Founded in 1994, SBLV is a lumber re-manufacturing and kiln-drying facility located in the Lac-St-Jean region in Quebec, Canada in the heart of the wood-producing region. It is connected to major markets by an excellent system of road and rail networks.

  Mazen El-Khairy, President (R) and Brian Penney, Managing Director       Séchoir des Bois du Lac Vert Inc. (S.B.L.V)  


The Company services major mills such as Abitibi Consolidated, Kruger, Scieries Lac-St-Jean, Scierie Laterrière, Scierie Morin, Uniforêt, Scieries Saguenay and more.

In 1994, SBLV started operation with one modern fully-automated kiln. Due to increasing demand for its services, the company now has 4 kilns worth $500,000 CAN each, with a total annual drying capacity exceeding 154,000 cubic meters, and a total annual dressing capacity of 190,000 cubic meters on its production line

SBLV has managed to establish a very strong reputation for its quality service and dependability.

The Quebec Lumbermen Manufacturers’ Association (QLMA) ranks SBLV among the highest quality softwood-lumber re-manufacturers (certificates of excellency are available).


SBLV’S Manufacturing Process

Lumber received by SBLV undergoes the following process

1. Kiln Drying
2. Dressing
  A. Planing        
B. Grading & Trimming        
C. Stacking & Packaging        
3. Shipping


1. Kiln Drying Operation

SBLV receives green rough and freshly sawn lumber from local mills.

The first procedure entails reducing its humidity level to 18%, carried out by utilizing the company’s four kilns, each with a capacity of BFT120,000 (about 280 M3) per batch.
This usually takes between 36 to 72 hours depending on the season and initial humidity levels of the lumber.

  Picture showing 2 of SBLV’s 4 kilns         A full load of lumber ready to be entered in the kiln  


Early during SBLV's operation, the conventional energy source for heating the kilns was natural gas. In the mid-90's, the price of natural gas drastically increased, resulting in alternative means of creating the needed heat. SBLV sought the most economical and sustainable solution by using the mill’s own by-products, namely saw dust & wood shavings, for combustion in a state of the art boiler. The inferno inside the boiler can be seen below.

By-product of dressing operation transported through piping to fuel kilns

2. Dressing Operation

Dried or green wood entering SBLV’s production line at the start of the dressing operation

A. Planing

The planer shaves each piece of wood to a smooth finish on its 4 sides to its required cross sectional size. SBLV’s planer operates at a speed between 350 to 850 feet per minute, depending on wood sizes being processed.

B. Grading & Trimming

In this process, 4 certified graders per shift evaluated & label the wood quality and trim lengths. The wood is trimmed to its proper length if necessary.

C. Stacking & Packaging

SBLV’s automated stacking machine stacks the wood into bundles of a required size. Then, each bundle is then rapped in the special plastic covers that are provided by the owner of the wood with his name and logo clearly printed.

The Final Product

General view of lumber and high-quality end product stored in the SBLV’s yard (in the background) ready for delivery


3. Shipping

After completing the above stages, the bundles are ready to be trucked to the US and Canadian markets to be used mainly in the construction industry.