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BID Group to provide turnkey facility for Canfor’s new Louisiana mill

June 11, 2021  By BID Group

BID Group is pleased to announce it has received an order from Canfor Corporation (Canfor), to deliver a greenfield sawmill complex project in Beauregard Parish, near DeRidder, La. Through its industry-leading wood processing technologies and integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, equip, install, and provide full start-up services for the project.

“We are excited to partner with the BID team to expand our manufacturing capacity with a state-of-the-art turnkey lumber facility in the U.S. South. This project will employ the best complement of modern technologies to meet our growing customer demand for the highest quality products. Working with an industry leader like BID provides the confidence that this major project will be done right and delivered on time,” said Stephen Mackie, executive vice-president, North American operations, Canfor.

The new operation will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies including equipment, software, automation systems, Artificial Intelligence-enabled optimization, and plant-wide Industry 4.0 solution, Oper8. BID’s integrated solutions team will provide the design, engineering, planning, fabrication, and installation services for this Turnkey project. The sustainment of the plant’s operational life cycle excellence will be supported by BID’s reliability program which will provide comprehensive service, parts, consumables, and upgrades. The project will incorporate new leading- edge solutions from Rockwell Automation, BID’s strategic partner.

“We would like to thank Canfor for their trust in BID, gained through a rigorous and extensive evaluation process, to deliver this project. We are humbled and honoured that they have chosen to partner with us for their next major growth investment and ongoing operational excellence,” said Alistair Cook, president and CEO of BID Group.


Work on site will begin in the fourth quarter of 2021 and commissioning of the sawmill is scheduled for late in the third quarter of 2022.

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