Foothills Forest Products recently invested in optimized planer mill technology. FFP has acquired a VAB linear grade optimizer handling both geometric and visual defects as well as upgrade to some lumber equipment.
The entire upgrade, including VAB optimizer and displays, DO2 controls and mechanical modifications was managed by Wolftec industries.
Currently in the sawmill side of Foothills Forest Products, there are two HewSaw lines for small and large logs, with the largest sort topping out over 19 inches in diameter. They are currently in the process of adding two new debarkkers which will be able to run larger logs at a faster rate. This upgrade should be done in the middle of March and will increase sawmill production at a minimum of 100,000 foot board measurement per shift