October 08 www. bus- ex. com 155 Discus Dental future needs of our organization. We view this as integral to our future growth plans," he said. The software boasts multi- offi ce and multi-provider tracking; true line- item accounting; implant tracking; sophisticated accounts receivable and insurance management; electronic and paper- based insurance billing; appointment scheduling; real- time tracking and ranking of referrals; fast and fl exible reporting and correspondence functions; and seamless connections to all major digital imaging and digital radiography products. Discus Dental manages its own manufacturing through its Westside Packaging subsidiary. In addition to a plant in Culver City, Westside Packaging also has a 180,000- square- foot manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada. Westside Packaging aims to keep costs low by cutting down on overhead and increasing capacity through lean manufacturing, which was introduced to the shop fl oor in July 2007. The fi rst lean cell took fi ve months to implement, but the result was staggering – a reduction in labor of 50 percent, for a savings of $ 240,000. In addition, sourcing 70 percent of materials from local vendors has drastically reduced shipping costs. Westside Packaging is also able to contain costs by recycling, and has saved $ 70,000 by switching to low- energy, fl uorescent lighting. The company plans to install 220,000 square feet of solar panels on the roofs of its Ontario plant and the adjacent building, and Westside Packaging will use the majority of the electricity generated.
A s the largest producer of softwood lumber in Canada, Canfor Corporation understands that what gives a company success and longevity is a reactive business model that responds to changing economic conditions. Founded in 1938 as a simple furniture and paneling veneer company, today Canfor Corporation is an integrated forest products company producing lumber, oriented stand board ( OSB), and plywood, as well as numerous remanufactured lumber products and specialized wood products. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Canfor operates 32 facilities throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Washington State, and North and South Carolina. Posting revenues of $ 4 billion, Canfor also owns a controlling interest in Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership, one of the largest producers of northern softwood kraft pulp in Canada. Each year, Canfor produces approximately fi ve billion board feet of lumber, 450 million square feet of plywood, and one billion square feet of OSB. Canfor and Canfor Pulp Income Fund have 7,300 employees and work with more than 2,200 contractors. Additionally, Canfor owns subsidiary New South Companies, Inc., with locations in both North and South Carolina. Four separate companies operate under its umbrella, processing lumber and providing forestry transportation throughout the South. In 1938, John Prentice and Poldi Bentley founded Pacifi c Veneer, as a furniture and paneling veneer company. Building a small mill of 28 employees on the Fraser River in New Westminster, British Columbia, from the start the company integrated their operations into one cohesive organization. Within a few years, Pacifi c Veneer became a supplier of plywood for aviation and marine applications, and the mill soon employed 1,000 men and women. The acquisition of Eburne Saw Mills Limited, located near the mouth of the Fraser River, gave them the ability to work with even more types of wood. Over the next 10 years, more companies were acquired, including a small fi rm called Canadian Forest Products Limited. The name resonated for Prentice and Bentley, and in 1947, they rebranded all operations under that name. Over time, that in turn would be shortened to Canfor, as it stands today. This process of strategic acquisitions has made Canfor what it is today. In 1951, Canfor moved into the pulp business, with a mill on Howe Sound at Port Mellon. The original mill was steadily expanded and upgraded, and Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Limited incorporated in 1988 as an equal joint venture company between Canfor Corporation and Oji Paper Co. Ltd. of Japan. The mill underwent a further modernization which expanded the production capacity by more than half, and added a newsprint mill. It is now one of the world's most effi cient and cleanest pulp and paper mills. In all of its operations, Canfor strives to maintain 156 October 08 www. bus- ex. com Canfor Corporation, a Canadian forest products company based in Vancouver, utilizes every aspect of forestry to maintain a lucrative portfolio of lumber and pulp products. Kate Sawyer reports Acutabove