RoyOMartin Adds Natalie Monroe To Executive Leadership Team

RoyOMartin Adds Natalie Monroe To Executive Leadership Team

RoyOMartin Adds Natalie Monroe To Executive Leadership Team

RoyOMartin has named Natalie Martin Monroe Vice President of Environmental, Safety, and Sustainability Operations. She will also serve as a member of the Strategic Action Leadership Team (SALT) and the Corporate Secretary for the Martin Sustainable Resources (MSR) Board of Directors.

Natalie will oversee corporate safety programs, employees, and training. Her additional responsibilities include reviewing and evaluating operations and company practices for all sustainability initiatives. She will also be a liaison to stakeholders, shareholders, and customers.

“Safety and environmental compliance are top priorities at RoyOMartin,” Monroe says about the company founded by her great-grandfather, Roy O. Martin, Sr., in 1923. “In my new role, I will keep the focus on safety and environmentally-conscious practices while also incorporating sustainability efforts to ensure that my family’s business is a viable part of the central Louisiana community for generations to come.”

Monroe began her career at RoyOMartin when she worked as an intern during the construction of the company’s plywood facility in 1995-1996. She later joined the organization as the Corporate Environmental Manager in July 2003. She is a 1998 graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree specializing in civil and environmental engineering. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University in 2002.

Working early in her career as a project engineer with C-K Associates and Providence Engineering consulting firms, Monroe was involved in preparing environmental site assessments and permit applications. Through her work as a consultant, she also served as a contractor at Exxon Mobil Chemical Company where she specialized in waste management and permitting.

“With Natalie’s 18 years of environmental management, she has many experiences and skills to draw upon that make her a solid fit for the new Vice President of Environmental, Safety, and Sustainability Operations role,” adds Terry Secrest, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing and Sales. “She will lead our safety journey to zero accidents and zero environmental incidents while showcasing our company’s exemplary leadership in sustainability.”

In her day-to-day work at RoyOMartin, she stays abreast of all new and upcoming environmental regulatory requirements that may impact the wood-products industry, while also working closely with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on multi-media permits and reporting requirements. Monroe will oversee environmental work at all RoyOMartin’s manufacturing and forestry sites. She also serves as Treasurer of the Martin Foundation, where she manages employee and dependent scholarships to colleges and universities across Louisiana and Texas.

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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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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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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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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.

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  • 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.

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.

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  • Evergreen Engineering
  • Metal Detectors Inc.
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  • Samuel Packaging Systems
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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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Softwood Board, FS Announce Mass Timber Awards

Softwood Board, FS Announce Mass Timber Awards

 

The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) and USDA Forest Service recently awarded $2 million total to six projects that highlight innovative architectural design and mass timber’s significant role in carbon reduction. According to SLB officials, lessons learned from each project will be shared with the construction community to help support future projects, including cost analyses, life cycle assessments and other research results.

Here are the buildings:

• New medical center in Vancouver, Wash.: 176,000 sq. ft., four-story mass timber over steel structure uses CLT and glulam.

• High-rise multifamily in downtown Denver: 12-story building with nine levels of mass timber. Features glulam columns and beams and CLT decks.

• Low income charter school, Long Island, NY: a five-story hybrid CLT building uses more than 36,000 cubic feet of CLT.

• New 42,456 sq. ft. industrial warehouse in Kent, Wash., features CLT panels and glulam beams and columns.

• Intro Cleveland Phase 2: Massive 750,000 sq. ft. mixed use development is the largest mass timber project in the U.S. Phase 2 will build a 16-story mass timber building with mass timber tower consisting of glulam columns and girders with CLT floor slabs. The team projects wood to comprise about 50% of the total structure.

• Three-story 18,780 sq. ft. office space building in Portland, Ore., with major goal of proving out the rocking shear wall system and showing how this advanced technology can exceed code and provide a cost-effective seismic solution for three to 12 story buildings.

 

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Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World July 2022

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.

Flakes used in early LP waferwood

The first was oriented strandboard, or rather waferwood as LP called it, when LP started up the Houlton plant in 1982. That was when LP chief Harry Merlo and his supporting cast went on a waferwood (or waferboard) building binge, starting up LP’s first plant in Hayward, Wis. in 1980, followed by Houlton in 1982, another line at Hayward in 1982, at Corrigan, Texas in 1983 and another five plants by the end of 1984.

In a 1984 article in Panel World, an LP executive put together some cost comparisons and said of LP and its waferwood: “This gives us an average true cost comparison of $149/M for southern pine plywood vs. $110/M for waferwood. Since the average mill sales return today is virtually the same for both products, you can draw your own conclusion as to which panel product is the one with the ‘real’ future.”

Over time, with implementation of new strand sizes, the three-layer structure and orientation of flakes, waferwood evolved into oriented strandboard.

That’s what Houlton, relying mostly on aspen raw material, continued to produce for its first 26 years, until LP spent more than $140 million to expand the operation to include the production of Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL).

Still leaning heavily on the aspen resource, the new line started up in 2008 and the new product was called SolidStart LSL, which eyed residential construction applications such as headers and beams, wall studs, roof beams and rafters, truss chords, rim boards and stair stringers. “LSL builds on LP’s strength in strand technology with an engineered, environmentally friendly alternative to traditional lumber,” an LP executive said at the grand opening.

Houlton produced OSB and LSL at various times for the next 14 years, until a $150 million conversion and startup of the facility as recently as this May toward the production of exterior siding, known as LP Smart- Side. The product includes applications in soffit, flooring, lap siding and trim. It’s still strand-based and still built with a lot of aspen.

Now if these developments had occurred, say, over the past 10 years, there might be some discussion as to whether LP really knows what brand of ball it wants to play at Houlton. But we’re talking 40 years, and if anything it shows tremendous resolve on LP’s part to stay on the leading edge of engineered wood products and their applications.

It’s amazing, really, when you think of this long-lasting relationship between company and town. Obviously they keep having fun at the old ballpark.

 

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Pacific Woodtech Acquires LP EWP Division

Pacific Woodtech Acquires LP EWP Division

Burlington, Wash.-based Pacific Woodtech announced the acquisition of Louisiana-Pacific Corp.’s EWP (I-Joist and LVL) division for $210 million. The acquisition includes LP laminated veneer lumber and I-Joist manufacturing facilities in Wilmington, NC; Red Bluff, Calif.; and Golden, British Columbia, associated timber license assets, and the SolidStart laminated strand lumber brand. The sale is targeted to close in early August.

The acquisition comes as PWT expands its North American engineered wood product offerings. “Adding Golden, Wilmington, and Red Bluff to PWT’s existing EWP business will propel the company into new growth,” comments President and CEO Jim Enright. “PWT continues to drive positive change at the cutting edge of engineered wood products, and this acquisition will provide a more streamlined and focused resource for the industry. We are working hard to make this a seamless transition, one that allows for the retention and care of current employees and clients and strengthens PWT’s position as a leading force in the EWP market going forward.”

PWT has experienced impressive growth in the industry since its inception in 1998, a result of its commitment to innovation and its sole focus on engineered wood products for more than 20 years.

“We believe that Pacific Woodtech is well positioned to invest in and grow the SolidStart brand, and its acquisition of LP’s EWP business marks another important step in LP’s ongoing strategic transformation,” says LP Chair and CEO Brad Southern. “We will work with Pacific Woodtech to ensure a smooth transition for our EWP employees, customers, and suppliers. I want to express my sincere thanks to the entire EWP team for their patience and professionalism throughout this process. I wish them all the best moving forward.”

 

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Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World July 2022 – 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…

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