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Training / Events / SLMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
« Last post by admin on April 03, 2018, 02:03:58 PM »
SLMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

When:  July 18-21, 2018

Where:  Park Hyatt hotel
             Beaver Creek, CO

More Info:  www.slma.org
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Training / Events / West Coast Dry Kiln Association Spring Meeting
« Last post by admin on March 14, 2018, 10:58:17 AM »
West Coast Dry Kiln Association Spring Meeting

Arrangements are now being made for a Spring meeting!  It is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 at the Spirit Mountain Casino/Hotel in Grand Ronde, Oregon, followed by a tour of the kilns (and new control equipment) at Hampton Lumber in Willamina.  A block of hotel rooms has been set aside for those who arrive on Friday.  Contact the Casino/Hotel directly to make reservations at 503-879-2350. Keep an eye on this page for more details as they become available.  A meeting notice will be mailed/emailed to all paid members at least three weeks prior to the meeting.
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Training / Events / NEKDA 2018 Spring Meeting
« Last post by admin on March 14, 2018, 10:45:43 AM »
NEKDA 2018 Spring Meeting - May 2-3, Sayre, PA

At the Best Western Vicorian hotel $79 per Night
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Job Postings / Dry End Superintendent - Bay Springs, MS
« Last post by admin on March 14, 2018, 10:18:21 AM »
Dry End Production Superintendent – Bay Springs, MS

Georgia-Pacific is seeking a Dry End Production Superintendent in our lumber mill in Bay Springs, MS. The Production Superintendent will be responsible for leading a wood products production section to work injury-free/incident free in a continuous manufacturing environment consistent with management philosophy and framework.

A Day In The Life Typically Includes:
  • Ensure all departments operate effectively and efficiently.
  • Fully utilize Work Process to develop job plans, track work completion and promote preventive and predictive maintenance.
  • Facilitate team development and growth, and reviewing and managing performance.
  • Build employee commitment and ownership, and hold employees accountable.
  • Identify contributions and missed opportunities.
  • Drive safety excellence through promoting employee involvement, ownership, and accountability to proactively identify hazards and implement the appropriate mitigating strategies based on the risk involved.
  • Monitor the quality of work and provide direction to team members to maximize efficiency.
  • Assist with troubleshooting and solving production issues.
  • Provide safety training to team members.
  • Complete data entry and generate reports.

Basic Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Four (4) or more years of experience in an industrial, manufacturing or military environment
  • Three (3) or more years of supervisory experience in a manufacturing, industrial, or military environment
  • Experience in leading a department or organization in EH&S, Reliability, Production, Cost and Quality Excellence
  • Experience in analyzing production data to eliminate waste and foster continuous improvement
  • Must have working knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) and other PC-based production reporting systems applications
  • Must be able and willing to work a flexible work schedule
  • 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
  • Must be able and willing to work safely, and promote safe work practices
  • Must have experience in employee performance management and change management

What Will Put You Ahead?
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical engineering or a similar discipline
  • Experience working with Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS)- SAP, MP2, ActivePlant
  • Wood Products experience with any of the following: Planing, Drying, or Shipping

Want to learn more information or to apply go to Georgia-Pacific?

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
We are an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran
Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.

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Job Postings / Kiln and Recaust Superintendent -- Quensnel, BC
« Last post by admin on March 14, 2018, 09:22:51 AM »
KILN AND RECAUST SUPERINTENDENT

Key responsibilities include:
  • Directing an area team consisting of engineering, process, and maintenance resources
  • Leads or facilitates problem solving meetings to investigate deviations from safety, quality and reliability targets, and executing the timely implementation of action plans to prevent future deviations
  • Planning and organizing major and area shutdowns in the recaust/kiln area
  • Organizing the repair and capital work in the recaust/kiln area by priority, communicating with maintenance to produce the weekly work list and area and major shutdown work lists in co-operation with the other area superintendents
  • Participating in improving all aspects of the operation of the area, including convening operations optimization meetings, investigating new technology and methods, etc.
  • Initiating work orders and purchase requisitions to mobilize the work and services needed to address the requirements of the operating equipment and the physical structure
  • Identifying competencies and establishing and developing training requirements for the operating crews
  • Developing and meeting a department budget
  • Develops and implements standard operating procedures

Qualifications:
  • A minimum of five years progressive industrial experience
  • Strong and proven leadership, planning, budgeting and troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Well established organizational and project management skills
  • Outstanding team player and team building skills
  • Knowledge of computer software and applications
  • The desire to progress, learn, grow and succeed

Considered a strong asset:
  • Previous experience in a pulp mill or related process industry
  • A post-secondary technical degree, preferably in mechanical or chemical engineering

Cariboo Pulp & Paper is a forerunning producer of NBSK pulp as well as clean “green” energy. Forward thinking ownership, capital investment and movement towards bio-product opportunities has contributed to Cariboo’s longevity and very bright future. Cariboo offers competitive salaries, top-end pension plan, flexible benefits, opportunity for development, advancement, and most importantly, the opportunity to make a positive difference in a renewable industry!

Cariboo offers a comprehensive relocation package to assist your move to Quesnel. Located in central BC, Quesnel has a population of approximately 25,000 and features all major conveniences, including its own airport. Quesnel offers affordable housing, modern recreational and educational facilities, regular community events, as well as unlimited recreational activities for the outdoor enthusiast. It doesn’t take long to feel part of Quesnel’s welcoming community.

A family business at heart since 1955, West Fraser values excellence in performance and people, challenge and satisfaction, and profitability and growth. We practice leadership in our field and responsibility in our communities. For more information on West Fraser and our current opportunities, visit our website at: www.westfraser.com/jobs

Interested applicants should apply online by sending their resume, cover letter, and proof of qualifications in confidence. To apply, click on our job ad at www.westfraser.com/jobs and then click "apply now" in green at the top of the page.

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Job Postings / Plant Manager - Hardwood Dry Kiln - South America
« Last post by admin on March 06, 2018, 09:57:52 AM »
Job#180301PM – Plant/Project Manager – South America
Location: United States
Wage: $100 - $120k+USD/year depending on experience
Education Required: BS Degree in Engineering preferred
Years Experience Required:  Green field sawmill experience in South America. 15 years of sawmill experience. College graduate from forestry, engineering, manufacturing or management disciplines preferred.

Apply: If you are interested in this job and have the required skills, please submit your resume in MS Word 

Description:

The Project Manager in South America will lead and coordinate the installation and operation of a hardwood Dry Kiln facility in South America. They will be responsible in managing the installation of a new hardwood lumber dry kiln facility and manage the operation after it has been built.

Responsibilities:
  • Oversee the construction of the hardwood sawmill dry kiln facility construction and operation.
  • To ensure quality standards, meeting production deadline and minimize overheads
  • To work closely with Sales General Manager for fulfilling customer orders
  • To hire staff, provide leadership and to assist them in functioning as a team
  • To uphold corporate governance and a front line budget controller
  • To report to the directors of company on a daily basis
  • To provide timely problem solving decisions and manage the operation according to the group’s business strategy and corporate directives

Requirements:
  • 4 year minimum college graduate from forestry, engineering, manufacturing or management disciplines.
  • Green field sawmill experience in South America. 15 years of sawmill experience. College graduate from forestry, engineering, manufacturing or management disciplines preferred.
  • South American hardwood lumber management experience
  • Thorough knowledge of hardwood lumber grading, log yield, sawmill and dry kiln manufacturing.
  • Knowledge of 3rd party resources such as CITES that are designed to serve rating systems and forest certification.
  • Knowledge of domestic and global, legal and regulatory requirements for logging/forestry industry.
  • Knowledge of the U.S. Lacey Act.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
  • Mature, self-motivated and able to work independently under great pressure
  • Very strong technical and project management background in manufacturing industry
  • Sound knowledge and hands on experience in ISO 9001, ERP system and operation management preferred.
  • Excellent management and communication skill, problem solving, analytical and decision making
  • Good command of written and spoken English
  • Mobile and willing to station in South America for 3 years minimum
  • South America sawmill and or plywood management experience required
  • Spanish speaking experience (language skills South American, not Mexican language skills)


Remuneration and Benefits:
  • $100 - $120k+USD/year depending on experience
  • Paid interview trip for candidate and spouse
  • Attractive remuneration package, production incentives and medical provisions
  • Provisions for working visas for candidate and visas for family
  • Travel to home country for family once per year
  • Housing and transportation allowance

If you are interested in this job and have the required skills, please submit your resume in MS Word along with the job name in the Subject line to info@TopWoodJobs.com


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Job Postings / Finish End and Shipping Supervisor - Sawmill - North Carolina
« Last post by admin on February 15, 2018, 03:09:40 PM »
Finish End and Shipping Supervisor - Sawmill - North Carolina

Job#171003FS - Finish End and Shipping Supervisor - Sawmill - North Carolina
Location: United States
Industry: Lumber
Wage: $60-$80k/year depending on experience
Education Required: College degree preferred but not required.
Years Experience Required:  The idea candidate must have a minimum of 3 years sawmill production finish end and shipping supervisor experience.

Apply: If you are interested in this job and have the required skills, please submit your resume in MS Word

Description:
Manage the business and day to day operations of the sawmill  finish end and shipping areas while promoting safety, quality, productivity, recovery, employee development, manufacturing cost and value goals.  This will be a working supervisor position that will be on the floor throughout the day and involved with detailed improvement to all aspects. Do not apply if no sawmill production supervision experience.

Position Responsibilities: 
  • Lead the Sawmill finish end, lumber yard and shipping with a business mindset to continually improve safety, quality, production, lumber and grade recovery, and costs.
  • Responsible for green grading, sorters and sorter set up, dry and green stacker, tallies on green and dry along with ticket printing.
  • Fully in charge of all lumber graders for hardwood
  • Understand pine grading and have training process in place
  • All lumber inventories
  • Shipping of lumber
  • Stick lumber and dead pack lumber management on yard and warehouses / rotation of old lumber. Management of entire lumber yard, sheds and yard maintenance
  • Fully in charge of all drying all lumber and scheduling of kilns (will work with sales to schedule kiln) / responsible for weekend duties and scheduling of weekend duties.
  • Responsible for lift drivers and servicing schedule of all lift truck.
  • Improved plant packaging quality, efficiency and cleanliness.
  • Quality control of dry end lumber / Planner mill QC and efficiency
  • You are expected to lead with leadership and continuously strive to improve all areas of operations.
  • Take initiative to research and implement improved operational methods, including reducing target sizes.
  • Ensure a safe working environment for employees including employee training in safe equipment operation and motivate all employees to lead the sawmill to superior safety performance; inspect equipment to ensure safety devices are in place and in working order; lead safety behavior by example.
  • Constantly challenge us to find higher values in finished products and in other areas.
  • Team leader strong in encouragement and motivation; cooperate with other departments and department personnel.
  • Promote team communication and involvement within sawmill and between other departments.
  • Manage and direct flow of logs and lumber through the sawmill.
  • Track and publish critical performance indicators.
  • Fully accept responsibility for department.
  • Be a top level safety advocate and train employees and enforce proper use of implemented safety processes and procedures. This requires participation in safety reviews, training and audits.
  • Oversee all aspects of production and quality to ensure high levels of production while lowering costs and enhancing quality. This requires inspecting materials, products and equipment to detect defects, malfunctions and machine run ability.
  • Develop and manage various budgets (manufacturing costs, labor, production, etc.). Able to develop processes and procedures to manage these budgets and promote adherence of direct reports to these budgets.
  • Analyze work orders and production schedules to evaluate and project production outputs.
  • Collaborate with the Lumber Mill Manager, Supervisors and Wood Procurement to coordinate daily activities and determine production objectives to ensure optimal levels of quality production and timely delivery of products to customers.
  • Coordinate with supervisors to plan labor requirements for production schedules including overtime requirements to control and assure timely changes and efficient use of resources.
  • Ensure company assets and physical plant are secure and well maintained. Identify and recommend needed capital replacements as well as strategic capital. Working with engineers, vendors and other associated company personnel, ensure capital projects are completed safely, on time and within budget.
  • Perform root cause analysis to identify and eliminate bottlenecks and barriers to safety, quality, costs, productivity and attendance and achieve desired results through personal commitment, focus and compliance with plant and corporate best practices and policies.
  • Foster opportunities for learning and growth for all employees, ensure training procedures are up-to-date and documented and continue development for all supervisors and leads.

Position Requirements:
  • Proven success at prior sawmill finish end and shipping supervisory experience.
  • 3 years sawmill experience.
  • Experience with highly automated pine sawmill including optimizers.
  • Diverse background in the sawmill industry.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Team oriented leader, engage others in decision making process.
  • Strong technical knowledge of sawmill technology, equipment and machinery.
  • Strong grading knowledge of both dimension, boards and industrial lumber products.
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate and encourage advancement in sound business decisions and in risk taking.
  • A business manager mindset, constantly challenging the status quo.
  • Knowledge, experience and skills associated with appropriate computer applications.
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize workflow.
  • Ability to manage several assignments simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • High achiever who demands quality work, is efficient & constantly striving to improve processes & people.
  • High analytical ability
  • MS Office computer skills
  • NHLA / Pine grading is a plus

If you are interested in this job and have the required skills, please submit your resume in MS Word to info@TopWoodJobs.com and note the job location and name in the Subject or for more information click here

NOTE: Job postings on Kilndrying.org are provided as a free service. We do our best to keep all postings current. However, if you discover a job listed on our forum is no longer available, please send us a message to that effect and we will remove from the board. Thank you.
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Job Postings / Experienced Kiln Operator - Gaston, OR
« Last post by admin on February 15, 2018, 02:57:58 PM »
Experienced Kiln Operator - Gaston, OR

Description
Stimson Lumber Company is seeking an experienced Kiln Operator with a commitment to safety and great problem solving skills. You will execute your role within a group that embrace innovation and continuous improvement.

This position works Monday through Friday, 9pm to 5:30am

Your accountabilities…
  • Utilize your knowledge of steam, instrumentation and controls to efficiently and safely operate our high pressure wood fired boilers.
  • Load and change kiln charges and operate them with our controls.
  • 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 understand implications associated with boiler operations and 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
  • Maintain adequate moisture content throughout each charge to maximize quality.
  • Check with Planer personnel daily to ensure moisture content is consistent.
  • Assist with equipment maintenance, including washing, greasing and other minor maintenance functions
  • Proactively communicate across departments
  • Able to fill in for other positions (where qualified) when needed

Your qualifications…
  • A minimum of 6-months experience operating a high-pressure wood fired boiler (preferred)
  • Boiler instrumentation and controls (preferred)
  • Kiln operations
  • Mechanical skills and some welding skills.
  • Steam and opacity reading (preferred)
  • An understanding of environmental compliance related to boiler and kiln operation. (preferred)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Team player and highly self-motivated individual.
  • Ability to adapt to, and work in, continuously changing environments and situations.
  • Ability to operate rolling stock, including:
            936 and 966 Cat loader (preferred)
            All sizes of forklifts
            Bobcat
  • Mechanically inclined with an interest to further develop technical skills
  • Willing to work outside where you may be exposed to weather elements (rain, snow, wind) in the course of normal duties.
  • Strong computer skills with the ability to use or learn multiple different software applications.
  • Ability to understand and analyze operational data in order to improve our operation.

Benefits:  We are hiring people who are passionate about what they do every day, have a desire to make a difference and thrive in a team environment.
  • Competitive Pay
  • Employee Referral Bonus
  • Health / Dental / Vision
  • Wellness Program and Employee Assistance Program
  • Medical related leave
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Safe work environment and safety training
  • Tuition Reimbursement / Apprenticeships / Training
  • Paid Time off & Paid Holidays
  • Retirement Program
  • Access to company owned land for recreation

For more details about employee benefits and Stimson values: www.mystimson.com

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.

NOTE: Job postings on Kilndrying.org are provided as a free service. We do our best to keep all postings current. However, if you discover a job listed on our forum is no longer available, please send us a message to that effect and we will remove from the board. Thank you.

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Training / Events / 2018 SLMA & SFPA Spring Meeting
« Last post by admin on February 13, 2018, 12:28:03 PM »
2018 SLMA & SFPA Spring Meeting: Limited Hotel Rooms Remaining, Updated Attendee List Available

The SLMA hotel block for the joint Spring Meeting is quickly filling up. If you have not made your plans to attend this joint meeting in Atlanta, now is the time to do so! Hotel reservations can be made by calling (800) 843-6664 and mentioning "SLMA" for the reduced rate of $219.00 per night, or click here to reserve online. Please contact Alexis Sivcovich at (770) 631-6704 or alexs@slma.org if you have any questions or concerns about obtaining reservations.
 
Click here for an updated list of meeting registrants. If you do not see your name on this list, you have not yet registered! Please complete your registration online here. You can also follow this link to view the meeting agenda.
 
Finally, be sure to join SLMA and special guest, Hall of Famer Bert Jones, at the College Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday, March 14, for a "Wood. It's Real" fundraising dinner. Get a taste of the emotion players feel by running through the Touchstone Tunnel Presented by Southwest Airlines. Once you hit the Indoor Playing Field and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone, it's time to put yourself to the test. Kick a field goal, throw like a quarterback, and take on the obstacle course. Click here to see the list of football fans attending this event.
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General Discussion / Re: Dry kilns emissions reduction
« Last post by ingo wallocha on February 08, 2018, 12:23:12 PM »
Hi Mike,
Ok, I dont't want to get into such a detailed discussion with you since you are much more knowledgeable than I am. I was of the opinion that you can either have emissions out the vents in gas form or as condensate in liquid form. If the liquid condensate does not have the ability to absorb the emissions as much as the steam does that is new to me and I (again) learned something.

Can we agree on the simple fact that heat recovery reduces the energy consumption and thus does reduce the emissions?

Having said that and reading your interesting comment below where do the VOCs go after they went through the heat recovery system? Are they still in the steam just in a more condensed form? Sorry, that might be a stupid question but I just want to make sure I understood your comment below.

Thank you!
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