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Roseburg relies on Dieffenbacher LVL expertise in Chester plant

 Thursday, November 7, 2019

Roseburg celebrates grand opening of highest –capacity plant at Chester. Roseburg Forest Products now extends dependence on Dieffenbacher LVL expertise for the new plant with world’s highest-capacity continuous LVL press. The President and CEO Grady Mulbery and Roseburg owner and chairman Allyn Ford welcomed South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and other state officials and business partners welcomes guests at their new plant with highest-capacity continuous LVL press through the ribbon-cutting ceremony.



Located at Lancaster Highway, the plant is the most technologically advanced manufacturing facility of its kind and features the highest-capacity press in the world. The project was first announced in early 2017 and the construction team broke ground later that same year. When fully operational, the plant will employ approximately 145 people from the area. “South Carolina is a great state to do business in,” Roseburg President and CEO Grady Mulbery said. “Our research showed that this region was an ideal place to locate this facility, with its steady demand, healthy market and bountiful wood supply. Chester County and the state of South Carolina stood out, offering outstanding support and assistance as we navigated through the process. ”



Attendees included state and local politicians, regional officials, and more than 100 newly hired Roseburg employees. After the ribbon cutting, project leaders guided guests and a tour of the state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. “What started out as an undeveloped plot of land is now home to a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility thanks to the efforts of a team of people with the vision and knowledge to make it happen,” Allyn Ford, Roseburg’s owner and board chairman, said. “Because of those efforts, 145 people will have jobs that did not exist before, and 145 families will earn a stable income in a safe work environment that contributes to the overall health and prosperity of this community and this state.”



In addition to boosting capacity, the ideal combination of microwave and CPS also enhances board quality. Compared to production on a multi-opening press, the continuously produced LVL boards have more consistent mechanical board properties and significantly lower thickness tolerances. Subsequent sanding is not necessary. For example, unsanded LVL boards can be used directly as scaffolding planks, and unsanded veneers can easily be pressed into high-quality boards.



Dieffenbacher LVL technology enables board thicknesses of up to 120 mm and allows MUF adhesives to be used in the top veneer overlapping area. Boards with these properties have been produced in practice at Dieffenbacher plants at Nelson Pine in New Zealand and at Pacific Woodtech in the U.S.



“We knew of Dieffenbacher’s previous LVL projects. These excellent references are among the reasons that we ultimately chose Dieffenbacher as our supplier,”said Grady Mulberyupon signing a contract with Dieffenbacher in 2017. The Roseburg line in Chester is Dieffenbacher’s eighth LVL project with a continuous press. More than 80% of the world’s continuous LVL production occurs in plants using Dieffenbacher equipment.




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