Spring Meeting Member Attendance Hits 11-Year High

The 2018 CPA Spring Meeting held last week in Victoria, B.C. concluded with an 11-year record high of total member attendees.  Presentations are available online and minutes from Committee and Board of Directors meetings will be available next week.  A few notable highlights include:

2017 Safety Award Recipients Announced

Last week, CPA recognized its 2017 Safety Award recipients during the Chairman’s Dinner. 

The 2017 Safety Innovation Award, which recognizes an idea that is deemed to have provided the biggest positive impact on safety for a member facility, was given to Tafisa Canada for their Error-proof Lock-out Method.  Tafisa is invited to present their winning safety program during the 2018 Fall Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

Awards were also given to participating manufacturing plants with exemplary safety records, including acknowledgments for long-term, annual, safety improvement, and safety achievement.  Awards were given to plants with low worker-hours (Class I) and high-worker hours (Class II).

The awards for the best long-term safety record over the past three years were given to Roseburg, Taylorsville, Mississippi (Class I) and Arauco North America (MDF), Bennettsville, South Carolina (Class II).

The annual safety award recipients for having zero incidents during 2017 were Plummer Forest Products, Post Falls, Idaho and West Fraser, Quesnel, British Columbia for Class I plants, and Arauco North America (MDF), Bennettsville, South Carolina; Arauco North America (particleboard), Bennettsville, South Carolina and Arauco North America, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario for Class II plants.

Two plants recognized for safety improvement were Plummer Forest Products, Post Falls, Idaho (Class I) and Arauco North America (MDF), Moncure, North Carolina (Class II).

Seven plants were recognized for achieving an incident rate of less than 50% of the industry average over the past three years.  Class I plants were Plummer Forest Products, Post Falls, Idaho and Roseburg, Taylorsville, Mississippi.  Class II plants were Arauco North America, Malvern, Arkansas; Arauco North America (MDF), Bennettsville, South Carolina; Arauco North America, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario; Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, East River, Nova Scotia and Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, Roaring River, North Carolina.

CPA congratulates all companies and personnel whose exceptional records and commitment to safety earned these prestigious awards.  Long-term, annual, safety improvement and safety achievement plaques and banners will be sent directly to these mills later this month.  See 2017 Safety Awards.  More Info:  Ed Deomano


R.E.D. Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced

The Robert E. Dougherty (RED) Educational Foundation is proud to announce the 2018 scholarship recipients. On April 24, the Foundation Board approved the Scholarship Committee’s recommendations to award four scholarships this year.  The recipients are Julian Asselstine, University of British Columbia; Jacob Newton, Oregon State University; Vinay Patel, University of Alberta and Kassandra Stout, Mississippi State.   

CPA would like to express our appreciation to the volunteers that served on the 2018 Scholarship Committee: Greg Welling, Boise Cascade; Tom Lepak, Casey Industrial; Mike Shuey, Collins Products; Wayne Schwerin, Duraplay; Mark Kable, Setzer Forest Products; and Dirk Koltze, Siempelkamp.

The Program received fourteen applications from students enrolled in a curriculum focusing in forest products, wood science, wood technology, renewable materials, sustainable biomaterials, industrial design, chemistry, mechanical engineering or industrial engineering.  A list of all applicants, along with their contact information, is available online.  Members are encouraged to give these outstanding students consideration for summer intern jobs or other employment opportunities.  See 2018 RED Scholarship Applicants More Info: Gary Heroux

Special Thanks to Spring Meeting Sponsors and Exhibitors

CPA is grateful for the member companies sponsoring the meeting, and particularly the generous support received from the following Platinum and Gold level sponsors of the 2018 Spring Meeting.

          Platinum Sponsors



          Gold Sponsors

                    Boise Cascade

                    Georgia-Pacific Wood Products


A complete list of all sponsors and exhibitors is online. See 2018 CPA Spring Meeting. More Info: Madi del Rio


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