Mill Spotlight: Ampine in Sutter Creek, Calif.

Ampine, a Division of Timber Products Company, works out of a composite panel mill in Sutter Creek, California. The facility was constructed in 1972, with the heart of the plant housing monstrous Washington Iron Works (WIW) multi-opening presses. The hard-working WIW presses are a testament to high-quality design and manufacturing and complement Timber Products Company’s dedication to superior quality.

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After 45 years, the presses are still at the central core of the particle board production process. In November 2015, the Ampine composite board mill was acquired by Timber Products Company where we continue to produce particle board, Apex and other durable and reliable composite panel products.

Growing a Community

“Our facility produces and ships over 500,000 square feet of product every day. This production requires 700 tons of wood residue daily,” said Terry Velasco, General Manager for the Ampine facility. On product construction, Velasco added, “Our raw material comes primarily from sawmills, plywood plants and post-consumer use sources within a 125-mile radius of Sutter Creek. A large percentage of the wood fiber is of the pine species with some white fir and cedar included.”

The ultimate goal of the Ampine mill is to safely and efficiently deliver an on-time, superior quality product that exceeds customers’ specific requirements while also being a good neighbor in the community and a great workplace for employees.

Just-in-Time

Building lasting relationships with customers has been a key to the Sutter Creek facility’s success. Most of the products are distributed to customers in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Northern Mexico. Ampine is able to serve a high degree of customers with limited warehousing space by utilizing “Just-in-Time Logistics.” Simply put, Ampine products roll up on the truck one day and move directly into the customer’s production process the next.

Products Made Perfect

Ampine brand particle board is manufactured in various grades and is utilized in door cores, ping pong tables, shelving, furniture, cabinets, store fixtures, kiosks and as laminated substrate. It is light in color, due to the use of pine species, and is known for being highly machinable. Our Encore FR product line comes from our Ampine facility and has a Class 1 fire resistance rating.

For something a bit more durable than standard particle board, we produce our Apex product. Apex is a composite panel that is ideal for use in LEED projects, schools, hospitals and airports. It has no added formaldehyde (NAF) and stronger physical properties than most standard Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF). Apex composite wood has superior machinability and includes product lines that are moisture resistant and fire resistant.

The Ampine mill in Sutter Creek, Calif. is home to 120 employees in hourly, salaried and customer service representative positions, and we are growing by the day. If you want to learn more about our manufacturing facilities, read our other two mill spotlight articles focusing on our Grants Pass and Munising locations.

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