Logging Profiles
Feb. 13, 2017 - When Pat Curran decided to get into the wood pellet business in 2007, it was to help ensure that the fibre from Curran’s family logging business Seaway Timber and Curran Logging based in Massena, N.Y. always had a home. When the pulp mill across the border in Cornwall, Ont., shut down, the logging business lost a big market for its wood chips.
Nov. 24, 2016 - The United Steelworkers (USW) is launching a new campaign to highlight the importance of B.C. forests to workers, local communities and the provincial economy.
Nov. 25, 2016 - The Kalesnikoff Lumber Company has come a long way since brothers Sam and Peter Kalesnikoff started up the company in 1939 as a way to work their way out of poverty caused by The Great Depression.
Nov. 25, 2016 - When the crew behind Teal Jones’ small log sawmill in Surrey, B.C., went shopping for a transverse trimmer optimizer two years ago to replace aging equipment, they had hefty demands. The mill has a product inventory of more than 50,000 and ships to markets all around the world. Much of the lumber is shipped out rough, so it has to be almost perfect coming off the line.
Nov. 25, 2016 - Randy Janzen wanted to become a logger ever since he was a teenager. Growing up in the northern B.C. Interior in Fort St. James, he still remembers watching all the successful logging contractors driving around town in brand-new pickups when he was a kid, and thinking that was the life for him.
Nov. 10, 2016 - A video series published weekly on YouTube from a Vancouver videographer stars contractors from three coastal logging companies.

The man behind the series, Severin Samulski, tagged along with loggers from Malaspina Enterprises, Kip Brown Trucking, and Timber Enterprises for 10 days of filming in September 2015. 

“The big takeaway I got from my project was of the sheer hard work it takes across so many different people to get the timber out of the forest,” Samulski shared in an email. “When I was in camp with all the loggers, their stories were quite similar . . . they want sustainability in their industry for a more secure future.”

Samulski said filming the project was a privilege, and allowed him to understanding the challenging nature of the work loggers take on everyday. From accessing the remote harvesting sites, to dealing with extreme weather and equipment breakdowns, the job is hard, he said.

“When work stops for the day, the ambient quietness of the remote locations seen is pay for most, because the vast, beautiful landscapes these people see every day are sights that most will never ever see in their entire lives,” Samulski said. 

Episodes began airing on Oct. 26, and will be available every Wednesday on Samulski’s YouTube channel.

Nov. 10, 2016 - After two months of survey field work and five months of survey snippets and regional reports, the entire Canadian Forest Industries 2016 Contractor Survey is available in a 52-page digital report. The report includes:

  • An Executive Summary
  • Themed reports on such hot topics as trends in logger profits, succession planning, operator pay, fleet size and coming investments, rate increases, contractor age trends and more!
  • Regional reports, including the BC Coast, BC Interior, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
  • Unedited quotes from loggers across Canada.

This is all now available, free-of-charge, in an easy-to-read flip format. Find the complete report here. http://www.woodbusiness.ca/digital

Read it today!

And don’t forget to watch our video overview with CFI editor Maria Church and anchor Tamar Atik!



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Nov. 4, 2016 - Loggers in Atlantic Canada have been running lean for decades, so we weren’t surprised to learn that in general they are smaller and have not seen much in the way of rate increases in recent history. And while they tend to expect less profit than loggers elsewhere, they have been holding their own in terms of profitability.
Nov. 3, 2016 - How can timber harvesting contractors ensure their own long-term viability with the current state of the industry? This is the hard question that will be asked at the 2017 Truck Loggers Association’s annual convention, taking place January 18-20 in Vancouver.
Oct. 31, 2016 - Turnover among contractors in Ontario, especially very large contractors, has been significant in the past decade, and our survey may have insight as to why. In general, Ontario contractors reported the following:
Oct. 24, 2016 - Once upon a time, contractors in the BC Interior were the envy of Canadian loggers. Big wood, modern mills, large volumes, and conditions that lent themselves to efficient mechanization meant that a good contractor could expect to do relatively well here.
Oct. 18, 2016 - More than anywhere else in Canada, contractors on the BC Coast are concerned about a recent souring of relations with the industry they supply. That, and stagnant rates and declining profitability are reasons why succession planning may be a bigger challenge here.
Oct. 17, 2016 - In every industry there are young, standout employees who bring passion, enthusiasm and new ideas to their workplaces. In the forest industry, those bright stars are helping shape the logging and sawmilling companies of tomorrow, and Canadian Forest Industries wants to celebrate their successes.
Oct. 13, 2016 - Mike Thibault has been logging his entire adult life, so it’s safe to say he’s well-versed in the challenges and opportunities within the industry. At 18 years of age, Mike entered the industry hand bucking on Williston Lake, north of Mackenzie, B.C., in 1982.
Oct. 13, 2016 - Logging operations across B.C. have their share of challenges – increased competition for fibre on shrinking allowable annual cuts (AAC); obtaining funding to invest in the latest technologies; and managing an aging workforce with a shortage of capable young men and women coming into the business, to name just a few. One of the ways successful logging operations overcome these obstacles is by finding new efficiencies in their operations, whenever possible.
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