Panel World magazine’s March 2017 issue features Yreka, California’s Timber Products Company’s veneer plant and their recent capital improvements. Also featured is Meadow Lake, Saskatoon, Canada’s Tolko Industries’ OSB mill and their raw material focus. Dr. Richard “Dick” Baldwin provides an article highlighting eight keys to better veneer drying. Other articles cover the latest industry news, new projects and project updates, and new products and technology.
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Timber Products Company – TPC Veneer
Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell travels to Yreka, California to visit Timber Products Company’s veneer plant. After crossing the Oregon-California line headed south, you pass through Yreka with its small sawmill, landscaping fiber operation and Timber Products Co. (TPC) veneer plant, then you go south another 20 miles or so past Roseburg’s Weed facility—and after that the forest products industry thins out considerably, with markets few and far between. For primary producers in the region, making the most of raw material supply is critical, and Timber Products Co. has made key improvements to its veneer plant here that feeds the company’s high quality hardwood plywood operations in Medford and Grants Pass in Oregon’s Rogue River Valley to the north.
Tolko Industries: Meadow Lake OSB
(This article, written by Andrew Snook, appeared in Canadian Forest Industries magazine, which has an article exchange program with Panel World.) Tolko pressed its first board at its oriented strandboard (OSB) mill in Meadow Lake in the fall of 2003, and for the most part has been pressing boards 24 hours a day, seven days a week ever since. The OSB plant employs about 170, which makes it a major employer for the 5,000-person town of Meadow Lake, which acts as the main trading hub for northwestern Saskatchewan. This doesn’t include all of the harvesting, hauling and road building jobs related to the logs required to fuel the plant’s need for fiber. And the plant needs fiber—in 2015, the plant produced 640MMSF of OSB. As for the plant’s employees, they come from near and far to make their livings in Meadow Lake.
Veneer Drying: Eight Keys To Success
Dr. Richard (Dick) Baldwin, along with Rich Baldwin, provide eight keys to less costly and better veneer drying. Baldwin writes, “You can’t really understand what is going on now without understanding what came before,” Apple co-founder Steve Jobs remarked. Just as this conviction contributed to transforming Apple into an electronic innovation leader and the largest company in the world in terms of market capitalization, a respect for history can also change the fortunes of the veneer-based industry by rediscovering the methods of improved and less costly veneer drying. John Lutz, a well-known technologist at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison Wis., remarked four decades ago, “The main objectives of drying veneer are to dry it: (1) fast at minimum cost, (2) flat, and (3) to a uniform moisture content (that is) suitable for gluing.”
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