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- Enviva Continues Growth Expansion
- Arbios Bio-Oil Project Gains New Name
- Sierra Pacific Creates Wildfire, Fuels Post
- Enviva Addresses Property Loss
- Strategic Biofuels Gathers Support
- California Ethanol Project Gains Ground
- Red Rock Makes Progress On Testing
- New Sawmill Will Process Salvage Logs
- Idaho Project Plants Seedlings
- Paper Excellence Purchases Resolute
- Domain Acquires Acreage In Southeast
- Forest Service Okays Twisp Plan
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following companies submitted editorial profiles to complement their advertisements placed in Wood Bioenergy October 2022.
- FAGUS GRECON
- IEP TECHNOLOGIES
- MID-SOUTH ENGINEERING
Wrapping It Up: Wood Bio Conference
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third of three parts in the coverage of the Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo held March 29-30, 2022 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center and hosted by Wood Bioenergy magazine. Part one in the June issue focused on the keynote talks from producer and consultant personnel. Part two in the August issue highlighted several presentations delivered by representatives of equipment and technologies companies. The next Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo will be held March 12-13, 2024 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Doosan Delivers Dozer To Mulching Business
- Brunette Offers Whole Log Chipper
- MoistTech Eliminates Drifting, Recalibration
- Oregon Tool Marks Year 75
- Andritz Announces Biomass Projects
- BID Group Launches Global Learning Center
- Schwab To Distribute Proteng System
- Tigercat Launches First Grinder
- Komatsu Buys First Silviculture Firm
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The even numbered years are a bit of a blur for the staff of Wood Bioenergy magazine— though as we age, aren’t all the years a blur?— obviously, we produce our Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo in the first quarter of the “even” years, in Atlanta. You’ll find our third, and final, installment of conference review elsewhere in this issue. And if we’re going to toot our own horns, this year’s programming was one of the best we’ve had, and the momentum going into 2024 is incredible. Make plans now, so we can see you in Atlanta, March 12-13, 2024!
But before the next Atlanta conference, the WB staff heads to Portland, Oregon to participate in the Timber Processing & Energy Expo, held in the fourth quarter of the even years on the West Coast, at the Portland Expo Center. At this large-scale trade show, those affiliated with the industry come from around the world to see the newest technologies and machines for the primary production of wood products.
Yes, TP&EE caters to and recognizes that the main focus of the show floor is primary wood products manufacturing, but there is also a strong presence and emphasis put on the energy production portion of the wood industry; this is where TP&EE gets the second half of its name. Overall, TP&EE recognizes where its focus is, but WB staff would be remiss if we overlooked the subsector of heat energy and the important role it plays in the wood processing industry, including lumber drying systems. After all, this aspect of wood-to-energy existed long before large industrial wood pellet plants and woody biomass-fueled electricity generation facilities came into vogue.
The following list of heat energy technology and dry kiln manufacturer companies will have their options on display September 28-30. For all those interested in walking the sold out show floor, pre-registration is free to wood industry mill personnel—and can be completed online, timberprocessingandenergyexpo.com.
- American Wood Dryers
- BID Group
- Hurst Boiler
- KDS Windsor
- Nline Energy
- Nyle Dry Kilns
Head on over to Portland—there’s great networking opportunities, the chance to see some new drying technology and take in the beautiful Pacific Northwest weather.
From Left: Jessica Johnson, Managing Editor; Dan Shell, Senior Editor; Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief; David Abbott, Senior Associate Editor
Cover Story: SC Logger Goes With Chips
Article by Jessica Johnson, Managing Editor, Wood Bioenergy
BENNETTSVILLE, South Carolina – When logger Robert (Bob) Lussier relocated his logging and timber buying business from New England to the Southeast 20 years ago he had no idea what a microchip was. Fast forward, and like many loggers working in the Carolinas, Enviva’s behemoth industrial wood pellet plant in Hamlet, NC is one of his major markets. Lussier’s Great Woods Companies almost exclusively chips its first thinnings for Enviva.
His personal story is not unlike others, having been raised in a rural community, starting his company, procuring timber for his crew, running a machine himself every day, and getting the wood marketed. Having been the first person to run a rubber-tire Tigercat feller-buncher in southern New England, Lussier had relationships with folks in the Carolinas and Virginia. His Tigercat dealer was Tidewater.
In 2009, the opportunity to work for a timber buyer in South Carolina presented itself to Lussier. He and his wife, Cindy, came down in June and talked about it. After they returned he talked to his workers about the proposition. Then, after some deliberation and number crunching, Lussier and his business drove 900 miles south. Now he says he wishes he had done it earlier. The move south was the best thing he could have done for the business, he believes, and the success he’s had since in a new area is a testament to his grit.
But success over the last 39 years doesn’t men success has been easy or is guaranteed for the next 39—though Lussier is quick to say he doesn’t want to work for another 39! Lussier believes there are a lot of changes coming to the industry in the next 12-18 months, and his personal plan for the future is to bring on an operations manager.
While the plan might be a forced slowdown with the end of the tunnel being retirement, Lussier, 57, isn’t gone just yet and he’s got plenty still on his proverbial plate—and mind.
Bob Lussier, and his company Great Woods Companies, are the Timber Harvesting Logging Business of the Year for 2022. A version of this article appears in the September/October issue of Timber Harvesting.
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