January 2020

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Connections encourages EWTA and APA Members to submit news of interest to ladauna.wilson@apawood.org


EWTA and APA Management Team Integration Update

EWTA members have new contacts at the association following the recent incorporation of EWTA management into the APA organization. LaDauna Wilson rejoined the Market Communications Division as EWTA’s dedicated program manager. She has been part of APA staff for more than 20 years working in quality services and marketing and provides an understanding of the engineered wood industry, as well as initiative and organizational and communication skills. She looks forward to meeting and working with members and can be reached at ladauna.wilson@apawood.org, or 253 620-7483.

Wilson will work closely with APA’s market communications director, Tara Mattina, and other APA staff to dovetail membership services, back-office support, meeting organization and communications.

APA Develops New One-Hour Single-Layer Fire-Rated I-Joist Floor/Ceiling Assembly

A new full-scale fire-rated assembly test, funded by the Engineered Wood Technology Association, was conducted Dec. 6 at an accredited independent fire laboratory under the witness of representatives from several APA I-joist members. This one-hour single-layer fire-rated I-joist assembly saves construction costs and is welcome news for light commercial construction, especially in California, as compared to the double-layer assemblies that are typically required for one-hour fire-rating. Based on the results of this test, and working with I-joist members, APA technical staff successfully developed a new one-hour single-layer fire-rated floor/ceiling assembly. Once published, APA plans to make this new fire-rated assembly available to the industry.

Thank you for your input on EWTA Benefits

In a survey sent last month to members, we asked you to rate the benefits of EWTA membership and provide input on preferred methods of communication and offer suggestions for opportunities for improvement.

The results show that the highest-ranking benefits include APA’s monthly housing reports, access to APA annual meetings, exhibiting at the EWTA Info Fair and listing company information and profiles on the EWTA website and in the Engineered Wood Journal. Email communication is the predominant preference, with several respondents also including the website as a choice for obtaining association information. There were only a few suggestions for improvements, of which interaction and outreach with both APA and EWTA members were cited. Thank you for your input. This information will be used to develop and review programs and focus on improvements throughout the year. If you have additional feedback, contact LaDauna Wilson at ladauna.wilson@apawood.org.

APA, EWTA Members Speaking at PELICE

Several APA and EWTA members are scheduled to present and exhibit at the 2020 Panel and Engineered Lumber International Conference and Expo (PELICE) March 12 – 13 at the Omni Hotel at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The event, hosted by Panel World magazine, features approximately 95 equipment and technology exhibitors in the structural and nonstructural wood panel and engineered lumber industry. EWTA will also be exhibiting. Stop by booth P7095 to say hello to the EWTA team.

Spring EWTA Advisory Committee Meeting

The spring EWTA Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday afternoon, March 11, prior to the 2020 Panel and Engineered Lumber International Conference and Expo. In the coming weeks, advisory committee members will be notified via email with additional details. All EWTA members are welcome to attend.

Spring Engineered Wood Journal Coming Soon

Preparation for the Engineered Wood Journal’s 2020 spring issue is underway, with printed copies scheduled for distribution by early April. This issue includes the 2020 EWTA Membership Directory, with company descriptions and contact information for all EWTA members. The deadline for EWTA member inclusion in the directory is Feb. 14. For editorial and advertising opportunity information or to upgrade the complimentary membership listing with a color logo, download the 2020 Member Connection Opportunity Kit available on the EWTA website. The media kit includes rates for 2020 display advertising in the twice-yearly printed magazine as well as information on advertising and editorial deadline dates. For additional information, contact LaDauna Wilson at ladauna.wilson@apawood.org.

Save the Date! Coming Soon

The 2020 Info Fair is slated for Oct. 17 – 20 at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort and Spa in Aventura, Florida. Registration will open the first of March. Contact Emily Houg at emilyh@engineeredwood.org for more information.


Universal Forest Products is now UFP Industries

A new organizational structure is in place at Universal Forest Products, Inc., with the completion of a reorganization of its operations. Now operating as UFP Industries, individual market focus is directed to specific segments of UFP Retail, UFP Construction and UFP Industrial. Additional information is available on the updated company website, www.ufpi.com.



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