Canfor commissions BID Group to supply turnkey solution for Urbana, Arkansas, sawmill modernization; wood processing technologies will include 31-in. VTO Debarker with flare reducer, high-speed canter line, software, automation and AI-enabled optimization

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ST. GEORGE, South Carolina , May 2, 2022 (press release) –

BID Group is pleased to announce the continued partnership with Canfor to deliver a sawmill modernization project for its Urbana, Arkansas operation. Through its industry-leading wood processing technologies and integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, equip, install, and provide start-up services for the project.

“We are excited to partner with the BID team again to apply their industry-leading turnkey solutions to the Urbana modernization project,” said Stephen Mackie, Executive Vice President, North American Operations at Canfor. “This project will deploy the best complement of BID’s state-of-the-art technologies to modernize the work environment for our valued employees and significantly increase our ability to produce sustainable wood products that will meet the growing needs of our customers.”

The scope for the sawmill will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies including, a 31’’ VTO Debarker with flare reducer, a high-speed canter line that will allow for increased efficiency processing a broad log profile, software, automation systems, and Artificial Intelligence enabled optimization. BID’s Integrated Solutions Team will provide the design, engineering, planning, fabrication, and installation services for this Turnkey project. The sustainment of the plant’s operational life cycle excellence will be supported by BID’s Reliability Solutions which will provide comprehensive service, parts, consumables, and upgrades.

“We would like to thank Canfor for their continued trust in BID. This is the second large turnkey project announced with Canfor within the past year and we are humbled and honored that they have chosen to partner with us again for their next major growth investment and ongoing operational excellence,” said Alistair Cook, President and CEO of BID Group.

Work on site will begin in the third quarter of 2022.

About BID Group

Since 1924, the privately-owned BID Group has been providing industry-leading solutions for its highly valued customers. As one of the largest integrated suppliers to the wood processing industry, and the North American leader in the field, BID Group is your one-stop source for guaranteed, comprehensive, and innovative solutions. The ability to provide complete, smart connected, turnkey manufacturing facilities that includes engineering, project management, equipment, software, installation, startup, and after sales parts and services is the BID Group companies' strategic value to its customers. The company has offices in 15 locations situated to serve the predominant wood processing regions of North America. Learn more about BID at

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