WVCO Spotlight on SSgt Sarah McClendon!

WELCOME HOME SSgt Sarah McClendon!

A special thanks to Willamette Valley Company Office Manager, Dana Chaffin, for contributing to this post!

For many, 2020 has been a very tough year. Between the pandemic, the devastating wildfires here in Oregon and California, the hurricanes that battered the Gulf Coast, the civil unrest, and the many other trials and tribulations- 2020 is a year that most of us are unlikely to ever forget. Fortunately for the WVCO family, there were also many reasons to celebrate. 

One of the special highlights our company experienced this year happened on Monday, August 31st when WVCO Lithonia Site 16 welcomed SSgt Sarah McClendon home! SSgt McClendon, a valued member of the Willamette Valley Company Quality Assurance team in Lithonia, GA, served in the Air Force Reserve with the 55th Combat Communications Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Since early February 2020, she was stationed in Niger with the 724th Expeditionary Air Force Base.

The 55th CBCS is one of four Reserve combat communications squadrons that fall under AFRC’s 960th Cyberspace Operations Group. The combat comm squadrons provide theater-deployable communications during wartime and contingency operations or humanitarian missions in austere locations (Source: www.robins.af.mil).  

Upon her return, Sarah was welcomed by her coworkers with beautiful flowers and a special BBQ lunch. During the welcome home celebration, she presented the WVCO team with an American Flag that was flown on the drone during Operation Juniper Shield that is now proudly displayed in our Lithonia, GA office.

Our team members enjoy listening to her share her experiences about her mission as a member of Combat COMM, a specialized unit of cyber warriors that can deploy, secure and maintain communications anywhere in the world!

Despite all the ups and downs in 2020, our company remains grateful for SSgt Sarah McClendon’s service to our country in addition to her outstanding work ensuring our products are manufactured to the highest standard. We are so happy to have her part of the WVCO family and for her safe return!

Introducing Shoe GOO II- Another Genius Invention By Eclectic Products!

Easy to apply and dries crystal clear!

Ever heard the old saying “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”? It’s no coincidence that some of the most innovative products at Willamette Valley Company were born out of a simple need. In fact, Shoe GOO, one of the most trusted brands of adhesives, was created in the early 1970s when a man named Lyman Van Vliet grew tired of having the soles of his shoes fall apart while playing tennis. The need for more durable tennis shoes inspired him to seek out a method to effectively repair them, and Shoe GOO Adhesive was born. 

Fast-forward to 2020 when Shoe GOO’s parent company, Eclectic Products, releases Shoe GOO II as an alternative for people who want to use a low-odor shoe repair product without giving up the superior performance qualities they expect from the original product.

Shoe GOO II uses a premium polymer technology that is designed for strong adhesion and all-weather performance-but without any solvents and a low odor. The product is crystal clear, offers superb UV and water resistance and remains permanently flexible- making it the perfect solution for repairing/protecting all types of footwear whether its leather, canvas, suede, rubber, fabric and more! 

Excellent water and abrasion resistance, perfect for hiking and work boots.

Can be used on almost any kind of shoe. Excellent adhesion to leather, canvas, suede, rubber, fabric & many other substrates!

Eclectic Products produces some of the top brands of adhesive patch/coatings and repair products on the market for a range of industries including hardware/home improvement, hobby/craft, mass merchant, shoe care, automotive, art, food/drug, extreme value, industrial, sporting goods, and e-commerce channels (to name a few). Their product line continues to evolve as a result of a desire to find new solutions to fit consumer and professional tradesmen’s needs. Willamette Valley Company acquired Eclectic Products in 1988 and their operations are now located in Eugene, Oregon.

A Message Regarding COVID-19

As we come together as a Nation to combat the spread of COVID-19, Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) is honored to be counted as a Critical Infrastructure partner by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the Transportation and Critical Manufacturing sectors as outlined in the CISA Memo, 3/19/20.

We are hard at work at all of our manufacturing sites (Oregon, Washington, Louisiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Idaho, Canada, and Chile) fulfilling orders, and providing services during these challenging times. WVCO is working closely with our employees and customers to ensure their safety first, while providing world-class support to our customers with quality products through our service, innovation, and integrity.

We are reminded of the quote by Simon Sinek, “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress, working hard for something we love is called passion.” We are passionate about our products and passionate about our customers. We are not stressed; we are hopeful, we are robust, and we are focused on our mission to serve our Nation, Communities, and Customers.

We will stay connected with you as we all tack through these headwinds together, and if you have any questions or need anything, please contact us at 800-333-9826 or info@wilvaco.com.

WVCO looks back on 2019 – the year of innovation.

WVCO Railroad Products

2019 was a year of innovation. The wood products industry thrived as game-changing technology was introduced into the marketplace while cross-laminated timber, known for its economic advantages, construction quality, durability, sustainability, and aesthetics, was embraced by more architects and construction companies around the world.

There were great advances made in automation that will make manufacturing jobs safer and more efficient. WVCO’s Idaho Milling and Grain division kept their eyes on exciting new research that may help farmers adapt to climate pressures as researchers developed technology to create 3D-printed concrete that could revolutionize the construction industry and decrease its carbon footprint.

WVCO continued to develop robotic solutions for automated engineering, finishing, material handling, welding and more. Our team of engineers also developed unique and customized solutions that will enable companies to overcome challenges in the transportation industry and infrastructure.

Here’s a look back at some of our highlights from 2019.

In May, our WVCO Wood Products team traveled to Hannover, Germany to showcase WVCO’s wood product solutions and equipment at LIGNA 2019, the world’s leading trade show for tools and machinery for the wood processing industry. It was an exciting opportunity for us to meet with key wood and forestry industry leaders from around the globe. LIGNA 2019 had three focus themes: “Integrated Woodworking – Customized Solutions”, “Smart Surface Technology” and “Access to Resources and Technology”.

Over the summer, the WVCO team introduced the FastPatch HPRE, High-Performance Rail Encapsulator to address some of the challenges embedded rail systems on city streets present such as excessive vibration, noise, rail deflection, and maintenance difficulties. This new system is designed from WVCO’s innovative polymer and dispensing equipment and offers fast installation and a long-lasting solution for embedded rail systems with key performance properties.

We also had the pleasure of opening our newly remodeled R & D Center for our Research & Development team in Eugene. The beautiful new facility is equipped with the latest and most sophisticated analytical technologies on the market and designed with our entire R & D team in mind.

In August, Cleco presented Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) with a $34,182.40 check at our Pineville, Louisana facility for upgrading its interior and exterior lights to LED lighting through Cleco’s Power Wise™ energy efficiency program. With the new LED lighting, WVCO is projected to save 341,824 kWh annually, which is estimated to be enough electricity to power 28 homes for one year!

Also in August, our Pre-Tec division was prominently featured in this piece published in Eugene’s Register Guard.

The WVCO Railroad Division exhibited products like SpikeFast®, the industry’s most reliable product for plugging spike holes, and other custom solutions related to rail and highway safety at the 2019 National Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Conference. The conference brought leaders in the rail and highway industries together to present contemporary topics and new technology to an international audience.

In September,the WVCO team traveled to Tampa, Florida to meet with professionals in the marine industry and present how our innovative FastPatch technology can cut time and expenses at IBEX 2019, North America’s leading technical boat-building showcase.

Our team also exhibited our railroad products and FastPatch products at Railway Interchange 2019, the largest U.S.-based technical conference and trade show for the railroad industry! took place in September in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was a great success. An estimated 7,000+ attendees and hundreds of exhibitors from all over the world gathered at this combined railway industry event, sponsored by AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and CMA (Coordinated Mechanical Associations) and the exhibits of RSI (Railway Supply Institute), REMSA (Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association) and RSSI (Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc.)

In November, WVCO was named “APA Supplier of the Year” at the APA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the EWTA Info Fair in Tucson, Arizona. This marks the fifth year in a row we have received this esteemed award, and the tenth out of the last 14 years! 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.

2019 also brought major changes to the world of robotics. WVCO’s PRE-TEC division enhanced robotic weld cell automation by introducing a unique line-up of FASWeld Standard Robotic Weld Cells, built for companies using automation for the first time, as well as customers looking to expand their robotic automation capabilities. Each system is developed using the highest quality industrial components.

What new developments do you predict 2020 will bring? Stay tuned and find out! WVCO wishes all of our employees, customers, partners and friends a very happy new year!

WVCO Named “APA Supplier of the Year” Fifth Year in a Row!

Willamette Valley Company Wins Supplier of the Year for the 5th year in a row

WVCO is thrilled to announce that we have once again been honored with the APA Supplier of the Year award! This marks the fifth year in a row we have received this esteemed award, and the tenth out of the last 14 years! The awards were announced last weekend, November 2-4, 2019, at the APA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the EWTA Info Fair at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Arizona.

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.

EWTA Info Fair Awards

 

“This is a very prestigious award as it is voted on by APA member companies, who are our customers,” says WVCO Vice President Tony Vuksich. “I couldn’t be prouder of our WVCO/Pre-Tec team.  To win this award everyone needs to work for common goals. I think that this award epitomizes what team is all about.  It takes a tremendous effort put forth every day to provide our customers with great quality products, terrific service, and innovation”.

EWTA Supplier of the Year

The EWTA Info Fair is a product and services exposition featuring equipment manufacturers, product suppliers and service providers from other EWTA member companies. WVCO has participated as an (EWTA) Info Fair Gold Level sponsor for a number of years and has been honored with numerous awards for our wood products. In addition to “Supplier of the Year”, the WVCO team has also recognized with the prestigious “Innovation of the Year” award for our new product Wil-Spray 500.

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. EWTA is based in Tacoma, Wash. Read more about EWTA here.

WVCO newly remodeled Research & Development Center in Eugene

Willamette Valley Company R & D Facility Eugene, Oregon

At WVCO, we make it a point to develop unique and customized solutions designed to enable companies to take on whatever challenges they wish to conquer. Recently, we had the pleasure of achieving the same goal for our own Research & Development team in Eugene, Oregon when we opened our newly remodeled R & D Center!

The beautiful new facility is equipped with the latest and most sophisticated analytical technologies on the market and designed with our entire R & D team in mind. This innovative and talented group that includes some of our region’s top chemists and engineers now have an improvided workspace and the necessary tools to devise better products and solutions, improve functionality and efficiency, and enhance the process and product performance.

Want to see for yourself? Watch this video from our recent Grand Opening Celebration.

We are thrilled with our newly remodeled facility and look forward to seeing what “game-changing’ inventions and technologies will come from it.

Headed for Tucson for the 2019 Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) Info Fair!

2019 Info FairThe 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 November 2-4, 2019 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Arizona for the 2019 Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) Info Fair, the premier supplier exhibition for North America’s engineered product manufacturers.

Each year, managers and executives from the top engineered wood products associations, the Engineered Wood Technology Association( EWTA) and APA – The Engineered Wood Association gather to review and discuss key issues affecting the wood products industry.

Willamette Valley Company in San Antonio for the EWTA Info Fair

Willamette Valley Company team at the EWTA Info Fair. Photo @EWTA Info Fair Facebook Page

Willamette Valley Company has a long-standing history as with this important annual event, and we always look forward to it. Last year, WVCO was honored with the APA Supplier of the Year award for the fourth year in a row and for the 9th time overall.

“It forges great partnerships,” says Willamette Valley Company Vice President, 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 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

Come see us in Booth #216 and learn more about our wide variety of wood products and custom solutions relating to plywood, LVL, OSB, lumber, cabinets and furniture, moldings, doors, trims and fascia, overlays and more!

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.

Introducing WVCO’s New Embedded Rail Solution

Minimize rail deflection and absorb vibration with a new High-Performance Polyurethane Rail Encapsulation (HPRE) system.We aim to create the most economical and safest solutions for the railroad industry, by building innovative, high performing products and equipment. As a transportation industry leader, WVCO’s Railroad Solutions has tackled some of the most challenging issues in this industry while providing ground-breaking new products and application systems for light and heavy rail systems all over the world.

Embedded Rail Systems in city streets and urban environments have faced a range of challenges that include excessive vibration, noise, rail deflection, and maintenance difficulties. To address these challenges, the WVCO team introduced one of our newest solutions: the FastPatch HPRE, High-Performance Rail Encapsulator. This new system is designed from WVCO’s innovative polymer and dispensing equipment and offers fast installation and a long-lasting solution for embedded rail systems with key performance properties.

Our FastPatch HPRE, High-Performance Rail Encapsulator absorbs and significantly reduces sound & vibration and is resistant to chemicals and salts. It is also
•Electrically isolating
•Flexible and Tough
•Meter Dispensed
•Fast Cure
•COLTE and Adhesion to Concrete

The cure time is just a few minutes, allowing for quick return-to-service times. We believe this product will outlast and outperform traditional repair materials due to its unique polymer properties. Download the FastPatch HPRE Performance Sheet for more information.
EMBEDDED RAIL High Performance Rail Encapsulator

What is challenging your business? How can we increase safety and save your business money? Learn more about WVCO’s Railroad Solutions.

About the Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) Railroad Division 
The WVCO Railroad Division is the industry leader in providing innovative new products and application systems to preserve and extend the life of important assets for today’s railroads. Our solutions include railroad tie products for wood and concrete ties and unique application system along with SpikeFast®, the industry’s most reliable product for plugging spike holes. We offer the best solutions for your applications and solve some of the most challenging issues in this industry.
WVCO Railroad Solutions

WVCO Railroad Division Gets Contemporary New Look!

WVCO Railroad Products

The WVCO Railroad Products website gets a new look!

When it comes to innovations in railroad maintenance products, the WVCO railroad division is among the best in the industry. Our railroad maintenance products like SpikeFast® for plugging spike holes, high-performance grout for light rails and wood and concrete tie repair materials and application systems have been a game-changer for companies across the world; we felt it was time our world-class railroad division to have a world-class website to showcase these achievements.

The WVCO team recently launched our newly designed Railroad Solutions website featuring an easy-to-navigate, contemporary new look. In addition to the new website, the WVCO Railroad Division has launched a fresh new logo to reflect the company’s commitment to finding modern solutions to address the challenges of modern-day railroads.

WVCO Railroad Solutions

“Our outstanding team has invested hundreds of hours developing our products and pushing them to the limits,” says WVCO Business Manager, Rob Loomis. “We wanted to make it as simple as possible for rail industry professionals to find the necessary information about the performance of our wood remediation products, coatings, dispensing systems, and a new High-Performance Polyurethane Rail Encapsulation (HPRE) system.’

The site was launched in time for the 2019  AREMA Annual Conference and Exposition-the largest U.S.-based technical conference and trade show for the railroad industry scheduled for later this summer in  Minneapolis, MN.  The combined railway industry event is sponsored by WVCO partners AREMA, RSI, REMSA, and RSSI.

Visit www.wvcorailroad.com to learn more about our innovative rail products and solutions and let us know what you think of our new look!

WVCO to Exhibit our Latest Wood Products & Solutions to the World at LIGNA 2019

Meet With Key Members of the WVCO Wood Products Divisions at LIGNA 2019 ~ Hall 26, Stand D08/1 May 27-31, 2019

LIGNA 2019

The WVCO Wood Products team will join key wood and forestry industry leaders from around the globe later this month at LIGNA 2019 (May 27-31), the world’s leading trade show for tools and machinery for the wood processing industry. LIGNA 2019 has three focus themes: “Integrated Woodworking – Customized Solutions”, “Smart Surface Technology” and “Access to Resources and Technology” (also the keynote theme of the Wood Industry Summit).

More than 1,500 exhibitors from 50 countries around the globe will gather for the event at the Hannover Exhibition Center in Hannover, Germany to showcase state-of-the-art processing solutions, applications and concepts for the entire forestry & wood industry. Please come by Hall 26, Stand D08/1 to learn more about WVCO’s wood products solutions and to speak directly to company leaders including:

Mr. Tony Vuksich, Vice President Willamette Valley Co., Tapel Willamette  (Eugene, OR)
Mr. Dave Guerena, WVCO International Sales Manager & General Manager of Willamette Valley B.V. (Venray, Limburg Province, Netherlands)
Mr. Slobodan Bradic, EU Sales Manager (Arnhem, Gelderland Province, Netherlands)
Mr. Robert Pitts, Business Manager-Engineered Wood Products (Eugene, OR)
Mr. Martin Holland-Bak, Product Development Engineer (Eugene, OR)

WVCO Vice President, Tony Vuksich, discusses custom wood products solutions with conference attendees.

WVCO Vice President, Tony Vuksich, discusses custom wood products solutions with conference attendees.

Tony Vuksich and the Willamette Valley Company Team at the EWTA Info Fair

Tony Vuksich and the Willamette Valley Company Team at the EWTA Info Fair

Our LIGNA team will be ready to feature wood product solutions like Polyurethane, Epoxy, and Water-based Putty products along with Metering & Dispensing Equipment, Adhesive Fillers & Extenders, Custom designed Inks, Specialty Sealers and Coatings, and more.

“The presence of all the world’s leading technology providers will make Hannover the global hotspot for the wood-based industries during those five days. No other fair compares in terms of international appeal”, says Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Managing Board member at Deutsche Messe. “Once again in 2019, LIGNA will serve as the industry’s showcase of choice for unveiling their innovations, with a great many exhibitors even timing their development cycles to coincide with the show’s staging every two years.”

To learn more about LIGNA 2019, please visit www.ligna.de/home.