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PELICE Adds More Keynoters, Technical Session Topics Announced

PELICE Adds More Keynoters, Technical Session Topics Announced

Organizers of the fifth Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo have announced further developments for the event to be held April 7-8, 2016 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Three more keynoters have joined the foursome previously announced.

Jackson Morrill, president of Composite Panel Assn., will address the group’s positions and concerns with various issues ranging from the pressures on woody biomass raw material to continuing developments with EPA and CARB on regulations that pertain to formaldehyde in composite wood products.

Morrill will have completed his first year as president of CPA when he speaks at PELICE. Educated and trained in environmental law (Tulane Law School), Morrill before coming to CPA served as director for the American Chemistry Council, where he managed the For­maldehyde Panel.

Luis Tejado, president of Blue Drop in Mexico City and an affiliate of Proteak, will review the development of the new Proteak MDF plant in Huimanguillo. Tejado led the entrepreneurial efforts to purchase the largest eucalyptus plantation in Mexico while also raising $170 million for the Proteak MDF project. He continues to serve on the board of Proteak and is a member of the forestry and MDF committee. After obtaining a Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, Tejado spear­headed numerous developmental projects for several companies before joining Proteak in 2007 and leading a major teak forest planting and management program.

Rodney Schwartz, vice president of sales of B&W Megtec, will address developments in clean air technology and their implementation at panel producer operations, while also reviewing the current state of clean air regulations. Schwartz has work­ed 30 years in air pollution control technology and was vice president and business director at Megtec Systems when it was purchased by Babcock & Wilcox in June 2014.

Morrill, Tejado and Schwartz join keynoters previously announced, including Jonathan Martin, chairman and CEO of Martin Companies, LLC; Steve Swanson, president and CEO of Swanson Group; Kurt Liebich, CEO of RedBuilt and New Wood Resources; and Brian Carlson, president of Huber Engineered Woods LLC.

PELICE will include up to 50 technical session presentations in the structural and non-structural fields. Technical session subjects planned include:

  • Adhesives, Resins, Binders, Agents—Technologies, Solutions, Implementation.
  • Air Emissions Control—Technologies, Maintenance, Retrofits.
  • Log Lathe Systems—Improvements, Refinement.
  • Wood Yard Raw Materials Preparation—Processing, Transfer.
  • Cross Laminated Timber—Production, Markets.
  • Real Time Quality Control—In-Line Detection, Measurement.
  • Engineered Wood Products—Continuing Developments.
  • Press Line Enhancements—Forming, Pressing, Controls.
  • Operations Data Management—Recording, Reviewing, Reacting.
  • Dryer Line Technologies—Drying, Grading, Detection, Testing.
  • International Developments: The China Factor.
  • Fire Hazard Prevention—Technologies, Implementation.
  • Finishing End Systems—Strapping, Painting, Wrapping.
  • Export Considerations—Shipment, Standards.
  • Vendor Service Capabilities—Service Centers, Communications.

PELICE will be immediately preceded by the fourth biennial Wood Bionergy Conference & Expo on April 5-6, which is hosted by Wood Bioenergy magazine, an affiliate of Panel World magazine.

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