November 2019

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CORRECTION: An incorrect phone number for H.B. Fuller was listed in the Info Fair Exhibitor Directory, which ran in the Autumn issue of The Engineered Wood Journal. The correct contact number for H.B. Fuller is (503) 437-8652. The Journal regrets the error.

EWTA Allocates $95,000 for APA Projects, Research

EWTA’s Advisory Committee, at its fall meeting in Tucson, Arizona, voted to recommend an allocation of $95,000 to fund four projects benefiting the engineered wood industry. The project proposals, presented by APA staff, included:

  • $50,000 to develop hybrid walls using structural panels – UBC design phase
  • $25,000 to develop hybrid walls using structural panels – APA test phase
  • $10,000 to develop APA educational tools for APA’s Nonresidential Market’s “Build a Better Building” project
  • $10,000 to develop a communications package for APA’s Nonresidential Market’s “Build a Better Building” project

The recommendation was forwarded to the APA Board of Trustees as part of the overall EWTA budget for 2020. Research contributions, made possible by EWTA member support, continue to trend in a positive direction with more than $460,000 invested since 2000.

EWTA Welcomes 8 New Members

Eight new member companies have joined EWTA, bringing the association’s membership to 125 – a new record. The new members are:

  • Alpha Wax USA, based in Houston, Texas, supplies a wide range of waxes tailored to meet each customer’s needs. Business development manager Joe Lasaponara can be reached at
  • Bates and Company, Inc., based in Orange, Texas, provides various support products to the forest products industry, including extenders and fillers to customers extending phenol formaldehyde adhesives for use in plywood, LVL and hardwood. President Jim Gilliam can be reached at
  • BMI Contractors, Inc., based in Salem, Oregon, is a machinery installation contractor specializing in the wood products industry for nearly 40 years. They have installed complete plywood, OSB, LVL and I-Joist facilities as well as replaced, rebuilt or modernized individual machinery lines, including over 100 veneer dryers and a significant number of plywood presses, LVL presses and OSB presses. Company President David Brown can be reached at
  • FANUC America Corp., headquartered in Rochester Hills, Michigan, is a supplier of robots, CNC systems and factory automation. Senior regional manager David Spencer can be reached at
  • Hashimoto Denki Company Ltd, located in Takahama City in Japan’s Aichi prefecture, specializes in the manufacture of high-efficiency and value-added plywood and veneer-producing machinery, including veneer lathe lines, veneer drying and stacking lines, veneer composers, veneer lay-up systems and glue-spreading lines, automatic putty lines and plywood finishing lines. General manager George Mori can be reached at
  • MSK Covertech Inc., located in Acworth, Georgia, is a manufacturer of complete packaging lines, specializing in end-of-line packaging systems such as pallet conveyor, roboting palletizing, robotic labeling, and more. Sales engineer Daniel Grupp can be reached at
  • Northwest Adhesives, Inc. is based in Washougal, Washington, and offers high-performing, cost-efficient pre-coated tapes for composing wood veneers, parquet flooring or LVL veneer into durable, continuous full sized sheets. General manager Bryan Asbury can be reached at
  • Waxian International, located in Englewood, New Jersey, is a supplier of wax and wax technology, and is an official sales agent for Sasol wood products. President Sean Fales can be reached at


EWTA Supplier Award Winners Honored

KTC Industrial Engineering EWTA’s 2019 Supplier Awards honored one member innovation and three member companies during the Nov. 4 Chairman’s Dinner at the APA Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona. KTC Industrial Engineering (with Nova Robotics) was the winner of the Innovation of the Year Award for its OSB Press Platen Repair Robot. Supplier of the Year Award winners were Con-Vey Keystone in the Equipment/Tooling category, Willamette Valley Company in the Materials/Supplies category, and Panel World Magazine/Hatton-Brown Publishers Inc. in the Consulting/Services category. APA members voted for the awards online as well as during the Annual Meeting and Info Fair. Winners will also be highlighted in the spring Engineered Wood Journal magazine.

In Memoriam:
EWTA Mourns Passing of Committee Member, Corey Farrens

Corey Farrens, former business development manager at EWTA member company SparTek Industries and a member of EWTA’s advisory committee from 2017 to 2019, died Sept. 16, 2019. Mr. Farrens was born in Sedalia, Missouri on Dec. 5, 1968, and attended Clinton High School, Virginia Tech and the Oregon Culinary Institute. He served in the Navy as a machinist’s mate on the USS Durham and USS Abraham Lincoln, and is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield. Baseball was Mr. Farrens’ passion. He earned a National Pitching Association certification with Tom House, and coached baseball in West Linn, Oregon. He loved the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs.
Mr. Farrens is preceded in death by his mother and brother, Kevin. He is survived by his sister Tracy McClain; sons Jesse and Alex; and significant other, Vanessa Yankowski.
Mr. Farrens’ presence on the EWTA Advisory Committee and at EWTA’s annual Info Fair supplier exhibition will be greatly missed.

New Members Join EWTA Advisory Committee

The EWTA Advisory Committee welcomed two new members at its fall meeting Nov. 2 during the APA Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona. Jon Pierson with SparTek fills the seat vacated by Corey Farrens, who recently passed away. Brett Knudsen of Arclin – Performance Applied takes the seat of James Slay.

EWTA Advisory Committee Recommends 2020 Budget

The EWTA Advisory Committee finalized the association’s 2020 budget during its meeting earlier this month in Tucson, Arizona. The budget is for income of $459,600 and expenses of $490,800, including $95,000 in new research funding, resulting in a year-end net deficit of $31,200 and cash reserves of $160,318. The proposed budget was approved by the APA Board of Trustees.

EWTA Hosts 80 Exhibitors at 2019 Info Fair

Eighty EWTA members exhibited at Info Fair’s annual supplier event in Tucson, Arizona, last month, with 55 members providing sponsorship. Four companies were Diamond sponsors (Info Fair’s new top sponsorship level): Altec Integrated Solutions, Costa Sanders LLC, ChemTrend and USNR. The 14 Platinum sponsors were: Arclin – Performance Applied, Argos Solutions, BRUKS-SIWERTELL, CMA engineering, Con-Vey, Matthews Marking Systems, Meinan Machinery Works, Owens Corning InterWrap, Samuel Packaging, Signode Industrial Group, Sweed Machinery, Wanhua Chemical, Westmill Industries, and Willamette Valley Company. Twenty companies were Gold sponsors and 17 provided sponsorships at the Silver level. Additional sponsorships included support for the golf tournament, tennis tournament and cripple coot shoot. A complete list of exhibitors and meeting sponsors can be found on the EWTA website. The next Info Fair supplier exhibition is Oct. 17-19, 2020 at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort and Spa in Aventura, Florida.

Engineered Wood Journal 2020 Media Kit Online

The 2020 media kit for the Engineered Wood Journal is now available on the EWTA website. The media kit lists important advertising and editorial deadline dates as well as 2020 rates for display advertising in the twice-yearly print magazine. It also details Membership Directory and Info Fair exhibitor listing rates, as well as information on Advertiser Index listings and special inserts. New to the Media Kit is a section called Member Communications Opportunities, which outlines ways new members can publicize their accomplishments and gain more exposure for their companies.


Raute Receives Largest Order in Company History

Raute recently announced that it received orders worth approximately EUR 58 million for all machinery and equipment for the production process of an entire plywood mill in Russia. The order represents the largest in Raute’s history. The machinery and equipment will be delivered to a greenfield plywood mill to be set up in Galich, Kostroma region by Segezha Group. The annual capacity of the new mill will be approximately 125,000 cubic meters. The ordered machinery and equipment will be delivered during the year 2020 and production in the plywood mill will start in summer 2021. The equipment will be engineered and produced in Raute's units in Nastola, Shanghai and Kajaani.

Ashland Introduces New Laminating Adhesives Portfolio

Ashland recently introduced its Solvester portfolio of laminating adhesives. According to a press release, the adhesives deliver outstanding bond performance, aggressive ingredient resistance, low migration performance and cure times of three days or less at ambient conditions.

HGA Promotes Mike Causey to VP of Corporate Strategic Development

Hunt, Guillot & Associates recently expanded its executive team by appointing Mike Causey to the role of vice president of corporate strategic development. Causey joined HGA 19 years ago as a relationship manager. He then moved on to become the company’s business development manager, operations manager for the Shreveport, Louisiana, office and most recently, vice president of sales. In his new role, Causey will lead large-scale growth strategies and initiatives. Causey has more than 30 years of experience in both owner-operator and engineering consulting businesses.

James Read is New Vice President at Westmill

James ReadWestmill Industries USA Corp. recently announced that James Read will be assuming the role of vice president at the company. According to a press release, Read has more than two decades of leadership and senior management experience, leading some of British Columbia’s largest and more complex manufacturing operations. Read holds a Master of Science degree in Operational and Supply Chain Management from the University of Liverpool, which has served to reinforce his 20-plus years of practical, hands-on management experience. Read currently serves as the board chair for the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC, an organization that provides specialized services to British Columbia’s manufacturing industry.






Georgia-Pacific Chemicals Rolls Out New Website

GP Chemicals WebsiteGeorgia-Pacific Chemicals recently announced the launch of its redesigned website intended to simplify product selection in the numerous industries in which it participates. The site has been optimized for full mobile and desktop functionality. The site also features new products and capabilities, such as new ultra-low phenol and formaldehyde coatings resins. The website also contains information on Georgia-Pacific Chemicals research and development capabilities, distribution services, global reach, news and upcoming events. The redesigned site is at

Kadant Carmanah Design Names Agent for Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay

Kadant Carmanah Design recently announced the appointment of Mendes Máquimas Ltda., a sawmill specialist based in Curitibanos, Brazil, that has been designing and manufacturing sawmill equipment for more than 60 years. The company will be the exclusive agent for Kadant Carmanah’s chipping and screening products for Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. According to a press release, the alliance enables the company to increase its product offering in the market.

Mid-South Engineering Acquires Stolberg Engineering

Mid-South StolbergMid-South Engineering announced that it has acquired Canada’s Stolberg Engineering. Stolberg Engineering will now operate from its office in Richmond, British Columbia, as the Mid-South Engineering Stolberg Group. The combination of the two companies is expected to allow Mid-South and Stolberg team members to expand their professional services to their existing and new clients.






Costa Sanders Places New Sanding Machine at Italian Manufacturing Plant

KKCrossbelt Front DownCosta Sanders LLC recently placed its new KK-CX Cross-Belt machine for enhanced sanding of cross-laminated timber billets at a major CLT manufacturing plant in Italy. The machine was built with a wide belt plus an integral cross belt. It provides the user with the ability to control billet thickness and also provides a finer finish utilizing a cross belt with Costa’s sectioned electronically controlled pad. The machine gives CLT manufacturers the ability to add value to their product, providing architects a surface ready for stain, sealers or topcoats.

SMARTECH Hires 2, Recognized as Top Solution Provider

SMARTECH (formerly TIP), announced the appointment of Dave Mor as the company’s chief of innovative technologies and head of its innovation arm. It also named Rami Arbili as director of North and South America. Prior to joining SMARTECH, Mor served as a senior leader in the IDF technology community, where he commanded multiple teams of technical analysts and engineers dealing with cutting-edge technologies in diversified domains. Arbili served as the head of business development for Allot Communications Inc. before joining SMARTECH. SMARTECH was also recently recognized in Manufacturing Technology Insights magazine as a Top 10 Smart Factory Solution Providers for 2019. The ranking highlights companies that excel at tackling manufacturers’ challenges.

Signode Rebrands, Announces New Name

Signode LogoSignode Industrial Group recently shortened its name to Signode. The company also introduced a new shield-inspired logo and corporate message – “We’ll Protect it From Here.” A new web presence accompanies the new branding and updated messaging at


Norbord’s Mike Dawson Receives Bronson J. Lewis Award

Mike Dawson, former senior vice president of sales, marketing, and logistics for Norbord, was the 2019 recipient of the Bronson J. Lewis Award at APA’s Annual Meeting last month in Tucson, Arizona. The award recognizes individuals for their leadership and outstanding contribution to the engineered wood industry. It is dedicated to the late Bronson Lewis, who served for 24 years as secretary and then executive vice president of APA.
Dawson spent his 30-year career in the wood products industry, starting as a forest sales representative for Noranda Aluminum. Originally located in Pittsburgh, Dawson held a number of increasingly senior positions in the U.S. and Canada.
Besides his work on behalf of Norbord, Dawson was a member of the APA Board of Trustees for many years, serving as an active committee member and also chairman of the Marketing Advisory Committee. He served as a director with the American Wood Council board for five years and was also a Wood Products Council advisor to the WoodWorks board of directors.
After retiring in 2015, Dawson continued to volunteer in his community, particularly with animal rescue programs.

AIA Southwest Washington Awards Scholarships to 6

The American Institute of Architects Southwest Washington Chapter has selected Ashley Beard, a third-year student at Washington State University, to receive a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, Angel Atanassov and Jaime Stauffer, students in the WSU School of Design and Construction have both received $1,000 scholarships from AIASWW. Renewal scholarships totaling $1,500 have been presented to three past recipients who continue to pursue a career in architecture: Isabella Boyd attends the University of Washington and is in her fourth year of study in the Architecture program; Kate Owen continues her path to an architect profession at the University College Dublin; and Luis Servin is continuing to excel in his studies at the School of Architecture at Washington State University.

Weyerhaeuser’s Chris Degnan Joins APA Board of Trustees

Chris Degnan, the director of commodities and home improvement warehouse for Weyerhaeuser, recently joined the APA Board of Trustees. Degnan has a background in sales and marketing of engineered wood, OSB and plywood products. He started his career as a district forester in Louisiana. Before joining Weyerhaeuser in 2008, he was a sales manager for Willamette Industries.

Composite Panel Association Elected 2020 Officers

The Composite Panel Association elected its 2020 officers at its fall meeting in October. Pat Aldred of GP Wood Products will serve as chairman, David Smith of Timber Products as vice chairman, and Steve Carroll of Arauco as secretary/treasurer. Jim Buffington of Roseburg will complete his term as CPA chairman at the end of this year and serve as immediate past chairman in 2020.
The board re-elected Emilio Ayub of Duraplay, Steve Canary of Panolam, James Hogg of Uniboard and James Laundry of West Fraser to continue serving as at-large members of the executive committee. Additionally, Dan Beaty of Langboard, Marla Chappell of Weyerhaeuser and Mike Shuey of Collins were elected to the executive committee. Joe Caldwell of MJB Wood Group, Steve Sauter of Hexion and Peter Stasiowski of Interprint were re-elected as associate members to the CPA Board of Directors.

Canadian Wood Council Appoints New President

The Canadian Wood Council recently announced that Kevin McKinley was appointed president and CEO of the association. McKinley, who replaces interim president Rick Jeffery, has previous work experience at the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation, the International Organization for Standardization, and the Standards Council of Canada.



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