of lumber increase. In response to
pricing and availability issues, we have
been forced to increase our suppliers
from more distant locations, which
only adds to the cost due to freight.”
International trade issues are also
affecting local supplies of lumber. “We
are concerned about the irresponsible
practice of hardwood log exportation
and have been vocal with our elected
officials to halt this short-sighted
practice,” Michael Thornberry added.
“We believe the problem is twofold: the
reduction of domestic production and
supply in the near-term while simul-
taneously endangering our abundant
forestland for future generations.”
Another advantage of poplar is
that it can safely be used as animal
bedding. That means nothing goes to
waste at Powell Valley Millwork. Off-
cuts that aren’t used for fuel to power
the company’s wood drying kilns are
turned into shavings that are bagged
and shipped out by the truck load
to be sold in a wide variety of retail
scanning rough mill
Powell Valley’s focus on selling poplar
products in truck-load quantities puts a
heavy emphasis on rough mill operations for maximum efficient use of
resources and top-level productivity.
That’s why the most recent addition to
the plant is a sophisticated scanning
rough mill line from Eagle Machinery
& Supply Inc. that will be able to process 65,000 board feet of lumber in a
single 8-hour shift with only six people
required to operate it.
Poplar paint-grade mouldings like these crown mouldings are a key product of Powell Valley
Installing the new rough mill line was a team effort between Powell Valley Millwork and Eagle
Machinery. Pictured from left, Powell Valley’s Dale Budke, Brian Lambert, Jim Thornberry,
Jimmy Thornberry, and Eagle Machinery’s Kirk Spillman, Todd Spillman, and Jeremy Lycans.
Not pictured, Michael Thornberry, Powell Valley Millwork.
With the additional productivity of the new rough mill line, the company plans to add to these
moulders currently in operation.