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.
U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities announces that Fritz Mason, Paul Hossain and Anna Torma were elected as new directors at the organization’s fall board meeting. “Drawing upon diverse backgrounds, they each bring a distinctive perspective and unique vision. We look forward to collaborating with them to further the mission of the Endowment,” comments Pete Madden, President and CEO of the Endowment.
Martin Sustainable Resources LLC of Alexandria, La. has donated $1 million to Louisiana Tech as a leadership gift toward construction of the University’s new Forest Products Innovation Center (FPIC), with the assurance of another $1 million to be presented by this June. The Center will be on South Campus and provide space for a transdisciplinary approach to solving the challenges…
Kadant Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of Key Knife, Inc. and some of its affiliates for approximately $156 million in cash, subject to certain customary adjustments. The acquisition was financed primarily through borrowings under Kadant’s revolving credit facility. Key Knife, a global supplier of engineered knife systems for custom chipping, planing, and flaking solutions for wood product industries, is headquartered in Tualatin, Ore. with…
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