Willamette Valley Company’s Year in Review ~ A Look Back at 2018

Willamette Valley Company Year in Review

Happy New Year! Now that 2018 has come to a close, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the events and news that defined our year for Willamette Valley Company. We were founded with a mission to create innovative products and provide great customer service, and we feel honored to have done that for 66 years. We can’t wait to continue our work into 2019 and beyond!

Winner of the 2018 APA Supplier of the Year award

The biggest news of 2018 for Willamette Valley Company happened in late October when we were honored with the APA Supplier of the Year award for the fourth year in a row and for the 9th time overall. This award is given annually at the APA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) Info Fair, the premier supplier exhibition for North America’s engineered product manufacturers. The 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. It was a great honor to once again join APA member manufacturers, EWTA members, suppliers and hundreds of other wood products industry professionals from all over the country at this important event.

NEW LEADERSHIP


After three decades of exceptional leadership as our CEO and president, John R. Harrison transitioned to his new role at Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) last March. John Murray, a 38-year Willamette Valley Company employee, was selected as our company’s new president. Bob Halligan was tapped as the company’s new chief operating officer while Rob Loomis was selected as the business manager of the performance products and railroad divisions.

WVCO at the 2018 International Mass Timber Conference

In March, WVCO proudly represented our wood products division at the 2018 International Mass Timber Conference, the premier, global conference for cross-laminated timber and other mass timber construction!

Our PRE-TEC division moved from its 38,000 sg ft. facility on McKinley Street, to a new 110,000 sg ft. building with over 60,000 sg ft. of manufacturing space in Eugene. General Manager, Stan Reynolds commented, “ By more than doubling our manufacturing base, we are able to better serve our customers, and have room for future growth.”

2018 was another year of innovations for WVCO. PRE-TEC introduced the new Fanuc SCARA robot line, offering new opportunities for our customers to make use of a cost-effective and robust product for their small, fast, and simple applications.

Representatives from our FastPatch division attended a number of exciting conventions throughout the country like the ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2018) and the League of CA Cities Annual Expo to introduce our concrete repair products like the New FastPatch 100NS, an affordable, easy-to-apply high-performance single component sealant perfect for vertical or sloped application. The division also introduced TrenchSeal TS6, an innovative concrete repair product that saves our customers time and money as it is cold-applied (no waiting time!) and offers exceptional adhesion strength to asphalt and movement capabilities to trenches, traffic loops, and cracks.

2018 was another big year for Industrial Robotics and Automation. Our PRE-TEC engineers continued to work with our industry partners to advance the use of industrial robots as a cost-effective way to produce higher quality products and increase productivity.

The need for cost-effective fiber optic installation grew significantly in 2018 and business and civic leaders continued to turn to reliable concrete repair solutions like FastPatch to quickly repair roads, sidewalks and other important infrastructure. In June, WVCO attended the 2018 Fiber Connect conference, the premier fiber broadband event in North America to present our concrete repair products to industry leaders, fiber broadband network operators, and other cutting-edge vendors and equipment providers.

Representatives from our rail division had another successful appearance at the largest U.S.-based technical conference and trade show for the railroad industry. The  2018 AREMA Annual Conference and Exposition (AREMA 2018) was a combined railway industry event sponsored by WVCO partners AREMA, RSI, REMSA, and RSSI.

We are so grateful to have had such a successful year at WVCO! We are looking forward to working with our partners, distributors and customers in 2019 and beyond!

What WVCO is Giving Thanks for This Season

Happy Thanksgiving from WVCO

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and appreciate what we’re grateful for in our lives. As this cherished holiday approaches, we got to thinking about what WVCO is most grateful for.

As a family-owned company, we are grateful for the many relationships our company has enjoyed through the years with our employees, distributors, customers and partner organizations. We recently asked them to share what they appreciate about Willamette Valley Company and the responses were overwhelming. Here are just a few below.

From all of us at Willamette Valley Company, we wish you all a very happy and joyous Thanksgiving and holiday season!

11 Fun Facts About Eugene, Oregon

Eugene Skyline by UpShotz. Photo Source: http://www.eugenecascadescoast.org

Eugene-Springfield, located on the south end of Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley, is where Willamette Valley Company is head-quartered; and if we do say so, there is no place better to call home!

Our area is known as one of America’s most livable communities; a lively blend of arts and culture, numerous parks and gardens, culinary offerings and miles of running and bike trails. The area’s bike bridges that span the Willamette River are more numerous than those for vehicular traffic, making Eugene consistently ranked among the top running and bicycling destination in the country.

Performing arts centers, galleries, music and cultural festivals, museums, as well as the dynamics of the University of Oregon’s intellectual and athletic inspiration keep the area thriving with vitality. Many area restaurants specialize in serving up seasonal menus to capitalize on the harvest from the abundance of local organic farms, complimented by local award- winning wines.

We thought we could have some fun this month and highlight some interesting facts you may not know about our “Emerald City”.

Photo Source: Eugene, Cascades & Coast on Facebook

FACT #1: Eugene is the only U.S. city to host three consecutive U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field (1972, 1976, 1980). It’s also home of the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field – Hayward Field

FACT #2: Eugene is the birthplace of Nike

FACT #3: Donald Duck, the mascot for the University of Oregon, is the ONLY sports mascot by Disney

FACT #4: Eugene is consistently ranked as one of America’s “Most Bicycle Friendly Cities”

FACT #5: Springfield, Oregon is the real life inspiration for the Simpson’s hometown

FACT #6: Oregon’s largest sports arena/stadium is the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium

FACT #7: 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”.

FACT #8: Eugene is named after its founder, Eugene Franklin Skinner. Until 1889, it was named Eugene City.

FACT #9: Eugene is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the county seat of Lane County.

FACT #10: You can find 500-year old trees in Delta Old Growth Nature Trail off Highway 126E. Also, the oldest Black Tartarian cherry tree in the U.S. is located inside the Owen Rose Garden in Eugene. Go see it!

FACT #11: Eugene is home to some of our regions best breweries, while downtown Eugene hubs are infused with bottleshops, taphouses and growler fill stations. Well-known breweries include Ninkasi, Rogue and McMenamins.

Story Source: http://www.eugenecascadescoast.org

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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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