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.

Partner Spotlight: Moulding & Millwork Producers Association

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“The MMPA is a unique association…I am amazed at how daily competitors come together and discuss the business obstacles and opportunities within a relatively small industry.  The knowledge, experience, and comradeship that is built within the members within the association is an investment for myself and for my company.” – Al Delbridge, President, East Coast Moulding Co.

Willamette Valley Company is thankful for the strategic partners we have. It’s important we all work together and look towards the progress and innovations that each has accomplished. With that in mind, we’re taking this opportunity to spotlight one of our partners, the Wood Moulding and Millwork Producers Association (MMPA).

The MMPA is a non-profit association, created to promote quality products, develop sources of supply, promote use of raw materials, standardize products, and increase both domestic and foreign usage of moulding and millwork products. To this end, MMPA provides the tools, information and services necessary to help its members achieve increased sales and profitability.

Beyond assisting their members and promoting products and materials, the MMPA is driven to promote the use of sustainable forest and recyclable/renewable resources. Protecting the ecosystem for future generations is a key principal of MMPA, and strengthens their commitment to protect the natural cycle of forests. To this end, the Poly Material Group of MMPA champions the use of Cellulosic and Plastic materials that may otherwise him ended up discarded in a landfill. In their own word, “MMPA recognizes the importance of creating sustainable solutions to meet the moulding and millwork needs of Today and Tomorrow.”

To accurately understand the impact of MMPA, however, one has to look no further than the impact it has had on its members. Please find some testimonials below taken from MMPA.com

“Yuba River Moulding and Millwork Inc. has been a member of the MMPA since 1977. Like most of the active members of the association, our company considers the MMPA a very important component to the success of our company  in past, present ,and future perspectives.” –  Tom Williams, President, Yuba River Moulding and Millwork Inc.

“I was caught in awe at first, just thinking about a bunch of competitors meeting twice a year to discuss how to improve our industry…it’s about as real and honest as you can still find in any industry and I am proud to be associated with them.” — Les E Baker IV, Sales Manager,  Best Moulding Corp

“We joined the MMPA a few years ago so we could be a part of the organization that is the voice of the moulding industry in North America. We have found this membership to be a benefit to our company in several areas: moulding market information; support organizations; and the MMPA quality influence to our customers/customer.” —Bob Simon Exec. Vice President, Gossen Corporation

It might be one of the best business decisions you ever made too.” — Ted Smith, President – Smith Millwork, Inc. Lexington, NC

We’re proud to have MMPA as a partner and look forward to continuing to work together and assist one another in the future.

Sources:

http://www.wmmpa.com/

Family Run Australian Company Paves the Way with Earth Friendly Concrete.

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“EFC contains no Portland cement, instead we use recycled waste products (blast furnace slag from steel production and fly ash from coal fired power) creating a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,” – Joe Wagner

We believe that our future is brightest when we all look towards sustainable solutions and eco-friendly practices in the customs and business that define our everyday lives. Without them we could see the balance of earth’s environment shifting and resulting in catastrophic negative consequences. Joe Wagner and Wagners of Australia know this and propose a solution of their own: Earth Friendly Concrete.

What is Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC)? As the name implies, it’s concrete that offers a reduced carbon footprint and lessens its environmental impact. Instead of using Portland Cement like most traditional concrete, EFC uses a geopolymer binder system that utilizes two industrial waste by-products, blast furnace slag (iron production waste) and fly ash (coal power waste), through a chemical activation. This technology is said to reduce carbon emissions by 80 – 90% in comparison to Portland Cement.

Wagners of Toowoomba, Australia is a family owned construction materials and mining services company run and established by Henry, John, Denis, Neill, and Joe Wagner. They’ve spent the last 10 years perfecting the formula for Earth Friendly Concrete and it’s certainly paying off. Some of the additional benefits of EFC include: High sulphate resistance, high chloride ion ingress resistance, high acid resistance, very low shrinkage, 30% higher flexural strength and very low heat of reaction. So in other words, it’s not just better for the environment, it’s more durable than most traditional concrete.

It’s no surprise that people all around the world are taking notice of Earth Friendly Concrete. To date it’s been awarded winner of 2011 QLD Premiers ClimateSmart Awards,  the overall winner of the 2013 BPN Sustainability Awards, 2013 The Australian – Shell Innovation Awards, category winner “Hi-tech Manufacturing and Design,” the 2015 Concrete Institute of Australia (CIA), Queensland State Award for Excellence – “Engineering Projects,” and the 2015 CIA National Sustainability Award.

Being able to find creative solutions to the long-term problems that our planet faces is one of the great benefits humanity derives from innovation. For their work in diminishing construction’s carbon footprint through inspired solutions, we name Joe Wagner and Wagners our “Featured Innovators of the Month.”

Wagners is a family owned construction materials and mining services company in Toowoomba, Australia and not affiliated with Willamette Valley Company.

Sources:

http://www.wagner.com.au/main/what-we-do/earth-friendly-concrete/about-efc

http://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/4130398/a-concrete-innovation/

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/innovationchallenge/manufacturing-and-hi-tech-design-winner-joe-wagner/story-fn9dkrp5-1226771411297