YREKA, Calif. – Hardwood plywood manufacturer Timber Products has invested in a Meinan lathe, and is planning to install the line at its Yreka, California, facility. The line will improve veneer and plywood production, the company says, and is part of an ongoing strategy to modernize its plywood business.
 
“The new Meinan Lathe will enable Yreka to provide our mills with the highest quality veneer in the industry,” said Chris Chase, general manager of Timber Products California Operations. “We look forward to working with our partners at Meinan to execute this project to create exceptional products for our customers.”
 
The Meinan Company was founded over 60 years ago in Japan and its innovative research and development team was the first to develop an automated veneer lathe line. The project at Yreka, California, will be the first 10-foot lathe line in the world with inline green veneer composing, says Meinan. The green composer eliminates manual stacking of random width veneer.
 
Operations will begin later this year.
 
The lathe line builds on other recent investments the company has made, including a dryer project at its Medford, Oregon facility.
 
Founded in 1918, Timber Products Company produces a wide range of diversified wood products. Best known for its hardwood plywood, the company owns its own forestland, runs nine manufacturing facilities, and has an international division and a nationwide transportation division.
 
This article incorrectly implied that Timber Products had already installed the line. Installation will begin later this year.
 

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