Lend Me Your Ear

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World January 2022 – The staff at Panel World magazine is in full in-person-conference mode in preparation for the eighth Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) to be held March 31 to April 1 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta…

Pandemic Felt Bad, Profits Felt Good

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World November 2021 – Given that Panel World is published six times per year, the November issue before your eyes represents the final issue of 2021. I’ve read through the six issues and pulled a few highlights of what went on in the panel world in 2021 as reported by Panel World…

There’s No Time Like The Future

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World September 2021 – As I write this, several of us on the editorial staff are about to head to Atlanta, Georgia where we will be exhibiting our sawmill magazine, Timber Processing, at the Southern Forest Products Assn. lumber machinery exposition in the Georgia World…

Katerra’s Vision Was Lost In Big Money

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World July 2021 – We are saddened by the demise of Katerra, the company that stormed in like gangbusters to put a totally new spin on how building construction is managed and completed. We’re very aware that many…

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…

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Build Back Better Awards Oregon Group

Oregon Mass Timber Coalition was named by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) as a finalist in the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge. The coalition was awarded $500,000 to create a strategy for a Mass Timber Modular Manufacturing Facility at Marine Terminal 2 in Portland. The Oregon Mass Timber coalition is a partnership…

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Wolf-Gerd Dieffenbacher Turns 70

Wolf-Gerd Dieffenbacher celebrated his seventieth birthday on December 20, 2021. Until his withdrawal from the day-to-day business on July 1, 2019, the entrepreneur was active for more than 40 years in the Eppingen-based family business Dieffenbacher GMBH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, which he led as CEO…

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American Securities Acquires Hexion

Hexion Holdings Corp. has entered into an agreement to be acquired by affiliates of American Securities LLC. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2022, following and conditioned upon the closing of the company’s previously announced sale of its epoxy business to Westlake Chemical Corp…

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Con-Vey Launches New Web Site

Roseburg, Ore.-based Con-Vey has launched a new website in collaboration with another local Roseburg company, Anvil Northwest. The nine-month project was started with the intent to update the company’s look and promote its services. The result was a beautifully designed site with a paring down of the number…

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