January 2018 Connections

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January 2018  
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Sansin Corp. Joins EWTA
EWTA recently welcomed its newest member, The Sansin Corporation, located in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada. Sansin’s undercoats, sealers, stains, finishes and fire retardants provide wood protection for a variety of substrates and engineered wood products, including cross-laminated timber, siding, OSB, glulam, millwork and timbers. Executive Assistant Ann Van Dyk can be reached at ann@sansin.com.

APA, EWTA Members Speaking at PELICE
Several APA and EWTA members will be speaking at the biennial Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) in Atlanta, Georgia, April 13 and 14. Roy O. Martin III, CEO, president and CFO of APA member company RoyOMartin is one of the event’s keynote speakers and will be addressing the startup of the company’s new OSB plant and the trends and economics of OSB and other wood products. Steve Killgore, senior vice-president, solid wood division, of APA member company Roseburg Forest Products, is another keynote speaker. He will be discussing his company’s new LVL operation under construction in Chester, South Carolina. Killgore sits on EWTA’s Advisory Committee and is also a member of APA’s Board of Trustees.

The Suppliers Keynote Session will feature presentations by two EWTA members. Bernd Bielfeldt, general manager, business unit wood, of EWTA member company Dieffenbacher, will discuss the effect of digitalization and automation on the American woodworking industry. David Jones, global vice-president of Hexion Inc., will be speaking on accelerating global wood products’ growth.

In 2016, PELICE drew 450 representatives from three dozen wood-products producer companies and 80 equipment exhibitors.

The event is hosted by Panel World magazine and Georgia Research Institute.

EWTA Votes to Add New
Member to Advisory Committee
At its fall meeting in Huntington Beach, California, the EWTA Advisory Committee nominated Corey Farrens, of member company SparTek, to fill a vacant seat. The committee also extended the vice-chairman term of Tim Fisher through the spring 2018 meeting.

Mark Your Calendar:
Date Set for 2018 EWTA Info Fair
It’s not too early to start planning for the 2018 EWTA Info Fair and APA Annual Meeting. This year’s events will be held Oct. 27–29 at the La Cantera Resort & Spa, Hill Country, San Antonio, Texas. Early Bird registration for Info Fair will open April 6. For more information, contact Melinda Lilley.

Spring Engineered Wood Journal in Production
The Engineered Wood Journal’s spring issue is underway and scheduled to be mailed to members by early April. Featured in this issue is EWTA’s annual Business Outlook Survey, as well as an overview of APA’s upcoming lab expansion. The issue will also include the annual EWTA Membership Directory. The deadline for EWTA member inclusion in the directory is Feb. 1. Members can choose to upgrade their complimentary listing with a color logo or an advertisement within the spring issue. For information on the directory, email us at ewta@engineeredwood.org.

Altec Introduces Fabricated Lathe Carriage
Altec recently announced in a press release that it has released a lathe carriage featuring 100 percent fabricated steel construction. The knife bar heads and trunnions are both heavier and stronger than traditional designs, providing increased stability throughout the peel. Lubrication of the trunnions and carriageways is built in to the knife bar heads. The carriage is positioned with independent left and right servos coupled directly to the knife bar heads.

Walker Industries Feted for Philanthropy
Walker Industries was recently honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Horseshoe chapter (Ontario, Canada) for its active participation in the philanthropic community. Walker was named an “Outstanding Citizen” for its long history of giving back to the communities in which its employees work.

Dieffenbacher Relocates
Plant from France to Bulgaria
Dieffenbacher announced in a press release that it has been chosen to relocate a particleboard plant from a decommissioned plant in France to a new site in Bulgaria. Dieffenbacher will undertake the relocation of the plant, consisting of forming station, forming line, pre-press and 42.4-meter-long CPS. The contract also includes a modernization and optimization package as well as a completely new plant control system. Recommissioning at the new site is scheduled for the beginning of 2019.
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HT Group Ranked as
Top Firm by Business Journal
HT Group recently announced that it has been named among the top firms in Austin by the Austin Business Journal in three separate categories: Temporary Staffing Firms, Contingency Search Firms and Retained Executive Search Firms. This is the 10th straight year the HT Group has been included as a top staffing and recruiting firm by the Journal.

McLube Offers New Release Agent
McLube recently introduced their new platen release agent for wood fiber presses. The new formula, MAC-841, is a water-based, semi-permanent coating with previously unattainable benefits for engineered wood manufacturers. While exceedingly durable—requiring infrequent reapplication—MAC-841 also has a low environmental impact, is fast-drying, and will not stain wood boards or “brown-out.” The formula is tolerant to temperatures from 32 to 1,000 degrees F and is resistant to microscopic abrasion during processing.

Boise Cascade Announces Promotions
Boise Cascade recently announced that it has promoted two of its employees to the role of senior vice-president in its wood products division. Mike Brown has been with the company for 18 years and currently leads the division’s manufacturing operations. Nate Jorgensen has more than 26 years of industry experience and currently leads Boise Cascade’s engineered wood products sales and marketing organization.

Weyerhaeuser Names New
Senior VP, Timberlands
Weyerhaeuser recently announced the appointment of Devin Stockfish as senior vice-president, timberlands, effective January 1. Stockfish replaces Rhonda Hunter, who is retiring after 30 years with the company. Stockfish was most recently vice-president of Weyerhaeuser’s western timberlands business. Before that, he was senior vice-president, general counsel for the company. He joined Weyerhaeuser in 2013.

APA Welcomes Two to Field Services Division
APA recently welcomed two new representatives to its Field Services Division.

Ron Nuttall is a new engineered wood specialist in the Denver territory. Nuttall studied marketing at Texas Tech University before beginning his wood products career working in wholesale distribution in Houston. Prior to relocating to Denver in 1996, he held sales positions in the plywood industry. Since that time, he has promoted the use of I-joists and engineered wood products to builders and designers in the Colorado market. Nuttall has provided initial support for the APA Fire Task Group’s work in Colorado. In addition to Denver, he also covers Kansas City and the Twin Cities.

Stephanie Thomas-Rees joined APA’s Field Services Division in December and will cover the Florida territory. Thomas-Rees has a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Design from Clemson University and a Master’s degree in Energy Efficient Building from Oxford Brookes University. She has worked as a designer, an energy professional, and an adjunct professor teaching sustainable design and building materials. She brings technical knowledge, industry contacts, and public speaking skills to her new position with APA.

American Wood Council
Elects Allyn Ford as Chairman
The American Wood Council recently announced the election of Allyn Ford, CEO of APA member company Roseburg Forest Products, as the council’s chairman for a one-year term, effective this month. Ford retired from the APA Board of Trustees in 2016 after 10 years of service. Danny White, a director of T.R. Miller Company, was elected first vice-chair and Neil Sherman, executive vice-president of siding at LP Corp., was elected second vice-chair.

APA Publishes New Energy Guide
A new guide published by APA describes how builders can cost effectively meet energy code requirements by value-engineering energy efficiency for a whole-home system. Viewing the home as a system means getting more bang for the buck by allocating construction dollars for value, trading out higher-cost energy-efficiency assemblies where they are not necessary. The guide helps builders identify the energy impacts of certain assemblies and systems so they can engage with their energy rater to get the greatest return for their dollar as they seek to cost-effectively increase energy efficiency. Alternative methods, or “paths,” for energy code compliance are identified in the guide, Performance Path to Energy Code Compliance, Form R505. The guide is available for free download from the APA website.

UT Offering Training Courses
The University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon is offering a number of upcoming classes.
  • Feb. 6-9, Advanced Analytics and Data Mining, UT Center for Renewable Carbon, Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • March 6-8, Process Analytics, Statistical Process Control and Lean Methods, UT Center for Renewable Carbon, Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • March 13-15, Design of Experiments for Manufacturers and Scientists, UT Center for Renewable Carbon, Knoxville, Tennessee.
To register or for more information on these sessions, visit the Center’s website.


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