Midwest exhibited at the Shanghai, China FMC tradeshow in Sept 2018. This show was focused on customer prospects and current customers such as furniture manufacturers and lumber distributors from all over China. The show booth was led by Midwest Export Sales Manager, Bill Long, and China Sales Manager Roger Ji. The exhibit was located in the AHEC pavilion where many US Lumber manufacturers held booth positions as well.
Reedsburg Hardwoods, subsidiary of Midwest Hardwood, added 350/MBF of Kilns with new Lignomat Controls. With the addition, Reedsburg Hardwoods has 1.3/MMBF kiln drying capacity, 600/MBF Pre-drying capacity, and 100/MBF Walnut Steaming capacity.
Reedsburg Hardwoods dries multiple northern species and thicknesses. Reedsburg produces premium proprietary grades of walnut lumber. These grades include Rift and Quartered, 90/70, 90/90, Veneer Quality and Red Oak rules walnut. Reedsburg Hardwoods maintains a Kanban inventory system of Shelf (Distribution Center) items specializing in quick ship mixed truck loads shipments. Shelf items ship in less than 48 hours.
Buffalo Lumber and Tie (BLT) company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Midwest Hardwoods, completed an optimization upgrade to its 7’ band headrig. Also, BLT added a second Brewco horizontal resaw station. BLT partnered with Lewis Controls on the headsaw upgrade. The new scanner will provide more speed, accuracy and utilization of the log fiber/grade yield. The thin kerf Brewco resaw allows the mill to saw consistent thickness and increase lumber production. Together, both investments modernize BLT’s capabilities and ability to serve our customers. BLT produces some of the finest Northern red oak, white oak and mixed hardwoods in the upper Midwest.
Midwest Hardwood Corporation exhibited at the August 2018 International Woodworking Fair(IWF) in Atlanta, GA. This is Midwest’s 14th year of participation in the bi-annual event. Over 90 countries were represented at this truly international show. Over 30,000 people pre-registered to attend the show, with many more registering at the door. Midwest unveiled its new 2018 lighted exhibit back drop, and featured a unit of Steamed and Kiln-dried 4/4 FAS 90/90 Walnut produced from its Reedsburg, Wisconsin drying facility. The Walnut was a big hit with very positive response from the attendees, many of which stopped by to see this beautiful lumber. MHC was represented by Dan Hansen, Kim Roehl, Bill Long, Joe Hyrka, Brian Anderson and Mike Mallin.