PRE-TEC Sales Manager Rufus Burton is featured on RIA’s Certified Integrator Spotlight!

“PRE-TEC’s management feel the RIA certification program is a positive step towards assuring current and future customers that the market for automation is bigger than any one provider. In addition it goes a long way towards demonstrating that the robotic community understands this fact. In the end, the Certification program benefits all participants – customers, and suppliers”. -Rufus Burton

Rufus-BurtonRufus Burton, Sales Manager for PRE-TEC (WVCO’s Robotics Division), sat down with RIA Robotics Industry Association (RIA) to share the company’s vision and experience on how becoming RIA certified has helped to improve our business and operations.

RIA Certification is an invaluable way for our robotics integrators and inventors to highlight their experience, capabilities, and aptitude to users, suppliers, investors, clients, and partners alike. It demonstrates that they’ve met the critical criteria determined by the RIA, which in turn means they’re an expert in best practices. In his interview, Rufus touches on this very topic.

“PRE-TEC’s management feel the RIA certification program is a positive step towards assuring current and future customers that the market for automation is bigger than any one provider. In addition it goes a long way towards demonstrating that the robotic community understands this fact. In the end, the Certification program benefits all participants – customers, and suppliers.”

Despite the industry itself going through tremendous growth and advances in recent years, RIA certification also serves as a means to address a very real issue currently facing the industry: a measurable standard of quality for vendors and robotic integrators.

“Today there are not enough accomplished integrators to serve the market, given the rapid pace at which companies are identifying their needs for automation. Complicating matters is the unfortunate fact that too many integrators have come and gone, leaving customers to question whether the vendor they select will complete the project let alone assure them of a successful result.”

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RIA certification goes a long way for those looking to hire vendors and create a working relationship with inventors and integrators to know that they person they’re meeting with has met a standard of critical criteria. This is the very reason PRE-TEC is RIA Certified. Our vision is one where our customer’s expectation is not only met, they know in entering a relationship with us they are achieving high quality.

“Because success comes when we deliver a system that meets the customer’s expectations; every time we enter into a business relationship we work hard to be certain our customers understand ‘why’ we work the way we do, and ‘how’ it benefits them. Each project is evaluated to determine if a flexible automated solutions will solve the targeted manufacturing problem of today, and help the customer prepare for the challenge of the future.”

Visit robotics.org to learn more and read the full interview. You can also read other testimonials on the RIA certification program page.

Willamette Valley Company Makes History at 2016 EWTA Info Fair!

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Willamette Valley Company Makes History and Receives Both “Supplier of the Year” and “Innovation of the Year” Awards at EWTA Info Fair!

Last week, the Willamette Valley Company team had the great privilege of joining fellow APA member manufacturers, EWTA members, suppliers and hundreds of other wood products industry professionals from all over the country in Bonita Springs, Florida for the 2016 Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) Info Fair where we received a wonderful surprise.

For 2nd year in a row, Willamette Valley Company has been awarded EWTA’s “Supplier of the Year” in the Materials and Supplies category! This is the 6th time in 10 years our company has been voted “Supplier of the Year” by APA members at the premier supplier exhibition for North America’s engineered product manufacturers.

In addition to “Supplier of the Year”, the WVCO team was also recognized with the prestigious “Innovation of the Year” award for our new product Wil-Spray 500. This is the first time that the same company has won both awards in the same year! Two other EWTA member companies, Panel World and Kadant Carmanah Design, were also honored with the 2016 Supplier Awards during this year’s Chairman’s Dinner at the APA Annual Meeting.

These awards means a great deal to our company because it is a reflection of the quality and delivery of products, equipment and/or services, as determined by a vote of APA members. The 2016 “Supplier of the Year” winners will be featured in the 2017 spring issue of the Engineered Wood Journal magazine.

The APA 2015 Supplier Award Winners: Hunt, Guillot & Associates LLC, Panel World Magazine/Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc., Willamette Valley Company and KADANT Carmanah Design

The APA 2015 Supplier Award Winners:
Hunt, Guillot & Associates LLC, Panel World Magazine/Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc., Willamette Valley Company and KADANT Carmanah Design

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. APA – The Engineered Wood Association has a long history of providing quality service and programs to its nearly 160 member mills in the engineered wood products industry. A key to APA’s success is the teamwork between EWTA’s supplier members and APA’s member manufacturers. To learn more, visit www.engineeredwood.org

You can also visit the event’s Facebook Page to see more photos and recaps of this year’s event.

Introducing Wil-Spray 500, Named “Innovation of the Year” by APA Members

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Though our beginnings are rooted in the wood products industry, our expertise and solutions encompass so much more. Our focus has always been on solving problems — devising groundbreaking ways to help our customers do things better, faster, easier, more efficiently, and for less money. In the process, we’ve become a leading innovator, with numerous breakthroughs in products and service over the years that have literally transformed the way industries work, achieve profitability and serve their customers.

Wil-Spray 500, our new product recently named “Innovation of the Year” by APA members during the Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair, exemplifies WVCA’s commitment to bring innovative solutions to the industries we serve.

Wil-Spray 500 came to fruition after we received input from our customers indicating a need for an environmentally sound adhesive that would help increase production and efficiency while lowering costs. With this in mind, our team of engineers and scientists developed a multipurpose, latex-based, spray-applied adhesive without toxic smells, fumes or unhealthy side effects when used with appropriate safe handling and personal protection measures.

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Wil-Spray 500 is a water based, odorless spray adhesive eliminating the need for staples/hot melt to affix overlays to veneer in the matching process. It works great for surface area applications and adhering/mounting lightweight materials. A superior bond between the overlay and veneer is achieved with a larger bond area reducing overlay damage during layup process. Wil-Spray 500 is currently used on manual matching stations for overlays.

Customers have quantified increased production (2-8 times more production per shift), reduced fall down, and reduced product cost associated with this product. This product has enabled automation for this process through the use of spray guns and automatic spray systems.

Additional benefits include:
– Eliminating strenuous and repetitive actions (manual staplers)
– Superior bonding strength with greater bond area
– No bleed through or negative effect on bond line
– Increased production through improved efficiency through application of product
– Reduced fall down associated with overlay damage during layup process
– Reduced labor cost through automating process

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.

See You at the 2016 Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) Info Fair

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at the APA Annual Meeting & EWTA Info Fair with 81 exhibitors 400+ attendees.

Once a year, managers and top executives from EWTA’s supplier members and APA’s member manufacturers meet to review and plan association programs. The WVCO team is thrilled to once again join APA member manufacturers, EWTA members, suppliers and hundreds of other wood products industry professionals from all over the country in Bonita Springs, Florida November 5-8, 2016 for the 2016 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.

“It forges great partnerships,” says Willamette Valley Company Vice President of Northwest Sales, Tony Vuksich. “It allows us to interface with the management of many of our very important clients, and support EWTA in a mutually beneficial setting.”

The primary focus of this year’s meeting will be to devise solutions to the many challenges and opportunities that face the wood products industry today including affordability of single-family home ownership, mill and occupational safety, and how to increase interest in manufacturing careers and close the skilled labor gap.

This year’s meeting organizers have lined up an esteemed selection of guest speakers, roundtable discussion moderators and panelists like Bethany Mclean, author and columnist for Forbes, to lead these conversations that could potentially impact the state of our industry as well as the association.

The APA 2015 Supplier Award Winners: Hunt, Guillot & Associates LLC, Panel World Magazine/Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc., Willamette Valley Company and KADANT Carmanah Design

The APA 2015 Supplier Award Winners:
Hunt, Guillot & Associates LLC, Panel World Magazine/Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc., Willamette Valley Company and KADANT Carmanah Design

Willamette Valley Company has a long standing history with this annual event, and we always look forward to it. During last year’s conference, WVCO was honored with a 2015 Supplier Award at the Chairman’s Dinner and Safety Awards Recognition! This year, WVCO is once again 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.

Association Teamwork
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. APA – The Engineered Wood Association has a long history of providing quality service and programs to its nearly 160 member mills in the engineered wood products industry. A key to APA’s success is the teamwork between EWTA’s supplier members and APA’s member manufacturers. To learn more, visit www.engineeredwood.org

You can also visit the event’s Facebook Page to see more photos and recaps of this year’s event.

Railway Supply Community to Law Makers: Don’t Impose Regulations

Rail Supply IndustryThe Willamette Valley Company has joined a growing group of industry leaders within the railway supply community and prominent rail industry trade associations to speak out against the Surface Transportation Board‘s proposal on reregulatory efforts, including so called “reciprocal switching” and commodity reregulation.

Congressional leaders John Thune, Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and Bill Nelson, Ranking Member; and Bill Shuster, Chairman, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Peter DeFazio, Ranking Member, have received a letter signed by dozens of suppliers and contractors pointing out the STB’s “recent trend of imposing regulations first, and discovering the consequences later.”

“As the collective voice of businesses that serve railroads and provide the equipment and technologies to enhance the efficiency and safety of their operations, we know…over-involvement of the federal government in the day-to-day business decisions of railroads once pushed this sector and the larger railroad ecosystem of customers and suppliers to the brink of collapse,” the letter states. “Without the wisdom to partially deregulate the industry in 1980, America would have lost a privately owned and maintained economic engine that provides quality jobs to support families and communities, affordable and environmentally friendly options for businesses to move goods and critical infrastructure to support passenger railroads.”

Here are more excerpts from that letter:

“We are deeply concerned that this regulatory effort could greatly cut into capital spending by the railroads. Past analysis by the Association of American Railroads found that a similar proposal could affect an estimated 7.5 million carloads of traffic, placing nearly $8 billion in revenues at risk. Reduced revenues mean reduced money for investment in the rail network and reduced demand for businesses like ours. Continued investments are critical for maintaining a safe and efficient rail network and allow us to provide strong employment opportunities in our communities.

The railroad supply community plays an integral role in maintaining the world’s safest, most efficient and highly competitive freight railroad system. We also provide high-paying and high-skilled manufacturing jobs in our communities.

We support a transparent and efficient STB and believe that the agency maintains an important role in maintaining a proven regulatory structure. But we do not support the STB’s recent trend of imposing regulations first, and discovering the consequences later.”

Click here to read more.

 

 

Football Season Is Here! Go Ducks!

Go Ducks!

Since many members of the WVCO family are University or Oregon grads and fans, we thought this would be a good time to say “GO DUCKS” now that football season is underway. Here in Eugene, U of O Football is practically a religion!  You should see us on game days, this town (and WVCO’s facility) practically bleeds green and yellow!

The Ducks have been a shining star in college football circuit these past few years under the the leadership of Chip Kelly and now Mark Helfrich (from Coos Bay!). We’re happy to say that things are looking better than ever for our Ducks, it’s time to win the National Championship!

Think you know the Ducks? Here’s some fun facts to show off at your next viewing party.

  • The Oregon teams were originally known as the Webfoots until it was officially changed in 1978.
  • The football program got its start in 1893. The first game was played in February 22, 1894 and resulted in a victory over Albany College! The score? 46 – 0.
  • 2014 was a record setting year for the Ducks, with 13 wins breaking the school record.
  • Donald Duck, the Duck’s mascot, is the only sports mascot that uses a Disney character.
  • The Ducks have never won a National Championship (yet!).
  • The duck has never been displayed on the team helmet, despite popular belief. The helmets have either been blank, displayed a number, an interlocking U & O, or just the Oregon O.

photo credit: University of Oregon Ducks spring football game. Eugene, OR 2016 via photopin (license)

Up Next: ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development

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Hello Houston!

WCVO is headed to Houston later this month to demonstrate and exhibit what our concrete repair products can do for those in the transportation and public infrastructure industry.

The ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2016), happening June 26th-29th, will be a great opportunity for us to learn more about the range of challenges developing in our industry and what WVCO can do to help overcome them. In addition, it’s an exciting opportunity to learn more about the latest innovations from leaders in our industry and seeing major infrastructure projects that are reshaping Houston and the rest of the country.

The conference is presented by The Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI), a specialty membership organization focused on transportation and development professionals. It is one of the American Society of Civil Engineer‘s eight specialty Institutes.

If you are headed to the conference, we invite you to stop by our booth to learn about what POLYQuik can offer. POLYQuik & Fastpatch concrete repair products are fast curing, tough materials. Each product is designed with ready-to-use package to meet your application needs. For more information, please visit www.polyquik.com.

New Product Spotlight: FAMOWOOD® GLAZE COAT® High Build Epoxy Coating from Eclectic Products, Inc.

glaze-coat-family-usEclectic Products, Inc., a subsidiary of the Willamette Valley Company, has recently unveiled FAMOWOOD® GLAZE COAT® HIGH BUILD EPOXY COATING, another innovative solution for crafters and home improvement DIYers.

This ultra-clear, high gloss finish epoxy is versatile enough to be used on just about any surface, either smooth or rough, stained or painted. It’s great for coating tables, bar tops, game boards, preserving photographs, ceramics, or to imbed coins, rocks, sea shells, flowers or any non-waxy material. It can be used on Wood, Cloth, Styrofoam™, Metal, Pine Cones, Leather, Paper, you name it!

Want to see how it works? Watch this table get a cool new makeover using Glaze Coat.

Now watch Mark Montano shows Glaze Coat in action:

The possibilities are endless!  Here’s what some customers on Amazon had to say of their experience with the product:

“This stuff works great. Creates a solid, clear surface.” – David G. Gantt

“Hard and durable. Tried it in crafting this year to make water in a miniature pond to put in a fairy garden. Is holding up beautifully so far.” – Deb in Ohio

“Famowood is pretty amazing. I do resin jewelry and I’ve definitely been through my fair share of tests and experiments.” – Cilla

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.

2016 APWA North American Snow Conference

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Wait, it’s not even summer and we’re already thinking about snow and ice? You betcha! Snow and Ice management is a huge challenge to our infrastructure, so now is the time for public works professionals to prepare for next winter!

That’s why we’re headed to Hartford, CT later this month for four days of winter training and exhibiting new concrete maintenance solutions at the 2016 APWA North American Snow Conference. The special conference will bring together more than 2,000 snowfighters from every corner of the winter maintenance community, including our own representatives from POLYQuik, a division of Willamette Valley Company.

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The 2016 Conference is an excellent opportunity for us to introduce public works professionals to our high-performance concrete repair products, custom application systems and more.

Organizers will also be presenting quality education programs and technical tours, and opportunities to exchange ideas with manufacturers, distributors, consultants and other public works professionals.

The APWA North American Snow Conference is hosted by the APWA New England Chapter (and who would know more about snow and ice?). Be sure to stop by booth 441 to learn more how POLYQuik products are an effective solution to common concrete maintenance challenges relating to snow and ice.

About APWA
The American Public Works Association is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services. Originally chartered in 1937, APWA is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world, with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, an office in Washington, D.C., and 64 chapters throughout North America. APWA provides a forum in which public works professionals can exchange ideas, improve professional competency, increase the performance of their agencies and companies, and bring important public works-related topics to public attention in local, state and federal arenas.

To learn more, read our post 5 Ways American Public Works Association Impacts Your Community or visit www.apwa.net.

Event Recap: 2015 EWTA Info Fair and APA Annual Meeting

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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.