Always with great respect for cutting plans and the resource, the trees are cut down using a conventional or multifunctional harvester or by chainsaw.
The delimber or multifunctional harvester removes all of the branches without damaging the wood. The logs, whether cut lengthwise or not, are then stacked for shipping.
The harvest is sent to the mill by semi-trailer. When the trucks arrive at their destination, they are unloaded in piles in our large lumber yard or directly at the mill entrance.
A robotic detection system analyzes the log and cuts it to maximize the amount of lumber produced and optimize final quality.
The logs are conveyor-fed through rotors equipped with knives to remove the bark while preserving the precious wood fiber.
The log is processed into lumber, either by primary breakdown (width) or secondary breakdown (thickness), or both at the same time (depending on the system).
The boards are mechanically stacked into packages by category and sorted according to wood species to maximize drying.
Did you know? Drying time for fir is twice as long as for spruce. This is why we dry each species separately in the drying cells at each of our mills.
This step consists of going back over the dried wood to polish, round corners and standardize the boards.
Final quality is determined by strict classification standards. Each board is thoroughly inspected by an optimizer or the eagle eye of a grader!
We take great pride in this step, when we package our flawless softwood lumber in Matériaux Blanchet sealed covers.
Final quality control
In addition to meticulously monitoring the entire processing line, our quality control professionals ensure that all of the wood meets standards using sampling techniques. They then compile the statistics to guarantee continuous improvement.
Our products travel throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East by truck, train and boat.
Sustainable development is not just a value to us, it’s part of who we are. This is why we do large-scale replanting to ensure the sustainability of the resource.