September 2017

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September 2017  
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EWTA Welcomes Newest Members
Seven new members recently joined EWTA, bringing the membership total to 119.
  • Adwest Technologies Inc., A CECO Environmental Company, located in Anaheim, California, provides high efficiency regenerative thermal and catalytic oxidizers for engineered wood, OSB, MDF, laminating, veneer drying and resin VOC abatement. Scott Brayton, key account manager, can be reached at
  • Coastland Wood Industries, located in Nanaimo, British Columbia, is a triple line veneer mill with an offsite drying facility, two barge loading facilities and three log sorts. Wade Bentley, vice-president of sales and marketing, can be reached at
  • Evertree, located in Plymouth, Michigan, is an industrial solutions and materials provider with cost-competitive, plant-based chemicals that offer the same or better performance than petroleum-based chemicals. Director of Business Development Clancy Redmond can be reached at
  • HexArmor, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a global personal protective equipment manufacturer that uses innovative technologies to build high performing hand protection, arm/body protection, and eyewear. Patrick Beadling, director of account services, can be reached at
  • PMP Solutions, located in Quebec, Canada, offers manufacturing plants real-time access to production performance data by connecting machines, processes and people. Business Development Director Anne-Marie Levesque can be reached at
  • Rockwell Automation, located in Alpharetta, Georgia, is an industrial automation and information company offering flagship products, including Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Software. Stephen Howell, process business development manager, can be reached at
  • SEMCO, located in Gulf Shores, Alabama, offers design, layout and project management services to companies seeking lighting upgrades and helps businesses cut lighting energy cost by 60–75 percent through turnkey LED lighting retrofits. President James Fletcher can be reached at

Info Fair Welcomes 87
Member Company Participants
Eighty-seven EWTA members are participating in the 24th Info Fair supplier exhibition this year. The event will be held October 28–30 in Huntington Beach, California. The following EWTA members will be exhibiting and/or sponsoring (Platinum, Gold, Silver, golf, tennis or cripple coot shoot competition):

2017 Info Fair Exhibitors/Sponsors
Adwest Technologies, A CECO Environmental Company
AkzoNobel Wood Adhesives—Silver
A-Lert Construction Services
ALTEC Integrated Solutions Ltd.—PLATINUM
Arclin—Performance Applied—Silver, Golf
Argos Solutions AS—GOLD
Ashland Specialty Ingredients—GOLD
Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC—Silver
BASF—We create chemistry—Coot Shoot, Golf
Baumer Inspection GmbH—Silver
Biomass Engineering & Equipment
Brunette Machinery Company Inc.—GOLD
Clarke's Industries, Inc.
CMA engineering Inc.—PLATINUM
Combilift USA
Connexus Industries Inc.
Con-Vey Keystone, Inc.—GOLD
Dieffenbacher Customer Support, LLC
DO2 Industriel
Electronic Wood Systems, N.A.—Silver
Evergreen Engineering, Inc.
Flamex, Inc.—GOLD, Tennis
Franklin Adhesives & Polymers—GOLD, Coot Shoot
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals, LLC—Silver, Coot Shoot
Globe Machine Manufacturing Company
Grenzebach Corporation—GOLD, Golf
Guardian Chemicals Inc.
H.B. Fuller—Silver
Hexion, Inc.—GOLD, Coot Shoot, Golf
Huntsman Polyurethanes—PLATINUM
IBC, International Bar Coding Systems & Consulting Inc.—Silver
Idemitsu Lubricants America Corporation—GOLD
IMAL—PAL Group—Silver
Industry Intelligence Inc.
Intertape Polymer Group
InterWrap/Owens Corning
Itipack Systems—Silver, Coot Shoot
KADANT Carmanah Design—Silver
Kimwood Corporation—GOLD
Koch Knight, LLC
Matthews Marking Systems—Silver
McLube Division, McGee Industries, Inc.
Meinan Machinery Works, Inc./Merritt Machinery, LLC—PLATINUM
Meeren-Johnson LLC
Metriguard, Inc.—Silver
Mid-South Engineering Company
Mill Machinery LLC
NESTEC, Inc.—Silver
Nicholson Manufacturing Ltd.
Panel World Magazine/Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc.—Silver
Player Design, Inc.—Silver
PMP Solutions
Raute—GOLD, Golf
REA JET—Silver
Samuel Packaging Systems Group—PLATINUM
Samuel Packaging Systems Group/Coding & Labeling
SASCO Chemical, a Polymer Solutions Group Company—GOLD, Golf
Siempelkamp LP—Silver
Signode Packaging Systems—PLATINUM
Spar-Tek Industries—PLATINUM
Spraying Systems Co.—GOLD
Steinemann Technology USA, Inc.—GOLD, Golf
Stratachem Solutions Group LP—Coot Shoot
Sweed Machinery, Inc.—PLATINUM
Tebulo Industrial Robotics—Silver, Supplier Awards
The HT Group
USDA Forest Products Laboratory
USNR—PLATINUM, Coot Shoot, Golf
Veneer Services, LLC
Wanhua Chemical (America) Co., LTD—Silver
Wechsler Engineering and Consulting, LLC
Westmill Industries USA Corp.—PLATINUM, Golf
Willamette Valley Company—GOLD, Golf
Wood-Based Composites Center—Silver

Supplier of the Year Awards
to be Announced at Annual Meeting
EWTA’s annual Supplier Awards will be announced at the APA Annual Meeting October 28–31 in Huntington Beach, California. The awards are sponsored by member company Tebulo Industrial Robotics and honor EWTA members. The overall awards program features two competitions: the Supplier of the Year awards and the Innovation of the Year award. In EWTA’s Supplier of the Year awards program, APA members will vote for winners (ballots were emailed to APA members earlier this month) based on quality, service and delivery of products, equipment and/or services supplied to them by EWTA members. One winner will be chosen in each of three member categories: Equipment/Tooling, Materials/Supplies, and Consulting/Services. EWTA’s Innovation Award is an annual awards program that is designed to recognize the accomplishments of EWTA member companies. The award honors new technologies, systems or products that have been shown to demonstrably reduce production costs, increase productivity, improve product quality or in some other way provide a bottom-line benefit to APA members. The Innovation Award winner is also determined by APA member email votes, combined with in-person votes at EWTA’s Info Fair during the APA Annual Meeting. Supplier Award program winners will be announced during the Annual Meeting Chairman’s Dinner, October 30, and winners will also be published in the Spring 2018 issue of the Engineered Wood Journal. Last year’s Supplier of the Year and Innovation of the Year award winners are on the EWTA website.

Hexion Expanding Alberta R&D Facility
Hexion, Inc. announced in a press release that it will expand its technology center at its forest products complex in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The expanded research and development facility will focus on developing next generation resin chemistry for panel production that will complement the company’s existing EcoBind product. The expansion is expected to be complete by the third quarter of 2017.

SASCO Acquires Michelman’s
Wood Release Agent Line
SASCO Chemical, a Polymer Solutions Group Company, recently announced that it has acquired the wood release agent product line of Michelman Inc., a supplier of wood release agents to the engineered wood market. Over the next few months, SASCO’s legacy products and the newly acquired products from Michelman will be integrated into Polymer Solutions Group’s Functional Materials business segment. Products will be sold under PSG’s existing brand name, TechKote.

Westmill Reports Product
Success in Plywood Plant Dryer
After 24 months of continuous operation at Coastal Forest Resources Company's Chapman, Alabama, plywood plant, Westmill’s ICCP system has been found to virtually eliminate any corrosion of the protected dryer structure, Westmill announced in a press release. The system protects steel from corrosion. Measurements taken during an inspection of the Coastal dryer indicate that it is still registering under the 10-gram “margin of error” limit of the system.

AkzoNobel Appoints New CEO
AkzoNobel announced that its chief executive officer, Ton Büchner, stepped down due to health reasons, and Thierry Vanlancker will serve as the company’s new CEO. Vanlancker joined the company in 2016 and was most recently head of specialty chemicals at AkzoNobel.

Roseburg Forest Products to
Build New Plant in South Carolina
Roseburg Forest Products announced that it will expand its operations in the southeast U.S. with construction of a new engineered wood products plant in Chester, South Carolina. Groundbreaking on the planned manufacturing facility is expected in early 2018, with anticipated operation start-up in mid 2019. Once completed, the plant will create 148 full-time jobs.

LP Acquires International Barrier Technology
Louisiana-Pacific Corp. announced that it will acquire Watkins, Minnesota-based International Barrier Technology Inc. for $22 million. Barrier manufactures the fire-retardant coating used in LP FlameBlock fire rated products. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of this year.

Twedt Takes on New Role at Boise Cascade
Boise Cascade Co. recently announced that Jill Twedt has been appointed vice president, legal and corporate secretary. Twedt joined Boise Cascade as senior counsel in 2007 and currently leads the company’s compliance committee.


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