MEDFORD, OR – U.S. manufacturers of hardwood plywood used in kitchen cabinets and furniture testified they are in danger of being driven out of business by Chinese panels that are cheaper, and often made with toxic glue and timber that is harvested illegally.

Speaking before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee of Public Lands and Forests, Joseph H. Gonyea III, CEO of Timber Products Co., and Phil Guay, vice president of Columbia Forest Products, called for tougher enforcement of trade laws and closer inspection of Chinese plywood entering the U.S.

First quarter 2007 imports of Chinese plywood were up 35 % from the first quarter of 2006, accounting for 54 % of all U.S. imports of hardwood plywood. “The continued survival of our industry is at risk,” Gonyea testified.

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