September 2022 Connections


EWTA Connections E-newsletter



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

APA Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair Registration Open

Registration is open for the 2022 APA Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair, scheduled Oct. 15 – 18 at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura, Florida. Join us for business meetings, sporting events, EWTA Info Fair and networking. The General Session will include a keynote address from Cara Brookins, who uses real-life examples from her unconventional home construction site and shares lessons of teamwork, perseverance and overcoming incredible odds. The session also will include “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 Bronson J. Lewis Award. We are excited to see you in person again!

Info Fair Early Bird Rate Deadline Approaching

There are more than 50 EWTA members currently registered to exhibit and/or sponsor at the 2022 Info Fair. Exhibit spaces and sponsorship opportunities are still available, but don’t delay. The early bird deadline is September 30.

Four sponsorship levels are offered – Diamond; Platinum; Gold and Silver, with additional opportunities to sponsor the golf or tennis tournaments. Details are available at, or contact Events Coordinator Emily Houg.

EWTA at TP&EE      

EWTA will be exhibiting at the Timber Processing & Energy Expo, held Sept. 28 – 30 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Oregon. The seventh TP&EE will spotlight 150 machinery and technology exhibiting companies catering to the lumber and engineered wood products sectors.

In addition to the Expo, two conferences will be included: Sawmill Productivity & Efficiency; and From Forest to Frame: Mass Timber Developments.

Housing Starts and Sales Weighed Down by Higher Mortgage Rates    

Single-family housing starts fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 916,000 units in July, the third straight monthly decline. Since April, single-family starts have fallen 22%. New home sales in June were estimated to have run at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 590,000 units, down 29% compared to January 2022. Existing home sales totaled 5.12 million units in June, down 21% from the start of the year. Builder sentiment in August fell to its lowest level since June 2014, excluding the short-lived decline at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. Real GDP in the U.S. fell at an annual rate of 0.9% in the second quarter. This marks two consecutive quarters of a decline in real GDP, which under the traditional definition implies the U.S. is in a recession. However, employment in July was up by more than 500,000 and industrial production rose by 0.7%. Inflation remains high in the U.S. and Canada, so further tightening of monetary policy should be expected in both countries.

Autumn Engineered Wood Journal Publishes Soon    

The Engineered Wood Journal, the official publication of the Engineered Wood Technology Association, will be published late September. The digital magazine covers a wide range of subjects of interest to the engineered wood products industry, including processing trends and innovations, research and development issues, marketing challenges and opportunities, technical developments, quality assurance trends, certification and regulatory developments, safety and health, and other topics.

To receive the magazine, send your name, company and email address to

Welcome New Members     

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

AvenEx Coating Technologies is a high quality, fully integrated manufacturer of coated woven protective packaging material for the wood products industry. AvenEx produces a variety of grades of EWP roll wrap and also offers sewn, fitted panel covers through our in-house production. Michael Nielly, Director of Sales can be reached at Learn more > AvenEx Coating Technologies

Münzing provides specialty additives designed for use in the wood processing industry. The products are used in a number of applications, including decorative and industrial laminates, wood panels and engineered wood. Daron Alcorn, West Coast Sales Representative, can be reached at Learn more > Münzing

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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Share your Company News

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