Woods to Mill
A short 50 years ago, I started work at Weyerhaeuser’s Pulp R&D lab in Everett, Washington with degrees in Wood Technology and Pulp and Paper Science. This combination allowed me to pursue chip quality from the unique perspective of forest to the product.
The Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), established by Gifford Pinchot in 1910, is the national forest products research lab of the USDA Forest Service.  By producing high-quality, science-based innovation, FPL research quite literally improves the safety, comfort, and well-being of every American, every day.
It’s not uncommon to hear the following questions: “Where will our future loggers come from? Where will our future truck drivers come from? How will we replace our retiring mill workers?”
Last week’s FRA Forest Forum, a monthly dinner held near Bangor, Maine, brought speakers on mapping and drones, and we learned how these technologies can help with the in-woods operation. There were three great presentations, but that’s not what I found most interesting.
It’s hard to think of any saying that fits the wood fiber supply chain any better than, “Move it or lose it!” For the wood supply chain to function properly, there must be a means of safely and efficiently moving wood fiber from the forest, through primary and secondary processing, and on to the ultimate end user.
Interstate Wood Products was founded in 1966 by Don Lemmons with three trucks. The company has grown leaps and bounds in 52 years, and much of that is due to the strong family values that the company was founded on, and that remains strong today.
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