March 2022

Cover: Roseburg Picks Up LVL Pace At Chester

CHESTER, South Carolina – Despite a few technical glitches during startup, and while muscling through a global pandemic, Chester Engineered Wood is a go for Roseburg.

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TAKING STOCK: Dear Fred, From Kenneth

While reading a draft of this issue’s cover story on Roseburg’s new LVL plant in Chester, SC, representing Roseburg’s first ever greenfield project in the south, I glanced at the letter that I’ve always kept on the bulletin board up and behind my iMac monitor. The bulletin board is mostly tacked with editorial planning and editorial style information, but this letter always appealed to me and I put it up there instead of filing it away into neverland.


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

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Article by Patrick Dunning, Associate Editor, Panel World

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More than 50 speakers, including eight keynoters, will participate in the eighth Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo to be held March 31 to April 1 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia.


PELICE Preview

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following preview section was made available to companies that are both advertising in Panel World March 2022 and exhibiting at PELICE 2022.

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Ingenuity, Innovation Within The Veneer-Based Industry: A Report From The Field

Ingenuity and innovation have been the lifeblood of the veneer-based industry since its inception more than 100 years ago. However, during recent decades the competitive matching of costs and features with competing products has slowed. Substitutes, such as oriented strandboard (OSB) and other wood and non-wood materials, have significantly reduced North American demand for plywood.

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Roseburg Picks Up LVL Pace At Chester

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Panel World

CHESTER, South Carolina – Despite a few technical glitches during startup, and while muscling through a global pandemic, Chester Engineered Wood is a go for Roseburg.

The industry looked on as Roseburg built its greenfield southern yellow pine (SYP) laminated veneer lumber (LVL) mill in South Carolina – the company’s first greenfield project in the U.S. South, though having acquired several panel plants in the South through the years and maintaining operations in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Nestled not far from major cities in the Carolinas – Charlotte is just 40 miles away, and Columbia, SC is 60 miles – Chester, SC is positioned well to serve the bustling metro areas that are seeing housing starts shoot through the roof.

Chester Engineered Wood came online at the onslaught of the pandemic, which, combined with the unique challenges that a startup presents, made for an interesting time. Plant manager Mike Henry, who was at another Roseburg facility in the South before coming to Chester, says the extra challenges put additional pressure on a lot of people, but in the end, being creative and liking to solve problems, Henry and his management team hit the quality production the company was aiming for when the facility was constructed – it just took longer than expected to get there.

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