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21.10.2019 RULES FOR THE ROADS LESS TRAVELLED
FOLEYET TIMBER BUILDS THE ROADS LESS TRAVELLED IN NORTHERN ONTARIO
When your work window is May to October, efficiency and reliability are essential features of the machines you operate.
For Foleyet Timber, based in Timmins, Ontario, those machines include a variety of equipment: crawleer excavators, articulated dump trucks, a wheel loader and a log loader. Foleyet Timber has been part of the Canadian logging industry for 56 years, working exclusively for area sawmills, such as EACOM Timmins. Foleyet Timber harvests spruce, pine, balsam, poplar, aspen and birch trees that are processed into dimensional lumber for building decks, garages and homes. Harvesting timber deep in the Northern Ontario forests isn't an easy task. There's no insfrastructure or cell phone towers, no power lines and, in most instances, no roads to access the timber stand that Foleyet is tenured to havest. Before tree felling can begin, Foleyet Timber must build temporary access roads to reach the designated plots of land where they've been contracted to clear the timber. Roads are built between May and October when the weather allows, and trees are havested as the roads allow. Lance Turgeon, a partner in Foleyet Timber, has been part of the logging business for 33 years. His father-in-law purchased the company from a close friend in 1986, and Turgeon went to work for him. Today, Turgeon has two business partners - Danny Vandal and Michel Mathieu - to help keep the business running smoothly. Over his 33 plus years, Lance has taken on more responsibilities at Foleyet Timber and honed the company's process down to a science. "We have a five year contract, and we break that down by year", he said. A forester creates perimeter lines to cut within, and Turgeon and his crew build roads to access the plot. And that's where the company's Doosan equipment comes in. Turgeon has relied on Doosan since buying his first Doosan DX300LC crawler excavator in 2012. "One thing about Doosan machines is they definitely don't lack power," he said.
FOLEYET TIMBER: STUMP TO DUMP
Turgeon relies on Doosan machines from start to finish, or "stump to dump." Doosan crawler excavators, including the DX350LC-5 and DX300LC, start the process by subgrading for the access roads. Once the path is cleared, the DX350LC-5 and DX300LC are used to grade the roadway, which often involves digging up and removing large tree stumps. "My cycle times are quicker because I'm not struggling with moving tree stumps. It makes us more efficient," Turgeon said. A Doosan DL420-3 wheel loader is stationed at the company's gravel pit to load gravel into two Doosan DA30 articulated dump trucks for hauling to access roads. "Our forestry equipment weighs more than 40 tons, so the gravel keeps it from sinking in the mud," Turgeon said. "We are known for our roads structuring; we are pretty good roadbuilders".
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Foleyet Timber favours gravel rather than ashpalt or concrete for better sustainability of the forest land. Gravel allows the access roads to return to a natural state so the forest can redevelop in the area. "We're a renewable resource," Turgeon said. "We harvest when the trees are ready. When the area is ready to be planted, we start over for the next generation." Once the road is accessible, large forestry cutting equipment - processors and a forwarder - is delivered to havest the designated timber, typically about 20,000 cubic metres a month. Once timber felling is complete, a Doosan DX300LL-5 log loader is paired with a specialty grapple to pick up the havested logs tha have been placed along the access roads and load them on the log trucks to be delivered to the lumber mills for processing.
COMFORT IS KEY
Turgeon says the logging industry competes with the mines in the area for experiences employees. His industry requires five days away from home per week, compared to an 8 to 5 shift in the mines. So, keeping operators comfortable on the job is essential for Foleyet Timber. The company's Doosan equipment comes standard with an enclosed cab with heating and air conditioning, which go a long way to keep operators comfortable when working remotely. As well, when the inevitable occurs, Turgeon said he knowns he can count on the support he receives from his Doosan dealer, ReadyQuip. Turgeon explained ReadyQuip goes above and beyond to keep Foleyet Timber productive by creating what he calls: "service kits" The kits include a list of Foleyet Timber machines, a timeline and description of service intervals for each machine, plus parts, filters or other necessary components. The kits are packed up and ready for Foleyet Timber to take along when they head out into the forest. The kits help minimize the time and expense of transporting machines several hours for service, and also helps reduce downtime through regular maintenace. "Downtime is what kills you, and that's where our dealer comes to the rescue," he said. "The service we receive from them is next to none. It sets them apart." That includes delivering parts to the Foleyet Timber machines that could be hours away from the nearest town, on a road less travelled.
LIKE A FAMILY
Turgeon cares about his employees and takes pride in doing whatever he can to provide for them and their families. "I am helping our employee's families", he said. "They all have children that they want to send to school. As long as I have a job, they have a job. Everyone is as important as the next person. Everyone is the same - we just do different tasks. We've been together so long that we're like a family. If somone has a project at home, we will all go together and do it with him. We are our own community".
By Jamie Jackson
Two Rivers Marketing
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