Every now and then a wood product comes along that causes us editors to pause— not necessarily over its innovativeness, but rather over which magazine we should write about it in. It’s kind of a fun exercise actually.
We have several magazines that cover various sectors of the wood products industry, the Panel World in your hands being one of them. Another one is Timber Processing, which has a similar format as Panel World, only it focuses on lumber manufacturing as compared to panel manufacturing; or how can I put this most succinctly—solid 2x4s compared to composite 4x8s.
And then a product such as “mass timber” comes along, two versions of it in fact. One is the traditional CLT composed of 2×6 and 2×8 pieces, many of them fingerjointed, and stacked crosswise on top of each other in several layers, creating this monster piece of building material. The other is veneer-based mass timber (veneer as in what traditionally has gone into plywood), which can also be built to mammoth depths and sizes. Both of these are engineered wood products, each with a fairly similar mass timber production and handling process.
But since one is composed of lumber, does that mean we should only cover it in our sawmill magazine? Since the other is composed of veneer, should its placement only occur in Panel World? The simple answers would be “yes.” But as Lee Corso always says, “Not so fast my friends.”
Sometimes you just have to put it in one of the magazines and see how it “feels.” Take Vaagen Timbers for instance. The story on its new CLT operation in Spokane, Wash. begins on page 24. For those of you who receive both Panel World and Timber Processing, you might be experiencing déjà vu. That’s because the Vaagen Timbers article appeared in Timber Processing a couple of months ago. How could it not? The owner grew up in a sawmill family operation before venturing into CLT. His dad is a former Timber Processing Person of the Year winner.
Okay, so why now put the Vaagen article (which has been updated) in this issue of Panel World? Frankly, because it feels like the thing to do. How could we hide this engineered wood product story from our Panel World readers? After all, the product crosses into enduses once reserved for panels. The production technology therein is supplied by many companies who also supply the panel industry.
Another example is Freres Lumber and its new Mass Plywood Panel mass timber facility. We ran the article last year in Panel World, and then ran it again in Timber Processing. The veneer- based makeup of MPP has Panel World all over it, but again its end uses mesh into traditional lumber applications. Heck, Freres Lumber started out as a sawmill company, and still runs one, in addition to its panel and MPP operations. Our Timber Processing readers needed to read about the Freres venture into MPP.
Really, engineered wood products of almost all kinds deserve coverage in both periodicals. Sure, Panel World remains a panel magazine, and Timber Processing stays as a lumber magazine, but when it comes to mass timber, we went both ways at the fork in the road.
A “Silicon Valley” startup company that intended to redefine the methods of operation of the conventional housing and building construction industry has gone bankrupt and appears to…
RoyOMartin has announced a new production line for its Eclipse-branded OSB radiant barrier product at the Corrigan, Tex. facility. The Globe Machine Manufacturing Co. line, which will be…
RoyOMartin commemorated 25 years of operations at its plywood manufacturing facility in Chopin, La. with a ceremony featuring a look back at the beginning stages of the plant and the impact it has had on the company and community since its inception…
West Fraser Timber reports its OSB mill in Chambord, Quebec has completed commissioning and panels are being produced and shipped to customers. The Chambord mill is ramping up toward its stated annual production capacity of 550MMSF…
Find Us On Social
The monthly Panel World Industry Newsletter reaches over 3,000 who represent primary panel production operations.
Panel World is delivered six times per year to North American and international professionals, who represent primary panel production operations. Subscriptions are FREE to qualified individuals.
Complete the online form so we can direct you to the appropriate Sales Representative. Contact us today!