How Engineered Wood Products Are Changing the Way We Build

These innovative mass timber projects are changing the way we think about building with wood. 

 Mass Timber Projects That Demonstrate the Power of Engineered Wood

Wood has been the go-to building material since the dawn of humanity, however, the advancements in the wood products industry have made this “old” standby seem new again. The beneficial properties and pleasing aesthetics of engineered products are inspiring architects, engineers, and builders to reimagine the possibilities of wood. 

Through advancements in technology and design, engineered wood products are helping usher in a new era of office and residential buildings in urban settings. We could point to hundreds of building projects that demonstrate the power of building with engineered wood products. However, here are just a few case studies that highlight how engineered wood products like Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glulam are being incorporated in modern building designs throughout North America. 

APA Case Study: Kelowna Office Building– 3935 Lakeshore Rd
Location: Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna-Office-Building- Source APA Wood

Kelowna-Office-Building- Source APA Wood

This 3-story, 14,000 square-foot office building is framed with glulam post and beam, with CLT making up the floor and roof systems. According to this case study published by the APA – The Engineered Wood Association, CLT provided an unprecedented level of structural integrity, design flexibility, and cost-competiveness with a high level of aesthetic value, thanks to the natural beauty of wood. Click here to learn more about this project.  

APA Case Study: Winfield Gate 
Location: Houston, Texas

Winfield Gate.Source APA-Wood

Winfield Gate.Source APA-Wood

This upscale development of 4,000- to 6,000-square foot, four-story luxury townhomes uses wood structural frames and demonstrate the load-carrying capacities of engineered wood glulam beams. “There’s no question that glulam help us achieve our design goals,” says Andy Suman, partner at Röwe & Wright, developer/builder. The glulam also helped meet the area’s high-wind load requirements. Other engineered wood products utilized in this project include open-web wood trusses, OSB subflooring, and walls fully sheathed in 1/2-inch plywood. Click here to download this case study.

APA Case Study: Brelsford WSU Visitor Center 
Location: Pullman, Washington 

APA Case Study-Brelsford WSU Visitor Center

APA Case Study-Brelsford WSU Visitor Center – Source APA

The Brelsford WSU Visitor Center is a functional showcase of several engineered wood products, inspiring and educating visitors on wood’s aesthetic and structural capabilities. Mountain pine beetle-killed wood was used extensively throughout the interior, too. Click here to download this case study. 

APA Case Study: Atlantic Station Project
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Atlantic Station- Photo Source APA Wood

Atlantic Station- Photo Source APA Wood

Engineered wood is spotlighted in this case study of an award-winning development built in Atlantic Station, an urban renewal project located in Atlanta. Wood’s design versatility and sustainability are highlighted in the construction of two of Atlantic Stations’ high-density residential projects on the site of the former Atlantic Steel Mill. Click here to download this case study. 

1430 Q 
Location: Sacramento, California

D & S Development made construction and engineering history by creating the first building in the U.S. that included six levels of livable space framed in wood over a 2 story concrete podium. At the time it was built, 1430 Q’s the tallest wood frame building at 85ft. tall and unlocked more potential for building with wood. State of the art fireproofing and engineering gives its tenants the highest standards of fire safety, as it now takes 2-hours for a fire to burn through one wall. 

Case Study: Origine 
Location: Quebec City, Quebec

Origine-ThinkWood

Origine- Photo Source: Think Wood

 
At 13-stories high, Origine is among the world’s tallest all-wood residential towers in eastern North America. This distinguished landmark was constructed using cross-laminated timber (CLT) and is part of an ever-expanding roster of mass timber multifamily projects across Canada.

As a company that serves the Wood Products Industry, It’s exciting to witness this new era of innovative timber-built projects. 

Click here to see more construction projects and even more innovative wood buildings that are changing how we live and work. To learn more, visit CLT Basics on www.apawood.org & Is the Construction Industry About to Enter a Timber Age? on our blog.

What Are the Most Common Uses For FastPatch®?

FastPatch® Common Uses

“We are using FastPatch® to repair cracks, spalls, and joints. One product for all the repairs and from the same machine. We don’t have to handle any material during our shift since it comes in 250 gallon totes, which saves us a lot of time.” – DOT Supervisor

By now, you may have read about WVCO’s unique polymer repair system, FastPatch®, and why it’s commonly used by DOTs and transportation professionals from all over the United States and around the world to repair airports, highways, bridges, railroads, and other various applications. Transportation professionals rely on FastPatch® for its ease-of-use, dependability, and versatility. However, what you may not understand is HOW it is used. 

FastPatch® is most commonly used to repair broken concrete and asphalt, spalls, potholes, joints, driveways, highways, bridge decks, parking lots, cracks, slab repairs, ramps and loading docks, warehouse floors, post anchors, and trip hazards.  When installed properly, this pavement preservation solution will last longer than the life of the pavement. Not to mention, it bonds tenaciously to surfaces and remains flexible throughout its service life.

FastPatch® Applications

Here are some questions that we often get about FastPatch and its most common uses. 

How is FastPatch® applied?
FastPatch® is packaged in cartridges, kits, drums, and totes. Choose the package type that matches the accessibility of the repair area, and minimize the waste or handling of multiple packages. For example, have several 3-gal FastPatch DPR Kits available, so you can use it for a smaller repair instead of wasting half of a 5-gal kit.  You’ll learn the proper steps and procedures for the metering systems by following these tutorials.

Are FastPatch® repairs environmentally safe?
Yes. FastPatch® uses recycled and renewable materials to repair existing materials. It is 100% solids and does not contain any volatile chemicals. Repairing with FastPatch, rather than removal, eliminates disposal costs and excess waste.

Which product do I use to fill a joint to seal it and keep water out? 
EJC-100 with PolyPrime is the best combination to handle exterior joint movement and seal it from water. TIP: Use topping sand that blends with the surrounding surface.

Do you have a product that can fill joints on a slope or vertical?
Yes. For slope grade application, ask for the SG version of EJC-100. For vertical joints, consider the EJC-NS. For ramps, use the FastPatch® DPR and extend it with dry, clean sand until the consistency is correct for the slope.

I want to repair concrete and asphalt. Can I do that with FastPatch?
Yes. FastPatch DPR Kit can be used for both distressed pavement repairs. The kit comes with colored topping sand. FastPatch can also be machine dispensed from drums or totes to repair cracks, joints, and spalls.

What Package Sizes Do You recommend? 
For smaller repairs, including repairs to joints and cracks, FastPatch® cartridges are an easy and durable solution. For medium-sized repairs of concrete or asphalt in a short period, the Kit packaged or machine-dispensed products are a fine choice for a quick return to service. If you have a large repair project, machine-dispensed FastPatch products are ideal for completing larger repairs or multiple repairs in a single shift, without having to handle material or containers.

What tools will I need to install FastPatch Kits?
CLEAN and DRY the repair area with a high velocity and CFM blower (250 MPH / 700 CFM) blower or dry compressed air (120 CFM / 90 psi). Use a propane field torch to DRY area if moisture is present. 2. 1/2 in. Corded drill. Mud mixer drills work well. 3. Egg-Beater style pail mixer 4. Trowel. 5. Personal protection—safety glasses, skin protection, and gloves. 6. Towels for cleaning mixer and tools. 7. Optional: Tape for protecting edges of the repair area. Broom for clean-up.

Is a bond agent or primer required?
Depends on the application and product. Bonding agents reinforce the repair area and help promote the adhesion of the repair material. FastPatch® DPR Kits are typically applied without a bonding agent since the first layer in the repair area is very fluid and when it cures, it has excellent adhesion. The EJC Sealant product typically requires a bonding agent to reinforce the joint walls and maximize the movement capabilities under thermal movement in exterior joints.

As a Contractor, how can I find out more information about using FastPatch on future projects? Contact us at FastPatch@wilvaco.com or 800-333-9826 and check out some of our case histories. 

Click here for more answers to commonly asked questions or
download our brochure.

REMSA Spotlights WVCO Business Manager, Rob Loomis!

Rob Loomis, currently serves on REMSA’s Board of Directors

The Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) has had a long, productive relationship with the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association(REMSA) that has benefited both our company and the rail products industry as a whole. REMSA recently featured WVCO Business Manager and REMSA Board member, Rob Loomis, as their “Board Member of the Month”. Here is what he had to say.

REMSA: What do you enjoy most about being on the REMSA Board?
Rob Loomis: The best part of being part of the board is being able to help our membership. Whether it is advocating for our industry for tax savings, funding, or promoting our value to Class 1 railroads, I enjoy delivering value to our membership.

REMSA: What has your experience on REMSA Board taught you and what is your vision for the future of REMSA?
The greatest lesson I have learn, or rather reinforced what I know, is that we as a whole can accomplish more than we can as individuals. Our success is a team effort and even if we compete in the industry, we all win if we work together.

REMSA: Do you participate in any committees as a REMSA Director?
Rob Loomis: Currently, I am the Chairman with the Government Affairs committee and support the efforts of the Exhibit and Long Range Planning committees.

REMSA: How did you get started in the rail industry?
Rob Loomis: My first exposure to the rail industry was in developing hopper car lining and tie-plugging and concrete tie repair products to extend the life of these assets.

REMSA: What do you love most about your job/the rail industry?
Rob Loomis: Mostly the people. Their focus on safety and delivering value in everything they do. This focus allows companies like Willamette Valley Company to invest in developing innovative solutions for customers who care about reducing overall costs and improving safety.

REMSA: What do you find yourself doing most in your downtime? Hobbies outside of work?
Rob Loomis: Family time, backpacking, dirt/mountain biking, or simply throwing a tennis ball for my Chesapeake Bay retriever.

REMSA: How do you define the “future” of rail? Where do you think the industry is headed?
Rob Loomis: The future of rail is like the future of the internet. It is our future and always will be. The more people recognize the value of rail transportation, the cleaner the environment will be, the lower the cost will be to tax payers, and the healthier our economy will be.

The rail industry is headed in the right direction and they will add more technology to help reduce costs and improve our overall supply chain for the country. It is our responsibility as members, to educate the leaders in this industry how we deliver value and lower their costs by reducing repeat maintenance, or extending the life cycle of their assets, with our products and solutions.

You can read more about WVCO’s partnership with REMSA by clicking here or visit www.remsa.org to learn more about the organization and its members.

How WVCO’s Partnership with REMSA Benefits the Rail Products Industry

WVCO’s Partnership with REMSA is Benefits the Rail Products Industry

Our official credo at Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) is “Partnering Through Service,Innovation, And Integrity”. We believe our longstanding partnerships with leading trade associations are integral to our customer’s success and has helped WVCO ascend as one of the leading North American companies in the rail products industry

The unique relationships we have with elite professional organizations like American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) enable us to better serve our customers by giving us access to the latest technologies, methodologies, and resources.

In this post, we are spotlighting our partnership with REMSA, a non-profit trade group representing over 330 railway engineers, contractors, and consultants and maintenance-of-way suppliers across the country. WVCO Business Manager, Rob Loomis, is on REMSA’s Board of Directors where he serves as Government Affairs Chairman. Rob is uniquely qualified for this position as he has been at the forefront of developing innovating solutions for tie remediation with polymer materials and state-of-the-art equipment to increase efficiency for over a decade. 

Rob Loomis, currently serves on REMSA’s Board of Directors The rail supply industry contributes a hefty amount to our global economy and  gross domestic product (GDP) and employs more than 125,000 people in our country. In a 2018 economic impact study, Tracking the Power of Rail Supply: The Economic Impact of Rail Suppliers in the U.S., REMSA partnered with other organizations to quantify the economic and workforce impact of the products and services produced by the railway supply industry. According to the report, the economic contribution of the railway supply industry amounted to more than $74.2 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017 and they paid $16.9 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments.  

REMSA’s mission is to facilitate global business development opportunities to companies and individuals who manufacture or sell maintenance-of-way equipment, products, and services or are engineers, contractors, and consultants working in construction and/or maintenance of railroad transportation facilities. 

One of the things we value the most about our partnership with REMSA is their efforts to advance initiatives and unite railroad maintenance-of-way suppliers in support of the rail industry through grassroots advocacy.  To date, REMSA’s Grassroots Program has hosted 33 Members of Congress at member company facilities, including a 2018 event for Congressman Peter DeFazio hosted here in our Eugene, Oregon facility. The program has also generated over 200 rail industry and local media articles, highlighting the products and services of our membership.

DeFazio Rail Award

Rep. DeFazio accepts award at Wilamette Valley Company in 2018- Courtesy of REMSA

REMSA is also a sponsor of Railway Interchange, the largest combined railway exhibition and technical conference in North America. WVCO has had the honor of participating in this world-class rail industry event many times by showcasing our WVCO Railroad and POLYQuik products, and we look forward to participating once again in 2023.

To learn more, watch this video below to learn more about REMSA’s key membership value initiatives and its role in supporting the maintenance of way industry and be sure to visit www.remsa.org. 

WVCO Solutions for DOT Infrastructure Repair Projects

Infrastructure Repair Products

U.S. highways, railways, roads, and bridges are in decline and in desperate need of repair and have been so for years. According to Reuters, studies indicated “close to half of U.S. roads are in poor or mediocre condition and more than a third of U.S. bridges need repair, replacement or significant rehabilitation”. It is one of the reasons why many influential business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, unions, and elected U.S. officials are asking Congress to take action and dramatically boost spending on the crumbling U.S. infrastructure.

The good news is major DOT Infrastructure repair projects are happening all over the country, and they are likely to ramp up even more in the next few years. Multiple signs indicate the United States could soon be in the midst of a massive improvement initiative to critical transportation and infrastructure projects. There is talk of passing a bold infrastructure spending bill, and earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced it is seeking applicants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. INFRA grants will fund transportation projects of national and regional significance. 

WVCO has created various custom products and services for the transportation industry for several decades. State DOTs are already embracing our innovative solutions to repair important infrastructure like roadways, airports, and facilities. WVCO products like FastPatch® have been approved by state DOTs (e.g., California, Texas, Georgia, Washington, etc.) for service on major highways. The product is also being used around the world (e.g., Australia, China, South America, Canada, Mexico, UK) to repair airports, highways, bridges, railroads, and other various applications. 

Here are some of our infrastructure repair solutions praised by state DOTs all over the country for use on highways, bridges, railroads, airports, and more. 

FastPatch® 
FastPatch® will outlast and outperform traditional repair materials due to its unique polymer properties. The cure time of FastPatch® is only a few minutes, allowing for quick return-to-service times. It is also cold-applied, which makes it safe to use and means it will not push/shove after it is installed.

SPIKEFAST®
SPIKEFAST® is a tie-plugging compound for wood & composite railroad ties. This non-foaming, 100% solids compound is designed to anchor cut-spikes or screw-spikes.

POLYQuik® 
POLYQuik systems are thoroughly evaluated for performance with the latest in application equipment, physical properties testing, weather exposure, adhesion testing, chemical resistance testing, and much more.  Click here to view POLYQuik’s product line of Concrete Repair Products, Fillers & Sealants, and Spray Coatings

Keeping reading to see some examples of these products! To learn more about all WVCO concrete and railroad repair solutions, click here to contact us or email info@wilvaco.com

WVCO Railroad Repair Solutions

-FastPatch® Railroad Industry Application, Sealant and Repair Products 

-Concrete Ties 
-Dispensers: Handheld Systems, SpikeFast® Intermediate Production, High Production
-Railcars: POLYQuik® Hopper Car Lining
-Structures: FastPatch® Facility Maintenance, FastPatch® Bearing Pad Repair, POLYQuik® Bridge Deck Waterproofing

-FastPatch HPRE-MD: specifically designed for embedded rail applications and provides excellent electrical isolation, resilience, and vibration and sound damping.

FastPatch HPRE-MD from FastPatch Systems on Vimeo.

-POLYQuik spray elastomers- continue to provide superior coatings for railroad cars and other transportation applications.

WVCO Road Pavement Repair Solutions 

-Pavement Industry Application, Sealant and Repair Products: Applications include potholes, spall repair, pavement repair, crack sealing, crack filling, reflector & button replacement

-FastPatch Microtrench Systems: Restores micro trenches, curb cuts, or short runs. 

FastPatch Microtrench Systems from FastPatch Systems on Vimeo.

-FastPatch 8400: allows for continuous reinstatement of micro-trenches at a rate of 10-23 ft/min. FastPatch Systems are used for fiber optic projects (FTTH) and reinstatement of micro trenches in both roadways and sidewalks.

FastPatch 8400 Continuous Reinstatement of Micro-trenches from FastPatch Systems on Vimeo.

WVCO Airport Repair Solutions 

-Airport Industry Application, Sealant and Repair Products
-FastPatch DPR Airport Repair

FastPatch DPR Airport Repair from FastPatch Systems on Vimeo.

-POLYQuik spray elastomers continue to provide superior coatings for airport runways and other transportation applications.

WVCO is more than just a provider of equipment and products—we’re innovators. Let us know the challenges you’re experiencing, and we’ll work with you to create a solution custom-tailored to meet your needs. Contact us at FastPatch@wilvaco.com or 800-333-9826 or https://wvcorailroad.com/contact

 

Increased Exposure to Wood Can Improve Health and Well Being

Growing Evidence Suggests Biophilic Designs of Hospitals, Offices, Schools, and Other Buildings Can Regulate Stress Levels

Wood has been used as a building material for thousands of years, but we’re only beginning to truly understand its benefits. Building with wood has not merely practical and environmental benefits, but it has also been linked to better physiological and psychological wellbeing. Not only is wood aesthetically pleasing, but environments with wooden structures are also shown to cause a drop in blood pressure, lower the pulse, and have a calming effect. The result is enhanced productivity and learning, reduced stress, and improved focus. This natural phenomenon is often referred to as the Biophilia Effect and there is science behind it.

Biophilic Designs

Human beings are meant to be in nature, but modern society dictates more of our time being spent indoors rather than outdoors. To remedy this, more building designers are incorporating natural elements like exposed wood, natural light, and plants into their building structure. This concept is often referred to as biophilic design, the idea that spending time in a more natural setting can improve physical and mental health for the people who live, work, and gather in the space. The trend of biophilic design in offices and other workplaces has been growing for years.

Though research on the biophilic properties of wood is still in its early stages, there is a growing body of evidence that increased exposure to natural elements can result in an impressive list of beneficial effects, including but not limited to better learning rates, lower blood pressure, reduced stress, and faster healing. The white paper, WHY DO WE FEEL BETTER WITH WOOD?, examines the benefits of biophilic design, and the growing body of research behind it. Here are some other examples of researchers studying the physiological and psychological impact of natural elements: 

Environmental psychologist Dr. Sally Augustin and researcher Dr. David Fell found humans automatically relax when they are surrounded by views of nature, natural light, plants, and exposed wood upon their review of existing research from the U.S., Canada, Austria, and other countries. Fell (2010) studied the autonomic responses of 119 subjects in wood and non-wood offices before, during, and after a stressful mental task. In this study, sympathetic nervous system activation was lower in the wood room. Skin conductance level was lower in the wood office during the pre-and post-test periods. Further, the rate of non-specific skin conductance responses, measurable divergent stressful thoughts, in the wood office was less than half that as in the non-wood office.
Source- Wood as a Restorative Material in Healthcare Environments, February 2015 

Marjut Wallenius, a Docent and Doctor of Psychology at the University of Tampere concluded use of wood promotes the health and well-being of mind and body in her research, “Wood has psychological effects on people and a similar stress-reducing effect to nature,” she says. 
Source – Wood Construction Reduces Stress and Offers a Healthy Living Environment 

Wood was associated with decreased blood pressure in an Austrian study; high school students who were taught in classrooms with floors, ceilings, and walls finished in real wood had lower heart rates than students taught in classrooms with no wood elements (Kelz et al., 2011). Besides having lower heart rates, students in the wood classrooms also reported lower levels of stress than those in non-wood classrooms. 
Source- Wood in the human environment : restorative properties of wood in the built indoor environment

A Japanese study comparing physical and emotional responses to viewing wood versus steel panels found that wood had both physiological and psychological advantages over steel (Sakuragawa et al., 2005). Wood panels were associated with decreased depression or dejection, while steel increased both. Aside from mood, researchers measured a difference in blood pressure as well: wood panels were associated with decreased blood pressure or no change, while steel was associated with increased blood pressure. 
Source- Nature in Design: The Biophilia Effect

Forest and Wood Products Australia commissioned a study that linked nature, biophilic design, and wood with improved physical and mental wellbeing. The study surveyed 1,000 Australian workers and found a correlation between the presence of wood and employees’ satisfaction at work, lower absenteeism, higher levels of concentration, and improved productivity. 
Source- “Workplaces: Wellness+ Wood = Productivity”

Willamette Valley Company offers some of the most innovative wood products solutions in the industry, including patches, fillers, extenders, coatings, inks, abrasives, tapes, and a wide variety of outstanding application equipment and parts. What can Willamette Valley Company do for you today? Find out now.

WVCO Spotlight on SSgt Sarah McClendon!

WELCOME HOME SSgt Sarah McClendon!

A special thanks to Willamette Valley Company Office Manager, Dana Chaffin, for contributing to this post!

For many, 2020 has been a very tough year. Between the pandemic, the devastating wildfires here in Oregon and California, the hurricanes that battered the Gulf Coast, the civil unrest, and the many other trials and tribulations- 2020 is a year that most of us are unlikely to ever forget. Fortunately for the WVCO family, there were also many reasons to celebrate. 

One of the special highlights our company experienced this year happened on Monday, August 31st when WVCO Lithonia Site 16 welcomed SSgt Sarah McClendon home! SSgt McClendon, a valued member of the Willamette Valley Company Quality Assurance team in Lithonia, GA, served in the Air Force Reserve with the 55th Combat Communications Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Since early February 2020, she was stationed in Niger with the 724th Expeditionary Air Force Base.

The 55th CBCS is one of four Reserve combat communications squadrons that fall under AFRC’s 960th Cyberspace Operations Group. The combat comm squadrons provide theater-deployable communications during wartime and contingency operations or humanitarian missions in austere locations (Source: www.robins.af.mil).  

Upon her return, Sarah was welcomed by her coworkers with beautiful flowers and a special BBQ lunch. During the welcome home celebration, she presented the WVCO team with an American Flag that was flown on the drone during Operation Juniper Shield that is now proudly displayed in our Lithonia, GA office.

Our team members enjoy listening to her share her experiences about her mission as a member of Combat COMM, a specialized unit of cyber warriors that can deploy, secure and maintain communications anywhere in the world!

Despite all the ups and downs in 2020, our company remains grateful for SSgt Sarah McClendon’s service to our country in addition to her outstanding work ensuring our products are manufactured to the highest standard. We are so happy to have her part of the WVCO family and for her safe return!

Introducing Shoe GOO II- Another Genius Invention By Eclectic Products!

Easy to apply and dries crystal clear!

Ever heard the old saying “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”? It’s no coincidence that some of the most innovative products at Willamette Valley Company were born out of a simple need. In fact, Shoe GOO, one of the most trusted brands of adhesives, was created in the early 1970s when a man named Lyman Van Vliet grew tired of having the soles of his shoes fall apart while playing tennis. The need for more durable tennis shoes inspired him to seek out a method to effectively repair them, and Shoe GOO Adhesive was born. 

Fast-forward to 2020 when Shoe GOO’s parent company, Eclectic Products, releases Shoe GOO II as an alternative for people who want to use a low-odor shoe repair product without giving up the superior performance qualities they expect from the original product.

Shoe GOO II uses a premium polymer technology that is designed for strong adhesion and all-weather performance-but without any solvents and a low odor. The product is crystal clear, offers superb UV and water resistance and remains permanently flexible- making it the perfect solution for repairing/protecting all types of footwear whether its leather, canvas, suede, rubber, fabric and more! 

Excellent water and abrasion resistance, perfect for hiking and work boots.

Can be used on almost any kind of shoe. Excellent adhesion to leather, canvas, suede, rubber, fabric & many other substrates!

Eclectic Products produces some of the top brands of adhesive patch/coatings and repair products on the market for a range of industries including hardware/home improvement, hobby/craft, mass merchant, shoe care, automotive, art, food/drug, extreme value, industrial, sporting goods, and e-commerce channels (to name a few). Their product line continues to evolve as a result of a desire to find new solutions to fit consumer and professional tradesmen’s needs. Willamette Valley Company acquired Eclectic Products in 1988 and their operations are now located in Eugene, Oregon.

Tapel Willamette Celebrates 20 Years in Business!

Tapel Willamette

Tapel Willamette, Willamette Valley Company’s South American division, recently celebrated 20 years in business- a major milestone! When it began operations in May 2000 the company had just 7 employees and was headquartered in a small warehouse near downtown Concepción, Chile. Today, Tapel Willamette is a leading supplier for the industrial, environmental, and wood products industries, providing innovative solutions and services all over the world from their current headquarters in Coronel, Chile.

Coronel, Chile

The company has faced its share of challenges through the years – the subprime crisis, the earthquake in 2010, climate change, the current coronavirus pandemic, and a 2019 national social and political crisis in Chile that resulted in widespread strikes and road closures. Despite these challenges, the Tapel Willamette team stepped up and continued to supply high-quality solutions to their customers by following a simple credo:

“Nos asociamos a través del servicio, la innovación y la integridad”- We partner through service, innovation, and integrity.

It is this commitment to quality, service, and innovation that has made Tapel Willamette a success story.  

Tapel Willamette 2020

Not even a global pandemic can stop our Tapel Willamette team from serving our customers and essential businesses.

Tapel Willamette

After the 2010 Earthquake

Tapel Willamette is verified with Responsible Care, which reaffirms their commitment to the community, to the environment and to all those who are part of our business activities. The company demonstrated this commitment by participating in initiatives like this hydrological restoration program to reduce the environmental, social, and economic vulnerability generated by the mega-fires of the summer of 2017. 

We are very proud of our Tapel family!!! For more information, please visit www.tapel.cl

Obtenga más información visitando www.tapel.cl

photo credit: Oscar Maltez via photopin cc

The U.S. Department of Transportation Releases National Freight Strategic Plan

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation Releases National Freight Strategic PlanUSDOT lays out a vision on how to improve the safety, security, and resilience of the national freight system.

Every day, America’s transportation network moves over 51 million tons of freight and energy products valued at nearly $52 billion via highways, railways, ports and inland waterways, pipelines, and airports. The demand that has resulted from the increased use of e-commerce and global supply chains is presenting a series of challenges to our already taxed transportation system. 

Challenges affecting our freight system include increased safety risks, increased congestion, and declining infrastructure conditions. According to the USDOT, these challenges could have a negative impact on America’s ability to stay competitive across major industries like agriculture, manufacturing, energy production and E-commerce along with a lack of preparation for incorporating innovative technologies.   

Earlier in the month, the United States Department of Transportation addressed these problems when it released its National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP). The plan lays out the USDOT’s vision for long-term investments in infrastructure, the workforce, and other essential parts of the freight system. “The safe and efficient movement of goods through our freight system is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT),” it states in the NFSP Executive Summary. “This National Freight Strategic Plan defines the U.S. DOT’s vision and goals for the national multimodal freight system, assesses the conditions and performance of the freight system and barriers to freight system performance, and defines strategies to achieve its vision and goals.”

The strategic goals stated in the plan are to:  

*Improve the safety, security, and resilience of the national freight system.

*Modernize freight infrastructure and operations to grow the economy, increase competitiveness, and improve quality of life.

*Prepare for the future by supporting the development of data, technologies, and workforce capabilities that improve freight system performance.

The USDOT says that the plan details how we can modernize freight infrastructure and operations, however, critics of the plan say that it’s lacking details on how these initiatives will be funded and the data necessary to do so. “Economists recognize that all plans need to be re-evaluated because of changed circumstances,” says Railroad economist and planner and Railway Age Contributing Editor Jim Blaze. “That is not evident in this 2020 document.” Click here to read more of Jim’s NFSP analysis.  

Read the USDOT National Freight Strategic Plan (Full Report) and let us know your thoughts on the plan and the challenges ahead. To learn more about the NFSP, visit transportation.gov/freight/NFS. USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao’s remarks about the plan can be viewed HERE.

Sources: 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Makes Historic Announcement on America’s Freight System (Press Release)

USDOT Releases National Freight Strategic Plan

USDOT National Freight Strategic Plan (Executive Summary)