Attendees at IWF 2016 can ride the wave of excitement at this year's show, and take part in a surfboard giveaway by Woodworking Network. Three surfboards, remarkable examples of veneering craftsmanship by GL Veneer of Hunting Park, California, will be given to lucky winners at three different venues. And there are three ways to win: attend the Veneering Symposium on August 23; completing a survey at Woodworking Network by B422; or if you are a Wood Industry 40 Under 40 winner, you are automatically entered in a drawing to win a surfboard. 
 
An example of the multitude of  veneers applications and its richness in design, the giveaway surfboards were provided by GL Veneers of Huntington Park, CA. For years, GL has used the surfboard motif to display varieties of exotic veneers they sell to customers in the western U.S.
 
Through a special arrangement, the Woodworking Network has secured three of these unique, full-sized boards to be given away to three lucky winners at IWF 2016 in Atlanta. The three boards will be given away in drawings for the following recipients:
 
2. One will go to a lucky winner who fills out our survey on site at IWF 2016, at Booth B422.
3. One will go to a lucky winner selected from the Woodworking Network’s 40 Under 40 celebrants
 
All three boards will be on display for the full day at the Veneering Symposium on Tuesday, August 23rd, and again at the Woodworking Network booth B422 Across from the Terraces Restaurant above Hall B in the GWCC.
Founded on March 1, 1977, GL Veneer began as plywood and face manufacturers supplying the burgeoning high-end case goods markets in the greater Los Angeles region. The company was founded by Lewis E. (Bo) Grittman and Leslie H. Levin; the name of the company was derived from the initials of each founder's last name. Both men had long been involved with the plywood business and Leslie Levin was also influential in developing the veneer grading standards commonly used today and adopted by the Hardwood Plywood Veneer Association (HPVA). 
 
In 1979, Grittman left GL Veneer and Leslie Levin's son, Jeffrey B. Levin, joined the firm. Combining the manufacturing and marketing expertise of both father and son, the business began to grow steadily throughout the 1980's. 
 
In the early 1990's GL Veneer created a diversification plan and by 1997, GL Veneer was producing products in three distinct product lines, Hardwood Plywood, Panel Products, and Leveneer Flexible Veneer. At the headquarters building in Huntington Park, CA the Hardwood Plywood and Leveneer' Flexible Veneer operation had grown so much it was necessary to expand and renovate the facility to its current 160,000 square feet. GL Veneer also expanded to a second facility in nearby Commerce, CA to house the Panel Products production under an additional 65,000 square feet. 
 

 

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