Structural Plywood & Veneer-Based Products Workshop

Structural Plywood & Veneer-Based Products Workshop

March 27th-28th, 2018

CH2M Hill Alumni Center

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Beginning in 1968 and for nearly 40 years thereafter, OSU offered an annual Plywood Manufacturing workshop.  In fact, coincidentally, the last session of the workshop was held in 2005 – the year the plywood industry celebrated its centennial.  The workshop has been on hiatus since that time following retirements and job changes for the key organizers of the event. 

Well we're pleased to announce that the workshop is back for 2018!  And we've added topics related to other veneer-based products such as LVL and engineered wood products and of course, updated the topics to address the state-of-the-art in the industry.

Industry experts will present details of each key step involved in the production of plywood and other veneer-based products, as well as share information on innovations in products and processing technology for this vibrant sector of the forest industry.

Cost: $750. Click here to register.  Please contact Michelle Maller (michelle.maller@oregonstate.edu) with any questions.


March 27th
Time Topic Speaker
8:00 Welcome, background & history of workshop Scott Leavengood, Oregon State University
8:15 Veneer-Based Products 101 Dick Baldwin, Oak Creek Investments
9:00 Overview of Plywood Manufacturing Joe Andrews, Boise Cascade
9:20 Overview of LVL Manufacturing Bill Walters, Redbuilt
9:40 Break
9:50 Wood Tech 101 Fred Kamke, Oregon State University
10:35 Wood-Moisture Relations Scott Leavengood, OSU
11:20 Wood Adhesives 101 Bruce Broline, Broline Consulting
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Green End Overview Martin Murphy, Raute
1:20 Block Scanning & Optimization Alan Knokey, USNR
1:50 Lathe Operations (spindle) Alan Knokey, USNR
2:20 Break
2:35 Lathe Operations (spindle-less) Anna McCann, Merritt Machinery
3:00 Veneer Drying Tim Fisher, USNR
3:30 Veneer Grading (visual & mechanical systems) Steve Langager, APA: The Engineered Wood Association
4:15 Q&A
5:00 Adjourn


March 28th
Time Topic Speaker
8:00 Recap of Day 1, Overview of Day 2; Q&A Scott Leavengood, OSU
8:15 Plywood Lay-Up Systems Joe Andrews, Boise Cascade
8:45 LVL Lay-Up Systems Ted Osterberger and Brian Cowan, Redbuilt
9:15 Hot Pressing Plywood Corey Farrens, Spartek
9:45 Break
10:00 Hot Pressing LVL Jim Salchenberg, Roseburg Forest Products
10:45 Blow Detectors & Moisture Meters Thomas Walther, Grecon
11:30 Quality Control/Assurance Jim Funck, APA
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Process Control Systems: State-of-the-Art Chris Van Ackeren, Ventek/USNR
1:45 Lean Manufacturing in Plywood & Veneer-Based Products Urs Buehlmann, Virginia Tech
2:15 Break
2:30 Innovation - Robotics Jesse Paris, Willamette Valley Co. and Steven Raye, Pre-Tec
3:00 Mass Timber 101; Mass Plywood Panels Rob Freres, Freres Lumber Co.
3:45 The Wood-Based Composites Center; Distance-Ed Series Fred Kamke, OSU
3:55 Break
4:10 Q&A; course evaluation Dick Baldwin, Oak Creek Investments
5:00 Adjourn

CH2M Hill Alumni Center

Parking permits are available for purchase for the Reser stadium lot across from the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. For more information on how to purchase a permit, please go to the Parking Services website. Guests staying at the Hilton Garden Inn will have parking available at the hotel and will be able to easily walk to the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

Registration page will be available soon. For information regarding registration, please contact Michelle Maller (michelle.maller@oregonstate.edu).

Lodging will be available at the Hilton Garden Inn, which is located less than a block from the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Guests wishing to stay at the Hilton can use this link to book a room at the conference rate set for the Structural Plywood & Veneer-Based Products Workshop. Questions can be directed to the Hilton Garden Inn at 541-752-5000. Corvallis does offer a number of other lodging options, which can be found here.