A tour of Weyerhaeuser's iLevel Veneer Technology Plant in Buckhannon, WV was one of the most interesting stops on the CEFTS 2009 meeting. At this plant yellow poplar veneer is used to manufacture beams using the Microlam and Paralam processes. During the fabrication process nothing is wasted as the beams are created.
Safety was a main concern for the tour. Harry Hutchins is decked out in the full gear of hardhat with radio, vest, and safety glasses. The radios were a great way to hear information from our guides over the sound of the mill.
Stacks of freshly peeled yellow poplar veneer
Newly fabricated microlam beams
Finished product ready for shipping:
Thanks to Brian Wilson, Mark Shreve, Don Grant, and John Holstine for the excellent tour.