Advantage Trim & Lumber Company’s Vice President, Betty Pelc, has just announced the purchase of a new sawmill in Brazil, located just a few miles up the river from the company’s existing kiln-drying and processing plant.
The company’s new sawmill will be named Lumber Queens. Pelc stated, “I chose the name to highlight and honor the rapidly rising role of women in our company and the industry. For centuries, the industry has been dominated by men, and for the most part they have done a fine job, but I think women have some long-overlooked ideas for production, distribution, treatment of workers, and ecology that surely will change the way things get done.”
The facility will be overseen by the company’s South American Division Director Viviane Peixoto, and exports will be handled by the company’s US-based Import/Export Manager Vanessa Carrano. Pelc added, “We are building a power team, it happens to contain a lot of women, and a lot of things are going to change in exciting ways.”
The new facility houses two separate sawmill lines that will process a combined 34,000 board feet of hardwood lumber per shift. There’s a port for receiving barges carrying up to 850,000 board feet of logs at a time. The grounds will include a 10-acre log yard that will stockpile up to 3 million board feet of logs, allowing production to continue throughout the rainy season.
The rough-sawing facility will employ 40 local workers in addition to the 120 employees at the company’s existing kiln-drying and finish mill. Advantage will also hire additional support staff in their US corporate office for handling the new sales and administration duties.
The company is working to obtain FSC certification for its new sawmill.