The building solutions leading company Louisiana Pacific and the European Handling Machinery & Press specialist Biele Group have successfully implemented their first project consisting of a shake profile production line in Swan Valley, Manitoba, Canada.
LP’s investment is part of their expansion plans for siding products in the building market within their LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding brand.
The project consists of a fully automatic shake profile production line that is fed with 8×4‘ OSB panels for several post-processing processes to get different sized shakes. The Biele line feeds the mother board and cuts into multiple pieces that will be profiled, painted, and packaged according to different recipes.
According to LP’s Engineering Project Manager Danaillie Woodfine, “Prior to adding the Shake Line in Swan Valley, LP had a shake line in Roaring River, North Carolina. Customer demand for the shake product was outpacing the capacity of the Roaring River line. The new shake line includes more automation and an increased line speed that is capable of twice the production of the Roaring River line. This increase capacity will allow LP to meet future customer demand”.
Danaillie also points out that “Working with Biele exceeded my expectations. The team went above and beyond to ensure we received a quality product. Doing business during COVID-19 was often times unpredictable, but Biele was able to adapt quickly to changes in order to keep the project on track. I would definitely recommend Biele for future projects”.