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Panel World Issue: September 2017

Panel World magazine’s September 2017 issue features Craigsville, West Virginia’s Columbia Forest Products, their focus on management, and the resulting improvement in quality. A special section highlights the latest in Quality Control systems and technology. Other articles cover the latest industry news, new projects and project updates, and new products and technology.


Roseburg Goes For LVL In SC; LP Purchases International Barrier; Egger Plans P’Board Plant In Lexington; First SYP CLT Plant Announced; Norbord Gets Wood For Chambord; PELICE 2018 Will Focus On New Projects

Columbia Forest Products

Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson travels to Craigsville, West Virginia to visit Columbia Forest Products. When Chris Groves first started working at the Columbia Forest Products (CFP) hardwood plywood mill in Craigsville, a stone’s throw from where he grew up, the incident rate was high—too high, he says. The company made strides to change that pattern, electing in 2004 to implement a behavior based safety program, which lowered the incident rate significantly before leveling out around 3.5, recalls Groves, who held the position of continuous improvement manager prior to becoming plant manager in April 2016. As Grove took over as plant manager, safety continued to weigh heavily on his mind. “Safety is taking care of our people; making sure they have a safe environment,” he explains, “Last year we began addressing upset conditions which is responsible for the latest downward trend to 1.6.” The current incident rate is the best it has ever been in Craigsville.

Quality Control

Baumer Inspection; Firefly; IMAL-PAL Group; LIMAB; Metriguard; Sandvik; Siempelkamp; Spartek; GreCon; Raute


Rice Straw Based MDF Project Begins Straw Storage As New Plant Nears Construction; Continuous Press Bound For N. Africa; Roseburg Orders LVL Layup Line; Sonae Arauco Orders MDF Line; Tolko Orders Pocket Batch Feeders; S. Kijchai To Add Refining System; Chiping Senqiang Orders Defibrator; Hood Installs Altec Green End System; Tolko To Restart High Prairie OSB


Arauco Celebrates Product Anniversary; AWFS Fair Has Booming Attendance

Supply Lines

LAP Fine-Tunes Line Laser Offerings; John King Eyes North America; Positive Report Card For Dieffenbacher; BINOS Sets Forth New Image

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