The US Structural Plywood Integrity Coalition on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, filed a motion in Federal District Court in Florida for an expedited hearing and temporary injunction against Forestwood Industries Inc. and Association for Laboratory Accreditation Inc (“A2LA”) and their certification of Brazilian manufactured plywood panels.
Boise Cascade Company, a leading producer of engineered wood products and plywood in North America, announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire Coastal Plywood Company, including its two manufacturing facilities, from Coastal Forest Resources Company for $512 million.
The permanent injunction agreed to by the US Structural Plywood Integrity Coalition and PFS-TECO and signed by a US federal district judge in Florida on May 23, 2022, did not prohibit, limit, or restrict the sale and/or use of plywood panels produced and stamped with the PFS-TECO PS-1 certification until after May 31, 2022.
Investigations continue into the fire that damaged the Tolko OSB facility in High Prairie, Alberta, on Friday, May 20. Currently, there is no production taking place at the site. The facility is still shipping out existing finished product as trucks and empty railcars become available. On May 30, operations teams started clean-up in restricted areas.
On Tuesday, a lawsuit to stop the importation and sale of substandard structural plywood from Brazil ended with Federal Judge Roy Altman issuing a permanent injunction barring a long-time certifier from operations in Brazil. The injunction requires the revocation of all PS 1 certificates issued by PFS-TECO to over a dozen Brazilian mills producing structural plywood for the U.S.
Tolko Company has provided a brief update on the fire at its OSB mill facility in High Prairie, Alberta. The fire was initially reported at approximately 5:00 AM MDT on Friday, May 20, 2022. The mill was evacuated, and local emergency crews were called to aid the facilities fire suppression system. The fire was declared out about 90-minutes later.
Louisiana Pacific has recently completed a major conversion project at its Houlton, Maine facility. According to Nathan Whitney, the Houlton plant manager, back in early 2021, Louisiana Pacific started converting the Houlton plant from manufacturing OSB to their flagship SmartSide siding products.
The Cossette family, a well-known Québec-based forestry family, which has operated Montreal-headquartered Forex since 1957, announced on Monday (4-11-22) that it was investing $180 million (CAD) to restart a shuttered OSB plant in Northern Ontario and hire approximately 140 people to staff it.
Legislation passed last week by the U.S. House of Representatives would end “normal trade relations” with Russia and have a long-lasting trade impact if the proposed 50% tariffs on imports of birch plywood were to be put into effect. If signed into law, the Decorative Hardwoods Association said that this would create challenges for importers and potential opportunities for domestic manufacturers.
According to an announcement from Wisconsin State Attorney General Josh Kaul office, Wisconsin Veneer and Plywood Inc. (Wisconsin Veneer) is being required to pay a $75,000 monetary penalty for alleged violations of Wisconsin state air pollution control laws that occurred at their Shawano County manufacturing facility.