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The April TimberLine’s features a cover story about a family land-clearing business that stays busy removing and grinding trees in California’s agriculture-rich Joaquin Valley, catering to the needs of orchard growers and vineyards. Then in Pennsylvania, we visit a business whose owner has 30 years of experience manufacturing an expansive line of landscape materials, ranging from mulch and mulch colorants to decorative stones and sand. And we also share the story of a Michigan tree service that’s flourished since it added equipment for grinding wood to make mulch.
In the March TimberLine’s top story, we’ll explain why Neiman Enterprises automated its mill grading process at Devils Tower Forest Products in Wyoming, and the boost in production its seen since automating with a USNR Transverse High Grader. Then in Michigan, we visit HMI Hardwoods, which has made many upgrades to its lumber manufacturing operation since it began in 1972, the most recent of which is the addition of a new 3-D scanning carriage control system by Paw Taw John Services last year. Next, we head north to the New Brunswick province of Canada where we visit a fairly new business, which has carved a successful niche dealing white pine, which it exports to markets in the Middle East. The owner, a Pakistani native, chose a Select Sawmill Band Mill for several reasons, one being that it can cut to both metric and standard measurements used in the U.S. In Maine, we visit Pleasant River’s Sawmill, where the owners have commissioned the first two Valutec TC continuous kilns in North America, to increase capacity. Then in upstate New York, we share the story of a business that segued from a sawmill that did firewood on the side to a company that now stays busy year-round producing and delivering firewood. We’ll also tell you about innovative log scaling solutions from Forestry Systems Inc. And we cover the installation of a new Mellott slant type bandsaw mill at Soapstone Sawmill in Pennsylvania.
The February TimberLine features a cover story on Bekkevar Logging and Trucking in Sequim, Washington. The company, which began with one log truck 42 years ago, offers “start to finish” logging services, ranging from layout and timber marketing to timber harvesting and trucking. Then in Crandon, Wisconsin, we get a closeup look at operations at Whitetail Logging, owned by Matt Jensen, a former president of the American Loggers Council and avid hunter who’s passionate about land and timber management. In Irons, Michigan, we visit Rothig Forest Products, a family-run business that started in 1977 and does the majority of its logging on state and federal land. Farther west in northern California, we meet Russ Hawkins, a third-generation logger who found ways to adapt and continue to run a successful business, Del Logging, despite suffering a devastating spinal cord injury in 2016.
The January TimberLine features a cover story on Lowell Hinrichs, one of the first-place winners in Wood-Mizer’s 2019 Personal Best Contest. Hinrichs, 80, built a beautiful cedar chapel on the shore of the Salish Sea in Sooke, British Columbia, using his Wood-Mizer LT40 hydraulic portable sawmill. In this issue, we also highlight two companies that have each found their own niche and success producing and selling firewood. For Country Comfort in Landoff, New Hampshire, firewood production has grown quickly from a side hustle during the spring to a full-time gig, thanks primarily to Northeast consumers seeking kiln-dried wood for heating fuel. Blaze It Firewood in Camden, Tennessee, is a fairly new and growing firewood business that caters to a mix of wholesale and retail customers, including restaurants that use wood for cooking fuel.
December 2019 – Buyers Guide
The December TimberLine features our new Buyers’ Guide, a great resource for finding the right equipment to keep your business running. The guide is easy to use, and is conveniently organized both alphabetically and by category. Our cover story this issue highlights Sorrells Sawmill in Holly Springs, Arkansas, and the company’s long-time search for an optimized edger, before finding the perfect equipment from Cooper Machine. And just in time for the holidays, we tell you about the Capitol Christmas Tree’s 2,000-mile journey across the country from New Mexico to Washington, D.C. In this issue, we also give you an in-depth update on biochar and its potential to be one of the most important forest industry products of the future from both profit and public policy standpoints.
November 2019 – Loggers Who Love What They Do
The November TimberLine features a cover story on W. Bozarth Logging, an Illinois company that’s added cut-to-length equipment to boost production while keeping its logging crew small. Then we share the story of an excavation contracting business in upstate NY that’s grown since adding logging to its operations. Then we head south to Florida where a Michigan logging team has relocated to help recover the tens of thousands of trees damaged by Hurricane Michael in 2018. Then we’ll tell you how a longtime friendship and mutual respect between the owners of both companies led to the acquisition of Logical Systems by eLIMBS.
October 2019 – Converting Tree Byproducts into Useful Products
The October TimberLine features a cover story on a “dynamic” business in Maine, that began in the 1960s as a trucking company, and now runs three chip mills and nine logging crews, in addition to its trucking unit. Then in Tennessee, we look at the unique City of Murfreesboro’s impressive grinding operations and services and find out why the city’s solid waste department manager was adamant about adding a tub grinder to its line-up of horizontal grinders. On the other side of the country, we visit Orcas Island and meet a man who’s passionate about sustainable living and learn how he segued from a sawmill hobbyist into big timber construction. Out West, we also visit a large tree service headquartered in San Luis Obispo that produces specialty wood chips for playgrounds.
September 2019 – Logging for a Living and Loving It!
The September TimberLine features a cover story on Pro Cut Logging in Buckley, Michigan; since the company’s transition from tree-length to cut-to-length logging, it can now harvest as much timber with two men as it previously did with four. Then in the same state, we look at a lumber business in Fairview which added logging to its operations to ensure the business maintains an adequate lumber supply. We also meet two brothers in Montana who’ve been logging together for nearly two decades. In our Forestry Voices column this month, guest columnist Daniel Dructor of the American Logging Council provides an overview of the association’s successes over its 25-year-long history, as well as its ongoing commitment to those in the logging profession.
August 2019 – New Ideas for Transforming Your Business
The August TimberLine features a cover story on Valley View Industries, a British Columbia business that specializes in high-quality cedar wood products such as decks, saunas and gazebos. Then in Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania, we get an inside look at an Amish-family business, Stoltzfus Forest Products, and how it’s positioned itself for the future with a new sawmill. In Colorado, a building contractor changes his business model from building timber frame homes to supplying timber frame components for other builders. Two researchers also explain how lean thinking tools can help sawmill and logging operations to reduce waste.
July 2019 – Everything You Need to Know About Kiln Drying Lumber
The July TimberLine features a cover story on Allegheny Wood Products, a leading manufacturer of hardwood lumber that exports kiln-dried production lumber to 20 countries. Then in South Carolina, we visit Ashley River Lumber Company and learn how the business successfully transitioned its focus from producing volume to manufacturing quality high-end products. In Kentucky, we showcase a growing sawmill that was originally started by a carpenter, who needed to source his own lumber to make craftsman style furniture, and a retiree, who was one of his furniture customers. Then in Maine, we see how Pleasant Mill Lumber has upgraded its sawmills by adding new kilns to increase drying capacity. In this issue, we also take a look at the latest lumber drying capabilities and kilns offered by several different companies.
June 2019 – Looking for Innovative Sawmill Solutions?
The June TimberLine features a cover story on how North Carolina-based Mackeys Ferry Sawmill was able to dramatically change its product mix after installing a new USNR resaw system. Then in Missouri, we get a look at Cardwell Lumber’s dream sawmill facility, complete with the Cleereman Lumber Pro. In British Columbia, we learn about a sawmill’s contribution to one of the most successful community forest operations in North America. Then we meet three loggers in the South and learn why and how they switched to cut-to-length logging.
May 2019 – Small Business Success Secrets: Keeping Logging in the Family
The May TimberLine features a cover story on the Ehrmantrouts, a family of loggers in Idaho that specialize in thinning forests to keep them healthy so that older trees can live longer. Then in New York, we talk with Scott Lizotte, who began logging as a boy and has acquired Lizotte Logging from his dad, Jeannel Lizotte, who recently retired. Metzler Forest Products, another family business, has found growth through diversification, with more in the works going forward. Then an Ohio farmer grows his winter side hustle as an excavator with better equipment. The wife of a Maine logger also shares her viewpoint on the Future Logging Careers Act.
April 2019 – Former Indy Driver Champion Races Ahead with Mulch Endeavor
The April TimberLine features a cover story on Rawlings Manufacturing and its solid rotary wood hogs. In Michigan, we visit a company run by former Indy 500 champion, Gordon Johncock that’s super busy right now with mulch season. Then in the Northeast, we cover a logger who’s branched out into other types of work including land clearing and special projects like clearing ski slopes and lots for new home construction. And in the South, we get to know a logger who is finding success with his latest business venture, thanks to strong relationships with both his customers and equipment suppliers. Donna Harman, president and CEO of the AF&PA, looks at the history and bright future of the forest products industry. We also take a look DuraTech Industries’ line of tree chippers, and Laona Machine Supply’s Chain Shark, a new tool for saw chain sharpening.
March 2019 – When Rocks and Wood Don’t Mix!
The March TimberLine features a cover story on an operation in Oregon that has grown over time to include a number of affiliated businesses that do everything from hauling and recycling wood waste to running two farms with 700 milk cows. It has also found an ideal solution for separating rocks from wood so more material can be recycled. In Kentucky, you’ll meet a sawyer who got into the business because he wanted to stay closer to home; he travelled to Canada though to find the perfect sawmill for his custom sawing operation. We’ll share news of a new CLT press designed by USNR to help companies who want to get into the emerging CLT market. Then we explain why some recent news spells a win-win for CLT. We also share some innovative new products, safety best practices, and much more in this issue.
February 2019 – Meet Some Loggers Who Get the Job Done in Tough Conditions!
The February TimberLine features a cover story on FNT Logging, a Tennessee company that has found equipment solutions for harvesting in challenging conditions, ranging from steep and rocky slopes to soft and wet forest floors. Then we travel to Idaho, where a new startup business stays busy on tracts of land with large tree species. In Washington, we visit Josh Marshall, a logger who first got into the business after his job as a biologist and forester was cut. Then last but not least, we introduce you to a logging company in Georgia that works primarily in Weyerhaeuser pine plantation forests.
January 2019 – Portable Mills & Firewood Equipment for Every Need
The January TimberLine features a story about a unique company in a western North Carolina mountain community that uses low-impact logging to protect the local ecosystem and other sustainable practices, while delivering “Farm, Forest, and Frame” services that range from forestry consulting, to timber framing, to selling beef, and more. Next, we take a look at Automated Biomass Systems, which will begin marketing its firewood equipment this year under the Timberwolf brand name. Then we learn how Gourmet Wood® Products sources and processes the wood it uses to make the firewood preferred as cooking fuel by chefs around the world. Then find out why a Virginia company decided to upgrade its kiln-drying equipment as it expands its new firewood operations.
December 2018 – Buyers’ Guide: Do You Know How These Suppliers Can Help Your Business?
The December TimberLine features our new Buyers’ Guide, a great resource for finding the right equipment to keep your business running. The guide is easy to use, conveniently organized both alphabetically and by category. This issue’s cover story takes you behind the scenes at Kiln-Direct, which is gearing up for its big 25th anniversary celebration in 2019. Then we take a hard look at California wildfires and the need for some real solutions. Last but not least, we’ll tell you about a new traveling exhibit that teaches youngsters about the benefits of wood products and the industry.
November 2018 – Why Logging Can Be Like a Roller Coaster Ride
The November TimberLine features a cover story on a Massachusetts logger who has successfully carved out a niche in cut-to-length logging despite market challenges, while letting his Log Max harvester do the heavy work. Then we take a close-up look at a Minnesota logger who loves the performance and stability of the Ponsse Scorpion King even on rough terrain. Then in Virginia, we visit a lumber company that has a lot going on – it harvests and thins with Caterpillar machines, plus chips and runs a sawmill. Then on the beautiful island of Maui, we learn why a mulching company chooses the Fecon Bull Hog to free lots and farms from invasive species and overgrown brush. Last but not least, we tell you how Woodcracker’s new tree shear attachment has helped a North Carolina contractor to boost productivity.
October 2018 – Chip, Chip Away!
The October TimberLine features a cover story on a versatile land-clearing business, Mr. Tree in Happy Valley, Oregon, and its use of Peterson grinders for efficiency and reliability. Then in Montague, California, we cover a logging company that returns to Morbark for its chipping equipment time and again due to its commitment to service. In Virginia, you’ll see why another logging company depends on Bandit for its chipping machines to not only produce fuel chips to sell, but to keep landowners happy. We also share highlights of Ponnse’s recent factory tour and demo, plus a new safety alert and much more in this issue.
September 2018 – Keep on Loggin’: Logging Success Stories
The September TimberLine features a cover story on Shade Tree Logging, a family-run operation in Michigan that’s expanding with a second crew and new Ponsse equipment thanks to its focus on quality work. Also in Michigan, we cover a logging company that prefers Tigercat equipment and the personalized service and quick response it gets from Woodland Equipment. Then we talk to a Massachusetts logger who has recently purchased several pieces of new equipment as he transitions to cut-to-length logging. We also tell you how Oregon is moving forward with mass timber construction, and give you an update on the hardwood trade war with China. In this issue, we also honor the memory of TimberPro founder, Pat Crawford, who passed away in August.
August 2018 – The Power of One: Whether You’re One Man with a Mission or a Big Company Focused on Ingenuity
The August TimberLine features a cover story on USNR’s acquisition of Mid-South Engineering to expand its internal resources and strengthen its capacity to offer more and larger turnkey solutions. Then we take you on a quest with Log Max Forestry rep Rob Moran to bring an antique ship figurehead back to his hometown in New Brunswick, Canada. Then we learn how a timber frame business in Ohio depends on Wood-Mizer mills to keep its operations running smoothly. And last but not least, we share the story of a New York firefighter who started and has grown a firewood business at home in his spare time.
July 2018 – Lumber Drying Technology Focus, Learn from These Innovators
The July TimberLine features a cover story on the growth of Blue Ridge Lumber Company, including its most recent expansion project to ramp up its lumber drying capacity in Virginia with the addition of new lumber kilns by SII Dry Kiln. Then in Indiana, find out why a father and son sawmill team purchased their second Vacutherm kiln. And in Ohio, learn why another father and son team added a Kiln-direct kiln to the equipment used in the wood reclamation they began after the economic downturn. In Tennessee, we take a look at why Lewis Lumber has added a third set of Brunner Hildebrand kilns to its operation. Also, we learn how New Hampshire-based Northland Forest Products is blazing the trail for thermally modified lumber products with its WDE Maspell system. Then, we turn the spotlight on BolDesign, which is now offering softwood lumber kilns, after designing and building hardwood kilns for more than 30 years. In this issue, we also feature articles on KDS Windsor lumber drying kilns and kiln equipment, Lignomat kiln controls, and USNR kiln drying technology.
June 2018 – Have You Found Your Niche in the Sawmill Industry?
The June TimberLine features companies across the U.S. and beyond who have each found their own unique niche in the sawmill industry. The cover story this issue is about Clifford Lumber in Vermont and its Cord King firewood processor that’s been churning out product for more than a quarter century. Then we get a firsthand look at how Amish-family-run Winesburg Hardwood & Pallet in Dundee, Ohio rebuilds after a devastating fire with the Cleereman Lumber Pro at the center of its new production line. And in Pennsylvania, we learn why another Amish-run sawmill relies on Mellott Manufacturing for its sawmill equipment. An entrepreneur in Canada uses reclaimed wood from demolition projects to build new structures. And a husband-and-wife team in Missouri makes easy work out of sawing walnut and finding business success with the Select Sawmill band mill. The American Loggers Association solicits your help with a new survey, and we also update you on the latest news from the EPA on biomass regulations. You’ll find all this, plus industry news, information on new products, and much more in this issue.
May 2018 – Learn from These Logging Innovation Success Stories
The May TimberLine features a cover story that explains the positive impact Eco Log equipment from Scandinavian Forestry Equipment has made at Marshall Logging in Antigo, Wisconsin. Then in Michigan, we see how father-son loggers are making good use of the first two Ponsse eight-wheel ActiveFrame Ergo harvesters in North America. In New York, we learn how Sweeney’s Tree and Land Management has cut labor costs by switching to cut-to-length operations. And in the same state, Mountain View Logging Corp. recalls a decade of excellent dealer service from CJ Logging Equipment. We also get a look at how gas and oil prices have resulted in a stagnate biomass market. Plus, you’ll find industry news, a new safety alert and much more in this issue.
April 2018 – Spring is Here! It’s Time for Grinding & Chipping
The April TimberLine features a cover story on Ferris Mulch Products in Connecticut and how the company has grown thanks to quality and consistency in grinding due to good machinery, maintenance and parts. Next we go to the Gulf Coast of Florida where Cooper Timber Harvesting has been busy clearing trees damaged by Hurricane Irma. Then in Texas, we learn how Bailey Bark Materials depends on Peterson grinders for converting railroad ties into bark and mulch. You’ll also discover new products and get news updates and much more in this issue.
March 2018 – Is It Time for Innovation at the Mill?
The March TimberLine features a cover story on family-owned Ordie Price’s Sawmill in Pennsylvania and how the close-knit team there rely on HMC equipment to meet customer’s high expectations. Then in Wisconsin we get a close-up look at one of the largest hardwood sawmills in the Great Lakes states region, Nicolet Hardwoods. We also learn how some of the beautiful wood that came through the mill inspired the launch of a wood flooring company. Then in Alabama, we see how a new configuration keeps production lines moving smoothly at a Canfor southern pine mill in Fulton. And farther north in the state in Tuscumbia, we get a look at how Cooper Machine upgrades machinery at a pine mill run by Sims Forest Products. Then moving west, a Wyoming lumber mill operation gets a new lease on life cutting timber from forests ravaged by mountain pine beetles. And last but not least, Select Sawmill Company celebrates 20 years in business.