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Travel with Bennett-Watt and discover the Koetter Woodworks factory in Starlight, Indiana, an Eco friendly wood cutting business.
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Koetter Woodworks in Starlight Indiana
Jim Watt: Indiana’s 4 ½ million acres of hardwood forest are an important agricultural commodity here. Representing over 47,000 jobs, $1 ½ billion in wages alone. Though most hardwood forests rejuvenate themselves over a million hardwood trees were planted last year to supplement that natural growth.
Imagination and foresights are the qualities that leave many businesses to success. Add environmental and community responsibility and you have the family business of Koetter woodworks in Starlight.
John Blair: This is our main kind of woodworking manufacturing plant. This plant really sees the wood after planted couple of process. By the time it has been harvested it’s going through the soiling process. It’s gone through the drying process in our kilns. Next it would have been caught in to this building. It’s really unusable lumber if you will.
From this stage it has brought in and it’s playing down to a uniform thickness. From there it moves down a convertible or go through one of two computerized rip saw. That’s the great thing about the evolution of this process is now we start to season computer automation built-in to process.
The computer actually takes digital pictures of every single board that comes in the building. It feels it’s a running inventory of every single board come into the plant. The other thing that it does is it takes that digital shot and transfers it to the rip saw and it tells the rip saw exactly where to cut that board. So you may have some defects in the board, if that computer can tell the rip saw exactly where to cut it to get rid of those unusable defects.
As it moves down there it comes down the long conveyors that’s where all those board are individually inspected and inspected. It allows us to take that any unacceptable piece that’s on the board or to enough with a lot of shorter boards. What this process does is exit each of the ends of the board like clingers and then we push the board back together and bring them back together well to enough wood is a long usable defect tree piece of board again. That allows us then to manufacturers to see the rest of process, to the milling processes, the profiling process and I consider well, this is what we normally make grade quality. You’re going to painting over top of this typically hiding any scenes or the various shades that you see in this blank board.
We normally after we have cut the unusable defects out of it, this normally wouldn’t be good for a lot and would otherwise be slit.. Now what we found the ability to do is with this timber joining process is just parallel just at the end and one of the boards back together and then cut them to the desired length so we end up with a long clean and usable board once again. Again you have to give a nice and fully and lots and lots of these boards of this —
Brian Koetter Obviously we consumed quite a bit of a lumber. When growing up, mom and dad always taught us that we should have this much responsibility for the product in their resource areas we do in all aspects of the company on it. Few years back we decided that we want to do some additional involvement in the Timber Management a end of it and open up the Forest Discovery Centre. What we’re trying to do is educate the general public on what we feel is the proper timber management for longevity of the force and as for sustainable forestry we really want to show is that their proper forest management that you can only get all of those environmental benefits out of it but you can also get those thousands and thousands of products that we get from trees, things like hard wood flooring, cram buildings, doors, furniture components, other components, things that typically people don’t’ think of when they think of trees and forests.