With West Fraser WestPine mill rebuilt, Hardwoods broadens moisture-resistant MDF distribution
November 21, 2017 | 3:21 pm CST
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LANGLEY, B.C. - West Fraser says its year-long rebuilding and updating of the WestPine mill in Quesnel, B.C. is complete and production has returned to its normal operating levels.
"With this significant milestone behind the company, WestPine is re-introducing its moisture resistant MDF," says the company, noting WestPine EcoPlus MR50 is available through all Hardwoods Distribution - Hardwoods Specialty Products and Frank Paxton Lumber distribution locations nationwide.
In addition to the smoothness and stability of EcoPlus MR50, the moisture resistant MDF is formulated to endure humid conditions. This makes it a useful substrate for commercial applications in food service industries, institutional buildings and healthcare establishments. EcoPlus MR50 is also suited for residential interiors such as kitchen and bath cabinetry, interior storage systems, and mouldings and millwork also benefit from its moisture resistant qualities.
EcoPlus MR50 is composed of 100 percent western white softwoods that have a consistent light sandy color. The purity and long fibres associated with this material allow for deep, detailed profiling and precise machining and finishing techniques for superior finished products. EcoPlus MR50 is also appropriate for use with decorative surfaces including reconstituted or natural wood veneers, TFL, and HPL and machines like premium grades of MDF. The panels are available in ½-in, 5/8-in and ¾-in thicknesses. Product samples are available upon request.
EcoPlus MR50 panels are FSC-controlled, and can be an excellent way to help projects contribute to LEED points for environmentally friendly construction. The panels contain no added urea-formaldehyde, and are rated CARB-exempt and compliant. EcoPlus MR50 meets the thickness swell and bond integrity as defined in ANSI 208.2 for the MR50 designation.
 
Hardwoods is North America's largest distributor of architectural building products to the residential and commercial construction markets. The Company operates a North American network of 62 distribution centres, as well as one sawmill with kiln drying operation. The 62 distribution centers service regional markets across North America and as such operate under the brand names Hardwoods, Paxton and Rugby. The triumvirate of Hardwoods, Paxton and Rugby provides specifiers and customers with a growing and diverse range of material choices sourced domestically and globally including its popular house branded products: Dragon Ply, EchoWood, and Baltic Birch.
 
West Fraser is a diversified wood products company producing lumber, LVL, MDF, plywood, pulp, newsprint, wood chips and energy with  facilities in western Canada and the southern United States.

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Bill wrote for WoodworkingNetwork.com, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for WoodworkingNetwork.com.

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.