September 2020

September 2020

September 2020

Cover: New Press Gives Freres More Punch

LYONS, Oregon – Family-owned Freres Lumber Co. continues to innovate with projects and initiatives that not only solidify its position as a key West Coast veneer and plywood panel supplier, but also as a pioneer in the growing mass timber construction movement.

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Panel World 

Inside This Issue

Taking Stock: Something Must Be Missing From This Discussion

Every now and then a situation surfaces that is troubling to us. Elsewhere in this magazine you’ll read a news item about the controversy over structural plywood manufactured in Brazil that has been exported to the United States, accounting for a decent share of consumption in the U.S.

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

Update
  • Younie Leaves Big Mark In Willows
  • Wheat Straw MDF Mill Is Proposed
  • 4FRI May Ride On Elections
  • TP&EE 2020 Nixed, But 2022 In Sight
  • Enviva Buys Large Pellet Mill
  • Brazil Plywood Issue Heats Up
  • Study Shows Interstates Safer
Engineered Wood Products, Mass Timber Developments, Alternative Fiber Products Contributed To PELICE 2020

ATLANTA, Georgia –This is part three of a three part series on the coverage of the Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) held March 12-13 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta. Each part reviews the presentations delivered by a portion of the 34 speakers on a range of issues and technologies impacting the structural and non-structural wood products industries. The event also featured 84 equipment exhibitors. The next PELICE will be held at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta on March 31-April 1, 2022.

Article by Dan Shell and Rich Donnell

Quality Control

The following companies submitted editorial profiles on the quality control aspects of their technologies to complement their advertisements elsewhere in the September 2020 issue:

  • Argos
  • Baumer
  • CMC Texpan
  • Con-Vey
  • Dieffenbacher
  • Electronic Wood Systems
  • Fagus GreCon
  • IMAL-PAL
  • IPCO
  • Metal Detector Inc.
  • Raute
  • USNR
  • Westmill
Briquetting Presses Integrate Into MDF Production

As production of MDF and other composite panels and their downstream components increases worldwide, dust waste becomes an increasing factor in the production process.

Article submitted by C.F. Nielsen

Projects
  • Huaibei Ningfeng Reveals OSB Mill
  • Kumar Links With Siempelkamp
Supply Lines
  • Siebert Leads Ligna Team
  • Forbes Is Sole Owner Of Brunette
  • Raute Acquires Software Firm
  • Siempelkamp Adjusts Upper Management
  • Con-Vey Appoints Product Manager
  • Schmid Energy Joins Fink Machine
  • Jon Snyder Led Arkansas Face Veneer
  • Büttner Gains Order In Wood Pellets
  • Wood ID Lab Moves To Oregon State
Clippings
  • Salamander Lives With Logging

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New Press Gives Freres More Punch

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor Panel World

LYONS, Oregon – Family-owned Freres Lumber Co. continues to innovate with projects and initiatives that not only solidify its position as a key West Coast veneer and plywood panel supplier, but also as a pioneer in the growing mass timber construction movement. And both the company’s traditional veneer and plywood operations and the new Mass Plywood Panel (MPP) operation are backed by the latest technologies and designs to run more efficiently at lower cost.

Since starting the MPP facility in early 2018, a key Freres Lumber factor in making operational decisions and investments is the ongoing integration and support of the MPP plant at the veneer production and pressing level.

“We are committed to investing in advanced technology to keep Freres current and competitive, and have always looked to the future when making equipment and product decisions,” Kyle Freres, Vice President of Operations for Freres Lumber, after the horizontal press from Taihei was installed in late 2019.

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Not Exactly Steinbeck But We’ll Take It

Not Exactly Steinbeck But We’ll Take It

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 end of May to visit my daughter and son-in-law and our 11-month-old granddaughter. We hadn’t seen them since Christmas and our duty was to load our giant Suburban with a bunch of their stuff that they didn’t take with them to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where they were bound in early June so my daughter could complete a year-long dermatopathology fellowship.

We had made the drive several times (they lived in Denver four years while she completed her residency). There are a few ways to get there (we tried them all) and they’re all about 1,400 miles in distance and a solid 22 hours of driving. From Montgomery you can go through Memphis or Dallas, but we’ve always preferred the Memphis route. From Memphis you can work your way up to Kansas City and turn west onto the long stretch of I-70 through Kansas and straight into Denver; or you can stay on I-40 through Little Rock and Fort Smith over to Oklahoma City, and then turn north through Wichita and come out on I-70 and then head west.

Or, as we prefer, you can stay on I-40 through Oklahoma City just before reaching the Texas line veer off the interstate and follow the highways up and around Amarillo, through the Dust Bowl towns of Wheeler, Pampa, Borger, Stinnett, Dumas and Dalhart, all in Texas, before proceeding into the northeast corner of New Mexico and spending the night in Clayton. Yep, 17 hours and multiple stops at Love’s gas stations to Clayton, where you can stay at Hotel Ecklund, a three-story stone structure built in 1892, near where they hanged outlaw Black Jack Ketchum in 1901. We were the only people staying there that night, as it was “mostly” closed due to the virus.

Clayton is a quaint town of fewer than 3,000 and seeing its main street businesses all shut down because of the virus and watching the few people we saw walking around wearing masks really brought home just how all-encompassing the virus crisis is. Some of those businesses, as we all know, won’t make it back.

This northwest Texas into northeast New Mexico drive, along the Santa Fe Trail and through vast ranches and farmlands and not-too-distant mountains is very scenic. From Clayton you continue west to Raton to get on I-25 and head north into Colorado, through Trinidad, Pueblo, Colorado Springs and on into Denver.

By the time we reached Denver, the protests had started downtown (a couple of miles from my daughter’s house), but close enough to add even more anxiety on top of the virus jitters.

We had a wonderful visit with our granddaughter, though we only stayed a couple of days, left with a vehicle full of boxes and drove the same way back home but straight through; again, lots of Love’s and – as I’ve always felt is the true indicator of a rebounding economy – lots of trucks.

It felt good to get out.

 

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The release added that following downtime related to the coronavirus pandemic, Vida is now operating at full capacity, and Canfor’s North America sawmills are operating at almost full capacity as of June 18, 2020.

 

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Initially scheduled for late May in Milan, Italy, Xylexpo was first postponed to November 2020, but organizers do not see a way conditions will be favorable at that time for a large-scale event with visitors from around the world. Primultini’s letter says, “With its global scope and more than one out of three exhibitors and visitors coming from abroad, Xylexpo has an international soul and vocation that would be seriously jeopardized by sanitary and economic conditions that are still unsolved in many world regions.”

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