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Panel World Issue: November 2013

Panel World’s November issue announces the first keynoters and registration for the 2014 Pelice show. Roseburg’s weed plant invests in green power and new process improvements. In addition, an article details how the Roseburg facility emerged from heavy public scrutiny. There has been a half-century of expansion in North American structural panel markets.

PELICE 2014 Announcements

Organizers of the 2014 Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) announce that attendee registration for the event has opened and can be accessed at PELICE will be held March 20-21, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom North of the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the same location as the previous three biennial PELICE events. PELCE immediately follows the Bioenergy Fuels & Products Conference & Expo, which will be held March 18-19, also in the Grand Ballroom North of the Omni Hotel. Both events are supported by Panel World and Wood Bioenergy magazines, and Georgia Research Institute. Attendees can register for one conference or both conferences on the web site. Registration includes five food functions for each conference.


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Roseburg Keeps Weed Mill In-Tune

Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell travels to Weed, California to visit Roseburg Forest Products’ veneer mill located there. Shell writes, “Plant and system improvement projects here at Roseburg’s veneer plant the past six years have the facility well-positioned for the ongoing industry upturn and also as a key component in Roseburg’s overall resource conversion strategies and resulting panel products. Both large and small projects have benefited the plant, starting with a new RCO in 2007, revamped and upgraded log merchandising and new steam vats in 2011, and various small projects such as a lathe upgrade and knife grinding improvements. Along the way, the Weed facility also installed and started up a 12 MW biomass power facility in 2010 that was converted in 2011 to a combined heat and power (CHP) installation to fully power the veneer plant, provide process steam for the block vats and veneer dryers—and also sell sustainable green power on the grid.”

Roseburg FP Power Plant

Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell visits Roseburg Forest Products’ biomass power plant located in Weed, California. After starting up initially as a pure power producer in December 2010, Roseburg Forest Product Co.’s biomass power plant here completed an internalization project six months later that now has the facility providing electricity to power the company’s longtime veneer plant on-site, while also delivering steam used in veneer production processes. In addition to powering the veneer plant independently, the biomass cogeneration facility provides a sustainable energy source to help California meet renewable energy objectives enacted several years ago. The biomass plant is also a much-needed utilization facility as a destination for biomass material produced from the region’s considerable public timberlands as well as private holdings in need of thinning and understory removal.

Michigan Veneer: Log, Veneer Expertise

Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson spends some time at Michigan Veneer, located in St. Johns, Michigan. Michigan Veneer started small here in 1978 when owner Randy Fedewa was working at a sawmill, while buying and selling veneer logs on the side. But then, the side business grew and it became self-sustaining as Fedewa focused his energies on it full time. In the early 1990s Michigan Veneer went from solely buying and selling veneer logs to also slicing veneer logs, which is the model the company follows to this day. However the company does not own a production facility, instead electing to cut at five throughout the U.S., and then grade and inventory its own veneer. Ben Kramer, Michigan Veneer’s facility manager, says, “We don’t own a factory because we’re a custom cutter.” Sliced, graded veneer accounts for about 55% of Michigan Veneer’s total business, with buying, selling and exporting veneer logs the remaining 45%.

Energy & Emissions

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Panel Age 50: Plywood to OSB

(The following material is an edited excerpt from the publication, Panel Age 50: A Celebration of the Past Fifty Years of Structural & Non-Structural Wood Product Developments, published by The Donnell Group earlier this year, and written by Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell.) “A product of the West Coast, plywood’s commercial birth in 1905 in Portland, Ore. in many ways heralded the beginning of a truly American century that saw the nation grow into an industrial and economic powerhouse the likes of which the world had never seen. Those early orders at Portland Mfg. Co., the first producer of boxes and furniture, cabinet and trunk stock, quickly expanded into a major industry. Through the first half of the 20th century, economic and technological development gradually improved the product and expanded plywood’s market variety and share, complemented by fast growth in overall production output and number of mills.”

Supply Lines

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