Panel World’s November issue highlights Hartzell-Arkansas Face Veneer, which is in the business of high grade faces with a new GM that is making things as smooth as ever. Unilin has seen a market upturn in the past 12 months, and optimism shows up at the first Timber Processing and Energy Expo in Portland.
Very little has changed in the 11 years since Unilin first started production, either in machinery or in manpower. The ownership has changed hands a few times—originally German-based Homanit, now American company Mohawk Industries, Inc., which also owns solid and engineered wood plants in Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas and Malaysia.
Representatives from 120 wood products manufacturing companies, the majority from the Northwest U.S., but also significantly from Canada, the Southeastern U.S. and even up into Maine, attended the first Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE), held at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore. during October 17-19.
Scheuch GmbH of Aurolzmünster/Austria has been focused since the early 1990s on the cleaning of dryer exhaust gases in the particleboard, MDF and OSB industries. With the help of future-oriented technologies such as electrostatic and biological process in combination with gas scrubber systems, as well as modular systems for collecting and cleaning press exhaust gases, the company has developed processes that differ both from a technical and economic standpoint.
These days VYNCKE is celebrating its 100th birthday together with its business relations and of course all 270 Vynckeneers worldwide. Many celebrations are going on at each regional office to mark this auspicious occasion. “One century of experience involves quite some wisdom. However we need to consider the innovations of tomorrow and that is our challenge every day,” according to CEO Peter Vyncke and COO Dieter Vyncke.
Siempelkamp received an order for its first LVL press line for beech veneer. Pollmeier Furnierwerkstoffe GmbH & Co. KG ordered a 6ft.x60.3m ContiRoll continuous press as well as an associated double diagonal saw for board finishing for its Creuzburg, Germany, location. The scope of supply also includes a 15 MW energy system and the measurement and control technology for the complete plant.
Gundlach Equipment Corp., Jeffrey Rader Corp. and Pennsylvania Crusher Corp., leaders in material handling and size reduction equipment, announced the unification of the three brands into one organization and brand name: TerraSource Global. The company conducted a thorough process to select a new brand name that reflects the organization’s focus on providing material handling and process equipment to a global industrial base that utilizes natural resources in their processes.
Weyerhaeuser’s OSB facility at Grayling, Mich. is celebrating 30 years of operation. The Grayling facility opened in 1982 as Weyerhaeuser’s first OSB mill—at that time one of only a few in North America. Today, more than 100 employees work with local suppliers and contractors to produce high-quality Weyerhaeuser Edge flooring panels and OSB sheathing.
Two-Zone dryers make good sense whether you view it as improved safety or an economic opportunity. The design of a Two-Zone dryer allows for control of static pressure at each end of the dryer and the capability of maintaining high temperatures over the entire dryer’s length. A Two-Zone system has four fans—two at each end.