The next construction projects were a 36 bin log sorting line and a new higher capacity de-barking machine that enabled us to keep up with the saw line production. At the time, our drying capacity was 20,000m3 per year, this was increased by 5,100m3 with the addition of progressive kilns in 1996 and 1998. A total of FIM 25 million (EUR 4.2 million) was invested in the sawmill in the 1990s.
At the end of October 2000, a fire threatened the sawmill, burning an old sorting building. Fortunately, the wind was in the right direction and the fire didn’t spread to other buildings. 2000 also saw Multian Saha and the municipality of Multia co-operate to form a separate company, Multian Kaukolampö Oy, and build a heat generating plant in the sawmill area using sawmill by-products such as bark, sawdust and chips to generate heat. 40% of the heat goes to the Multia community and the rest to the sawmill’s kilns.