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In Newport:  Columbia Forest Products gives tour of process.  Photos by Joseph Gresser

WEBs columbia tour boilers

The big boilers at Columbia Forest Products churn out steam to power the plant as they have for nearly 70 years. A group from the Vermont Woodlands Association got a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes at one of Newport’s biggest employers.

WEBs columbia tour cleaner

A worker grinds any speck of dirt off a peeled log before it is moved to the veneer lathe.

WEBs columbia tour clipper

An automatic chainsaw trims a log to fit the veneer lathe.

WEBs columbia tour crane

A crane lifts a soaked log out of its bath and gets ready to send it on its way through the veneer-making process.

WEBs columbia tour grader

Keen eyesight and sound judgement are necessary qualities for someone who grades plywood veneer. Richard Gratton quickly sorted finished veneer panels as they came out of the splicer and passed over a light table Thursday afternoon, April 23.

WEBs columbia tour logs

Logs waiting to be processed sit in the back yard at Columbia Forest Products. Nearby is a heap of bark that will be made into mulch and a pile of stumps that plant workers can take home for firewood.

WEBs columbia tour strips

Tour guide and shift leader Andy Boisvert shows off veneer strips, as Walter Merrill works at the joiner behind him.

The big boilers at Columbia Forest Products churn out steam to power the plant as they have for nearly 70 years.  A group from the Vermont Woodlands Association got a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes at one of Newport’s biggest employers.A worker grinds any speck of dirt off a peeled log before it is moved to the veneer lathe.An automatic chainsaw trims a log to fit the veneer lathe.A crane lifts a soaked log out of its bath and gets ready to send it on its way through the veneer-making process.Keen eyesight and sound judgement are necessary qualities for someone who grades plywood veneer.  Richard Gratton quickly sorted finished veneer panels as they came out of the splicer and passed over a light table Thursday afternoon, April 23.Logs waiting to be processed sit in the back yard at Columbia Forest Products.  Nearby is a heap of bark that will be made into mulch and a pile of stumps that plant workers can take home for firewood.Tour guide and shift leader Andy Boisvert shows off veneer strips, as Walter Merrill works at the joiner behind him.

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