Rutland Plywood Destroyed by Fire
RUTLAND, Vt - On August 21st 2014, Rutland Plywood Corp (RPC) suffered a catastrophic fire and lost its entire manufacturing facility. Here is the report from the company's website:
We were relieved that there were no injuries during the fire.
The outpouring of community support has been overwhelming and appreciated by everyone it has touched.The future of Rutland Plywood remains uncertain at this time. We will continue to update this website as our plans develop to see what the future holds.
RPC was founded in Rutland,VT in 1957 and has remained a family run business throughout its 58+ years of operation. The Company has provided a stable environment and livelihood to many people over the years. RPC products such as DymondWood ® and StrataBond ® and many others were used through-out the world.
All of us at Rutland Plywood would like to thank all of the employees and their families who have made our company a leading worldwide manufacturer in many products. We want to thank our many customers and their employees who have partnered with us and have become a part of the Rutland Plywood Family. We miss you and hope the future allows us to partner back up again
Rutland Plywood, founded in 1957, produces veneer laminate and resin impregnated wood products used in gun and knife blade handles: DymondWood Densified, Impregnated Hardwood Composites; Stratabond, Colored Hardwood Veneer Composites for Gunstocks; ColorWood, Colored Hardwood Veneer Composites; and EHC Engineered Hardwood Composites. 

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Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

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

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

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. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.