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Panel World Issue: November 2017

Panel World magazine’s November 2017 issue features Springfield, Oregon’s Swanson Group plywood plant and their focus on efficiency and technology when rebuilding the mill after a 2014 fire. An article by Dick Baldwin highlights six secrets to effective leadership in forest products manufacturing. A profile on Columbus, Ohio’s Hexion details the company’s industry leadership and activism. An article details the Dustex and Lundberg merger in March of last year. Other articles cover the latest industry news, new projects and project updates, and new products and technology.



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Swanson Group’s New Mill

Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell travels to Springfield, Oregon to visit Swanson Group’s new plywood mill. Recovering from a disastrous July 2014 fire, Swanson Group’s new plywood plant here is close to full production as the facility ramps up and widens a product line that’s focused closely on high-end overlay products. Housed in a new 340,000 sq. ft. building, the plant is a well-designed, compelling mix of innovative, state of the art technology plus fully rebuilt and upgraded equipment—with more pieces still being added as Swanson personnel build in even more flexibility and efficiency. As of mid September, the plant was running at full capacity on its veneer line and 95% capacity in the drying area, said Swanson Group President and CEO Steve Swanson. The recent installation of a 24-opening film press will help in widening the plant’s product line and also boost production, he added.

High Performance Leadership

Panel World magazine contributor Dick Baldwin shares six secrets to effective leadership in forest products manufacturing. Baldwin writes, “What is Leadership? Often used interchangeably with the term management, leadership has become a much discussed, but widely misunderstood term within the forest products industry. The downsizing of the Pacific Northwest forest products industry and its recent recovery provides a unique window on the leadership process and its effect on the primary wood based manufacturer. The Pacific Northwest forest industry restructuring and downsizing occurred over a roughly 30-year (1985-2015) time period. It was a painful time; there were significant social and economic impacts on mill owners, workers, families and local communities that depended upon the mill and the industry.”

Hexion: More Than Resins

Panel World magazine Editor-In-Chief Rich Donnell profiles Columbus, Ohio’s Hexion with details on the company’s industry leadership and activism. The North America building industry, and the worldwide one as well, continues to grow, wood products manufacturers continue to increase production, and resins technologies provider Hexion Inc. continues to enhance its position as a primary partner with all of the panel and engineered wood production segments of the industry and as a visible and leading proponent of the industry. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Hexion is structured with a Forest Products Division and an Epoxy, Phenolic and Coating Resins Division (that serves a range of industries such as automotive, electronics, aerospace, etc.). The Forest Products Div. operates up to 40 facilities globally, two dozen of which are in North America.

Dustex | Lundberg Merger

Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson reports on the Dustex and Lundberg merger in March of last year. An industry standard in wet ESP and RTO technology, Lundberg, and its Geoenergy branded products, have been at the forefront of North American panel production plants for more than 30 years. In 2016, the company announced its acquisition by a private equity firm and its merger with Dustex, another leading air pollution control company specializing in dry emission control technologies such as fabric filters, sorbent injection and circulating dry scrubber systems. Now, with Dustex | Lundberg operating their headquarters in Bellevue, Wash., and Kennesaw, Ga., the footprint for Geoenergy is far and wide in North America. But it doesn’t stop there. The new organization opens up the Geoenergy products to the to the global industrial market.


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Supply Lines

CMC Texpan Works With AWS Corp.; SASCO Acquires Michelman Line; Training Center Opens In Colorado; RecuDry System Works For Hasslacher; Altec Taps Weaver As Service Manager; Steinemann Partners With Columbia’s Repserv; BMK Americas Buys Melamine Film Plant; PAL +1000 Oscillating Screens


APA Announces Safety Awards; Structurlam Gains SFI Chain-Of-Custody; Norbord Donates Toward Rebuilding; Pierot Joins Roseburg FP; Taylor Has Presence At White House; LP Names Blosser Senior VP; Arauco Names Regional Sales Manager; FEA Purchases Wood Markets; G-P Chemicals Promotes Easter

What’s New

B&W MEGTEC Cleanswitch RTO; Brunette Singulator

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