May 1998 - Past Issues
BC's New Era of Labour
The settlement of a nine-mmonth strike has resulted in a
contract that will give Fletcher Challenge the flexibility eastern Canadian companies have
had for years.
Building from the ashes
Last June a fire destroyed Tolko's Nicola Valley sawmill in Merritt, BC. The first
step the company took was to assemble an internal team who put together a concept for the
An ounce of prevention
Fire safety expert John Ivison say implementing a properly applied fire protection
plan developed by a qualified engineering firm could result in lower insurance rates for
Northland Forest Products focuses on technoloy with
$15-million rebuild of Fort McMurray mill.
Northland now operates one of the most technologically advanced sawmills in western
Canada, and the owners say their employees now work smarter, not harder.
Treading Softly with Tigercat
Tembec contractor Calvin Forest Products has switched to mechanical harvesting and
finds the system works especially well, reducing damage to residual trees.
Quality vs. Quantity
Rather than develop into a large operation with big production numbers, Nova Scotia's
Elmsdale Lumber is producing for a small group of quality-conscious customers.
Building on Success
Having had good production numbers with the Logmax 650 harvesting head, Stephen
Thompson's Beaver Dam Enterprises was eager to try the new Logmax GM 750 head. They
haven't been disappointed with the results.
From Wood Waste to Ethanol Fuel
Biomass Canada sees those piles of wood waste in sawmill yards as potential feedstock
for an enthanol plant. Their plan for a $35-million facility would result in the
production of 17,000 gallons daily of this clean-burning fuel, using 25 tons of waste wood
a day in the process.
Higher log stacks with new loader
By making changes to a Komatsu 300HD-6 log loader, Northland Forest Products is now
able to stack logs 7' higher and has improved their operators' working environment.
New logging equipment available from various manufacturers and distributors.