Sometimes The Paths Come Full Circle

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World November 2020 – We know that people’s paths may cross; the same can be said of articles in Panel World. You’ve probably noticed that the cover article for this issue is on the Winston Plywood & Veneer operation in Louisville, Miss…

Something Must Be Missing From This Discussion

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World September 2020 – Every now and then a situation surfaces that is troubling to us. Elsewhere in this magazine you’ll read a news item about the…

When Grant Led The Way

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World July 2019 – The story in this issue on Georgia-Pacific’s OSB plant in Clarendon County, South Carolina brings back memories. Not memories of Georgia-Pacific, but rather of Grant Forest Products, the Ontario-based company that built an OSB plant…

Not Exactly Steinbeck But We’ll Take It

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World July 2020 – We’ve all been confined to our small corners of the world for the past three months, but my wife and I ventured forth and made the drive from Montgomery, Alabama to Denver Colorado at the…

Where Plans Take Shape

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World March 2020 – From the looks of it going in, the Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE), which is scheduled for March 12-13 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Ga., is offering up its best…

500 Has A Nice Ring To It

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World January 2020 – In baseball, 500 is a magical number, and if a player hits 500 home runs during his career he’s on track to make the Hall of Fame. This issue of Panel World is number 500 in its 60-year lifespan, having been founded in 1960; and while Panel World may not be…

A Good Quote Is Easy To Find

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World November 2019 – As the year winds down, already, a quick glance back through the pages of Panel World reveals several articles on wood products plants that found new life, and some memorable comments from key players in the industry…

Nothing Like Going Back

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World September 2019 – Through the course of time, as we editors travel to wood products mills around the world, we begin to view some mills as more than just a mill, but rather as a member of our editorial family. Take this issue’s cover story for instance…

Sweet Sixteen

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World May 2019 – No, the headline doesn’t refer to the NCAA basketball tournament and the prestige of reaching the tournament’s Sweet Sixteen finalists. Rather it tells the number of Ligna shows in Hannover, Germany I will have attended, if indeed I make the upcoming…

After All These Years GP Still Knows Plywood

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World March 2019 – Our friends Dick Baldwin and Rich Baldwin write about the North America softwood plywood industry in this issue. They note that about 28 plywood mills disappeared since pre-recession or…

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Ligna Changes 2021 Show Dates

Organziers of the Ligna show—Deutsche Messe and VDMA—announced that the large woodworking machinery event next year is rescheduled from May to September 27 to October 1, 2021. The announcement comes in view of ongoing developments and…

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Egger Starts Up In North Carolina

Egger completed its first raw particleboard production line at its new manufacturing facility in Lexington, NC. Employees watched as the first panel underwent the final stages of production, transforming raw wood chips into a finished…

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