The March issue is Panel World’s anniversary issue, celebrating 50 years of publication. The issue includes a 1980 article from Plywood & Panel magazine and a timeline of Panel World to trace the magazine’s roots. A special section allows suppliers to weigh in on the anniversary celebration as they provide stories of their companies as well. Also featured in this issue are articles covering BCAP, a new greenhouse gas reporting rule, Goodman Veneer, and upcoming events.
Father and son, John and Greg Besse, are well known in Midwestern business circles for their business acumen in growing and managing a diverse wood products enterprise over the last four decades, as well as their prowess in purchasing and restoring ailing enterprises to fiscally healthy operations.
EPA & GHG
On September 22, 2009 the USEPA (Environmental Protection Agency) issued a final rule for mandatory reporting of greenhouse gases (GHG) from large GHG sources in the United States. The rule requires reporting of annual emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs), perfluorochemicals (PFCs), and other fluorinated gases.
Plywood & Panel magazine’s birthday cakes are becoming noticeably brighter. This year’s cake, with its “June 1980” inscription, sports 20 candles. This is the 20th Anniversary Issue of the panel industry’s first complete trade journal, though I imagine few readers really comprehend exactly what lies behind that designation. Frankly, I think it’s good to know—the full story has never been told before.
At the Core
Somebody asked me not long ago if I had any involvement in the southern pine plywood movement. I’ll state here what I said then: I was involved right up to my ears. The first company that looked into manufacturing southern pine plywood and began building a plant was Kirby Forest Industries at Silsbee, Texas.
Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts Australia Pty Ltd announced it will upgrade plywood operations at its Myrtleford site. Raute Corp. has reportedly received an order comprising almost all the production lines, with machinery deliveries to take place from June to September 2010 and the startup of the mill planned for summer 2011.
For manufacturers of two-sided materials—from flooring, furniture and plywood to metal plates and composite doors—turning stacks of such materials, either side up or side down for processing, has traditionally been done manually. But in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace, such a reliance on manual labor is almost certainly too inefficient and injury-prone.
Flakeboard held a Grand Opening of its thermally fused melamine lamination facility at the Duraflake Particleboard Plant in Albany, Ore. on January 21. Approximately 120 attended including state and local government representatives, customers, vendors and Flakeboard leadership including President and CEO Kelly Shotbolt.
Fisher + Ruckle manufactures machines for the cutting, gluing and splicing of sliced and rotary cut veneers. Its machines operate daily at customers in the furniture, door and board industries as well as in plywood mills. Perfect, fully closed glue joints - even with difficult and wavy veneers - are the result of more than 60 years of experience in the processing of decorative thin and rotary cut thick veneers.