Call for Entries: PureBond Quality Awards Competition Greensboro, NC - Columbia Forest Products is pleased to announce the opening of the entry period for the 4th Annual PureBond® Quality Awards competition.

Twelve winners will be chosen by a team of expert judges covering four project categories: Residential Kitchen, Residential Bath, Residential Other, and Commercial.

To be considered for judging, each project submission must contain formaldehyde-free PureBond hardwood plywood in the construction. The winning selections will be made based on the “quality” use of PureBond hardwood plywood in a project.

Entries for the PureBond Quality Awards competition are being accepted until May 31, 2015.

Quality Use of PureBond Hardwood Plywood

The PureBond Quality Awards are open to Columbia’s PureBond Fabricator Network (PFN) members. However, fabricators who use PureBond hardwood plywood in their practice may join the PFN now and become eligible to submit entries before the competition’s deadline.

[For more details on joining the PureBond Fabricator Network, contact or visit]

The criterion for the winners is simple: demonstrating “quality” use of PureBond hardwood plywood.

“The PureBond Quality Awards is a way for us to recognize and share the high-quality work being produced by our PureBond Fabricator Network members,” said Todd Vogelsinger, Columbia Forest Products’ director of marketing. “We created a partnership of craftspeople who build quality finished goods for residential and commercial customers using our flagship brand of PureBond hardwood plywood. We’ve admired their work so much, we decided that a competition would be a great way to spotlight their accomplishments,” he added.

This is the fourth year for the competition, which has proven to be very popular, according to Vogelsinger.

Columbia has assembled a distinguished panel of judges for the 2015 competition. They include:

* Rich Christianson, principal of Richson Media, a communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector and the former longtime editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network

* C.T. ‘Kip’ Howlett, Jr., president of the Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association and a former executive at Georgia-Pacific

* William Sampson, editor of CabinetMaker+FDM magazine, with a 35-year career in the woodworking industry and publishing business

* Suzanne VanGilder, the North American organizer of the Decorative Surfaces Conference and a former editorial director for Surface & Panel magazine, a publication whose mission is to “unite materials, technology and design”

* Jen Woodhouse, author of the popular DIY and design blog The House of Wood

Competition Prizes

First place winners in the 4th Annual PureBond Quality Awards competition will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The second and third place winners will receive $500 and $200 prizes, respectively. Judging will be conducted in June, with the winners announced in July 2015.

How to Enter

The PureBond Quality Awards is the only competition focused exclusively on the use of PureBond hardwood plywood in quality woodworking projects. The competition is accepting entries through May 31, 2015.

For more information on how to enter the competition, visit, e-mail your request to, or call 800-637-1609 FREE.

Call for Entries: PureBond Quality Awards Competition You may also access the contest entry form here:

Columbia’s formaldehyde-free PureBond® technology was a major breakthrough in the engineered wood panel market. Developed by Columbia Forest Products in conjunction with scientists at Oregon State University, the first PureBond® hardwood plywood products were produced in 2005. Since then, more than 50 million panels have been shipped.

PureBond® formaldehyde-free technology continues to be a market differentiator for woodshops that cater to a health-conscious, quality-focused clientele. More than 900 fabricators have joined the PureBond Fabricator Network to identify themselves as leading-edge suppliers who are thoughtful about the materials they use, and who wish to serve customers who care about good indoor air quality and maximizing property resale values.

About Columbia Forest Products

Established in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is America’s largest manufacturer of decorative hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer. An employee-owned company, it operates facilities throughout North America. It is a leader in sustainable forestry, as well as in developing innovative and environmentally friendly technologies and products for healthy indoor living.

Columbia Forest Products has provided fine decorative hardwood plywood veneer panels to North American fabricators for nearly 60 years. The company is committed to offering the industry’s widest product selection, manufactured in efficient, technologically advanced mills, and backed by exceptional service and product support.

Source: Columbia Forest Products

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