July 2017

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July 2017
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EWTA News     |     EWTA Members News     |     Around the Industry     |     Resources     |     Sponsors        
Connections encourages EWTA and APA Members to submit news of interest to scain@engineeredwood.org
Deadline for Info Fair Registration Approaching
The last day for early bird registration for EWTA’s 24th Info Fair is August 22. This year’s supplier exhibition will be held Oct. 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, California, during APA’s Annual Meeting. (Annual Meeting registration is also now open—contact Kim Sivertsen for information.) Info Fair provides suppliers face-to-face connection with industry decision makers at leading engineered wood products companies. Sponsorship opportunities with special recognition are available. For more information about Info Fair, visit the website. Register for Info Fair here or email Melinda Lilley. The following members have already signed up to exhibit (Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsors noted):  
Info Fair Exhibitors/Sponsors (as of July 10)
AkzoNobel Wood Adhesives—Silver
A-Lert Construction Services
ALTEC Integrated Solutions Ltd.—PLATINUM
Arclin—Performance Applied—Silver, Golf
Argos Solutions AS—GOLD
Ashland Specialty Ingredients—GOLD
Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC—Silver
BASF - We create chemistry—Coot Shoot, Golf
Baumer Inspection GmbH—Silver
Biele, S.A.
Brunette Machinery Company Inc.—GOLD
CMA engineering Inc.—PLATINUM
Combilift USA
Connexus Industries Inc.
Con-Vey Keystone, Inc.—GOLD
Dieffenbacher Customer Support, LLC
DO2 Industriel
Dürr Systems, Inc.
Electronic Wood Systems, NA—Silver
Evergreen Engineering, Inc.
Flamex, Inc.—GOLD, Tennis
Franklin Adhesives & Polymers—GOLD
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals, LLC—Silver, Coot Shoot
Globe Machine Manufacturing Company
Grenzebach Corporation—GOLD, Golf
Guardian Chemicals Inc.
H.B. Fuller—Silver
Hexion, Inc.—GOLD, Golf
IBC, International Bar Coding Systems & Consulting Inc.—Silver
Idemitsu Lubricants America Corporation—GOLD
IMAL—PAL Group—Silver
Intertape Polymer Group
InterWrap/Owens Corning
Itipack Systems—Silver
KADANT Carmanah Design—Silver
Koch Knight, LLC
Matthews Marking Systems—Silver
Meinan Machinery Works, Inc./Merritt Machinery, LLC—PLATINUM
Meeren-Johnson LLC
Metriguard, Inc.—Silver
Mid-South Engineering Company
Mill Machinery LLC
Nicholson Manufacturing Ltd.
Panel World Magazine/Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc.—Silver
Player Design, Inc.—Silver
Raute—GOLD, Golf
REA JET—Silver
Samuel Packaging Systems Group—PLATINUM
Samuel Packaging Systems Group/Coding & Labeling
SASCO Chemical Group, Inc.—Golf
Signode Packaging Systems—PLATINUM
Spar-Tek Industries—PLATINUM
Spraying Systems Co.—GOLD
Steinemann Technology USA, Inc.—GOLD, Golf
Sweed Machinery, Inc.—PLATINUM
Tebulo NA Ltd.
The HT Group
USNR—PLATINUM, Coot Shoot, Golf
Westmill Industries USA Corp.—PLATINUM, Golf
Willamette Valley Company—GOLD, Golf
Wood-Based Composites Center—Silver

Engineered Wood Journal Advertising
Deadline Approaching
Reach your customers and help support the association! The Engineered Wood Journal’s autumn issue includes the EWTA Info Fair exhibitors and sponsors list and features coverage of APA’s Annual Meeting. Please contact Melinda Lilley by Tuesday, August 15 to place your ad. For more information about the Engineered Wood Journal, including the Media Kit, how to contribute an article and to view past issues, go to: www.engineeredwood.org/engineered-wood-journal

Submit a Story to the Engineered Wood Journal
The Engineered Wood Journal is always looking for good feature stories—especially those that come from our members. If your company has a non-promotional story to tell about processing trends, technical developments, regulatory developments, industry health and safety programs, etc., we’d love to hear from you. Check out this list of articles and authors in the Journal over the past 10 years here, or visit this page for links to past articles. If you think someone in your company would be a good author for a feature, email a summary of your idea to Editor Sheila Cain.

EWTA Welcomes New Member
DO2 Industriel recently joined EWTA as its newest member. Based in Colbeau-Mistassini, Quebec, the distributor offers the DO2 Rapid Wrapper Automatic Panel packaging system to the engineered wood products industry. The wrapping machine's electrical, mechanical and pneumatic components, its design, the programming structure and tactile interface have all been designed for easy use and no-hassle operations. Sales representative Patrick Sasseville can be reached at psasseville@do2.ca.

Chem-Trend Expands Global Headquarters
A project that expanded Chem-Trend’s global headquarters in Howell, Michigan, by 50 percent is complete, the company announced in a press release. The expansion of the company’s R&D facilities started last year and includes additional laboratory, conference and office space. Included in the expansion is a new wood composites laboratory.

Con-Vey Promotes Goebel to Sales Manager
Con-Vey announced that it has promoted Jeremy Goebel to the position of sales manager. Goebel has been with the company for four years as a sales representative. He has been involved in major projects for the company in the building product area including OSB, plywood, LVL and I-joists.

Westmill Welcomes New
Sales Support Specialist
Westmill Industries recently announced that it has hired Jenny Jeffries as a sales support specialist. In this role, Jeffries will be supporting the Westmill parts sales business all across North America. She comes to Westmill from Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Corporation.

Axalta Acquires Valspar’s
Wood Coating Business
Axalta Coating Systems recently announced that it plans to acquire Valspar’s North American Industrial Wood Coatings business for $420 million. Axalta will acquire the personnel, both dedicated manufacturing sites, R&D assets and the underlying intellectual property of Valspar’s North American Industrial Wood Coatings business.

Connexus Adds New Chain to Materials Line
Connexus Industries has added chrome-hardened pins to its Connexus 81X Engineering Class line of chains. Chrome hardening greatly reduced pin wear due to the increased hardness of the surface, the company said in a press release, resulting in less elongation of the chain. The chrome-hardened pins are offered in 81X and 81XH sizes.

Altec and DEMCO Complete
Job for Hood Industries
Altec Integrated Solutions and DEMCO recently installed a new electric carriage and new backup roll for the veneer lathe at Hood Industries’ plant in Beaumont, Mississippi. In addition, the Altec team installed a new Linden log ladder, a new XY scanner, and charger and lathe controls. Hood’s existing clipper also received a new electric servo upgrade package. The installation is the first since Altec and DEMCO merged in 2016, the first complete carriage Altec has supplied since the merger, and the team’s first clipper scanner install in the South.

NESTEC Adds Service Vehicles to Fleet
NESTEC Material Handler and Service TruckNESTEC is continuing to expand its service department with the addition of two mobile service support vehicles: an enclosed utility body service truck and a 5,500lb. lift capacity material handler. The acquisitions follow the addition of a 12,000-sq-ft warehouse and spare parts facility at the company’s Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, location.

Hexion Announces Release of New Resins
Hexion recently announced that it has released new resin technologies and services for manufacturing engineered wood and panels. The products include ultra-low emitting EcoBind resins to meet or exceed the most stringent global emission standards for plywood and panels, highly heat-resistant resins and adhesives for structural wood, as well as a variety of products to improve panel performance and manufacturing productivity. The products were highlighted at Hexion’s booth at the LIGNA 2017 show in Hanover, Germany, in May.

Dieffenbacher Signs Deal with
Vietnam-Based MDF Producer
Dieffenbacher dealDieffenbacher recently announced in a press release that it has signed a contract with Vietnam-based producer Thien Lam Dat JSC for a complete MDF plant in Bac Giang, approximately 50 km east of Hanoi. The core of the plant will be Dieffenbacher’s CPS+ press system. The scope of supply includes the complete production line, from the wood yard through the strapping and packing line, as well as an energy plant. Start-up of the plant is planned for mid-2018.

U.S., Canada Trade Lumber Dispute
Heightens with More Tariffs
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced late last month that preliminary anti-dumping duties as high as 7.7 percent would be levied on Canadian producers of softwood lumber, the latest move in a contentious trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada. The move follows an April decision to apply countervailing tariffs of up to 24.1 percent on shipments from Canadian lumber companies. This most recent move in the ongoing trade dispute comes after the U.S. lumber industry filed a petition last November asking for duties, alleging Canadian wood is highly subsidized and imports are harming U.S. mills and workers.

American Softwoods
Launches Updated Website
American Softwoods, a promotional partnership formed by three U.S softwood trade organizations, has launched a revamped website aimed at UK, Europe, Latin America and emerging markets, with plans to add eight languages. The website is highly visual and includes links to suppliers so users can locate sources or materials. The American Softwoods partnership includes the Southern Pine Council, the Softwood Export Council, and APA – The Engineered Wood Association.

Portland Approves 12-Story CLT Building
City officials in Portland, Oregon, recently approved construction of a 12-story cross-laminated timber building, said to be the nation’s first all-wood high-rise. The structure, called Framework, will break ground this fall in the city’s Pearl District. The decision follows extensive testing of CLT panels for strength and fire/earthquake readiness by scientists at Portland State University and Oregon State University.


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chem trend
cma engineering
costa sanders
stratachem solutions
usnr weneer services westmill

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