October 2007

A John Deere 2554 butt ‘n top loader at work at the Munson Equipment logging operation in BC’s southern Interior. Read how Munson Equipment is managing the business swings in the forest industry.  

A coroner’s inquest into the death of a BC log hauler resulted in some 17 recommendations—now it’s a matter of implementing the recommendations to make logging roads safer.

Handling bettle wood better
Tolko Industries’ Kelowna, BC sawmill has recently completed $15 million in upgrades that will allow the mill to handle mountain pine beetle wood more effectively.

Diversifying to even out the swings
BC’s Munson Equipment plans to keep a strong focus on its logging business, but is also working to do more construction work to try to even out the inevitable business swings of the forest industry.  

Tolko’s new $250 million OSB/OSL plant
Tolko is making a conscious decision to steer clear of the commodity market with its new $250 million OSB/OSL plant in Slave Lake, Alberta.

Responding to change with new Cat equipment
Nova Scotia logging contractor Dana Day has successfully responded to the continuing changes in the forest industry, with support in this effort coming most recently from some new Cat harvesting equipment.  

Mixing it up
BC’s Springer Creek Forest Products is utilizing its “Kootenay Mix” woodbasket to develop a number of new initiatives to ramp up the mill’s overseas sales.

Logging the urban forest
A logging outfit in Prince George, BC is specializing in removing beetle-killed wood from sensitive areas in and around the city, using small machinery that is up to the demanding task.


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