OUR PROCESS

Horizon’s log buyers seriously search anywhere and everywhere for the best quality or the most unique logs that fit our needs. This is the treasure hunt, the exploration, the adventure and anticipation of finding those unique “jewels of the forest” or maybe that big parcel Mother Lode or rather Mother load of super logs.

We pride ourselves on still being one of the “old school” companies who’s buyers show up on time, objectively evaluate each log,
measure fairly, price accordingly and then write the check on the spot. No games or nonsense. We like clean, legitimate, repetitive business and treat our suppliers as we would expect to be treated, as partners.

Key features

    • Steady suppliers
    • Trained buyers
    • Great relationships
    • Love the wood!

1.LOG BUYING

1.LOG BUYING

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Key features

    • Steady suppliers
    • Trained buyers
    • Great relationships
    • Love the wood!

Where the processing begins. Logs come to Horizon through the gate and to the yard. They are laid out and re-evaluated by Horizon’s log experts to make sure they are utilized in a way that optimizes everything they have to offer. As with all things Horizon, housekeeping is a highlight. The

paved work surface keeps our treasures clean and free of mud and debris. After the re-eval process, the sorted logs move ahead through Horizon’s tracking system and are watched closely as they travel through production. We keep a good eye on our kids.

Key features

    • Clean and organized
    • Paved work surface
    • Environmentally protected storage areas
    • Conveniently located biomass boiler

2.THE LOG YARD

2.THE LOG YARD

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Key features

    • Clean and organized
    • Paved work surface
    • Environmentally protected storage areas
    • Conveniently located biomass boiler

Horizon operates very precise, large, modern, imaginative equipment at a production rate other companies just can’t understand. We do not brag about how MUCH we saw. We do brag about the QUALITY of what we saw. To do the job correctly we need the right people,

the best tools, a clean environment and time spent per log. We are not just sawing boards here. We are sawing logs and keeping each piece of each log together as a family. Perfect color, texture and tension matching- positively! Would you want to rush your surgeon?

Key features

    • Slant Band Head Rig
    • Laser Edger and Trimmer
    • Balz Robotics
    • Custom Sawyer Booth
    • Skilled, Dedicated Crew

3.THE SAW MILL

3.THE SAW MILL

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Key features

    • Slant Band Head Rig
    • Laser Edger and Trimmer
    • Balz Robotics
    • Custom Sawyer Booth
    • Skilled, Dedicated Crew

Air-drying rows of perfectly stickered, wide, thick, flat, sequenced flitches and lumber organized like a wine cellar. This is what we do, and we know it takes time. We truly appreciate the sight, the smell, the ability to touch the material as it seasons prior to final drying. Horizon operates 8 large, modern, hot water based kilns (not the

harsher, faster steam kilns used by most) along with a new Swiss vacuum kiln for custom items. We also generate all our own energy to heat these kilns by burning our waste. No, it is not cheaper than burning gas, but we believe it is our responsibility as good environmental stewards.

Key features

    • Gentle hot water drying
    • Various sized kilns heated with sawmill byproducts
    • Computer generated drying programs
    • Human tested results

4.DRYING

4.DRYING

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Key features

    • Gentle hot water drying
    • Various sized kilns heated with sawmill byproducts
    • Computer generated drying programs
    • Human tested results

This is just one more place where the extra effort to get-it-right comes in to play. Material that has moved through the dry kilns does more than just lose moisture, it also loses dimension. We sell our products based on a true-after drying scale. It all moves through the grading line after

leaving the kiln for the most accurate measurements possible. We take a good final look and make sure the wood lives up to our standards. Once all the tests are passed with an A+ the wood is prepared for shipping, moved to the loading dock and ready to move on to the customer.

Key features

    • 2 Balz robots
    • Visual re-inspection
    • Accurate scale
    • Final testing
    • Preparation for shipping

5.GRADING LINE

5.GRADING LINE

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Key features

    • 2 Balz robots
    • Visual re-inspection
    • Accurate scale
    • Final testing
    • Preparation for shipping

Skilled eyes, with the experience of evaluating hundreds of thousands of logs, learn the tricks of seeing past the bark to tease out the secrets hiding in the material. Horizon’s Specialty Inventory, begins at the natural start; the log. Those that show promise of opening up to reveal something extra special are saved and sequestered.

The most exciting days at the mill are those when the “Saved” logs are on the sawing schedule. Even beyond the expected, the eyes in the sawyer’s booth and on the green chain are also always on the alert and ready to pull out the surprise gem that reveals itself under the sawblade. Its hard for a treasure to slip by unnoticed at Horizon.

Key features

    • Figured
    • Fiddlebacked
    • Quilted
    • Crotches
    • Super Widths
    • Unusual Species

6.SPECIAL INVENTORY

6.SPECIAL INVENTORY

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Key features

    • Figured
    • Fiddlebacked
    • Quilted
    • Crotches
    • Super Widths
    • Unusual Species

The nerve center. Due to Horizon’s technological basis, all systems lead to the office. Sure, the routine office duties are handled there, but in addition, the inventory tracking is all networked through the office. Handhelds recording data from the log

yard, the mill, grading area and log buyers on the road are programed to zap their information to the office. From there the pieces are sorted out, the puzzle assembled and it all ends up making sense.

Key features

    • Reception Area
    • Conference Room
    • Bookkeeping
    • Marketing
    • Human Resources
    • Dog Bed

7.OFFICES

7.OFFICES

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Key features

    • Reception Area
    • Conference Room
    • Bookkeeping
    • Marketing
    • Human Resources
    • Dog Bed

OUR WORKPLACE

“WITHOUT DEDICATION & DETERMINATION OF THE HORIZON "FAMILY" THE COMPANY WOULDNOT BE WHAT IT IS TODAY”

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