Extend the Life of Your Craft and Repair Adhesives For Best Results

Craft Glue

It’s widely agreed by home repair and craft experts that when it comes to “MUST HAVE” home repair and craft glues, nothing compares to Eclectic Products, Inc., a subsidiary of the Willamette Valley Company.

It’s superior range of adhesives and do-it-yourself products include household names like Amazing GOOP® II Max (the ULTIMATE repair glue), E6000, Amazing GOOP, SHOE GOO ® bonds to just about anything whether it’s glass, wood, plastics, tin, metal, ceramic, cement, rubber, vinyl, leather, fabric and much more.

Because these adhesives are essential for “Do-It-Yourselfers, Crafters, Professionals and Woodworkers”, it’s important to care for the products to enjoy a longer shelf life and to experience the best results. Here are some tips shared by the company on their Facebook page recently:

1. Never roll the tube! Rolling it will cause pinholes to form which allows air to get to the adhesive and dry it out. Gently squeeze from the bottom of the tube.

2. Before putting the cap back on, always squeeze gently until the adhesive is level with the top of the inside of the tube. This cuts out the air pocket.

3. Before putting the cap back on, put a little petroleum jelly around the threaded area of the tube. This keeps the lid from becoming glued shut in case you get some of the adhesive on the threaded area.

Click here for more uses and fun project ideas!

About Eclectic Products, Inc.

Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, Eclectic Products specializes in adhesive/patch/coatings and repair products ranging from 0.18 oz. tubes to industrial totes and drums. The company offers powerful brands with exceptional performance and high-level technical R&D abilities. Eclectic Products has earned numerous awards for product performance, innovative design and excellence from organizations such as the National Retail Hardware Association, HGTV Magazine and Handyman Magazine. Eclectic’s manufacturing facility based in Pineville, Louisiana has also been recognized by the State of Louisiana for demonstrating exceptional quality of work and a commitment to community. All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Is the Construction Industry About to Enter the “Timber Age”?

Tham & Videgård Arkitekter's Wooden Highrise apartments for Stockholm

Tham & Videgård Arkitekter’s Wooden Highrise apartments for Stockholm. Photo Source: /www.dezeen.com/

“New types of engineered timber that are considerably stronger and more stable than regular wood are allowing architects to build bigger and higher, with timber skyscrapers now a real prospect.”-www.dezeen.com

As we are about to enter a new year, we in the timber industry are asking,

Are we entering what architects are calling “The Timber Age”?

As more and more builders are seeking sustainable designs, some architects appear to moving away from conventional materials (i.e.steel, masonry, concrete) and embracing wood as the “architectural wonder material of the 21st century”.

And it’s no wonder.  Builders and  architects alike are recognizing timber for it unique aesthetics, sustainability, quality and speed of construction.

“This is the beginning of the timber age,” said UK architect Andrew Waugh in this recent article. Waugh’s firm is behind a housing development in London that will use more timber than any other project in the world.

In Portland OR, builders plan to build a 12-story tower the city’s famed Pearl District.  In the Portland Tribune, Thomas Robinson of Lever Architecture says that this type of wood not only resists fires, it will have the ability to absorb the shock of a major earthquake.

These buildings are not limited to London and Portland.  Plans for these tall timber buildings are also cropping up in Manhattan, Italy, Australia British Columbia and many more locations all over the world.

The building material making these wooden tower structures possible is cross-laminated timber (CLT)– a large-scale, prefabricated, solid engineered wood panel.

Will cross laminated timber (CLT) take over steel and concrete as the preferred building material?

In it’s description of cross-laminated timber (CLT), APA – The Engineered Wood Association describes the material as “lightweight yet very strong, with superior acoustic, fire, seismic, and thermal performance, CLT is also fast and easy to install, generating almost no waste onsite. CLT offers design flexibility and low environmental impacts.”

This video reviews the Tall Timber Report that Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP developed as it relates to the details of the hybrid building system, fire and durability.

Aside from the structural benefits of wood, there are other benefits to using this material in buildings. Exposure to natural materials has real and measurable health and wellbeing benefits for the building’s occupants.  Corey Griffin, an Associate Professor at the Architecture School at Portland State University, says studies have shown that people are more productive and less stressed in buildings with access to natural materials.

In addition, research suggests that these modern wood structures may result in lower costs and a lower carbon footprint since production and processing of wood uses less energy than most other building materials.

This is a very exciting time for the timber industry as the technology, research and designs evolve.  To learn more about this movement, we encourage you to take a look at some of these resources.

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PRE-TEC’s Custom Robotic Technologies Featured in New Website

The Precision Technologies Division (PRE-TEC) of Willamette Valley Company recently launched a new, mobile friendly website to better serve our customers and help them understand our services and custom robotic technologies.

The new site integrates a series of helpful videos on nearly every page to clearly demonstrate PRE-TEC’s flexible, automated solutions designed for the Manufacturing and the Wood Products industry.

PRE-TEC began nearly thirty years ago when a group of innovative individuals at Willamette Valley Company saw a need for easy-to-use, accurate equipment for metering chemical products. When they discovered this kind of equipment could not be found, they formed the “Equipment Division”.

In the mid-1990’s, the Equipment Division delved into the robotics field and became “Precision Technologies”, later renamed “PRE-TEC” in 2009.

Today, our PRE-TEC Division team are some of the brightest minds in the industry. This group of engineers have demonstrated time and time again how to change ideas into reality by applying scientific knowledge and innovative manufacturing know-how to the development of precision equipment.

Our team has prepared over 220 robotic systems throughout North America and is currently the largest custom robotic integrator on the West Coast.

We hope you will visit our new website and contact us with any questions and feedback: pre-tec@pre-tec.com or (800) 205-9826.  Be sure to check out all of our PRE-TEC videos on YouTube.  

Please visit www.wilvaco.com to learn more about WVCO’s other divisions.

FANUC America Introduces New CR-35iA Collaborative Robot Designed to Work Alongside Humans


The FANUC CR-35iA collaborative robot allows shared workspace between an operator and the interactive robot. (Photo: Business Wire)

WVCO’s strategic robotics partner, FANUC America Corporation, recently announced the company has developed it’s new CR-35iA collaborative robot, the industry’s first 35 kg payload force limited collaborative robot designed to work alongside humans without the need for safety fences.

“The FANUC CR-35iA collaborative robot allows shared workspace between an operator and the interactive robot,” said Greg Buell, product manager, FANUC America. “The highly-sensitive robot gently stops if it comes in contact with the operator, allowing the robot and human to work side by side; in fact, FANUC currently has units running in production at General Motors.”

The CR-35iA robot was developed to help manufacturers solve ergonomic challenges by handling applications that are physically demanding for humans, such as heavy lifting.The robot’s shell is green to distinguish the collaborative robot from the standard yellow FANUC robots.

WVCO is proud to have a long time partnership with organizations like FANUC America.  Our robotics division, PRE-TEC, has partnered with the company to develop automated manufacturing solutions using six axis robots and other precision equipment for customers all over the world. Earlier this year, we introduced introduced M2000iA, FANUC’s largest robot available in the North American market.

Large Robots

Standing with M2000iA

Click here to learn more about FANUC’s CR-35iA collaborative robot. You can also visit the company’s website at www.fanucamerica.com.

About FANUC America Corporation
FANUC America Corporation is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan, and provides industry-leading robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation. FANUC’s innovative technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize efficiency, reliability and profitability.

Event Recap: 2015 EWTA Info Fair and APA Annual Meeting

EWTA Info Fair

Photos via EWTA Info Fair on Facebook

2015 EWTA Info Fair and APA Annual Meeting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: A Look Back to Our Future

Last month, the WVCO team joined 75 exhibitors and hundreds of professionals from the wood products industry for the 2015 Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) Info Fair, the premier supplier exhibition for North America’s engineered product manufacturers. The Info Fair is held in conjunction with APA – The Engineered Wood Association’s Annual Meeting.

This year’s product and services exposition, which celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Engineered Wood Technology Association, was the perfect blend of past, present and future.

Many of you may recall that October 21, 2015 was “Back to the Future Day” a tribute to the beloved “Back to the Future Series”. So it was fitting that the theme of the 2015 APA Annual Meeting & EWTA Info Fair, held October 17-19, was “APA Looks Back-To-Our-Future: Driving the Road to Success!” There was even a DeLorean on display!

Willamette Valley Company has a long standing history with this annual event, and we always look forward to it. “Info Fair is the best exhibition that we do,” says Tony Vuksich, Vice President of Northwest Sales, The Willamette Valley Company. “It allows us to interface with the management of many of our very important clients, and support EWTA in a mutually beneficial setting.”

This year, WVCO was a Gold Sponsor of the EWTA Reception and proud to help sponsor the Mike St. John Memorial Golf Tournament, an Annual Golf Tournament to honor the life of Pacific Woodtech executive and APA trustee, Mike St. John.

In addition to the exciting opportunity to introduce our latest wood products solutions to members of our industry, WVCO was honored with a 2015 Supplier Award/a> at the Chairman’s Dinner and Safety Awards Recognition!

Read APA and EWTA Members Travel “Back to Our Future” at 2015 Annual Meeting to learn more about the highlights from this year’s Annual Meeting. You can also visit the event’s Facebook Page to see more photos and recaps of this year’s event.

The Engineered Wood Technology Association is a related non-profit corporation of APA – The Engineered Wood Association. EWTA represents companies that provide products and services to the engineered wood products manufacturing industry and is based in Tacoma, Wash. To learn more, visit www.engineeredwood.org.

2015 EWTA Supplier of the Year Awards

 2015 Supplier Award Winners

The 2015 EWTA Supplier of the Year Award Winners Were Announced During the 2015 APA Annual Meeting

The 2015 Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) Supplier of the Year awards were announced last week during the Annual Meeting Chairman’s Dinner at APA’s 2015 Annual Meeting and the EWTA Info Fair in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. APA members voted from a list of outstanding nominees in the following categories: Equipment/Tooling, Materials/Supplies, and Consulting/Services.

And the winners are:

2015 Supplier Award Winners:

That’s right! Willamette Valley Company has won the 2015 EWTA Supplier of the Year Award in the Materials/Supplies category!

This latest accolade means a great deal because it is based on the quality and delivery of products, equipment and/or services, as determined by a vote of APA members.

Our goal is always to build superior solutions, not win awards. But it’s always nice when our peers and industry leaders and associations recognize our commitment to service, quality, and excellence. Willamette Valley Company has worked for decades to maintain strong relationships with members of the wood products industry by supplying them with innovative solutions, top notch service and high quality wood products including synthetic patch, putty, epoxy, specialty coatings, ink, paint, and end and edge seal as well as metering and dispensing equipment.

Congratulations to our fellow 2015 EWTA Supplier of the Year Award Winners: Hunt, Guillot & Associates LLC, Panel World Magazine/Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc., and KADANT Carmanah Design.

The winners will also be featured in the spring 2016 issue of the Engineered Wood Journal.

The Engineered Wood Technology Association is a related non-profit corporation of APA – The Engineered Wood Association. EWTA represents companies that provide products and services to the engineered wood products manufacturing industry. EWTA is based in Tacoma, Wash. To learn more, visit engineeredwood.org.

Willamette Valley Company Partner Spotlight: APA – The Engineered Wood Association

Photo via APA – The Engineered Wood Association

Throughout our company history, WVCO has fostered important partnerships with industry leaders to better serve our customers by giving us access to the latest technologies and resources.

We are especially proud of our longstanding partnership with the APA – The Engineered Wood Association, a nonprofit trade association for engineered wood product manufacturers.

APA represents approximately 150 mills throughout North America, ranging in size and structure. The association is considered the “Leading Resource for Information About Engineered Wood Products”.

APA was founded in 1933 as the Douglas Fir Plywood Association, and was later recognized as the American Plywood Association. In 1994, APA changed its name to APA – The Engineered Wood Association to better reflect the range of products manufactured by APA members and the international scope of the Association.

Since then, APA-The Engineered Wood Association has helped our industry create exceptional wood products while promoting new solutions and improved processes.

APA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop national consensus standards for engineered wood products. To learn more about APA programs and resources which include nearly 500 publications, extensive research and technical reports, free CAD details, comprehensive market studies and more, visit www.apawood.org.

American Public Works Association (APWA) Presents 2015 Public Works Projects of the Year Awards

2015 APWA Project of the Year Awards

2015 APWA Project of the Year Awards

Each year, The American Public Works Association (APWA) presents the Public Works Projects of the Year awards to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the contractor, the consultant, and their cooperative achievements. Winners are selected by a 15-member Public Works Projects of the Year Awards Committee and are recognized at APWA’s International Public Works Congress & Exposition, which took place August 30-September 2 in Phoenix, Arizona this year.

This year’s award winners were recognized during APWA’s International Public Works Congress & Exposition Awards Ceremony earlier this month in Phoenix, Arizona.

The APWA Public Works Projects of the Year awards are presented annually and this year, APWA selected projects in five categories: Disaster/Emergency, Environment, Historical Restoration, Structures, and Transportation. This year’s APWA Awards also includes the Projects of the Year Award for Small Cities/Rural Communities (SC/RC). The SC/RC Projects of the Year award is for agencies from cities and counties with a population of 75,000 or less, and was established to promote excellence in demonstrating creativity, ingenuity, and efficiency in the delivery of public works projects that have a profound impact on the community.

Click here to learn more about the 2015 Public Works Projects of the Year Award.

Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair
<$5 million: Kelly Stand Road
$25 million–$75 million: SR 530 Landslide Emergency Response and Repair
<$5 million: La Jolla Ecological Reserve Low Flow Diversion Project $5 million–$25 million: Port of Olympia Stormwater Treatment System $25 million–$75 million: Cascades Park >$75 million: Bay Division Pipeline Reliability Upgrade – Bay Tunnel Project

Historical Restoration/Preservation
<$5 million: Balch Gulch Bridge at NW Thurman Street Rehabilitation
$5 million–$25 million: Avenida Menendez Seawall
<$5 million: Julian Wash Linear Park $5 million–$25 million: Eloise T. Leveritt Public Works Building $25 million–$75 million: Pierce County Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility >$75 million: Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center
>$75 million: Target Field Station

<$5 million: SW 9th Street at Innovation Square $5 million–$25 million: Bagby Street Reconstruction $5 million–$25 million: Houghton Road, Irvington Road to Valencia Road $25 million–$75 million: Mercer Corridor Improvements Project >$75 million: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge New East Span

Small Cities/Rural Communities Projects of the Year:
Disaster/Emergency: San Ramon Canyon Storm Drain Project
Environment: Stevens Creek Corridor Park & Restoration Phase 2
Historical Restoration/Preservation: Rehabilitation of the Bath Village Covered Bridge
Structures: Bridge District Water Storage Facility and Park Project
Transportation: Fairchild Overpass Improvements

About APWA
The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.net) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more
than 28,500 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional
excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is
headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America. ’s Infrastructure Tour on @ENRnews http://ow.ly/PUinD #ENRLowSlow

Remembering Robert George Harrison


robert_harrison_youngRobert George Harrison July 18, 1925-August 27, 2015

Willamette Valley Company founder and Board Chairman, Robert “Bob” Harrison, passed away on August 27, 2015 at 90 years of age in his home in Eugene, Oregon, surrounded by the love and care of his family.

Bob acquired the Willamette Valley Paper Company in 1952 with a partner, then subsequently became sole owner, renaming it The Willamette Valley Company. He would go on to serve as Chairman of the Board until his death. The love of his business life was shepherding the development of The Willamette Valley Company and providing for the employees and their families.

Bob was born July 18, 1925 in Portland, Oregon to parents Aubrey George and Mary Katherine Harrison. Bob graduated from Grant High School in the spring of 1943. Following graduation, on June 8th of that same year at age 17, with written permission from his mother, Bob enlisted in the Naval Air Corps. As a member of the V-T88 squadron, which primarily flew off the Navy carrier USS Yorktown in the South Pacific, Bob flew 114 documented combat missions for which he was awarded numerous medals, including the Air Medal, the Bronze and Gold Stars and two Distinguished Flying Crosses.

Upon his return from the war, Bob attended the University of Oregon, graduating in 1950 with a B.S. in Business Administration, to which he added graduate studies in political science. While at U of O, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, eventually serving as its president.

It was also at the U of O that Bob met the lady who was to become the love of his life, Dixie Mae Haugen, a fellow university student from Olympia, Washington. Bob and Dixie were married in a ceremony in Eugene on June 16, 1951. They settled in Eugene where their home was always open to family and friends.

Throughout his life Bob enjoyed many other business interests. He was Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Natural Resources, a publicly traded Fortune 500 company. Bob also served as Chairman of the Board of Diamond Wood Products. Other businesses included Eclectic Products, Inc. (maker of GOOP adhesives, including E6000 and Shoe Goo) and Peterson Arne.

Though fiercely competitive in his love of business, Bob was even more passionate about relationships, especially with his family. A giving person, he enjoyed helping people and seeing them succeed. His interest in people created many long-lasting, impactful relationships locally and around the world.

Every fall, Bob looked forward to pheasant, quail and duck hunting. He was an avid supporter of the University of Oregon and especially loved attending football and basketball games. He served as President of the Oregon Chapter of Young Presidents Organization and of the local YMCA. He also served on numerous advisory boards, including the University of Oregon Business School, Lane Community College, and Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation, from which he received in 2010 the Tykeson Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is survived by his wife, Dixie; their five children, sons John (Linda), Thomas, Bill (Cheri), Jim (Mandy), daughter, Cathy Rudinsky (Paul); eleven grandchildren, Paul, Hilary, Emily, Natalie, Blake, Benjamin, Matthew, Mary, Rosehanna, Sarah, Robert; one great granddaughter, Adelaide, and another great grandchild due in October. Bob is predeceased by his sister Mary Jane Felker.

Remembrances can be made to the Robert G. Harrison Scholarship fund through the University of Oregon Foundation, Eugene Young Life, Eugene Youth for Christ, Volunteers in Medicine or Serenity Lane.

WVCO’s PRE-TEC Division Partners with Fanuc to Integrate ‘The Big Robot’

Large Robots

Standing with M2000iA

WVCO’s PRE-TEC Division team are some of the brightest minds in the industry. Since the mid 1990s, this team has successfully created more than 220 robotic systems and is currently FANUC’s largest custom robotic Integrator on the West Coast.

Much of the success of our robotics division has been made possible by partnering with leading edge companies like the FANUC America Corporation to develop automated manufacturing solutions using six axis robots and other precision equipment gor customers all over the world.

Recently, this team delved into a BIG project. We mean REALLY big.

Meet M2000iA, FANUC’s largest robot available in the North American market. This beast of a robot is offered with a 900Kg (2,094lbs) capacity or 1350Kg (2,976lbs) capacity- in other words, it can handle enormous objects like car & truck bodies, and very large castings. Our PRE-TEC team has proudly partnered once again with FANUC to integrate this huge robot for a customer here in the Northwest.

It takes a very innovative company like FANUC to supply us with the broad range of robots and servo drives we need to build the flexible automated solutions that integrate the multi-axis robot arms, with end-of-arm tooling, conveyance systems, and safety hardware.

With headquarters in Rochester Hills, Michigan, FANUC America Corporation produces software, controls, and vision products that aid in the development of robotic systems. Their technologies help manufacturers like us maximize efficiency, reliability and profitability.

To get an idea of their extensive capabilities, just watch this video where they demonstrate four FANUC Arc Mate 100iC robots welding an automotive trailer hitch:

For more information about the FANUC America Corporation, visit www.fanucamerica.com.

PRE-TEC designs and builds automated solutions for challenging manufacturing applications, and support all projects with training, spare parts, and preventive maintenance programs. Download our company overview for contact information and to learn more: Please visit www.wilvaco.com to learn more about WVCO’s other divisions.

Click here to download more info on M2000iA