Panel World’s March issue features Commonwealth Plywood, which has made the full conversion to hardwood plywood production at its facility in Whitehall, NY. Also spotlighted is Tolko Industries of Vernon, British Columbia, a company that recently implemented a green veneer scanning and grading system at its White Valley, BC mill. The issue also includes a show preview, with exhibitor information, for WoodMac China 2011.
Commonwealth Plywood Converts NY Facility
In 2001, Commonwealth Plywood Inc. (CPI), headquartered in Ste. Therese, Que., purchased a New York sheathing mill sandwiched between two extensive wood baskets—the Adirondacks to the West and Green Mountains to the East. The ultimate goal was to convert it to a hardwood plywood mill producing inner core veneer stock and laying up panels with outsourced face veneers. The acquisition is one of three plywood production facilities owned by CPI and its first located in the U.S.
Softwood veneer scanning is all about accuracy, quality and speed. For high speed production mills, the mill that can make the best grading and clipping decisions and do it the fastest has a productivity advantage in this tough market. This is the challenge that is being met by Tolko Industries of Vernon, British Columbia, the second largest producer of softwood veneer in Canada, which recently upgraded its White Valley, BC mill using optimizing technology provided by Daqota Systems of McKinleyville, Calif. and Cloquet, Minn. As a result of a commitment to continuous process improvement and seeking out technology innovators, Tolko has become a world technology leader in softwood processing.
The 11th edition of WoodMac China 2011, complemented by the 11th FurniTek and 9th WoodBuild China, will be held March 1-4 at the Shanghai International Expo Centre. Following are submissions by companies exhibiting at WoodMac who also advertised in this issue of Panel World.
Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. entered into an agreement with Grant Forest Products Inc. to “indirectly” acquire the remaining 50% interest in Footner Forest Products Inc. and its oriented strandboard OSB facility in High Level, Alberta for CDN $20 million. If completed, the transaction will result in Ainsworth owning 100% of Footner.
State Of EWP
The forest products industry’s structural panel segment has suffered along with all others as the U.S. economic downturn and homebuilding bust has affected every player in the supply chain, from the stump to wholesale and retail outlets. Engineered wood products have taken the same beating, with glulam, LVL and I-joist production dropping 62%, 64% and 70%, respectively, from all-time North American production highs in 2004-2005 through last year.
At The Core
Just like its product lineup, LP the company has undergone a major transformation since the mid 1990s, when it brought in executive fireman Mark Suwyn as president and CEO. His mission was to reorganize and revitalize operations. The first person he hired to assist him was Rick Frost, who today is CEO. Frost joined LP in 1996 in Timberlands and Procurement before moving over to OSB and EWP. He was one of the facilitators of a massive divestiture of non-competitive assets primarily in lumber and plywood.
Holz-Her U.S. Inc. has completed the relocation of its Charlotte, NC operations to the Weinig USA facility in nearby Mooresville. All of Holz-Her’s personnel, including sales, service, software support and leasing, are now fully integrated into Weinig USA. Weinig acquired Holz-Her in April 2010.
Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China 2011 (FMC China 2011), concurrently with Furniture China 2011, will be staged alongside FMC Premium at the Expo Theme Pavilion from September 14-17, 2011. FMC Premium is a show especially designed for high-end manufacturers of furniture raw materials and components.
Raute Corp. has received orders worth more than EUR 12 million from OOO “Ilim Bratsk DOK” in Russia. The orders include two state-of-the-art peeling lines and two drying lines to be delivered to Bratsk, Siberia, by the end of 2011.
Grady Mulbery has joined Roseburg Forest Products as vice president of composite manufacturing. He is located at Roseburg’s John’s Creek office in Atlanta.
Mulbery worked for SierraPine, Weyerhaeuser and Willamette Industries. He has held positions as director of operations, regional manager, general manager and plant manager in both particleboard and medium density fiberboard operations.
Since the presentation of the new Hymmen single-pass digital printing technology at Ligna 2009, several technical advances have evolved in this product line. Hymmen reports that the JUPITER Digital Printing Line is in operation in many different locales and that these commissionings have provided essential feedback and led to constant improvements in printing quality, material handling and line availability.