July 2020




Connections encourage EWTA and APA members to submit news of interest about the industry to ladauna.wilson@apawood.org

APA Cancels 2020 Annual Meeting/Info Fair During Coronavirus Uncertainty

Each year, EWTA and APA look forward to connecting with members to share industry news and plan for our collective future. Given continued uncertainty around COVID-19, APA made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person component of this fall’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Info Fair. This was a hard call to make. The Annual Meeting and Info Fair are important events, and it’s one of our favorite ways to connect with all of you.

We look forward to a time in 2021 when we can gather with confidence again for the face-to-face meetings we find so valuable. In the meantime, we will continue to serve our EWTA and APA members using video conference and online tools to stay connected. We appreciate your support and patience as we work through this difficult year together. If you have questions or concerns, please contact LaDauna Wilson at ladauna.wilson@apawood.org.


2020 Spring/Summer Engineered Wood Journal is Here

The latest edition of the Engineered Wood Journal is available as an online-only magazine.

This 72-page issue includes the 2020 EWTA Member Directory with company listing and contact information for current members. In addition to industry, association and member news, feature articles provide information on innovations in technological revolutions, global and industry impacts of COVID-19, and information on the enhanced testing underway at the expanded APA Research Center in Tacoma.

Visit the Engineered Wood Journal website for all the details and be sure to check out the new Spring 2020 Advertisers web page. Go to EWJ Home Page > (http://tracking.newsletter.apawood.org/t?ctl=EE8:F33B4F8B4353BFE207DF9D41BBB7BB4D&

To subscribe, send your name, company and email address to: ewta@engineeredwood.org

Fall Engineered Wood Journal

Plans are underway for the 2020 Fall Engineered Wood Journal, scheduled for distribution in October. Ideas and articles for feature stories from our members are welcome. Non-promotional stories that cover topics of broad interest and significance to the engineered wood industry are the best fit for the Engineered Wood Journal. Guidelines are available on the EWTA website. Get the details at www.engineeredwood.org/writers-guidlines

EWTA Supplier Awards Program

Stay tuned for upcoming information on the EWTA Supplier of the Year and Innovation Awards. Once finalized, information will be emailed and posted on the EWTA website at www.engineeredwod.org.

Production Down in Second Quarter

It should not be surprising that production was down across all product lines in the second quarter. The most severe output declines were in LVL and I-joists, down 24% and 18%, respectively. The declines in these two product lines are consistent with the 23.6% decline in single-family starts from the first quarter to the second quarter. OSB and plywood production held up better, with production falling 6% and 8% from the first quarter. The second quarter production values across all product lines were also below that of the second quarter of 2019 by roughly the same proportions as the drop from the first quarter of this year.

A link to the full report was sent to EWTA members last week. If you didn’t receive it, contact LaDauna Wilson.


EWTA Member Update

Welcome New Member!

BID Group (www.bidgroup.ca), has over 35 years of experience in providing industry-leading solutions by delivering a complete range of innovative equipment, digital technologies, turnkey installations and aftermarket services. Director of Business Development Anne-Marie Levesque, who is based in Mirabel, Quebec, can be reached at anne-marie.levesque@bidgroup.ca.

EWTA Member Information

In addition to the Journal’s 2020 EWTA Member Directory, EWTA member information is available online.

Go to EWTA Member Directory and Contacts for a quick and up-to-date EWTA supplier or service provider resource. Search by member name or one of three industry sectors – Equipment & Tooling, Materials & Supplies, or Consulting & Services. GO > (http://tracking.newsletter.apawood.org/t?ctl=EE9:F33B4F8B4353BFE207DF9D41BBB7BB4D&




Con-Vey Appoints New Product Manager for Panel Products

Con-Vey is excited to announce its new Product Manager for Panel Products: Brent Hensley. This new designation is essential to supporting increased initiatives and continued growth for Con-Vey’s panel product segments, including OSB, plywood, LVL, OSL, fiber panels, mineral composite panels and CLT.

Kerwood and Peerboom Join Hansen-Rice, Inc. Industrial Construction Firm.

Hansen-Rice, Inc. (HRI), is pleased to announce that Terry Kerwood (former EWTA Managing Director) and Matt Peerboom have joined their heavy industrial team as a business manager and director, respectively. Kerwood’s role is Owner/Client advocate and liaison. As Director, Peerboom oversees the project from start to finish.

EWTA’s Connections newsletter, published electronically every other month, welcomes news from its members. News suitable for publication in upcoming issues includes press releases about new hires, new products, company news, or awards won. Please send your information or direct questions to LaDauna Wilson at ladauna.wilson@apawood.org.





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