Gilman Building Products is set to debut a new, fully automated fingerjoint lumber factory that uses tree remnants and other recovered waste fiber and converts it into value added products.
Following eight years of research, testing and installation, Gilman Building Products says it is now ready to go live at its one-of-a-kind mill, house in a 300,000 square foot plant. The operation relies on saw dust and other wood manufacturing waste, as well as Southern yellow Pine remnants such as immature trees and brush, too small to be milled conventionally. A propritary kiln system was developed to bring the moisture content of the material to commercial standards.
The system is able to realize significantly greater yield from southern yellow pine logs – preotions taht would otherwise go to waste or be used as fuel – via a new patent pending process developed by Victor Garrett, President of GBP LLC, and John Koerner of JHKoerner Ltd. Inc.
These men set out to find a solution to minimizing yield loss from milling southern yellow pine logs to lumber, which typically ranges from 25 to 40%. Their new patent pending process can reduce this yield loss by 50% or more, while producing superior engineered wood products.