January 2021

Cover: Coastal Plywood Commits To The Future

HAVANA, Florida – While the Coastal Forest Resources Co. plywood mill (Coastal Plywood) in Havana, Florida has been a successful operation for a long period of time, the equipment in the facility had not seen any major upgrades in nearly 20 years. For example, the mill’s lathe left much to be desired, according to Plant Manager Trey Pierce.

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Panel World

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Coastal Plywood Commits To The Future

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Panel World

HAVANA, Florida – While the Coastal Forest Resources Co. plywood mill (Coastal Plywood) in Havana, Florida has been a successful operation for a long period of time, the equipment in the facility had not seen any major upgrades in nearly 20 years. For example, the mill’s lathe left much to be desired, according to Plant Manager Trey Pierce.

Purchased at auction in 2005, the lathe evolved into a hybrid machine that was a monster to keep up. “If you didn’t stay on top of it, it wouldn’t run,” Pierce says. “We could get it right for the moment, but it wouldn’t stay there.” However, thanks to a dedicated maintenance team, the lathe continued to run successfully for 15 years.

As technology improved, the prevailing thought was that it was time to make a change. “We’ve had a lot of success keeping it simple in this mill for a long time,” Pierce says. “We felt like it was time to move into the next generation and get more efficiency, better recovery, and get with the times.” And so, the first of many roundtable discussions about pushing the 40-year-old mill into the future took place.

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