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Panel World Issue: September 2019

COVER STORY – Martco Chopin Doesn’t Rest On Its Laurels

A force in southern forest products for more than 95 years, the Martin family has done a little bit of everything. But there’s one line of business, aside from forest management, that has outlasted them all – southern pine plywood.

The Chopin facility is the largest operating SYP plywood facility in the world, thanks to its monster production of 510MMSF on a 3/8 in. basis in 2018. And the Chopin team was just recognized by APA – The Engineered Wood Association as the safest plywood plant in North America for a record-breaking seventh time.

TAKING STOCK: Nothing Like Going Back

Through the course of time, as we editors travel to wood products mills around the world, we begin to view some mills as more than just a mill, but rather as a member of our editorial family. Take this issue’s cover story for instance – the RoyOMartin southern pine plywood mill in Chopin, La. Panel World editors have visited this mill and written articles on it four times since it started running in 1996. A few things caught our attention for this latest visit for the article in this issue. The trip to the mill had brought in some dryers since our previous visit, and had recently undergone considerable upgrade to its automation systems and controls throughout the mill. Read more


  • U.S. Court Says China At Fault
  • Timber Situation Curtails OSB Mill
  • EPF Addresses Formaldehyde
  • IKEA Will Close Lone Plant

  • Freres Lumber Investing In Next Phase of MPP Facility
  • Starwood Starts Up Particleboard Plant
  • Georgia-Pacific Lays It On The Line
  • Three Times Is A Charm For The Chinese Wanhua Group and Subsidiary Wanhua Ecoboard
  • Boise Upgrades Florien Lathe
  • Logstackers Head To Canada

    These companies provided editorial articles and photos. Look for their advertisements throughout this issue of Panel World.

  • Airstar
  • Argos Solutions
  • Coil Mfg.
  • Dieffenbacher
  • Electronic Wood Systems
  • Grenzebach
  • and more
  • Canada Proposes Formaldehyde Emissions From Composite Wood Products Regulations

    In late June the Canadian government published its proposed Formaldehyde Emissions From Composite Wood Products Regulations for public comment. This issue of Panel World includes excerpts from the Canadian government’s Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement, which is not part of the regulations document.


  • From Dieffenbacher To Dieffenbacher
  • Hexion Comes Back Fast
  • McClure Joins ALTEC At Demco
  • Raute Opens Second Russia Service Center
  • Imal-Pal Group At Ligna
  • Arclin Buys Paper Treating Facility
  • Saw Tools Firms Continue Relations
  • Deere Completes Training Facility

  • Burford Named RoyOMartin’s VP Of Plywood
  • Reliability Is Key For Roseburg
  • Evergreen Adds Seattle Office
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