Eugene Oregon……the Emerald City and Home to WVCO

View from Skinners Butte

We may be a global business serving customers all over the world, but the heart of our company is located in the lush Willamette Valley in the city of Eugene, Oregon.

Eugene-Springfield is known for it’s friendly character, strong academic influence, natural beauty, eclectic shops, restaurants, music, festivals, arts, and outdoor recreational opportunities like bicycling, kayaking, and running.

It has made numerous “Best Of” lists throughout the years, including Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live 2011 list and America’s Best Affordable Places to Retire according to U.S. News: Money. Just this year, Eugene ranked in the Top 10 on the Livability.com 100 Best Places to Live list, ranked on the Best Places for Business and Careers -Forbes and we ranked 10th on the 2013 Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™ just to name a few.

Here are some fast facts about our city:

• It is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon.

• Eugene is the host city for World-Class Track & Field events such as 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and the 2009 and 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

•Founded by Eugene F. Skinner, an early American settler in Oregon, in 1846. The settlement was once known as “Skinners Mudhole” due to the amount of rain.

• Eugene is located at the south end of the Willamette Valley, near the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette rivers, about 50 miles (80km) east of the Oregon Coast.

•The Nike corporation had its beginnings in Eugene.

•Historic Hayward Field is one of the most famous track and field-only facilities in the world.

•City of Eugene is known for it’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities.

•It is home to The University of Oregon (Go Ducks!)since 1876.

•Eugene is rated by “Bicycling Magazine” as one of the top ten cycling communities in the United States.

•Eugene was the first city to have one-way streets.

•In 1876 the University of Oregon opened in Eugene. Deady Hall was the first building on campus and still exists.

•In the summer of 2014, Eugene will be the host city for the IAAF World Junior Championships. Eugene 2014 marks the first time the IAAF World Junior Championships has been held in the United States and the first IAAF event held on U.S. soil since 1992.

•Eugene’s slogan is “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors”.

•It is also referred to as the “Emerald City”, and as “Track Town, USA”.

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A Brief History of our Interstate Highways

Many of us take our highway system for granted, but it is hard to imagine life without them. In fact, our Interstate System has been hailed as the “Greatest Public Works Project in History”.

Earlier this month, AAA projected 94.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season in it’s annual Year-End Holidays Travel forecast.

The report also estimates that ninety-one percent of those travelers (85.8 million in all) will travel by automobile!

With so many of us hitting the highways this holiday season (an estimated 27% of the American population), we thought this would be a good time to share some interesting facts about our 42,800-mile Interstate System–now officially called the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, that has served us for decades.

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• The origins of our highway system date back to 1893 when General Roy Stone, a Civil War hero and good roads advocate, was appointed Special Agent in charge of the new Office of Road Inquiry (ORI) within the Department of Agriculture. With a budget of $10,000, ORI promoted new rural road development to serve the wagons, coaches, and bicycles on America’s dirt roads.

 

•When Henry Ford introduced his highly acclaimed Model T in 1906, the federal government became pressured to become more directly involved in road development.

•The Federal- Aid Road Act was passed in 1916. It is historic as it established the basis for the Federal-Aid Highway Program under which funds were made available on a continuous basis to state highway agencies to assist in road improvements.

•The Federal Highway Act of 1921 authorized The Bureau of Public Roads (BPR) to provide funding to help state highway agencies construct a paved system of two-lane interstate highways. During the 1930s, BPR helped state and local governments create Depression-era road projects that would employ as many workers as possible.

•After World War II,  the nation’s roads were in disrepair, and congestion had become a problem in major cities. In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had signed legislation authorizing a network of rural and urban express highways called the “National System of Interstate Highways.” Unfortunately, the legislation lacked funding.

•In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act and the the Interstate program as we know it got under way.

•By 1966, the changing times prompted legislation to establish the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). When the new department opened in April 1967, BPR, renamed the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), was one of the original components.

•Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the Federal Highway Administration  worked with the states to open 99 percent of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways.

• As of 2010, our Interstate System has grown to 47,182 miles, making it the world’s second longest after China’s.
The cost of construction has been estimated at $425 billion (in 2006 dollars).

• Today, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is responsible for ensuring that America’s roads, bridges and highways continue to be among the safest and most technologically sound in the world. FHWA conducts research and provides technical assistance to state and local agencies in an effort to improve safety, mobility, and livability, and to encourage innovation

Article Sources:
www.fhwa.dot.gov
www.inventors.about.com

Last Minute DIY Holiday Craft Ideas from Eclectic Products, Inc.

Still looking for an easy craft project for holiday gifts?  Handmade gifts are a great way to save money and give someone a special one-of-a-kind gift. All you need is a little creativity and the right tools, like craft glue!

Our friends at Eclectic Products, Inc. have been hard at work sharing new ideas and resources for fun crafts this year. If you are looking for some last minute handmade gift ideas, you will find some great ideas on www.eclecticproducts.com/craftprojects 
and www.facebook.com/EclecticProductsInc.

Here are some examples of great handmade crafts you can do this weekend using E6000® Craft Adhesive:

DIY Holiday Serving Pieces and Treats on www.serenitynowblog.com

• Fabulous serving tray made with E6000 (pictured above)!

• Lace Pillow Project

• Glitter ‘N Glue’s DIY Bracelet-Easy and quick way to create a fabulous piece of jewelry!

• Gorgeous Chandelier Lamp (psst…it’s ridiculously easy!)

Gingerbread House {Christmas Crafts} from www.realcoake.com

•Gingerbread House {Christmas Crafts} pictured above

Photo Source: www.diyinspired.com

•Junk Drawer Crafts (pictured above)

•Recycled Paper Jewelry by Mark Montano (E6000 is incredibly strong on metal…a perfect choice for this jewelry project!

• Kristen Turner’s jeweled clutch makeover

• Mark Montano’s Faux Flower Lapel Pins

Photo source www.cutoutandkeep.net

• Diy Rose Beaded Necklace (pictured above)

Click here to see more Craft Projects using E-600 Glue

The Eclectic Products, Inc. AMAZING CRAFT Adhesives are a complete collection of products for every project imaginable. Here are just a few of the ways that these Craft adhesives can help your projects, large and small.

AMAZING GOOP® Craft
• Repair metal & plastic jewelry
• Set stones & gems into decoration

QuickHOLD®
• Repair metal & plastic jewelry
• Adhere stones & gems
• Quick Dry formula

Craft Glue Packs
• Handy size tube (0.18 oz)
• Fix most anything right on the spot
• Aheres to a variety of substances

E6000® Craft
• Embellish craft projects
• Attach charms to photo books
• Assemble silk floral arrangements

E6000® SHOE DAZZLE
• Shoe Art Glue
• Permanently bond most any type of
decorative item to your shoe surfaces

E6000® JEWELRY & BEAD
• Precision tips included
• ALLOWS SMALL ADHESIVE DROPS FOR
FINE, PRECISE, CONTROLLED AND
NO-MESS APPLICATIONS

E6000® SPRAY
• NO ODOR
• Clean up with water

More Sites with Great Handmade Gift Ideas
www.the36thavenue.com

www.hgtv.com/handmade

www.designsponge.com

www.u-createcrafts.com

Partnerships Like the One We Have With SSPC Make Us Better, Strong, & Smarter

Photo Source: The Society for Protective Coatings – SSPC via Facebook

The partnerships that we have forged through the years have enabled us to better serve our customers by giving us access to the latest technologies, methodologies, and resources.

One such partnership is the one that we have with The Society for Protective Coatings (aka SSPC), a professional association for the industrial protective and marine coatings industry.

Since 1950, SSPC has worked tirelessly advance the technology and promote the use of protective coatings to preserve industrial, marine and commercial structures, components and substrates. It is estimated that there are currently about 9,700+ members worldwide. There are also approximately 863 corporate members.

SSPC is the only non-profit association that is focused on 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.

Here are some highlights of some of their many contributions to our industry:

• SSPC develops and publishes widely used industry standards for surface preparation, coating selection, coating application, painting contractor certification, and testing. Standing committees periodically review and update the standards as required.

• SSPC produces books, technical manuals, training courses, professional certification programs and information regarding environmental regulations and health and safety issues that affect the protective coatings industry.

•SSPC has also begun developing resources for the commercial-light industrial industry.

•SSPC launched the SSPC Annual Conference featuring GreenCOAT in 2011, which is held in the United States each year for SSPC members and affiliates. Other regional meetings are held throughout the USA and other parts of the world via SSPC’s Chapter system.

 To learn more visit www.sspc.org

 

WVCO Division Spotlight: Canadian Willamette Industries

Back in 1952, our founders could have never imagined we would go from a small Pacific Northwest company distributing mill supplies and wood products to a multinational corporation serving customers in a range of industries throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Asia, and South America.

The outstanding team at Canadian Willamette Industries, a subsidiary company of Willamette Valley Company, plays an important role in how we are able to serve the international community so efficiently.

Canadian Willamette Industries was launched in 1966 and is now a leading solutions provider for innovative patches, fillers, coatings, inks, extenders, application equipment, and other parts and supplies for the wood and concrete industries.

Canadian Willamette Industries is headquartered in Surrey, BC

CWI is headquartered in Surrey, BC, but the company has technical sales representatives throughout Canada ready to supply high quality industrial products, custom application equipment and other services for the concrete, trucking and wood industry which include:

  • Blended truckloads and reduced inventory levels with our just in time (JIT) inventory system.
  • Worry free inventory management.
  • Reusable Pallets that minimize disposal hassles and recycling costs.
  • In-House Trucking that takes care of the coordination and scheduling for you.
  • All CWI products pass a number of quality control tests before shipping, to ensure that our customers receive a quality product each and every time.
  • Custom application equipment to achieve the highest performance out of our products.
  • A guaranteed supply of filler and extenders to meet your plywood glue room requirements.
  • Robotic Spray Booths that help to maximize product usage and provide a safe working environment for employees
  • Option to use our returnable collapsible totes which are lighter than metal and fold down for easy for cost effective returns.

Like us, Canadian Willamette Industries is defined by their corporate mission statement “PARTNERING THROUGH SERVICE, INNOVATION AND INTEGRITY”– the same credo that has served us since 1952.

To learn more about CWI and our other divisions, please visit www.wilvaco.com/Divisions.

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Product Spotlight: POLYQuik’s FamoCrete Instant Concrete Repair

Companies across the globe turn to us for solutions to a variety of challenges ranging from railroad repair, automation system improvements, lumber mills production challenges, concrete repair and more.

POLYQuik’s Famocrete™ Instant Concrete repair is one of our most popular solutions used in the transportation and infrastructure markets. Famocrete™ is mostly commonly used to repair:

Walls – fill voids or patch defects
Pillars – repairs damaged areas
Sidewalks – fixes transitions or spalls
Curbs – repairs broken or damaged areas
Joints – supports and seals

It’s sag-resistant features makes it ideal for vertical and horizontal repairs. As you will see in this demo video, Famocrete™’s fast curing and excellent adhesion properties allows for a strong bond to concrete and quick return-to-service:

To learn more about POLYQuik Fillers and Sealants and other concrete repair products,  please visit Performance Products, a Division of Willamette Valley Company.

Preserve America’s Roads Campaign

Preservation Awareness: Changing Course to Preserve America’s Roads

Story Source: The Transportation System Preservation Technical Services Program (TSP?2)

Coalition to Preserve America’s Roads (CPAR) wants to send the message that when it comes to road preservation, officials must shift to a proactive approach, not reactive. As roads worsen, reconstruction becomes the only option, but the cost is unaffordable.

CPAR is an organization of transportation groups working to stop the decline and spiraling reconstruction costs of our roads and bridges. CPAR was formed in 2011 to promote road, bridge and highway sustainability. Organizing groups include: National Center for Pavement Preservation (NCPP), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and other industry and related groups concerned about the highway system and its impact on commerce.

Why is this important? Our transportation infrastructure supports the economic strength and security of our country. Highways and roads move people, goods and services 24 hours a day.

According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), every dollar spent on road maintenance avoids $6 to $14 needed later to rebuild a road that has irreparably deteriorated.

To learn more, watch Coalition to Preserve America’s Roads Video:

What do you think? Is our traditional public policy going about it the wrong way? Is there a need for a shift in our policies?

For additional information, please contact the National Center for Pavement Preservation (NCPP), 517- 432-8220 or ncpp@egr.msu.edu

You can also visit the following resources:
www.tsp2.org/preservation-awareness-toolkit
www.preserveroads.org
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

About TSP?2:
The Transportation System Preservation Technical Services Program (TSP?2) was initiated as an efficient means to disseminate information to AASHTO member agencies for preserving their highway infrastructure, including both pavements and bridges. Its principal mission is to serve as a clearinghouse with comprehensive and up-to-date information on efficient and effective preservation measures that enhance highway performance and extend useful life.

Willamette Valley Company Awarded 2013 Supplier of the Year by APA – The Engineered Wood Association!

We recently learned that Panel World Magazine, Westmill Industries USA Corp., Ventek Inc. and Willamette Valley Company are receiving recognition from APA – The Engineered Wood Association as 2013 industry leaders!

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.

The awards will be presented at the 2013 The Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) Info Fair in Huntington Beach, Calif., Nov. 2–4.  

Now in it’s 20th year, the EWTA Info Fair is a product and services exposition featuring equipment manufacturers, product suppliers and service providers from approximately 68 EWTA member companies!

WVCO has participated as an (EWTA) Info Fair Gold Level sponsor and been honored with APA’s Supplier of the Year award in past years. Be sure to follow our updates from the 2013 event on Twitter and Facebook!

 

Willamette Valley Company to Help Sponsor 20th EWTA Info Fair and Annual Golf Tournament

WVCO values our partnership with the APA – The Engineered Wood Association and will again be a Gold Sponsor of the 2013 The Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) Info Fair.  This annual event is considered to be the premier supplier exhibition for North America’s leading engineered product manufacturers and service providers and held in conjunction with APA’s Annual Meeting in Huntington Beach, Calif., Nov. 2–4.

Tustin Ranch Course
Photo Source: www.apawood.org

In addition we will join other companies including Arclin, Georgia-Pacific Chemicals, LLC, Momentive Specialty Chemicals, Inc., Raute, Ventek, Inc., and Westmill Industries to sponsor the Mike St. John Memorial Golf Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.

APA’s Annual Golf tournament honors the life of Mike St. John, Pacific woodtech executive and APA trustee, who passed away in November, 2012. The tournament will take place
at the Tustin Ranch Course, an award winning 18-hole course featuring breathtaking scenery, sparkling lakes and cascading falls.

Now in it’s 20th year, the EWTA Info Fair is a product and services exposition featuring equipment manufacturers, product suppliers and service providers from approximately 68 EWTA member companies!

WVCO has participated as an (EWTA) Info Fair Gold Level sponsor and been honored with APA’s Supplier of the Year award in past years. WVCO President, John Harrison, and company representatives attended last year’s Info Fair at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida.

 

Be sure to follow our updates from the 2013 event on Twitter and Facebook!

A bit of history: 

The Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) is a related nonprofit corporation of APA—The Engineered Wood Association, the leading North American association of engineered wood product manufacturers.

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.

Today, the organization 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”.

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.

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

Photo Source: REMSA

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 sponsor of Railway Interchange 2013, one of the largest exhibits of maintenance-of-way equipment, products and services in the United States.

WVCO is at this world-class rail industry event held at the Indiana Convention Center this week showcasing our WVCO Railroad and POLYQuik products. Railway Interchange is also sponsored by AREMARSI, and RSSI

Willamette Valley Company is showcasing our POLYQuick and Railroad Division at the Railway Interchange 2013 in Indianapolis.

REMSA represents 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. Since 1965, the organization has strived to provide it’s members with the very best equipment, machines and services in the railroad industry.

One of the things we value the most about our partnership with REMSA is the global business development opportunities the organization extends to it’s members.  The organization serves the railroad industry by:

• 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.

• Distributing the REMSA Buyer’s Guide, a compilation of REMSA member companies to more than 5,000 individuals engaged in railway and transit engineering and related disciplines each year.

• 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.
Offers Inter-Association Collaboration with all major professional and trade associations in the railway supply and railroad industries.

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