Time Is Free But It’s Priceless

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World May 2021 – RoyOMartin supplied a short article in this issue on its 25th anniversary celebration since the startup of its softwood plywood mill in Chopin, La. The mill produced its first press load in March 1996…

The Best Of Both Worlds

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World March 2021 – Every now and then a wood product comes along that causes us editors to pause— not necessarily over its innovativeness, but rather over which magazine we should write about it in. It’s kind of a fun exercise…

Coastal Plywood Has Time On Its Side

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World January 2021 – Take Coastal Plywood at Havana, Fla. for instance. Senior editor Jessica Johnson visited the plant in December to catch up on recent lathe and dryer projects. It prompted me to look back at the history of the plant and Panel World’s coverage of it…

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…

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Happy 25th Birthday Chopin Plywood

RoyOMartin commemorated 25 years of operations at its plywood manufacturing facility in Chopin, La. with a ceremony featuring a look back at the beginning stages of the plant and the impact it has had on the company and community since its inception…

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Chambord Is The Comeback Kid

West Fraser Timber reports its OSB mill in Chambord, Quebec has completed commissioning and panels are being produced and shipped to customers. The Chambord mill is ramping up toward its stated annual production capacity of 550MMSF…

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