June 21, 2017 - Tolko Industries is restarting its oriented strand board mill near High Prairie, Alta., and looking to employ about 175 people.
June 15, 2017 - What would you do if the 2x4 market suddenly collapsed overnight? Would you be able to quickly pick up the pieces and adapt? The thought of this happening is what prompted Maibec to develop a $25-million investment plan for its mill in Saint-Pamphile, Que.
June 13, 2017 - Dallan Holdings, a mill yard services company based in Thunder Bay, Ont., exemplifies what a company can accomplish when it focuses on its people. Co-owner and general manager, Dale Levesque is the man behind that focus.
June 12, 2017 - Gilles Plante, general superintendent of the newly opened Resolute Forest Products Atikokan sawmill in northwestern Ontario, has plans for the future of his mill: to be the best.
June 6, 2017 - The trade of sawfiling goes back to when men first started cutting wood with saws. In the beginning, filers were largely self taught and performed their mysteries behind the locked doors of their shops where even the mill owners needed permission before being allowed to enter the shadowy realm of the “Saw Doctors.”

May 19, 2017 - Vida Alvesta has chosen to invest in a continuous kiln from Valutec. This deal is the second within a short space of time between Valutec and Vida Alvesta, a customer that chose a drying solution of the same type just five years ago. The investment will increase the drying capacity at Vida Alvesta from around 175,000 m3 to 225,000 m3 and will help to even out production and facilitate stock management.

“We already have a very good relationship with Valutec. They are highly knowledgeable and provide excellent support. Therefore we saw no reason to switch supplier,” says Christian Drott, chief executive officer of Vida Alvesta.  

The plant to be delivered is a 2-zone FB continuous kiln, which means that drying takes place in two separate zones. The first zone provides quicker humidifying, which reduces the risk of dry cracks at the input end. The second zone acts as an equalisation zone and reduces moisture distribution. The continuous kiln is equipped with Valutec’s Valmatics control system and will solely be used for drying spruce down to a moisture ratio of 18 per cent.  

“Opting for an FB once again was a fairly obvious choice. Logistically, everything runs smoothly with continuous kilns, and our existing FB continuous kiln runs problem-free with no stoppages. By siting the new kiln right next to the existing one we also hit on a financially beneficial solution for both parties,” says Christian.  

Vida is Sweden’s largest privately-owned sawmill group with around 950 employees at 18 production facilities, nine of which are sawmills. Production mainly focuses on construction lumber for a number of different markets. Roughly 85 per cent of the production output is exported to Europe, the USA, Australia, Africa and Asia.  

“It’s a great feeling to be involved and continue to contribute to Vida Alvesta’s development. We know one another well and look forward to continued positive collaboration with Vida,” says Robert Larsson, chief exective officer of Valutec. 

The continuous kiln will be delivered and installed in the autumn and put into operation in November. Vida Alvesta already has ten batch kilns and one continuous kiln from Valutec. 
May 8 , 2017 - We are proud to announce that EACOM Timber Corporation was granted Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Certification to the Fiber Sourcing Standard and Chain of Custody Standard, at our Ear Falls sawmill.

The Fibre Sourcing certification, which is valid until April 2020, further demonstrates that EACOM is committed to responsibly sourcing wood fibre for its products and to ensuring that fibre originates from sustainably managed forests.

The Chain of Custody certification, which is valid until April 2022, allows EACOM Ear Falls to track SFI certified forest content through its production process.
May 3, 2017 - Advanced woodworking and tool grinding machinery company Colonial Saw Inc. is introducing a new, hi-tech solution for sharpening a high volume of carbide saw blades. Saw mills, lumber manufacturers, and grinding and sharpening shops will benefit from its robot loading system that enables unattended and overnight grinding. 

The Premium-Loader, an 8 axes grinding machine, is built by global pioneer ABM Grinding Technologies. Colonial Saw will formally introduce the new solution to the market in July at the AWFS show in Las Vegas, Nevada, North America's largest woodworking show. This new generation machine minimizes human labor with a robot and probing system, allowing for true unattended processing with superb accuracy and superior finish grind quality. 

“We’re very excited to introduce this new technology. It will revolutionize workloads and deliver unprecedented cost savings, helping shops get ahead in an increasingly competitive industry,” said Dave Rakauskas, Vice President of Colonial Saw. “We have two U.S. customers who were so excited about its potential they purchased the Premium-Loader in advance of its formal introduction. Their feedback tells us being able to run Premium-Loader overnight with no personnel delivers dramatic productivity increases and boosts the bottom line.” 

Designed to meet the increasing demand for automation by today’s circular saw manufacturing and grinding service centers, Premium-Loader offers vast range of production capacity for woodworking blades. It delivers a high ease-of-use factor with a user-friendly control system, web camera monitoring, live error notification and a familiar Windows platform. Shops will also appreciate its compact footprint and efficient power consumption. 
May 1, 2017 - File Week 2017 has arrived and Canadian Forest Industries has all the coverage to keep you in the loop as we highlight innovations and accomplishments in the file room every day this week!
April 28, 2017 - Sawmills in Eastern Canada have been running at record high levels in 2016, with production reaching levels almost ten percent higher than in 2015 and almost 40 percent higher than five years ago. This has been very good news to the forest industry, with sawmills running at 97% operating rates in late 2016, according to the WWPA. However, there are also worrisome developments regarding the large volumes of residual chips that are being generated and where the chips can be sold.
April 28, 2017 - CFI toured Andersen Pacific Wood Products high value custom cut sawmill in Maple Ridge, B.C. The mill produces high quality specialty wood products for markets across the globe.
April 28, 2017 - From pre-sorting logs beyond small, medium and large to cutting for the mass timber construction market, speakers at OptiSaw West mill automation and optimization forum challenged a crowd of sawmillers to ask themselves: Why not?
April 25, 2017 - A fire that destroyed the entire BKB Cedar Manufacturing sawmill on April 5 was caused by an overheated electrical motor. 

My Prince George Now reported the cause was determined by fire crews.

No one was injured in the blaze that remained active for days after it first broke out. | READ MORE

April 25, 2017 - We are pleased and excited to announce that Metriguard is now part of Raute Oyj, headquartered in Nastola, Finland. Metriguard will continue to operate in Pullman, Wash., under the legal name Metriguard Technologies, Inc. We want to continue to be known as Metriguard. This joining force will strengthen both Metriguard and Raute's product lines, amalgamating the best practices of both businesses in the future.

Metriguard, established in 1972, is known for high speed strength grading technology for lumber and veneer. Metriguard sells and provides services for its equipment globally, with installations in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Metriguard’s products and technology are complementary to Raute’s current product offerings. Over the years, Metriguard’s products have been integrated into dozens of Raute’s deliveries. Metriguard’s business will continue by a newly established Raute’s subsidiary Metriguard Technologies, Inc.. Its financials will be reported as part of Raute’s wood products technology segment. The acquisition is deemed to have a positive effect on Raute’s net sales in 2017 and on its financial results starting from 2018.

“Metriguard's technology has evolved over more than four decades and has proven to provide veneer and lumber mills with significant benefits in terms of enabling capturing the highest possible value of the given raw material," says Raute’s president and CEO Tapani Kiiski. "Raute's strategy is to provide technology to our customers to help them run their business in a profitable way, but strength grading technology has been missing from our offering. With Metriguard's technology, and its solid and well recognized brand, we will be able to offer even more comprehensive solutions. We believe this acquisition will help Raute grow and open new opportunities for Metriguard."

President and founder of Metriguard Inc. James D. Logan says that this is a great opportunity for the future of Metriguard, its employees and customers. “We are really pleased to be working with Raute, a global company with a most excellent reputation for quality of products and service. Metriguard's customers can look forward to a continuing supply of outstanding production line and quality control test equipment as well new developments that will enhance performance of existing equipment and provide new functionality. The company will continue to operate in Pullman, Washington where its personnel provide equipment and services to the global market. Metriguard's proximity to two major universities provide an excellent environment for research and development.”

Metriguard will continue manufacturing production-line lumber and veneer grading equipment as well as quality control and laboratory testing equipment for the engineered wood products industry. Rest assured that Metriguard will provide ongoing support, repairs, parts and service for installed Metriguard equipment. The Metriguard team will stay intact, with the exception of Jim and Jean Logan, who will remain as consultants for a period of time to oversee the transition before stepping away from the business completely. The new president of Metriguard will be Jani Roivainen, who has successfully managed the Mecano Business Unit for Raute Corporation since their acquisition.
April 13, 2017 - Since acquiring all of Anthony-EACOM from Canfor in March 2017, EACOM’s newest addition is now operating as EACOM Sault Ste. Marie.

The engineered wood mill is a new type for EACOM, which could come in handy with the U.S. softwood lumber duties looming.

“This acquisition made sense for us because we’re very open to business, we’re serious about growing, we’re serious about performance,” says EACOM’s director of public affairs Christine Leduc.

Leduc says EACOM feels confident in its product base. She says it has been EACOM’s objective to maintain a  strong balance sheet and competitive position. “And we’ve done that by investing in the competitiveness of our mills,” she adds.

“The acquisition of EACOM Sault Ste. Marie can add to our resilience. Especially in light of softwood lumber, because engineered wood products are excluded from the dispute. So this will help strengthen our position.” 

Leduc says the company is aware of upcoming challenges the lumber dispute may yet bring, but adds that EACOM is preparing by continuing to develop a team philosophy that working together drives improvement.

EACOM owns five softwood lumber mills in Ontario and two in Quebec. It also owns a remanufacturing facility in Val-d’Or, Que.

Before the acquisition, Anthony-EACOM was operating as a 50/50 joint venture between EACOM and Canfor. The latter had purchased Anthony Forest Products (AFP) in September 2015. AFP is the company that originally owned half of Anthony-EACOM before Canfor entered the picture. After Canfor became EACOM’s partner, EACOM bought the Canfor shares and became the sole owner.

“The addition of EACOM Sault Ste. Marie is really interesting for us from a point of view of diversifying our asset base and our product offering because it does make an engineered wood product I-joist, which we are really pleased to add to our product offering,” Leduc says. 

I-joist is an engineered wood product that can be used as an alternative to dimension lumber joists for flooring and roofing applications.

EACOM Sault Ste. Marie currently has approximately 52 employees. That brings EACOM’s total employee count post-acquisition to about 1,100.

“We’re very proud of this acquisition and we’re going to continue to focus on performance no matter what happens,” Leduc says.

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