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Sawmill Operation Solutions Black Mountain, NC
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Filing Room Design & Set-up, Saw Filer Training, Wheel Grinding, Preventive Maintenance & Troubleshooting
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Having worked most of my life in the Canadian lumber industry and obtainied my trades certifications from British Columbia Institute of Technology, I decided in 2009 to open my own company, "Sawmill Operation Solutions". During the past 4 years I have helped with mill maintenance and equipment installations, trained saw filers on-site, and consulted with various mill managers regarding layout and design issues.  

Troubleshooting has always been of interest to me as I enjoy trying to 'get to the bottom' of a situation.  After over 30 years in the industry, one could begin the think they have "seen it all", but that is certainly not the case in the lumber industry.  New challenges present themselves constantly.  I smile as I think of some rather miniscule element, or quirky series of events that have led to much larger problems, often creating  a system-wide production loss.  

Having an equal respect for workers and timber as 'natural resources', and the desire to assist industry in producing quality lumber, I recognize the importance of regular mill maintenance and maintaining a highly skilled workforce. Both are crucial to improving lumber recovery.  When saw filers learn new skills and the value of regular maintenance is encouraged, seeing the improvements in production, reduction of waste and downtime is certainly gratifying. 

Working at a large number of mills has given me breadth of experience with respect to types of machinery and filing room layouts.  Twice, I have assisted with mill re-design following  mill fires.  In addition, my work has enabled me to work closely with a wide variety of people.  Whether well trained or not at all, I find that most tradesmen want to learn more and improve their performance.  Sometimes patience and encouragement are the best tools in any workplace.

That said, I enjoy my work and I am willing to travel extensively.  Languages spoken are English, French and some Spanish.

If you would like to know more about my services or would like to discuss your mill's specific challenges, you may reach me at: (828)  442-5907

Michel LaRiviere, Owner
Sawmill Operation Solutions 

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