Panel World magazine’s November 2016 issue features Bennettsville, South Carolina’s Arauco North America particleboard mill and their recent multi-million dollar investment, Hayward, Wisconsin’s Louisiana-Pacific OSB and siding mill, the oldest mill in LP’s portfolio, and Riddle, Oregon’s D.R. Johnson Lumber Co. and their new CLT plant venture. A special article reports on the recent Timber Processing & Energy Expo, held September 28-30 at the Portland Expo Center in Portland, Oregon. An article details the recent merger between Altec Integrated Solutions and DEMCO, bringing two innovators together. A brief article reports on IWF Atlanta, held August 24-27 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Other articles cover the latest industry news, new projects and project updates.
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Arauco North America: Carolina Particleboard
Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jay Donnell travels to Bennettsville, South Carolina to visit Arauco North America’s Carolina Particleboard. Seeking additional production and more flexibility in its raw material procurement, Arauco North America recently invested $36 million in its Carolina Particleboard mill here, installing a green core dryer supported by a new flaker, along with additional storage and material movement improvements. The company also added a thermally fused laminate (THL) press—its second here—for greater value-added capabilities for specific markets. Chilean-based Arauco offers a wide range of sustainable forest products produced in North America and South America, including nine composite panel mills in the U.S. and Canada.
Louisiana-Pacific: LP's Oldest Mill
Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson visits Louisiana-Pacific’s OSB and siding mill located in Hayward, Wisconsin. Louisiana-Pacific’s facility in Hayward is starting to show some age. It should be, having started up in 1979—LP’s first OSB mill! But the workforce is starting to show some age as well. “This mill has a very senior workforce. I’ve got people that were here when the mill basically started,”says Chris Forslund, Hayward’s Plant Manager of 11 years, “I’m at 24 years, and I’m kind of junior around here.” But in this business, old doesn’t have to mean antiquated. In fact, an infusion of capital investment and the seasoned workforce training new recruits has given Forslund a positive outlook for the future, while the two line mill keeps steadily cranking out OSB and siding products at an annual capacity rate of between 450 and 525MMSF.
Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell reports on the recent Timber Processing & Energy Expo. Organizer efforts to bring more of the structural veneer and plywood industry and engineered wood products segment into the Timber Processing & Energy Expo appear to have worked, as numerous producers converged on the Portland Expo Center September 28-30. The Portland event traditionally has been tilted to lumber manufacturing technologies, but event producer Hatton-Brown Expositions, affiliate of Panel World magazine, has emphasized the importance of “putting panel” on the show floor as well as lumber. This was the third TP&EE, which is held every other year. Indeed wood products producers sent ownership, management, supervisory and skilled personnel to the event, where 225 exhibitor companies, including the leading equipment and technology manufacturers in the veneer-plywood and EWP industries, showcased products and technologies.
Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell reports on the recent merger between Altec Integrated Solutions and DEMCO. Combining forces after Altec Integrated Solutions’ acquisition of DEMCO, the merger features two longtime lathe and peeling innovators, one that started in the early days of the Southern U.S. plywood industry and the other founded more recently in the digital era, with both focused on improving veneer quality and recovery while also boosting peeling productivity and efficiency. The deal closed on April 30 this year, and DEMCO is now a subsidiary of Altec. Company CEO Bill Long is now CEO of DEMCO, while Charles Schmidt remains DEMCO President. Initially the companies are planning on using DEMCO to help Altec expand in the Southern U.S. and also take advantage of DEMCO’s extensive fabrication facilities and capabilities.
D.R. Johnson Lumber Co.: CLT Venture
Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell has the opportunity to visit D.R. Johnson Lumber Co.’s new CLT plant in Riddle, Oregon. On the leading edge of cross-laminated timber (CLT) new product technology and market building, D.R.Johnson Lumber Co. here is leveraging its longtime experience with custom glulam manufacturing to invest in the future and a product category with the potential to greatly increase wood’s commercial and multi-story building market share—while possibly revolutionizing how many wooden structures are constructed. As the first CLT manufacturer to gain certification under the ANSI/APA PRG 320-2012 CLT performance standard, D.R. Johnson is moving ahead in establishing CLT as a viable and sustainable building component.
Though there are several projects pending, the first and biggest project for D.R. Johnson and its CLT product is the Albina Yard in north Portland, a four-story 16,000 sq. ft. creative office building that’s the first in the U.S. to use domestically produced CLT panels for its building-wide structural system. The project is using CLT for the roof, floors and ceilings. Most of the panels are supported by glulam beams and are screwed into place using long, self-tapping wood screws. The largest panel in the project is just under 10x24 ft. and 4 in. thick. According to project updates from the Albina Yard project architect LEVER Architecture and contractor Reworks, the building is nearing completion. The project is serving as a key proving ground for CLT, “giving the city, state and design teams and construction crews a chance to work with the technology and perfect its use so it can be applied successfully in much larger projects.”
IWF Atlanta 2016
International Woodworking Fair, held at the Georgia World Congress Center August 24-27, reports attendance of more than 16,000, a more than 10% increase from the 2014 event. “We had double digit growth in attendance, exhibit space, and the number of exhibitors. The show floor was very active and exhibitors were seeing high demand for their products,” comments Tom Onsrud, IWF 2016 chairman and president of C.R. Onsrud Inc. Representatives from more than 90 countries attended IWF, which focuses heavily on woodworking, remanufacturing and value-added technologies, as well as building products systems and distribution The event showcased 1,080 exhibitors. It will be held again August 22-25, 2018.
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