Six Indiana lumber companies awarded $ 820,000 in technology grants


INDIANAPOLIS – Half a dozen companies closely related to the lumber industry are among 44 companies in Indiana to receive manufacturing readiness grants from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) in partnership with Conexus Indiana.

The Manufacturing Readiness Grants program was launched in 2020 to stimulate private sector investment to modernize Indiana’s manufacturing industry. This year’s grant recipients serve a variety of specialties, including entertainment and decoration, industrial applications, injection molding, and medical devices.

The six companies in the lumber industry, which received a total of $ 820,000 in matching grants, represent a wide range of activities from logging to manufacturing store accessories. They include:

  • Buchan Logging Inc. (Adams County; $ 50,000 grant) is a logging company that produces veneer, rift and quarter saw logs. The company purchases a technological logging machine to adopt mechanical logging techniques in modern hardwood logging.
  • Buchan Sawmill Inc. (Allen County; $ 150,000 grant) is a hardwood manufacturer specializing in walnut, oak, hickory, ash and maple from Indiana sources. The company implements a machine vision system to electronically manage and execute saw cuts, which will minimize waste and maximize wood efficiency.
  • Fred Smith Store Fixtures Inc. (Harrison County; $ 200,000 scholarship) is a supplier of HPL and TFL products to the office furniture, hotel / motel, hospitality and healthcare industries. The company invests in automation to format, profile and align parts in a single production run.
  • Trim A Door Corp. (County of St. Joseph; scholarship of $ 150,000) is a manufacturer of pre-assembled doors and custom joinery. The company invests in an automated painting line with machine vision.
  • Robert Weed Corp. (County of Elkhart; grant of $ 120,000) is a manufacturer and distributor of wood products, moldings and laminates for several industries, including boats, furniture, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, recreational vehicles and walk-in trucks. The company implements a 3D vision system to identify defects in materials and products.
  • Wood-Mizer LLC (Ripley County; $ 150,000 grant) is a manufacturer of equipment for the woodworking and woodworking industries. The company invests in cobots to automate repetitive welding and manufacturing tasks.

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