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!
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.
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.
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!