Rockwell Automation Selects BID Group as the First Platinum Partner to its OEM Partner Program

BID Group is pleased to announce Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, selected BID as the first company, and only company in the Wood Processing industry, to be designated as a Platinum OEM Partner in the newly evolved global Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Partner Program. BID, with a diverse line of sawmill equipment, is one of the only integrated companies in North America that can manage every step of a project to its completion and support its customers beyond a project throughout the entire operational life cycle, with a wide range of products and services to satisfy customer needs.

The enhanced offering now provides BID with increased market access opportunities, simplification, and standardized product alignment for manufacturers, enabling the company to fully leverage Rockwell Automation technology. For BID customers, this means an extended warranty on OEM parts and improved access to Rockwell’s new technology and innovative solutions.

“BID is pleased to reach this designation through Rockwell Automation’s OEM Partner Program,” said Steven Hofer, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Business Development. “This designation level is especially important to us because it is the only global designation within the program, which further supports our equipment and technology solutions that are primarily built around Rockwell Automation controls and automation technology. This will continue to differentiate BID Group and our focus on operational life cycle excellence with our global customers.”

In late 2020, Rockwell Automation evolved its OEM Partner Program globally, establishing levels of participation based on need and output. As a Platinum OEM Partner, BID takes advantage of a true partnership approach with Rockwell Automation with executive-level engagements and alignment with strategic growth opportunities. Additional connection points include utilization of newly acquired company Fiix, along with various services for digital transformation.

“We are excited to welcome BID as our first Platinum OEM Partner within Rockwell Automation’s OEM Partner Program,” said Johannes zu Eltz, Vice President of Global Market Access. “The Platinum designation formally recognizes BID as a leader in their industry, delivering positive outcomes based on Rockwell Automation technology. Participation in Rockwell Automation’s Partner Ecosystem enables BID and Rockwell Automation to deliver unrivalled co-marketing opportunities, coordinate market planning with our sales force, and improve customer engagement with co-managed objectives.”

BID to Deliver a New State-of-the-Art Turnkey Facility for Roseburg Forest Products

BID Group is pleased to announce it has received an order from Roseburg Forest Products to deliver its first greenfield sawmill complex project in the southern United States. Through its industry-leading wood processing technologies and integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, equip, and provide full start-up services for the project, located in Weldon, N.C.

“We are excited to partner with the BID team to expand our manufacturing capacity with our first state-of-the-art turnkey lumber facility in the U.S. South,” Roseburg President and CEO Grady Mulbery said. “This project will employ the best complement of modern technologies to meet our growing consumer demand for the highest quality product, in a region where we own significant timberland. Working with an industry leader like BID provides the confidence that this major project to further enhance our vertical integration will be done right and delivered on time.”


The new operation will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies including equipment, software, automation systems, Artificial Intelligence enabled optimization, and plant-wide Industry 4.0 solution, Oper8™.  BID’s Integrated Solutions Team will provide the design, engineering, planning, fabrication, and installation services for this Turnkey project.  The sustainment of the plant’s operational life cycle excellence will be supported by BID’s Reliability program which will provide comprehensive service, parts, consumables, and upgrades. As the first global platinum partner with Rockwell Automation, and the only one in the wood processing industry, BID group will incorporate Rockwell’s new leading-edge solutions, including site wide Safety PLC technology.

“We would like to thank Roseburg for their trust in BID, gained through a rigorous and extensive evaluation process, to deliver this project.  We are humbled and honored that they have chosen to partner with us for their next major growth investment and ongoing operational excellence” said Alistair Cook, President and CEO of BID Group.

Work on site will begin early in 2022 and startup of the sawmill is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2022.