LEESBURG, VA – The Composite Panel Assn. is observing its 50th anniversary in 2010.

The association was founded in 1960 as the National Particleboard Assn. In 1989, the NPA formed the PB-MDF Institute, opening up membership to suppliers and customers. The institute became the Composite Wood Council and ultimately merged with the broader association. In 1997, the Canadian Particleboard Assn. joined the group and the association was renamed the Composite Panel Assn.

Since then, the CPA has expanded to include the agrifiber industry, the hardboard industry and the decorative surfaces industry, and the composite panel industry of Mexico. CPA now represents more than 95 percent of North American composite panel production.

Brassard named 2010 CPA chairman
Louis Brassard, president and CEO of Tafisa Canada, is the 2010 CPA chairman. Other CPA officers of the CPA Executive Committee are: Mike Blosser, vice president of health and safety for Louisiana Pacific Corp., CPA vice chairman; and James Hogg, executive vice president and COO for Uniboard Canada, CPA secretary/treasurer.

Dave Leding of Flakeboard completed his term as CPA chairman at the end of 2009 and remains on the CPA Executive Committee as immediate past chairman.

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