May 2020

Cover: Starwood Is Showing Good Form

İNEGÖL, TURKEY – Over the years the town has seen something of a boom in
furniture design and production, which is mostly as a result of the vision of the
owners of Starwood, one of Turkey’s leading manufacturers of high-quality
particleboard and MDF. The company’s headquarters is located pretty much in the center of Inegöl.

Article by Mark Rushton, Panel World Correspondent

Inside This Issue

Taking Stock: You Had To See It With Your Own Eyes

We had a big time all right, unlike any big time I’ve ever had. Indeed PELICE 2020 persevered. Thirty-four speakers and 80 exhibitors were there. Sixteen structural and non-structural wood products producer companies sent some personnel.

So we had been on the ground in Atlanta for some days prior to the start of PELICE. The coronavirus had reared its ugly head in the state of Washington.

PELICE and our staff of 10 pushed forward as did MODEX next door. Event
cancellations were mostly confined to Europe at that point.

UPDATE: Producers Are Stepping UP

Several forest products companies released statements to employees, suppliers and customers on the COVID-19 virus. Roy O. Martin III, chairman, CEO and CFO of RoyOMartin, in a three and a half minute video posted on the company’s Instagram page, hammered home the company’s absolute commitment to the safety and well being of its employees.

PELICE 2020 In Atlanta Reveals What Our Industry Is Made Of

ATLANTA, Georgia – Thirty-four speakers and 80 equipment exhibitor companies participated in the seventh Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) held March 12-13 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta. Attendance, including speakers, exhibitor personnel, producers, consultants and academia, was 287.

Clippings
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  • Economy Fights Through Virus
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Starwood Is Showing Good Form

Article by Mark Rushton, Panel World Correspondent

İNEGÖL, TURKEY – Over the years the town has seen something of a boom in furniture design and production, which is mostly as a result of the vision of the owners of Starwood, one of Turkey’s leading manufacturers of high-quality particleboard and MDF. The company’s headquarters is located pretty much in the center of Inegöl.

But how could one company have such a huge influence over an industry? “When we were looking to grow our business in the early 1980s we decided we could do one of two things,” explains Starwood CEO Hüseyin Yildiz. “Move closer to the raw material, or closer to our potential customers. We decided on the latter.”

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