Meeting Attendance Hits Record High

The CPA Fall Meeting and Material, Technology & Design Symposium concluded last week with a record high number of attendees. Presentations are now available online and minutes from Committee and Board of Directors meetings will be available next week.  Notable meeting highlights include:

Revised Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) Standard Raises the Bar

On September 26, the Board of Directors approved a revision to CPA’s Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) Standard with an effective date of January 1, 2019.  The revised standard is significantly strengthened by requiring ECC program participants to meet the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title VI formaldehyde emissions requirements for 100% of their panels 100% of the time. The revised standard also requires full compliance with TSCA Title VI and removes Part B on finished products.  For more information about the ECC Standard or questions about participating in the ECC certification program, please contact Ed Deomano

CPA’s Formaldehyde Emissions Grademark Certification Manual Revised

On September 26, the Board of Directors approved a revision to CPA’s Formaldehyde Emissions Grademark Certification Program Quality Assurance Manual, with an effective date of October 1, 2018. The revision incorporates a number of changes to the Manual necessary to certify compliance with EPA’s TSCA Title VI regulation and clarifies the requirements of CPA’s certification program wherever the TSCA Title VI, CARB and HUD standards do not align.  The updated manual includes a new NAF and ULEF exemption program aligned with the requirements established in TSCA Title VI and clarifies the requirements for ULEF-reduced products, which remain within the full scope of the certification program. It also contains new sections related to experimental trial runs and new plant start-up procedures that are based on published EPA guidance in Frequently Asked Questions.  For more information about the CPA’s formaldehyde certification program, please contact please contact Ed Deomano

CPA Names 2019 Association Leadership

At the Fall Meeting, the CPA Board elected its 2019 Officers, Board members and committee leadership positions, which take effect January 1, 2019.

Jake Elston of Arauco North America will serve as Chairman, with Jim Buffington of Roseburg to serve as Vice Chairman and Pat Aldred of GP Wood Products as Secretary/Treasurer. Louis Brassard of Tafisa Canada will complete his term as CPA Chairman at the end of this year and serve as Immediate Past Chairman in 2019.

The Board re-elected Mike Blosser of Louisiana-Pacific to continue his term as an at-large member of the Executive Committee. 

Dirk Koltze of Siemplekamp, Randy Tallman of The Stow Company and Norm Hoeppner of Sauder Woodworking were elected as Associate Members to the CPA Board of Directors.  Additionally, Elliott Savage of Seemac and Rick Bryson of Ashley Furniture were re-elected to continue their terms on the Board. 

The following are CPA’s committee chairman and vice chairman for 2019:

Environmental and Public Affairs Committee

  • Chairman Jake Elston, Arauco North America
  • Vice Chairman Mark Avery, Timber Products

Production-Technical Committee

  • Chair Dale Garges, Arauco North America
  • Vice Chairman Jeff Cronin, Collins Companies

Marketing Committee

  • Chair Peter Stasiowski, Interprint
  • Vice Chairman Greg Welling, Boise Cascade

Decorative Surfaces Council

  • Chair Tonya Spens, Panel Processing, Inc.

More Info:  Jeannie Ervin

Wade Mosby Named the 2018 Landry Award Recipient

CPA is pleased to announce Wade Mosby, retired Senior Vice President of Collins Products, as the recipient of the 2018 Brock R. Landry Industry Leadership Award, which honors individuals for their outstanding contributions and leadership to the composite panel industry.

The annual award was created to recognize CPA counsel Brock R. Landry for his more than 40 years of significant contributions to the North American composite panel industry. CPA’s Nominating Committee selected Mr. Mosby to receive this year’s award, which was presented to him by CPA Chairman Louis Brassard of Tafisa during the Chairman’s Dinner at the CPA Fall Meeting and Material, Technology & Design Symposium.

Chairman Brassard commended Mr. Mosby on his leadership and passion for environmental stewardship. He specifically noted that over his remarkable career, Mosby led the charge in advocating for equitable industry regulations in California and served as an important early leading voice for the industry with the green building community. Prior to his retirement from Collins in 2013, Wade served as CPA Chairman in 2003 and 2004.  He also founded the Environmental and Public Affairs Committee, which he chaired for more than eight years. More Info:  Jackson Morrill

Special Thanks to 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 meeting.



Louisiana-Pacific Corporation



Boise Cascade

GP Wood Products


Timber Products



American Adhesive Coatings LLC


Argos Solutions

Baumer Inspection

Con-Vey Keystone

Costa Sanders


Genesis Products

GP Chemicals




Kings Mountain International


Panel Processing

Premier Eurocase


Stevens Industries

Stiles Machinery

Surteco North America

Taghleef Industries


A complete list of all sponsors and exhibitors is online. See 2018 CPA Fall Meeting. More Info: Allyson O’Sullivan


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