APA-The Engineered Wood Association approved three Canadian plywood mills for membership during the Association’s Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month in Nashville, Tennessee. Richmond Plywood Corporation Ltd., Richmond, British Columbia; LP, Golden, British Columbia; and Canoe Forest Products Limited, Canoe, British Columbia, were accepted into membership, effective August 1, 2014.

“We are pleased that these producers have given APA a vote of confidence, and we look forward to bringing them the full value of APA services,” said Ed Elias, APA President. He noted that with the addition of these mills, APA membership will represent about 60 percent of Canada’s plywood production.

“With the support and participation of these producers in our Association activities and advisory committees, APA will have a stronger presence in Canada and a more diverse voice in the broader plywood industry,” Elias said.

All three manufacturers have long and successful histories in British Columbia. Richmond Plywood, “RichPly,” was established in 1956 as a cooperative and continues as a co-op today, with 282 shareholders who work in production.

Canoe Forest Products, located near Salmon Arm, has been producing plywood since 1965. In 2012, Canoe Forest Products joined the Gorman Family of Companies, longtime lumber manufacturers.

The LP Golden mill started peeling veneer in 1964. The mill expanded to plywood production in the ’70s and started to produce laminated veneer lumber in 1997. In 1999, LP acquired the mill from Evans Forest Products. The Golden mill is already an APA member with its LVL line.

About APA – The Engineered Wood Association Founded in 1933 and based in Tacoma, Washington, APA represents approximately 160 plywood, oriented strand board, glulam timber, wood I-joist, Rim Board and structural composite lumber mills throughout the U.S. and Canada. Its primary functions are quality auditing and testing, applied research, and market support and development. www.apawood.org

Source: APA – The Engineered Wood Association

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