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Banks Hardwoods, White Pigeon, Mi., has released a new educational short film for training, outreach, and promotion.
The nine-minute documentary recounts how hardwood lumber is manufactured in a modern sawmill. Initially produced for its internal Banks School, which educates new employees and Banks’ visiting customers, the film was recently released on YouTube to help educate the public and promote the industry.
Footage for the film was shot at three different sawmills throughout Michigan and Indiana, including Maple Rapids Sawmill, Devereaux Sawmill, and Loggers, Inc. The film production studio, Ruef Design, also visited several working forests to capture footage of the selection and harvesting process.
“This film was made to help the industry,” said Jim Clarke, president of Banks Hardwoods. “We wanted to provide a better understanding and appreciation for what goes into manufacturing high quality hardwood lumber and that the sawmill industry can provide a fun, safe and rewarding career.”