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Sebastien LefebvreWellons Canada hires Eastern Service and Sales Rep

Wellons Canada has announced the recent hiring of Sebastien Lefebvre. Based in the company’s Sainte-Julie, Quebec office, Lefebvre will be responsible for Service and Sales in Eastern Canada for dry kilns and energy systems.

Lefebvre brings a strong background providing service and training within the forest products industry, most recently for optimization products, along with previous experience as a Service Technician for dry kilns and kiln control systems for Salton Fabrication. He will provide customers of Wellons Canada with full time Service and Support in the Eastern Region.

Wellons Canada specializes in heat and energy technologies for lumber dry kilns, biomass fired energy and heating systems. With the ability to offer ‘Total Projects from Concept to Completion’, Wellons says it provides all facets of design, manufacture, installation and continued support.

Western Forest Products buys Columbia Vista

A wholly-owned subsidiary of British Columbia-based Western Forest Products has entered into an agreement to purchase Columbia Vista Corporation for $30.5 million (U.S.).

Columbia Vista is a lumber manufacturer that focuses on Douglas fir specialty products for the Japanese and U.S. markets. It operates a sawmill business in Washington State and has been in business for over 60 years. The operations employ approximately 90 employees and it produced 60 million board feet of lumber in 2017.

“This acquisition is consistent with our strategy of pursuing margin-focused business opportunities that complement our position in selected markets,” says Don Demens, Western’s President and CEO. “Bringing Western and Columbia Vista together provides Western the opportunity to expand its Douglas fir specialty product offerings, particularly in Japan where our customers have been asking us to source Douglas fir to complement our B.C. Hemlock.”

Bob Lewis, Columbia Vista’s owner, will remain with Western, in a consulting capacity, following the closing of the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

Stihl MS 462 C-M and MS 462 C-M RStihl launches two new chainsaw models

Stihl says that its new MS 462 C-M and MS 462 C-M R chainsaws have a unique design that make them suitable for limbing and working on tough slopes.

They come equipped with the company’s M-Tronic fully electronic engine management system, regulating the ignition timing and fuel supply.

They have instant acceleration due to optimized ignition and electronically-controlled carburetion.

They also offer high torque in a wide speed range and an HD2 air filter with radial seal for better filter effect against dust particles.

The Ematic S oil pump offers infinite regulation of oil flow and the chainsaws are also lightweight, with optional Stihl Rollomatic ES light guide bar, more compact chain sprocket cover and crankcase, and weight-optimized flywheel.

Hitachi introduces Advanced Connect for Field Service

Hitachi Solutions America now offers Advanced Connect for Field Service, a pre-built, no-code integration that connects Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations (F&O) and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service.

Providing the most advanced functionality right out-of-the-box, Hitachi Solutions America says that the solution eliminates the need to build a costly in-house integration to seamlessly centralize and automate common yet complex field service transactions, and share the data across the entire business.

Designed specifically for the unique needs of field service, the robust integration synchronizes customer accounts, warehouses, released products, vendors, purchase orders, purchase order receipts, inventory adjustments, inventory transfers, and F&O project journals entities. This creates a complete end-to-end field service automation solution that optimizes inventory processes, tracks service stock accurately at mobile and fixed locations, provides more accurate warehouse levels, as well as automates invoicing.

Sebastien LefebvreUSNR burner provides fuel choice flexibility

USNR says that its Counter Flow Kilns are the largest and most flexible in the industry.

They use heating systems that produce 40 MMBtu from a variety of fuel sources including steam, shavings, green fuel, and natural gas. This flexibility allows mills to burn the fuel that gives them the most savings.

The USNR Green Fuel Burner ‘gasifier’ can be manufactured as a hybrid burner using green sawdust and natural gas independently in the same system. Mills can switch between fuel sources to take advantage of price fluctuations and other market conditions. Having more fuel source options also lets companies continue drying through quarterly clean-outs, by using gas.

Logging and Sawmilling Journal
February 2019

On the Cover:
A commitment to staying innovative and cutting edge through continuous improvements has been the key to continued business success for Vancouver Island company Coastland Wood Industries—and recent capital investments reinforce that solid approach (Photo courtesy of Coastland Wood Industries).

Cutting Edge social media for the forest industry
Through her company Cutting Edge Sacha, Ontario’s Sacha Gendron is very ably demonstrating the power of social media in promoting the wood products industry—and encouraging more women to work in the Canadian forest industry.

Perseverance pays off for B.C. sawmiller
Perseverance has paid off for sawmiller Jason Alexander, with his cedar operation in Valemount, B.C. now having a new wood supply agreement, allowing him to expand the operation, and employ more local people.

COFI Conference coming up
Logging and Sawmill Journal previews the B.C. Council of Forest Industries’ annual convention, being held April 3 to 5 in Vancouver, the largest gathering of the forest sector in Western Canada—an event that attracts industry CEOs and executives, senior representatives from customers, as well as government and First Nations leaders.

Canucks head south … to Louisiana
A new sawmill recently started up operations in Louisiana, and it has a strong Canadian connection in its ownership and equipment, through B.C.-based Tolko Industries and the BID Group.

B.C.’s Resources Expo show gears up
Work is well underway for the next Canada North Resources Expo (CNRE) being held May 24-25 in Prince George, B.C., and the interest level in the show from exhibitors—such as suppliers of logging and heavy construction equipment—is high.

Making the switch to cut-to-length
Quebec contractor Luc Beaulieu made the leap to mechanized cut-to-length harvesting with some gently used refurbished logging equipment, and the switch has served him—and his woodlot customers—well.

Family forestry legacy
The Scott Family of Revelstoke, B.C., truly runs a family logging operation, and they’re keenly interested in seeing the family legacy continued—but like a lot of B.C. contractors, they’re facing challenges in achieving that goal.

Coastland’s continuous improvements
Veneer producer Coastland Wood Industries’ business strategy of continuous improvements has delivered solid results for the Vancouver Island-based company.

The Edge
Included in this edition of The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, is a major feature story from the Canadian Wood Fibre 
Centre (CWFC).

The Last Word
Timber shortages in B.C. are now hitting home, says Jim Stirling.


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