Panel World’s November issue highlights the Georgia operation Langboard MDF, which has installed European bioscrubber technology for emissions control and MACT compliance. Also spotlighted is Louisiana-Pacific’s new OSB plant in Alabama, which is poised for a re-birth when the building products market begins to grow. The issue features an article discussing biomass energy implications for the panel industry.
OSB Gut Check
It wasn’t that long ago that southwest Alabama was in the midst of its strongest economic boom in many decades—the result of progressive leadership and aggressive economic development efforts at local, regional and state levels. While the nation’s economy began its slide into the abyss of recession in 2007, the southernmost counties in western Alabama were buoyed by a series of announced industrial development projects just getting under way in the timber products, steel and aerospace industries.
In October 2008 the newly installed MultiPhase BioSystem at the Roseburg Forest Products MDF plant at Holly Hill, SC plant underwent testing to determine its performance efficiency for destruction of volatile organic compounds (VOC). The MultiPhase at Holly Hill, designed and installed by Tri-Mer Corp., handles more than 250,000 ACFM of VOC laden exhaust gases that also contain particulates and condensables.
In June this year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a massive energy bill, formally known as the “American Clean Energy and Security Act.” This bill, if passed by the Senate and put into law, would lead to a major shift in the power industry and bring opportunities and challenges to the panel industry.
If you were to name the hot environmental topics today, what would they be? Climate change? Greenhouse gases? Global warming? Hazardous air pollutants? Acid rain? Non-renewable fuels? Formaldehyde? Methanol? NOx? Carbon credits? There are likely more that you can name.
Over a half a century ago, when Sweed Machinery was known as Jeddelloh Brothers, the first Right Angle Unloader was designed and constructed. During these recent slow economic times, Sweed has gone back to the drawing board and has been hard at work re-designing its Right Angle Unloader. The new unloader is a compact, high output unit that requires minimal upkeep. Its design has been simplified, making maintenance easy to perform.
Biele Group, a leading European company that specializes in industrial automation, has appointed Juan Flores as its exclusive representative in the U.S. Flores has significant experience in the laminate and wood flooring industry. During the last 12 years he managed Faus Group, Inc. in North America as president.
Boise Cascade Holdings named Tom Carlile as CEO. Carlile replaces Duane McDougall, who had served as CEO and chairman since December 2008. McDougall remains as chairman of the board.
Metriguard’s green veneer grader predicts the dry structural properties of softwood veneer in the green condition. The new Model 2815 uses ultrasonic and microwave technology to sort veneer after the clipper. The moisture content can range from 15% to 120%, and super wet grade. The unit measures average and peak moisture and operates up to 600 FPM line speed.