May 2018

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In the Membership Directory published in the Spring Engineered Wood Journal, an incorrect company description was listed for Coastland Wood Industries Ltd. The correct description is below. The Journal regrets the error.

Coastland Wood Industries Ltd.

Coastland has grown from a single line veneer mill to a triple line mill with an offsite drying facility, two barge loading facilities, and three log sorts. Our infrastructure has grown as our customer needs have grown with efficiency, and safety as key drivers. Our facilities compliment other capacity in our region, resulting in a healthy forest industry that further benefits Coastland and our customers. Quality: We strive to deliver quality in every aspect of our business, it touches everything we do; quality is job security. Our reliable grades allow our customers to accurately control the structural properties of their products.
Contact: Doug Pauzé - Senior Vice President, Operations
Phone: 250-754-7776 ext. 115
#2-84 Robarts Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 2S5 Canada

EWTA Holds Spring Advisory Committee Meeting
The Engineered Wood Technology Association held its spring advisory committee meeting at APA – The Engineered Wood Association, on Thursday, May 10. Twenty-two EWTA and APA members met and received reports on EWTA activities, programs, research and finances. The meeting also included updates from APA staff on APA activity, EWTA-sponsored research projects and regulatory issues facing the industry. Following the meeting, attendees were treated to a tour of the APA research laboratory, including a presentation of the upcoming $4.5 million lab expansion project. Additional highlights of the meeting included an update on EWTA’s 2018 budget, an overview of the association’s communication activities and a report on the upcoming Info Fair supplier exhibition. For additional information about the association or updates on EWTA research, contact

Info Fair Registration Now Open
Registration for EWTA’s 2018 Info Fair is now open. The event, along with APA’s Annual Meeting, is scheduled for Oct. 27-29, 2018, at the La Cantera Resort & Spa, Hill Country, San Antonio, Texas. Info Fair’s “Early Bird” registration deadline is Aug. 24. For Info Fair exhibit information, contact Melinda Lilley at or (206) 818-7432. For APA Annual Meeting information, contact Kim Sivertsen at Check out the 2017 Info Fair group and individual photos posted on EWTA’s Facebook page.

Connections Welcomes Member News
EWTA’s Connections newsletter, published electronically every other month, welcomes news from APA and EWTA members. News suitable for publication in upcoming issues includes press releases about new hires, new products, company news, awarded contracts or awards won. Please send your information or direct questions to Sheila Cain, editor, at

Lothar Fischer Completes Management Board at Dieffenbacher
Dieffenbacher recently hired Lothar Fischer to serve as the company’s chief technical officer, completing its four-person management team. Dieffenbacher is also restructuring the management of its Wood Business unit. Stefan Zipf, who has been with Dieffenbacher since 2000 and previously served as deputy manager of the Wood Business unit, will now oversee the division. He takes the place of Bernd Bielfeldt, who has left the company.

New COO Named at Globe Machine
Globe Machine Manufacturing Company recently appointed Des McGahern as its chief operating officer. Most recently, McGahern was the general manager at Windfall Lumber in Tumwater, Wash., where he steered the young start-up company towards stable operations and implemented crucial business systems. He previously held operations management positions at H2O Jet, Simpson Door Company and Albany International Corp.

New Safety Features Added to Signode Strapping Machine
Signode Industrial Group recently announced that it has added a new safety feature to its BPX Panel Packaging machine. Automatic platen safety latches are now standard on the machine, allowing users to raise the platen and lock it in place with the push of a button. This eliminates potential hazards associated with manually locking and unlocking the platen during maintenance. More information on the BPX Panel Packaging system can be found on the company’s website.

Westmill Expands Engineering Capacity
Westmill Industries recently announced that Grant Oblak, P. Eng.; and Eugene Li, EIT; have joined the company’s engineering team in the capacities of mechanical design engineer and mechanical designer, respectively. In their roles, the new hires will focus on the machine design, customization and implementation aspects of capital projects, as well as the technical support of the business development group.

SonicAire Announces New Fan
SonicAire recently announced the release of its new UL approved fan designed for operation in hazardous locations. XD2 is UL approved for Class II, Division 2 environments. Along with reducing manual cleaning expenses for a facility, the SA XD2 also helps facilities maintain compliance with relevant NFPA and OSHA regulations.

BASF Wins Manufacturing Leadership Award
BASF has been recognized as a Manufacturing Leadership Awards winner for outstanding achievement in operational excellence at its Monaca, Penn., facility. The awards are sponsored by the business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan and honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. BASF’s winning project improved manufacturing performance while systematically reducing waste and increasing production capacity of Acronal, an acrylic dispersion product at the Monaca location, a critical manufacturing site for BASF’s Dispersions Network.

FPS International Convention Focuses on Housing Sustainability
The Forest Products Society’s 72nd Annual International Convention in Madison, Wis., scheduled for June 11-14, will focus on the housing industry as it recovers from past volatile years. In addition to the latest research on mass timber, building innovations and durability, David Fell from FPInnovations, will present “Housing Reconsidered: The New Drivers of Wood Demand in North America and Asia.” His remarks will focus on how technical, social, and business practice pressures are impacting housing developments, and how the trends of energy efficiency, prefabrication, carbon, and urban densification provide both challenges and opportunities. Dwayne Sperber, owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products, will present “Full Circle Urban Forest Management,” describing how felled urban trees in the United States can make a significant impact on local economies by using renewable resources for built spaces. The FPS convention is co-located with TAPPI’s 2018 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials, bringing together over 500 experts, researchers and academics in forest products, nanocomposite and biocomposite technologies, mass timber, sustainability, bioenergy, housing, and urban forests.

APA Board Elects Cribb to Board of Trustees
The APA Board of Trustees has approved the nomination of Ashlee Cribb, Vice President of Structural Products for Roseburg Forest Products. Cribb, who was recently promoted to her current position with Roseburg, is responsible for the sales and manufacturing of Roseburg’s engineered wood products, softwood plywood and lumber businesses. She joined Roseburg in January 2017 as sales director for the company’s solid wood business. She previously held several roles at Georgia-Pacific, most recently as vice president of industrial packaging with profit and loss responsibility for the commercial organization, as well as 11 manufacturing sites. Cribb has also worked at Monsanto Chemical and Imerys Performance Materials where she was responsible for marketing and product innovation.

Formaldehyde Standards Compliance Deadline Moved Up
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last month that manufacturers of composite wood products must comply with new formaldehyde standards six months earlier than the EPA had previously allowed. The new June 1 deadline was established on the heels of a March 2018 decision by a U.S. District Court, which ruled in favor of a suit brought by the Sierra Club against the EPA for its efforts to delay the compliance deadline from December 2017 to December 2018. Compliance must be demonstrated to Title VI of the Toxics Substance Control Act or the California Air Resources Board Airborne Toxic Control Measures Phase II emission standards, which are set at identical levels, by a third-party certifier approved by CARB and recognized by EPA. Under the Composite Wood Product Formaldehyde Standard, prefabricated wood I-joists, wood structural panels, and other structural engineered wood products, such as laminated veneer lumber, are exempt from ongoing testing and labeling.

APA Offers Wind-Resistant Homebuilding Webinar
A webinar presented by APA addressing the structural failures observed during storm damage assessments and the behavior of wood structures during wind events is available on the association’s website. “After the Storm: Building for High Wind Resistance,” is a 60-minute presentation delivered by APA Region Manager Mary Uher, who is part of a team of APA engineers who have conducted recent storm damage assessments and provided design recommendation for wind resistance. The webinar gives an overview of high-wind forces and emphasizes the importance of a complete load path and how good design and construction practices can improve the storm resistance of buildings. It also addresses code requirements and presents APA’s above-code recommendations for wind-resistant building.


Thank you to the following sponsors. Click the logos below to visit each sponsor's website.
altec bruks
chem trend
cma engineering costa sanders evertee
signode spar-tek sweed
usnr   westmill

Thank you to the following sponsors. Click the logos below to visit each sponsors website.
argo solutions
brunette machinery co
con-vey flamex inc. franklin
grenzebach henkel hexion
idemitsu kimwood raute
spraying systems co
tsi   willamette valley company

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