Nov. 20, 2017 - Yvon Pelletier, chairman of FPInnovations' Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stéphane Renou as president and chief executive officer. Renou will officially assume his new role on December 14 as successor to Pierre Lapointe, who has held this position since December 2008.

A native of Montréal, Renou has a number of degrees from Université de Sherbrooke as well as Polytechnique Montréal where he went on to complete a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. In 2015, he earned an MBA (Innovation Management) from the University of Colorado.

In 2000, Renou moved to the United States to join General Electric's research centre, where he took on increasingly senior positions, heading a number of divisions at various locations in the United States as well as in Florence, Italy. Within his various responsibilities, he led teams in both the GE aviation, and oil & gas divisions. Most recently, he was the leader of Industrial Outcomes Optimization at GE Global Research. These varied experiences enabled him to acquire a vast background of R&D combined with commercial knowledge and a strong sense of entrepreneurship. He holds eight patents, in addition to having published numerous scientific articles.

"We are confident that Stéphane, working closely with the members of our senior management, will further increase our current momentum and take FPInnovations to the next level," Pelletier said. "Stéphane's background and interests fit very well with FPInnovations' strategies and plans for the future, and we are confident that he has the skills and competencies that will make him a successful president and CEO."

Renou is taking the reins from Lapointe, who announced his intention to step down as president of FPInnovations last spring. Lapointe spearheaded many major projects at FPInnovations and is leaving a rich and promising legacy to the Canadian forest industry. His commitment was recently recognized through being officially welcomed to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.
Nov. 16, 2017 - An employee of a contractor working for TimberWest was killed Wednesday morning when the logging truck he was driving veered off the road.

The truck plunged into water near TimberWest's Honeymoon Bay operations adjacent to Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island.

“We express our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues affected by this tragic accident," TimberWest president and chief executive officer Jeff Zweig said in a statement. "A fatality within our forest community deeply impacts all of us."

TimberWest said it is working closely with the RCMP, WorkSafe BC and its contractor on the investigation.

The company said operations were suspended out of respect for the deceased and his family, and to provide support to friends and colleagues.
Nov. 8, 2017 - The Forest Stewardship Council, the world's leading forest certification system, announced its 2017 FSC Leadership Awards today.

"We were astounded by the accomplishments of our award winners this year," said Corey Brinkema, president of the Forest Stewardship Council US. "By building the market for FSC products, the award winners show we can conserve forests, even as we use forest products in our daily lives," he added.

Winners of the 2017 FSC Leadership Awards are as follows:
  • Patagonia for developing the world's first FSC-certified Yulex natural rubber wetsuits.
  • Staples for marketing more than 1,000 individual FSC-certified paper and custom furniture products.
  • Procter & Gamble for making its iconic Charmin and Puffs tissue products FSC-certified.
  • Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces for being the first North American laminate manufacturer to earn FSC certification.
  • ARAUCO North America for investing approximately $400 million in a new FSC-certified particleboard mill in Grayling, Michigan.
  • Monadnock Paper Mills for replacing over three billion PVC gift cards with recyclable FSC-certified fiber-based cards.
  • Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company for more than 10 years of commitment to marketing FSC-certified building materials.
  • Forest Products Laboratory, Center for Wood Anatomy Research for applying state-of-the-art forensic wood science to verify the accuracy of FSC claims.
  • Center for Forest and Wood Certification at the University of Kentucky for providing technical expertise to forest managers and supply chain businesses.
  • Seven Islands Land Company and Pingree Associates for its early adoption and continuous FSC certification of more than 800,000 acres.
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources for being one of the longest-standing FSC-certified forest managers in the Lake States region.
  • Heron Hall, McLennan Design, and Smallwood Design and Construction for using 100 percent FSC-certified or reclaimed wood in this residential project.
  • Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre, Regional Municipality of York, and DIALOG for using 100 percent FSC-certified wood in construction.
  • Cowhorn Vineyard and Garden Tasting Room, and Green Hammer for using more than 95 percent FSC-certified wood products.
  • Michael Conroy for helping to launch FSC and for two decades of commitment to the organization.
  • Christopher McDonell for 20 years of work shaping responsible forest management in Canada.
The awards celebration is being hosted by FSC at the Boston showroom of Knoll, an FSC-certified furniture company.
Nov. 7, 2017 - As a worldwide equipment manufacturer, Sennebogen recently celebrated 65 years of operation.

“This company milestone is truly so well earned by the generations of innovators who have strived to make Sennebogen a world leader in material handling equipment,” says Constantino Lannes, president, Sennebogen LLC, Stanley, N.C. The focus, as it has since 1952, is on providing productive and cost-efficient material handling solutions for users of equipment in such fields as scrap, steel mill services, inland and ocean waterways, waste, recycling, demolition and many logging applications. “Even if the material handler is their first Sennebogen,” says Lannes, “they can be rest assured it is backed by 65 years of true innovation and commitment to excellence.”

65 years of growth and innovation
“A lot has changed over the past 65 years,” says managing director Erich Sennebogen, who along with his brother Walter Sennebogen comprises the second generation of leadership in the family-owned company. “In today’s globalized markets, we supply products to customers in over 100 countries on all continents. In order to stay ahead of the competition, we invest in our model line-up and our sites every year, and undertake modernization and expansion work.”

At Straubing Plant 2, an expansion over the past two years has seen the addition of about 375,000 sq. ft. (35,000 sq. m) of new production and warehouse space. At the same time, machine shipping has been restructured, storage areas extended and logistics processes optimized and modernized.

Early, continued and sustained growth
“There’s no such thing as can’t,” has been a philosophy since the early days of the company, when Erich Sennebogen Sr. developed a keen sense for innovative solutions and new markets.

Today, Sennebogen has 1,400 employees at production and support facilities around the world, including the North American headquarters just outside Charlotte, N.C. With machines ranging up to 350 tons, Sennebogen has always focused both on special customer-specific solutions and on individually configurable series machines.

“Our customers are amazed at the dynamic development of our company,” says Walter Sennebogen, “and we are confident that our continued investment in the plant expansion will have a very positive impact on the company’s ongoing success.”

Sennebogen has been a leading name in the global material-handling industry for 65 years. Based in Stanley, N.C., within the greater Charlotte region, Sennebogen LLC offers a complete range of purpose-built machines to suit virtually any material-handling application. Established in America in the year 2000, Sennebogen LLC has quickly become a leading provider of specialized equipment solutions for recycling and scrap metal yards, demolition, barge and port operations, log handling, transfer stations and waste facilities from coast to coast. A growing network of distributors supports Sennebogen LLC sales and service across the Americas, ensuring the highest standard of professional machine support and parts availability.

Nov. 7, 2017 - LAMCO Forest Products Inc. of St Felicien, Quebec announced they've entered into an agreement with U.K.-based Intelligent Wood Systems Ltd. ("IWS") of Perth, Scotland to bring the IWS-FAST holistic Fire Mitigation system to North America.

LAMCO vice-president of sales Andrew Dingman states, "LAMCO's High Value/High Strength Black Spruce EWP combined with IWS technology will leverage our strengths delivering a completely new and Holistic approach to passive fire safety. This technology penetrates our products creating a self-extinguishing passive fire resistance adding moisture resistance." LAMCO is exhibiting at the Boston USGBC/ABX November 8th-10th.

IWS managing director Dave Cleverley states, "The IWS technology addresses the robustness of wood construction during the crucial course of construction stage. A system, combining holistic strategy, unique fire retardant, and non-combustible sheathing satisfying Building Codes in the U.K. that threatened a complete ban on wood frame construction due to high profile construction site fires.  Working closely with U.K. Timber Frame Association (UKTFA) to develop the present Fire Guidance, IWS remains the only full product offering meeting the strictest category of fire mitigation when correctly employed, for Course of Construction allowing wood framing against existing buildings."

About LAMCO Forest Products Inc.
LAMCO's unique Solid Engineered Wood for structural and architectural use combines Double T&G with Finger-Joint Technology.  LAMCO LFL and LAMCO LAMFLOOR are engineered and manufactured to be straight, wane free, and dimensionally stable.  Each piece is machine tested insuring incredibly strong and reliable Black Spruce products.

About Intelligent Wood Systems Ltd.  
Intelligent Wood Systems Ltd. (IWS) was incorporated in 2009 as an R & D company to find methods of improving existing building systems through innovation and technology.  Parent company Glenalmond Timber Company is family owned and operated lumber supplier Perth, Scotland for over 90 years importing timber at their harbour facility and distributing throughout the UK and operate the UK's single largest treatment facility and the largest structural finger joint line, also owners of the Ultra-Joist brand is Super-Dried (average moisture content of 14%), Graded, Finger Jointed structural timber. LimTek Solutions Inc. (LimTek) is the North American agent and representative.

IWS "FAST" system protects the wood frame during the vulnerable course of construction stage and lies dormant for the life of the building reacting as needed to protect against fire or water damage. The IWS-FAST treatment, as part of the system, designed for structural timbers and plywood formulated to provide robust resistance to jobsite fires. An audited, factory controlled vacuum treatment process does not contain halides (chlorides or bromides), metals, phosphates or volatile organic compounds and is non-corrosive. For further details contact Dave Cleverley by phone: : +44 7702 254309 or emai:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Nov. 6, 2017 - The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is disappointed with the U. S. Commerce Department’s announcement of final duties on Canadian softwood lumber.

These are unwarranted duties that the U.S. is levying against our industry and it will result in Americans paying more to build and renovate their homes. FPAC will continue to work alongside the federal government, provincial governments and our provincial forest products association partners to ensure that Canada’s forest products sector remains competitive and innovative in the face of these protectionist measures.

“We appreciate that the federal government has pledged its continued support to defend our sector and our workers against these tariffs which are completely without merit,” said Derek Nighbor, CEO of Forest Products Association of Canada.
Nov. 3, 2017 – Canadian softwood lumber producers Western Forest Products (WFP) and Interfor commented in separate news releases on the U.S. Commerce Department’s final decision to apply subsidies to all Canadian producers.

The average revised countervailing duty was lowered to 14.25 per cent, while the average revised anti-dumping duty was lowered to 6.58 per cent.

“Interfor is of the view that these duties imposed by the U.S. are without merit and are politically driven,” the company stated.

The U.S. government’s decision has prompted affected Canadian companies who once relied heavily on the U.S. market for profit, to visit global options.

WFP stated it has mitigated the duties by increasing lumber sales to China.

WFP's results for the third quarter of 2017 include countervailing duty expense of $2.9 million and anti-dumping duty expense of $3.6 million.

Interfor said it recorded $9.4 million of countervailing and anti-dumping expenses in its third quarter of 2017.

The softwood lumber agreement between Canada and the United States expired two years ago in October 2015

The US Lumber Coalition petitioned the American government in November 2016 to impose taxes on Canadian producers citing unfair subsidies provided by the Canadian government.

“The Canadian forest products industry and Canadian federal and provincial governments strongly deny these assertions which have previously been disproved in international courts,” WFP stated.

The Commerce Department launched an official investigation in December 2016. It decided to apply preliminary countervailing subsidies on all Canadian producers in April 2017 ranging from three to 24 per cent.

Preliminary countervailing duties of 19.88 per cent ended in August 2017, and the U.S. International Trade Commission will determine by December 2017 whether or not the revised duties will be paid going forward.

Anti-dumping duties of an average 6.87 per cent were implemented preliminarily in June 2017, and are required to be paid according to the revised percentages that were released Nov. 2.

“As we expect retroactive duty application to be reversed, consistent with the results of past softwood lumber disputes, we will recognize the retroactive duties as a deposit only upon payment,” WFP said.

“Interfor has not yet submitted any deposits in respect of retroactive duties relating to critical circumstances, which could total approximately US$3.0 million in respect of anti-dumping,” the company stated. “Interfor does not believe the retroactive application of such duties will stand up under final scrutiny which, in turn, should result in a full return to the company of any related deposits.” 

“We intend to maintain our strong balance sheet and diversified product and geographic sales mix as we await the outcome of the trade discussions,” WFP stated.

“Interfor intends to vigorously defend the company's and the Canadian industry's positions through various appeal processes, in conjunction with the B.C. and Canadian governments,” Interfor said.
Nov. 1, 2017 - CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. has acquired 14,923 acres of prime timberlands near the southeast coast of Georgia for $43.3 million, excluding closing costs.

The timberlands in Long and McIntosh counties, the Coastal Georgia Acquisition, expand CatchMark's positioning in one of the most competitive wood baskets of the U.S. South, increasing its regional holdings by 36 per cent.

The acquisition includes 72 per cent pine plantations with stocking of 81 tons per acre. Approximately 92 per cent of the inventory volume is pine and 65 per cent of the inventory volume is chip-n-saw or sawtimber with an average pine plantation age of 19 years.

The transaction's harvest productivity is expected to be 7.6 tons per acre per year, adding approximately 110,000 tons per year to CatchMark's harvest over the next decade. The transaction includes a favorable long-term supply agreement and the timberlands' location provides proximity to a significant number of local mill customers, enhancing the merchantability of CatchMark's harvests in the region.  

CatchMark funded the acquisition with net proceeds from its recently-closed public equity offering.

CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed, publicly-traded REIT that strives to deliver superior risk-adjusted returns for all stakeholders through disciplined acquisitions, sustainable harvests and well-timed sales. Headquartered in Atlanta and focused exclusively on timberland ownership, CatchMark began operations in 2007 and owns interests in approximately 502,600 acres* of timberland located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. For more information, visit
Nov. 1, 2017 - The BID Group (“BID”) announced that it has acquired Vibra-Pro Company, Inc. (“Vibra-Pro”) of Boise, Idaho. 

Vibra-Pro’s staff has a combined experience of over 200 years in the application, design, and manufacture of vibrating equipment for a wide range of material conveyance applications. Vibra-Pro will continue to operate from the existing facility in Boise, Idaho.

Established in 1983, Vibra-Pro has been providing products, installation and service in the forest industry for over two decades and is a strategic and complementary addition to the suite of products that BID offers.

“The acquisition of Vibra-Pro allows us to further expand our worldwide product offerings and enhance the turnkey solutions we provide for customers in North America” says BID CEO, Alistair Cook.

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia and facilities throughout North America, The BID Group is a privately owned company with over 30 years of experience in providing design, equipment, construction, service and turnkey solutions to the forest products industry.
Oct. 31, 2017 - Now the new government has settled in, environmental groups are leading discussions across the Island on the future of forestry. It's vital a pro-forestry voice be heard at these meetings. 

Make sure the people leading these meetings know you live in the community and work in the local forest industry. Help them understand that you and your employees' livelihoods rely on maintaining our healthy and sustainable working forest.

  • Nov 1: Port Hardy, 7-9 pm, Cafe Guido, 7135 Market Street
  • Nov 2: Campbell River, 7-9 pm, CR Community Centre, 401-11th Ave.
  • Nov 3: Duncan, 7-9 pm, Island Saving Centre (Mesachie Room), 2687 James St.
  • Nov 8: Nanaimo, 7-9 pm, Vancouver Island University (Bldg 250, Rm 125), 900 Fifth St.
  • Nov 9: Port Alberni, 6:30-8:30 pm, Echo Community Centre (Dogwood Room), 4255 Wallace St.
  • Nov 10: Courtenay, 7-9 pm, Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Ave.
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Oct. 30, 2017 - A Canadian company whose products are built to withstand the extreme operating conditions of Quebec’s most rugged terrain and industries has expanded its operations into Quebec, opening an office in Quebec City earlier this month.

KLONDIKE Lubricants Corp began offering its leading-edge oils and lubricants for on- and off-road heavy-duty vehicles and equipment to Quebec dealers and their customers, headed by business development manager Michel Breton.

Michel brings close to 30 years of experience in the Quebec oils and lubricants industry and feels strongly that KLONDIKE is a strong fit for the hundreds of commercial and industrial organizations needing top-quality products that perform under the harsh operating temperatures that Quebec weather can bring.

“Having served customers across Quebec for more than 28 years, I know the needs of automotive and industrial equipment operators across the province,” Michel says. “And I’ll be using this knowledge and experience to build a network of successful dealer partnerships across the province.”

Michel knows first-hand the difference that key KLONDIKE strengths like large local product inventory and an efficient product distribution can make for customers, particularly in rural areas of Quebec. “Being able to avoid product backlogs and delivery delays has always been important to my customers who can’t afford to be slowed down by costly downtime,” he says.

KLONDIKE oils and lubricants are robust and reliable and include more than 290 oils, lubricants and chemicals that offer equipment owners formulations for any climate or condition. KLONDIKE products are all API, ILSAC and OEM certified and factory approved by Cummins, Detroit Diesel, Volvo, Mack, Renault, GM and Ford. Our products are used every day in the agricultural, automotive, marine, mining, forestry, construction, road-building, and on-road and off-road transportation industries. 
Oct. 27, 2017 - In advance of Thursday's International Trade Commission (ITC) hearing on illegal imports of Chinese hardwood plywood, forty-eight members of Congress including Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), and Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) signed letters of support for the U.S. hardwood plywood industry.

The letters addressed to Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein and Vice-Chair David S. Johnson of the ITC urged strong support for the ITC's investigation into unfairly traded imports of hardwood plywood from China. In these bipartisan congressional letters, the members of Congress explain how the United States should not allow its capacity to manufacture high-quality products domestically to erode in the face of unfair trade practices that hurt America's hardwood plywood industry.

According to Senator Ron Wyden, "for too long, China has been using government subsidies to give an unfair advantage to its producers, then unleashing a flood of subsidized hardwood plywood on the U.S. market.  It is critical that producers of hardwood plywood and millworkers across the United States get the relief they deserve."

"We greatly appreciate this Congressional support as we make our case this week before the ITC," said Timothy Brightbill, legal counsel for the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood. "It is imperative that we have congressional support in our fight against China's illegal trade practices. We look forward to more congressional cooperation and support as we continue to fight against dumped and subsidized Chinese products."

Imports of Chinese hardwood plywood products have increased 35 to 45 per cent since 2013, putting thousands of American jobs at risk. Several U.S. hardwood plywood mills have been forced to close their doors or significantly cut jobs.

Responding to this trade crisis, the ITC launched an investigation into illegal Chinese trade tactics and imports. Currently, the ITC is in its final phase of antidumping and countervailing duty investigation.
Oct. 24, 2017 - On October 4-5, 2017, the Canadian Woodlands Forum and Forest NB partnered to present the 2017 Fall Meeting in the heart of the beautiful Saint John River valley! Known historically as one of the most fertile, productive land bases in New Brunswick, the counties of Carleton-Victoria provided an excellent setting for the meeting theme “Managing Sustainably from Field to Forest.” Both H.J. Crabbe & Sons Ltd. and the Carleton-Victoria Wood Producers Association & Forest Products Marketing Board served as our proud hosts over the two day event.

The program offered the 150 forestry professionals and community leaders from across the Atlantic region with a great update on key issues facing the forest sector and examples of managing the field/forest landscape for both timber and non-timber values.

Day one provided an interesting technical session featuring an overview of our two co-hosts; an introduction to the agriculture sector in the region; updates on the softwood lumber agreement, future opportunities for non-timber forest products, spruce budworm, vegetation management; along with guest luncheon speaker, the Honorable Rick Doucet, NB Minister of Energy and Resource Development.

The program continued with two great site visits to the H.J. Crabbe Lumber & Sons sawmill and pellet mill as well as the BWS Manufacturing facility (forestry trailers).

The group spent day two in the woods visiting live thinning operations on Hugo Fillion’s woodlot, Snokist Ltd. - the region’s largest producer of field-grown Christmas Trees (both active members of the Carleton-Victoria Wood Producers Association), state-of-the-art sugar bush at Skedaddle Maple, owned and operated by Adam and Natalie Stone including a great lunch provided by the Mount Pleasant Women’s Institute, two great sites hosted by Crabbe Lumber featuring field origin softwood stands & live hardwood thinning and improvement cuts.

All in all, a great two days with picture perfect fall weather!
Oct. 24, 2017 – The 75th annual Ontario Forest Industries Association annual meeting and convention is fast approaching.

This year’s theme is “Working to make Ontario’s forest sector stronger.”

The event will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 at One King West hotel in Toronto, Ont.

Contact Lauren McBride at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.
Oct. 24, 2017 - TimberWest is the first Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Program Participant to achieve the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Bronze certification under the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program. This certification demonstrates to Indigenous communities that TimberWest is a good business partner, a great place to work and is committed to the prosperity of Indigenous communities. TimberWest is also the first B.C. forest company to earn PAR certification.

"As a forester by training I am very pleased that TimberWest has shown its commitment to Indigenous communities by undergoing PAR certification. This leadership demonstrates to other forest companies, and other companies outside B.C.'s forest sector, that strong Indigenous relations make good corporate policy," said JP Gladu, president and chief executive officer of the CCAB.

The PAR framework evaluates companies on four PAR performance areas known as the PAR drivers, which are designed to ensure comprehensive business engagement with a community. The four PAR drivers are: leadership actions, employment, business development, and community relationships. PAR certification provides a high level of assurance to communities because the designation is supported by an independent, third-party verification of company reports. The final PAR level achieved by a company is determined by a jury comprised of Indigenous business people.

Across Canada, more than 80 per cent of Indigenous communities live in or near forested areas. They have strong ties to Canadian forests ranging from traditional uses, such as for food and medicine, to working with forest companies or managing forestlands. SFI works with Indigenous communities in myriad ways including having Indigenous leadership on its board of directors, providing community and conservation grants, and fostering lasting relationships between the CCAB and SFI partners like Habitat for Humanity Canada and its Indigenous Housing Program.

"We are proud to be the first forestry company in B.C. to achieve PAR certification," said Jeff Zweig, president and chief executive officer of TimberWest. "The PAR program is consistent with our commitment to recognizing and respecting the rights of First Nations, and it provides a clear roadmap for further improvement."

Having lands certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard means TimberWest is formally accountable for respecting Indigenous peoples' rights and traditional knowledge. This includes protecting spiritual, historical and cultural sites.

"I am pleased that through SFI's MOU with CCAB, we have this strong partnership that encourages progressive aboriginal relations in the forest sector," said Kathy Abusow, president and chief executive officer of SFI Inc. "SFI thanks TimberWest for its leadership and looks forward to seeing other SFI Program Participants using CCAB's PAR certifications as a mechanism to fulfill their SFI standard requirements related to Indigenous relations."
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