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Nov. 1, 2016 - A family business founded in 1980, Scierie Lapointe & Roy transforms small-size resinous wood into softwood lumber. In July 2014, a fire destroyed much of the plant, including the main building housing the sawmill.

Léopold Lapointe, the company's president since inception, wanted to reopen the plant as soon as possible. With the support of his son, daughter, son-in-law and grandson, Mr. Lapointe can now say "Mission Accomplished!" Following a $7.5 million project, of which a projected $1.5 million in preferred shares issued to the Fonds Valorisation Bois (FVB), Scierie Lapointe & Roy now boasts a plant on the cutting edge of technology.

"Thanks to the perseverance of Léopold Lapointe and his family, 18 people will be able to go back to work at Scierie Lapointe & Roy. With an experienced family at the helm and the investment of the Fonds Valorisation Bois, which was used to bring the plant to the cutting edge of technology, the future is bright for this regional SME," said Janie Béïque, Senior Vice-President, Industries, Entertainment and Consumer Goods, at the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, which manages the FVB.

"We're proud to see that our efforts to reopen the sawmill have paid off. Thanks to the support of our employees and partners like the Fonds Valorisation Bois, we've restarted operations and are optimistic about the future," said Mr. Lapointe.

Scierie Lapointe & Roy saws and transforms resinous wood into timber for the home construction and renovation markets. Its main products are 8', 9' and 10' 2x4s. The company specializes in small-diameter raw logs.

"Despite the many challenges facing the forest products sector, including the lumber negotiations with the United States, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ will always be there for Québec business owners like the Lapointe family. This is a key sector of the Québec economy and a priority in the Fonds' strategic plan," added Normand Chouinard, Executive Vice-President, Investments, at the Fonds de solidarité FTQ.


The Fonds de solidarité FTQ is a development capital investment fund that uses the saving of Quebecers. With net assets of $11.7 billion at May 31, 2016, the Fonds contributes to the creation and maintenance of 187,414 jobs. The Fonds is a partner of more than 2,600 companies and has 618,551 investors-shareholders. www.fondsftq.com 

The Fonds Valorisation Bois is a $170 million fund created to financially support forest product companies with a good long-term economic potential looking to invest for the future. The Fonds de solidarité FTQ, which invested $75 million, is responsible for its management.
Oct 31, 2016 - Tembec announced today that it closed the sale of its sawmill and related forestry assets located in Senneterre, Quebec to Resolute Forest Products. The sale also included certain working capital items.
Oct. 28, 2016 - Equipment obsolescence is a growing issue for sawmills as the pace of technology and the sophistication of sawmills increases.
Oct. 27, 2016 - With the first snow on the ground and winter approaching, woodlot and acreage owners may be looking to cut some lumber during the long winter months.

October 18, 2016 - When OptiSaw takes the stage on November 4 in Montreal, Que. this one-day learning and networking opportunity will focus on the future of optimization and automation in our industry, tackling topics such as:


DATA-DRIVEN SAWMILLING IN ACTION!
This session will offer a look at how a sawmill in Eastern Canada is optimizing its operations by maximizing the use of the data it collects from the manufacturing floor. Join Francois Leger of PMP Solutions as he takes mill management through a case study of a Quebec sawmill that is currently reaping the benefits of optimizing its data collection.

PRIMARY BREAKDOWN
With its own in-house engineering and development, HewSaw is continually on the leading edge of technology development for primary breakdown equipment. In his presentation at Optisaw, Bill Tice will cover the latest technology from HewSaw and how it will benefit sawmillers in maximizing speed and recovery in their sawmills.

OPTIMIZING YOUR FIBRE SUPPLY
Few things are as important to the successful operation of a sawmill as optimizing one’s fibre supply. This presentation will focus on an Eastern Canadian sawmill’s efforts to maximize the use of its fibre through innovative practices.

LATEST VISION SCANNING TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE SAWMILL AND PLANER MILL
This presentation will discuss how the use of 3D data can be used to identify vision type defects such as splits and shakes and obvious unsound wood at the transverse trimmer optimizer and tracheid data to detect knots (including low contrast knots) and unsound wood at the planer mill. It will also offer attendees a case study of how this technology

OPTIMIZING LOG BREAKDOWN
This session focuses on how a sawmill can optimize log breakdown with the addition of profiling systems at the primary and secondary processes. There will be an explanation how this technology works and how it can positively impact your operation. A case study will be provided.

SAFEGUARDING AGAINST EQUIPMENT OBSOLESCENCE
Equipment obsolescence is a growing issue for sawmills as the pace of technology and the sophistication of sawmills increases. In order to protect machinery investments, sawmills need to manage the risk of equipment obsolescence. The best way to do so is in partnership with the sawmill’s suppliers. Join Joey Nelson, the president and founder of JoeScan, as he discusses mitigating the risk of equipment obsolescence in sawmills.

SCANNER SCALING COMES TO CANADA!
Scanner scaling, the use of log scanners to measure logs for payment, is common practice in other parts of the world, but still relatively new to North America. The first log scanner in North America to be certified by government for trade has recently been installed in a Canadian sawmill, and is being used for log scaling and payment. Springer-Microtec’s chief technology officer Norvin Laudon will discuss the installation, certification process, and cost benefits of scanner scaling.

OPTIMIZING YOUR DRYING OPERATIONS
This presentation will describe the advantages of continuous and progressive drying for large scale softwood sawmills. It will offer a case study on a sawmill focusing on the issues and opportunities the technology was installed to address at the mill, as well as discuss challenges and results to date.

BONUS!
Register for OptiSaw and get a free pass to InterSaw, the International Sawmilling Expo taking place on Nov. 2 and 3!

Who should attend:
•Mill managers/owners
•Process engineers
•Continual improvement managers
•Optimization staff
•Researchers
•Design consultants

Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to learn from industry experts about the innovations and technology that will drive the future of sawmilling!

Seats are limited!

Oct. 13, 2016 - It hasn’t always been an easy road for Kevin Sexton. The sawmill owner has battled with the government over harvesting rights and seen part of his operation ravaged by fire in the past three years, all while trying to make progress during the slow lumber market recovery in Atlantic Canada.
Oct. 13, 2016 - Editor’s note: Rodney Schmidt is the fire chief in High Level, Alta., where fire damaged a Norbord Inc. log yard and strand board plant last spring.
Oct. 11, 2016 - BID Group of Companies has been selected by Two Rivers Lumber Co. to deliver a state-of-the-art turnkey sawmill complex in Demopolis, Ala.
Oct. 7, 2016 - Canadian Forest Industries is excited to announce that this year’s OptiSaw Mill Optimization & Automation Forum will offer attendees a firsthand look at how a sawmill in Eastern Canada is optimizing its operations by maximizing the use of the data it collects from the manufacturing floor.

Join Francois Leger of PMP Solutions as he takes mill management through a case study of a Quebec sawmill that is currently reaping the benefits of optimizing its data collection.

What is OptiSaw?
OptiSaw is a one-day workshop focused on the future of optimization and automation in sawmilling, including challenges and opportunities on the cutting edge of this side of the industry. It will offer a time-effective and affordable learning and networking opportunity for those driving the future of sawmilling in your operation.

The forum is for sawmill management and owners, process engineers, continual improvement managers, optimization staff, researchers and design consultants.

For more information or to register, visit www.optisaw.com 

Platinum sponsors
Comact, USNR

Gold sponsors
HewSaw, JoeScan

Luncheon sponsor
Autolog
Oct. 6, 2016 - Despite a nearly endless product list, custom production, and the limitations imposed by an existing sawmill layout, Teal Jones has effectively upgraded its sawmill trimmer optimizer at its Surrey small-log mill. And according to mill owner Dick Jones, the project is en route to a six-month payback to boot.
Oct. 4, 2016 - Planning on checking out InterSaw 2016: The International Sawmilling Expo in Montreal? This year, Canadian Forest Industries has co-ordinated our OptiSaw Mill Optimization & Automation Forum to run the day following InterSaw!
Sept. 27, 2016 - Few things are as important to the successful operation of a sawmill as optimizing one’s fibre supply.
Sept. 27, 2016 - Tolko says it has signed a letter of intent with a potential buyer for its operations in The Pas, Man.
Sept. 23, 2016 - Tolko Industries says it will be closing its Nicola Valley operation in Merritt, B.C., on Dec. 16 due to lack of available fibre.

Brad Thorlakson, president and CEO of Tolko, said in a news release the decision was difficult, but that the company is focused on decisions that will ensure its long-term success. Tolko bought the mill in 1987.

Read the full story by CFJC Today.
Sept. 16, 2016 - Did you miss out on the inaugural OptiSaw Mill Optimization & Automation Forum last year? Well, have no fear. OptiSaw is back in Montreal on November 4!
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