CalPlant I, the new rice straw-based MDF plant in Willows, Calif.,is starting up and commissioning all areas of the mill. This includes the straw preparation building, where 20 loaded straw trailers have been staged; the refiner and dryer area, where dust collection and pneumatic transfer is undergoing final calibration; the first truckload of pMDI glue has arrived; forming and pressing is beginning pneumatic transfer of fiber and commissioning of the press sizing systems; commissioning of the intermediate stacking, sanding and sawing system; and likewise for the spark detection and quenching system. First board production is anticipated during the first week of November.
Roseburg Forest Products has ordered a veneer dryer for its plant in Coquille, Ore. from Westmill. At 204 ft. length, the dryer will be the longest veneer dryer in North America, according to the participants. The 6-deck, steam-heated jet dryer is designed to dry the heaviest moisture Douglas fir, hemlock and spruce…
Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World January 2023 – Some forecasts coming out of APA—The Engineered Wood Association annual meeting in October painted a rather bleak economics picture for 2023. It was no surprise, given the already downward trending in housing…
Boise Cascade has announced plans to expand its South Carolina operations with a new facility in Walterboro, with a $9 million investment that will create 30 new jobs. This new facility marks Boise Cascade’s first distribution location and second facility…
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