FOREST PRODUCTS ENGINEERING

Crow Engineering has provided consulting engineering and design to the wood products industry for well over 50 years.  Our firm is active in all aspects of the industry – providing engineering and design for:

  • Sawmills
  • Planing mills
  • Chip plants
  • Log processing systems
  • Veneer plants

We have also completed numerous projects that were either exclusively or partially materials-handling related.  We provide design to plants handling:

  • Chips
  • Sawdust
  • Bark
  • Fuel
  • Logs
  • Lumber
  • Plywood
  • Biomass of all types including plastics and other post-consumer waste materials.

Through practical experience, our talented engineers and designers have developed a thorough working knowledge of forest products industry practices, methods and needs.  We become involved in projects at various stages depending upon the needs of our clients.  Crow Engineering provides consulting for the planning, design, and specifications for all phases of project implementation including construction.

Our involvement may include all or part of the following: 

  • Preliminary feasibility studies
  • Plant layout options
    • Machine and equipment installations
    • Equipment support
  • Assistance and recommendations for capital improvements
    • Preliminary feasibility studies
    • Preparation of capital estimates, budgets and economic justification including the development of pro-forma income/cash flow statements
    • Operational improvements
    • Product line enhancements
    • Alternative equipment configurations
    • Evaluation of facility competitive position in respect to:
      • Product recovery
      • Productivity
      • Staffing
      • Manufacturing costs
      • Marketing flexibility
  • Coordination with manufactured equipment (OEM) vendors for integration into overall plant and product line layout
  • Fabrication level design documents
  • Special machine design
  • Construction review services

With the inclusion of our experienced structural and civil engineering staff, Crow Engineering can also provide value to our Forest Products clients by providing engineering for your facility design or modernization effort.

Our structural staff can assist with:

  • Equipment supports
    • Frames
    • Towers
  • Foundation designs including:
    • Pile-supported foundation systems
    • Conventional and special foundation systems
    • Mat slab foundations
  • Retaining walls
  • Greenfield facility design
  • Building evaluations, renovations and seismic upgrades
  • Building renovations
  • Building seismic upgrades

We have provided engineering services to a significant number of the major softwood lumber facilities in the Northwest and Southeast, as well as hardwood mills in the Northeast and the South.  Over the many years that we’ve supported the forest products industry, our list of satisfied clients has grown.  We are proud to have served the following clients:

  • C&D Lumber Co.
  • California Redwood
  • Champion International,
  • Georgia-Pacific LLC
  • Hampton Affiliates
  • Idaho Forest Group
  • Longview Fiber
  • Louisiana-Pacific
  • Martco
  • Plum Creek Manufacturing
  • Riley Creek Lumber
  • Rosboro
  • Roseburg
  • SDS Lumber Co.
  • Simpson
  • St. Regis Paper Co.
  • Swanson Group
  • Welco
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Wyoming Sawmills
  • and many other large corporations and small independent owners