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

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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.