NHLA offers the NHLA Yield Analysis Program, which is an innovative facility capabilities assessment for hardwood sawmill operations to discover lost profits.
The NHLA Yield Analysis Program examines a sawmill’s strengths and weaknesses in log selection and sawing and then examines how the selection and process impact the company’s yield and overall revenue. The program is divided into three steps:
Step 1: NHLA conducts a thorough audit and evaluation of your logs and sawing process.
Step 2: A yield analysis baseline report outlining problem areas is delivered to your company along with a comprehensive plan to address and correct your problem areas.
Step 3: NHLA provides the training necessary to correct your problem areas, and NHLA provides ongoing quality control checkpoints to adapt and correct as needed.
Over the last 12 months, the Yield Analysis Program has recovered $3.9 million in lost profits – an average of $400,000 per sawmill.
“Last year we participated in the NHLA Yield Analysis Program, and it was exactly what I had hoped for. A recent acquisition of Kirkham Hardwoods necessitated a third-party review. I knew I had the right people in place, and we had made some key improvements, but I wanted to know if we could do better.
The worst-case scenario, in my opinion, the findings would show we were perfect. The NHLA team descended upon us and they kept us hopping. We did rip analysis, log yields vs. scale, and grade analysis. They looked to see that we were sawing a consistent uniform thickness, they looked at the saw kerf, whether we were upgrading for maximum value, and how we were marketing our secondaries. The great thing was that our team embraced the experience! They are an experienced and strong group, but they were open to different ideas and suggestions. In the end, there was a lot that we were doing right, and I’m proud of our people. There was, however, room for improvement and we have taken those suggestions at heart. We have improved our yields, and that has added to our bottom line! It’s been 8 months and the NHLA National Inspectors that were on this team still call my managers just to see if they have any questions or concerns. They offer to stop by when necessary and have helped keep us on track. The Yield Analysis Program was just what we needed, and we will use it again.”
Michael F. Powers, Executive VP of Maley & Wertz, Inc., Kirkham Hardwoods, Inc., & Hardwoods Trucking, Inc.