The Gorman Bros. operations have come a long way since the two brothers, John and Ross, opened up a factory to build fruit boxes out of sawmill scraps more than 60 years ago as a way to earn a living while their fruit orchards recovered from a harsh winter. Although the original office for that factory still stands proudly on display at the front of the Gorman Bros. sawmill and planer mill facility in Westbank, B.C., everything else related to the company’s operations has changed to adapt to the competitive pace of the forestry sector.
The Westbank facility is a one-inch board mill that sells into 28 different countries worldwide. The mill produces 150 million bdft. predominantly out of spruce and lodgepole pine. Some lumber companies consider Gorman Bros. a “boutique mill” and that suits Doug Tracey, operations manager for Gorman Bros., just fine.
“Being a one-inch board mill is unique,” Tracey says. “We probably have the best name in the world for one-inch boards.”
The reason Gorman Bros. has such a great reputation? One word, quality. The company’s desire to produce top quality boards is one of the reasons for the company’s latest investment in its planer mill, new automatic grading equipment. For the upgrades, they turned to Comact and its GradExpert automated grader.