Dick Pyle and his employees at Northland Forest Products
were excellent hosts for a recent Roadshow in Shakopee, MN,
near Minneapolis. Dick Pyle owns the company and took the
entire audience (over 100 finish carpenters and contractors)
on a tour of his plant.
The NFP team secured the area around the machinery, then
fired up the rough mill to begin the S4S process for
NFP primarily processes hardwood lumber to S4S boards. They
also finger joint poplar and alder. Making 16' single joint
alder boards is one of their specialties. NFP distributes
to dealers all over the US, but especially in the Twin
Cities and Chicago area. The first stop for a piece of
rough sawn lumber is the double helical-head Northfield
planer. This planer prepares the lumber for the scanning
Continuous flow is acheived through the strategic placement
of machines and material handling. This allows lumber to
move quickly and efficiently from machine to machine.
After being scanned, ripped to width, and chopped to length,
the boards are sent through a Timesaver 237 KAIC
The boards are sorted after the final sanding process.
As a special treat: Vince Fournier, design specialist,
demonstrated a six-head Weinig 23E Moulder.
The Katz Roadshow crew and the audience at the NFP event thank Dick and his team for being such generous hosts.