Business at Heartwood Mills unaffected despite damage to the company’s newly expanded sawmill.
Boyne Falls, MI — On Tuesday evening, March 6, a fire started at Heartwood Mills. No one was injured and damage is limited to one building that housed a recent sawmill expansion, completed in 2017. Buildings containing the company’s other mills remain fully operational.
Because damage was limited to one building on the property, Heartwood Mills President Brad Baird said customers will be unaffected and business will continue to operate as usual. Company leaders said they have plans to rebuild the damaged mill as quickly as possible.
Michigan is beautiful in the winter — a true sight to behold. It’s also cold. Very cold. The average annual temperature around our Boyne Falls mill is only 46 degrees, and our average yearly snowfall total tops 100 inches. (Source: U.S. Climate Data) Thankfully, inside our mill it’s toasty — and you might be surprised to learn what’s keeping us warm.
We have two custom-designed Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) kilns, each heated by natural gas and capable of drying approximately 70,000 BD FT of wood building material. These mills create steam, which we pipe underground and use to heat our production facilities during the winter months. This process is a way we keep utility costs down — a savings that we then pass on to our customers.
This isn’t the only way you benefit, though. Kiln-drying not only keeps us warm and cuts costs, it also ensures that we produce the highest-quality log siding, log paneling and other wood building products available.
Timber frame home construction has been used for centuries. In fact, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) dates timber framing back to between 500 and 100 B.C., when it was used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans. Its use also spans continents, from quaint European villages to the rugged mountain ranges of North America.
Despite its prolific use, not all homeowners are familiar with this building style. The first step in becoming a valued building partner is explaining all of the options available to homeowners who desire a rustic lodge, log home or timber frame home. Take time to walk them through timber frame construction and explain the advantages of building and living in a timber frame home.
Heartwood Mills marks 70th anniversary with expanded production capacity to keep pace with increased product demand generated by the growth in housing and commercial construction nationwide.
Boyne Falls, MI — Heartwood Mills announced today the completion of a large scale expansion project that includes the installation of a technologically advanced saw and grade resaw system. This marks the start of the mill’s ability to increase their production of wood building products, including log siding, log paneling, and hardwood flooring, to 35,000 BF daily. FMI’s Construction Outlook Third Quarter Report 2017 forecasts a 5% increase in total construction spending over 2017. This continued growth, coupled with changes in the international softwood market has caused increased demand for wood building products that Heartwood Mills is now poised to meet.
Heartwood Mills is excited to announce the installation of a technologically advanced saw and grade resaw system. This marks the start of our ability to increase production of wood building products, including log siding, log paneling, and hardwood flooring, to 35,000 BF daily. Take a look at the saw in action!