APA website features OSB and plywood for cabinets and furniture
APA-engineered wood association

PORTLAND, Ore. -APA-The Engineered Wood Association, updated its PerformancePanels.com website to include updated information on regulations and product technology. The website offers details on a wide range of industrial applications for plywood and OSB (oriented strand board) wood structural panels, including concrete forming, furniture, cabinets, transportation, materials handling and signage.

The expanded site features new content on the use of Structural Composite Lumber (SCL) for specialty applications. PerformancePanels.com also includes extensive technical data about wood structural panels including current information on the new U.S. EPA formaldehyde rules that effect manufacturers of upholstered and solid wood furniture and cabinets.

In addition to incorporating new information, APA rebranded the website to reflect a new design and logo, along with improved functionality. PerformancePanels.com navigation was improved, making it easier for visitors to find the information they need on APA member products for industrial applications. The site also includes a directory and web links to APA member manufacturers that produce structural wood products for industrial segments.

The site search function was also enhanced. Depending on the search terms entered by the user, results will include information from PerformancePanels.com as well as content from the extensive APA Resource Library including publications, product reports and CAD details. Contact information for the APA Help Desk is also available on the site.

Visit www.performancepanels.com to see the new site and learn more about plywood, OSB, and engineered wood products for industrial applications.

About APA – The Engineered Wood Association: Founded in 1933 and based in Tacoma, Washington, APA represents approximately 163 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


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Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for WoodworkingNetwork.com.

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In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

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