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Panel World Issue: January 2017

Panel World magazine’s January 2017 issue features an article on the life and career of the late Harry Merlo, former Louisiana-Pacific CEO and OSB pioneer, as well as a visit to Nanaimo, British Columbia’s Coastland Wood Industries, a veneer producer with a high yield. Also featured is our annual 2017 Directory & Buyers’ Guide highlighting the latest products, services and supplies. Other articles cover the latest industry news, new projects and project updates, and new products and technology.


Huber Will Reopen Tennessee OSB Mill; LP, Norbord Do OSB Mill Swap; New OSB Mill Still On Schedule; Freres Unveils MPP Plans; Weyco May Sell Uruguay Assets; Imports From China Draw Petition; All Systems Go For Arauco Project

At The Core: Harry Merlo

Panel World magazine Editor-In-Chief Rich Donnell remembers the life and career of former Louisiana-Pacific CEO and OSB pioneer, Harry Merlo. Donnell writes, “Harry Angelo Merlo, who built Louisiana-Pacific into a forest products industry powerhouse, riding his vision for a new product called oriented strandboard, died at home in Portland, Ore. on October 24. He was 91. Merlo had been ill for a few months, possibly with a form of cancer, but decided not to pursue major treatment. His death caught even some of his closest friends by surprise and it was days before news outlets reported it. Jim Eisses, who for years was Merlo’s right-hand man as executive vice president, was shocked at the news, considering he communicated with Merlo fairly regularly, but hadn’t talked to him in several months. “Harry must have felt let’s be done with it,” Eisses says.”

Coastland Wood Industries

Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson travels to Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada to visit Coastland Wood Industries. Coastland Wood Industries has something special going for it, President Hans de Visser says. General Manager Doug Pauzé agrees. Standing atop “Doug’s Perch” as they call it, overlooking the water and the log yard, the two men say it’s the creative and innovative culture of the organization that leads to the unexpected, such as operating three lathe lines in the space of one. Daily operations are challenging but fun, the two say. On little more than 10 acres on Vancouver Island, Coastland Wood Industries runs two log breakdown lines, a custom sort area, and three high capacity lathe lines. The space-constrained facility produces roughly 450MSF on a 3/8ths basis—though internally they don’t report it that way; instead Coastland works off a 1/8th basis.

2017 Directory & Buyers' Guide

Panel World magazine’s annual Directory & Buyers’ Guide is one of the industry’s most comprehensive lists of products, services, supplies, machinery manufacturers and suppliers, and industry trade associations for all of your mill’s needs.

Supply Lines

USNR Acquires Ventek, Inc.; Intermob Has Worldwide Touch; Signode, IBC Partner Up; Bevilaqua Named COO Of Hexion


Hiroshi Served Raute Diligently; LP Announces Leadership Changes; Two-Story CLT Building Displayed; RoyOMartin Receives Louisiana Award; Vietnam Conference Addresses Wood Chips; Van Voorhis Wins APA Honor; Duraplay’s Ayub Is CPA Chairman; Torrefaction Gains Notice

What's New

Willamette Valley Company Rotary Batch Mixer; Raute G5 Smart Mill; Instalmec Wood Cleaning

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