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Training / Events / GLKDA 2018 Fall Meeting
« Last post by admin on August 22, 2018, 02:17:20 PM »
Great Lakes Kiln Drying Association

The 2018 Fall Meeting will be held on Nov. 1 & 2 in Walnut Creek, OH. Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to attend. Details will be sent out in the near future.

For more information Click Here
Training / Events / Timber Processing and Energy Expo
« Last post by admin on August 01, 2018, 10:55:26 AM »
Timber Processing and Energy Expo

Registration Is Free

Portland Expo Center, Portland OR

See for more information
General Discussion / Re: Dry kilns emissions reduction
« Last post by Keith Haigh on July 18, 2018, 07:19:13 PM »
Hi Ingo,

it sounds like you are starting to believe your own marketing around vent heat exchangers.

they are and always have as much use as cat-flaps on elephant houses, just my opinion!
Keith Haigh
Job Postings / Forklift Operator - Augusta GA
« Last post by admin on June 14, 2018, 03:41:57 PM »
Forklift Operator - Augusta GA

Forklift Operator - Augusta GA

West Fraser is a diversified North American wood products company producing southern yellow pine lumber and wood chips across the Southern US and Western Canada.  We are the largest lumber producer in North America!

Our employees operate in a culture that values safety first and rewards hard work. We recognize and support our team culture and focus on growing our team by promoting from within – many of our employees have built their careers with us.

Forklift responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Unload and properly place packs in the appropriate storage location.
  • Load packs on to Tilt hoist
  • Assist in lift operating procedures at the green stacker when necessary.
  • Assist in finish forklift duties whenever needed.
  • Involved in the week-end loading and unloading of the dry kilns
  • Maintaining safe work areas, collecting debris and disposing of sawdust and dropped lumber in assigned areas
  • Showing a willingness and flexibility to perform various job assignments that may change daily
  • Supporting our culture of safety by adhering to mill safety policies and procedures at all times
  • Complete equipment checks and perform preventive maintenance on equipment
Requirements include:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Minimum of six (6) months in a manufacturing or industrial environment preferred
  • Prior industrial forklift experience
  • Ability to drive a 35,000-pound Forklift
  • Must be able to distinguish size, widths, lengths, or types of lumber.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all temperatures in loud, high volume environments performing physical tasks throughout the shift
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the position which includes walking, standing, sitting, climbing stairs, bending and lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to perform all tasks in accordance with West Fraser safety policies and procedures
  • Recognize and support our team culture, communicating effectively with all team members
  • Ability to work day or night shifts, holidays and weekends
  • Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check, drug screen test and physical
Our highly competitive compensation package includes:
  • Competitive starting pay along with on-the-job training and a culture that strongly believes in promoting from within
  • Outstanding benefits package including medical, dental, 401k, life insurance, disability, paid vacations and holidays

For more information or to apply click here

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Job Postings / Forklift Operator - Maplesville, AL
« Last post by admin on June 14, 2018, 03:32:09 PM »
Forklift Operator - Maplesville, AL


Demonstrate the ability to operate kilns in a safe manner, following all safety procedures and rules including general safety rules, SWP’s, ZES, Hazard Communication and all other rules. Demonstrate the ability to be a team player by:
  • Participating in team meetings, contributing by asking questions, and listening to what is being said, being constructive and tactful with all team members, treating everyone with respect, utilizing downtime or slow time to enhance the appearance and/or productivity of work area
  • Must maintain all kiln drying records
  • Demonstrate ability to load and unload kilns using forklift
  • Must assist and coordinate in the greasing of kiln motors and cars
  • Must check kiln fans for rotation
  • Learn and demonstrate ability to operate computer system at kilns
  • Must make adjustments on drying schedules as needed
  • Must perform daily moisture checks
  • Must demonstrate ability and willingness to assist electrical/mechanical personnel with any work in the kiln area
  • Must document problems and communicate with maintenance personnel daily
  • Demonstrate initiative and innovation be developing new ideas and initiating action and showing willingness to deviate from traditional approaches
  • Must be able to fire boiler in a safe manner
  • Must become knowledgeable of boiler controls and purpose of each
  • Learn and demonstrate emergency operating and shutdown procedures
  • Must be able to perform Basic Care
  • Must have ability to learn all equipment and be able to perform these duties
  • All other duties as assigned

Must be able to perform the following key phases of Basic Care routes:
  • Basic Care is the inspection, cleaning and adjustment of process equipment by operating personnel on a frequent basis to ensure proper equipment operation and early detection before they become equipment failures. Basic Care is an essential component in our effort to improve overall process reliability by engaging operating production employees in a systematic approach to find equipment defects before the defects can cause a failure. Making repairs to equipment, prior to failure, results in improved process availability and reduced repair cost. Basic Care along with Reliability principles will be used to reduce process failure of the equipment.
  • Inspection of equipment
  • Servicing and minor adjustments to the equipment (when necessary)
  • Cleaning of the equipment
  • Documentation and reporting of results

Required skills and experience include:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Ability to work in hot, cold, dusty, and noisy industrial environment
  • Ability to bend, twist, lift, climb, stand throughout the duration of the shift
  • Ability to work rotating shifts, holidays and weekends
  • Demonstrated commitment to safety
  • Minimum of six (6) months in a manufacturing or industrial environment preferred
  • Must successfully complete a pre-employment background, drug screen, and physical

West Fraser offers competitive benefits including: medical, dental, life insurance, disability, and 401-k savings plans.West Fraser is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D & Drug Free Workplace (DFW)

All persons meeting that criteria above are encourage 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.

NOTE: Job postings on 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.

Training / Events / Southeastern Dry Kiln Spring Meeting
« Last post by admin on April 27, 2018, 08:06:32 AM »
First Notice for Spring 2018 Meeting of the Southeastern Dry Kiln Club
SPRING 2018 MEETING                                                                       
WHEN:           Thursday, May 24 - Friday, May 25, 2018
WHERE:         Technical Session at La Quinta Inn & Suites-Hickory, located at
1607 Fairgrove Church Road, Conover, NC  28613
Tour #1 - Select Hardwoods, Millers Creek, NC
Tour #2 - TBA
Tour #3 - Boldesign, Hudson, NC
Planning for the 2018 Spring Meeting is nearly complete. 

Thursday - May 24, 2018
1:00 PM Technical Session
•   Regional Log and Lumber Exports, by Clay Altizer
NC Forest Service, Raleigh, NC.
•   Saving Steam Energy by Better Steam Utilization, by Thomas Monroe,
Monroe Sales Company, Shelby, NC
•   Using and Investing in an In-Line Moisture Meter is Like Having Fire Insurance - Would You Do Without?, by Claus Staalner, Brookhuis-America, Suwanee, GA
4:00 Troubleshooting Q & A Roundtable
 - Bring your problem samples
4:30 Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Business Meeting
5:30 Social - La Quinta Inn & Suites, Conover, NC
6:00 Dinner - Both Social and Dinner sponsored by the Southeastern Dry Kiln Club
Friday - May 25, 2018
Plant Tours
•   Tour #1 - Select Hardwoods, Millers Creek, NC
•   Tour #2 - TBA
•   Tour #3 - Boldesign, Hudson, NC.   Lunch will be served courtesy of Boldesign!
Meeting will adjourn from Tour #3

REGISTRATION:  To preregister download the registration form (click here).   Cutoff date to register is May 18th.  The registration fee is $40 per person.  This includes the meeting space and dinner.   There is no registration fee for spouses (or significant other) of members, or retired and lifetime members.  Please prepay by sending a check payable to the Southeastern Dry Kiln Club and mail it to Phil Mitchell, NC State University, Campus Box 8003, Raleigh, NC  27695-8003.  You can either FAX the completed form to (919-515-6302) or email the form to Phil Mitchell ( to let us know you are coming so that we can plan the dinner. You can still pay (cash or check) at the door, but it makes our job easier if you pay-in-advance. 
HOTEL: The meeting hotel will be the LA QUINTA INN & SUITES,1607 Fairgrove Church Road, Conover, North Carolina.  The hotel's phone number is (828) 465-1100.  You must make your own hotel reservations if you plan to attend.  Ask for the SE DRY KILN CLUB rate of $92.00 per room per night plus tax.  The hotel cutoff date to get this special rate is May 10th.   Please make your hotel reservations now so you are not left without a room. 
This message will also be posted on the SEDKC website.

« Last post by admin on April 03, 2018, 02:03:58 PM »

When:  July 18-21, 2018

Where:  Park Hyatt hotel
             Beaver Creek, CO

More Info:
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.
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
Job Postings / Kiln and Recaust Superintendent -- Quensnel, BC
« Last post by admin on March 14, 2018, 09:22:51 AM »

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

  • 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:

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 and then click "apply now" in green at the top of the page.

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