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Banks sawmill eyes expansion

Plans could result in hiring of two new employees


by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: DOUG BURKHARDT - Banks Manufacturing LLC officials say a new 8,635-square-foot steel-framed building to house additional mill equipment is currently in the works adjacent to the companys property at 13662 Commerce St.The lumber mill in Banks is growing. A new 8,635-square-foot steel-framed building to house additional mill equipment is currently in the works, according to officials with Banks Manufacturing LLC.

The planned expansion will add a second twin horizontal resaw and ease current bottlenecks in the flow of material at the mill.

“Efficiency is projected to increase by 10 to 15 percent, which would allow for more lumber to be recovered from the log while reducing the manufacturing costs of the lumber produced,” read a statement from the city of Banks, which has approved the project. “The proposed machinery upgrade will allow the lumber mill to regain competitiveness in the lumber market.”

The construction project at the facility includes a 240-square-foot structure that will enclose Banks Manufacturing’s wood-chipping operation on the mill’s rail spur. When completed, the expansion is expected to result in the mill hiring two new employees.

— Doug Burkhardt

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