March 2021



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March 2021

Look for the Spring Engineered Wood Journal in April

The digital Engineered Wood Journal magazine is sent to engineered wood product manufacturers, their product, equipment and services suppliers and other industry stakeholders each spring and autumn.
The 2021 spring issue will be available mid-April. In addition to a summary of the 2021 Business Outlook, this digital magazine includes related member and industry news and a 2021 EWTA Member Directory of current members (as of March 15) with detailed company and contact information.

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Selection of New APA President AnnouncedMark Tibbetts

Mark Tibbetts will join APA March 15 to begin the transition to the president position July 1, when Ed Elias will retire. Tibbetts was selected by the APA – The Engineered Wood Association Board of Trustees through a lengthy search process after Elias announced plans in 2020 to retire.
“For someone who has harbored a lifelong interest in residential construction and building design, I’m thrilled to be taking on this role,” said Tibbetts. “APA has a proud history of supporting members by growing the market for engineered wood products through product promotion, quality assurance and technical support. I look forward to working with the membership, the staff team and our industry partners to build upon this legacy of leadership and exceptional service.”
Tibbetts brings more than 15 years' experience in association and nonprofit program management, environmental policy and business development.
Tibbetts and Elias will work together during the three-month transition until Tibbetts assumes the presidency July 1.

2021 Begins with Positive Housing Starts

Housing starts in the U.S. and Canada kicked off the year at healthy levels. In the U.S., housing starts in January came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.58 million units. Single-family ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million units, up 17.5% from January 2020. Housing starts in Canada were up sharply to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 282,400 units. Starts of single-family detached units were up 54% from last January. A lack of existing homes for sale helped drive demand for new homes. In both the U.S. and Canada, the inventory of existing homes for sale was down to a two months’ supply in December, record lows for both countries. The stiff competition for homes is evidenced by prices being up more than 10% from the same month a year ago in both countries. The monthly economic data for January were mixed. The employment number was effectively flat. Retail sales were better than the consensus expectation, and manufacturing was almost back to the level of February 2020.
The February 2021 housing starts will be available and distributed later this month.

EWTA Member News
Arclin Names New Chief Executive Officer

Arclin’s Board of Directors recently selected Bradley R. Bolduc as Chief Executive Officer, replacing Russell C. Taylor, who retires after nine years with the company. Bolduc joined Arclin in 2012. Leveraging years of business development experience, he focused initially on new market development before ultimately assuming the role as President of Arclin’s engineered surfaces division. As CEO, Bolduc will focus on expanding markets through continuous product enhancements and, more importantly, on market-changing innovations that address industries’ most pressing challenges, from protecting building products from environmental elements and fire suppression, to environmentally friendly industrial fertilizers and more.

McIntosh Joins Hansen-Rice, Inc.

Hansen-Rice, Inc., is pleased to announce that Jason McIntosh has joined their team as Industrial Solutions Director specializing in engineered wood. In addition, Terry Kerwood has been named Marketing Director for Hansen-Rice, Inc. Kerwood will oversee Hansen-Rice’s client engagement and outreach efforts for the Industrial Solutions Program, which includes the engineered wood industry.

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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