Logging and Sawmilling Journal and sister magazine, TimberWest, have a new member on their team with Hannah Rayment joining the company.
Hannah, who is also the personal partner of Anthony Robinson, the President, CEO and owner of LSJ Publishing, brings a variety of skills to her new role of Associate Publisher for the company’s two print publications and their related digital properties, such as forestnet.com and forestnet jobs.
Among the areas that Hannah will oversee with Anthony will be administration, finance, customer relations and trade shows.
“We really want to ramp up the team approach on both the print and digital sides of the business, and Hannah will be key to achieving that,” says Anthony. “Like a lot of the loggers and mill folks who read the magazines, we are a family company, and we want to continue to grow the business. Hannah will be an excellent partner in the key areas of the business.”
Hannah has already hit the ground running, starting with the company early in 2022, and she recently attended the Oregon Logging Conference (OLC) in Eugene, representing the two magazines.
“It was terrific to meet some of our customers and readers at the OLC, especially after the last two years of COVID limitations. It was great to get together with folks at the Sawdust Bowl for a beer, and talk about how things are going with their businesses—and how we can better meet their needs with our magazines.
“I feel very energized after the OLC and about the business opportunities that are ahead of us—the excitement is definitely there for both myself and Anthony,” adds Hannah.
Hannah comes from the catering business and is very experienced at bringing people together over food.
“I’m looking forward to bringing the experience I have in connecting with people and helping them meet their business goals using both our print and digital vehicles with LSJ Publishing,” she says.
Perry Rosehill, who has been a Sales Associate at LSJ Publishing for more than 20 years has now retired. Perry and his wife, Ann, who have lived in the Lower Mainland, will be relocating to somewhere new on the B.C. Coast.
Anthony, Hannah and the entire LSJ Publishing Crew wish Perry and Ann a very happy retirement!
LSJ and TimberWest customers are urged to come by our booth at upcoming industry events, such as the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) conference coming up in Vancouver and the Interior Logging Association (ILA) equipment show in Kamloops, B.C., to have a chat with Hannah, Anthony and the rest of the team.
“Like everybody in the forest industry, we’re super excited about things starting to return to normal after COVID—and we’re looking forward to seeing our friends and industry colleagues in Vancouver and Kamloops,” says Anthony.
After 31 years in business, serving the forest industry in Western Canada, Hodgson Saw Ltd is moving forward with a new management team and production staff.
Jim and Judy Hodgson, the original owners of the business, built a successful saw manufacturing and service business. In 2021, due to personal reasons, the Hodgsons decided it was time for a change and began the process to sell the business.
John Drew, owner of Woodco Industries, who had dealt with Jim and Judy for the past 13 years as a customer, presented an offer to the Hodgsons to purchase into the business. The plan saw Judy retiring and Jim staying on with John as his new business partner. The Hodgsons accepted the deal and on November 1, 2021 the new ownership went into effect.
John, through his associated business, will bring new management resources and approaches to Hodgson Saw while Jim will remain as the technical expert and point of contact for customers. Website is coming soon.
Brunette Machinery Company Inc, a supplier to the North American forest industry for more than 75 years, has acquired D & L Timber Technologies Ltd.
“The acquisition of D & L Timber Technologies is well-aligned with Brunette’s strategy to grow and diversify our international operations,” says Kirk Forbes, President and CEO of Brunette Machinery.
Brunette Machinery believes that by combining the two organizations’ shared values, products, brands and global capabilities, Brunette and D & L will elevate their existing operations and better meet the growing demand for state-of-the-art equipment in the forest industry.
D & L will maintain its own identity and retain its manufacturing operations in Lac La Hache, B.C.
It develops, manufactures, and distributes portable sawmills and wood processing equipment. Made in Canada, D & L is known for its handcrafted SwingBlade sawmills. Their thin kerf, carbide-tipped circular saws feature cutting accuracy and speed with minimal maintenance. And their proprietary 180-degree SwingBlade technology makes their portable sawmills among the most flexible, advanced wood processing solutions available worldwide, says the company.
ASV Holdings is a manufacturer of all-purpose and all-season compact track loaders and skid steers. It recently introduced a line of branded attachments tested for use on ASV machines.
The ASV-branded attachments include a full range of buckets, pallet forks, grapples and brush mowers, with each attachment type available for every machine in ASV’s lineup. The attachments are tested for use with ASV machines.
ASV Holdings Inc, a Yanmar Compact Equipment company, designs and manufactures a full line of compact track and skid steer loaders primarily for the construction, landscaping and forestry markets.
If you need a clear demonstration of how safety has become an even higher priority among harvesting contractors in the past decade, the sale of the 150th Falcon winch-assist machine provides convincing evidence, says DC Equipment.
It took just seven years to reach that milestone and manufacturer DC Equipment says demand is currently at an all-time high. It is available in Canada through B.C.-based, Great West Equipment.
The shift to mechanized tree falling on steep slopes has accelerated around the world after the technology and safety of the innovative practice was proven in New Zealand.
Kiwi companies like DC Equipment are said to be among those at the forefront of the tech drive, exporting safety-first forestry equipment to customers across the globe as a solution to removing vulnerable workers from dangerous tasks such as tree falling and breaking out.
The Falcon winch-assist has been designed from the outset with single-drum, single-rope technology. It uses the largest rope size of any winch-assist machine—at 1 inch (28 mm) diameter. The swaged rope provides 71 tonnes of breaking strength ensuring that even shock loading will not compromise the strength or structural integrity of the rope, says the company.
But even with such a huge breaking strength, the Falcon winch-assist has a 21-tonne working load limit as a safety measure.
SmartMill has signed a contract with Mono Serra Group to supply equipment for its Bio Serra Hardwood Mill located in Saint-Monique, Quebec. The contract includes the sale and installation of the unique SMART-TRIM technology system in North America and a Smart lug loader.
SMART-TRIM is the result of more than four years of a research and development program involving specialists in conception and in mechanical, electrical and movement design. SMART-TRIM combines three pieces of equipment in one: a lug loader, a positioning system and a multi-saw trimmer. This unique system uses the optimizer’s solutions to index, position, and trim green or dry, rough or dressed lumber.
SmartMill says that this new cutting-edge technology will allow Bio Serra Hardwood Mill to substantially increase its production efficiency by rapidly increasing its productivity and the quality of its products.
Timbeter’s Roundwood Measurement Solution is an AI-powered solution for quick and accurate digital timber measurement and data management.
This tool brings efficiency to timber supply chain management by providing objective and fast measurements. Measurements are said to be made 15 times quicker (2 min vs 30 min) and all the data is instantly in digital format.
The program can count the number of logs, as well as measure the diameters of the logs, volume and the pile density ratios for pulp and fuel wood. All measurements have a geotag, therefore the origin of the timber is always known.
Timbeter provides an option to set different diameter ranges to see small, medium, and large size diameters instantly. Oversized or too small diameters can be set automatically as defect logs.
The Roundwood Measurement Solution is now available on SAP Store and is part of SAP’s industry cloud portfolio for the mill products industry.
Ford is planning to nearly double production of the F-150 Lightning pickup to 150,000 trucks per year to meet high demand for the first all-electric version of North America’s best-selling vehicle, the F-Series.
Due to unprecedented customer interest, Ford is implementing a wave-by-wave reservation process, with reservation holders being asked to watch for an invitation via email from Ford or to log into their Ford.com account over the next few months. Those who don’t receive invitations to convert for the 2022 model year will have an opportunity to order a future model year vehicle in due course.
Ford is committed to leading the electric vehicle revolution, investing more than $30 billion in electric vehicles through 2025. Over the next two years, Ford aims to emerge as the clear No. 2 electric vehicle maker in North America and then challenge the No. 1 spot as huge investments in battery and electric vehicle manufacturing come on stream. Within 24 months, Ford will have the global capacity to produce 600,000 battery electric vehicles annually.
As one of Ireland’s largest forestry e-commerce stores, Irish Forestry Products (IFP) provides a cornucopia of products to its Irish customers which are sourced from markets across Europe, Asia and North America.
After 12 years in business, the owners of this family-operated company are looking to retire, which presents an ample opportunity to pick up a well-oiled online venture within the EU market. IFP specializes in the online sale of both own-brand and leading brands of forestry and gardening supplies across Ireland.
The enviable client base comprises a number of long-standing relationships with several state bodies, local authorities and forestry SMEs, benefiting from high client retention rates and consistently positive feedback. In addition, a vast supplier network is on hand with the potential to triple the current number of products available. With the knock-on effect of the pandemic, the company’s sales revenue has grown by over 180 per cent, while retaining a gross profit margin of 41 per cent, the owners say.
The business is easily relocatable. Offers are invited.
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Tigercat has built its first model for cable logging operations. The new Tigercat 180 swing yarder is purpose-built from the ground up. It combines the speed and stability of conventional yarders with the mobility and simpler controls of excavator-based yarders. The result is a powerful and versatile yarding machine for extreme terrain logging applications.
The 409 hp carrier was carefully designed with a component layout, hydraulic system, drivetrain, and boom system optimized for yarding. The result is high line pull, excellent stability, and efficient operation. Designed to achieve exceptional stability, the 180 can achieve high line pull without the use of guylines in most operating conditions. The purpose-built undercarriage has a reinforced pedestal and carbody with an extended blade for added stability. The blade mounts are tied directly into the carbody for added strength. The machine can be quickly moved to the next set-up by simply lifting the blade. In operating situations where additional stability is required, such as extremely long yarding distances or low deflection conditions, a simple static guyline can be quickly set up. The machine still retains the ability to swing with this guyline attached.
The purpose-built winches are driven with efficient dedicated closed loop hydraulic circuits for smooth operation and infinitely variable speed control. The closed loop circuits provide energy recapture when lowering the load for increased efficiency. Intuitive joystick controls, along with many programmable features, reduce operator training time and increase production.
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Moggie Valley Timber, located in southwestern Ontario, is a sawmill that sells to lumber wholesalers and retailers, and has been in business for nearly a quarter-of-a-century. Moggie Valley Timber also carries out logging, cutting about 10 million board feet per year. On the logging side, in order to harvest the larger trees that Moggie Valley Timber comes across on woodlots in this part of Ontario, the company has invested in an Eco Log 590F harvester. Read all about how the Eco Log 590F is working out for Moggie Valley in this issue, beginning on page 34. (Cover photo and story photos courtesy of Moggie Valley Timber).
B.C.’s ILA show leading the pack …
B.C.’s Interior Logging Association is leading the pack when it comes to the re-start of forest industry events, with its equipment show and AGM coming up in May.
Cutting edge equipment—from cutting edge suppliers
A mill upgrade for Vicksburg Forest Products led to the company sourcing cutting edge equipment from a variety of suppliers—including from B.C. and Quebec.
Northland moves to partial processing—at the mill
Facing narrow log delivery windows, Alberta sawmill Northland Forest Products has decided to move to partial millyard processing, with two TreeKing processors.
Another successful convention expected for BC Saw Filer’s
The B.C. forest industry is facing challenges, but this year’s BC Saw Filer’s Convention & AGM—being held May 27 to 28 in Kamloops, B.C.—is expected to be just as big and successful as it was pre-COVID.
Iron investment handles bigger timber
Moggie Valley Timber has invested in an Eco Log 590F harvester to handle the larger trees that it comes across on woodlots in southwestern Ontario.
Canada’s Top Lumber Producers: West Fraser and Canfor on top!
Logging and Sawmilling Journal’s authoritative listing of Canada’s Top Lumber Producers—produced in association with leading forest industry consultants FEA—shows that West Fraser and Canfor are still the top lumber producers in the country.
New and Noted at the Oregon Logging Conference
The Oregon Logging Conference in February kicked off with great expectation following two years of in-person restrictions due to COVID. The OLC is widely known for its extensive, state-of-the-art equipment display—and we take a look at what was new at the show.
Included in this edition of The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, are stories from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC) and FPInnovations.
From power upgrades to production improvements, read all about what’s new in small scale logging equipment in this issue’s Tech Update.
The Last Word
Forest giant Canfor is applying sustainability across its entire culture in a bid to prosper in a post-pandemic world.