Maibec Inc. of Levis, Quebec and Fraser Timber LLC concluded today Maibec’s purchase of the assets of the Masardis Maine lumber mill. The mill employs approximately 135 people and can produce over 100 million board feet of softwood lumber annually, which is sold in the U.S.
“This acquisition gives Maibec its first place of business in the U.S. and represents an important milestone in our growth. Among other things, the mill’s geographic location will give us easier access to the U.S. market and allow us to increase our market share.” said François Tardif, President of Maibec.
Maibec plans to make strategic investments over the next two years in the Masardis mill, which produces lumber primarily for the construction and renovation markets. This new production will now be added to that of Maibec’s plant in St. Pamphile, Quebec, and allow the company to serve customers across Quebec, Ontario and the northeast and southern U.S.
Over the years, Maibec’s unique expertise has made it the brand of reference in its respective markets. It is especially well-known for its solid wood siding and white cedar shingles, which bring charm and beauty to any residential style and setting, be it urban, rural or coastal.
INTERFOR CORPORATION has recently announced that it has reached agreement with Simpson Lumber Company, LLC (”Simpson”) to acquire Simpson’s sawmill operations in Meldrim, GA, Georgetown, SC, Longview, WA and Commencement Bay, WA (collectively the “Sawmill Operations”). The Sawmill Operations are located within geographic proximity of Interfor’s sawmills in both the US Southeast and Pacific Northwest and will fit within the Company’s existing operating infrastructure.
The Sawmill Operations have a combined annual lumber capacity of 750 million board feet1
and are expected to produce 555 million board feet in 2014. As a result of this transaction,
Interfor’s total capacity will increase by 30% to 3.1 billion board feet, reinforcing its position
as the fastest growing lumber company in the world. The Company’s lumber capacity in the
US Southeast and Pacific Northwest will total 1.2 billion board feet and 900 million board
feet, respectively, representing 67% of the Company’s total pro forma capacity.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the Meldrim, Georgetown and Longview
sawmills generated combined EBITDA2 of US$16 million. In addition, these sawmills have
significant upside potential from capital projects that are currently underway as well as from
other operational initiatives.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the Commencement Bay operation
generated EBITDA2 of US$(3) million. The Commencement Bay sawmill is located at the
Port of Tacoma and is a modern sawmill that was built in 2001. The total invested capital for the sawmill is approximately US$90 million. In 2004, the sawmill produced almost 400
million board feet, but is expected to produce approximately 165 million board feet in 2014.
Simpson is in the final stages of a US$5 million capital project at Commencement Bay that
will enhance the sawmill’s log processing flexibility and operating efficiency. Interfor
believes there are additional non-capital initiatives that could materially improve the
financial performance of the sawmill and further enhance the financial returns from the
transaction. ”This transaction is another important milestone for Interfor,” said Duncan Davies, Interfor’s
President and CEO. “The Simpson operations are a great strategic fit with our platforms in
the US Southeast and Pacific Northwest, with significant operational and financial upside.
Equally important is the deal structure that has two distinct components: (i) the acquisition
of three profitable sawmills at values that will create immediate accretion; and (ii) the
acquisition of a fourth sawmill using a contingent payment structure that ties the ultimate
purchase price of that sawmill to its future results.”
Loading…The 1050K features Eco mode to optimize fuel economy by automatically adjusting engine speed and transmission settings based on load.
Designed and built in Dubuque, Iowa, the 1050K Crawler Dozer is the largest, most powerful dozer ever built by John Deere. Utilizing years of research and extensive customer feedback, the 1050K has the durability, reliability, and productivity needed for mining, quarrying, road building, and other large-scale applications.
“The 1050K is a new generation of crawler dozer that provides the uptime, low daily operating costs, and productivity needed on today’s jobsite,” said Mark Oliver, crawler dozers product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Customer feedback was vital in developing this game-changing dozer. This is a Deere-designed machine that is fully supported by John Deere dealers and it’s unlike any crawler dozer our customers have ever seen in this size class.”
The 1050K incorporates an EPA Final Tier 4/ EU Stage IV PowerTechTM diesel engine with 350 hp (261 kW). Completely redesigned from the ground up, the 1050K’s dual-path hydrostatic transmission allows an operator to push a full load through turns without losing material, unlike torque-converter transmissions on competitor machines.
Like the smaller 850K, the 1050K features Eco mode. The Eco mode feature optimizes fuel economy while maintaining ground speed by automatically adjusting engine speed and transmission settings based on load. This has the potential to reduce fuel consumption up to 25 percent with no loss in productivity in many applications.
Operators don’t have to worry about diesel particulate filter (DPF) cleaning as it still occurs automatically with no impact to machine operation. Ash service intervals for the diesel particulate filter are condition based, meaning the machine will notify the operator before service is required. Typically, ash service is not necessary until the first engine overhaul. Extensive testing allowed John Deere’s DPF to go up to 15,000 hours before ash removal. The 1050K also features excellent total fluid economy (diesel fuel and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF)).
The production-class dozer’s heavy-duty undercarriage is sealed, lubricated, and built to last. Its oval-track design has only one wear-causing forward-travel flex point, for longer life. One-piece welded maintenance resists torsional stress, absorbs shock loads, and delivers maximum strength while allowing easy service access to major components. For added durability, heavy-duty double-reduction planetary final drives are mounted independent of the track frames, where they’re effectively protected from shock loads.
Inside the cab, a deluxe suspension high-back seat is angled 15 degrees to provide a more comfortable view of the ripper and adjusts seven ways for daylong comfort. An updated LCD display monitor provides enhanced onboard diagnostics with real time values for every temperature, pressure, and speed sensor on the machine. The crawler dozers constantly monitor transmission temperature to avoid damage to the hydrostat system.
Before tackling the jobsite, operators can set the maximum desired ground speed, and the power management system automatically maintains peak engine RPM and power efficiency without stalling or shifting. An ergonomically correct joystick provides intuitive, low-effort control of steering, direction, and groundspeed. An exclusive Total Machine Control (TMC) monitor allows an operator to select decelerator mode and response - forward/reverse groundspeed ranges, steering modulation, F-N-R shift rate, and forward/reverse speed ratios.
A hydraulic power-pitch option allows the operator to control blade pitch from the cab. The blade pitch is also adjustable to three mount locations for superior performance in a variety of applications and materials. The programmable return-to-pitch settings allows the operator to preset blade-pitch positions, which can be activated with the push of a button.
The 1050K’s controls can be customized to meet the individual needs of an operator. The decelerator can slow both ground-speed and engine RPM, or with the touch of a button, control ground-speed only, to help maintain traction without affecting engine power and hydraulic response. Fully depressing the pedal applies the brakes.
With standard Electro-Hydraulic (EH) controls, all 1050K dozers are grade-control ready making adding a grade-control system as easy as plugging in the components, calibrating, and going to work. John Deere’s “open-architecture” design lets customers easily employ their favorite brand of grade-control system - Trimble, Topcon, or Leica. The 1050K can also have a Topcon 3D-MC2 grade control system installed at the factory for faster availability and the ability to finance the system with the dozer purchase.
“The 1050K is 100 percent John Deere and it’s a total machine,” said Dave Rock, equipment asset manager, Sureway Construction. “When providing our feedback, we wanted the hood lower, we wanted to better see the ripper, and the dealers had to be behind this machine for parts, service, sales - everything.”
Operators looking to get the most out of their 1050K can rely on Ultimate Uptime featuring John Deere WorkSightTM. With Ultimate Uptime, operators receive pre-delivery and follow-up inspections; three years of JDLinkTM telematics, machine heath prognostics, and remote diagnostics and programming capability; and the ability to add additional dealer-provided uptime solutions to customize the package to individual needs.
For additional information and model-specific specifications on the new 1050K, visit www.JohnDeere.com/pushback or contact your local dealer for a demo.
Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division
Mailing: P.O. Box 8806
Moline, IL 61266-8806
In 2014 Brazilian exports of pine sawnwood totaled almost 1 million cubic metres year on year, representing a 30% growth compared to the previous year. Pine plywood exports also increased by 10% to around 1.2 million cubic metres in the same period, ITTO reports. This performance was underpinned by growth of the construction market in the United States and the appreciation of the US dollar against the Brazilian currency. Weakness in the domestic market in Brazil drove manufacturers to actively seek new international markets.
The United States market accounted for around 45% of Brazilian pine sawnwood exports in 2014 but Europe was the main market for Brazilian pine plywood and this trade was worth $470 million in 2014. Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Mexico and China were also important export destinations for Brazilian pine plywood. Despite the good performance in 2014, exports of both pine sawnwood and plywood are still well below 2008 levels, i.e. before the global financial crisis suggesting there is considerable room for further growth if the US and EU economies improve.
Wood-Mizer LLC plans to build a new production facility in Batesville, Indiana. The new facility will replace Wood-Mizer’s current sawmill manufacturing plant operating in New Point, Indiana.
Wood-Mizer reached an agreement with Southeast Indiana area leaders to establish an 85,000 square-foot manufacturing facility on 13 acres of land in Batesville, Indiana. The plant will immediately bring 120 jobs to the area while creating 15 additional job opportunities for the community. The City of Batesville encouraged Wood-Mizer to build the production plant in Batesville by offering an incentive package that included benefits such as project financing. Wood-Mizer has announced an $8.4 million investment in the land, building, equipment, and improvements for the new manufacturing facility. Scheduled for completion in December 2015, the facility will produce Wood-Mizer’s industry leading product line of portable sawmills, industrial sawmills, and blade maintenance equipment that is distributed throughout the world. Wood-Mizer LLC is the world’s leading sawmill manufacturer.
Three years in the making and backed by over a half-century of experience in the woods, the John Deere M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers and Tracked Harvesters are officially making their debut. The latest additions to the John Deere family of tracked forestry machines include the 800M and 800MH-Series Reduced Tail Swing, setting a new standard in midsize machines, along with the 900M and 900MH-Series that improve upon John Deere’s industry-leading large-size machines.To develop the M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers and Tracked Harvesters, John Deere enlisted loggers from around the world to form a Customer Advocate Group (CAG). The CAG provided real-world insights on what they need in a machine to be successful. Inspired by their feedback and validated by thousands of hours of testing in every day conditions, John Deere listened and responded with machines that change the game in terms of uptime and productivity.
“When we designed our new midsize and large-size machines, we relied on the input of the people who are in the machines every day - our customers,” said Cliff Caudill, Manager, Product Marketing, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “After collecting invaluable customer input, we spent over 11,000 hours testing the machines until we got them exactly right. The result is a new fleet of machines that redefine the meanings of uptime, productivity and low daily operating costs.”
The M-Series machines are built for the way loggers work, and the proof is in their feedback:
“It’s so important to get customer input into a product because we’re the ones who spend our lives in the equipment. These machines are very well built, and they represent pretty much everything we asked Deere to build.”
- Mark Maenpaa, K&M Logging, Thunder Bay Canada
“John Deere addressed everything we asked them for. What’s not to like? The stability, the visibility, the serviceability. Hats off to them for building machines that fit many different applications. They’ve done a great job.”
- Brent Day, William A. Day Jr. & Sons, Porter Maine
“I didn’t realize how committed John Deere is to its customers until I was involved in the Customer Advocate Group. It really opened my eyes to how they are as passionate about logging as we are.”
- Rick Cuneen, Plantation Harvesting, Myrtleford, Victoria Australia
800M- and 800MH-Series machines share many common components - including the engine, undercarriage, booms and cab - with their 900M- and 900MH-Series counterparts, simplifying maintenance and repairs when needed.
Rapid Cycle System (RCS) combines automated felling-head arm cycling with simple boom control, dramatically reducing operator fatigue while increasing efficiency and productivity. RCS can be tailored to individual skill levels and specific harvesting conditions, from large single-tree harvesting to high-speed, multistem cutting. An added benefit for operators is its selectable operation, which allows them to engage and disengage RCS with a single touch of a button. Multiple RCS settings can also be saved according to individual operator preferences based on skill levels. RCS is standard on all 800M- and 800MH-Series machines and as an option on the 900M and 900MH-Series.
Operate in Comfort
The new operator station on all M-Series machines was designed by loggers for loggers. It’s roomier and more comfortable, with ergonomically designed controls. Fully adjustable armrests provide fingertip control of all machine functions, and an air-conditioned seat provides exceptional daylong comfort in the climate-controlled cab. Floor-to-celling front and side windows plus an overhead skylight provide 44 percent more visibility, providing an outstanding view of the cutting area.
All machines feature John Deere’s field-proven boom design from the 900M- and 900MH-Series models. All booms are strong and robust with thick plates and large pins and bushings to ensure long life. Additional uptime increasing features include:
A through-nose harvester head plumbing option that routes hoses up and out of harm’s way to extend hose life.
An optional undercarriage-mounted toolbox that provides convenient storage for tools, additional saw bars and other spare parts, minimizing trips to a service truck.
800M fuel tank capacity has been increased by 50 percent to extend intervals between fill-ups, allowing loggers to run up to 24 hours without refueling.
John Deere ForestSightTM and Ultimate Uptime are also available as an option on all M-Series machines. This integrated suite of technology solutions brings the machine, technology and the dealer together to help loggers better manage their equipment and operations with fast, accurate remote diagnostics, rapid service response and on-demand dealer support.
John Deere’s 800M- and 800MH- Series and 900M- and 900MH- Series family of Tracked Forestry machines are now available in North America. To learn more, view product features and hear real customer feedback, visit www.JohnDeere.com/GameChangers.
Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division Mailing: P.O. Box 8806 Moline, IL 61266-8806