THE LOGGING INDUSTRY IS A WAY OF LIFE IN NORTH IDAHO.
MADE IN THE NORTHWEST
A LUMBER MILL HAS SIT ACROSS THE PEND ORIELLE RIVER
FROM THE TOWN OF PRIEST RIVER FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.
and the highway used to run right through here.
STIMSON LUMBER COMPANY BOUGHT IT IN 2000.
IT'S BEEN ADDING BUILDINGS.
AS WELL AS NEW EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY.
STIMSON NOW EMPLOYS NEARLY 100 PEOPLE.
WHO PROCESS A WHOLE LOT OF LUMBER.
we're running about 40-thousand feet an hour.
ten hour days, six days a week.
400-thousand feet a day.
IN PRIEST RIVER.
STIMSON GETS ANYWHERE FROM 50 TO 100 TRUCK LOADS OF
LOGS EACH DAY.
and they get scaled, they get measured, they get sorted
by species, so lodgepole pine, fir-larch, hem-fir.
THE LOGS ARE THEN LOADED INTO STIMSON'S MILLION DOLLAR
IT HAS A 31-INCH SPINNING RING.
WHICH STRIPS THE BARK RIGHT OFF.
THAT BARK IS THEN BURNED TO DRY THE LUMBER.
ALMOST NOTHING AT STIMSON GOES TO WASTE.
chips are being used to make paper.
some of the red chips they're making cardboard out
shaving, saw dust, lignetics is one of our customers
for making wood pellets.
THESE GIANT CHOP SAW CUT THE LOGS INTO EIGHT AND NINE
ONCE IN THE MILL.
LOGS UNDER 14 INCHES ARE RUN THROUGH THE SCRAGG MACHINE.
WHILE THE BIGGER LOGS GO TO THE HEAD RIG.
he takes a slice off the outside, which is called
the jacket board.
and then he'll take a couple of two-inch flitches
he'll take four-inch can out of the center.
he'll flip that log over and do basically the same
thing on the other side.
THOSE TWO-INCH FLITCHES AND FOUR-INCH CANS ARE SEPARATED.
AND RUN THROUGH THE EDGER.
WHERE THEY MAKE...
two-by-fours vertically out of the four-inch cans.
and then they'll be taking, pulling a two-by-four
out of the flitches.
WHAT ARE NOW A ROUGH STUDS GET STACKED BY A STACKER.
THEN IT'S ON TO THE PLANER.
WHICH RUNS ABOUT 42 TO 44-THOUSAND OF THEM PER HOUR.
they're surfacing the lumber, so it comes out surfaced.
all four sides.
just how you would see it in a retail store.
STIMSON'S INSPECTORS WILL TAKE A FINAL LOOK AT THE
BEFORE THE FINAL PRODUCT GETS BAR CODED.
WRAPPED AND PACKAGED.
THEN SENT ACROSS THE RIVER TO BE SHIPPED OUT ON A
stimson ships about 10-million feet of lumber out
of this priest river plant every month.
and about 75-percent of that goes to home depot stores.
LOGGING WILL CONTINUE TO BE A WAY OF LIFE IN NORTH
AND STIMSON'S PRIEST RIVER PLANT WILL CONTINUE TO
BE A BIG PART OF THAT.
we're actually running stronger now than i think we
i mean, our production's up.
we've got a fantastic crew.
FOR MADE IN THE NORTHWEST.
I'M DEREK DEIS.
KXLY FOUR NEWS.