March 2021

Cover: Katerra Settles Into New CLT Facility In Spokane

SPOKANE VALLEY, Washington – It takes a lot of time, energy and finance to try and rewrite the modus operandi of the construction industry supply chain. Just ask Katerra.

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Panel World

Panel World March 2021 Cover

Inside This Issue

Taking Stock: The Best Of Both Worlds

Every now and then a wood product comes along that causes us editors to pause – not necessarily over its innovativeness, but rather over which magazine we should write about it in. It’s kind of a fun exercise actually.

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Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World

UPDATE
  • U.S. OSB Output Had Uptick In 2020
  • Composites Ended On High Note
  • Kronospan Adds To Oxford Growth
  • Great Plains MDF Moves Forward
  • Good Earth Plans For EWP
  • Big Transaction Moves Forward
  • CEOs Address Climate Change
  • Arizona Tries To Find Footing
  • Bamboo Mill Gains Steam
  • IKEA Partner Buys Timberland
  • Weyerhaeuser Plans LVL Mill Upgrade
  • AEP Expands Manufacturing
  • Industry Weighs Biden Order
  • Kadant Completes Cogent Purchase
  • Freres Touts New EPD Report
Vaagen Timbers Rides CLT Momentum Into 2021 After 2020 Journey

COLVILLE, Washington – Coming from a long line of sawmillers, and himself once firmly entrenched in the family lumber business, Russ Vaagen recalls when he first approached his dad, Duane, about making a move into mass timber production.

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Panel World

Mass Timber Appears Ready For Boom In Activity

Building for years, mass timber construction and cross-laminated timber (CLT) products are on the cusp of a boom as the economy seeks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and housing and commercial and institutional construction grows.

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Panel World

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Editor’s Note: The following companies supplied editorial profiles and images to support their advertisements placed elsewhere in the Panel World March 2021 issue.

  • Brunette
  • CMC Texpan
  • John King Chains
  • Kadant Carmanah
  • Minimax
  • Rawlings
  • Metal Detectors Inc.
Projects
  • Silo Storage And Discharge Systems Complement New Egger Particleboard Mill
  • Egger Implements Dürr Megtec RTO
  • Nile Wood Orders Andritz Systems
  • Starwood Orders Thin-Board Plant
  • Yuhua Starts Up Fiberboard Line
Supply Lines
  • I4F Partners With Hymmen
  • Raute Will Host Virtual Event
  • Diffenbacher Expands In Turkey
  • Saturn Line Works At Hymmen
  • Miloptic Acquires Automation Industries
  • Andritz Supplies Lelin Group
  • Finna Reveals NIR Sensor
Clippings
  • Ben Crim Retires From Hood Industries
  • Gordon Started Valon Kone U.S.
  • Hood Names Director-EHS
  • Smith Serves As CPA Chairman
  • McCurdy Joins RoyOMartin

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Katerra Settles Into New CLT Facility In Spokane

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Panel World

SPOKANE VALLEY, Washington – It takes a lot of time, energy and finance to try and rewrite the modus operandi of the construction industry supply chain. Just ask Katerra.

No matter how the big picture evolves, the new Katerra CLT plant is an innovative blend of production technology that makes it one of the most advanced CLT processes in North America. For the employees, General Manager Jason Herman says the automated facility lives off three things – safety, quality and production, held together by three things – wood, glue and pride.

Herman, a wood products manufacturing veteran who’s been in the industry for 28 years and involved in CLT since 2012, notes if it wasn’t for the ownership of the 50 employees during construction, commissioning and up to that first order, the facility wouldn’t be where it is today; operating one of the highest CLT producing factories in North America at a current 90% uptime rate. Herman’s management style is to get things moving quickly, but it takes the right people and attitude.

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