GreenWood Resources, Columbia Forest Products team on veneer
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
GreenWood Resources' Boardman poplar plantation will provide a local supply for a Columbia Forest Products veneer.
Columbia Forest Products and GreenWood Tree Farm Fund announced this week they've signed a deal to use GreedWood's Boardman-raised poplars as a supply for hardwood veneer planes made using Columbia's formaldehyde-free adhesive technology.
The panels feature bands of poplar veneer that will be generated with a high-tech lathe installed in Boardman where GreenWood keeps its 35,000-acre, Forest Stewardship Council-certified poplar plantation and The Collins Companies manages the onsite sawmill. The veneer bands will be processed at Columbia Forest Products' plywood mill in Klamath Falls.
While Columbia Forest Products had been working with GreenWood's poplar to make plywood, it was bringing eastern poplar back to its Oregon mill to make its MPX veneer products.
"Having the veneer peeled on the plantation, within our state, is a tremendous logistical improvement," said Ed Woods, Columbia's western zone vice president, in a press release. "We are in business to assure our customers top-quality hardwood plywood when they need it, and the new operation in Boardman will position us even better to do just that."
GreenWood Resource's Boardman poplar plantation has become a valuable player in Oregon's sustainable economy, playing a key role in biofuel research and providing woody biomass to the ZeaChem green chemistry and alternative fuels operation in Boardman.
Similarly, Columbia Forest Products work to develop formaldehyde-free plywood adhesive is often cited as a prime example of green chemistry at work.
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