Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE) announced the lineup of speakers for two workshops—Mass Timber, EWP and Plywood Workshop to be held on Wednesday, October 17, and the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop, which will be held on Thursday, October 18.

TP&EE will be held October 17-19 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore. It will feature nearly 200 exhibitors and 60,000 SF of booth displays.

“We always like to have an educational segment as part of the expo,” comments Rich Donnell, Show Director and Editor-in-Chief of Hatton-Brown Publishers.

The Mass Timber movement is well under way in North America. Russ Vaagen, from the well known Vaagen Bros. Lumber family in Colville, Wash., will speak about Vaagen Timbers, his new venture that is currently constructing a CLT and glulam plant adjacent the family sawmill.

Tyler Freres, VP of Sales for Freres Lumber, will speak about the company’s new MPP (Mass Plywood Panel) plant in operation at Lyons, Ore. and he’ll address new technical and market developments and also the recent certification achieved for MPP through APA—The Engineered Wood Assn.

In the plywood session, Steve Swanson, president of Swanson Group, will provide an update on his company’s new plywood plant in Springfield, Ore., now in its second year of operation.

One of the hottest topics in the sawmill industry is the large number of turnkey southern pine sawmills recently constructed, currently in construction, or about to be in construction.

During the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop, two of the speakers will be from BC-based BID Group, which is the company building and installing much of the equipment in many of those SYP mills.

BID Group Chairman and Managing Director Brian Fehr along with Ron McGehee, R&D New Product Development for BID Group, will speak on “Unlocking the Turnkey Strategy.”

Combined, the two workshops will feature more than 20 speakers. Each workshop costs $75, which also includes admittance to the expo floor for three days and a beer and brat ticket.

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