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Panel World Issue: September 2015

Panel World’s September 2015 issue features Fairfield, Ohio’s M. Bohlke Veneer Corporation and their multi-generational leadership and commitment to technology, and Columbia Falls, Montana’s SmartLam (SmartLam Technologies Group), the first producer of cross laminated timber (CLT) in the U.S. Also highlighted is Flagstaff, Arizona’s Good Earth Power AZ and their work on the U.S. Forest Service’s 4FRI (Four Forest Restoration Initiative) project. A special section features the latest in Quality Control machinery, products and technology. Other articles cover the latest industry news, projects, and new products.

September 2015 Update

APA Expects Increasing Demand For Engineered Wood Products; PELICE Will Address Greenfield Projects; NA Composites Fairly Flat; Roseburg Plans Move To Springfield; Finsa Expands Superpan Output; Enviros Come Down On Biomass

September 2015 M. Bohlke Veneer Corporation

Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson visits M. Bohlke Veneer Corporation in Fairfield, Ohio. Nick Bohlke, 25, is the third generation of Bohlkes to walk the halls of face veneer manufacturer M. Bohlke Veneer Corp. full time. He says at first he wasn’t going to enter the family business, but with a nudge from his grandfather, the founder and current owner, Nick knew it was the right choice. “There was and still is a lot of knowledge I have to obtain,” he says humbly. The company was started in 1966 by Manfred Bohlke, Nick’s grandfather, who still works every day. Manfred came to the U.S. as a log buyer for a German company, but after about a year he went out on his own, buying and selling logs back to Europe. Since then the company has seen nothing but growth. Alongside two partners, in 1979, Manfred started a veneer mill, at that time called Fairfield Veneer Mill.

September 2015 SmartLam Technologies Group

Panel World magazine Senior Associate Editor David Abbott travels to Columbia Falls, Montana to visit SmartLam Technologies Group. SmartLam, LLC (SmartLam Technologies Group)—with manufacturing facility in Columbia Falls and offices in nearby Whitefish—has the distinction of being the first and, for now, only U.S.-based company to pioneer production of cross laminated timber (CLT). There are a handful of other companies making CLT in North America, but only in Canada. One other U.S. company, glulam producer D.R. Johnson in Oregon, has announced plans to add a CLT line to its facility, but until it does, SmartLam stands alone. Developed in Germany and Austria in the mid-1990s, CLT is already in wide use in European construction, but has only in recent years begun to catch attention in the western hemisphere.

September 2015 Good Earth Power AZ

Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jay Donnell has the opportunity to visit Good Earth Power AZ in Flagstaff, Arizona. Good Earth Power, an unknown to the forest products industry, is putting life into the U.S. Forest Service 4FRI project in Arizona. In September 2013, the U.S. Forest Service moved the management and fulfillment of the Phase 1 4FRI (Four Forest Restoration Initiative) contract to Good Earth Power (GEP). 4FRI was established as a collaborative effort by government, industry, environmental, education and community interests to restore forest ecosystems, protect local watersheds and wildlife, and mitigate the threat of massive wildfires through northern Arizona, while establishing a forest industry infrastructure. The project encompasses the Coconino, Kaibab, Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto national forests and their ponderosa pine stands, and comes on the heels of devastating wildfires experienced in the state especially during the past 12 years.

September 2015 QC: Quality Control

Argos Solutions; Baumer Inspection; Electronic Wood Systems; IMAL-PAL; Metriguard; Ventek Inc.; Willamette Valley Co.

September 2015 Projects

Winston Plywood & Veneer Comes Into Focus; LP Will Convert OSB Mill To Siding; Proteak, Finsa Continue Alliance; Uniboard Follows Investment Path; Norbord Completes Energy Project; Battens Producer Installs Grading Line; Particleboard Mill Runs New Former

September 2015 Clippings

Martco’s Plywood Mill Is Safe; Veneer Services Adds Partridge; Van Horn Joins Baxley Holdings; Siempelkamp’s Griesche Retiring

September 2015 What's New

New Generation Continuous Press: Dieffenbacher Introduces CPS+

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