USNR acquires veneer automation firm Ventek
November 10, 2016 | 11:37 am CST

JACKSONVILLE, Fl. – Wood product machinery manufacturer USNR has announced it has acquired Ventek, Inc., a manufacturer of veneer scanning, grading, and handling systems for the plywood industry.

Based in Eugene, Oregon, Ventek has designed and built vision-based and moisture-based grading solutions for veneer since the company was founded in 1991. Ventek is most known for its flagship patented multi-point diverter, which tracks and sorts trash veneer into the haul back, and random and fishtail veneers onto designated trays.

Ventek's multi-point diverter does away with the often cumbersome transition to multiple trays by loading each tray from discrete divert points.
“Our customers on the lumber side of our business have long recognized the value of tightly integrated mechanical and optimization technology,” said Chris Blomquist USNR VP of sales and engineering. “With the addition of Ventek’s veneer scanning, grading, and handling solutions to USNR’s lathe, dryer, and downstream product portfolio, we now have an opportunity to bring this integration benefit to our customers on the plywood side of our business as well.”

Rodger Van Voorhis, formerly President of Ventek and one of its founders, added, “I think there are going to be a lot of great opportunities to learn from each other – such as taking our plywood technology and applying it to lumber grading, and vice versa,” says Rodger Van Voorhis, former Ventek president. Voorhis has joined USNR as director of sales for veneer systems.

“I am tremendously pleased that Rodger and the rest of the Ventek team have decided to join USNR to help us build the next generation of products for the plywood industry,” commented Alan Knokey, Vice President responsible for USNR’s plywood and panel business. “The people – the engineers, the service technicians, the guys who actually build the systems, and everyone who supports them – they are the most important part of this transaction.”

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