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Close to half of our harvested fibre becomes our finest boards, ideal for residential and commercial construction. On top of that, the trims of finished lumber are collected and remanufactured into finger-jointed boards.

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Wood chips are used as raw material to produce high-quality paper and pulp.

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Shavings and sawdust are used in animal bedding, as biofuel, or converted into wood pellets -a green, renewable energy source.

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Bark is used for landscaping or as a renewable biomass energy in place of fossil fuels.

The Gorman Edge
in innovation.

Value Extraction

From the forest to the finished product, Gorman Bros. Lumber utilizes the latest technology to create The Finest Boards.

Our goal from selecting the tree to producing the finished product is to add value.  We do this by:

  • choosing high quality fibre
  • creating jobs for those who know how to add quality to the product
  • continually reinvesting in new technologies

From advances in saws so they cut more precisely, to biometric scanners which grade, sort and reroute logs; we believe in maximizing value extraction. We’ve invested in better drying technology to improve the stability of the boards because we believe in being on the leading edge – the Gorman edge.

We believe in continually investing in new technologies to maximize value extraction.

First the logs are loaded on to the log deck to be sorted by scanner according to their diameter and length.  Then the round log is “squared up” into what is called a cant.

Next the Thin Kerf Edger, which has a series of side-by-side saw blades, rips the cant into boards. Technological advances have allowed the use of thinner and thinner saw blades that, in turn, reduce the loss of fibre as sawdust ensuring a greater recovery of lumber.

 At Gorman Bros. Lumber we have chosen to use a moulder to finish our boards.  These machines were designed for fine finish work and create our smooth splinter resistant edge – the Gorman Edge.

Bioluma Scanner

Bioluma Scanner

The Bioluma Grade Scanner for the Trimmer Optimizer allows for both geometric shape analysis for trimming/cutting in two, and classifying the various characteristics found in lumber for accurate grade sorting. The lumber sorted in the rough can then be routed to different finishing centers. Our two Edger Optimizers allow for accurate assessment of the geometric shape of the edge boards and for optimization to recover the best value in one or two board solutions.

 Gorman Bros. Lumber utilizes 24 dry kilns.  Using a low temperature and slow drying schedule, we are able to produce a more stable board than those dried in the industry standard high temperature, fast-drying kiln.  Our drying process reduces board warping and twisting while still allowing us to heat treat every load to the International Heat Treat Standard.