Westervelt Lumber selects BID Group to modernize its planer mill in Moundville, Alabama; modernization will include BID’s new AI-enabled robotic trim block management system, with start-up set for Q1 2023

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April 6, 2022 (press release) –

BID Group is pleased to announce it has received a new turnkey order from Westervelt Lumber to modernize their existing planer mill in Moundville, Alabama. Through its industry-leading wood processing technologies and integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, equip, install, and provide full start-up services for the project. The new operation will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies.

“We are excited to partner with the BID team again to continue expanding our manufacturing capacity and modernizing our lumber facilities in the U.S. South,” said Joe Patton, Westervelt Lumber’s Vice President and General Manager, Wood Products. “This project will employ the best complement of modern technologies to meet our growing consumer demand for the highest quality product, in a facility that has been recognized as a top performer. Working with an industry leader like BID provides the confidence that this major project to further enhance our capabilities will be done right and delivered on time.”

The modernization will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies including equipment, software, and automation systems. It will feature the very first robotic trim block management system, BID’s latest innovation. Through its strategic partnership with Yaskawa Motoman, BID has become the first industry Original Equipment Manufacturer to offer robotic solutions using Artificial Intelligence.

“We would like to thank the Westervelt team for their ongoing trust in BID.  We are excited to partner with them to commission the first Artificial Intelligence enabled robotic system. The innovative combination of technologies behind this system will generate a new level of operational efficiency within the wood processing industry.”, said Simon Potvin, President Wood Processing.

Start-up will be in the first quarter of 2023.

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