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Job Postings / Dry Side Department Manager - Zwolle, LA
« Last post by admin on November 12, 2014, 12:02:36 PM »
Dry Side Department Manager-01008718


The Dry Side Department Manager is responsible for leadership excellence for safety, manufacturing and production activities from the dryers to the shipping areas.  This includes achieving manufacturing business plan targets for the entire department.   The Dry Side Department Manager must have a strong working relationship with all the departments (Green Side, Maintenance and Shipping) along with strong collaborative relationships with counterparts in sister plants related to sharing best practices.  In addition, this manager must have a good understanding of how his/her area performance impacts other departments and the site.

Key Functions:

The Dry Side Department Manager is expected to be a role model in our safety standards and on-the-job behavior by living our core principles of integrity; fairness, creating a positive, inclusive work environment, and ensuring open communication among leaders and associates.  Accountabilities include ensuring compliance with all applicable Weyerhaeuser, federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

The Dry Side Department Manager is responsible for:
  • Role model safety leadership and develop a strong safety culture with their department and the site
  • Leadership in developing, implementing, managing  &enforcing policies, procedures, practices, and projects
  • Provide leadership for the ongoing development of the organization, as well as the strategic development of individual talent for succession planning
  • Optimize functional area including production scheduling, value extraction of product mix and asset utilization
  • Control & improve production and inventory costs in their assigned area
  • Promote continuous improvement & innovation in assigned functional area
  • Performance management of direct reports by setting goals & ensuring accountability of site and business expectations
  • Display financial acumen by managing and related costs in their department
  • Facilitate change and lead/coach others to adapt and embrace change
  • Focus on the day to day opportunities for training  & developing skills to enhance team performance
  • Staff, recruit, retain  and develop talent within their team
  • Coordinate with other departments including maintenance, & proactively collaborate to address concerns
  • Leads the team by proactively resolving employee issues, builds team work, and ensures adherence to all applicable site policies and procedures in a fair and consistent manner
  • Participates and/or leads initiatives for capital projects and problem solving activities
  • Administrative and reporting activities as required
  • Strong understanding of asset integrity and the ability to wisely and effectively utilize capital dollars allocated to the department.
  • Ability to utilize downtime and production tracking system data to make effective business decisions

About Weyerhaeuser

For more than a century, Weyerhaeuser has grown and harvested trees to make innovative products that meet important human needs. We’re serious about safety, focused on performance and proud of what we do. In every corner of our company, you’ll find talented people who care about each other, the communities where we operate, and the planet we all share.

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Five (5) years experience in a leadership role in a manufacturing or industrial environment
  • Strong business & financial competency with the  ability to understand unit vision and strategy and how department performance impacts success of the unit
  • Ability to develop and nurture strong, positive relationships
  • Past experience in the utilization of production tracking systems data.
  • Ability to motivate, engage and develop a strong, safety focused, high performing team
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Understanding of wood products manufacturing process
  • Strong decision making and problem solving skills
  • Strong planning, organizational and time management skills
  • Able to drive results  to meet department and unit manufacturing goals
  • Collaborative and inclusive leadership style
  • Intermediate computer skills and proficiency in MS Office
  • Excellent integrity with passion to perform and make the right decision
  • Willingness to support a 24/7 operating environment, which may include weekend and holiday support as conditions require
  • Ability to perform physical requirements of working in an industrial environment, such as climbing stairs and working in extreme heat and cold

The following qualifications are preferred:
  • Knowledge of SAP or other CMMS
  • Lean Certification
  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline or related field
  • Experience in plywood and veneer manufacturing processes

To Apply Click Here
Job Postings / Production (Dry Kiln) Supervisor - Henderson TX
« Last post by admin on November 12, 2014, 11:41:50 AM »
Production (Dry Kiln) Supervisor

Closing Date: Dec 12, 2014

Contact Email:

West Fraser Timber Co Ltd. is an integrated forest products company producing lumber, wood chips, fiberboard, plywood, pulp, and newsprint. Today, the company carries on its operations through subsidiary companies and joint ventures owned directly or indirectly by the company’s principal operating subsidiary West Fraser Mills.  West Fraser, Inc. is the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary in the United States.  The business has 16 lumber producing locations throughout the U.S. South.

Required skills:
• Good understanding of quality control practices in a sawmill operation
• Team building and motivational skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Demonstrate computer skills
• Math and reading comprehension skills

Other requirements:
• Wood products experience in a softwood lumber operation – dry kiln experience is a plus
• Leadership qualities
• Two or Four-year college degree preferred
• Must successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check

• West Fraser, Inc. offers competitive benefits including, medical, dental, life insurance, disability, and 401-k savings plans.
• Relocation is negotiable


All persons meeting that criteria above are encouraged to apply, however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.  Applications will not be accepted at the location.  No phone inquiries, please.
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Job Postings / Boiler Operator – Gaston OR
« Last post by admin on November 12, 2014, 11:31:20 AM »
Boiler Operator

Tracking Code 442

Job Description

We are seeking a Boiler Operator with a commitment to safety and possess great problem solving skills. You will execute your role within a group that embrace innovation, continuous improvement and provides educational opportunities to continuously sharpen your professional skills.  Our boiler operators play a key role in operating and maintaining our high pressure wood fired boilers through excellent team work and focused execution.

Shift: Graveyard, 5 eight-hour days.

Your accountabilities…
  • Utilize your knowledge of steam, instrumentation and controls to efficiently and safely operator our high pressure wood fired boilers
  • Understand environmental compliance related to operating and repair boilers
  • Perform repairs and maintenance to boilers and related equipment as needed
  • Proactively communicate with all departments to build and maintain working relationships to achieve department and plant goals.
  • Identify and suggest new approaches or best known methods to foster our continuous improvement mentality

Required Skills
  • A minimum of 1 year experience operating a high-pressure boilers (preferably wood fired boilers)
  • Proven experience or expertise in the following technical areas:
  •      Boiler instrumentation and controls
  •      Welding and mechanical skills
  •      Steam and opacity reading (preferred)
  • An understanding of environmental compliance related to boiler operation
  • An understanding of kiln operations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Team player and highly self-motivated individual
  • Ability to operate rolling stock, including forklift (certification preferred)

Stimson Lumber is a leader in the forest products and natural resources industry with over 600 employees and several locations across Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  We are progressive, forward thinking culture with a focus on developing our people.  Our employees are given the tools and opportunities to maximize their talent and achieve professional and personal goals.
We have been a recognized leader in our industry with our commitment to quality, customer service and continuous improvement mentality for decades.

Why work here…

We are hiring people that are passionate about what they do every day, have a desire to make a difference and thrive in a team environment.  We reward our employees through outstanding compensation, benefits and a great place to work!

As an equal employment opportunity company, we value the diversity of individuals, ideas, perspectives, insights and values, and what they bring to the workplace.  Applications are welcome from all qualified candidates. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks.

To Apply Click Here

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Stacking/Sorting Wood / Re: Stacking Frozen Lumber
« Last post by MichaelM on November 10, 2014, 10:52:13 AM »
I do not know how to get it apart, but can the problem be avoided by stacking the green lumber directly onto stickers?  Generally, solid piling the green wood is not a good practice because of the potential for stain (not likely in frozen wood, however).  The other reasons to get it directly onto stickers would be to get it to start losing moisture by air drying and to not handle it twice.
Stacking/Sorting Wood / Stacking Frozen Lumber
« Last post by apalmer on November 07, 2014, 09:09:37 AM »
In the winter, lumber packages waiting to be stacked can be subject to freezing rain etc., which results in bundles frozen together. Does anyone out there have a practical solution for breaking the frozen boards apart?
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to determine the kiln conditions necessary to avoid interior enzymatic oxidative discoloration in soft maple. Three drying chambers were designed and constructed to control temperature and relative humidity of maple test samples. The tests showed that drying as soon as possible after harvest at temperatures below 42 °C will greatly reduce drying discoloration in soft maple.

Keywords: Maple, drying, lumber, discoloration, prevention, Acer rubrum, Hura crepitans, lumber, drying temperature, discoloration, stains, oxidation, kiln drying, temperature, humidity, enzymes, Bolivian ochoo, ochoo

To see the full pdf click below:
Training / Events / NHLA Progressive lumber Inspector Program Dec. 1-13, 2014
« Last post by admin on October 17, 2014, 09:04:45 AM »
Progressive Lumber Inspector Program Announced!

In an attempt to further its educational reach, the NHLA Inspector Training School is embracing new technology and offering a distance learning ITS Program. Block 1 of the much anticipated "Progressive Program" will run December 1-13, 2014.

For more information contact:
Becky Miller

or download an application.
Training / Events / NHLA Progressive lumber Inspector Program Dec. 1-13, 2014
« Last post by admin on October 17, 2014, 08:54:53 AM »
Progressive Lumber Inspector Program Announced!

In an attempt to further its educational reach, the NHLA Inspector Training School is embracing new technology and offering a distance learning ITS Program. Block 1 of the much anticipated "Progressive Program" will run December 1-13, 2014.

For more information contact:
Becky Miller

or download an application.
Job Postings / Boiler Chief/Kiln Operator - Bemidji, MN
« Last post by admin on October 07, 2014, 09:36:07 AM »
Boiler Chief/Kiln Operator

Location: Bemidji, Minnesota
Potlatch is an EEO/AA/M/F/Veteran/Disabled Employer

Operate boiler system and kilns in a safe, environmentally and quality focused manner. Maintain environmental compliance through technical competence and operational leadership. Lead and coordinate operations and maintenance for the boiler/kiln and plant heating systems. Maximize lumber quality through drying innovation.

Boiler/Kiln Operations:
  • Assist quality control supervisor in achieving maximum lumber grade and meeting mill production needs.
  • Lead the boiler/kiln team to improve drying results and meet quality goals.
  • Operate boiler systems to achieve safe and environmentally sound steam production to meet plant heat and drying needs.
  • Operate kilns, applying lumber drying concepts, to maximize lumber grade quality, achieve ALS certification standards and meet mill production needs.
  • Coordinate maintenance of two wood-fired boilers and three dry kilns.
  • Maintain current chief boiler license for the state of Minnesota.
  • Provide ongoing training for new and current boiler/kiln personnel.

Heating System:
  • Responsible for operations and maintenance of the plant-wide heating system including reducing stations and heaters.

Environmental Compliance:
  • Assist in preparation and submission of environmental records to federal, state and local agencies.
  • Perform required monitoring, testing and inspections as required to maintain environmental compliance.
  • Maintain current training, certifications and licensing required by federal, state and local agencies. Train mill personnel on environmental topics and changes.
  • Stay current with changing policies and procedures.

Boiler Maintenance/Shutdowns:
  • Plan and participate in boiler shutdowns utilizing contractors and mill personnel to maximize effectiveness at minimal cost.

Working Conditions:
Boiler and sawmill environment.
Exposure to heat, noise, moving equipment, dust and various weather conditions (heat, humidity, snow and extreme cold).

Essential Physical Functions:
Climbing stairs and ladders, bending and lifting of approximately 60 pounds on a regular basis.
Some fatigue from computer use.

Basic Qualifications
  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Specialized/technical training or some college courses in manufacturing or boiler technology required.
  • Must possess Minnesota chief boiler license. Hazardous waste management certification preferred or must obtain certification shortly after hire.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of previous experience in a mill boiler/environmental role (lumber drying experience preferred).
  • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word and boiler operations software required.
  • Proficiency in operation of mill-wide rolling stock (forklift, front-end loader) required.
  • Experience coordinating environmental programs required (e.g., pollution prevention, waste management, storm water, spill control, etc.).
  • Ability to interface and communicate effectively in both written and oral form required.
  • Ability to plan, organize and implement activities and projects required.

To Apply Click Here

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Yes, possibly.  Having smaller kilns could help the operator control the species or dimension mix better and also help to keep the inventory rotated.
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