Time To Stretch The Legs

Time To Stretch The Legs

Time To Stretch The Legs

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World May 2023

In May, I depart for my 17th consecutive Ligna in Hannover, Germany. If the pandemic hadn’t canceled the event in 2021, I suppose this would have been 18. Regardless, I’m sure by now you’re thinking this guy must be getting up in years.

I know there must be many other Americans who have a longer consecutive Ligna attendance streak than me. But I know of only one—Fred Kurpiel, who is co-chairman with me of the PELICE event held in the off-Ligna year, and who had stints with Siempelkamp and Imeas in addition to his long-ongoing academic and consulting work.

I also know of one person who also will be attending his 17th Ligna in a row—Cole Martin, sales manager at Dieffenbacher. In fact, Cole and I attended our first Ligna in 1989, and we met there when he was a product manager for Küsters and I was headstrong into moving Panel World onto the international stage. I remember the exact moment I met Cole on the Ligna floor, and we discovered we had each graduated from Auburn University— Cole in 1976 and me in 1977.

Ligna was also a first for Coe Manufacturing in 1989. That looks like VP Ralph Gage, who passed away seven years ago.

Looking back, it’s not surprising that I met Cole at Ligna in 1989, because I was making the rounds of all the continuous press manufacturers at the time. Continuous presses were coming on strong in the composite board sector, and Küsters was a continuous press pioneer, and at that Ligna it was emphasizing its new profile control system on its twofold design continuous press.

Siempelkamp made no bones about its priority at Ligna ’89, considering the theme of its display was “Continuous Pressing with Siempelkamp ContiRoll.” At least a dozen were in operation worldwide by then, including several at Louisiana-Pacific facilities in the U.S. A few years earlier, LP kingpin Harry Merlo had said to me of the continuous press, “It’s the thing of the future.”

Speaking of continuous presses, a lot of people at Ligna ’89 were speaking of the Bison Hydro-Dyn continuous press, and in particular about two of them nearing installment in the U.S. at a new particleboard plant in Mt. Jewett, Pa. called Allegheny Particleboard, the brainchild of forest products physicist Volker Stockmann, who almost brought in Weyerhaeuser as his partner, before that fell through, leading to General Electric as a major investor.

But by no means was my first Ligna only about continuous presses. Remember the spindleless veneer lathe? Raute had fine-tuned it enough by then to display and operate a 5 ft. production lathe on the show floor. It drew massive crowds.

I could go on and on, which back then Ligna seemed to do, while the late international sales rep for Panel World, Alan Brett, showed me the ropes. We didn’t have a booth for many Lignas, so we put on a lot of miles, during and after the show. Today, and for many of the previous Lignas, Alan’s son, Murray, and I have worked out of our booth, while Murray’s wife, Liz, has handled the booth duty.

We all hope to see you there.

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The Business At Hand

The Business At Hand

The Business At Hand

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World January 2023

Some forecasts coming out of APA—The Engineered Wood Association annual meeting in October painted a rather bleak economics picture for 2023. It was no surprise, given the already downward trending in housing starts, the steady upticking in interest rates and the gradual decline in many panel prices toward pre-pandemic levels. Though a couple of attendees mentioned to me that they thought the outlooks came across a little too negatively. “We aren’t there yet,” a producer executive said to me. “We’re doing okay at the moment.”

But barring the unforeseen, 2023 stands to be a challenging year, with some producers weighing production reductions while mill expansions still wrestle with supply chain issues and for that matter decide they aren’t in a hurry anyway.

No doubt many operations are already catching their breath following the tremendous post-pandemic surge. Now it becomes a matter of tweaking and timing.

A soft market is a good time to assess how the operation and mill fared through the hard run during the up market. Certainly through good times or bad most operations have systems and programming, and human beings, in place to provide immediate data feedback, but there’s nothing like a deliberate analysis, the results of which can range from everything to the need for a piece of equipment, to updating systems, to adding QC personnel, to simply a new paint job.

As you take a deep breath is also a good time to analyze where your company or operation is culturally. Running flat out 24 hours a day can push cultural principles (except for safety we would hope) to the side, though ideally the perfect operation is one that can blend seamlessly full production and the cultural personality, or mission statement, you’ve defined for it.

Did your operation’s cultural goals or principles live up to themselves during the production boom? If not, what do you need to do to solidify or enhance them? While your mill is not pushing production is a perfect opportunity to refurbish your cultural identity, perhaps even reevaluate it and establish new parameters for it; or, if you haven’t already done so, start from scratch to being to implement a cultural spirit.

Before we know it, we assume anyway, the building products markets will rebound and the industry will be producing at Indy 500 speed once again; so now is the time to get everything in order in time to make the green flag and to be able to coast through the yellow flags and to be satisfied with how you’ve performed come the next checkered flag.

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Panel Industry Moves Ahead

Panel Industry Moves Ahead

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.

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Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World May 2023 – In May, I depart for my 17th consecutive Ligna in Hannover, Germany. If the pandemic hadn’t canceled the event in 2021, I suppose this would have been 18. Regardless, I’m sure by now you’re thinking this guy…

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Panel Industry Moves Ahead

The Show(s) Must Go On!

The Show(s) Must Go On!

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World September 2022

If you think the pandemic caused the death of live trade shows, think again. Just take one quick browse through the Panel World September 2022 issue. In fact, trade shows almost snowballed us over this month.

One of the advertisement selling points of any issue is when that issue will be distributed at an upcoming show. Well, how about three shows, and it could have been more.

When I looked at our media planner some weeks ago it struck me that our ad sales reps were selling the September issue on its distribution at the IWF show in Atlanta, August 22-25; the Timber Processing & Energy Expo in Portland, September 28-30; and the Xylexpo exhibition in Milan, Italy, October 12-15.

Which means we had to be ready to receive press releases from any numbers of companies who are advertising in this issue and also exhibiting at any of those shows. As it turned out, the influx of copy for the IWF and TP&EE shows was significant enough that we created special preview sections. We also received a release or two pertaining to Xylexpo.

The issue was also to have been distributed at the Lesdrevmash event in Moscow, September 12-15, but we decided not to fight through those channels, and who knows if we will ever venture that way again.

But as much as we want to complain about the work load brought on by tons of incoming copy, are you kidding me? Talk about a good problem to have. Think back to two years ago. Silence. Virtual. Boring.

A couple of important points about the TP&EE show in Portland:

As noted in the preview story on page 44, while the Portland machinery show has always been heavier-tilted toward the sawmill industry, and still is, it maintains a significant panel industry presence, by way of multiple exhibitors who partake of that industry. Check out the preview section beginning on page 50 and you’ll see what I mean. These companies will be showcasing and discussing some important technologies and services during TP&EE.

I would suggest, if you work with a panel producer company, that your company consider sending a few folks to Portland. And not only to see what might be new, but to simply get out and talk with other people, in whatever facet of wood products they may be, and enjoy some time away from the mill or office.

Another point about Portland is that it will have a mini-conference entitled, “From Forest to Frame: Mass Timber Developments,” on one day and an optional Mass Timber Tour on the next day.

We realize and appreciate the Mass Timber Conference that is held every spring in Portland. The organizers have done a great job with that event. We view our mini-conference as kind of an in-betweener that serves to educate some people who attend TP&EE and may not be all that in-tune with mass timber developments or the potential of mass timber markets.

Did I mention that this issue will also be distributed at the annual APA—The Engineered Wood Assn. meeting October 15-18 in Miami? See what I mean?

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Time To Stretch The Legs

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World May 2023 – In May, I depart for my 17th consecutive Ligna in Hannover, Germany. If the pandemic hadn’t canceled the event in 2021, I suppose this would have been 18. Regardless, I’m sure by now you’re thinking this guy…

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Peanuts And Crackerjacks

Peanuts And Crackerjacks

Peanuts And Crackerjacks

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World July 2022

Sometimes the mention of a wood products plant rings as true as an old ballpark. Houlton, as in Houlton, Maine, is one example.

You might say Louisiana-Pacific has been playing at the same Houlton site, near New Limerick in Aroostook County, for 40 years. And you might add that LP has played three distinct styles of ball during that period.

Flakes used in early LP waferwood

The first was oriented strandboard, or rather waferwood as LP called it, when LP started up the Houlton plant in 1982. That was when LP chief Harry Merlo and his supporting cast went on a waferwood (or waferboard) building binge, starting up LP’s first plant in Hayward, Wis. in 1980, followed by Houlton in 1982, another line at Hayward in 1982, at Corrigan, Texas in 1983 and another five plants by the end of 1984.

In a 1984 article in Panel World, an LP executive put together some cost comparisons and said of LP and its waferwood: “This gives us an average true cost comparison of $149/M for southern pine plywood vs. $110/M for waferwood. Since the average mill sales return today is virtually the same for both products, you can draw your own conclusion as to which panel product is the one with the ‘real’ future.”

Over time, with implementation of new strand sizes, the three-layer structure and orientation of flakes, waferwood evolved into oriented strandboard.

That’s what Houlton, relying mostly on aspen raw material, continued to produce for its first 26 years, until LP spent more than $140 million to expand the operation to include the production of Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL).

Still leaning heavily on the aspen resource, the new line started up in 2008 and the new product was called SolidStart LSL, which eyed residential construction applications such as headers and beams, wall studs, roof beams and rafters, truss chords, rim boards and stair stringers. “LSL builds on LP’s strength in strand technology with an engineered, environmentally friendly alternative to traditional lumber,” an LP executive said at the grand opening.

Houlton produced OSB and LSL at various times for the next 14 years, until a $150 million conversion and startup of the facility as recently as this May toward the production of exterior siding, known as LP Smart- Side. The product includes applications in soffit, flooring, lap siding and trim. It’s still strand-based and still built with a lot of aspen.

Now if these developments had occurred, say, over the past 10 years, there might be some discussion as to whether LP really knows what brand of ball it wants to play at Houlton. But we’re talking 40 years, and if anything it shows tremendous resolve on LP’s part to stay on the leading edge of engineered wood products and their applications.

It’s amazing, really, when you think of this long-lasting relationship between company and town. Obviously they keep having fun at the old ballpark.

 

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Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World May 2023 – In May, I depart for my 17th consecutive Ligna in Hannover, Germany. If the pandemic hadn’t canceled the event in 2021, I suppose this would have been 18. Regardless, I’m sure by now you’re thinking this guy…

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Panel Industry Moves Ahead

Is This Really Happening?

Is This Really Happening?

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World May 2022

At the risk of repeating myself (what the heck, I’ll be 67 in September), I remember at the beginning of the 2020 Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) in Atlanta, as I spoke to the gathering on the first morning, when I referred to one of the scenes in the movie, “Saving Private Ryan.” It was the scene when Captain Miller (Tom Hanks), Sergeant Horvath (Tom Sizemore) and the remainder of their small team of Army Rangers found Private Ryan (Matt Damon) and his 101st Airborne unit defending the bridge in a French village only a few days following the invasion of Normandy. Miller had been given the mission “straight from the top” to comb the French landscape, find Ryan, pull him out of combat and deliver Ryan to safety behind the lines so Ryan could go home to America. The reason for the mission was that Ryan’s three brothers had all been recently killed in action, and the U.S. military brass felt three brothers was enough.

But Ryan courageously refused to leave his outfit at the bridge and depart with the Rangers, who had lost two men while trying to find Ryan. This prompted Captain Miller to shake his head and comment to Sergeant Horvath, “Sergeant, we have crossed some strange boundary here. The world has taken a turn for the surreal.”

It was the word “surreal” that I wanted to emphasize, because literally in the middle of that 2020 conference in mid- March the pandemic crashed the party. Those of us in attendance didn’t really know what to do, except for those from Europe and Canada who began making a beeline for the Atlanta airport in order to beat their border closings. It was all very surreal, which means something like there is no way this is happening even though it is happening.

Move forward to the 2022 PELICE, held recently in late March in the same Atlanta locale in the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, specifically the Grand Ballroom North. Here I was again giving the opening remarks to a room full of people, many of whom hadn’t “gotten out” since the 2020 PELICE.

Given all that had gone in the two years between each PELICE—the illnesses, the deaths, the masks, the virtual communications, the vaccinations—as I spoke I could hear another voice inside my head whispering, “This is still very surreal.” All of these people sitting out there surely can’t be sitting out there. The pandemic can’t be over, or close enough to being over to the point we’re all gathered here, in-person, smiling, talking, even hugging one another after having not seen each other in-person since the last PELICE.

But here we were indeed. Maybe by the time you read this, the pandemic will have picked up momentum again and we will have retreated again to the confines of somewhere. But no matter what happens, the joyous occasion of PELICE 2022 is in the books. It was, after all, very real.

 

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Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World May 2023 – In May, I depart for my 17th consecutive Ligna in Hannover, Germany. If the pandemic hadn’t canceled the event in 2021, I suppose this would have been 18. Regardless, I’m sure by now you’re thinking this guy…

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