Banks sawmill eyes expansion
Plans could result in hiring of two new employees
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 Manufacturings wood-chipping operation on the mills rail spur. When completed, the expansion is expected to result in the mill hiring two new employees.
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