September 2020




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September 2020

APA and EWTA Send Thoughts to Fire- and Hurricane-Impacted Members

APA and EWTA staff send thoughts for a speedy recovery to members affected by fires and smoke in the west and hurricane winds and flooding in the Gulf region. Please know that we are thinking of you and your families and employees in this especially difficult year.APA and EWTA staff send thoughts for a speedy recovery to members affected by fires and smoke in the west and hurricane winds and flooding in the Gulf region. Please know that we are thinking of you and your families and employees in this especially difficult year.

2020 EWTA Supplier Awards

Although we are not gathering this fall for the APA Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair, the Supplier Awards program is proceeding. Web-based ballots will be sent electronically to all APA member executives and mill managers in late October for voting for the Supplier of the Year and Innovations of the Year Awards.
The EWTA Supplier Awards Program is designed to recognize EWTA member companies that excel in serving their APA member manufacturer customers and in developing innovative solutions to processing problems and challenges. The program consists of two components: 

  • Supplier of the Year Awards
    Awards are presented in each of EWTA’s three membership categories: Equipment/Tooling, Materials/Supplies and Consulting/Services. All EWTA member companies in good standing are eligible to participate.
  • Innovation of the Year Award
    The Innovation of the Year Award recognizes a company providing a new technology, product or service that has 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. EWTA is now accepting entries for the 2020 Innovation of the Year Award. Visit the EWTA Supplier Awards Program website for complete details. Entry deadline is October 15.

The winners will be announced in the Engineered Wood Journal and Connections newsletter and featured on the EWTA website.

2021 Info Fair Dates Announced

The 2021 APA Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair will be held October 16-19 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California. If you have questions, please contact LaDauna Wilson.

Good News: Housing Starts Remain Steady

August reports show that housing starts in the U.S. remained above the 1.4 million units annualized rate level. Single-family construction exceeded 1 million units, annualized, back to where it was prior to the COVID-19 disruption. Housing starts in Canada ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 264,000 units driven by the strength in multifamily demand. Builder sentiment jumped to a record high in the September survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders. Home sales in the U.S. and Canada continue to boom and are greater than they were prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. The monthly indicators for employment, retail sales and industrial production continue to improve from their April troughs. The one end-use market that is challenged is nonresidential, primarily in lodging and commercial establishments, excluding warehouses.
A link to the full report was sent to EWTA members last week. If you didn’t receive it, contact LaDauna Wilson.


IBC, International Bar Coding Systems & Consulting Inc., is Moving

IBC’s new building is almost completed. As of October 1, 2020, the new mailing address is PO Box 910, Penticton, B.C. V2A 6J9. The new shipping address (physical location) is 543 Satikw Crossing, Penticton, B.C. V2A 0K2.

Con-Vey Appoints New Project Manager

Con-Vey is pleased to announce that Parker Massie is their new Project Manager. Massie was previously a Mechanical Engineer with the company. Dave Larecy, Con-Vey’s President and CEO, shared that Massie’s mechanical engineering and technical background will be an asset as he navigates this new role fielding questions and collaborating with customers to support and facilitate projects.

Raute Announces Updates to the North America Sales Team

Raute Canada Ltd., recently announced two updates to the Raute North America Sales Team.
Trevor Wendt has been promoted to Vice President of Sales, North America. As a veteran of the Wood Products Industry for over 20 years, Trevor will oversee and direct the Sales Department in North America.
Spencer Pringle moves from Project Cost Estimator to Key Account Sales Manager. As a Mechanical Engineer, he understands the technical mechanics of Raute equipment, which gives him the ability to recommend the best equipment, modernizations and customizations to increase recovery, productivity and profitability for their North American customers.

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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