Grayson Lumber: Maximizing Efficiency and Sustainability with WEIMA Shredder

Grayson Lumber, a lumber mill located in Houston, Alabama, has successfully integrated a WEIMA shredder into its operations to process wood waste generated during lumber production. By utilizing the shredder, Grayson Lumber has found an innovative solution to repurpose wood waste, which is then utilized as fuel in an on-site boiler. The adoption of the WEIMA shredder has led to significant improvements in efficiency, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness.

Sustainable Operations in the Woods

Grayson Lumber, established in 1942, has been under the ownership of the current management team since 1994. Situated within a scenic national forest, the company operates with a team of approximately 75 employees working a single shift five days a week. Grayson Lumber specializes in processing southern yellow pine trees into dimensional lumber, which is primarily distributed to large retailers such as Lowe's and Home Depot, as well as truss manufacturers.

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The Need for a Waste Disposal Solution

As part of its lumber production process, Grayson Lumber must chop slabs of wood down to size, which generates a substantial amount of wood waste. These end-cuts took up significant space and had to be moved around the campus with a company-owned dump truck. In 2019, the company recognized the need for a more efficient waste disposal solution that would reduce costs and minimize environmental impact.

A very large pile of various wood scraps and pieces of wood lying on a company site.

In the past, the wood residues took up a lot of space on the company's premises.

During their search for an effective waste disposal solution, Grayson Lumber discovered WEIMA shredders. Unlike alternative machinery options with high horsepower requirements and lengthy lead times, the low horsepower and lower RPM of WEIMA shredders stood out as a more suitable choice for their specific needs. This realization marked the beginning of a fruitful partnership between Grayson Lumber and WEIMA.

Revolutionizing Waste Handling with WEIMA

The company invested in a WEIMA WLK 15 single-shaft shredder and quickly integrated it into its production line. This shredder efficiently processes the wood waste generated during the planing process, ensuring optimal sizing for direct use in the on-site boiler. The appropriately-sized screen on the shredder allows for precise throughput sizes, minimizing the need for additional handling. The shredder also preserves larger wood chunks, which are mixed with the shredded wood to provide a consistent fuel source with reliable BTU for the boiler.

WEIMA WLK 15 single-shaft shredder for waste wood at Grayson Lumber mill

WEIMA WLK 15 single-shaft shredder for waste wood at Grayson Lumber mill

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Preventative Care for Optimal Performance

Grayson Lumber's experience with the WEIMA shredder has been highly positive in terms of maintenance and reliability. Over the past three years, the machine has required only preventative maintenance. At the time of purchase, Grayson Lumber procured a full set of spare knives, ensuring uninterrupted operation. The company follows the manufacturer's recommendation of rotating the knives regularly and replacing them after four rotations. This proactive approach to maintenance has kept the shredder running optimally.

The rotor of a WEIMA machine shreds waste wood.

The rotor with a length of 1,500mm shreds the residual wood.

Encouraged by the success of the WEIMA shredder, Grayson Lumber recently expanded its operations by constructing a second mill on-site to process green wood. To handle the increased volume of scrap wood from this new production line, the company has made plans to acquire a second WEIMA shredder. This expansion highlights Grayson Lumber's confidence in the WEIMA shredder and their ongoing partnership with the manufacturer.

Shredded lumber mill waste wood in palms of hands
Logs from the southern yellow pine are collected in a pile. Green trees can be seen in the background.
A machine is used to remove the bark from the tree trunks.
The woodcuts are transported further with the help of a conveyor belt.
Bespoke cut woods in a light tone.
Stacked sawn timber is transported with a forklift and prepared for loading.
The sawn timber is transported further on a trailer.
Bright pieces of scrap wood lie in a pile.

From start to finish: Grayson Lumber x WEIMA

The integration of the WEIMA shredder has yielded significant benefits for Grayson Lumber across various aspects of their operation:

  1. Logistical Efficiency: The introduction of the shredder, coupled with an auger system, has eliminated the need for a dump truck to move wood waste around the lumber yard. This has resulted in substantial savings in fuel and maintenance costs, while optimizing labor utilization.

  2. Environmental Sustainability: By repurposing wood waste as fuel for the on-site boiler, Grayson Lumber has significantly reduced its environmental footprint. The utilization of the shredder ensures efficient processing and utilization of wood waste, mitigating the need for traditional disposal methods.

  3. Economic Advantage: Grayson Lumber found the WEIMA shredder to be an economically viable solution. The cost-effectiveness of the shredder, coupled with the savings in fuel, maintenance, and labor costs, has positively impacted the company's bottom line.

Driving Sustainability, Fueling Success

Grayson Lumber's integration of the WEIMA shredder has proven to be a game-changer, allowing the company to efficiently process wood waste and utilize it as a valuable fuel source for their on-site boiler. The partnership with WEIMA has not only enhanced operational efficiency and sustainability but has also resulted in cost savings.

WEIMA's machine is well protected on Grayson Lumber's outdoor site.

The WEIMA WLK 15 efficiently processes Grayson Lumber residues.

As Grayson Lumber continues to expand its operations, the collaboration with WEIMA remains instrumental in maintaining smooth and productive mill operations.


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