March 2022 Connections


EWTA Connections E-newsletter



Highlighting news from EWTA and APA members, the association and the engineered wood industry as a whole.

See you at PELICE

The eighth Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) will be held March 31 – April 1 at the Omni Hotel at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to the 80 equipment exhibitor companies, more than 25 representatives from EWTA and APA members will be speaking on topics highlighting new projects, technologies and markets in the engineered wood industry.

An APA and EWTA team will also be in attendance. Stop by booth #709 to say hello.

EWTA Advisory Committee Meeting to be held March 30

EWTA’s spring Advisory Committee meeting will be held in person at the Omni Hotel, CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Held the day prior to PELICE, EWTA members are welcome to attend the March 30 meeting from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Contact EWTA for meeting details.

2021 U.S. Home Sales End on a Mixed Note

Housing starts in the U.S. ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.64 million units in January. The January starts rate was down 4% from that of December 2021, with the decline effectively concentrated in the Midwest. Home sales finished 2021 on a mixed note with new home sales up and existing home sales down in November and December. Inflation continues to dominate the business news, and, in turn, speculation regarding how policy makers at the Federal Reserve will react. The rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit 3.9% in the last week, compared to 3.2% at the start of 2022, and is likely to go higher as the Federal Reserve reverses its policy course through 2022. Home builders continue to be challenged by rising prices and availability of building materials. Based on estimates from the research staff at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of building materials in January was up 35% from January 2021.    

Save the Date for Info Fair!

Preparations are underway for the 2022 APA Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair, scheduled Oct. 15-18, 2022, at the JW Marriott-Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura, Florida. Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities will be available early second quarter and distributed to EWTA members. We are looking forward to meeting in person once again!

EWTA Member News

Welcome New Members

Biele Group - Since 1973 Biele Group is a global manufacturer of customized equipment and turnkey solutions for plywood, particle board, OSB and solid wood applications. Headquartered in Spain with local sales & technical support facilities in Atlanta, Georgia, Biele provides full service for projects developed in America. Learn more >

Wood Care Systems provides solutions to exterior wood problems, including Bor8 Rods, a solid wood preservative that will arrest and prevent wood rot for 20 years or more. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Wood Care Systems has locations around the country to minimize shipping cost and speed delivery times. Learn more >

EWTA on LinkedIn, Twitter

EWTA is all about fostering connections and building relationships. Be sure to visit the EWTA LinkedIn and Twitter sites for features and links to recent news and articles from the engineered wood industry. Check out the Member of the Week posts highlighting randomly selected EWTA members, and read the stand-alone articles taken from the Engineered Wood Journal.
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Share your Company News

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