July 2021


EWTA Connections E-newsletter


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

Call for Entries for the Innovation of the Year Award

Although we are not gathering this fall for the APA Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair, the Supplier Awards program will once again proceed. As implemented last year, web-based ballots will be sent electronically to all APA mill managers in late October for voting for the Supplier of the Year and Innovations of the Year Awards.

The EWTA Supplier Awards Program is designed to recognize EWTA member companies that excel in serving their APA member manufacturer customers and developing innovative solutions to processing problems and challenges. The program consists of two components: 

Innovation of the Year Award

The Innovation of the Year Award recognizes a company providing a new technology, product or service that has demonstrably reduced production costs, increased productivity, improved product quality or in some other way provided a bottom-line benefit to APA members.

EWTA is now accepting entries for the 2021 Innovation of the Year Award. Visit EWTA Supplier Awards Program for complete details.
Entry deadline is September 1.

Get the form > 2021 Innovation of the Year.

Supplier of the Year Awards

Awards are presented in each of EWTA’s three membership categories: Equipment/Tooling, Materials/Supplies and Consulting Services. All EWTA member companies in good standing are eligible to participate.

The winners will be announced in the Engineered Wood Journal, Connections e-newsletter and featured on the EWTA website.

Housing Starts Continue to Run at Healthy Rates

Housing starts in the U.S. and Canada were up in May. In the U.S., starts ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.57 million units, up 3.6% from April. New and existing home sales have fallen over the last few months, which is more a story of available inventory than softer demand. Both economies continue to show recovery from the pandemic, as witnessed by gains in employment, consumer spending and industrial production. Inflation measures are showing higher rates of price increases compared to April, especially in commodities and building materials. Yet, the higher inflation rates did not seem to cause concern in the financial markets, as long-term interest rates remained stable over the last four weeks.
The housing report is distributed to current EWTA members each month. Please contact LaDauna Wilson if you would like to receive it.

Glulam Now Qualifies for BioPreferred® Label

APA recently obtained approval for use of the BioPreferred® label on glued laminated beams. With this addition of glulam, the entire scope of products certified by APA are now eligible for the BioPreferred mark. This program, authorized under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (known as the 2002 Farm Bill), allows products that have been tested for the bio content to display the BioPreferred label. Federal law directs federal agencies to purchase biobased products in categories identified by the USDA. The label, which documents the renewable content found in the product, can be used on product packaging and literature. Go to BioPreferred for additional information. 

Mark Your Calendar:
Autumn Engineered Wood Journal Deadlines

Planning for the Engineered Wood Journal’s 2021 autumn issue is underway, with distribution scheduled for October. Feature articles and stories covering topics of broad interest and significance to the engineered wood products industry are welcome. Writer’s Guidelines and the 2021 Media Kit, available on the EWTA website, provide information on editorial and advertising opportunities. The deadline for editorial content and advertising sales is September 1. For additional information, contact LaDauna Wilson.

EWTA Member News
Welcome New Member - MINDA North America, LLC

Ledinek, a global leader in cross laminated timber (CLT), glulam beam and finger-jointed solid timber technology, joined EWTA earlier this spring. They provide mechanical engineering knowledge and practical experience in mass timber solutions that has been gained over decades. When combined with their SOTA equipment, they equip companies with complete, individually-optimized solutions in engineered wood production. Ledinek offers concept and design, installation, training and commissioning for finger jointing and panel and beam press technology, state-of-the-art planing, moulding, sawing and splitting solutions, material handling equipment, data flow management and excellent aftersales support. Andrej Holc, Sales Engineer, can be reached at andrej.holc@ledinek.com.

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals Announces New Service

A technology solution from Georgia-Pacific Chemicals (GPC), Customer Inventory Tracking (CIT), now tracks resin inventory and displays it via a web-based dashboard. The data is then used by GPC customers to optimize order profiles. Based on previous two-week or 24-hour usage, the system can suggest canceling, moving or placing additional orders as needed for optimal efficiency. Information on Customer Inventory Tracking is available at Georgia-Pacific Chemicals.

Con-Vey Goes Virtual

Con-Vey recently shared their continued initiative to expand virtual business practices, which include incorporating new, advanced technologies that use digital twins and augmented reality, as well as attending online trade shows and events. Remote assistance has allowed the engineers at Con-Vey to monitor and troubleshoot customer equipment from the convenience of their desks. For more information on Con-Vey’s innovative solutions, or to connect with one of their sales representatives, email or call (541) 672-5506.

BID Group Named Platinum OEM Partner

BID Group is pleased to announce Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, selected BID as the first and only company in the wood processing industry to be designated as a Platinum OEM Partner in the newly evolved global Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Partner Program. Complete details are available at BID Group.

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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.