Panel Industry Moves Ahead
Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World November 2022
As I glanced through the pages of the six issues of Panel World in 2022, various news developments refreshed my memory, but underlying it all was just the fact that business for the most part was conducted as usual. That we were back to at least fairly normal hit home at the biennial PELICE in March in Atlanta, where the crowd was obviously enthusiastic to be back in the mainstream. Other events throughout the year proved it as well—from annual meetings to trade shows, and also because our editors were being welcomed back into the mills to work up articles. During the pandemic, we pieced together one article “virtually,” but it wasn’t nearly as good and detailed as doing it on site.
Here are some news items from 2022, in case you forgot:
—One Sky Forest Products said it would locate a new OSB plant in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
—A middle market private equity firm, One Equity Partners, purchased USNR.
—Several wood-based panel industry veterans came out against paperboard wall sheathing and its potential dangers during major storms.
—West Fraser purchased the idled OSB plant in Allendale, SC from Georgia- Pacific.
—GP announced plans to expand production capacity at its OSB plant in Alcolu, SC.
—Huber submitted a revised Environmental Assessment Worksheet to the city of Cohasset, Minn. regarding its proposed OSB plant.
—One Equity Partners equity firm purchased Oregon-based Rosboro.
—Tor Gustavsen, former managing director of Argos Solutions, died at 60.
—Eight keynote speakers, more than 50 presenters, 100 exhibitors and 450 participants made the eighth Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo in Atlanta one of the best ever.
—Freres Lumber of Lyons, Ore. changed its name to Freres Engineered Wood as part of its centennial celebration.
—Boise Cascade acquired Coastal Plywood and its plywood mills at Havana, Fla. and Chapman, Ala. for $512 million.
—A Quebec-based forestry family— the Cossette family—said it is investing $180 million to restart the OSB plant at Wawa, Ontario.
—Scotch Plywood started producing veneer at its new facility in Waynesboro, Miss., after a fire had destroyed the existing one in early 2021.
—Raute named Mika Saariaho as president and CEO.
—LP converted its mill in Houlton, Maine to siding production.
—Pacific Woodtech acquired LP’s EWP division and three LVL/I-joist manufacturing facilities for $210 million.
—George Weyerhaeuser Sr., former president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser and great-grandson of the founder, died at 95.
—Collins named Tom Insko as president & CEO, succeeding retiring Eric Schooler.
—SmartLam announced plans to build a glulam facility in Dothan, Ala. to supply the mass timber industry.
—Siempelkamp named a new CEO and CFO, Martin Scherrer and Martin Sieringhaus, respectively.
—Construction continued at Martco’s new OSB plant in Corrigan, Texas, which will be the company’s second OSB mill at that site.
LP Adds New VPs
LP Building Solutions (LP) has announced that Libby Berman has been named Vice President, Chief Tax Officer and Bob Hopkins has been named Vice President, Treasurer. “Bob and Libby have been invaluable contributors to the LP team for many years now,” says LP Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Alan Haughie…
Con-Vey Promotes Joe Buck To Product Manager
Con-Vey has announced the promotion of Joe Buck from Sales Engineer to Product Manager, having been with the company for nearly four years. In his new role, Buck will lead the strategy development and execution of several products at Con-Vey, including particle board, MDF, and…
Search North America Adds Senior Recruiter
Search North America (SNA), a leading wood products-based search, recruiting, and placement firm, is proud to announce and welcome Dave Rupp as a new Senior Recruiter, mainly focusing on the Western U.S. and Canada. He joins the SNA team with over 40 years of experience in…
Roseburg Adds New VP-General Counsel; Corporate Secretary
Roseburg announced that Matt Lawless has been named Vice President-General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, effective March 1, 2023. Lawless will join the company’s executive team and help set strategy and overall direction for the business…
Egger Invests More Than $42 Million In North Carolina
Egger Wood Products has announced the start of production on a third lamination line at its Lexington, N.C. facility. The $21 million investment will expand the company’s thermally fused laminate (TFL) production capacity by 50%, increasing production to more than 155 million sq. ft. per…
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