WVCO to Exhibit our Latest Wood Products & Solutions to the World at LIGNA 2019

Meet With Key Members of the WVCO Wood Products Divisions at LIGNA 2019 ~ Hall 26, Stand D08/1 May 27-31, 2019

LIGNA 2019

The WVCO Wood Products team will join key wood and forestry industry leaders from around the globe later this month at LIGNA 2019 (May 27-31), the world’s leading trade show for tools and machinery for the wood processing industry. LIGNA 2019 has three focus themes: “Integrated Woodworking – Customized Solutions”, “Smart Surface Technology” and “Access to Resources and Technology” (also the keynote theme of the Wood Industry Summit).

More than 1,500 exhibitors from 50 countries around the globe will gather for the event at the Hannover Exhibition Center in Hannover, Germany to showcase state-of-the-art processing solutions, applications and concepts for the entire forestry & wood industry. Please come by Hall 26, Stand D08/1 to learn more about WVCO’s wood products solutions and to speak directly to company leaders including:

Mr. Tony Vuksich, Vice President Willamette Valley Co., Tapel Willamette  (Eugene, OR)
Mr. Dave Guerena, WVCO International Sales Manager & General Manager of Willamette Valley B.V. (Venray, Limburg Province, Netherlands)
Mr. Slobodan Bradic, EU Sales Manager (Arnhem, Gelderland Province, Netherlands)
Mr. Robert Pitts, Business Manager-Engineered Wood Products (Eugene, OR)
Mr. Martin Holland-Bak, Product Development Engineer (Eugene, OR)

WVCO Vice President, Tony Vuksich, discusses custom wood products solutions with conference attendees.

WVCO Vice President, Tony Vuksich, discusses custom wood products solutions with conference attendees.

Tony Vuksich and the Willamette Valley Company Team at the EWTA Info Fair

Tony Vuksich and the Willamette Valley Company Team at the EWTA Info Fair

Our LIGNA team will be ready to feature wood product solutions like Polyurethane, Epoxy, and Water-based Putty products along with Metering & Dispensing Equipment, Adhesive Fillers & Extenders, Custom designed Inks, Specialty Sealers and Coatings, and more.

“The presence of all the world’s leading technology providers will make Hannover the global hotspot for the wood-based industries during those five days. No other fair compares in terms of international appeal”, says Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Managing Board member at Deutsche Messe. “Once again in 2019, LIGNA will serve as the industry’s showcase of choice for unveiling their innovations, with a great many exhibitors even timing their development cycles to coincide with the show’s staging every two years.”

To learn more about LIGNA 2019, please visit www.ligna.de/home.

APWA Celebrates National Public Works Week 2019

“Infrastructure starts with public works… Growth and innovation starts with public works… Mobility starts with public works… Security starts with public works… Healthy communities start with public works… The bottom line is that citizens’ quality of life starts with public works.”- American Public Works Association (APWA)

National Public Works Week

“It Starts Here” is the theme for the 2019 National Public Works Week.

To continue our legacy of innovation, WVCO has forged partnerships with leading industry associations and organizations throughout the years. These valuable partnerships like the one we have with American Public Works Association (APWA) help us to better serve our customers by giving us access to the latest technologies, methodologies, and resources.

Our longstanding partnership with APWA is especially meaningful as it serves public works professionals in all branches of industry. The association has a worldwide membership in numbers over 28,500 and is open to any individual, agency, and/or corporation that bring with them an interest in public works.

One of APWA’s primary goals is to educate the public about the value and necessities of public works projects throughout North America. Every year, the organization celebrates public works professionals and the valuable contributions they make to their communities by planning, building, managing and in improving the overall quality of life in cities, towns, and municipalities all over North America during National Public Works Week, May 19-25, 2019.

“We value our communities and the role public works professionals play in keeping them safe and functioning smoothly,” reports the American Public Works Association, sponsor of National Public Works Week. “Our objective is designed to increase public awareness of their contributions as well as to enlighten the public about the duties, practices, and goals of public works professionals.” Public works professionals include those who manage water, sewer, public transportation, and refuse removal systems as well as those responsible for maintaining public buildings and grounds. They are, in short, the people who maintain and improve the systems and services vital to a community’s health, safety and comfort.

A solid infrastructure in a community starts with the foresight and planning of public works professionals, so the APWA chose “It Starts Here” as the theme for the 2019 National Public Works Week. This theme represents the many facets of modern civilization that grow out of the efforts put forth by the public works professionals across North America.

“From providing clean water to disposing of solid waste, to building roads and bridges or planning for and implementing mass transit, to removing snow on roadways or devising emergency management strategies to meet natural or manmade disasters public works services determine a society’s quality of life” states the organization on its website.

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in National Public Works Week, the APWA has published several handy tools on the subject, including a How-To Guide for anyone looking for a good place to start. For more information on National Public Works Week or APWA, please visit npww.apwa.net.

 

Where Can I Find Technical Data on WVCO Products & Solutions?

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For almost seven decades, innovators at Willamette Valley Company have introduced hundreds of custom solutions to companies multiple industries and specialties ranging from wood products to railroad, manufacturing, robotics, concrete and more.

Our elite chemists and engineers are working together to devise better products like coatings, fillers, adhesives, robotics, parts and more to improve the functionality and efficiency of your company’s operations. The list products and services produced by the following divisions is much too long to mention in a single post:

Wood Products
WVCO Railroad
PRE-TEC
FastPatch 
POLYQuik
Eclectic Products Incorporated
Idaho Milling and Grain
Tapel Willamette

We invite you to look through WVCO’s list of Technical Data Sheets to learn the specifics of our products and services like Paints & Primers, Inks, Synthetic Patch, Railroad Products, Extenders & Fillers, Epoxies, Putties and more so your company many benefit from them as well. Each sheet details the product’s features, benefits, where to use, typical properties, application details and contact information.

We stand by the quality of all of our wood products solutions, equipment, parts, railroad maintenance products, concrete repair solutions, wood molding products, flooring products, automated systems and agriculture solutions. Please let us know what WVCO can do for your company?

Industry News: U.S. Government Announces $900 Million in Infrastructure Grant Funds

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Availability of $900 Million in Infrastructure Grant Funds

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has formally announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $900 million in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

“These BUILD Transportation grants will provide needed infrastructure investment to better connect rural and urban communities around our nation,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

Fiscal Year 2019 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.

To reflect the Administration’s ongoing effort to rebalance past under-investment in rural America, DOT intends to award up to 50% of BUILD Transportation grant funding to projects located in rural areas that align well with the selection criteria. The FY 2019 BUILD program’s selection criteria gives special consideration to projects that emphasize improved access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation for communities in rural areas. This includes projects that improve infrastructure condition, address public health and safety, promote regional connectivity, facilitate economic growth or competitiveness, deploy broadband as part of an eligible transportation project, or promote energy independence.

Selection criteria encompass safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, state of good repair, innovation and partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 made available $900 million for National Infrastructure Investments, otherwise known as BUILD grants. For this round of BUILD grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $90 million can be awarded to a single State.

To provide technical assistance to a broad array of stakeholders, DOT is hosting a series of webinars during the FY 2019 BUILD grant application process. Details and registration information regarding these webinars will be made available at https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants/outreach.

The deadline to submit an application for the FY 2019 BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants program is July 15, 2019.

WVCO Partner Spotlight on The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International

Throughout the history of our company, the long-standing partnerships we have forged with key organizations like SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority have enabled us to better serve our customers by giving us access to the latest technologies and resources in the field of corrosion and coating standards, training, and certification. These two non-profit professional associations have proven to be valuable resources to companies like WVCO that specialize in high-performance concrete repair and preservation products, color-stable coatings, floor coatings, and spray coatings among other things.

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings promotes the protection and preservation of concrete, steel and other industrial and marine structures and surfaces through the use of high-performance protective, marine and industrial coatings. More than 16,000 professionals and 420 companies worldwide carry active SSPC certifications. The association is also the leading source of training and information on surface preparation, coating selection, coating application, environmental regulations, and health and safety issues that affect the protective coatings industry.

NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority serves all industries impacted by corrosion. With more than 38,000 members in 130 countries, NACE international provides its membership with numerous benefits and offers the world’s most specified technical training and certification programs, industry standards, reports, conferences, and publications focused on corrosion prevention and mitigation.

In recognizing that SSPC and NACE International’s mission, products, and services naturally complement one another, it was announced this month that the two organizations have begun to explore opportunities to work together to better serve their members. This is great news for businesses like ours that benefit from the resources, research, and training these two organizations provide for their members.

“NACE and SSPC have a long history together going back to 1950 when SSPC was founded. NACE was part of the initial group, along with AISC and others, that established the original charter for SSPC. Although we’ve competed in some areas in recent years,” says Garry Manous, President of the SSPC Board of Governors, “overall we share a common goal of bettering society through the development and delivery of education and information that makes the professionals we serve the best they can be. It only makes sense that we explore whether we can better serve our mutual constituencies as partners than as separate organizations.”

“Our organizations really are complementary in many ways,” says Terry Greenfield, NACE International’s 2019-2020 President. “This is an opportunity to see if bringing together the best parts of each organization will make it easier for the stakeholders we share to access everything they need in one place vs two. If we combine our best services and products, our members and customers won’t have to move between two organizations and they’ll know they’re getting the most comprehensive options available.”

Over the next few months, SSPC and NACE member leaders and staff will convene to discuss possible benefits and challenges of working together. We will be eager to find out the outcome of those discussions and look forward to the potential benefits to association members. To learn more about these associations please visit www.sspc.org  and www.nace.org.

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PRE-TEC Product Spotlight: Conveyor Systems from Bosch Rexroth VarioFlow Plus

In the age of automation and material handling, conveyor systems are evolving into more complex, integrated systems that are customized to fit the individual company’s needs. Though the PRE‐TEC Division of Willamette Valley Co. has engineered more than 370 robotic systems and has become one of the largest integrators of robotic systems in the western region of North America, we are always searching for new ways to expand upon our offerings.

Our customer base is frequently improving its manufacturing operations with conveyor systems so when PRE-TEC had the opportunity to join the Bosch Rexroth Corporations ProBuilder Network for VarioFlow plus product back in 2017, it seemed like the logical next step for our company. With access to Rexroth’s ProBuilder product, our PRE‐TEC engineers can design and integrate conveyor solutions for facilities in markets ranging from food packaging, pharmaceutical, medical, to any number of small part handling operations.

With the conveyor systems from Bosch Rexroth VarioFlow plus, companies can move products horizontally, vertically, on an incline or decline, sub-floor, around obstacles and over long distances.

About PRE-TEC
Since launching in the’90s, the PRE‐TEC Division of Willamette Valley Co. has engineered more than 370 robotic systems and has become one of the largest integrators of robotic systems in the western region of North America. PRE‐TEC offers flexible automated solutions, in the form of advanced technology systems that provide process improvements able to meet expectations for speed, accuracy, flexibility, and optimal throughput in all types of manufacturing and assembly environments. The PRE‐TEC Equipment Division supplies six‐axis robot arms, custom built end‐of‐arm tools, and conveyance systems in the form of integrated manufacturing cells for finishing, material handling, and welding.

New Video Gives Virtual Tour of Willamette Valley Company’s New Facility

Ever been curious about what happens inside The Willamette Valley Company? A new video is offering viewers a rare look into the day-to-day operations of the Willamette Valley Company facility in Eugene, Oregon. Take an aerial journey into our new 110,000 sg ft. building with over 60,000 sg ft. of manufacturing space on Owen Loop Road and get a birds-eye view of our technicians, scientists, and engineers hard at work creating high-performance custom solutions in the largest custom robotic integrator on the West Coast- WVCO’s PRE-TEC division.

PRE-TEC has been creating innovative, automated solutions for manufacturing companies throughout North America for over thirty years. The experienced automation team of mechanical and electrical engineers believes that the one-on-one communication with each client, on every project, when designing and building systems has been the key to their success. The company strives to collaborate with each customer to develop a consistently reliable and cost-effective solution which address the customer’s manufacturing challenges, can be successfully implemented, and rapidly deployed. PRE-TEC is proud to introduce their new operation to manufacturers in the Western States and across North America.

For more videos and information on WVCO’s divisions, visit our YouTube Channel or click here to go to our main web page.

Willamette Valley Company’s Year in Review ~ A Look Back at 2018

Willamette Valley Company Year in Review

Happy New Year! Now that 2018 has come to a close, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the events and news that defined our year for Willamette Valley Company. We were founded with a mission to create innovative products and provide great customer service, and we feel honored to have done that for 66 years. We can’t wait to continue our work into 2019 and beyond!

Winner of the 2018 APA Supplier of the Year award

The biggest news of 2018 for Willamette Valley Company happened in late October when we were honored with the APA Supplier of the Year award for the fourth year in a row and for the 9th time overall. This award is given annually at the APA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) Info Fair, the premier supplier exhibition for North America’s engineered product manufacturers. The EWTA’s Supplier of the Year Awards are based on the quality and delivery of EWTA member products, equipment and/or services supplied to APA members, as determined by a vote of APA mill managers. It was a great honor to once again join APA member manufacturers, EWTA members, suppliers and hundreds of other wood products industry professionals from all over the country at this important event.

NEW LEADERSHIP


After three decades of exceptional leadership as our CEO and president, John R. Harrison transitioned to his new role at Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) last March. John Murray, a 38-year Willamette Valley Company employee, was selected as our company’s new president. Bob Halligan was tapped as the company’s new chief operating officer while Rob Loomis was selected as the business manager of the performance products and railroad divisions.

WVCO at the 2018 International Mass Timber Conference

In March, WVCO proudly represented our wood products division at the 2018 International Mass Timber Conference, the premier, global conference for cross-laminated timber and other mass timber construction!

Our PRE-TEC division moved from its 38,000 sg ft. facility on McKinley Street, to a new 110,000 sg ft. building with over 60,000 sg ft. of manufacturing space in Eugene. General Manager, Stan Reynolds commented, “ By more than doubling our manufacturing base, we are able to better serve our customers, and have room for future growth.”

2018 was another year of innovations for WVCO. PRE-TEC introduced the new Fanuc SCARA robot line, offering new opportunities for our customers to make use of a cost-effective and robust product for their small, fast, and simple applications.

Representatives from our FastPatch division attended a number of exciting conventions throughout the country like the ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2018) and the League of CA Cities Annual Expo to introduce our concrete repair products like the New FastPatch 100NS, an affordable, easy-to-apply high-performance single component sealant perfect for vertical or sloped application. The division also introduced TrenchSeal TS6, an innovative concrete repair product that saves our customers time and money as it is cold-applied (no waiting time!) and offers exceptional adhesion strength to asphalt and movement capabilities to trenches, traffic loops, and cracks.

2018 was another big year for Industrial Robotics and Automation. Our PRE-TEC engineers continued to work with our industry partners to advance the use of industrial robots as a cost-effective way to produce higher quality products and increase productivity.

The need for cost-effective fiber optic installation grew significantly in 2018 and business and civic leaders continued to turn to reliable concrete repair solutions like FastPatch to quickly repair roads, sidewalks and other important infrastructure. In June, WVCO attended the 2018 Fiber Connect conference, the premier fiber broadband event in North America to present our concrete repair products to industry leaders, fiber broadband network operators, and other cutting-edge vendors and equipment providers.

Representatives from our rail division had another successful appearance at the largest U.S.-based technical conference and trade show for the railroad industry. The  2018 AREMA Annual Conference and Exposition (AREMA 2018) was a combined railway industry event sponsored by WVCO partners AREMA, RSI, REMSA, and RSSI.

We are so grateful to have had such a successful year at WVCO! We are looking forward to working with our partners, distributors and customers in 2019 and beyond!

WVCO Partner Spotlight: Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA)

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Willamette Valley Company is proud to partner with many outstanding organizations that have helped to lead the way in our industries. These unique partnerships have enabled us to better serve our customers by giving us access to the latest technologies, methodologies, and resources.

This month, we are spotlighting our partnership with REMSA (Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association), a non-profit trade group representing over 330 railway engineers, contractors, and consultants and maintenance-of-way suppliers across the country.

One of the things we value the most about our partnership with REMSA is their efforts to advance initiatives in support of the rail industry (a $5 billion industry supporting over 35,000 jobs nationwide) and the business development opportunities the organization extends to its members on a national and international scale. Since 1965, the organization has strived to provide its members with the very best equipment, machines, and services in the railroad industry.

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.

Watch the video below to learn more about REMSA’s key membership value initiatives and its role in supporting the maintenance of way industry.

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 a number of times by showcasing our WVCO Railroad and POLYQuik products. In addition, the organization supports the rail industry through actions such as:

*Maintaining long standing alliances with the Federal Railroad Administration, Association of American Railroads, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), the Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc., the Railway Supply Institute, the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, and the U.S. Congress, among others.

*Publishing a quarterly newsletter that includes interviews with industry leaders, articles on foreign opportunities, legislation and lobbying efforts, company profiles, as well as exhibition and meeting news.

*Providing scholarships to REMSA member company employees and their families.
Supporting networking with an interactive job board, Career Network, that offers easy-to-use and highly targeted resources for online employment connections.

*Association representatives are politically active on behalf of its members and the railroad industry by meeting with lawmakers in Washington, DC, and at the state level.

To learn more about REMSA and the other contributions the organization has given to our industry, please visit www.remsa.org. 

What WVCO is Giving Thanks for This Season

Happy Thanksgiving from WVCO

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and appreciate what we’re grateful for in our lives. As this cherished holiday approaches, we got to thinking about what WVCO is most grateful for.

As a family-owned company, we are grateful for the many relationships our company has enjoyed through the years with our employees, distributors, customers and partner organizations. We recently asked them to share what they appreciate about Willamette Valley Company and the responses were overwhelming. Here are just a few below.

From all of us at Willamette Valley Company, we wish you all a very happy and joyous Thanksgiving and holiday season!