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Rex Lumber announces plans for new mill
Rex Lumber, based in Graceville, Fla., announced plans to build a new sawmill in the Southeast. The company has identified several potential sites for the new facility. Company officials expect to make a decision on the location in early 2018 and commence construction shortly thereafter. Annual production at the new mill will reach a minimum of 240 million board feet. Capital costs for the project are estimated at $110 million. Rex Lumber currently operates three sawmills, including two in the Florida panhandle and one in Mississippi, with a total production capacity of 575 mmbf. The new project will be the company's third sawmill expansion in the last 17 years.

U.S. lumber production up 3.2% through August
Correction: Total U.S. lumber production in August was 3.0 billion board feet, up 9.7% from July and up 5.0% from August 2016, according to the Western Wood Products Association's Lumber Track publication. Through August, U.S. production was 22.7 bbf, up 3.2% from the same period a year ago. Production in the West was up 2.7% through August, while output in the South was up 3.6%.

Canfor adding second shift at Arkansas sawmill
Canfor Southern Pine, the operating company for Canfor’s operations in the United States, has made an investment of $8.8 million for upgrades at its sawmill in Urbana (Union County), Ark. “We are installing a third continuous dry kiln so we can increase lumber production substantially and add a second shift early in 2018,” said Derek Ratchford, Canfor Southern Pine’s regional manager for Arkansas. For more, click here...

SmartLam quadruples CLT production at former Weyerhaeuser site
SmartLam, the first commercial manufacturer of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the U.S., is expanding its operations and headquarters into a former Weyerhaeuser lumber mill property in Columbia Falls, Mont., - quadrupling its production. Going from 20,000 cubic meters of CLT annually to over 80,000 in the new facility, the company will also install a state-of-the-art equipment line and add 75 new employees. The expanded site will also help SmartLam develop new types of engineered wood. For more, click here...

G-P to build new lumber mill in Alabama
Georgia-Pacific announced September 13 a new lumber production facility in Talladega, Alabama. Construction on the $100 million, 300,000-square-foot, technologically advanced plant is scheduled to begin immediately with an anticipated startup in late 2018. Once it is fully operational, the plant will employ more than 100 full-time employees and generate an estimated $5 million in annual payroll. For more, click here...

Tolko lays out plans to restart OSB mill
Tolko Industries Ltd. has laid out its general development plan to re-open its oriented strand board (OSB) mill in High Prairie, Alberta, in early 2018. A preliminary harvesting plan for the next five years was presented at an open house Aug. 17 at Peavine Inn and Suites. Production at the mill is expected to start in the first quarter of 2018. “We’ll start in the fourth quarter and bring in equipment,” says Tom Hoffman, Tolko manager of external and stakeholder relations. “It’s been nine years since the mill operated and it’s imperative to bring the mill up to production in a graduated and stepped progression to ensure we address all electrical, mechanical and through-put issues that will have arisen over that time.” Tolko hopes the mill will start to produce in 2018 in the second quarter, he says. For more, click here...

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