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Panel World Issue: November 2018

Panel World magazine’s November 2018 issue features Corrigan, Texas’ new RoyOMartin OSB facility, the company’s largest and most technologically advanced plant so far, as well as a Q&A with members of the Martin family. An article by industry veteran Dick Baldwin discusses peeler block preconditioning.

A photo essay showcases IWF Atlanta 2018, held August 22-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center. A special section highlights the latest in Air Control products and technology. Other articles cover the latest industry news, new projects and project updates, and new products and technology.


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RoyOMartin’s Corrigan OSB

Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson travels to Corrigan, Texas to visit RoyOMartin’s newest and largest OSB plant. Sitting on 1,703 acres, 158 acres of dedicated plant site (13.5 acres under roof), less than 100 miles north of downtown Houston, now the third largest city in the U.S., the newest greenfield orientted strandboard plant in North America is ready to attack the hotbed of markets in its backyard. RoyOMartin’s Corrigan OSB facility has a capacity of 800MMSF, and just shy of six months after pressing its first board, RoyOMartin Vice president of OSB and Corporate Safety Director Terry Secrest says the facility is operating at about 60% capacity. President & CEO Roy O. Martin III says the proximity to Houston, Dallas and other markets in Texas, not to mention southern California, Phoenix, Denver and others was one of the driving forces in selecting the city of Corrigan for the plant—a project that was first dreamed up by his cousin, Chairman Jonathan Martin, with scribblings on a napkin.

Martin Family Q&A

Cousins Roy O. Martin III, 58, (President, CEO, CFO) and Jonathan E. Martin, 70, (Chairman) have worked in their family’s company since they were old enough to lace up a pair of boots—both have memories of sweeping floors and pulling sticks as youngsters. Though the company was founded by their grandfather as a sawmill business, and the business has operated it share of sawmills, it’s the structural panel business that has gained worldwide attention not only for the company, but for Roy and Jonathan as well. Today they spearhead two high production OSB plants and a softwood plywood mill, which complement 550,000 acres of family owned timberland. In September they sat down with Panel World Associate Editor Jessica Johnson at their new monster-sized softwood OSB plant in Corrigan, Texas.

Peeler Block Preconditioning

Industry veteran Dick Baldwin, Managing Partner of Oak Creek Investments LLC, discusses proper preconditioning. Baldwin writes, “Preconditioning the peeler block by heating and softening the wood fiber is crucial to producing quality veneer. An abundance of factual information has been gathered over more than the past half-century and today’s green veneer producer can benefit from this ever-growing body of knowledge that, when applied properly, assures effective preconditioning. The data is sourced both from applied research in the laboratory and also empirical learning at the mill site. Yet, some producers still do not recognize the need for effective preconditioning, while others recognize the need but struggle to fully obtain the benefits. A recent phone call to the author, originating from a lathe deck in the Southeastern United States, was a timely reminder that questions linger because many mill operators still are not familiar with proven best practices.”

IWF Atlanta 2018

IWF (International Woodworking Fair) 2018, held August 22-25, was one of the best yet, featuring 1,025 exhibitors on 625,000 SF and attracting nearly 30,000 participants at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is heavy to secondary manufacturing, but also features a significant primary manufacturing element for the panel industry. Many producer companies also set up exhibits to tout their finished products and meet with supply chain personnel.

Air Control

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