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North Vancouver, BC, Canada
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July 25, 2014

Due to Richmond Plywood Corporation Ltd. change in membership status with CertiWood, JAS Certification has been cancelled for Richmond Plywood Corporation Ltd. effective July 31, 2014.


Due to Thompson River Veneer Products LP change in membership status with CertiWood, JAS Certification has been cancelled for Thompson River Veneer Products LP effective July 31, 2014.

Due to Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd. change in membership status with CertiWood, JAS Certification has been cancelled for Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd. effective July 31, 2014.

Due to Canoe Forest Products Ltd. change in membership status with CertiWood, JAS Certification has been cancelled for Canoe Forest Products Ltd. effective July 31, 2014.


 

July 8, 2014

The Canadian Plywood Association (CANPLY) / CertiWood Technical Centre (CertiWood) - Ceasing Operations July 31, 2014

The Canadian Plywood Association and affiliated CertiWood Technical Centre, originally founded in 1950 as the Plywood Manufacturers’ Association of BC (PMBC), will cease operations on July 31, 2014. Operating for over sixty years as a not-for-profit industry trade association, the association has long served Canadian industry by providing third party testing and global certification, product and standards development, and diverse programs for product promotion and market support.

Key highlights over the association’s history have included:

- Establishing the first Canadian Product Standard for Plywood in 1953, which was the vehicle for having plywood accepted in Canada's National Building Code,

- Undertaking extensive testing programs through the 1960’s, leading to the establishment of plywood as a recognized engineering material to facilitate new structural applications that first included innovative pavilions for Expo ’67,

- Developing an industry-wide third party certification program in 1974, which elevated expected quality and performance benchmarks, and supported successful new export programs that were commenced in European markets,

- Becoming the first organization worldwide to be approved by the Japanese government as a recognized “Foreign Testing Organization” in 1987, giving B.C. mills a major competitive advantage by facilitating in-mill application of JAS marks,

- Developing internationally patented value-added products, Easy T&G Roof (COFI ROOF), Easy T&G Floor (COFI FLOOR) and COFI BIN, through the late 1980’s to mid 1990’s,

- Expanding accreditations to include US standards in the late 1990’s, and CE marking through BM TRADA in the 2000’s, to capitalize on new and re-emerging market opportunities,

- Providing third party testing, inspection and calibration services to additional wood product manufacturers through the CertiWood Technical Centre, established in 2006,

- Updating the suite of CSA structural panel standards over the past few years, from dated 1978 editions to modern harmonized editions reflecting current national and international norms.

CANPLY/CertiWood services have consistently contributed to a strong and healthy environment for Canadian plywood manufacturers, an important sector of the Canadian wood products industry with an annual production level of approximately 2.0 billion square feet (3/8" basis). Although CANPLY/CertiWood operations are ceasing, Canadian plywood manufacturers remain committed to maintaining high quality products in the future via certification programs offered by alternate service providers as of August 2014.

 

March 31, 2014

Due to West Fraser Mills Ltd. change in membership status with CertiWood, JAS Certification has been cancelled for Alberta Plywood Ltd., Quesnel Plywood and Williams Lake Plywood effective March 31, 2014.

 

October 17, 2013

Due to Tolko's change in membership status with CertiWood, JAS Certification has been cancelled for Both Tolko Armstrong Division and Tolko Heffley Creek division effective 18 October, 2013.

 

May 7, 2013

Canadian and American Wood Councils Release Wood Environmental Product Declarations

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) and American Wood Council (AWC) announced today the release of four new environmental product declarations (EPDs) for North American wood products, including softwood lumber, plywood, oriented strand board, and glue-laminated lumber. Funding for updating the Canadian data for these EPDs was provided by NLGA, APA and CertiWood – product dependent.

EPDs are standardized tools that provide information about the environmental footprint of the products they cover. The North American wood products industry has taken its EPDs one step further by obtaining third-party verification from the Underwriters Laboratories Environment (ULE), an independent certifier of products and their sustainability.

The EPD process is one that is open and transparent, outlining where wood products have optimal environmental performance capabilities as well as areas where various products have a need for improvement. This form of comparison data would equal the playing field for competing products and mitigate any past false stigmas that may have existed without scientific or justified proof

Based on international standards (ISO 14025), EPDs have worldwide applicability and include information about product environmental impacts such as resources, energy use and efficiency, global warming potential, emissions to air, soil and water, and waste generation.

Business purchasing decisions will likely require the kind of environmental information provided by EPDs in the future to account for factors such as carbon footprint. By choosing wood, builders can reduce carbon footprints from materials used during construction, contributing to a reduction in global warming.

Dowload the plywood environmental product declarations (EPDs)


April 22, 2013

CertiWood Has Successful Assessments for Certification, Testing, Calibration & Inspection by IAS and MAFF

North Vancouver, BC
CertiWood Technical Centre (CertiWood) is pleased to announce its reassessment approval as a Certification Body, Testing Laboratory, Calibration Laboratory & Inspection Body by the International Accreditation Service (IAS),  and annual reapproval as a Registered Overseas Certification Body (ROCB) by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF).

CertiWood has been an accredited certification body since 1996 (by IAS as of 2007) and provides both certification and testing for engineered wood products bound for both domestic and international marketplaces. During the period between December 2012 and April 2013 auditors from IAS conducted 8 days of audits which included CertiWood successfully demonstrating 5 different test protocols and 4 different calibrations. CertiWood’s scopes of accredited methods include over seventy national and international test standards and calibration methods.

CertiWood has been approved to certify products to the Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) for plywood, OSB, LVL and glue-laminated timber since 1988. The most recent annual audit by Japanese government officials verified ongoing program compliance and resulted in continued approval for JAS accreditation and market access in Japan for client products.

CertiWood operates a laboratory based in North Vancouver BC, Canada and has been serving Engineered Wood Product manufacturers for over 60 years.


November 28 , 2012

Tolko Wins BC Export Award in Natural Resources Category

Vernon, British Columbia, Canada – Tolko Industries Ltd. received the top honour in the Natural Resources category at the 30th annual BC Exports Awards.  The Natural Resources Award recognizes the company that has engaged in marketing, processing and primary production of natural resources.

The BC Export Awards were given out at a ceremony held in Vancouver on November 23, 2012.  A total of 27 companies were finalists in nine sector award categories plus two individual awards: the Leadership Award and the International Business Studies Award.  The BC Export Awards recognizes the innovative approaches and unique contributions of export companies in British Columbia across all sectors and in all regions.

For further details, please download media release

November 7 , 2012

Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. of Westbank, B.C., is pleased to announce its acquisition of Federated Co-operatives Limited’s (FCL) forest product assets at Canoe, B.C. The sale includes FCL’s plywood plant, sawmill and the log harvesting and forestry operations within the Okanagan Timber Supply Area surrounding Shuswap Lake.

For further details, please download media release

July 9, 2012

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has entered into an agreement to sell its Forest Products Division assets and operations at Canoe, B.C., to Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. of Westbank, B.C.

The sale is subject to a due diligence review by Gorman Bros. Lumber and various customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to be completed later this summer.

The sale includes FCL’s plywood plant, sawmill and the log harvesting and forestry operations within the Okanagan Timber Supply Area surrounding Shuswap Lake.
FCL’s Forest Products Division and its logging contractors employ more than 300 people. The agreement provides that all employees will be offered employment by Gorman Bros. Lumber on substantially the same terms and conditions as their present employment.

FCL’s Forest Products Division has operated in Canoe since 1945. The manufacturing facilities have a capacity of approximately 150 million board feet of lumber and 150 million square feet of plywood annually. The sawmill has not operated since December 21, 2007, due to changing market conditions.

Gorman Bros. Lumber operates lumber production facilities in Westbank and Revelstoke, B.C. It has a long tradition of working with communities in its operating areas to ensure the best use of their resources. With the additional availability of the high quality fiber from the Canoe Forest Products Division, Gorman Bros. Lumber will be able to maximize the opportunities to enhance the wood supply to its existing operations while maintaining full production at the plywood plant in Canoe, B.C. News link to FLC website

July 2, 2012

Tru-Cut newest Associate Member  TRU-CUT Sharpening, a full service saw blade repair and sharpening center, has joined CertiWood as an Associate Member. TRU-CUT (http://www.trucutsharp.com/) joins Arclin, The Willamette Valley Company, Momentive, and National Silicates as companies that demonstrably support CertiWood and its member companies.

 

March 29, 2012

CertiWood is pleased to announce the following appointments that were made at the Annual General Meeting of members held March 29, 2012:

•Board Chair: Doug Webb

•Board Vice Chair: Bryce Piggot

•President: Nicholas Nagy

•Secretary/Treasurer: Judy White

 

February 29, 2012,

Due to Westlam's change in membership status with CertiWood, JAS Certification has been cancelled effective February 28, 2012.

 

 

February 9, 2012

The CertiWood Technical Centre (CertiWood) Announces Senior Management Changes

North Vancouver, B.C. – CertiWood announces the following changes to the Association’s senior management:

Nicholas Nagy has been appointed Interim President effective February 9, 2012, assuming responsibility for directing the activities and administering the affairs of CertiWood. Nicholas (Nick) started his professional career with the Technical Centre in 1988, and currently holds positions as Treasurer, and Director, Technical and Quality Services.

Appreciation is extended to CertiWood’s outgoing President, James Shaw, who helped the Association develop and implement new strategies and operational efficiencies over the past seven years. Mr. Shaw returns to his successful consulting practice as of March 15, 2012.

For a transitional period, Nick will also retain his existing titles and continue his key responsibilities for the Association’s financial management, and internationally accredited certification, inspection, calibration, and testing services.


For more information, please contact:

Chris McIver,
Chairman, CertiWood Technical Centre
(250) 992-9254

 

February 4, 2012

CertiWood Engineer Paul Jaehrlich attended the BC Wood Works Lateral Load Design Workshop February 2-3, 2012 where he presented to a group of over 50 structural engineers on the benefits of using Canadian Plywood for their upcoming construction projects. His 20 minute presentation covered:

• Plywood testing and certification
• Plywood grades and species
• Canadian vs US Plywood
• Plywood engineering strength properties

Paul has been invited to attend future BC Wood Works Workshops.

 

November 4, 2011

CertiWood Manager Education Services, Dan Poh attended the CWC Wood Solutions Fair
Ottawa, Ontario. The show was well attended and featured:

• 500 Participants
• 16 Speakers
• 14 Seminars, 3 in French
• 40+ exhibitors at 36 booths

Canadian Plywood promotional literature was distributed along with EASY T&G product samples
to all participants.

The next Wood Solutions Fairs are scheduled for Fall of 2012.

 

April 2011

Due to the indefinite shutdown of the Canfor Tackama operation in Fort Nelson that occurred in 2008 and with no production in the foreseeable future, CertiWood is required, under JAS Law, to cancel their JAS certification. This is effective 30 November 2011.
Thompson River Veneer Products LP, 8405 Dallas Drive Kamloops, BC was approved by CertiWood to grade mark plywood  products in conformance with JAS Plywood Standard, Structural Plywood, Notification 233 on 6 April, 2011.

This approval is under the Revised JAS Law, in which CertiWood was approved as a Registered Overseas Certification Body by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, on 22 December 2006.
Westlam Industries, 19755-98th Avenue, Langley, BC was approved by CertiWood to grade mark plywood  products in conformance with JAS Plywood Standard, Structural Plywood, Notification 233 on 24 March, 2011.

This approval is under the Revised JAS Law, in which CertiWood was approved as a Registered Overseas Certification Body by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, on 22 December 2006.

 

February 10, 2011

Keith Iwasaki to assume role as CertiWood Manager, Quality Management Systems, replacing Dale Black who is retiring

Keith Iwasaki, CertiWood Quality Coordinator, has been appointed Manager, Quality Management Systems, effective February 17, 2011.  Keith is succeeding Dale Black, who recently announced his retirement after a 39 year career with the Association.

Keith, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry degree from the University of British Columbia, joined the CANPLY Certification and Quality Services Department in January 2000 after working in the lumber sector for seven years. He became the Supervisor, CanadaWood Services in 2003, when the Association first began to offer services outside of CANPLY’s core mandate.  Successes in this area supported an Association decision in 2006 to broaden its scope of product certification to include a variety of engineered wood products, and Keith took on his current role with the attendant formation of CertiWood. In 2009, Keith became one of CertiWood’s two new ASQ-Certified Calibration Technicians when CertiWood once again expanded it range of services to include ISO 17025 accredited calibration.

Keith can be reached at 604-981-4186 or iwasaki@certiwood.com.

Tolko Industries Ltd., Heffley Creek Division, 6275 Yellowhead Highway, Kamloops BC, was approved by CertiWood to grade mark plywood  products in conformance with JAS Plywood Standard, Structural Plywood, Notification 233 on 28 March, 2007.

This approval is under the Revised JAS Law, in which CertiWood was approved as a Registered Overseas Certification Body by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, on 22 December 2006.
Richmond Plywood Corporation, 13911 Vulcan Way, Richmond BC, was approved by CertiWood to grade mark plywood  products in conformance with JAS Plywood Standard, Structural Plywood, Notification 233 on 28 March, 2007.

This approval is under the Revised JAS Law, in which CertiWood was approved as a Registered Overseas Certification Body by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, on 22 December 2006.
Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd., Engineered Wood Products Division / Golden, 1221 North 10th Avenue, Golden BC, was approved by CertiWood to grade mark plywood and laminated veneer products in conformance with JAS Plywood Standard, Structural Plywood, Notification 233, JAS Notification 1443, Structural Laminated Veneer Lumber and JAS Notification 106, Laminated Veneer Lumber on 08 March, 2007.

This approval is under the Revised JAS Law, in which CertiWood was approved as a Registered Overseas Certification Body by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, on 22 December 2006.
Alberta Plywood Ltd, A Division of West Fraser Mills Ltd., 9923 - 65th Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, was approved by CertiWood to grade mark plywood products in conformance with JAS Plywood Standard, Structural Plywood, Notification 233, on 28 February 2007.

This approval is under the Revised JAS Law, in which CertiWood was approved as a Registered Overseas Certification Body by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, on 22 December 2006.
Williams Lake, A Division of West Fraser Mills Ltd., 4200 N.Mackenzie Avenue, Williams Lake BC, was approved by CertiWood to grade mark plywood products in conformance with JAS Plywood Standard, Structural Plywood, Notification 233, on 26 February, 2007.

This approval is under the Revised JAS Law, in which CertiWood was approved as a Registered Overseas Certification Body by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, on 22 December 2006.
Quesnel Plywood, A Division of West Fraser Mills Ltd., 1000 Plywood Road, Quesnel BC, was approved by CertiWood to grade mark plywood products in conformance with JAS Plywood Standard, Structural Plywood, Notification 233, on 19 February, 2007.

This approval is under the Revised JAS Law, in which CertiWood was approved as a Registered Overseas Certification Body by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, on 22 December 2006.

Federated Co-operatives Limited, Canoe Plywood Division, 8160 Trans Canada HWY N.E., Canoe BC, was approved by CertiWood to grade mark plywood products in conformance with JAS Plywood Standard, Structural Plywood, Notification 233, on 12 February, 2007 .

This approval is under the Revised JAS Law, in which CertiWood was approved as a Registered Overseas Certification Body by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, on 22 December 2006.
Tolko Industries Ltd, Armstrong Division, 844 Otter Lake Cross Road, Armstrong BC, was approved by CertiWood to grade mark plywood products in conformance with JAS Plywood Standard, Structural Plywood, Notification 233, on 02 February, 2007.

This approval is under the Revised JAS Law, in which CertiWood was approved as a Registered Overseas Certification Body by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, on 22 December 2006.