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Panel World Issue: July 2015

Panel World’s July 2015 issue features Roaring River, North Carolina’s Louisiana-Pacific wet-process hardboard siding mill and White City, Oregon’s Murphy Company and their new veneer dryer. Also highlighted is LIGNA 2015, held recently on May 11-15 in Hannover, Germany. Other articles cover the latest industry news and new projects.

July 2015 Update

CPA Addresses Economy, Biomass; StemWood Will Cease Operations

July 2015 Louisiana-Pacifics's Hardboard Mill

Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson visits Louisiana-Pacific’s hardboard siding mill in Roaring River, North Carolina. A process created nearly a century ago in Mississippi, manufacturing hardboard is not new to the composite panel industry. However, some 45 years after ABTCO built the Roaring River, NC mill, Louisiana-Pacific, who acquired it in 2000, couldn’t be happier with the process and the product mix it makes. After sitting down with Production Superintendent Wesley Stone, Mill Manager Scott Cranston and Director of Manufacturing-Siding, Greg Harrison it’s hard not to become enthusiastic about the mill, and while they know the process might seem outdated to some, they are excited as they look toward the future of the mill. According Harrison, Roaring River is one of the key complements of the overall product offerings in the siding business for LP, allowing the company to have the ability to offer a full breadth of products, including the LP SmartSide trims and siding, as well as a growth product for the company, cedar shakes.

July 2015 Murphy Company's New Veneer Dryer

Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell travels to White City, Oregon to visit Murphy Company’s veneer plant. A dozen years after acquiring a veneer plant here in southern Oregon that put the company back in the peeling business, Murphy Co. has made a big investment in drying capacity that has boosted production, efficiency and merchandising capability. The White City plant’s new dryer line includes a 20-section, gas-fired Raute dryer, a Mecano VDA-S grade scanning and defect detection system, a Mecano MVA moisture detection system using new microwave-based moisture detection technology, a Metriguard 2655 DFX veneer tester and a Raute 12-bin dry veneer stacker. Though the debarking and bucking lines were upgraded soon after the plant purchase, the new dryer line is Murphy’s largest operational investment at White City and plays a big role in supplying raw material to Murphy Co.’s softwood plywood plant in Rogue River, LVL plant in Sutherlin and hardwood plywood plant at company headquarters in Eugene.

July 2015 LIGNA 2015 Show Report

The primary production panel equipment manufacturers may be moving out of Hall 27 (as the show organizers have announced as part of a new layout plan), but the last time in 27 was one to remember, as an overall stronger world economy encouraged a mood of enthusiasm and generated significant project discussion and development. More than 96,000 visitors—about 40,000 from outside of Germany—and 1,567 exhibitors—on 340,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space—participated in the Ligna 2015 trade fair for the woodworking industries held May 11-15 at the exhibition center here. The top visitor nations outside of Germany were Austria, France, Italy, United States, Great Britain, Russia, Belgium, Poland, Sweden, China and Brazil. Nobody keeps a count on how many people actually visit which machinery halls, but the activity in Hall 27 was never lacking, as observed by representatives of Panel World magazine, which exhibited for the fifth consecutive time at Ligna.

July 2015 Projects

Roseburg Implements Repair Line At Coquille; Boise To Install USNR Dryer At Florien; Metro-Ply Orders Dieffenbacher CPS+; UPM Plywood Orders Machinery For Otepaa; Norbord Gets More Out Of Wood Chips

July 2015 Clippings

APA Announces 2014 Safety Award Winners; Two Certification Agencies Merge; Drax Leader Is Familiar To Industry; Roseburg Beefs Up Plywood Sales Team

July 2015 Supply Lines

Pallmann Expands Services At Charlotte; Costa Sanders NA Celebrates 30th; Steinemann Reveals Quartz Circle

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