The Sawguide Reformation: Why the Industry Needs to Change

POST DATE: June 27, 2017

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

This year marks the 500th anniversary of an extremely annoyed monk who nailed a list onto a church door because he was fed up with the Roman Catholic church. That monk was Martin Luther and the church was the castle church in Wittenberg. This act was part of what we now call the Reformation. Martin Luther ha…
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I Can Tell How Profitable Your Sawmill is Just by Looking At It

POST DATE: April 10, 2017

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

You know the old saying that you can tell a lot about a person by the way they dress, and how they present themselves? The same rule applies to business.  I had lunch with a friend the other day and like usual, we were talking shop. He seemed agitated, like he wanted to say something but kept stopping himsel…
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No Ongoing Training? No Problem? No Sawmill!

POST DATE: March 14, 2017

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I was talking with a friend of mine the other day about his experience in sawmills. The more we spoke, the more the same issue kept coming up. It reminded me of my first experience driving in European roundabouts. The infamous six lane roundabout circling the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, as a matter of fact. I …
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The forestry sector is one of the oldest industries in existence. There are older occupations, but man has been using the forests for all sorts of things for thousands of years. Everything from homes and heat to décor and even cooking. Vast communities have grown around this industry, supporting generations o…
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Another Nail in the Sawmill Coffin

POST DATE: January 16, 2017

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

Everyone has good days and bad days. Today was a bad day for me. No, I’m not ill, but I received some very bad news from a friend. He’s not ill either, but he told me there’s soon going to be a lot of upset people in local sawmill communities. There are rumours going around that a few mills may be closing. I …
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