November 2020




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November 2020

Happy Holidays

Wishing a safe and happy holiday season to all. Thank you for your support and continued EWTA membership throughout this challenging year. We look forward to 2021 as we maintain and enhance our communications and opportunities to stay connected and share industry news.

EWTA Advisory Committee Meets

The EWTA Advisory Committee met Oct. 28 jointly with the Adhesives and Technology Committee through video conference. New committee members Trevor Wendt, representing Raute, and Mike Cook, representing SparTek Industries, Inc., joined the panel to replace previous representatives from their respective companies.

The committee voted to defer some of the $95,000 budgeted in 2020 for research projects. The hybrid wall project with the University of British Columbia continues, with half of the funding contributed in 2020 and the other half in 2021. A report on the preliminary results will be published in the Autumn Engineered Wood Journal.

The committee finalized the association’s 2021 budget, which was forwarded and approved at the Nov. 12 APA Board of Trustees meeting.

Join APA’s 2020 General Session

You are invited to register and attend the APA General Session Business Meeting Dec. 17, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. PST. The meeting will include “State of the Industry” and “State of the Association” addresses by APA Chairman Jim Enright and APA President Ed Elias.

Good News: Housing Starts Climb

Housing starts in the U.S. rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.54 million units in October. The increase was led by single-family construction with starts coming in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.18 million, the highest monthly starts rate since April 2007. Builder sentiment rose to a record high in the survey conducted earlier this month. New and existing home sales continue to run at a blistering pace, leaving the inventory of homes for sale on a months of supply basis at a record low. The October employment, retail sales and industrial production data point to further recovery in the economy. A near-term concern is that the reimposition of government mandates to close indoor dining and reduce effective capacity in retail and personal services will dampen the rate of economic growth in the fourth quarter.

A link to the full report was sent to EWTA members last week. If you didn’t receive it, contact LaDauna Wilson.

Engineered Wood Journal 2021 Media Kit Online

The 2021 media kit for the Engineered Wood Journal will be available Dec. 10 on the EWTA website. The media kit lists key advertising and editorial deadline dates as well as 2021 rates for display advertising in the twice-yearly digital magazine. Contact LaDauna Wilson for additional details.




Willamette Valley Announces New Pre-Tec GM

Willamette Valley Company is pleased to announce that Rich Reardon has joined their team as General Manager for the Pre-Tec Division. John Murray, Willamette Valley Company’s CEO and President, shared that Reardon brings an extraordinary level of expertise and experience in sales and management and will be a tremendous asset to the organization.

Name change coming for Tebulo Industrial Robotics

Effective January 2021, Tebulo Industrial Robotics will change its name to Radian Robotics. Additional information is available at

Hawe Chairman elected VDMA President

Karl Haeusgen, Hawe Chairman of the Supervisory Board is the newly elected President of VDMA (Mechanical and Engineering Industry Association). The VDMA is the largest network organization in the European mechanical engineering industry.

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




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