Roseburg (Ore.) Forest Products plans to upgrade its Dillard, Ore., sawmill to use a wider broader range of fiber in its manufacturing process.

The 77-year-old company says small-diameter logs, known as “whips and tops” will be the target raw material for the project.

“We see this as an opportunity to strengthen our commitment to adding value to the raw material source in our area,” says Grady Mulbery, VP of operations.

In addition to the small-log processor, the project will also include an upgrade to the log merchandising systems. The planning for the project is underway.

Roseburg manufactures lumber, particleboard, softwood and hardwood plywood, engineered wood products, and specialty panels. The company operates nine facilities in Oregon, Mississippi, Montana, Louisiana, and California.