CalPlant I, the new rice straw-based MDF plant in Willows, Calif.,is starting up and commissioning all areas of the mill. This includes the straw preparation building, where 20 loaded straw trailers have been staged; the refiner and dryer area, where dust collection and pneumatic transfer is undergoing final calibration; the first truckload of pMDI glue has arrived; forming and pressing is beginning pneumatic transfer of fiber and commissioning of the press sizing systems; commissioning of the intermediate stacking, sanding and sawing system; and likewise for the spark detection and quenching system. First board production is anticipated during the first week of November.
Opened in fall 2022, the first mass timber commercial building in the U.S. capital city features more than 108,000 sq. ft. of mass timber. The building is an innovative retrofit at 80 M Street SE in Washington, DC: Termed an overbuild—extra stories atop an existing building—the expansion features three floors, where columns of mass timber are visible from the interior…
PART FOUR: This is the fourth 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 in Atlanta March 31 to April 1. The first three parts appeared in the May, July and September issues. PELICE 2024 will be held March 14-15, 2024 again at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta…
Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World November 2022 – As I glanced through the pages of the six issues of Panel World in 2022, various news developments refreshed my memory, but underlying it all was just the fact that business for the most part was conducted as usual. That we were back to…
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