HEARST, Ontario - Columbia Forest Products, supplier of decorative hardwood plywood panels, has announced that it has purchased the shares of Nova Wood Lamination in Kitchener, Ontario, from its founding owners, Frank and Donna Decicco.
 
"Frank, Donna and the rest of the Nova Wood Lamination team have built an outstanding reputation for delivering a diverse mix of high quality products and services to the decorative hardwood panel industry," said Columbia's executive vice president of Canadian Plywood & Decorative Veneer Operations, Gary Gillespie. "We are extremely happy to bring the Nova lamination facility into the Columbia Forest Products family.”
 
Gilles Levesque, Columbia's general manager of Canadian Plywood Operations, added, "The Nova Wood plant’s flexible, quality-based production line and its proximity to attractive Canadian and U.S. markets will give many Columbia customers a new competitive edge.”
 
Columbia's acquisition of Nova Wood Lamination comes after other recent investments in Ontario by the company. Last fall, Columbia commissioned a new Meinan core peeling lathe at its Hearst, Ontario, plywood plant, and recently restarted hardwood veneer peeling operations in Rutherglen, Ontario.
 
Gillespie reiterated, "We are high on Ontario: its resources, suppliers, the close working relationships we enjoy with the government agencies, and especially, the dedicated workforce we employ across the province."
 
Columbia’s decorative veneers and panels are used in cabinetry, fine furniture, architectural millwork and commercial fixtures. See www.cfpwood.com.

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