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Pacific Woodtech Acquires LP EWP Division

Burlington, Wash.-based Pacific Woodtech announced the acquisition of Louisiana-Pacific Corp.’s EWP (I-Joist and LVL) division for $210 million. The acquisition includes LP laminated veneer lumber and I-Joist manufacturing facilities in…

Arauco NA Expands TFL Operations

Arauco has announced that it will invest $20 million to expand its thermally fused lamination (TFL) operations at its state-of-the-art particleboard mill in Grayling, Mich. The new lamination line will be Arauco’s third TFL line at Grayling and will increase the…

Raute Appoints New President/CEO

Raute Corp.’s Board of Directors has appointed Mika Saariaho as the new President and CEO beginning in late November. He will join Raute from Metso Outotec Corp. where he holds the position of Senior Vice President. Saariaho succeeds Tapani Kiiski who left…

Bakelite Synthetics Completes GP Chemicals Purchase

Bakelite Synthetics has completed the previously announced acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s chemicals business (Georgia-Pacific Chemicals). With this acquisition, and after more than 100 years…

Weyerhaeuser Led Company Through Key Years

Weyerhaeuser Led Company Through Key Years George H. Weyerhaeuser Sr., who served as president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser Co. from 1966 to 1991 during an exciting period of wood products development...

Boise Cascade Acquires Coastal Plywood

Boise Cascade Co. has reached an agreement to acquire Coastal Plywood Co., including plywood mills in Havana, Fla. and Chapman, Ala., from Coastal Forest Resources Co. for $512 million, subject to certain closing adjustments. The two facilities employ 750. “This acquisition incrementally expands our veneer capacity in support of our customers,” says Nate Jorgensen, CEO, Boise Cascade…

Huber Names President & CEO

J.M. Huber Corp. named Gretchen W. McClain has as President & CEO through a unanimous vote of the Huber Board of Directors. McClain succeeds Mike Marberry, who is retiring after a 25-year career with Huber, including 13 years as President & CEO. “I am extremely excited to be the next Chief Executive Officer of…

States Industries, Biele Group Collaborate In Eugene

States Industries LLC, Eugene, Ore., and the handling equipment machinery company, Biele Group, have successfully implemented their first project collaboration consisting of an automatic line…

PELICE 2022 Provides Breath Of Fresh Air

Everything fell into place at the eighth Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) held March 31 to April 1 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Ga. “Two things combined to make this the best PELICE in some years,” comments Rich Donnell, co-chairman of PELICE and editor-in-chief…

Freres Celebrates Centennial Anniversary

Lyons, Ore.-based Freres Lumber Co., now doing business as Freres Engineered Wood, is celebrating its centennial year, marking a century of transformative growth and positive impact on the wood products industry, clients, employees, and its surrounding communities. Freres celebrates this monumental milestone…

Freres Celebrates Centennial Anniversary

Lyons, Ore.-based Freres Lumber Co., now doing business as Freres Engineered Wood, is celebrating its centennial year, marking a century of transformative growth and positive impact on the wood products industry, clients, employees, and its surrounding communities. Freres celebrates this monumental milestone…

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Egger Plans Third TFL Line

Egger Wood Products will invest $20 million for an additional thermally fused laminate (TFL) production line at the company’s sole U.S. location in Lexington, NC. The company’s Supervisory Board announced the investment, part of completion for Phase I work at the site, after visiting the U.S. plant for its…

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Peak Renewables Hires Scott Bax

Peak Renewables Ltd., an emerging, innovative, opportunity-driven company focused on growing the forest economy with sustainably sourced and renewable energy products, is pleased to announce that Scott Bax has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, effective December 20, 2021.‬..

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Build Back Better Awards Oregon Group

Oregon Mass Timber Coalition was named by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) as a finalist in the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge. The coalition was awarded $500,000 to create a strategy for a Mass Timber Modular Manufacturing Facility at Marine Terminal 2 in Portland…

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Wolf-Gerd Dieffenbacher Turns 70

Wolf-Gerd Dieffenbacher celebrated his seventieth birthday on December 20, 2021. Until his withdrawal from the day-to-day business on July 1, 2019, the entrepreneur was active for more than 40 years in the Eppingen-based family business Dieffenbacher GMBH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, which he led as CEO…

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FLAMEX Names New President

FLAMEX Inc. announced Tony Thomas as its new President, succeeding Allen Wagoner after 13 years at that post. Thomas has been with the company for almost 32 years and has been serving as Vice President. Ed Pridgen assumes the role as Vice President in addition to his position as MINFOG Product Manager…

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American Securities Acquires Hexion

Hexion Holdings Corp. has entered into an agreement to be acquired by affiliates of American Securities LLC. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2022, following and conditioned upon the closing of the company’s previously announced sale of its epoxy business to Westlake Chemical Corp…

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Con-Vey Launches New Web Site

Roseburg, Ore.-based Con-Vey has launched a new website in collaboration with another local Roseburg company, Anvil Northwest. The nine-month project was started with the intent to update the company’s look and promote its services. The result was a beautifully designed site with a paring down of the number…

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Roseburg Gets Chester Rolling

Roseburg Forest Products held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 28 to celebrate the grand opening of its newly constructed engineered wood products plant in Chester, SC. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster participated in the event along with…

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Certification Comes Under Fire

Nine U.S. domestic plywood producers, calling themselves the U.S. Structural Plywood Integrity Coalition, have filed a Lanham Act claim of false advertising against three U.S. certification bodies: PFS-TECO, Timber Products Inspection and International…

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U.S. Court Says China At Fault

U.S. Court Says China At Fault  U.S. Court of International Trade in June upheld a U.S. International Trade Commission determination that the People’s Republic of China is injuring the U.S....

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