop hybrid forestry trucks

The funds will help FPInnovations retrofit two conventional forestry tractor-trailers into hybrid tractor-trailers, by equipping the two trailers with electric drive axels that will help the diesel-powered trucks.
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Bearn sawmill

Dedicated design: Quebec sawmill invests millions to modernize operations

The list of machinery acquired or improved thanks to the $7 million RYAM has invested in Bearn sawmill since 2018 is long. It includes a new MEC dry kiln, Comact chipper-canters, Autolog carriage optimizers and control systems, and more. The upgrades have had a direct effect on productivity. » Learn more...
Seth Dickinson Logging

A leg-up: Technology helps Alberta logger overcome challenges

Loggers across the country are grappling with increasingly tight profit margins, even as more contractors and operators reach retirement age and exit the industry. For Seth Dickinson, owner of Dickinson Logging Ltd. in Hinton, Alta., the solution to these problems is obvious: invest in technology that will help increase his productivity. » Learn more...

Demand for mass timber on the rise in Ontario – can supply keep up?

Mass timber could be part of the climate change solution and the cornerstone of Ontario’s economic and environmental future. But can supply keep up with demand? Researchers at the Daniels Faculty’s Mass Timber Institute (MTI) at U of T are about to find out. » Read more...

John Deere, Hitachi to end joint venture agreements

John Deere and Hitachi will enter into new license and supply agreements, which will enable John Deere to continue to source, manufacture, and distribute the current lineup of Deere-branded excavators in the Americas. » Read more...

The un-UNDRIP sector: BC must endorse and commit to the First Nations Forest Strategy

Currently, B.C. First Nations receive a share of stumpage the provincial government collects from harvesting activities on their territories. But, “Since the program started in 2013, B.C. has shared less than six per cent of stumpage collected with First Nations. The current forest revenue sharing model must change,” writes BCFNC CEO Charlene Higgens. » Read more...

Bridging the gap: Log hauler transitions to grinding residual fibre

In 2019, during the height of the forest industry’s downturn, many sawmills were permanently shut down and logging contractors were faced with a dilemma: move their logging fleet to a different location, or sell their equipment and lay off people? For Merritt, B.C.-based Valley Carriers Ltd., the answer was a mix of both. » Read more...

OptiSaw 2021 Virtual Summit

Date: Sept. 16, 2021
Location: www.woodbusiness.ca
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BC Saw Filers Association Convention

Date: May 26-28, 2022
Location: Kamloops, B.C.
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Elmia Wood 2022

Date: June 2-4, 2022
Location: Jonkoping, Sweden
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DEMO International 2022

Date: Sept. 22-24, 2022
Location: Ottawa/Gatineau
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