September 2018

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EWTA Welcomes New Team Members
Two new members have joined the EWTA team to replace Melinda Lilley, who is retiring this fall after 26 years. Lilley has served as EWTA’s member services director, Info Fair coordinator, and the Engineered Wood Journal’s advertising salesperson. Emily Houg will serve as the new Info Fair manager. Houg has coordinated special events and conferences across the U.S. for government agencies, associations and nonprofits and has held board positions with the Pacific Northwest Chapter of Professional Meeting Convention Association. Also new to EWTA’s team is Sydney Martin, the association’s new member services coordinator. In this role, Martin will be managing membership directory updates, working with Engineered Wood Journal advertisers, and providing general support to EWTA members, the managing director and Info Fair manager.

FROMM Joins EWTA as Newest Member
FROMM Packaging Systems, of Boonton, N.J., is EWTA’s newest member company. FROMM develops and produces a wide variety of systems for unitizing and palletizing goods for transport: strapping machines/systems and pallet stretch wrapping machines, together with all necessary consumables. Equipment manager Francesco Belloni can be reached at

Engineered Wood Journal 2019 Media Kit Online
The 2019 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 2019 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.

2019 Info Fair Dates Announced
The dates and location of the 2019 APA Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair have been announced. The events will be held Nov. 2-5 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Ariz. This year’s Annual Meeting and Info Fair will be held Oct. 27-30 at La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas.

EWTA Exhibiting at TP&EE Show
EWTA will be an exhibitor at the 2018 Timber Processing and Energy Expo at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore., Oct. 17-19. The biennial show welcomes nearly 200 exhibitors and 60,000 sq ft of booth displays showcasing new machinery, products and technology from engineered wood and timber product equipment manufacturers and suppliers. The show also features two workshops: the Mass Timber, EWP and Plywood workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 18. Combined, the workshops will feature more than 20 speakers. For more information on the show, visit the website at

Leeper Retiring from Advisory Committee
Dale Leeper, a member of the EWTA Advisory Committee and PF Technology Manager for member company Hexion, retired from both positions Aug. 31. Leeper has served on the EWTA committee since 2010. He also served on the APA standing committee that oversees revisions to PS 1 and PS 2. Leeper has worked at Hexion since 1978, when the company’s name was Borden Chemical. Positions he held within the company include lab technician, sales associate and lab manager. Leeper’s replacement on the Advisory Committee is expected to be named at the committee’s Oct. 27 fall meeting during the APA Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair in San Antonio, Texas.

Info Fair Welcomes 92
Member Company Participants
Ninety-two EWTA members are participating in the 25th Info Fair supplier exhibition this year. The event will be held Oct. 27-29 in San Antonio, Texas. The following EWTA members will be exhibiting and/or sponsoring (Platinum, Gold, Silver, golf, tennis or cripple coot shoot competition):  
2018 Info Fair Exhibitors & Sponsors (as of Sept. 12)
AkzoNobel Wood Adhesives—Silver
A-Lert Construction Services
ALTEC Integrated Solutions Ltd.—PLATINUM, Golf
Arclin—Performance Applied—Silver, Golf
Argos Solutions AS—GOLD
Ashland Specialty Ingredients—GOLD
BASF - We create chemistry—Coot Shoot, Golf
Baumer Inspection GmbH—Silver
Brunette Machinery Company Inc.—GOLD
CECO Environmental
Clarke's Industries, Inc.
CMA engineering Inc.—PLATINUM
Combilift USA
Con-Vey Keystone, Inc.—GOLD
Dieffenbacher Customer Support, LLC
DO2 Industriel—Silver
Dominion Chemical Company—Coot Shoot
Dustex | Lundberg—Silver
Electronic Wood Systems, N.A.
Evergreen Engineering, Inc.
Flamex, Inc.—GOLD, Tennis
Forest Products Laboratory
Franklin Adhesives & Polymers—GOLD, Coot Shoot
Fromm Packaging Systems—*New Exhibitor
Fusoni U.S.—Silver
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLC—Silver, Coot Shoot
Globe Machine Manufacturing Company
Grenzebach Corporation—GOLD, Golf
Guardian Chemicals Inc.
Hansen-Rice, Inc.—Silver, *New Exhibitor
HAWE Hydraulik—Silver
Hexion, Inc.—GOLD, Coot Shoot, Golf
Hunt, Guillot & Associates LLC—Silver
Huntsman Polyurethanes—PLATINUM
IBC, International Bar Coding Systems & Consulting Inc.—Golf
Idemitsu Lubricants America Corporation—PLATINUM
IMAL—PAL Group—Silver
IMEAS Inc.—Silver
Intertape Polymer Group
Itipack Systems—Silver, Coot Shoot
KADANT Carmanah Design—Silver
Kimwood Machinery, Inc.—GOLD
Koch Knight, LLC
KTC Industrial Engineering Ltd.—*New Exhibitor
LIMAB North America—Silver
Lonza Wood Protection—*New Exhibitor
Matthews Marking Systems—Silver
McLube Division, McGee Industries, Inc.
Meinan Machinery Works, Inc./Merritt Machinery, LLC—PLATINUM, Coot Shoot
Meeren-Johnson LLC
Metriguard Technologies Inc.—Silver
Mid-South Engineering
Mill Machinery LLC—Silver
Nicholson Manufacturing Ltd.—Coot Shoot
Owens Corning – InterWrap—PLATINUM
Panel World Magazine/Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc.—Silver
PMP Solutions
Practical Steam, Inc.—*New Exhibitor
Raute—GOLD, Coot Shoot, Golf
REA JET—Silver
Samuel Packaging Systems Group/Strapping—PLATINUM
Samuel Packaging Systems Group/Coding & Labeling
SASCO Chemical, a Polymer Solutions Group Company—GOLD, Golf
Siempelkamp LP—Silver
Signode Packaging Systems—PLATINUM, Golf
Spar-Tek Industries—PLATINUM
Spraying Systems Co.—GOLD
Steinemann Technology USA, Inc.—GOLD, Golf
Stratachem Solutions Group LP—Coot Shoot
Sweed Machinery, Inc.—PLATINUM
Taihei Machinery Works Ltd.—GOLD, *New Exhibitor
Tebulo NA Ltd.—Supplier Awards, Silver, Coot Shoot
The HT Group
USNR—PLATINUM, Coot Shoot, Golf
Veneer Services/Biomass Engineered & Equipment
Walker Emulsions—Golf
Wanhua Chemical (America) Co., Ltd.—Silver
Wechsler Engineering
Westmill Industries USA Corp.—PLATINUM, Golf
Willamette Valley Company—GOLD, Golf
Wood-Based Composites Center—Silver
WPS Industries/Eagle Project Services—GOLD

EWTA Awards to be Announced at Annual Meeting
EWTA’s annual Supplier Awards will be announced at the APA Annual Meeting Oct. 27-29 in San Antonio, Texas. 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 (links to an online ballot will be emailed to APA members early in October) 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 honor new EWTA members’ 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 Oct. 29, and winners will also be published in the Spring 2019 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.

Kimwood Corp. Acquired by Murray Latta
The operations of Kimwood Corp. of Cottage Grove, Ore., were recently acquired by Murray Latta Progressive Machine Inc., of Surrey, B.C., Canada. Kimwood manufactures machinery for the forest products industry; including sanders, planers, re-saws, rotary hogs and cylinders. Murray Latta designs, manufactures and distributes industrial machinery for several industrial sectors including forest products, oil, gas, mining, material handling and construction. The Canadian company has been a licensed manufacturer and distributor of Kimwood products in Canada for more than 30 years. The new company will operate under the name Kimwood Machinery Inc. All Kimwood employees will be retained.

USNR Names New President, Expands Facility
USNR recently announced the promotions of four long-time USNR and Mid-South Engineering employees. (USNR acquired Mid-South last year.) Dale Brown was named president of USNR. Brown joined USNR as an accounting clerk in 1986 and has been promoted within the company several times since. Eric Brousseau was named vice president--manufacturing, Chuck Van Horn was named vice president--capital projects, and Mark Culpepper was named vice-president--turn-key projects. USNR is also expanding its Eugene, Ore., facility. Scheduled to open in January, the new facility encompasses more than 60,000 sq ft on 3.2 acres. The majority of the space will house electrical manufacturing, with the remainder for engineering, R&D and training facilities, warehousing and sales offices.

BASF Helps Fund Berkeley Research Lab
BASF announced in July that it will donate $7 million toward the construction of a new state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary research chemistry facility at the University of California, Berkeley. Research conducted in the new Berkeley Science and Engineering Hub will converge the expertise of chemists, biologists, engineers, computer scientists, ecologists, social scientists, policy experts, economists, entrepreneurs and industry and civic leaders. The announcement was made by Martin Brudermüller, chairman of the board of executive directors and chief technology officer, BASF SE, as part of his keynote lecture at the California Research Alliance (CARA) 2018 Summer Symposium, Oakland, Calif. CARA is one of four BASF scientific excellence clusters that collaborate with research groups on a regional level, maintaining a network between BASF, the campuses of the University of California system, Stanford and Caltech. The researchers at CARA work in a variety of scientific disciplines including new materials, biosciences, formulations, and catalysis, as well as computational and engineering disciplines.

Dieffenbacher Supplies Particleboard Plant in Ecuador
Dieffenbacher recently announced that it will supply a new particleboard plant to Novopan del Ecuador, a producer of medium density particleboard in Quito, Ecuador. The scope of supply includes a forming station with conveyor system that begins at the glue blenders, a forming line with prepress, an 8-ft-wide by 20.5-meter-long CPS+ press system, a raw board handling system and a stack and transfer system. The latest Novopan plant is Dieffenbacher’s sixth new plant project in Latin America in four years.

Weyerhaeuser Names New President/CEO
Weyerhaeuser has announced its appointment of a new president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Devin W. Stockfish, currently the senior vice-president of the company’s Timberlands division, will replace Doyle R. Simons, who is retiring. Adrian Blocker, who currently leads Weyerhaeuser’s Wood Products business, will succeed Stockfish as senior vice-president of Timberlands. Keith O’Rear will succeed Blocker as senior vice-president of Wood Products. O’Rear currently leads the company’s Wood Products Sales and Marketing organization.

APA Launches French Canadian Floor Guide
APA – The Engineered Wood Association recently launched a French-Canadian wood floor guide. The publication, “Systèmes de plancher en bois d'ingénierie,” provides specification recommendations for plywood and OSB floor systems under carpet and pad, hardwood flooring, lightweight concrete, vinyl and ceramic tile. It also includes options for floor systems with thicker sheathing panels and describes the APA Glued Floor System. Installation recommendations for panel subflooring and underlayment are also covered. The guide is available on the APA website. Visit the APA Resource Library online and search for publication R301 CAF.


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chem trend
cma engineering costa sanders evertee
signode spar-tek sweed
usnr   westmill

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brunette machinery co
con-vey flamex inc. franklin
grenzebach henkel hexion
idemitsu kimwood raute
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tsi   willamette valley company

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