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Chuck Roady, FH Stoltze Land & Lumber
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The bill was supported by timber interests in Montana including Chuck Roady, vice president and general manager of F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company, in Columbia Falls.
"As the vice president of the oldest family-owned lumber company in Montana, I know firsthand and witness every day the consequences of the lack of management of the federal forests in our state," Roady said.
TimberWest Magazine November/December 2013 - Woody Biomass
"A number of my predecessors at Stoltze had wanted to build a woody biomass power facility but could never quite find the right combination to make it economically viable," says Chuck Roady, Stoltze's vice president and general manager since 2003.
The $22 million project was financed largely with a loan from Northwest Farm Credit Services of Spokane, Wash. "They finance natural resource based businesses, from vineyards to dairies to sawmills," Roady
"We shopped around during our due-diligence and chose Wellons
because they offered a completely turn-key operation, coupled with a long history in working with the forest products industry," Roady
says, noting that local contractors and workers were hired wherever possible during all phases of the installation.
anticipates that the project will take 16 to 18 years for a complete return on investment, while adding 10 to 12 new workers to the company payroll.
Fuel is almost always the major challenge facing a woody biomass plant, but Roady
sees no problems with supply at Stoltze
The sawmill supplies nearly 80 percent of the needed fuel from its bark and other by-products, while the other remaining 20 percent comes from outside sources.
Currently most of that outside fuel is coming from the bark generated by the Willis Enterprises chipping operation at the site of the old Stimson mill in Bonner, Mont.
That fuel is being hauled in walking floor trailers, facilitating the unloading until Stoltze
finishes construction of its trailer dumper later this year.
The biomass plant can utilize bark, sawdust, wood chips, planer shavings, and hog fuel from forest slash.
"The small non-industrial forest landowners in our area are very glad to see this operation come to fruition, as many offer to bring in their hog fuel simply so they don't have to burn the slash in the woods," Roady
Once the fuel is at the plant, the challenge becomes feeding clean fuels into the boiler.
"We regrind everything, run through multiple metal detectors, and vibrating conveyors before we use it," Roady
"We can't miss a beat in supplying that power," Roady
emphasizes, regarding the requirements of the agreement with Flathead Electric
Even with Flathead Electric requiring 2.5 megawatts every hour, and Stoltze's
internal demands of steam for its dry kilns and heat for its buildings, Roady
foresees no problems in generating enough BTUs.
After all, when Stoltze managers initially considered building the woody biomass plant, they envisioned a facility that could potentially generate 20 to 25 megawatts of power.
With the official kick-off now in the history books, Roady
and the others at Stoltze
anticipate positive changes to their overall operation.
The agreement to supply power to the residents of the Flathead Valley is now a reality, the mill has a new more efficient boiler system, and the popular tourist area will benefit from clearer skies.
Eliminating slash burning and better utilizing mill wastes were big goals for Roady, who earned a Forest Resource Management degree from the University of Idaho and has spent his entire 37-year career in the forest products industry.
"The Stoltze family, their dedicated employees, as well as the rest of the management team and myself, are extremely proud of how far we have come over the last 100-plus years, where we are positioned today, and where we are headed in the future," said Roady
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HASKILL CREEK â€" Navigating his pick-up truck along a narrow, two-track logging road on Haskill Basin, Chuck Roady passes through warrens of grand and alpine fir, spruce, larch and cedar, jabbing his finger out the window at the healthiest stands.
He doesnâ€™t hide his excitement.
took over as Stoltzeâ€™s general manager in 2008, when the collapsing housing market and plummeting lumber prices combined to shadow the industry in uncertainty.
has endured difficult times in the past, Roady
said, having lost three mills in the span of a decade, shuttering facilities in Dillon, Darby and, most recently, its aspen mill in Sigurd, Utah, which it did only after losing access to federal and private harvest lands.
Multiple generations have supported Stoltzeâ€™s legacy of innovation, and while Roady sees no sign of that changing under the current guard, he noted that thereâ€™s always the chance.
â€œThe family has long revered themselves as responsible stewards of the land and has put its money back into the timberlands rather than selling them off for development,â€ he
said. â€œBut say we lose a few board members and the tenor of its leadership changes.
The allure could be pretty big at some point if your great grandfather owns 40,000 acres in Whitefish, Montana and youâ€™ve got nothing in writing.â€
Chuck Roady, vice president and general manager of F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company, stands on a bridge at one of the City of Whitefish's water intakes in Haskill Basin. - Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon
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Chuck Roady, F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Company