Timber Products, Springfield, Or., will install a state-of-the-art Meinan lathe at its Yreka, Ca., facility, further improving veneer and plywood production as part of an ongoing strategy to modernize its plywood business.
“This investment demonstrates the strong commitment by the Gonyea family and board to invest in the future of Timber Products. It builds on other investments such as the recently completed dryer project in the Medford, Or., facility,” said Steve Killgore, CEO of Timber Products. “We are excited to utilize the Meinan Lathe and have plans for more initiatives that achieve efficiency while producing higher quality products.”
The Meinan Co. was founded over 60 years ago in Japan, and its innovative research and development team was the first to develop an automated veneer lathe line. Meinan has installations across the globe.
The project at Yreka will be the first machine with 10-ft. production capability in North America.
“The new Meinan Lathe will enable Yreka to provide our mills with the highest quality veneer in the industry,” said Chris Chase, general manager of Timber Products California Operations.
Meinan Lathe operations at Yreka will begin later this year.