Private and institutional forest owners recognize the need for a balanced approach to the management of their woodland assets. This includes ensuring that their assets generate a substantial return today while also increasing in value over time. Danzer is one company that understands this important consideration and can help owners maximize their investment in the forest.
Fayetteville, Arkansas, is surrounded by forests, which have long shaped the history and culture of the region. This wood-rich area has become a center of design and timber production. The new Anthony Timberlands Center will educate and train future architects and designers, influenced by the rich timber heritage of the region. It will help set standards for innovative wooden constructions worldwide.
The company’s Beirne facility is located near rivers, where it can harvest the highest quality logs only during the late summer and fall. The Beirne mill has the capacity to store 10 million feet of hardwood logs, and the company also has satellite facilities in Rockport and Fayetteville. Currently, the company employs about 93 people and processes 50,000 to 100,000 board feet of lumber per day.
Anthony Timberlands has three sawmills and a chip mill in the southern part of Arkansas. The company has also purchased pine sawmills in Malvern and Benton. In addition, the company buys a hardwood sawmill from the International Paper Company. The company hires James R. Green as its executive vice president and chief financial officer. The company also acquires 35,000 acres of timberland in Clark and Hot Springs counties. It also consolidates its timberlands holdings under the name JEA Land Limited Partnership. It then constructs a hardwood laminating facility in Sheridan, Arkansas.
The Anthony Timberlands Center is an immersive wood-processing experience that celebrates the life cycle of wood. From a sapling growing on the porch of a historic building, through to the finished product, the center showcases the entire process from tree farming to milling and processing. Visitors will experience traditional methods as well as cutting-edge research and innovation. Ultimately, the center aims to create a sustainable future with wood.
The sawmill industry in Arkansas is declining at the slowest rate in 50 years, with several mills shuttering their doors or curtailing production. According to John Ed Anthony, the chairman of Anthony Timberlands Inc., an Arkansas-based wood processor, the number of sawmills in the state has been steadily decreasing over the past quarter century, mainly due to consolidation and modernization of operations. This trend was not indicative of a struggling market, said Anthony.
West Fraser is a major lumber and engineered wood supplier with exposure to the US market. Its wood products include lumber and engineered wood for residential, commercial, and industrial uses. A recent increase in new home construction in the US will benefit the company’s business. However, with so much wood available for sale and many people needing to build a new home, West Fraser’s share price is likely to remain volatile. In its latest earnings report, the company lays out its insights on the available markets for its wood products.
The company employs more than 5,000 people across Canada and more than 8,600 globally. It controls nearly 8 million hectares of forest land in Canada and leases portions to others for recreational and research uses. The company’s board is currently fighting against a hostile takeover bid by investor Jim Pattinson, who owns 51% of Canfor and 13.5% of West Fraser.
West Fraser Timber is a diversified wood products company with 60 manufacturing facilities across Canada, the US, the UK, and Europe. Its primary product is lumber, but it also produces paper products and wood chips, and exports them globally. It also has operations in China. The company also has a joint venture in Europe called Combient with 23 other companies.
Despite recent political unrest and uncertain economic trends, the company’s prospects remain positive. The company is committed to sustainable operations and is transparent about its capabilities, innovations, and self-regulations. All of its products are 100 percent certified sustainable, but this does not necessarily mean that it is completely free from environmental risk. Its management emphasizes the need to reinvest in the company’s employees and invest in their training and development. It also notes that the industry is increasingly high-tech and more skilled people are needed to keep up with the demand.
The company also plans to expand its operations by investing in new equipment. The company’s new mill is equipped with Fulghum cranes, a Valon Kone ring debarker, and USNR primary log breakdown line. It also has MoCo stackers and Signode strapping systems. Mid-South provided the engineering services for the project, while PCE Constructors is the largest construction contractor. The company’s ownership includes local businessmen.
UFP Industries is a global company with operations in North America, Asia, and Australia. It produces industrial wood products, kiln-dried lumber, and other wood products. The company expects to make about $68 million in revenue in 2021, and its products are used by the RV and mobile home industries. UFP ranks high in ESG, which measures environmental, social, and governance aspects of companies.
Tetreault & Son
Tetreault & Son Forest Management is one of the few companies in Massachusetts that has earned the Master Logging Contractor certification, an internationally recognized standard for sustainable forestry. The MLC process begins with an interview and includes two independent inspections of logging jobs. The program evaluates the company’s sustainable forestry practices using eight major goals and over 100 performance standards. It is a rigorous process, and the company must meet these standards to remain MLC certified.
As a certified logger, Roger Tetreault and Son’s knowledge of the industry is invaluable. They understand the logging industry’s “flavor of the day,” the changing market, and the high quality standards that are necessary to meet the demands of discerning customers. The company is also a member of the Massachusetts Forest Alliance and the Northeast Master Logger Certification Program. The program requires loggers to demonstrate competence in logging practices every year. Tetreault & Son’s equipment includes a 2009 John Deere forwarder 1110D, a 2001 Timbco 820-D with a Risley harvester head, a 1978 skidder 208, and a 2000 Manac 3-axle log trailer.