anderson-tully. production.

anderson-tully. SEASONED.

We produce great lumber because our experienced employees know their craft well and are dedicated to running one of the largest and most efficient, high-quality mills in the United States. We have been dedicated to making the highest grade products on the market since 1963, and with a facility upgrade in 2008, we have increased production from 50 million feet to 68 million feet annually. Our sawmill complex rests on 105 acres protected from Mississippi River flooding by a ring levee.

Our sawmill process is an all-encompassing system that manages every aspect from saplings to sales.
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Lumber Processing Step 1
Lumber Processing Step 2

Lumber Processing Step 2

log prep & sizing

The De-barker removes bark from the log then sends it to the Log Deck where it passes through a metal detector to prevent foreign metallic objects from entering the mill and damaging saws or equipment.

Logs pass through a 3D overhead scanner to calculate their shape and maximize utilization of the entire log. Logs continue to move through the sawmill passing through twin Band Mills to be manufactured in accordance with customer specifications.

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sawing & scanning

Our Off- Bearing System picks up exiting logs from the twin Band Mills, cants, boards and timbers are then transferred on the log roll case to the Line Bar Re-saw. Individual boards ranging in size from 6 to 16 feet long and from 3 to 18 inches wide travel to the Four Saw Optimized Edger. Larger cants go to the Line Bar Re-Saw or the Double Pocket Gang Saw for further processing.

The Four Saw Optimized Edger evaluates up to 25 boards per minute and utilizes a total of 18 scanner heads to analyze individual boards and determine how much bark or lack of wood to remove from the board.

The Double Pocket Gang Saw mass produces boards received from the Line Bar Re-Saw or directly from the Band Mills as well as timbers from the center of the log.

The Line Bar operator will re-saw the clear upper grade, value boards from all 4 sides until an 8 to 10 inch thick cant of lower grade heart center material is achieved and sent to the Gang Saw.

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Lumber Processing Step 3

Lumber Processing Step 3
Lumber Processing Step 4

inspecting & trimming

The Inspection Deck allows inspectors, with an eye for retention of the highest lumber grades, to identify wood clear of defects, grading each board accordingly.

Our Control Room handles the communication for our trimmer which trims all lumber to 1 foot increments. The centralized control room manages computer systems for both the Mill and Inspection Stations utilizing information to organize the database by species to drive cutting orders.

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grading

Our 60 Bay Drop Sorter receives conveyed boards based on grade and dimensions combining like boards. Each bay is programmed to contain boards that meet specifications including thickness, grade, species, and length. Once bay capacity is met, it automatically lowers to be bundled.
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Lumber Processing Step 5
Lumber Processing Step 3

Lumber Processing Step 3

drying & treating

When boards are removed from the bay they are placed on the Stacker to be sold to local customers in bulk packages. Higher grade boards are placed on sticks for kiln drying. Placing the lumber on sticks allows for even airflow during the drying process.

Lumber is placed in our Dip Vat for insecticide, antifungal and antibacterial treatments to preserve the natural color and characteristics and to prevent lumber degrade. Stacks are completely submerged for a specified amount of time then raised with an overhead crane to stack for drying. A 45 degree angle allows any excess solution to drain off.

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