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MLR Forestal’s sawmill processes trees felled by Eta and Iota

24 September, 2021
MLR Forestal sawmill
In the image one of the five machines that speed up the work of the MLR Forestal sawmill.

MLR Forestal’s sawmill has a lot of activity. There are dozens of workers, machines, noise, and lots of wood. A wood that, however, should not be there as it is the result of the scourge of hurricanes Eta and Iota. These cyclones hit the area in November 2020, knocking down 25,000 cubic meters of teak wood that must now be processed.

This wood comes from the forest plantations that MLR has established since 2013 in areas that were degraded in the region. The company’s operations do not affect natural forests.

Yader Rodríguez is the head of the sawmill and of the eighty people who work in it. In a tour, he shows the collection center where the wood that is transferred from the field is received and stored, the equipment where the material is processed and the drying area.

The transformation of wood

Rodríguez explained that “right now since we have enough orders, what we do is split the wood on two sides, then it is taken to the machines and we take out the finished product, in pieces.”

This is how the wood already cut is stacked at the MLR Forestal sawmill.

In this area there are five teams that facilitate and streamline tasks. Two of them are exclusively in charge of converting the wood into boards of different sizes that will later be exported.

“We have the capacity to process 40 cubic meters per day. We work 24 hours, in three eight-hour shifts, every other week, we go out on Friday and rest on Saturday and Sunday. Before, we only had one sawmill, but due to the hurricanes (Eta and Iota), this other had to be built ”, said the manager.

The origin of the workload

This is how the wood reaches the sawmill’s collection center.

In January 2021, Félix Jaime Silva, MLR’s head of forestry, estimated that gathering the felled wood would take all of 2021, however, “it will take this year and a good part of the next because we have barely collected three or four thousand cubic meters. The complicated thing is that there are going to be areas where you are only going to get ten cubic meters and another ten and so on,” he explained.

The mission of the team led by Silva is to obtain 2.3 meter logs, cut them to the dimensions requested by the sawmill, pack them and then load them onto trucks. The goal is to deliver 80 cubic meters per day to the sawmill.


Pillars of our operation


Impact investment

We promote investments in the Northern Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua that generate quality jobs, stimulate the economy, increase the knowhow of the labor force and recover the area's forestry vocation.


Promoting sustainability

We develop highly productive agroforestry systems for teak plantations, and cocoa plantations in association with teak, neither sacrificing the environment nor the well-being of future generations.


Community development

We practice intercultural social responsibility with the mestizo and indigenous communities neighboring our operation, through investment in the region's social capital and respect for indigenous peoples.