September 2022

September 2022

September 2022

Cover: States Industries Presses Ahead For Its Customers

EUGENE, Oregon – Investments and upgrades at States Industries’ manufacturing operations have made the company more competitive and increased customer focus on value creation by responding to market needs. The company promotes its close customer relationships and working with customers to custom build panels and panel components that perfectly fit customer needs.

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TAKING STOCK: The Show(s) Must Go On!

If you think the pandemic caused the death of live trade shows, think again. Just take one quick browse through this issue. In fact, trade shows almost snowballed us over this month. One of the advertisement selling points of any issue is when that issue will be distributed at an upcoming show. Well, how about three shows, and it could have been more.

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Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World

UPDATE
PELICE 2022 Brought Everything From Taguchi To Board Quality Control

PART THREE: This is the third of a four-part series summarizing the presentations delivered during the Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) held this spring and hosted by Panel World magazine in Atlanta March 31 to April 1. The first two parts appeared in the May and July issues of Panel World, and the fourth and final selection will be in the upcoming November issue.

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Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World

Second Look

EDITOR’S NOTE: The March issue of Panel World featured an article and photos on Roseburg’s new engineered wood plant in Chester, SC, operating as Chester Engineered Wood. The story, written and photographed by Senior Editor Jessica Johnson, received such wide interest that we feel compelled to revisit the plant by publishing additional photos in the September issue.

IWF Atlanta

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following IWF (International Woodworking Fair) exhibitor companies submitted editorial profiles to complement their advertisements in Panel World September 2022.

  • Argos Solutions
  • Baumer Inspection
  • Biele Group
  • Diffenbacher
  • Hymmen
  • IMAL-PAL Group
  • Siempelkamp
  • USNR
  • Woodmac
TP&EE Hosts Mass Timber Developments

The biennial Timber Processing & Energy Expo, following a pandemic-induced cancellation in 2020, returns this September 28-30 to the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Oregon. Hatton-Brown Expositions, an affiliate of Panel World magazine, has hosted the event since 2010.

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TP&EE

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following companies, which are exhibiting in the Timber Processing & Energy Expo to be held in Portland, Oregon September 28-30, submitted editorial profiles to complement their advertisements in Panel World September 2022.

  • Altec
  • Arxada
  • Evergreen Engineering
  • Metal Detectors Inc.
  • Samuel Coding & Labeling
  • Samuel Packaging Systems
  • Signode
  • Taihei Machinery
  • USNR
  • Westmill
PROJECTS
  • Berneck Orders Giant Dryer
  • Kastamonu Goes With Siempelkamp Again
  • HMTX Purchases Jupiter Line
  • PESSA Is All In At Xylexpo

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States Industries Presses Ahead For Its Customers

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Panel World

EUGENE, Oregon – Investments and upgrades at States Industries’ manufacturing operations have made the company more competitive and increased customer focus on value creation by responding to market needs. The company promotes its close customer relationships and working with customers to custom build panels and panel components that perfectly fit customer needs.

At Eugene, the company’s manufacturing facilities produce a wide variety of panels including hardwood plywood, wall paneling, commercial panels and also pre-cut and machined components available from the value-added facility adjacent the panel mill.

New Con-Vey robotics line boosts quality, safety.

A new four-opening short cycle Biele Group press started up in early 2021 has the plant streamlining its 3-ply production, allowing it to focus closely on customers with high-end demands while increasing overall quality and reducing downfall.

The customer-focused hardwood producer has also invested in robotics as part of a key quality control process that allows employs to work safer and concentrate on quality and not on handling panels.

Ted Downs, VP of Manufacturing, notes that States Industries approaches the market differently than many producers: Instead of relying on log conversion for a significant part of its operating margin, States Industries relies on close customer relationships that involve engineering the best products to meet customer needs in their own operations and markets. “We all care about the customer, yet we come at it in different ways,” he says. “But the anchor point of what makes us go is truly customer first.”

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July 2022

July 2022

July 2022

WAYNESBORO, Mississippi – Executives and key individuals with Scotch Plywood made a commitment to rebuild before the ashes had cooled following a January 6, 2021 fire here at a key veneer production facility. Thanks to a monumental effort by all involved, from Scotch Plywood owners and management and employees, vendors and log suppliers, the veneer plant was peeling logs again in March 2022.

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TAKING STOCK: Peanuts And Crackerjacks

Sometimes the mention of a wood products plant rings as true as an old ballpark. Houlton, as in Houlton, Maine, is one example.

You might say Louisiana-Pacific has been playing at the same Houlton site near New Limerick in Aroostook County, for 40 years. And you might add that LP has played three distinct styles of ball during that period.

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Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World

UPDATE
  • Boise Acquires Coastal Plywood
  • Brazil Plywood Case Is Settled
  • Ruling Stalls Oregon Counties
  • Wawa OSB Has New Life
  • Weyerhaeuser Partners In Carbon Project
  • Agency Sparks 4FRI Once Again
PELICE 2022 Subject Matter Ranged From Legal To Global

PART TWO: This article provides quick recaps of some of the presentations from the Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) held March 31 to April 1 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, hosted by Panel World magazine. The May issue of Panel World included summaries from the presentations of eight keynote speakers. The September issue will include Part Three and wrap up PELICE coverage.

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World

FIRE PREVENTION

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following companies submitted editorial profiles to complement their advertisements in Panel World July 2022.

  • Clarke’s
  • Electronic Wood Systems
  • Fagus GreCon
  • Minimax (Flamex)
WHAT'S NEW
  • Multi-Point Diverter
  • Wood Protection
  • Forestry Dozer
PROJECTS
  • Two Are Better Than One: Martco (RoyOMartin) hopes to have its new OSB plant in Corrigan, Texas running in the second quarter of 2023. Corrigan II is under construction adjacent Martco’s Corrigan I OSB facility that started up in 2018.
  • Arauco NA Expands TFL Operations
  • SOPREMA Orders Second Plant
  • Kim Tin Purchases Andritz Refiner
  • Mekong Wood Orders MDF Plant
  • Orma, Pavatex Go With Prod-IQ
SUPPLY LINES
  • ‘Strongest Link To Success’
  • Raute Appoints President/CEO
  • Berndorf Names New Leadership
  • Bakelite Synthetics Completes Purchase
CLIPPINGS
  • Composite Panel Association Recognizes Excellent Work
  • PotlatchDeltic Builds On REIT
  • Egger Research Highlights TFL
  • Timber Growth Holding Steady
  • LP Converts Houlton Mill

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Scotch Plywood Starts Up Veneer Mill

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Panel World

WAYNESBORO, Mississippi – Executives and key individuals with Scotch Plywood made a commitment to rebuild before the ashes had cooled following a January 6, 2021 fire here at a key veneer production facility. Thanks to a monumental effort by all involved, from Scotch Plywood owners and management and employees, vendors and log suppliers, the veneer plant was peeling logs again in March 2022.

That the project was pulled off so successfully and smoothly under tough operating conditions is a testament to the Scotch plywood organization: The icing on the cake is the new facility here has hit the ground running and recently set plant production records for shift and day, along with improved veneer quality.

Scotch Plywood does most of its peeling at Waynesboro. The facility produces anywhere from two-thirds to three-quarters of Scotch Plywood’s overall green veneer requirements. Scotch’s Beatrice, Alabama veneer plant has a lathe and one dryer, and the Fulton plywood plant has two dryers plus layup, pressing and finishing. Keeping all the moving parts in place for such an organization and process were critical.

“It was real important to keep all the landowners, suppliers and employees working with us,” says Charles Bradford, Scotch Plywood VP of Procurement. “We tried to keep everyone busy and working, including the loggers.”

Letting the Beatrice plant pick up the slack in veneer production was key to maintaining the Waynesboro plant’s operational infrastructure. Employees were bussed from Waynesboro to the Beatrice plant and back every day as the facility ran almost around the clock to keep veneer moving.

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May 2022

May 2022

May 2022

Cover: Murphy Co. Puts Foster Veneer Mill In Motion

FOSTER, Oregon – Smart investments and key upgrades have Murphy Company’s veneer plant producing better quality veneer, more efficiently. The facility is a key regional producer and merchandiser of laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and plywood veneers.

Inside This Issue

TAKING STOCK: Is This Really Happening?

At the risk of repeating myself (what the heck, I’ll be 67 in September), I remember at the beginning of the 2020 Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) in Atlanta, as I spoke to the gathering on the first morning, when I referred to one of the scenes in the movie, “Saving Private Ryan.”

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Rich Donnel, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World

UPDATE
  • New Hardwood Plywood Line
  • J.M. Huber Names President & CEO
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS COME UP BIG AT (IN-PERSON) PELICE 2022 IN ATLANTA

ATLANTA, Georgia – Everything fell into place at the eighth Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) held March 31 to April 1 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center.

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World

QUALITY CONTROL

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following companies submitted editorial profiles and images to complement their advertisements placed in Panel World May 2022.

  • BAUMER
  • BIELE
  • CMC-TEXPAN
  • DIEFFENBACHER
  • GRENZEBACH
  • HYMMEN
  • IMAL PAL GROUP
  • IMEAS
  • IPCO
  • LIMAB
  • RAUTE
  • SCHERMESSER
  • SIEMPELKAMP
  • USNR
  • WEKO
  • WVCO
PROJECTS
  • Freres Installs Meinan Composer
  • Kim Tin Group Jumps Into MDF
  • Plant Acceptances Became The Norm
  • Microsoft Calls On Freres Biochar
  • Origin Announces Biomass Facility
SUPPLY LINES
  • Dryer Specialists Working Together
  • BID Partners With Yaskawa

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Murphy Co. Puts Foster Veneer Mill In Motion

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Panel World

FOSTER, Oregon – Smart investments and key upgrades have Murphy Company’s veneer plant producing better quality veneer, more efficiently. The facility is a key regional producer and merchandiser of laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and plywood veneers. The Foster Veneer mill supplies Murphy plywood and LVL manufacturing facilities and other regional EWP producers as a major source of strength-graded veneer.

Acquired in late 2017 from Weyerhaeuser, the plant is a complementary fit to Murphy Company’s vertically integrated manufacturing facilities. The six facilities include three veneer mills supporting a LVL plant and two plywood mills producing a full complement of hardwood and softwood plywood. According to Mike Don, Murphy General Manager, Veneer Operations, the Foster plant is strategically located in the heart of the greater West Coast veneer market that stretches from northern California to British Columbia.

The key component of the business plan for Foster Veneer is to function as a major regional veneer merchandising operation, Don says. “Out peeling and drying operations are targeted to supply the engineered wood products industry, while at the same time merchandising each piece of veneer to its highest end value.”

He adds that while the facility has a range of capabilities, and produces a variety of veneers, the focus is primarily Douglas fir 1/8 in. LVL-quality, strength-graded veneer. As an added bonus, the wood basket for their operation is on the west slope of the Cascades, known for its high-strength Douglas fir resource.

According to Don, the plant has received significant investment since being acquired by Murphy. These investments have not necessarily been changes to the process, but rather in upgrading the existing equipment and making sure it functions to its full potential. “The story here is more about sticking with the fundamentals, getting everything up to operating order, and optimizing the performance of what we have,” he says.

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March 2022

March 2022

March 2022

Cover: Roseburg Picks Up LVL Pace At Chester

CHESTER, South Carolina – Despite a few technical glitches during startup, and while muscling through a global pandemic, Chester Engineered Wood is a go for Roseburg.

Inside This Issue

TAKING STOCK: Dear Fred, From Kenneth

While reading a draft of this issue’s cover story on Roseburg’s new LVL plant in Chester, SC, representing Roseburg’s first ever greenfield project in the south, I glanced at the letter that I’ve always kept on the bulletin board up and behind my iMac monitor. The bulletin board is mostly tacked with editorial planning and editorial style information, but this letter always appealed to me and I put it up there instead of filing it away into neverland.

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Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World

UPDATE
  • GP Plans Output Hike At OSB Mill
  • Huber Submits Revised EAW
  • Peak Hires Bax As CEO
  • Equity Firm Buys Rosboro
  • Roseburg Adds COO Position
  • Weyerhaeuser Canada Taps Graham
  • Weinig Gains CLT Project
  • Webster Was True Plywood Man
Producers Navigated Changing OSB Market Dynamics During Past Two Years

During the past two years, North America’s OSB producers have rallied through a worldwide health crisis and record-setting structural panel prices after a brief pandemic-induced market downturn. Initial uncertainties surrounding the novel coronavirus compelled some companies to temporarily reduce OSB production and capital expenditures. Almost simultaneously, one of the biggest surprises was a surge in remodeling and DIY markets as more consumers had more money and more time on their hands at home.

Article by Patrick Dunning, Associate Editor, Panel World

Eighth PELICE Offers Producers, Suppliers Chance To Step Out And Take In

More than 50 speakers, including eight keynoters, will participate in the eighth Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo to be held March 31 to April 1 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

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PELICE Preview

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following preview section was made available to companies that are both advertising in Panel World March 2022 and exhibiting at PELICE 2022.

  • Altec
  • Claussen All-Mark
  • Dieffenbacher
  • Dürr Megtec
  • Evergreen Engineering
  • Electronic Wood Systems
  • Fagus GreCon
  • Grenzebach
  • Hansen-Rice
  • Hexion
  • IMAL-PAL Group
  • John King Group
  • LIMAB
  • Matthews Marking Systems
  • Meinan Machinery
  • Mid-South Engineering
  • Raute
  • Samuel Coding & Labeling
  • Samuel Packaging Systems
  • Signode
  • Spar-Tek
  • Taihei Machinery Works
  • USNR
  • Westmill
Ingenuity, Innovation Within The Veneer-Based Industry: A Report From The Field

Ingenuity and innovation have been the lifeblood of the veneer-based industry since its inception more than 100 years ago. However, during recent decades the competitive matching of costs and features with competing products has slowed. Substitutes, such as oriented strandboard (OSB) and other wood and non-wood materials, have significantly reduced North American demand for plywood.

Article by Richard (Dick) Baldwin, Ph.D., managing partner, Oak Creek Investments LLC and Richard (Rich) Baldwin, CFO, Oak Creek Investments.

SUPPLY LINES
PROJECTS
  • Al Talah Board Uses Palm Waste
  • Murashinskiy Goes With Biele
  • Columbia Forest Products Invests In USNR Charger
  • Dieffenbacher Taps 400 Million Euros
  • Egger Plans Third TFL Line
CLIPPINGS
WHAT'S NEW
  • Lathe Carriage

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Roseburg Picks Up LVL Pace At Chester

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Panel World

CHESTER, South Carolina – Despite a few technical glitches during startup, and while muscling through a global pandemic, Chester Engineered Wood is a go for Roseburg.

The industry looked on as Roseburg built its greenfield southern yellow pine (SYP) laminated veneer lumber (LVL) mill in South Carolina – the company’s first greenfield project in the U.S. South, though having acquired several panel plants in the South through the years and maintaining operations in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Nestled not far from major cities in the Carolinas – Charlotte is just 40 miles away, and Columbia, SC is 60 miles – Chester, SC is positioned well to serve the bustling metro areas that are seeing housing starts shoot through the roof.

Chester Engineered Wood came online at the onslaught of the pandemic, which, combined with the unique challenges that a startup presents, made for an interesting time. Plant manager Mike Henry, who was at another Roseburg facility in the South before coming to Chester, says the extra challenges put additional pressure on a lot of people, but in the end, being creative and liking to solve problems, Henry and his management team hit the quality production the company was aiming for when the facility was constructed – it just took longer than expected to get there.

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January 2022

January 2022

January 2022

Cover: Annual Directory & Buyers’ Guide

The Annual Directory & Buyers’ Guide is a year-long keeper on the desks of producers and suppliers worldwide.

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COVER: Annual Directory & Buyers’ Guide

The Annual Directory & Buyers’ Guide is a year-long keeper on the desks of producers and suppliers worldwide. The Directory includes

  • Products/Services/Supplies
  • Machinery Manufacturers/Suppliers
  • Trade Associations
Exhibitors Knocking On PELICE Door

As of early December, exhibitor sponsor space for the eighth Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) was 80% sold out, including what is already a record number of Gold sponsors.

UPDATE
  • Proposed OSB Mill Finds Home
  • Arauco Considers Plant In Mexico
  • Forest Service Weighs In Again On 4FRI
  • Industry Doubtful Of BC ‘Defer’ Plan
  • USNR, WFG Sold To Equity Firm
  • West Fraser Buys OSB Mill
  • Okaply Acquires VIZÜSOLUTION
Martco Maintains Focus On Culture And Goals During Bizarre Times

Roy O. Martin III is Chairman, CEO and CFO of Martin Sustainable Resources, L.L.C. and Martco L.L.C. The grandson of Roy O. Martin, Sr., he is a third-generation leader. Roy O. Martin III currently serves as chairman of the APA – The Engineered Wood Association Board of Trustees. He graciously agreed to answer several questions posed by Panel World magazine.

Panel Industry Veterans Denounce Performance Of Paperboard Wall Sheathing

Innovative and/or more economical building materials are regularly introduced to the market. During the post-World War II building boom, softwood plywood replaced diagonal tongue and groove boards as the standard exterior wall bracing. Over about the past 30 years, OSB has come to dominate the wall sheathing segment.

Article by Richard F. Baldwin, Frederick T. Kurpiel and Richard W. Baldwin

PROJECTS
  • ‘Best Watchdog We Could Ask For’
  • PG Bison Orders MDF Operation
  • Turkey’s Küpeliler Orders Two Plants
  • Wanhua Goes For ‘Super PB’
  • Installation Due For 63.7 M Press
  • Biyang Huifeng Starts Up Refiner
  • Greenply Orders Refining System
  • Naturheld Orders Fiber Prep Systems
  • GUTEX Focuses On Insulation
  • Greenply Orders MDF/HDF Plant
SUPPLY LINES
  • Hymmen Announces U.S. Jupiter Order
  • Con-Vey Launches New Web Site
  • 7Robotics Continues To Build Staff
  • Morbark Reveals Wheel Loader
  • Platinum Equity Acquires Oregon
WHAT'S NEW
  • Horizontal Chipper
  • Dryer Rebuild
  • Robotic Inkjet
  • Info Management

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Taking Stock: Lend Me Your Ear

Article by Rich Donnell, Managing Editor, Panel World

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, 2022 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta. On page six of this issue you’ll see a listing of the exhibitor sponsors who had signed on as of early December.

Below, you’ll see some of the keynote speakers we’ve lined up, including, Roseburg’s Jake Elston, Swiss Krono’s Wedig Graf Grote, American Wood Council’s Jackson Morrill, Coastland Wood Industries’ Doug Pauze, RoyOMartin’s Scott Poole, AFRY’s Philipp Sauter and Kennesaw State economist Roger Tutterow. We’re in negotiation with several others as well and will be announcing those soon. Attendee registration is open at www.pelice-expo.com.

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JAKE ELSTON

WEDIG GRAF GROTE

JACKSON MORRILL 

SCOTT POOLE

DR. PHILIPP SAUTER 

ROGER TUTTEROW

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November 2021

November 2021

November 2021

Cover: New Dryer Line Broadens Hardel

CHEHALIS, Washington – Working through a new dryer installation in 2020 was “perfect timing,” says Hardel Mutual Plywood General Manager Emanouel Piliaris, after the company started up a new USNR unit at the tail end of the spring 2020 COVID pandemic slowdown, and had the new machine ready to roll as the slowdown turned into some of the hottest forest products markets in history.

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Panel World

Inside This Issue

Taking Stock: Pandemic Felt Bad, Profits Felt Good

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. Actually, given that as I write this it’s only October 5, let’s call it a fiscal year dating back to October 2020.

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Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World

UPDATE
Scotch Plywood Focuses On New Mill, Landowner Relations

WAYNESBORO, Mississippi – A mill fire is a devastating event on multiple levels and the January 6 fire that destroyed the Scotch Plywood Company veneer facility in Waynesboro was no exception. The fire occurred while the mill was in operation, and every on site employee, many of whom helped fight the fire, was accounted for and found unharmed.

Article submitted by Scotch Plywood, as written by Stamp Ideas for Forest Landowner magazine.

PROJECTS
  • Pacific Wood Laminates Plans Veneer Drying Upgrades
  • Metsä Anticipates New LVL Facility
  • Starwood Plans Fiber Prep Line
  • Dongwha Rolls With Acacia Species
DRYER ISLAND

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following companies submitted editorial profiles and images to complement their advertisements in Panel World November 2021.

  • BÜTTNER
  • NESTEC
  • RAUTE
  • USNR
  • WESTMILL
  • DÜRR SYSTEMS (DÜRR MEGTEC)
WVCO Continues To Provide Innovative Wax Products, Opens Wax Plant In Louisiana

PINEVILLE, Louisiana – Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) proudly points to its business model as standing on the pillars of dedicated service, high-quality products and state-of-the-art innovations to bring value to its customers.

Article submitted by Willamette Valley Co.

SUPPLY LINES
  • NESTEC Names Deemer President
  • Hymmen Reveals NA Cooperation
  • Spurgin Heads Sales For LIMAB NA
  • Haltbakk Leads Argos Solutions
  • CMC TEXPAN Gears Up For Woodex 21
  • S-W Purchases Resins Operation
  • Digital LIGNA Makes Progress
  • Heiner Wemhöner Reaches Finals
WHAT'S NEW
  • Belt Monitoring
  • Flying Panel Saw
CLIPPINGS
  • Egger-Lexington Celebrates One Year
  • Roseburg FP Joins WU+D Institute
  • SLB, USDA Enhance Collaboration

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New Dryer Line Broadens Hardel

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Panel World

CHEHALIS, Washington – Working through a new dryer installation in 2020 was “perfect timing,” says Hardel Mutual Plywood General Manager Emanouel Piliaris, after the company started up a new USNR unit at the tail end of the spring 2020 COVID pandemic slowdown, and had the new machine ready to roll as the slowdown turned into some of the hottest forest products markets in history.

The new dryer creates additional in-house capacity for Hardel, one of the biggest plywood producers on the West Coast, with 164 press openings. In addition, the facility has more control of its manufacturing processes and is less reliant on dry veneer purchased on the open market.

According to Piliaris, plant officials were looking to enlarge and upgrade its dryer capabilities to avoid having to buy as much dry veneer – sometimes up to 30% of incoming raw material – because in addition to overall quality and consistency concerns, dry veneer brings with it storage issues and also is more expensive and harder to source in the winter months.

Installed in spring 2020, the dryer started up in May last year and was running up to speed when prices and demand took off, reaching unprecedented highs this past summer. Piliaris remembers low order files and production in April and May. “Things picked up in June, then went through the roof,” he remembers with a smile. “And the dryer? What timing! We were very pleased with it.”

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