Meisters Forest Products
In 1999 Meisters Forest Products expanded to be able to better serve their customers in the Upper Midwest. The 1999 expansion included an additionlplant located in Black River Falls. The Black River Falls mill was set up to be operated as an exact duplicate of the well established mill in Endeavor.
At the Black River plant, we work to serve many of our customers in northern Wisconsin as well as areas such as Minneapolis, and many more.
Our mill usually has 3000-4000 cords of logs in the yard. These are debarked, sawn into lumber, and the remainder is turned into chips and sawdust for total utilization of the product. All lumber is cut and shipped as soon as possible.
Incoming logs go through a Morbark debarker, a Fastline merchandising chop saw, and then a Fastline circle saw scragg mill with two 48” circle saws complete the low-grade mill. The three sided logs are cut to length on two double end-trim saws. The 4” and 6” three-sided center cants go through one of the two Baker 5 head resaws. We cut our stringers and some decking from the center cants. The slab sides are cut into deck boards.
At Meisters Forest Products, we believe that if you make a good product, the customers will be there. In May of 1997, a fire destroyed the Endeavor mill. After being told by everybody that it would take at least three or four months to rebuild and get up and ...going, we worked very hard and were back in business exactly two months later. Paul wanted to rebuild and perpetuate his family’s tradition in the sawmill industry. All of us have heard the expression ‘lightning never strikes twice in the same place.’ Well, our mill is proof that fire can strike twice in the same place. In 2010, the Endeavor mill was totally destroyed by its second fire in less than 15 years. When the mill was hit by the second fire, Paul seriously debated about rebuilding. While he was in a solid economic position, by now Paul had two sons and two grandsons who were interested in continuing the family sawmilling tradition. He decided to rebuild again.
The new building is 100x200 ft. in size, with black top around it. Since our log yard is covered by rock, we have no problem with a soft yard during winter operation. Our operation is very clean. When we clean up at night, it is as clean as a school floor. Everything is dust free. Once you get used to keeping it clean, it is much easier. It becomes a continuous effort.
Our mill usually has 4000-5000 cords of logs in the yard. These are debarked, sawn into lumber, and the remainder is turned into chips and sawdust for total utilization of the product. All lumber is cut and shipped as soon as possible.
Incoming logs go through a Morbark debarker, a MDI metal detector, a Fastline merchandising chop saw, and then a Baker Tri-Scragg circle saw scragg mill with two 48” circle saws complete the new low-grade mill. The scragg was delivered in the early fall of 2010. Late in 2010, the new mill was up and running. The three sided logs are cut to length on two Baker double end-trim bandsaws. The 4” and 6” three-sided center cants go through one of the two Baker multi-head resaws (a five-head saw and a six-head saw). We also run our slabs from the scragg mill through slab edgers to obtain as much product as we can from every log.
In spite of the problems we have faced over the years,our family loves the forest products industry and the products and service we provide. this is indicative of the entrepreneurial spirit and drive that exists in our country. Few if any industries illustrate this fantastic American spirit like the forest products industry does.
At Meisters Forest Products we pride ourselves in quality lumber, timely service and deliveries. We are a family owned business that is in its 4th Generation within the Meister family. Our family owns and operates high speed pallet sawmills at 2 locations in central Wisconsin, Endeavor and Black River Falls. We are your one stop shop for your pallet & crating lumber!