Welcome to Wood-Mizer, the world`s leading producer of thin kerf band sawmills and ancillary wood processing equipment. Reflecting quality and expert workmanship, over 40 000 of its machines operate worldwide. They range from small, simple, attractively priced sawmills for farmers, estate owners and craftsmen through mid-range `workhorse` mills for entrepreneurs or private businesses to industrial scale sawmills. The industrial mills, in particular slash by half the cost of conventional sawmills but achieve the same output. Most Wood-Mizer customers` income derives from the broad selection of sawmills, equipment and blades which continue to help individuals launch their own wood processing businesses. Worldwide (in 220 countries) timber mills, wood-processing plants and other wood-industry companies place their trust in Wood-Mizer.
Wood-Mizer’s history began in the USA in 1982 with the names of Donald Laskowski and Daniel Tekulve. Their first product – the ‘LT30’ sawmill (‘LT’ derives from the first letter of the co-inventors’ surnames) was patented in 1984. Later, a larger model LT40 was unveiled. A factory, set up in Indianapolis, subsequently manufactured over 2,500 sawmills in just 5 years. Messrs Laskowski’s and Tekulve’s inexpensive sawmill, turning out lumber of the quality normally associated with costlier mills, was a success!
The portable sawmill industry grew and customers demanded sawmills with higher productivity. Wood-Mizer responded by launching the Super series in 1997. The next sawmill was the LT15 – the smallest offered by Wood-Mizer at that stage.
Their arrival in Europe was literally through a wind of change. A big wind. The 1987 hurricane laid waste to millions of trees in north-east France, Great Britain and south-western Scandinavia. Orders from Britain and later Norway bombarded the Indianapolis plant, indicating a wider need for the increasingly popular band sawmills all over Europe.
During 1989 and 1990 sales continued to increase in Europe dramatically and it was decided to create a European Office to take care our European customers. Sales in Poland were also very brisk and it was decided to locate our European headquarters in Poland.
Initially, fully assembled sawmills were imported from the USA but as European demand grew, certain production activities started in Poland and in 1994-95, new production and assembly facilities were laid down. After that, Wood-Mizer Industries expanded and more production devolved from the USA to Poland. An engineering and design department was set up. This created new, truly European products like AC electric band sawmills, CBN sharpeners, a semi-industrial sharpener, as well as the widely used small-to-medium LT20 sawmill.
'Europeanization' of Wood-Mizer sawmills proved a sound strategic move and the adaptation of sawmills to European conditions permitted economies of scale and finished products at reduced cost.
Today, Wood-Mizer Industries is a dynamic and modern international company. Europe, Asia and Africa are all served by the European Headquarters. Operating to ISO 9001:2008, the state of the art plant employs 300 people. In 2007 the new 2 400m2 blade production building has been completed to allow installation of further blade lines as well as release space in the sawmill production building. The sawmill production building itself is being enlarged and new investment in the European facility will exceed $4m.
Recent equipment additions include another automated lathe, multifunctional CNC centre, painting booth and laser cutter.
Wood-Mizer’s service centres are increasing, with representatives in more than 100 countries. These are in addition to wholly owned branches in Germany, Great Britain, Norway and Russia (which has its own network of blades distributors in 20 Russian regions).
During 25 years’ of worldwide operation, Wood-Mizer has manufactured more than 40,000 sawmills plus a great array of ancillary wood-processing kit. Currently, Wood-Mizer offers sawmills from its LT10, LT15, LT20, LT40, and LT70 series as well as industrial sawmills under Wood-Mizer’s AWMV brand.