The Timber Processing & Energy Expo will include a day-long workshop on Veneer & Plywood Manufacturing and Engineered Lumber to be held the first day of the expo, Wednesday, October 15, in the meeting rooms above the expo floor at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore.
TP&EE will be held October 15-17. More than 160 exhibitors have filled the Hall D venue at the Expo Center for the event, which will cater to primary producers of veneer, plywood, engineered wood products, lumber and wood energy.
The workshop kicks off with a speech by Republican House Representative Dennis Richardson, who is a candidate for governor of Oregon, running on a platform for business improvements and the creation of jobs. Richardson is a retired lawyer, business owner and Vietnam War veteran pilot from Central Point, Ore. He is serving his sixth term in the Oregon House of Representatives.
“My goal is to benefit the entire state in a way that will restore the pioneer legacy for our children and grandchildren—a legacy of good jobs for Oregon workers…and an effective, rational policy for efficiently managing our natural and human resources with respect for our quality of life and the environment,” Richardson says.
Richardson is opposing incumbent Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber.
Richardson’s opening talk is entitled, “Critical Issues for the Northwest Forest Products Industry.”
The Wednesday workshop includes presentations on a range of manufacturing processes, as well as an afternoon panel session on cross laminated timber.
Among the speakers are Dick Baldwin, operating partner with New Wood Resources and Atlas Holdings; Scott Weatherford, president of ATCO Wood Products.
The CLT discussion includes presentations from representatives of Weinig and MINDA.
Other presentations will address Turnkey Plywood Plant Technology; Veneer Grading; Veneer Drying; and Lathe Scanning Technology.
And end-of-day panel discussion will address “Meeting Customer Needs,” and include Chris Seymour, Region Manager-Western Oregon Region, Boise Cascade, as moderator.
On the second day of the expo, Thursday, October 16, the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop will be held. A fee of $75 includes access to both workshops, as well as admission for three days to the expo floor, and a free “beer and brat” ticket.