GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Columbia Forest Products, producer of hardwood plywood veneer products, has named the winners of its latest PureBond Quality Awards competition. Among the winners are seven fabricators located in five states: California, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Washington.
The PQA competition recognizes exceptional design and craftsmanship using formaldehyde-free PureBond hardwood plywood materials to create attractive interior spaces and furnishings. Contestants are members of the PureBond Fabricator Network and compete for prizes in three categories: Residential Kitchen, Residential Other and Commercial. 
In the latest competition, seven projects were chosen for PQA recognition by a team of expert judges.

Todd Vogelsinger, Columbia Forest Products’ director of marketing, said, “Through the PureBond Fabricator Network, we’ve forged strong partnerships with woodworking establishments across North America. These are the craftspeople who are building custom installations and furnishings for residential and commercial customers while using our PureBond hardwood plywood. This is the eighth PQA competition we’ve held, and like the previous ones it’s proven to be a wonderful way to showcase the amazing work fabricators are doing with the versatile PureBond material.”

Beech Tree Woodworks won first-place prize in the Residential Other category.
The panel of judges assembled for the latest PureBond Quality Awards competition included: 

--C. T. ‘Kip’ Howlett, Jr., president of the Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association, representing North American manufacturers of hardwood plywood, veneer and engineered flooring and their value chain including suppliers, distributors and fabricators. Howlett is also a former executive at Georgia-Pacific.

--Ang Schramm, a 45-year veteran of the building materials industry and a two-term member of the Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association’s board of directors, who has also served as both chair and member of the HPVA Technical Committee. Schramm is also the author of the industry book A Complete Guide to Hardwood Plywood and Face Veneer. 

--Dr. Katherine Swank, chairperson of the Department of Interior Design & Merchandising in the College of Health & Human Performance at East Carolina University.

--Chip Wade, a woodworking specialist who has lent his noteworthy carpentry and design skills to the Atlanta team of HGTV’s Designed to Sell and has appeared on HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block, Ellen’s Design Challenge, HGTV’s Showdown, HGTV’s Design Star, Oprah, Ellen, and the Today Show.

Selecting the winning entries in the PureBond Quality Awards competition is based on a single fundamental factor: Demonstrating the quality use of PureBond hardwood plywood in a design and fabrication project.

Innovative Display Solutions won first-place prize in the Commercial category.

The project submissions entered across all three design categories were impressive. The judges named the following winners:

Residential Kitchen Category Winners

First-Place Prize: Trade Custom Cabinets, Northridge, California
The judges were impressed by the look of designer cabinetry made with Maple PureBond hardwood plywood panels from Columbia Forest Products.

Second-Place Prize: Cole Wagner Cabinetry, Rochester Hills, Michigan

Third-Place Prize: Ottoson Enterprises, Inc., Dunedin, Florida

Residential Other Category Winners

First-Place Prize: Beech Tree Woodworks, Olympia, Washington
A comprehensive project throughout a residence included cabinets, bathroom vanities, wall panels and soffits, plus a dining table and exterior seating. The rich amber tones of the maple vertical grain-veneered PureBond plywood used indoors complemented the home’s Pacific Northwest setting.

Second-Place Prize: Walker Woodworking, Shelby, North Carolina

Third-Place PrizeAcey LLC, Grand Rapids, Michigan


Commercial Category Winner

First-Place Prize: Innovative Display Solutions, Hudsonville, Michigan

Columbia Forest Product's formaldehyde-free PureBond technology was developed in conjunction with scientists at Oregon State University. The first PureBond hardwood plywood panels were produced in 2005. Since then, more than 100 million panels have been shipped. More than 900 fabricators across North America have joined the PureBond Fabricator Network.
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