November 2020

Cover: Winston Plywood Embraces Improvement

LOUISVILLE, Mississippi – Efficiency and production are both on the increase here at the South’s newest plywood plant that started up in 2016 as the facility grows into its potential.

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Panel World

Inside This Issue

Taking Stock: Sometimes The Paths Come Full Circle

We know that people’s paths may cross; the same can be said of articles in Panel World. You’ve probably noticed that the cover article for this issue is on the Winston Plywood & Veneer operation in Louisville, Mississippi. It is somewhat of a sequel article, in that Panel World first visited the plant shortly after it started up; having heard it had gotten the kinks out, so to speak, Panel World recently visited it again, and it appeared to be hitting on all cylinders as plywood prices continued to skyrocket. Nice timing. It has taken a lot of focus and innovation on the part of the operators to bring it up to where it needs to be.

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

UPDATE
  • Red Thomas Dies At 94
  • Adel Moves Ahead With Pellet Mill
  • It’s Phase Two For SMARTPLY OSB
  • AWC Picks Morrill, CPA Taps O’Hare
Panel Equipment Suppliers Rise To The Occasion

For everybody, the majority of 2020 has not been exactly as predicted, but despite travel restrictions, the global pandemic hasn’t slowed the panel industry; instead it’s pushed everyone to be that much greater.

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Panel World

Dryer Island

The following companies submitted editorial profiles and images to complement their advertisements elsewhere in the November 2020 issue:

  • Büttner
  • Diffenbacher
  • MoistTech
  • Raute
  • Scheuch
  • Stela Laxhuber
  • Westmill Industries
  • Dürr Megtec
  • USNR
Projects

Egger Starts Up At Lexington

What’s New

Product information and images were submitted by the companies.

  • Sunds Fibertech Promotes Steam Recovery, Mat Pre-Heating
  • Imal Offers Complete Lab Work
Supply Lines
  • Stiles Will Support MINDA North America
  • Murphy Joins Unifiller As CEO
  • Raute Promotes Trevor Wendt
  • FiberPro Focuses On Wood Yard
  • Kerwood Joins Hansen-Rice
  • Woodworking Fair Has Solid Debut
  • Westmill Moves Headquarters
Clippings
  • CLT Is Big For Kalesnikoff
  • Buffington Retires From Roseburg
  • Horstkotte Left Imprint On Mills
  • CORE Carbon May Assist Landowners
  • New Leadership At Fagus GreCon
  • Search NA Names Senior Recruiter
Projects
  • 80 Meter CPS+ Bound For China
  • VMG Opens Particleboard Mill

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Winston Plywood Embraces Improvement

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, Panel World

LOUISVILLE, Mississippi – Efficiency and production are both on the increase here at the South’s newest plywood plant that started up in 2016 as the facility grows into its potential. The irony, says Winston Plywood & Veneer (WPV) President and CEO Bruce Warren, is that the plant had been having some of its best months since startup going into March 2020 – then the COVID 19 pandemic hit and threw operations and markets across the forest products industry into disarray.

“When COVID hit we had just started to see some record weeks, the best we’ve had since starting up,” Warren says, noting that March was the plant’s best month yet – until now.

In late July, Warren said the plant was back to about 80% of its pre-COVID output. Now, after a major market turnaround and record prices that have boosted all segments of the industry, WPV is making progress in all areas of the mill.

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