Huber Names President & CEO

Huber Names President & CEO

J.M. Huber Corp. named Gretchen W. McClain has as President & CEO through a unanimous vote of the Huber Board of Directors. McClain succeeds Mike Marberry, who is retiring after a 25-year career with Huber, including 13 years as President & CEO.

“I am extremely excited to be the next Chief Executive Officer of this high-performing company,” says McClain, who has served as a member of Huber’s Corporate Board of Directors since 2016. “This family-owned enterprise is in a phase of its development that we like to describe as ‘Prosperity with a Purpose.’ The commitment of the Huber family shareholders to both economic and social value echoes my deep belief in leading businesses by ‘doing well’ and ‘doing good.’ Guided by the Huber Principles and with the participation of our employees globally, our innovative portfolio of businesses will continue to serve customers and support the communities where we operate as we together create the Huber of tomorrow.”

McClain has held a diverse range of leadership roles over her career, including the founding CEO of Xylem Inc.—an S&P 500 global water technology company with almost $4 billion in revenue—and Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA’s International Space Station.

Marberry comments, “Huber is poised for successful journey ahead, and Gretchen is the right leader to guide the enterprise to its next pinnacle of achievements. She genuinely appreciates the unique aspects of Huber, and she is passionate about keeping the company strongly aligned with the family’s long-term aspirations.”

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PELICE 2022 Provides Breath Of Fresh Air

PELICE 2022 Provides Breath Of Fresh Air

PELICE 2022 Provides Breath Of Fresh Air

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 in Atlanta, Ga.

“Two things combined to make this the best PELICE in some years,” comments Rich Donnell, co-chairman of PELICE and editor-in-chief of Panel World. “One was the tremendous wood products markets we’ve been experiencing for months on end, and the second thing was simply that people and companies were more than ready to get out of the house so to speak and meet in-person, many of them doing so for the first time since the previous PELICE in 2020.”

PELICE 2022 recorded 450 participants on-site, including wood products producer personnel, exhibitor personnel, and representatives from investment, consulting, academia and a range of other sectors associated with the structural and non-structural wood products industries.

Executives, plant managers, project managers, engineers, human resources and other personnel from 30 wood products producer companies took in presentations delivered by 55 industry personnel on a range of topics including Legal Matters, Global Technologies & Trends, Quality Control, Plywood & Veneer-Based Technologies, Resins/Waxes/Coatings, Air Treatment, Fire Prevention, Process Optimization, Products/Research/Labor and Energy Applications.

They also enjoyed combing the aisles of the Grand Ballroom North where 100 exhibitors set up shop. All of the exhibitors were Gold, Silver or Bronze sponsors and participated in the sponsorship of the numerous food functions that complement PELICE.

Eight keynote talks during the course of PELICE drew the largest crowds. PELICE has always been about projects in the works or projects just completed, and the keynoters fit the bill. They included: Scott Poole, president and COO of RoyOMartin; Jake Elston, senior vice president of operations at Roseburg Forest Products; Wedig Graf Grote, chief operating officer at Swiss Krono USA; Johannes Edger, Head of Sales North America, EGGER Wood Products; Doug Pauze, president, Coastland Wood Industries, Dr. Roger Tutterow, professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University; Jose Gonzalez, director at AFRY Management Consulting; Jackson Morrill, president & CEO, American Wood Council.

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Freres Celebrates Centennial Anniversary

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Lyons, Ore.-based Freres Lumber Co., now doing business as Freres Engineered Wood, is celebrating its centennial year, marking a century of transformative growth and positive impact on the wood products industry, clients, employees, and its surrounding communities. Freres celebrates this monumental milestone by unveiling its new brand and logo which commemorate Freres’ longstanding history while reflecting its commitment to innovation and advancements as it looks forward to the next 100 years.

“The humble beginnings of one man’s dream to start a small sawmill has evolved over the past 100 years into a booming, modern business,” says Rob Freres, President of Freres. “Today, Freres is an innovative leader in the mass timber industry, committed to leading sustainability practices and supporting our community. We have developed a new brand and logo intended to reflect our roots in tradition while capturing our vision for the future.”

Throughout 2022, Freres will celebrate its centennial across the communities it serves through its philanthropic and community efforts, employee celebrations and industry events. Having achieved tremendous growth and impact over the past century, Freres remains dedicated to its core values of continued innovation, protecting and supporting healthy forests, giving back to, and supporting, local Santiam Canyon communities, and hard work and resiliency.

“It is hard to articulate the impact Freres has had on the Santiam Canyon and surrounding communities,” comments Fred Girod, Oregon State Senator. “They have provided multi-generational family wage jobs, served as community partners in efforts to improve our way of life and have always stepped up when help was needed. Freres’ long history serves as a shining example of what a family run business should be.”

Freres is one of the oldest family-owned and operated businesses in Oregon, specializing in bringing high-quality wood products to market, manufacturing veneer, lumber, and plywood and structural composite lumber.

“The Freres family business is a bright light in the North Santiam Canyon,” adds Kevin Cameron, Marion County Commissioner, a Detroit resident and wildfire survivor. “Supporting the efforts to build the Detroit Community Center and City Hall after the wildfires tore through the canyon is just one example of many in which Freres continues to give back and make a difference in the rural communities of Marion County.”

While steeped in tradition, Freres has a history of incorporating cutting-edge technologies to transform and modernize construction practices. In 2017, Freres engineered a monumental new finished wood product: Mass Ply Panels (MPP). The MPP line now includes panels for floors, walls and ceilings, beams and columns, and industrial mats. Like other industry paradigm shifts, MPP is changing building practices.

The company, formerly Freres Lumber Co., Inc., began in 1922 when T.G. Freres started a sawmill in Oregon’s Santiam Canyon. Now, across six wood products facilities, and three operations, Freres Engineered Wood Products, Freres Timber and Evergreen BioPower LCC, the company employs 500 people and produces finished plywood, lumber, veneer and structural composite lumber, MPP, biochar, and operates a cogeneration facility that supplies renewable power for the local area.

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“The addition of a third strander has always been in the plans for Clarendon,” says Tobey Elgin, Director of Operations for OSB, Georgia-Pacific. “The site was originally designed for additional capacity, so adding this third strander will maximize the efficiency and output for the operation.”

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Since September 2020, the facility has been producing particleboard and TFL for use in interior design applications. Scheduled for completion by the end of 2022, the third lamination line will represent a 50% increase in TFL production capacity and shorter lead times for customers.

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‪As CEO, Bax is responsible for the people, culture and operations of Peak Renewable’s hydrogen and OSB activities throughout North America, including the recently announced One Sky Forest Products OSB plant in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, a partnership between Peak Renewables and 12 Indigenous Nations.

Prior to joining Peak, Scott spent eight years with Pinnacle Renewable Energy, most recently as COO, where he grew the business three-fold to over 2.5 million MT of annualized wood pellet production and revenue in excess of $400M. A leader who prioritizes people, relationships, accountability and results, Bax brings over 25 years of experience of forestry and wood manufacturing operations throughout Canada and the U.S.‬

‪“I am excited to be joining a talented and committed team, engaged in the vital economic growth and renewables space,” says Scott Bax. “Under Brian Fehr’s visionary leadership, I am focused on safely and sustainably growing a business that yields benefits to workers, communities, indigenous peoples, the environment, and investors.”‬

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