Yoder Lumber's Sawmill to Components Wood Manufacturing

By Karen Koenig | Posted: 10/07/2013 8:05AM


Yoder Lumber Co. utilizes state-of-the-art technology along with sustainable practices in the milling and manufacture of its dimension stock and wood components.

Founded in 1944, Yoder has mills in Charm and Millersburg (Buckhorn), Ohio, with a capacity of approximately 11 million board feet a year. Yoder’s Berlin facility also has lumber processing as well as dimension manufacturing capabilities. The company has approximately 165 employees.

Watch a video showcasing Yoder's sawmill operation

Sustainable Manufacturing

Environmental stewardship is important at Yoder, which utilizes its wood waste for the kilns and to heat the plant; green sawdust is sold. Appalachian hardwoods are predominantly used.

Lumber is graded and sorted at the mills. Buckhorn’s millwork capabilities include surfacing, sanding, ripping, S4S, tongue-and-groove flooring and mouldings. Yoder recently added a  Kentwood moulder and Timesavers planer/sander, which it uses along with Weinig moulders and rough mill equipment, Baker saws and Cantek sanders.

Offices and the hardwood products manufacturing are at Berlin. Used at the plant are: four gluing stations utilizing Taylor clamps, Sandingmaster, Timesavers and Cantek widebelt sanders, two moulders, a Weinig Group chop first line and an optimizing rip-first line incorporating Progressive Systems and Eagle Machinery equipment.

The company was one of eight woodworking facilities recently toured as part of the 2013 Wood Component Manufacturers Association's annual Conference and Plant Tour Event in September.


About the Author

Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory (RedBookOnline.com). She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at kkoenig@woodworkingnetwork.com or Google+.

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