« Last post by admin on May 17, 2013, 08:49:08 AM »
Inland Empire Dry Kiln Association Spring MeetingMEETING LOCATION
The May 2013 meeting will be held at the Stimson Lumber Company
Priest River Idaho facility
12 Old Priest River Road Priest River, ID 83856ASSOCIATION INFORMATION
The Inland Empire Dry Kiln Association (IEDKA) was formed in 1990. The association strives to serve the forest products industry by gathering industry professionals, supporting institutions and vendors to deliver meaningful, practical information focused on improving product quality, production efficiency and asset reliability. The association has enjoyed membership support from Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. Meetings are traditionally organized to be informal to provide an open forum that includes prepared presentations as well as round table question and answer for all skill levels.ASSOCIATION REGISTRATION
Only one membership is needed for each facility/vendor. IEDKA meeting fees are $20 for wood product companies and $50 for vendors and supporting organizations Payment for membership fees should be made payable to:
Inland Empire Dry Kiln Association
Mail dues to:
715 East 8th Street,
Moscow, ID 83843RSVP REQUIRED
The sponsoring facility needs an accurate headcount to prepare the meeting area and make meal arrangements.
Number of Attendees____________________CONTACT INFORMATION
Association Chairman: Craig Jensen (208) 267-3166 email@example.com
Association Vice-Chair: Jim Shepherd (208) 875-1121 firstname.lastname@example.org
Association Secretary: John Marone (208) 874-3197 email@example.com
Spring Meeting Host: Rick Foster – Stimson Lumber Company
Just wondering if anyone has any experience drying this species. The company I work for is thinking about cutting some 6/4 shop and I have no experience with the species. Any information someone could provide would be appreciated.
« Last post by HencoV on May 13, 2013, 05:22:47 AM »
I've heard that in the USA, some sawmills only "saw" with a separate business entity running the kilns on the same site, or just adjacent to it. If true, this makes sense as the saw miller can focus on what he does best, and so can the dryer.... possibly a perfect symbiotic relationship?
I am busy drawing up a proposal for a small "wet-off" processing plant to build kilns on their site and dry all their timber on a contact basis. (± 2000m3 /month , 850 MBF / month)
Can I ask that people reading this thread give me their inputs, and motivations why this is a good or bad idea. Much appreciated
« Last post by admin on May 09, 2013, 12:44:43 PM »
NC University Presents:TRAINING SITE:
45th Annual Hardwood Dry Kiln Operator's Short-Course
All classes will be held in the Dry Kiln Classroom of Building
400 on the main campus of Haywood Community College,
185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC 28721 When:
July 16 - July 19Cost:
$375 per studentCourse Description:
This short-course will provide practical knowledge about how wood is effectively kiln dried and scientific background on re-
lated wood properties and processes. It will have value for beginner as well as experienced kiln operators along with sales, pur-
chasing, marketing and manufacturing managers. Instruction, by university professors and various industry experts, will be in the classroom and through hands-on lab exercises using our steam powered dry kiln with direct-drive fans and digital controls. NOTE: Students are to provide their own Hard-Hats, Hearing Protection, and Steel-Toed Boots, which are required for this course. For more information please contact:
Continuing Education Division
185 Freedlander Drive
Clyde, North Carolina 28721
Telephone: (828) 564-5128
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org To register, please contact:
Phone: (828) 565-4241
« Last post by admin on May 08, 2013, 09:40:35 AM »
Boiler OperatorJob Location:
Randle, WAJob Description:
Work in a 24 hour a day/7 day a week operation, under the direction of the Boiler Supervisor and with the other shift Boiler Operators. Knowledgeable and skilled in Boiler and Kiln Drying operating procedures and its subsystems. Familiar with process control loops and their manual operation and/or bypass. Able to maintain an adequate supply of fuel to fire the Boiler. Able to manage the fuel pile and out fed hogged fuel from the Sawmill. Familiar with spare parts on hand and their location. Able to do Boiler Maintenance. Maintain personal safety, the safety of our equipment, and fellow workers before initiating a procedure. Follow procedure and schedule of lubricating all equipment. Read and keep a written log of activities.Experience/Skills Required:
Must be an experienced operator or be trained by an experienced operator. Experience with hog fuel fired boiler and kiln drying preferred. Must hold current Hampton PIT authorization. Boiler operation, water treatment, process control and other related training shall be attended when offered by the company.Hours:
$20.30 Per hour + shift differential
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« Last post by admin on May 08, 2013, 09:29:37 AM »
Dry Side Manager-01007286Description
At Weyerhaeuser, our most valued resources aren’t only the trees and timberlands we oversee. Our employees are the real reason we’ve been in business for over 100 years. Their skill and ingenuity have made Weyerhaeuser one of the leaders in timberland management, and manufacturing and distribution of wood products in the world. Background:
The Dry Side Manager is a member of the site leadership team and is responsible for the leadership and coordination of the day-to-day and ongoing operations of the Stacker, Kilns, and Planer departments of the Magnolia Sawmill. They will have accountability for executing strategies to achieve all Safety, Utilization, Value, Productivity/Cost and Employee metrics associated with their areas of responsibility. All dry side supervisory personnel report to this position. We are looking for a leader with demonstrated strong team and leadership development skills that can build an environment where associates and leaders will grow and assume greater responsibility for their work. Key Functions:
Responsible for all shifts, ensuring we meet Safety, Manufacturing and Quality goals on the dry side of the sawmill. Responsible to administer established policies and procedures to achieve maximum plan effectiveness, and to assist the other department managers in managing the entire site. Manage aspects of the safety program. Conduct or participate in production/maintenance meetings to plan and regularly review workflow priorities and status of work in progress. Manage daily dry side operational issues and keep the Unit Manager informed of such. Maintain high levels of product and service quality. Maintain daily plant housekeeping standards by utilizing established procedures. Develop annual performance goals and measures, and individual development plans for your direct reports, and review status on a monthly basis. Take a lead role in the administration of and adherence to site policies and procedures. Participate in hourly hiring activities and ensure a quality orientation for newly hired production employees. Ensure crews are fully trained and manned daily, and manage absenteeism to site standards. Review workflow routing, runnability and related processes, identifying and carrying through on ideas for continuous improvement, especially best practice replication. Stay informed of issues in the plant and ensure effective resolution of identified issues and needs. Qualifications
Solid knowledge of industrial safety procedures/regulations with knowledge of Weyerhaeuser Safety systems preferred. A history of demonstrated Safety Values. Excellent written, verbal, presentation and listening skills. Excellent interpersonal and team building skills. Strong technical knowledge related to manufacturing processes with previous wood products experience strongly preferred. Problem solving and analytical skills. Ability to manage and/or lead projects and teams of people. Ability to accurately project and plan for capital expenditures. Excellent planning, organizing, prioritizing, time management, and delegation skills. Ability to coordinate activities with other departments. Ability to effectively administer the performance management process and provide feedback related to training and development opportunities. Ability to deal effectively with different types of people at all levels of the organization. Ability to recognize, reward and promote positive performance. Strong computer literacy, including knowledge of related software. Bachelor's degree in production or operations management, industrial engineering, or other related technical field strongly preferred. Five to ten years of related manufacturing experience required, including experience as a plant supervisor.
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« Last post by admin on April 26, 2013, 08:08:03 AM »
Allegheny Dry Kiln Club Spring Meeting
May 15th & 16th
The meeting will kick off with an Open Bar Social from 6:00-8:00pm on Wednesday, May 15th, sponsored by Sawmill MD and Danfoss. The tours and education sessions will be on May 16th. Lunch is sponsored by ISK Biocides, Inc.
Holiday Inn Union Town
700 West Main St, Rt 40 W
Uniontown, PA 15401
Phone: (724) 437-2816
Fax: (724) 437-3505
Mention the Allegheny Dry Kiln Club
and receive a rate of $115.00+
**You must make your reservation
by April 15 th to get this rate**
ADKC on the Web at: www.woodscience.vt.edu/about/extension/adkc.asp
- Northwest Hardwoods Inc
- Holt & Bugbee
- Hardwood Lumber Drying:
One successful kiln operator’s
- Be a Better Supplier to Your
Customer: How sawing
decisions can impact dry
- Question and Answer Session
Open Bar Social, 6:00-8:00pm
Holiday Inn Union Town,
Sponsored by Sawmill MD
For more information, contact Mike Ballard at email@example.com
« Last post by admin on April 16, 2013, 11:37:03 AM »
PRODUCTION (Dry Kiln) MANAGER - 015847Description
Georgia-Pacific creates long-term value by using resources efficiently to provide innovative products and solutions that meet the needs of customers and society, while operating in a manner that is environmentally and socially responsible, and economically sound. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs more than 30,000 people at approximately 300 locations in North and South America.
Georgia Pacific's Lumber Mill in Dudley N.C. is seeking a talented leader for a Dry Kiln Manager position. Responsibilities:
To lead a wood products production team to work injury-free/incident free in a continuous manufacturing environment; consistent with our MBM® management philosophy and framework. To supervise/coordinate production efforts that result in sustained improvement in all associated work processes including: Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) compliance, reliability, quality, production and costs. Support the Machine Paced Operation (MPO) Process System to align and optimize the manufacturing enterprise in delivering value to the business.
Facilitate team development and communication, employee skill development, problem-solving and resolution, and building employee commitment and ownership. Hold employees accountable, and drive cultural change in which employees understand empowerment and accept responsibilities. Team size may range from 10 – 30 members. General Tasks:
The Manger will oversee all Kiln operations at the facility by monitoring product quality and contributing to the overall success of the Dudley operation. Additional responsibilities will include but are not limited to: planning, assigning and directing work, training, evaluating employee performance and recognizing and addressing both positive and negative individual and team performance. This person will work with key operations personnel such as the Plant Manager, Superintendents (Operations and Maintenance), Human Resources Manager, Safety Manager, Environmental Manager, Quality Manager, maintenance and production personnel at all levels of the site organization in efforts to identify improvement opportunities and solutions. Organizational Responsibility:
Position reports Operations Manager Contacts/interfaces:
Maintain proper communications with management, coworkers and subordinates, focusing on customer needs.
Will interact with key operations personnel such as the Plant Manager, Superintendents (Operations and Maintenance), Human Resources Manager, Safety Manager, Environmental Manager, Quality Manager, maintenance personnel and production employees at all levels of the site organization. Basic Qualifications:
- A high school diploma or equivalent required.
- Minimum of 2 years supervisor experience in an industrial, manufacturing or military environment.
- Must have a solid working knowledge of MS Word and Excel, and the ability to learn various PC-based production reporting applications.
- Must be able and willing to work an assigned shift schedule, which may include day, night, weekend and holiday work hours. Shift schedule might change during employment.
- Experience coaching, counseling and developing employees
- Must make working safely the top priority, including wearing and using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and enforcing safe work practices.
- Must be able and willing to work in a manufacturing plant environment, including extended periods of time in noisy, non-air conditioned or unheated areas.
- Bachelor’s Degree with a preference in a Wood Products, technical or business discipline preferred.
- Experience in Lumber Drying Process
- Prior experience in the implementation of reliability and maintenance programs ensuring continuous reliability of production equipment.
- History of developing processes to determine the optimum asset performance strategies.
Knowledge – Skills – Abilities
- Knowledge of general safe work practices
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
- Basic accounting and financial knowledge
- Good organizing and planning skills
- Analytical and critical thinking
- Proven problem solving skills
- Proven teambuilding skills
- Results focused track record
- Change Management
We are an equal opportunity employer. M/F/D/V
Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.
This employer uses E-Verify. Please visit the following website for additional information: www.kochcareers.com/doc/Everify.pdf
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« Last post by admin on April 16, 2013, 10:14:39 AM »
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - Thursday, June 13, 2013
Penn State Forest Products Lab
Hastings Rd. & University Dr.
University Park, PA 16802
Kiln Drying for Hardwood Lumber is a basic course designed for kiln operator trainees, plant managers, and supervisors. No previous drying experience of training is necessary. Instruction will include lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experience. Wood moisture relations, kiln operation, and drying schedule preparation will be emphasized in relation to drying of hardwood lumber.
Scott Weikert - Penn State Extension educator with nine years of experience in hardwood lumber manufacturing, including extensive experience with drying hardwood lumber.
Lee Stover - Partner and lead consultant at L & E Stover Enterprises. Lee is also a retired Senior Research Assistant from Penn State University. Lee has over 30 years of experience working with the hardwood industry through his work at Penn State.
Special Thanks to Penn State School of Forest Resources for providing additional support and use of facilities for the workshop.
« Last post by TimothyD on April 16, 2013, 08:59:58 AM »
I have to admit that I can't offer much in the way of specifics in this area, however, I would like to suggest something you might want to consider. I imaging the fire marshall is describing how he interprets some "codes" dealing with this issue. I would request the specific local/state/ and federal codes/regulations that he using to justify these requirements. I'm sure they are based on his interpretation (which I am not advocating may be wrong in any way), and by reviewing them yourself may shed some light. For instance, in another ASTM standard we deal with in another field, one statement is that the building should remain at "service conditions" however, the method of maintaining those "service conditions" are not defined. So perhaps "central heat and air" is not specifically required, but more just certain ambient conditions? If you have the codes in hand, it would be helpful in trying to work with the fire marshall on compromises in adjustments to maintain compliance with the "codes"