Wood Business

Virtual Event
OptiSaw 2021 Virtual Summit
September 16, 2021 at 11:00am EST

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Massive opportunity: a look at Element5’s new mass timber facility

Seth Norris, wood specialist, Element5
Robert Mlinarič, CSO, Ledinek

Mass timber construction presents an exciting new opportunity for the wood products industry as the environmental benefits of wood are increasingly recognized by the public. Element5’s Seth Norris and Ledinek’s Robert Mlinarič will offer an inside look at Element5’s new mass timber facility in St. Thomas, Ont., providing an overview of the highly automated CLT line, how the equipment has been working and the opportunities for growth in the mass timber manufacturing sector.

Seth Norris
Seth Norris has a specialized Bachelor’s of Science degree in wood products processing from the University of British Columbia. His work in the industry has included experience in sawmill manufacturing and the development of standard manufacturing procedures. As Element5’s wood specialist, his valuable knowledge and experience helps the company optimize the manufacturing process, by monitoring and controlling material inputs to ensure E5’s glulam and CLT panels are manufactured to exacting standards for optimal performance.


Robert Mlinarič
Robert Mlinarič is a highly respected specialist for complete CLT and glulam production solutions with 30 years of expertise in the field. As a chief sales officer at Ledinek for many years, he is one of the driving forces in the company and deals with the most demanding and complex research oriented projects. R&D company Ledinek is a trendsetter in this field and a global provider of complete, customer tailored turnkey solutions for CLT and glulam production. The company rests on six decades’ of know-how and mechanical engineering competence.