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Columbia Forest Products announces promotions

February 4, 2016 – Columbia Forest Products recently announced the promotion of three senior-level employees to the company’s executive team. The promotions were announced by the company's president and CEO Brad Thompson:

•Gary Gillespie has been promoted to executive vice-president responsible for all of Columbia’s Canadian plywood operations and the company’s decorative veneer operations. Gillespie is also a member of the board of directors for Columbia Forest Products. 

•Greg Pray has been promoted to executive vice-president responsible for all of Columbia’s plywood operations located in the United States. In addition, Pray has been named to Columbia’s board of directors. 

•Dave Abts has been promoted to executive vice-president with responsibility for manufacturing, which includes logistics, materials, corporate engineering, manufacturing lean systems, and innovation. Abts is also a member of the board of directors for Columbia Forest Products. 

Thompson reported that these changes represent the “first phase of a thoughtful and controlled succession process that will keep Columbia Forest Products on its path to a vibrant future.” 

About Columbia Forest Products
Established in 1957, Columbia Forest Products has provided fine decorative hardwood plywood panels to the woodworking industry for nearly 60 years. Columbia’s decorative veneers and panels are used in high-quality cabinetry, fine furniture, architectural millwork and commercial fixtures. 
As an employee stock owned manufacturing firm (ESOP), Columbia is committed to offering products with integrity, originating from responsibly managed forestlands and assembled with EPA award-winning PureBond® formaldehyde-free technology. All Columbia products are backed by exceptional customer service and technical support. Website address: www.cfpwood.com.


February 4, 2016
By Columbia Forest Products

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