NRC-REMSA 2017 Wrap Up

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Last month, a team from Willamette Valley Company’s Railroad Division had the privilege of traveling to Boca Raton, Florida to meet with industry representatives and officials at the NRC-REMSA 2017 Conference and Exhibition. This year’s event proved once again to be an unparalleled opportunity for WVCO and other railway businesses to connect directly with professionals representing all segments of the industry. We appreciated the opportunity to listen to your questions and concerns about the growing number of challenges this industry faces and introduce you to our wood-tie remediation and other repair products.

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The annual NRC Conference and NRC-REMSA Exhibition encompassed more than 1,000 attendees, 150 exhibitors and over 25,000 square-feet of meeting space. It was a pleasure to join the many other members of the railroad industry; including service firms, manufacturers, suppliers and contractors to answer questions about our railroad products and POLYQuik Roadway Repair materials, Joint Fillers and Light-Rail Grout. Other participants of the conference/exhibition included: Union Pacific, SANDAG (San Diego), Genesee and Wyoming, Caltrans, CSX, California Rail, LA Metro, Alaska Railroad, Norfolk Southern, Canadian National, New York MTA, Watco, OmniTRAX and many others.

Speakers

Event-goers had the chance to take in seminars from key individuals in the railway and transportation industry. Rob Castiglione, the Staff Director of Human Performance Program for the Office of Railroad Safety FRA presented “Overview of FRA Part 243 Minimum Training Standards Final Rule,” where he expanded on training requirements for all railroad employees and contractors who perform safety related work, the history of the rule, and the role of associations like NRC.

John Zuspan of Track Guy Consultants presented “Means and Methods for Direct Fixation, Low Vibration Track & Embedded Track,” a seminar on the means and methods for embedded track construction.

Jerry Power’s seminar on “Overview of FRA Part 219 Drug & Alcohol Regulation for Maintenance-of-Way Workers Final Rule”  covered  the scope of FRA’s alcohol and drug regulations to cover employees who work in railroad maintenance.

Lastly, Lesa Forbes, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, spoke on new opportunities abroad and how US Commercial Services can help your firm expand your international business.

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The event also saw the induction of new members into the NRC Hall of Fame, Ron Brown, John Zuspan, and Rick Ebersold. The three were honored for their work in NRC, REMSA, and the railway industry as a whole.

Below are some photos of NRC-REMSA 2017, courtesy of REMSA’s Twitter page.

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WVCO was proud to take a part in NRC-REMSA 2017 and look forward to taking part once again next year!

Sources:

Railway News

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Nora Ayanian sees a future of autonomous robot coordination

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“Teams of humans are exceptionally good at coordination. Teams of robots, however, are clumsy at coordination, requiring extensive communication and computation.” – Nora Ayanian

There’s no denying it, robots are incomparably skilled when carrying out a specific given task, even if that task requires some light improvisation. The same can’t be said, however, when robots are forced to worked together; the overlap in work either results in extra work on the programming side or redundant/ineffective task management on the robot side. But what if robots could coordinate themselves autonomously depending on what the other robots are currently doing? It may sound like something out of Westworld, but this is exactly the question that Nora Ayanian is working to answer.

Nora Ayanian, assistant professor and Director of the ACT (Automatic Coordination of Teams) Lab at USC, endeavors to make robots and robotics a very real part of everyday life. “I want to make robots easy to use and have them everywhere,” said Ayanian, “they should be accessible, user-friendly and interactive so you can have them in your house and in your car. Right now, robots are really difficult for novices to use.”

Despite her passion for the robotic, her goal to achieve robotic automation would require researching a much less predictable source: people. By developing an online multiplayer game with funding from the National Science Foundation CAREER award, Ayanian was able to study the ways that humans can coordinate together when presented with very little information or communication tools. This research would prove invaluable in defining an automated coordination system for robots and allow to them to “think” of solutions for problems based on the activities of the greater robotic team.

Though automated coordination could certainly be applied to groups of identical robots with identical programming, Nora Ayanian believes that diversity, both in terms of team and of the robots themselves, is the key to solving complex tasks.

“The way we solve multi-robot problems right now is to uniformly apply one control policy to all of the identical robots in the team. For example, imagine we’re trying to monitor air quality with a team of physically identical aerial robots. If we considered all the factors that could affect the problem, the robots, and their capabilities, we might have too many factors to consider and our problem would be intractable,” wrote Ayanian in a blog post for Justmeans.com. “Imagine that same team of aerial robots assisted by robots on the ground. The robots on the ground could provide additional information such as temperature, position, topography, and satellite communications via hardware the aerial robots might not be able to carry. They could also perform computation, telling the aerial robots where to go and mapping the air quality, allowing the aerial robots to use more of their on-board energy for sensing.”

The contributions Nora Ayanian has made to the field of robotics don’t just end with the vast potential of her research, they are also every present in the new generation of roboticists she inspires and works alongside in her role as Director of USC’s ACT lab. We are incredibly excited to see what Ayanian’s work means for the future of robotics and dub her our “Featured Innovator of the Month.”

Note: Nora Ayanian does not work for Willamette Valley Company nor is she affiliated with our company.

Sources:

https://www.technologyreview.com/lists/innovators-under-35/2016/

http://www.justmeans.com/blog/diversity-in-the-it-industry-is-key-to-solving-global-problems

USC News: New USC Viterbi professor sees robots in future

USC News: Two USC Viterbi researchers named among top ‘Innovators Under 35’

Spotlight on the Timber Innovation Act

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Tham & Videgård Arkitekter’s Wooden Highrise apartments for Stockholm

It’s a new year and time to look towards the future of the timber industry and examine the potential for positive change with upcoming initiatives such as the Timber Innovation Act.

The bill, currently finding bipartisan support from both political parties and the backing by the wood industry, would promote research and labor in the timber industry and create initiatives to drive the construction of tall wooden buildings. Furman Brodie, Vice President of Charles Ingram Lumber Company and SLMA (Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association) chairman of the Board, outlines the benefits of the bill:

“We are pleased to see Congress recognize the potential environmental and economic benefits of increasing wood use in tall building applications through the ‘Timber Innovation Act.’ Our mills are large drivers of the rural economies in which we operate, and expanded markets will help to bolster and grow these economies. Encouraging the use of wood products also benefits the environment, as increased wood demand encourages landowners to continue planting trees instead of converting their land to other purposes,”

Bridgport in London - Photo source: Portland Tribune

Bridgport in London – Photo source: Portland Tribune

As the name implies, the bill would bring forth incentives and measures to create innovation in the timber industry and to help further development of CLT structures in the USA. TimberInnovation.com states that the bill would:

•  Establish performance driven research and development program for advancing tall wood building construction in the United States;

•  Authorize the Tall Wood Building Prize Competition through the U.S. Department of Agriculture annually for the next five years;

•  Codify the Forest Service’s Wood Innovation Grant program and expand it to facilitate Centers of Excellence and provide grants to states to fund education, outreach, research and development, including education and assistance for architects and builders, which will accelerate the use of wood in tall buildings.

The House bill also includes language allowing the Wood Innovation Grant program to support proposals to use and/or retrofit existing sawmill facilities in areas with high unemployment to produce mass timber materials.

The U.S. Senate introduced the Timber Innovation Act (S. 2892) and a House companion bill (H.R. 5628). Both measures have been led by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) for the Senate, Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) for the House. You can read the bill here.

Though the bill has still not yet passed, things are looking good for the Timber Innovation Act. We hope 2017 will see its implementation and lead to a bright, productive future for timber!

Sources:

www.timberinnovation.org
www.awc.org
www.agriculture.senate.gov

What is the difference between Synthetic Patch, Epoxy and Putty?

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By now, you already know that WVCO offers a wide variety of wood products solutions to the wood industry including patches, fillers, extenders, coatings, inks, abrasives, tapes, and a wide variety of outstanding application equipment and parts.

But how much do you really know about Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) products? One of the questions we often get is “What’s the difference between Synthetic Patch, Epoxy and Putty?”. Unique details about these products are outlined in this video, but keep reading for more info.

What is a Synthetic Patch?
Synthetic Patch is a two-component polyurethane that is dispensed through a metering system.

What does it do?
Synthetic Patch, often referred to as “patch” or “poly” repairs veneer voids, knot holes, splits, and cracks in plywood panels, MDO, HDO, laminated wood, and lumber. The polyurethane flows in and sets up in seconds to form a sandable patch that can be treated much like the wood it repairs. It can be nailed, screwed, painted, finished or overlayed. Patch comes in a variety of colors to compliment the wood being filled. Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) Synthetic Patch has passed the rigorous standards of the APA-Engineered Wood Association.

A great example of this product is WVCO’s CU-100 Synthetic Patch, designed and APA approved to fill and up-grade plywood panels, laminated beams, mouldings, door blanks and other wood products. It is a two-component ambient temperature cured polyurethane resin system that is mixed and applied using WVCO’s dispensing and meter equipment.

What is Epoxy?
Epoxy is a two-component product, hardener and resin, that is mixed on-ratio either by hand or through a metering system. WVCO Epoxies come in a variety of set times and in one-to-one and two-to-one ratios.

An example of one of our Epoxies is E-100 Epoxy, an ultra-clear, high-gloss finish, faster set epoxy. This easy-to-use, 1:1 mix ratio is ideal for house hold and craft projects. For industrial or large projects it is best applied using WVCO metering system. It is versatile enough to be used on most surfaces: especially wood either smooth or rough, stained or painted. E-100 forms a thick, durable, high gloss, clear finish for tables, clocks, game boards and furniture.

What does it do?
Epoxy creates a tough repair that bonds tenaciously to the wood in large voids and knotholes in lumber, laminated beams, siding, molding, and plywood. Once cured, the epoxy can be treated just like wood: sawed, nailed, screwed, sanded, painted or stained. Epoxies are produced in various wood colors. WVCO Epoxy’s have passed the rigorous standards of the APA-Engineered Wood Association.

What is Putty?
WVCO Wood Putties are water-based pliable putties that can be hand or machine applied. They are designed for softwoods, hardwoods, and particleboard edge filling. WVCO Putties are used by cabinetmakers and on large production lines to fill core voids, larger holes, and splits in wood. The putties come in a variety of colors to blend with the woods being filled. Putty is easily sanded, is stainable, and takes a finish. WVCO Wood Putties have passed the industry standards of the APA-Engineered Wood Association.

WVCO’s Famowood is a good example of a putty. Famowood S/F FTS Birch is an acrylic-based wood filler used to repair defects in all types of wood. This product is supplied to the customer in a ready to use form and is formulated to be smoothly applied with a flexible putty knife or automated system. Once dried, it can be easily sanded, stained or painted.

To learn more about these and other wood product solutions, please visit www.wilvaco.com/WoodProducts or email your question to info@wilvaco.com

American Society for Engineering Education Promotes STEM Education to Trump Transition Team

TEM experiences help students develop critical-thinking skills, encourage innovative thinking, and foster perseverance.

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The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) joined eight organizations in sending a letter to the Trump transition team to highlight the importance of investment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

“A quality STEM education is important for the continued prosperity and safety of the United States,” said ASEE Executive Director Norman Fortenberry. “With this letter, ASEE and our peer organizations strongly encourage the Trump administration – and Congress – to continue the momentum that STEM education has gained in the last several years, from funding sources to initiatives and legislation.”

The letter can be read in its entirety below.

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In this era of global competitiveness, it is clear that America’s 21st-century workforce students in classrooms today—will be critical to ensuring that the United States remains a world leader in the years ahead. It is similarly clear that the pervasiveness of technology in our society demands that our students receive a sound education in Computer Science, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM including Computer Science) knowledge and skills.

The nation’s STEM educators are working diligently to prepare this future workforce and the next generation of scientists, engineers, innovators, and entrepreneurs critical for future economic growth and prosperity.

Our organizations—National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA),American Chemical Society (ACS), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) and the STEM Education Coalition —representeducators who provide instruction to every student in this country. We therefore believe the federal
government has a responsibility to ensure the following:

● Equitable access to high-quality STEM learning experiences for all students and their
communities;
● The promotion of STEM literacy and competencies for all students;
● Funding for innovation and technologies to implement STEM initiatives;
● Quality leadership and support for STEM in-service teachers and preservice providers (through discipline-specific and integrated STEM programs) that promote innovation and superlative STEM teaching and learning that includes integrated changes in research-based curriculum, technology, teacher professional development, and assessment, as well as strong school leadership;
● School- and state-defined strategies for achieving scale for STEM learning, and STEM school experiences that foster long-term sustainability; and
● Engagement in STEM education by multiple stakeholders from the business, professional, unformal, research, and education communities and from elected officials—all of which are vital to the success of STEM schools.

To achieve these goals, the new Administration must propose—and strongly encourage Congress to provide—the highest possible funding for the STEM-related programs outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act. These programs are primarily in Title II (Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals) and Title IV-A (Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants), which will provide funds for STEM instruction and supports to high-need students in targeted districts and schools.

We also call upon the new Administration to consider these suggestions during the presidential transition:

1. Appoint a high-profile STEM education coordinator at the White House Domestic Policy Council whose role will be to drive a K–12 STEM agenda across the federal government among the mission federal agencies, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Education, and to work with state stakeholders.

2. Ensure that the President’s Science Advisor (who is also the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy) has a demonstrated public record of commitment to STEM education. We also strongly suggest the creation of a senior-level position in OSTP that deals specifically with K–12 STEM education.

3. Appoint leading STEM educators to a wider range of federal advisory bodies, such as the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Science Board, and to other senior federal agency policymaking positions.

4. Direct the Secretary of Education to implement the STEM Master Teacher Corps to enhance teacher leadership and service to the nation, as authorized in Section 2245 of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

5. Sustain and increase investments in STEM education programs at the mission agencies and STEM-related educational research and innovation at the NSF, and direct NSF to pilot implementation strategies resulting from that research.

6. Direct the Secretary of Education to publish an annual report assessing the degree to which states are using the new authorities provided under the Every Student Succeeds Act to support and prioritize STEM education activities and student success.

7. Publish an online guide of federal resources available to support STEM education that highlights research on best practices in teaching and learning and areas such as STEM competitions, informal learning, and ways to increase the participation of women and minorities in STEM learning.

While the creativity that drives STEM literacy, scientific discovery, engineering design, technological problem solving, and innovation starts at home, it is nurtured in the K–12 STEM classroom. STEM experiences help students develop critical-thinking skills, encourage innovative thinking, and foster perseverance. All stakeholders—including the federal government—must work together to nurture and support the teachers on the frontlines of Computer Science, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education and ensure they receive what they need to succeed in the classroom and provide our children with a world-class education.

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

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.