MacDonald & Owen Lumber upgrades wood components facility
April 30, 2021 | 9:03 am CDT
MacDonald & Owen Lumber

LUCK, Wis. - MacDonald & Owen Lumber Co. announced it has invested more than half a million in upgrades to improve lead times and capabilities at its St. Croix Wood Components facility in Luck, Wisconsin.

The upgrades to the gang rip and glue line include $550,000 in new equipment, including a Mereen-Johnson 525 gang ripsaw which the company says will rip up to 235 feet per minute and allow it to be more diverse in its arbor selection. Also installed will be new James L. Taylor cold clamp carriers which can produce glued panels up to 40 inches wide and 60 stages.

“Our goal is to partner with clients and develop value-added solutions for their wood component needs that will last for years to come,” said Justin Briski, director of Sales & Dimensional Products.

MacDonald & Owen acquired the St. Croix Valley Wood Components facility in 2020.

Headquartered in West Salem, Wisconsin, MacDonald & Owen Lumber Co. produces truckload & container volumes of ripped-to-width hardwoods to exact specifications in all the major species of northern and Appalachian hardwoods and imported lumber. In addition to West Salem, the company has four locations and operates laser optical precision automation to produce multiple rip widths, for use by cabinet, flooring, furniture and moulding manufacturers.

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