November 2022 Connections


EWTA Connections E-newsletter



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

Happy Holidays

Wishing a safe and happy holiday season to all. We look forward to 2023 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. 15 in Aventura, Florida, in conjunction with the APA Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair. New committee members Tom Stewart, representing Bostik; John Schone, representing H.B. Fuller; Kevin Carpenter, representing LP Corporation; and Rebecca Tracy, representing The Willamette Valley Company joined the panel to replace previous representatives from their respective companies. Dr. BJ Yeh assumed the APA Staff Advisor position.

Dr. Yeh provided an update on active APA research projects supported by EWTA. The high-strength shear wall modeling project, initiated in 2020 but delayed due to the pandemic, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. A formaldehyde study project, initiated in 2021 in response to EPA’s risk evaluation on priority chemicals, including formaldehyde in engineered wood products, is also expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Dr. Yeh presented a proposed study on inbound foam insulation to address the structural performance of light-frame walls sheathed with wood structural panels when foam insulation is installed between the wall sheathing and studs. The committee voted to recommend an allocation of $35,000 to partially fund this study. The committee also voted to approve the association’s 2023 budget, which was forwarded and approved at the Oct. 18 APA Board of Trustees meeting. 

APA Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair Held    

APA and EWTA members, staff, spouses and guests gathered Oct. 15 – 18 at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura, Florida, for the 2022 APA Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair. Speakers in the General Session provided an update on APA programs and Keynote Speaker Cara Brookins used real-life examples to share lessons of teamwork, perseverance and overcoming incredible odds. The session also included “State of the Industry” and “State of the Association” addresses by APA Board of Trustees Chairman Roy O. Martin III and APA President Mark Tibbetts and the presentation of the Bronson J. Lewis Award.

EWTA Hosts 64 Exhibitors at 2022 Info Fair

Sixty-four EWTA members exhibited at Info Fair’s annual supplier event, with 47 members providing sponsorship. Eight companies were Diamond Sponsors: Altec Integrated Solutions, Chem-Trend, Con-Vey, Costa Sanders LLC, USNR, Wanhua Chemical Group, Westmill Industries and The Willamette Valley Company. The eight Platinum Sponsors were: Argos Solutions, Fagus Grecon, Matthews Marking Systems, Meinan Machinery Works, Samuel Packaging, Signode Industrial Group, SonicAire and Sweed. Twenty-three companies were Gold Sponsors, and eight members provided sponsorships at the Silver level. Additional sponsorships included support for the golf tournament and tennis tournament. Meeting sponsors are currently featured on the EWTA website and EWTA LinkedIn posts.

The next Info Fair supplier exhibition is Oct. 14-17, 2023 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, California.

APA Honors Tony Vuksich as 2022 Bronson J. Lewis Award Recipient

Tony Vuksich has been named the 2022 Bronson J. Lewis honoree. Vuksich was presented with the award at the APA Annual Meeting on Oct. 17. The award is named in honor of the late Bronson Lewis, who served for 24 years as secretary and then executive vice president of APA – The Engineered Wood Association. The award recognizes individuals for their leadership and outstanding contributions to the engineered wood industry.

Vuksich has been serving the engineered wood industry for 50 years. He began his life-long career with Willamette Valley Company in 1972 in sales. In addition to his work with Willamette Valley Company, his contributions to the engineered wood industry include a 20-year term serving on the EWTA Advisory Committee where he worked on funding special projects for APA and promoting the EWTA Info Fair and membership. He has served as an active member of the Wood Based Composite Center for the last 12 years. Upon his retirement this October, Vuksich will continue to contribute to the industry maintaining APA's Annual Mike St. John Golf Tournament operations which he has organized for the past 35 years.

Congratulations Tony!

EWTA Supplier Award Winners Honored     

EWTA’s 2022 Supplier Awards honored one member innovation and three member companies during the Oct. 17 Chairman’s Dinner at the APA Annual Meeting. Flamex, Ltd. won the Innovation of the Year award for its MXOne High Performance Fire Protection Turbine. Supplier of the Year award winners were USNR in the Equipment/Tooling category, Bostik in the Materials/Supplies category, and BMI Contractors, Inc. in the Consulting/Services category. APA members voted for the awards via an online format. Winners will also be highlighted in the spring 2023 Engineered Wood Journal magazine. Visit the EWTA website for additional information. GO>

Autumn Engineered Wood Journal Available

Have you read the latest issue? The 92-page autumn edition of the Engineered Wood Journal, published last month, is available as a digital e-magazine.

Topics include: 
•    APA Annual Meeting and Info Fair Preview
•    Innovative and Affordable Housing Solutions with Engineered Wood
•    2023 Market Outlook
•    2022 Supplier Awards
•    Current 2022 EWTA Member Directory
•    Introduction to Google Search Ads
•    Industry, Association and Member News
•    Advertiser Links

Read this issue and past issues on the EWTA website. GO ►

Engineered Wood Journal 2023 Media Kit     

The 2023 media kit for the Engineered Wood Journal is now available on the EWTA website. The media kit lists key advertising and editorial deadline dates as well as 2023 rates for display advertising in the biannual digital magazine. Contact LaDauna Wilson for additional details.

EWTA Member News

Welcome New Members     

Two new companies have joined EWTA, bringing the association’s membership to 117. The new members are:

Combilift USA, a global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions. They export to more than 85 countries with more than 60,000 trucks in use worldwide. Learn more > Combilift USA

CaptisAire LLC, provides an industrial air pollution control technology that has been commercialized in many applications including automotive, furniture, and electronics manufacturing. Learn more > Captis Aire LLC

EWTA on LinkedIn

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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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