Sept. 18, 2018 - The 7th edition of the Montreal Wood Convention will take place from March 19 to 21, 2019, at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal. As in previous years, there will be a seminar on economics and markets, a seminar on hardwoods, a luncheon with a keynote speaker, a networking cocktail and the exhibitor hall.
Sept. 13, 2018 - Foresight and FPInnovations announced on Wednesday that Object Raku Technology, with its project partner Forsite Consultants Ltd., has been selected as the winner of the FPInnovations - Foresight Challenge (formerly the ARCTIC Innovation Challenge).
Sept. 12, 2018 - In January of 2017, the BID Group proudly announced the establishment of the BID Group Research and Development Center dedicated to support our seven design and manufacturing plants across North America. The location selected for this new world class centre of excellence was St-Georges de Beauce, Que.

The second phase of the new facility is now complete, showcasing a total investment of $1.5 million and a 5,000 square foot expansion to the existing plant. The R&D Center will enable BID Group to maintain its technological lead in the sawmilling industry and in the delivery of turnkey solutions to the marketplace. The centre also signals a strong commitment to the 450 employees in Beauce as well as the 1800 across North America. "This investment is one for the future of our company and our workers in Beauce and across North America" says Simon Potvin, executive vice-president of wood products operations. 

On Sept. 6, 2018 the grand opening ceremony and guided tour of the premises took place. Attended by political delegates, customers, suppliers and the president and chief executive officer of BID Group. "This centre allows us to better design, manufacture and test new ideas” comments Bernard Giguère, vice-president of research and development. 

The ribbon cutting was officiated by Claude Morin, Mayor of Saint-Georges, Simon Potvin, executive vice-president, wood products operations, Paul Busque, Member of Provincial Parliament, Bernard Giguère vice-president research and development, and Alistair Cook, president and chief executive officer of BID Group. 

With over 35 years of experience and facilities throughout North America, the BID Group is the leading integrated supplier of turnkey solutions for equipment, technology, data analytics and service to the forest products industry. The BID Group team creates strategic value to its customers with industry-leading response time, execution, and support. 
Sept. 11, 2018 - People in the Cowichan Lake communities and Pacheedaht First Nation will benefit from a unique community forest agreement for the Qala:yit [Kwah-LIE-it] Community Forest, reached in partnership with the provincial government.

“This is the latest stride that our nation has taken towards creating our own economic destiny, including a new sawmill and a new potable community water system that is capable of serving the entire Port Renfrew area,” said Chief Jeff Jones, Pacheedaht First Nation. “In partnership with the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative, BC Timber Sales and the Province, we are achieving our goal of greater resource management in our traditional territory.”

The agreement with BC Timber Sales is the first of its kind. One of the unique conditions of this community forest is that part of the land base includes BC Timber Sales’ operating area and, as a result, 7,296 cubic metres will be sold by BC Timber Sales. Of the net revenue generated from the BC Timber Sales harvest, 50 per cent will be shared with the Qala:yit partners to use in their communities.

“The Qala:yit Community Forest partnership is the first of its kind and a great example of what we can accomplish when we work together to create good jobs and more opportunities so people can build better lives in their communities,” said Premier John Horgan.

As part of the application, the partners demonstrated community awareness and support for the community forest, including building relationships and sharing information with neighbouring First Nations and area communities. The applicants also submitted a management plan for approval that helped determine the final allowable annual cut, set at 31,498 cubic metres over approximately 8,000 hectares of Crown land.

“With such a tight land base in the area, the Qala:yit Community Forest would not have been possible without entering into this agreement with BC Timber Sales,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Because of the willingness of all parties to embrace ingenuity, the Pacheedaht First Nation and Cowichan Lake communities are now poised to reap the financial and social rewards, and increased input into local resource management decisions that go along with community forest agreements.”

Community forest agreements are long-term, area-based tenures designed to encourage community involvement in the management of local forests. A community forest is managed by a local government, community group or First Nation for the benefit of the entire community.
Sept. 7, 2018 - Interfor employed 40 co-op students in 2018 — the most ever in a single year — and will be in universities and colleges again this fall to grow our program for 2019.
Sept. 5, 2018 - Surrey, B.C.-based Murray Latta Progressive Machine, Inc. announced that it has acquired the operations of Kimwood Corporation, a Cottage Grove, Ore.-based manufacturer of machinery for the forest products industry; including sanders, planers, re-saws, rotary hogs and cylinders.
Sept. 5, 2018 - To better serve those interested in using responsibly-sourced wood products in construction, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has built a new FSC North American website and will soon deploy a paid media campaign to attract architects, property developers, contractors and interior designers to it.
Sept. 4, 2018 - More than 400 buyers and specifiers of value-added wood products will be hosted by BC Wood Specialties Group (BC Wood) at its 15th annual Global Buyers Mission (GBM) Sept. 6-8 in Whistler, B.C. The GBM is Canada’s largest and most important show for sellers and buyers of value-added wood products. The pre-qualified buyers — hailing from 20 plus countries worldwide — will join 300 BC and Canadian manufacturers exhibiting at the event.
Aug. 30, 2018 - Finning International Inc. announced on Wednesday its intention to expand its dealer relationship with Weiler, Inc., following Caterpillar Inc.'s announcement that it has entered into a preliminary agreement to sell its Cat purpose-built forestry business to Weiler.

"Finning already has a productive and mutually beneficial relationship with Weiler and we look forward to growing that relationship through distributing this portfolio of machines for the forestry industry through our extensive dealer networks in Canada and South America," said Juan Carlos Villegas, chief operating officer of Finning International.

Founded in 2000, Weiler has a long-standing history of successfully manufacturing purpose-built equipment distributed through the Cat dealer network. Finning will work to distribute Weiler's purpose built-forestry machines including wheel skidders, track feller bunchers, wheel feller bunchers and knuckleboom loaders while continuing to provide Cat's forestry excavators designed for log loading, processing and other forestry applications. Weiler's product offering is complementary to other specialty forestry lines already offered through Finning.

"We remain strongly committed to our forestry business and expect Weiler's forestry customers will benefit greatly from the exceptional sales and service experience that Finning, as Caterpillar's largest equipment dealer, is proud to be known for," added Villegas. "We will work with Caterpillar and Weiler during their transition to ensure a seamless customer experience."
Aug. 29, 2018 - Forest Products Association of Canada CEO Derek Nighbor issued the following statement in response to the release of new mandate letters that instruct the priorities of the federal Cabinet.

“On behalf of Canada’s forest products sector and its workforce, FPAC engages every day with senior levels of government to call attention to issues of significant interest and concern in order to collectively advance opportunities for Canadian forestry and our workers across the country.

The new mandate letters released yesterday suggest the federal government is prepared to address a number of priority areas important to Canadians working in Canada’s forest sector — with the majority of these 230,000 family-supporting jobs being in communities across rural and northern Canada. 

The mandate letters reference, among other things, a desire to establish new approaches to advance sustainable forest management — an important issue in light of the fact that we are now losing roughly 20-times the number of trees we harvest each year to fire and pest outbreaks. 

The mandate letters also promote the importance of accelerating innovation and job creation and the use of clean technologies to drive environmental and economic opportunity for our sector and the country.

Even more importantly, the mandate letters send a strong signal that Ottawa is prepared to defend our workers in the face of trade uncertainty — a challenge that is very much in the forefront given the current state of our trading relationship with United States.

We are pleased to see the federal government recognize the contribution of Canada’s forest products sector as a job creator, a partner in addressing climate change, and a leading innovator in clean tech.  

Canada’s forest products sector supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in rural, northern and indigenous communities across Canada and is poised to help advance Canada’s public policy goals even further through increasingly efficient forest management practices; further innovation in mill operations; advancing cutting edge science to create new, greener products; and through the carbon storing of wood products it sells.

Forest Products Association of Canada now looks forward to working with the federal government to turn these positive signals into meaningful action for our forestry workers and their communities.”
Aug. 29, 2018 - Caterpillar, Inc. announced on Wednesday that it has entered into a preliminary agreement with Weiler, Inc. to sell the Cat purpose-built forestry business. The sale is subject to negotiation of a final agreement, the closing of which is expected by early 2019. 

“We remain committed to supporting our forestry customers and the forestry industry,” said Tom Pellette, Caterpillar Construction Industries Group president. “The sale of the purpose-built forestry business enables Caterpillar and Weiler, through the dealer network, to serve the complete forestry industry while providing customers with the same outstanding sales and service support they’ve come to expect.” 

Caterpillar said it will continue to provide forestry excavators designed for log loading, processing and other forestry applications, in addition to supplying core Caterpillar equipment to the forestry industry. Weiler will design and manufacture purpose-built forestry products, which will be available through the Cat and Prentice dealer networks. 

The proposed sale includes the purpose-built forestry product line consisting of wheel skidders, track feller bunchers, wheel feller bunchers, knuckleboom loaders, and related operations facilities including the manufacturing plant and warehouse in LaGrange, Ga., the demonstration and training center in Auburn, Ala., and the legacy Prentice parts distribution center in Smithfield, N.C. 

Founded in 2000, Weiler has a long-standing history of manufacturing purpose-built equipment distributed through the Cat dealer network. Weiler currently produces an extensive portfolio of products and is a recognized manufacturer within paving, while also expanding into other industries, Cat said in a news release. 

“We believe that the purpose-built forestry product line is the ideal addition to our current product portfolio,” said Pat Weiler, owner and founder of Weiler, Inc. “We have a proven track record of working with Cat dealers all over the world to respond rapidly to customers with specialized product needs. We are confident that our existing product line, our flexible design and manufacturing strategy, and our unrivaled customer focus will differentiate us within the forestry segment.” 

It is anticipated that approximately 270 employees supporting the purpose-built forestry business will retain employment with Weiler. A small number of Caterpillar employees will continue to support forestry excavators and the existing forest products field population.
Aug. 27, 2018 - An inaugural report by personal finance comparison website Finder Canada, has ranked 18 industries in terms of their risk and reward, to find the most dangerous jobs, and whether or not their salaries are worth the risk.

Logging and forestry was found to be the most dangerous industry of all, with 11 fatalities and 1,324 claims, and only 48,100 people in the industry (2.8 per cent of employees injured or killed). Not only was it the most dangerous industry, but it was also the least rewarding in terms of risk and reward, with an average weekly salary of $1,109, yielding a Finder Job Score of just 2.2.

It was followed by the accommodation, food and beverage services (Finder Job Score 2.8), and the construction industry (3.7).

According to the Finder Canada Dangerous Jobs Report, the finance and insurance industry received the best Job Score of 210, with an average weekly wage of $1,260 and no recorded fatalities.

Real estate operators and insurance agents was the next best industry in terms of risk and reward, with an average weekly salary of $969 per week. There were no recorded fatalities for the year 2016 in this industry, and with 1,669 claims — just 0.52 per cent of all employees in this industry. The industry landed on a Finder Job Score of 18.5.

The third best industry was business services, which earned an average weekly salary of $1,727. Despite this ranking, it saw nine fatalities and 6,728 claims in 2016.

The full report of all 18 industries, complete with data tables, commentary and embeddable infographics, can be viewed here:

“These findings show that there are potential dangers in every industry — even the ones some people might not expect, like business or educational services industries, according to our research," says Michelle Hutchison, money expert at "But more importantly, this study puts into context the value of that risk, and whether or not people are adequately compensated for the risk their job demands.

“When it comes to evaluating the risk versus reward for your job, it’s worth considering income protection insurance, because no matter how rewarding a job is, accidents can happen, so it’s good to be prepared for the unexpected.”

Top 10 worst industries: Finder Job Score


Finder Job Score

1. Logging and forestry


2. Accommodation, food and beverage services


3. Construction


4. Public administration


5.  Transportation and storage


6. Retail trade


7. Manufacturing


8. Communication and other utilities


9. Fishing and trapping


10. Health and social services


Aug. 27, 2018 - The preliminary program for the 2018 Fall Meeting will soon be sent out to members of the forestry sector from across the region, members of the Canadian Woodlands Forum and sponsoring organizations. 

This two-day event is scheduled to take place October 17–18 in Truro, N.S., hosted by Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. and in collaboration with the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre.

Watch for program and registration details in the next couple of weeks!


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Aug. 23, 2018 - A group of contractors working in B.C.'s Hugh Allen Valley found their equipment to be engulfed in flames on Friday night, the Rockey Mountain Goat reports.
Aug. 21, 2018 - “Contrary to popular belief, there is still a lumber industry in the Northwest,” comments Rich Donnell, show director of the upcoming Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE) to be held Oct. 17-19 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore.

“Given all the announcements about new sawmills to be built in the Southern U.S., you’d think the Northwest lumber industry has become extinct,” Donnell says tongue-in-cheek.

“But if you’ve looked at Northwest lumber prices in the past year, soaring to all-time record highs, and the extremely high pace of lumber production in the region, well, the only thing that’s going extinct might be the northern spotted owl, which we know isn’t true either.”

TP&EE, held every other year, will be the fourth one produced by Hatton-Brown Expositions, an affiliate of Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc., which produces Timber Processing, Panel World and other magazines in the wood-based industries.

Nearly 200 exhibitors have purchased all of the available 60,000 square feet of booth space in Hall E at the Portland Expo Center.

“Just like the economy, the TP&EE events have gotten better every time,” Donnell says. “2018 will have the most buzz yet. I think what we’ll see, as TP&EE hits in October, is a new wave of machinery and technology inquiries and orders as the mills upgrade their production systems so they can continue to be part of the building products boom. Nobody wants to fall off, even for a moment.”

Donnell says the trend for TP&EE this time is that many companies have purchased more square footage than they did previously, which means more “real” machinery on site.

The 2016 TP&EE attracted 1,600 industry (non-exhibitor) personnel, representing 110 forest products producer companies and hundreds of individual mill site operations. Attendees came from 39 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, and 20 countries.
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Show organizers have also announced that Timber Processing magazine will present its 2019 Person of the Year award on Oct. 18 at the Hatton-Brown Publishers Media Presentation Center on the show floor. This will mark the 31st year for the award, which began in 1989 and went to Duane Vaagen, president of Vaagen Bros. Lumber in Colville, Wash. The award goes to a sawmill owner or employee who has demonstrated excellent company leadership and active involvement in issues impacting the industry-at-large.

“We’ve been thinking about presenting this award at the Portland show, and it has come together this time around,” Donnell says. “We’ll actually announce the recipient before the show and make the presentation on site, and we hope to have some former award recipients on hand.”

If attendees want to do more than comb the aisles and talk business with exhibitors, they can also sign up for one or both of the workshops that are scheduled.    

The lumber manufacturing workshop will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, and the mass timber, EWP and plywood workshop will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, the first day of the event.

“We always like to have an educational segment as part of the expo,” Donnell says.

One of the hottest topics in the sawmill industry is the large number of turnkey southern pine sawmills recently constructed, currently in construction, or about to be in construction. Is a similar wave bound for the Northwest?

Two of the speakers during the lumber manufacturing workshop on Oct. 18 will be from B.C.-based BID Group, which is the company building and installing much of the equipment in many of those SYP mills.

BID Group chairman and managing director Brian Fehr along with Ron McGehee, R&D new product development for BID Group, will speak on “unlocking the turnkey strategy.”

Timber Automation vice-president and general manager Seth Vance will address sawmill profitability and how mills can uncover unrealized value. He’ll also address the evolvement of Timber Automation, parent to Baxley Equipment and LogPro.

The mass timber movement has begun in North America. Russ Vaagen, from well known Vaagen Bros. Lumber in Colville, Wash., will speak about Vaagen Timbers, his new venture that is currently constructing a CLT and glulam plant adjacent the Vaagen sawmill. That’s part of the mass timber workshop on Oct. 17.

Tyler Freres, vice-president of sales for Freres Lumber, will speak about the company’s new MPP (mass plywood panel) plant in operation at Lyons, Ore. and he’ll address new technical and market developments and also the recent certification achieved for MPP through APA — The Engineered Wood Assn.

Combined, the two workshops will feature more than 20 speakers. Each workshop costs $75, which also includes admittance to the expo floor for three days and a beer and brat ticket.

To read more about the presentations, go to the show website and go to the Attendee Info tab.

You can register for the workshops and/or the expo also at Registration for just attending the expo is free up until the day of the event, when walk-up cost is $20.

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