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Mills Turn Out In Force For TP&EE Portland

More than 2,900 wood products industry personnel registered for the fourth Timber Processing & Energy Expo that was held October 17-19 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore.

That number included personnel from 110 wood products producer companies representing hundreds of individual mill site operations. The event caters to producers of lumber, plywood, veneer, and engineered wood products including mass timber

Attendees came from 38 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and 17 countries.

They came to observe 200 exhibitor companies on 62,000 square feet of booth space in Hall E as well as several exhibitor setups outside.

“We had a slight increase in attendance from the mill companies compared to 2016,” comments Show Director Rich Donnell. “We were very enthused about that, because going into the show we were getting a lot of feedback that they were extremely busy and hadn’t really had time to think about the show yet.”

But Donnell adds that some companies obviously impressed upon their personnel to take a break from their work days to attend the show. Weyerhaeuser, for example, sent 135 people, Sierra Pacific Industries sent 80, Hampton Affiliates sent 60, Seneca had 35, Idaho Forest Group had 30 and Stimson had 20. Numerous other companies sent pockets of 10 or so representatives.

Donnell also notes that the veneer/plywood/EWP sectors had an impressive presence with attendance from two dozen companies in those fields.

The next TP&EE will be held September 30-October 2, 2020 at the Portland Exposition Center.

“We had an exhibitor waiting list for this one, so we’ll have to consider whether to expand into an adjacent hall for the next one,” Donnell says.

Read more about the show in upcoming issues of Timber Processing and Panel World magazines.

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Mass Timber, Plywood, Lumber Workshops Presenters, Schedules Announced

Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE) announced the lineup of speakers for two workshops—Mass Timber, EWP and Plywood Workshop to be held on Wednesday, October 17, and the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop, which will be held on Thursday, October 18.

TP&EE will be held October 17-19 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore. It will feature nearly 200 exhibitors and 60,000 SF of booth displays.

“We always like to have an educational segment as part of the expo,” comments Rich Donnell, Show Director and Editor-in-Chief of Hatton-Brown Publishers.

The Mass Timber movement is well under way in North America. Russ Vaagen, from the well known Vaagen Bros. Lumber family in Colville, Wash., will speak about Vaagen Timbers, his new venture that is currently constructing a CLT and glulam plant adjacent the family sawmill.

Tyler Freres, VP of Sales for Freres Lumber, will speak about the company’s new MPP (Mass Plywood Panel) plant in operation at Lyons, Ore. and he’ll address new technical and market developments and also the recent certification achieved for MPP through APA—The Engineered Wood Assn.

In the plywood session, Steve Swanson, president of Swanson Group, will provide an update on his company’s new plywood plant in Springfield, Ore., now in its second year of operation.

One of the hottest topics in the sawmill industry is the large number of turnkey southern pine sawmills recently constructed, currently in construction, or about to be in construction.

During the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop, two of the speakers will be from BC-based BID Group, which is the company building and installing much of the equipment in many of those SYP mills.

BID Group Chairman and Managing Director Brian Fehr along with Ron McGehee, R&D New Product Development for BID Group, will speak on “Unlocking the Turnkey Strategy.”

Combined, the two workshops will feature more than 20 speakers. Each workshop costs $75, which also includes admittance to the expo floor for three days and a beer and brat ticket.

To read more about the presentations, go to the Attendee Info tab.

Click here to register for the workshops and/or the expo.

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