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Welcome to the 2014 Surface & Panel Buyers Guide sponsored by the Composite Panel Association. This guide provides the most comprehensive product information available for North American composite panel and decorative surfacing materials. Included within are product descriptions for a wide array of standard and specialty products.

Composite Panels Wood-based composite panels, such as medium density fiberboard (MDF), particleboard, engineered wood siding and trim (EWST) and hardboard can be tailored to meet a project’s requirements. Customers can specify physical and mechanical properties, as well as surface characteristics, to create end-products with ideal attributes. These composite panel products are produced from renewable wood fiber, such as wood chips and sawdust recycled from lumber mills. By their very nature, composite panel products are among the greenest materials in the world and a great choice for environmentally conscious consumers. All particleboard and MDF facilities in this Guide offer third-party certified products to meet the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM 93120) regulation. The CARB regulation excludes hardboard and EWST products. CPA maintains a current list of CARB-certified and exempt facilities at

Decorative Surfaces Decorative surfaces offer nearly limitless options for design and functionality. They are used in a wide variety of wood-based applications, including cabinets, mouldings, flooring, furniture, countertops, store fixtures, doors and shelving. Composite panels provide an ideal substrate for decorative surfaces – affordable, consistent, uniform in strength and free of defects. Decorative surfaces can be broadly separated into two categories: overlays and coatings. Overlays include thermally fused laminate (TFL), film overlays (3D laminates, etc.), decorative foils, high pressure laminates (HPL), light basis weight papers, wood veneer and heat transfer foils. Coatings are utilized in both liquid and powder forms.

Environmental Credits The following programs are designed to recognize the environmental efficacy and/or green building claims of composite panel products available in the marketplace.

Eco-Certified Composites In 2011, CPA launched the Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) Sustainability and Certification Standard. With a focus on life cycle inventory and other verifiable environmental practices, the Standard highlights the responsible use of wood fiber by composite panel manufacturers in North America. The basis of the standard includes the CPA Carbon Calculator, an expert tool developed to assess the life cycle and carbon footprint of composite panels. Visit and click on “ECC Certified Companies” for a comprehensive list of program participants. Other Green Building Programs The most prominent U.S. green building certifications are the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and the USGBC LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System.

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Product Descriptions detail the characteristics of the materials, common applications and key physical properties.

specifying surfaces vignettes

Product Guides

Sales Contact Information is an alphabetical list of all panel and surface companies listed in the guide.

are sprinkled throughout the issue. They provide examples of applications in specific environments.

provide company-specific product information for the major manufacturers and suppliers of these panel and surfacing products, including designations for Eco-Certified Composites, CARB certified and exempt, and no added urea-formaldehyde (NAUF) products.

CPA also offers an extensive online library of articles and technical bulletins on products referenced in this guide at

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) CPA develops continuing education units (CEUs) on the array of decorative surface and wood-based composite panel options available for residential and commercial applications. In this edition, CPA is publishing the eighth issue in the series of CEUs, 3D Laminate Surfaces: New Dimensions of Quality, Sustainability and Design.

About the Composite Panel Association Founded in 1960, the Composite Panel Association (CPA) is dedicated to advancing the North American wood-based panel and decorative surfacing industries. CPA represents both industries on technical standards, industry regulation and product acceptance. CPA General Members include the leading manufacturers of MDF, particleboard, engineered wood siding and and trim, and hardboard (representing nearly 95 percent of North American manufacturing capacity). CPA Associate Members include manufacturers of decorative surfaces, furniture, cabinets, mouldings, doors and equipment, along with laminators, distributors, industry media and adhesive suppliers. CPA is a vital resource for both manufacturers and users of industry products. As a highly regarded and accredited standards developer, CPA publishes the industry’s ANSI product standards. CPA operates an International Testing and Certification Center (ITCC) and manages the Grademark Certification Program, the largest and most stringent testing and certification program for North American composite panel products. CPA also compiles and publishes proprietary industry economic performance data and technical bulletins on the use of industry products and other educational materials. The association partners with Surface & Panel magazine in publishing an annual Buyers Guide and regular editions of the magazine.

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Selecting Composite Wood Panels 101 A primer for selecting the best panel for the application.


Product Descriptions Characteristics of the materials, common applications and physical properties.

10 MDF 20 Particleboard 26 Hardboard 28 Engineered Wood Siding and Trim 34 High Pressure Laminate 38 Thermally Fused Laminate 44 Film Overlays 54 Decorative Foils 54 Heat Transfer Foils 56 Light Basis Weight Papers 58 Veneer 62 Liquid Coatings 63 Powder Coatings Surface & Panel magazine and the Composite Panel Association thank the following organizations who contributed images for the production of this issue: 3-M, Abet Laminati, Acacia, Advanced Technologies, Amy Carman design, Arborite, Arpa, Artopex, Ashley Furniture, AWFI, Bausch Linneman, Bierson, Black Brothers, Blum, B+N, BTD Powder Coating, California Closets, ClosetMaid, Collins Products LLC, CorePower Yoga, DVUV, FabriTec, Flakeboard, Formica, Forrest, Funder, Georgia Pacific, Guhdo, Greenlam,, Interprint, JMC Wood Manufacturing, kabi, Kimball Office, Kleiberit, KML-Kustom Material Laminates, Knoll, Laminati, Lamitech, Louisiana Pacific, Marlite, Masterbrand, Midmark Corporation, Mock Woodworking, Northern Contours, Nucraft, OFS Brands, Omnova, Panolam, Panolite, Perez, Renolit, Riken, Sauder, Schattdecor, Shepley Bulfinch, STAKS, Stiles, Stow Company, Sun Mountain Doors, Surface Source International, Synergy Thermofoils, Tafisa, Tecolam, TempleInland, Toppan America, Inc., TransForm, TruWood Siding + Trim, UCS Forest Group, Uniboard, Vetter Denk, Wilsonart LLC.

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32 Selecting Surfaces 101 A primer for selecting the best surface for the application. 48 Continuing Education Unit 3D Laminate Surfaces: New Dimensions of Quality, Sustainability and Design 64 Laminating Guide 66 Uniting Material & Technology 82 Product Guides Company specific product information for manufacturers and suppliers of panel and surfacing products, including designations for Eco-Certified Composite (ECC), environmentally preferable (EPP).

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North American Composite Panel Manufacturers Map Laminators Overlay Manufacturers Coaters Coating Manufacturers Laminating Adhesives Suppliers

120 Hardware Vignettes highlighting hardware products that enhance the functionality of today's panels and surfaces. 122 Sales Contact Information Alphabetical listings provided for each producer to help customers locate products. 126 CPA Member Directory 130 Advertiser Index

On the cover: Consistent and durable composite panels combined with fashionable decorative surfaces offer infinite design possibilities in residential and commercial applications. The Surface & Panel Buyers Guide is your complete source for specifying the right materials for any application.

Specifying Surfaces Examples and advice on the use of multiple surface materials in specific environments.

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102 Remodeling Industry: Ready for Renewal

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A Tale of Two Green Standards


conomic prognostications often remind me of a fortune cookie. We’re not really sure

what it means and we tend to forget what it said last time. Thankfully, what was said in this

column a year ago was about right and the North American composite panel industry is continuing to experience a solid recovery. That’s good news for specifiers and consumers of our products. A better economy is not the only reason for this improvement. The potency of the industry’s value proposition, along with remarkable product advances, is driving market demand

“This is the first year CPA can proudly announce that ALL of our panel manufacturer members – representing about 95 percent of North American production – meet the stringent Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) Sustainability Standard.”

for composite panel products and decorative surfaces. North American composite wood is not just green by nature; it’s also the smart choice for businesses looking to get the best bang for their buck. The Composite Panel Association (CPA) and Surface & Panel have made it easy to find all the products you could want in this 2014 Buyers Guide, which is also available free on the CPA website. The big issue for our industry this year is completion of the US EPA’s four year effort to implement a national standard regulating formaldehyde emissions from composite panel products. CPA proposed and continues to support this standard, which is intended to protect consumers and highlight responsible manufacturers. The feds are working closely with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to ensure that their national standard syncs up with the existing “CARB Rule” and its pending amendments, and that’s a good thing. Still, no one knows precisely what EPA’s final text will contain. Much like Dickens’ introduction to a Tale of Two Cities, we know everything about this rule but we know nothing about this rule. The nuances will decide whether it promotes the use of responsible products, or is just another costly, confusing regulation. As an industry known for optimal use of natural resources, we’ve never waited for the government or NGOs to tell us how to be green. This is the first year CPA can proudly announce that ALL of our panel manufacturer members – representing about 95 percent of North American production – meet the stringent Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) Sustainability Standard. This voluntary program promotes sustainable forestry, locally-sourced fiber, recycled or recovered fiber, carbon neutrality and minimized waste – and certifies manufacturing facilities to these criteria. Few green certifications are as comprehensive and rigorous; fewer still require regular on-site audits. Kermit the Frog was right. It’s not easy being green, but we’re making it possible every day. Look for the ECC logo when you review this 2014 Buyers Guide, and start making your wish list. You’ll find it here.

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Selecting Composite wood Panels


omposite wood panels are the result of many decades of applied materials science. These innovative products take sustainability and environmental friendliness to new levels. Composite panels include medium density fiberboard (MDF), particleboard, hardboard and engineered wood siding and trim. Understanding the basic make up of the products, as well as related industry standards and environmental accreditations, makes it easier for specifiers to choose materials that meet both performance and environmental criteria. By volume, composite panels are comprised of approximately 90 percent wood and 10 percent resins. Most or all of that wood is recycled content. Pre-consumer residuals, such as shavings, sawdust and plywood trim/chips, is recovered from other operations. Post-consumer urban wood waste and agri-fiber also provide source materials for composite panels. The stability, strength and homogeneity of composite panels make them an ideal substrate for a broad range of applications. Wood composite materials are the substrate of choice for decorative surfaces because they can be engineered for specific performance characteristics and physical properties including: strength, flexibility, moisture resistance, fire resistance and low or no emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). Composite panels are used for a wide array of applications including:

• Hospitality • Healthcare • Education • Retail • • Commercial • Organization • Residential VERIFIED GREEN Environmental Credits and Certifications

Combining decorative surface materials and composite panel substrates is an effective means of obtaining points for environmental building certification programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Home Building Guidelines. Eco-Certified Composites

The voluntary Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) sustainability standard, launched in 2011, established the first certification of its kind for composite wood products. The ECC program verifies the responsible use of wood fiber by composite panel manufacturers in North America and focuses on life cycle inventory and other verifiable environmental practices. ECC certification is also available for manufacturers of finished products, components and laminated panels. This assurance builds on the ECC certification for manufacturers of composite panels by providing an audited chain of custody. Accredited companies receive an ECCcertified logo that directly communicates the credential to the consumer. Finished products include, but are not limited to: furniture, cabinets, flooring, doors, and mouldings. Environmental Product Declarations Available for Particleboard and MDF

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a verified document that reports environmental data of products based on life cycle assessment (LCA) and other relevant information. This is the contemporary standardized format for communicating a product’s environmental impact to consumers, much like nutrition labels on food products, or credits in green building rating systems. It works in accordance with the international standard ISO 14025 (Type III Environmental Declarations). 8

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EPDs give specifiers, designers and fabricators an important new tool to objectively compare wood products with those made of plastic, metal or other materials. Building codes and green building rating systems are driving demand for verified LCA information found in EPDs. In response, EPDs are now available for particleboard and MDF made in North America. Based on ISO standards 14025 and 21930, EPDs have worldwide applicability and include information about the following product environmental impacts: use of resources, global warming potential, emissions to air, soil and water, and waste generation. The Composite Panel Association (CPA) was instrumental in the development of these EPDs, which are sponsored by the American Wood Council and Canadian Wood Council. The EPDs are certified by UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories that is recognized by the green building community as an independent certifier of products and their sustainable attributes. EPDs sponsored by UL are recognized by US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system, Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes and other similar building certification programs. Terms to Know

The composite panel industry continues to be a leader in working with state and federal agencies to develop fair regulations that protect consumers. The following terms are important to know and understand when specifying and using composite panels: NAF & ULEF – CARB exempt (NAF/ULEF) products have no

added formaldehyde (NAF) and/or ultra-low emitting formaldehyde (ULEF), and have been exempted from third party certification requirements of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) 93120. NAUF – No added urea formaldehyde (NAUF) products, as defined

by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standard, may be used for low-emitting materials credit under LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors and LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations for projects registered by June 1, 2015. Projects registered to LEED v4 (as of November 20, 2013) will offer LEED credit to IEQ 4.4: Low-emitting Materials for NAF and ULEF CARB compliant panels. LEED v4 does not recognize NAUF.

Detailed descriptions of the different composite panel products described above begin on page 10.

ECC-certified products may help achieve the following NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines Credits: • Section 2.4.1 (3 points) Recycled Content • Section 2.6.1 (3 points) Renewable Materials • Section 5.1.5 (6 points) Minimize Potential Sources of Pollutants

Composite Wood Products may help achieve the following U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Credits: • Recycled Content MR Credit 4 • Regional Materials MR Credit 5 • Certified Wood MR Credit 7 • Low Emitting Material EQ Credit 4.4

ECC Finished Products may also help earn credit for: • Low Emitting Materials EQ Credit 4.5

With over 95 percent of North America composite panel manufacturers certified to produce ECC panels, specifying verifiable green products is easier than ever. Visit for more information and a list of program participants.

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Medium Density Fiberboard Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is widely used in the manufacture of furniture, kitchen cabinets, door parts, mouldings, millwork and laminate flooring. MDF panels are manufactured with a variety of physical properties and dimensions, providing the opportunity to design the end product with the specific MDF needed.

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MDF is a composite panel product typically consisting of cellulosic fibers combined with a synthetic resin or other suitable bonding system, joined together under heat and pressure. Additives may be introduced during manufacturing to impart additional characteristics. The surface of MDF is flat, smooth, uniform, dense, and free of knots and grain patterns. The homogeneous density profile of MDF allows intricate and precise machining and finishing techniques for superior finished products. Trim waste is significantly reduced when using MDF compared to other substrates. Stability and strength are important assets of MDF, which can be machined into complex patterns that require precise tolerances.

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI)Certified

Post-Industrial Recycled Wood Fiber

MDF is the perfect solid wood substitute. The stability, strength and homogeneity of MDF allow for an increasing number of applications. It is widely used in the manufacture of and shelving residential furniture . Interior for retail environments and kitchen MDF mouldings are easily machined and cabinets laminated or painted. Its excellent machining characteristics ensure smooth profiles in coated or . Because laminated cabinet doors MDF is homogeneous, it can be used as a substrate or routed and finished . for a 3D aesthetic

Composite Panel Association Eco-Certified Composite Product

MDF is used as the core material in . MDF doors and wall paneling is a commonly used component in today's Office furniture and laminate . flooring

Potential support for five Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) credits


West Fraser is committed to producing MDF panels and programs designed to meet the changing needs of today’s customers. West Fraser’s is a premium quality medium density fibreboard (MDF) panel, manufactured by WestPine MDF, which performs to the environmental specifications required for today’s market.

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➊ The smoothness and stability of MDF makes it a perfect substrate for wall panels, cabinetry and furniture in . MDF is well suited for residential Commercial Interiors construction. custom closets, cabinets and built-ins . showcase the performance beautifully

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The American National Standard for Medium Density Fiberboard (ANSI A208.2) is the North American industry voluntary standard. It classifies MDF by physical and mechanical properties and identifies product grades. Specifications identified in the Standard include physical and mechanical properties, dimensional tolerances and formaldehyde emission limits. The Standard was developed through the sponsorship of the Composite Panel Association, in conjunction with producers, users and general interest groups. A summary of the ANSI Property Requirements are included in this Guide, and copies of the Standard are available from CPA. Third-party certification to ANSI A208.2 is required for many applications of composite panels. For example, HUD and the states of California and Minnesota require third-party certification of formaldehyde emissions for nearly all MDF and particleboard under their jurisdiction. Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are the widely accepted standardized specification format for communicating the environmental footprint and performance of a product. EPDs are the definitive source of environmental technical data that is scientifically based on life cycle analysis and can be used to directly compare alternative product materials. An EPD for North American MDF is now available. See page 8 of this Guide for additional information. MDF continued on page 14 �

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Plum Creek’s Glacier Green™ is formulated to meet a wide range of ‘Green’ and ‘Sustainable’ product standards:

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SFI Sustainable Forestry Initiative Certified Fiber Sourcing

CARB California Air Resources Board Phase Two ATCM 93120

Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) Environmentally Responsible Standard 4-11 Use of Wood Fiber

LEED® U.S. Green Building Council credit support for

New Construction and Major Renovations

Green Globes® System Green Building Initiative credit support

New Construction and Major Renovations

Chapter 6 Building Materials ICC 700-2012 National Green Building Standard Chapter 9 Indoor Environmental Quality

With Glacier Green, you get an engineered wood panel prized by woodworkers and construction professionals for exceptional qualities including:

· An unblemished surface optimized for painting

• • The Sustainable Forestry Initiative guides our commitment to practice sustainable forestry on all Plum Creek timberlands.

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· A homogeneous fine fiber core · Smooth machined profiles and edges · Exacting tolerance standards · Light consistent color Our customers benefit from rapid machine throughput speeds, extended cutting tool life and fewer finishing steps to achieve superior results. Available in a thickness range of 0.063" to 1.5" (1.6 mm to 38.1 mm). No-added formaldehyde formulation available upon request.

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1 Physical and Mechanical Property Table Requirements for MDF When Determined in Physical and Mechanical Property Requirements forPart MDFAWhen Determined in Accordance with ASTM D 1037-06a Accordance with ASTM D 1037-06a Table 1: Physical and Mechanical property requirementsPart forA ANSI 208.2-2009 MDF for Interior Applications

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Screw-holding Screw-holding Modulus of Rupture Modulus of (MOR) Rupture 2 (MOR) (psi) N/mm 115

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Panel Average from Specified Thickness Panel Length or Width > 0.61 m (2 feet) Variance from Panel Average Thickness Panel Average from Specified Thickness Linear Expansion (LE) Variance from Panel Average Thickness Formaldehyde Emissions Linear Expansion (LE)

Formaldehyde Emissions ≤ 0.21 ppm or ≤ 0.11 ppm for MDF with a minimum thickness greater than 8mm. Formaldehyde Emissions ≤ 0.21 or ≤ .011 for MDF with a minimum thickness greater than 8mm. Formaldehyde EmisFormaldehyde See below FormaldehydeEmissions Emissions ≤ 0.21 ppm or ≤ 0.13 ppm for MDF with a maximum thickness ≤ 8mm.

sions ≤ 0.21 ppm or ≤ 0.13 ppm for MDF with a maximum thickness ≤ 8mm Formaldehyde Emissions ≤ 0.21 or ≤ .011 for MDF with a minimum thickness greater than 8mm. Formaldehyde Emissions ≤ 0.21 ppm or ≤ 0.13 ppm for MDF with a maximum thickness ≤ 8mm 1) Grades shall also meet the requirements listed in Section 3 of this Standard.

2) Refer to Section 4, Identification, for grade, formaldehyde emission, moisture resistance and product identification. 1) Grades shall also meet the requirements listed in Section 3 of this Standard. 3) Physical and mechanical property values represent a minimum or maximum value representing 5 (lower) or 95 (up2) Refer to Section 4, Identification, for grade, formaldehyde emission, moisture resistance and product identification. per) percentile expressions, respectively.

3)4) Physical and mechanical property values represent a minimum or maximum value representing 5 (lower) or 95 (upPanels of thickness less than 9.5 mm (3/8 inch) shall not be tested for face screw-holding. Panels of thickness less per) percentile expressions, than 16 mm (5/8 inch) shall respectively. not be tested for edge screw-holding. 4)5) Panels of thickness thanonly 9.5 apply mm (3/8 inch) shall not be tested for face screw-holding. Panels of thickness less Thickness toleranceless values to sanded panels. than 16 mm (5/8 inch) shall not be tested for edge screw-holding. 6) Linear expansion shall be measured between 50% and 80% RH in accordance to ASTM D 1037-06a. 5) Thickness tolerance values only apply to sanded panels. 6) Linear expansion shall be measured between 50% and 80% RH in accordance to ASTM D 1037-06a.

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MDF is the material of choice in home interiors and commercial where tight tolerances, smooth surfaces and intricate spaces machining are critical. MDF is particularly well suited in the . construction of interior doors

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Physical and Mechanical Property Requirements for MDF (< 9.5 mm (0.375 inch) Thick) When Determined in Accordance with ASTM D 1037-06a 1,2 Table 2: Physical requirements Part B and TestMechanical Methods forproperty Hardboard

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Panel Length or Width > 0.61 m (2 feet) Panel Average from Specified Thickness3,5 Variance from Panel Average Thickness3,5

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FORMALDEHYDE EMISSION LIMITS + 0.125 mm (0.005 inch)

The standard a tiered system of emis< 0.33has percent sion levelsSee allowing Formaldehyde Emissions below either a maximum of 0.21 ppm 0.11 ppm for panels thicker thanFormaldehyde 8 Formaldehyde Emissions ≤ 0.21 or ≤ .011 for MDF withor a minimum thickness greater than 8mm. Emi sions ≤ 0.21 ppm or ≤ 0.13 ppm for MDF with a maximum thickness ≤ 8mm mm. Panels 8 mm and thinner shall conform to either the 0.21 ppm or 0.13 ppm maximum limit. To meet the needs of the market, 1) Grades shall also meet the requirements listedmany in Section 3 ofmanufacturers this Standard. have voluntarily MDF 2) Refer to Section 4, Identification, for grade, formaldehyde moisture resistance product identification developed emission, ultra low-emitting and noand added urea-formaldehyde (NAUF)value products. There 3) Physical and mechanical property values represent a minimum or maximum representing 5 (lower) or 95 (up per) percentile expressions, respectively. are a wide variety of products available today levels, as well 4) MOR and IB shall be tested in accordance withwith Part reduced B of ASTMformaldehyde D 1037-06a. as panels. a growing number of non-formaldehyde 5) Thickness tolerance values only apply to sanded alternatives. Those companies currently pro6) Linear expansion shall be measured between 50% and 80% RH in accordance to ASTM D 1037-06a. ducing NAUF products are identified in the product listings in this Guide. JFP Joe Fletcher Photography

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In addition, CPA’s Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) Program (to which a majority of the North American producers subscribe) requires emission limits no higher than the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (“CARB Rule”). Finally, various overlays and surface treatments have been shown to significantly reduce product emissions. For additional information about emissions, see the CPA Technical Bulletin VOC Emission Barrier Effects. n

MDF is the perfect solid wood substitute. because of Its stability, strength and homogeneity, it continues to play a supporting role in todays modern homes. it is widely used in the manufacture of residential shelving, custom cabinetry, Interior mouldings and laminate flooring. MDF is easily machined and laminated or painted.

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Particleboard is a composite panel product consisting of cellulosic particles of various sizes that are bonded together with a synthetic resin or binder under heat and pressure. Particle geometry, resin levels, board density and manufacturing processes may be modified to produce products suitable for specific end uses. At the time of manufacture, additives can be incorporated to impart specific performance enhancements including greater dimensional stability, increased fire retardancy and moisture resistance.

➊ Particleboard is consistent, durable and produced to precise thicknesses . in a variety of panel sizes Particleboard is found in furniture, doors, flooring and cabinets in both residential and commercial settings, and kitchens . including hospitals

Today’s particleboard gives industrial users the consistent quality and design flexibility needed for fast, efficient production lines and quality consumer products. Particleboard panels are manufactured in a variety of dimensions with a wide range of physical properties, providing maximum design flexibility for specifiers and end users.

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Particleboard is made in a wide range of properties to suit just about any , the vertical portions may purpose. In custom shelving and office furniture utilize a low density product. In the more demanding horizontal surfaces, a higher density product may be indicated. Particleboard is an excellent subtrate for retail fixtures that require a smooth surface and a strong core


The American National Standard for Particleboard (ANSI A208.1) is the North American industry voluntary standard. It classifies particleboard by density and strength, and covers physical, mechanical and dimensional characteristics (as well as formaldehyde levels). The Standard was developed through the sponsorship of the Composite Panel Association in conjunction with producers, users and general interest groups. A summary of the ANSI Property Requirements is included in this Guide and copies of the Standard are available from CPA. Third-party certification to ANSI Standards is required for many applications of composite panels. For example, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development requires the physical properties of manufactured home decking to be third-party certified. In addition, many building code jurisdictions require the physical properties of particleboard underlayment and stair treads to be third-party certified. HUD and the states of California and Minnesota also require third-party certification of formaldehyde emissions for nearly all particleboard and MDF under their jurisdiction. Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are the widely accepted standardized specification format for communicating the environmental footprint and performance of a product. EPDs are the definitive source of environmental technical data that is scientifically based on life cycle analysis and can be used to directly compare alternative product materials. An EPD for North American particleboard is now available. See page 8 of this Guide for additional information. particleboard continued on page 24 � 22

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Dimensional Tolerances

Physical and Mechanical Properties

Thickness Tolerance


Linear Modulus of Internal Expansion Length Average from Modulus l) Particleboard shall &conformPanel to requirements asVariance specified in Section 3.4 of Formaldehyde provisions. Note: The United States Department of Housing and Elasticity Bond particleboard Face bonded with Edge max. avg. Width from Specified Panel Average Rupture Urban Development’s Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, 24 C.F.R. Part 3280, exempts a phenol-formaldel) Particleboard shall conform to requirements as specified in Section 3.4 Formaldehyde2 provisions. Note: The United States Department of Housing and 2 (psi) N/mm (psi) N/mm2 (psi) N (pounds) N (pounds) percent mm (inch) mm testing, (inch) for end mm N/mm hyde resin system from emission use (inch) applications in manufactured homes. Urban Development’s Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, 24 C.F.R. Part 3280, exempts particleboard bonded with a phenol-formaldeH-1 resin±2.0 (0.080) ±0.200 testing, (0.008)for end ±0.100 (0.004) 14.9 (2161) 2160 (313300) 0.81 (117) 1600 (360) 1200 (270) NS hyde system from emission use applications in manufactured homes. 2) Grades listed in this table shall also comply with the appropriate requirements listed in Section 3 of this Standard. Panels designated as “Exterior Glue” must H-2 (0.080) ±0.200D 1037 (0.008) ±0.100 aging (0.004) 18.5 (2683) 0.81 (117) 1700 (382) 1400 (315) NS maintain ±2.0 50% MOR after ASTM accelerated (Subsection 3.3.5). 2160 (313300) 2) Grades listed in this table shall also comply with the appropriate requirements listed in Section 3 of this Standard. Panels designated as “Exterior Glue” must ±2.0 (0.080) ±0.200 (0.008) ±0.100 aging (0.004) 21.1 (3060) 0.90 (131) 1800 (405) 1400 (315) NS maintain 50% MOR ASTM 1037 accelerated (Subsection 3.3.5). 2475 (359000) 3) H-3 Refer to Annex B forafter general useDand grade information.

4) Physical and mechanical property values represent a minimum or maximum representing 5 (lower) 95 (upper) expressions, ±2.0 (0.080) ±0.200 (0.008) ±0.100 (0.004) 10.0 (1450)value 1550 0.36 (52) NSpercentile NS 0.40 5) M-1 Thickness tolerance values are only for sanded panels. Unsanded panels shall be in(224800) accordance withorany thickness tolerances specified respectively. by agreement between the manufacturer and the purchaser. ±2.0 (0.080) ±0.200 (0.008) ±0.100 (0.004) 11.0 panels (1595) shall 1700 (52)thickness 800 tolerances (180) 700 (157)by agreement 0.40 5) M-S Thickness tolerance values are only for sanded panels. Unsanded be in(246600) accordance0.36 with any specified between the manufacturer and the purchaser.±0.100 (0.004) 13.0 (1885) 6) M-2 NS—Not±2.0 Specified (0.080) ±0.200 (0.008) 2000 (290100) 0.40 (58) 900 (202) 800 (180) 0.40 6) NS—Not Specified ±2.0 ±0.200 (0.008) ±0.100 15.0found (2176) (73) to in1000 (225) 900structural (202) applications. 0.40 7)M-3i Grade M-3i has (0.080) an “i” for “Industrial” to differentiate it from(0.004) Grade M-3 in Table2500 B that(362600) is commonly0.50 referenced building codes for


7) Grade M-3i has an “i” for “Industrial” to differentiate it from Grade M-3 found in Table B that is commonly referenced to in building codes for structural applications. LD-1 ±2.0 (0.080) +0.125 (0.005) ±0.125 (0.005) 2.8 (406) 500 (72500) 0.10 (15) 360 (81) NS 0.40 -0.375 LD-2




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Requirements of Particleboard Flooring and Building Code Grades 1,2 TableProducts B l) Particleboard shall conform to Requirements requirements as specified in Section Flooring 3.4 Formaldehyde provisions. Note: The United States1,2Department of Housing and of Particleboard Products and Building Code Grades Urban Manufactured Construction Part exempts Table B: R e q uDimensional i r e m e nTolerances t sHome of P a r t i c l eand b oSafety a r d Standards, f l o o r i n24gC.F.R. p r oPhysical d u 3280, ct s Mechanical a n d Bparticleboard u i l d i n g bonded C o d e with G raaphenol-formaldedes GradeDevelopment’s and Properties hyde resin system from emission testing, for end use applications in manufactured homes. Thickness Tolerance Grade

Dimensional Tolerances

Physical and Mechanical Properties

Linearmust Tolerance 2) Grades listed in this table shallThickness also comply with the appropriate requirements listed in Section 3 of this Standard. Panels designated as “Exterior Glue” Average Variance from aging Modulus of Modulus Internal Concentrated6 Thickness Swell Expansion Length & afterPanel maintain 50% MOR ASTM D 1037 accelerated (Subsection 3.3.5). of Linear Width Length & mm (inch)

from Specified Panel mm Average (inch)

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Elasticity Modulus of 2 N/mm (psi) Elasticity N/mm2 (psi) 1725 (250200)

Bond Internal 2 N/mm (psi) Bond N/mm2 (psi) 0.40 (58)

Hardness N (pounds) Hardness N (pounds) 2225 (500)

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±0.250 (0.010) 19.5 16.5 (2828) (2393)

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3) Refer to Annex B for general use and grade information. from Specified Panel Average Rupture Width

max. avg. max. avg. Thickness Swell Expansion mm (inch) percent percent max. avg. max. avg. mm (inch) percent percent 1.6 (0.063) NS 0.35

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D-2 ±2.0 (0.080) 6) NS—Not Specified

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5) Thickness tolerance values are only for sanded panels. Unsanded panels shall be in accordance with any thickness tolerances specified by agreement -4.0 (0.160) D-2 ±2.0 (0.080) ±0.375 ±0.250 (0.010) 16.5 (2393) 2750 (398900) 0.55 (80) 2225 (500) 2670 (600) NS 8 0.30 between the manufacturer and (0.015) the purchaser.

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Length & Width Length & mm (inch) Width ±2.0 (0.080) mm (inch)

Modulus of Rupture Modulus of 2 (psi) N/mm Rupture 2 16.5 (psi) N/mm(2393)

Modulus of Elasticity Modulus of 2 N/mm (psi) Elasticity 2 2750 N/mm(398900) (psi)

Internal Bond Internal 2 N/mm (psi) Bond 0.55 2 (psi) (80) N/mm

Hardness N (pounds) Hardness 2225 (500) N (pounds)

Face N (pounds) Face 1100 (270) N (pounds)

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Linear Expansion Linear max. avg. Expansion percent max. avg. 0.35 percent 0.35

l) Particleboard shall conform to requirements as specified in Section 3.4 Formaldehyde provisions. Note: The United States Department of Housing and Urban Develops u b s c r iment’s b e o nManufactured l i n e a t w Home w w . s Construction u r f a c e a n dand p a Safety n e l . cStandards, om 24 C.F.R. Part 3280, exempts particleboard bonded with a phenol-formaldehyde resin system from l) Particleboard shall conform to requirements as specified in Section 3.4 Formaldehyde provisions. Note: The United States Department of Housing and Urban Developemission testing, for end use applications in manufactured homes. Grades D-2 and D-3 shall not exceed a maximum formaldehyde emission level of 0.20 ppm.

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3) Refer to Annex B for general use and grade information. 4) M-0 Physical and a minimum maximum representing 95 (upper) respectively. ±2.0mechanical (0.080) property ±0.200 values (0.008)represent ±0.100 (0.004) or7.6 (1102)value 1380 (200200)5 (lower) 0.31 or (45) NSpercentile expressions, NS NS

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The standard has a tiered system of emission levels allowing either a maximum of 0.18 ppm or 0.09 ppm for industrial grades or 0.20 ppm for manufactured home decking. To meet the needs of the market, many particleboard manufacturers have voluntarily developed ultra low-emitting and no added urea-formaldehyde (NAUF) products. There are a wide variety of products available today with reduced formaldehyde levels, as well as a growing number of non-formaldehyde alternatives. Those companies currently producing NAUF products are identified in the product listings in this Guide. In addition, CPA’s Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) Program (to which a majority of the North American producers subscribe) requires emission limits no higher than the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (“CARB Rule”). Finally, various overlays and surface treatments have been shown to significantly reduce product emissions. For additional information about emissions, see the CPA Technical Bulletin “VOC Emission Barrier Effects.” n

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Hardboard is used in a variety of applications including furniture components, moulded door skins, wall paneling, underlayment and perforated boards. Hardboard is a composite panel manufactured primarily from inter-felted, ligno-cellulosic fibers consolidated under heat and pressure. Other materials may be added during the manufacturing process to improve certain properties, such as resistance to abrasion and moisture, and to increase strength and durability. Hardboard has a uniform thickness, density, appearance and has no grain. It resists marring, scuffing and abrasion, as well as changes in temperature and humidity. Hardboard can be cut, routed, shaped and drilled with standard woodworking tools. In addition, hardboard can be securely glued or fastened with screws, staples or nails. Hardboard panels can be laminated with paper overlays, plastic laminates and veneers.

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The American National Standard for Basic Hardboard (ANSI A135.4) is the North American industry standard. It classifies hardboard by thickness and physical properties, and includes five classes: Tempered, Standard, Service-Tempered, Service and Industrialite. Copies of the Standard are available from the Composite Panel Association (CPA). The American National Standard for Prefinished Hardboard Paneling (ANSI A135.5) establishes the property requirements for dimensional tolerances and moisture content, along with resistance to abrasion, fading, heat, humidity, scrape, steam and stain. Requirements for washability, gloss, workmanship and flame spread are also specified. n

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Engineered Wood Siding and Trim Engineered Wood Siding and Trim (EWST) is a category of composite panels designed and manufactured to perform in interior and exterior exposure applications with the appearance of traditional wood. These advanced composites can be engineered with enhanced resistance to moisture, dimensional stability and protection against fungal decay and termites. The engineered properties translate into long-lasting durability allowing for decades of service life while maintaining their attractive appearance. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s engineered wood siding and trim products are highly versatile, coming in many forms including sophisticated woodgrains and embossed surfaces.

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The American National Standard for Engineered Wood Siding (ANSI A135.6) defines quality and dimensional attributes for siding products. The standard covers requirements and methods of testing for exterior durability, dimensions, straightness, squareness, physical properties and surface characteristics. It also includes trade terms and methods of identifying engineered wood siding. Thirdparty certification to the ANSI Standards is required for many applications of siding panels. Many building code jurisdictions require the physical properties of engineered wood siding to be third-party certified. CPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accredited certification program is recognized and approved by building code officials to evaluate siding products for code compliance. A new ANSI Engineered Wood Trim Standard (ANSI A135.7) was completed in 2012. The new standard covers requirements and methods of testing for exterior durability, as well as physical and mechanical properties. This consensus-based standard is sponsored by CPA. Engineered wood siding and trim products may be eligible for LEED credits. n

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What is ECC? ECC stands for Eco-Certified CompositeTM, as defined in the stringent Sustainability Standard and Certification Program for composite panel products – specifically particleboard, MDF, hardboard and engineered wood siding and trim, and products made with them.

What makes a composite panel Eco-Certified? The requirements for ECC Certification are tough and specific, and require annual audits. Composite panels must first comply with the stringent California Air Resources Board (CARB) formaldehyde emissions regulation. In addition, the panel manufacturing facility must meet at least 3 of the following requirements:

• Carbon Footprint – Demonstrate that the panel’s carbon store offsets its cradle-to-gate carbon footprint as determined in kg-CO2 equivalents of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

• Local and Renewable Resource – At least 85% of wood fiber sourced within 250 miles.

• Recycled/Recovered – At least 75% recycled or recovered wood fiber; or at least 50% recycled/recovered wood fiber plus a minimum of 5% post-consumer fiber.

• Sustainability – At least 97% of the wood fiber furnish used in the

manufacturing process is either converted into panels or other non-waste products.

• Wood Sourcing – Hold a valid assessment and certificate from a certifying agency recognized by CPA such as FSC or SFI.

The Composite Panel Association is committed to advancing and certifying the sustainability of industry products for residential, commercial and industrial uses.

ECC Wood Products are among the greenest on earth. What products carry the ECC logo? Products carrying the ECC-certified logo include furniture, cabinets, closet systems, flooring, doors, mouldings and more.

Who can be ECC certified? ECC certification is available to composite panel plants and facilities that manufacture laminated panels, components and finished products. Certification provides independent third party verification and an audited chain of custody.

What about LEED? ECC certification may help products achieve LEED credit for Recycled Content MR Credit 4, Regional Materials MR Credit 5, Certified Wood MR Credit 7, and/or Low Emitting Material EQ Credit 4.4. ECC certification may also help earn credit for Low Emitting Materials EQ Credit 4.5 and others.

Who sponsors ECC? The Composite Panel Association (CPA) developed the ECC Standard, including its pioneering Carbon Calculator. CPA administers the ECC Certification Program as a third party certification agency accredited to ISO/IEC Guide 65 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Selecting surfaces


electing the proper surface material for a project does not have to be a difficult decision. Understanding the qualities of the surface materials represented in the Surface & Panel Buyers Guide is the first step in a confident specification. The variety of decorative surface material options has been categorized for your convenience. Within each category, you’ll find the definition and characteristics of the material, common uses and a visual representation of the materials in real life applications. Decorative surface materials are separated into the following categories beginning on page 34: • • • • • • •

High Pressure Laminate (HPL) Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) Film Overlays Decorative Foils Light Basis Weight Papers Veneer Coatings

When you peruse the categories, you’ll find that each decorative surface material has a wide range of potential applications. The material selection for your project will depend on budget, the desired performance, vertical or horizontal application, and whether or not the material will be used in some type of two- or three-dimensional profile. You may also want to consult with your fabricator to determine which materials they frequently use or recommend. Some surface material applications are straightforward. HPL, for example, is often used in countertops or horizontal work surfaces where extreme durability is a major consideration. Selecting surface materials for other applications can be more subjective and subtle. There is no right answer and any number of surface material types can be successfully employed. Coatings, like surface materials, can vary greatly depending on application and expected performance. Finishing Matters is a specialized environment dedicated to the use of coatings, helping guide you through the various options. Finishing Matters begins on page 73. 32

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Architects and interior designers can obtain Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits on the use of three-dimensional laminate. The CEU entitled 3D Laminate Surfaces: New Dimensions of Quality, Sustainability and Design begins on page 48. If you are a fabricator, distributor or involved in specifying surfaces, you may also want to read with interest and take the test at the end of the CEU to gauge your knowledge of these versatile materials. The 2014 edition of the Surface & Panel Buyers Guide can be a truly useful reference. Keep it handy throughout the year and turn to it often when surface selection challenges arise. John Aufderhaar, Publisher, Surface & Panel Magazine 920.206.1766 |

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HPL is the direct descendent of the original plastic laminate. It is considered to be one of the most durable decorative surface materials and is available with special performance properties including chemical, fire and wear resistance. Special grades of HPL can be postformed around curved edges by application of heat and restraint.

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HPL is produced by saturating multiple layers of kraft paper with phenolic resin. A layer of printed décor paper is placed on top of the kraft paper before pressing. The resulting sandwich is fused together under heat and pressure (more than 1,000 PSI). Because phenolic and melamine resins are thermoset plastics, the curing process transforms the resin into plastic by a cross linking process that converts the paper sheets into a single, rigid laminated sheet. Thermosetting creates strong, irreversible bonds that contribute to HPL’s durability HPL is laminated to a panel utilizing a variety of adhesives. Particleboard or MDF are the preferred substrate because they provide a stable, durable, consistent and economical foundation.


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Flexible CPL is decorative paper impregnated with flexible thermosetting resins and fused under heat and high pressure with resin-impregnated backer(s). This engineered CPL offers a unique range of formable decorative laminates suitable for profile wrapping and edgebanding applications. Common thickness range is .2 mm through .4 mm. Surface properties are similar to vertical grade HPL and are used significantly to complement HPL and TFL laminates.

There are many types or grades of high pressure laminates engineered for specific performance requirements: GENERAL PURPOSE: Most widely used HPL and suitable for horizontal and vertical surface applications. Typical thickness range from 0.028" to 0.048" (0.71 to 1.22 mm). POSTFORMING: Can be formed around curved edges by application of heat and restraint. Maximum thickness is approximately 0.038" (0.97 mm) and can normally be formed to radii as small as 3/8" (9.5 mm).

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BACKER: HPL produced without a decorative face. Available as standard (most common; slightly thinner than decorative HPL) or regrind (reclaimed HPL with decorative sheet sanded off). SPECIAL PRODUCTS: Special purpose high pressure laminates include cabinet liners, high-wear, fire-rated, electrostatic dissipative and chemical resistant laminates. In addition to aesthetic attributes, the lamination of particleboard or MDF with HPL can improve the physical performance of the substrate. For example, a shelf of 3/4" industrial (M-2) particleboard that is 24" long will carry 45 lbs per square foot (psf) of uniform loading with 0.133" deflection. The same shelf can carry 85 lbs psf before reaching the same deflection if overlaid with HPL. n

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TFL or thermally fused laminate is made by fusing a resin-impregnated sheet of décor paper directly to a substrate. There is no kraft paper used in TFL, and the resulting panel is ready for finishing. The décor paper generally weighs between 60 and 130 g/m2 and is the same as the paper used in the production of HPL, making for easy matching across materials. Heat and pressure activate the resin in the saturated TFL sheet, creating a crosslinked bond with the substrate. This effectively seals the substrate. Particleboard and MDF are ideal substrates for TFL because they are consistent, uniform in strength and free of defects. TFL continued on page 40 �

Decorative papers saturateD with reactive resins, cureD unDer heat or pressure anD permanently fuseD to a substrate such as particleboarD or mDf become both a Decorative and a construction material. these panels are often referreD to as thermally fuseD Laminate (TFL). residential applications include laminate flooring as well as cabinets, countertops and shelving in home storage and modern Kitchens.


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TFL decorative panels can be manufactured with enhanced visual and performance characteristics. Surface textures are created with steel press plates that emboss the decorative overlay to heighten the realism of wood grain, stone or abstract designs. Steel press plates can also be used to create or control the gloss level of the surface. TFL decorative panels have excellent scratch and wear resistance. They are widely used in laminate flooring, office furniture, closet system components, store fixtures and cabinets. It is also an appropriate spec in healthcare, hospitality, commercial and retail settings. TFL decorative panels typically require a decorative edge treatment and can be specified with or without edge, and with single or opposite-side face treatments. Due to the performance, design flexibility and cost advantages, TFL offers an excellent option for designers and specifiers.

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The two most common thermoset resin systems used in TFL decorative panels: MELAMINE: The resin is introduced into the paper during an impregnating operation. After the paper is impregnated, it is partially cured (B stage) using curing ovens. The melamine resin is fully cured under heat and pressure during hot press lamination. The B staged paper has a definite shelf life that varies with temperature and humidity. Melamine resins are fully cured at 300-400 psi and 300-400 F. They are noted for their hardness, scratch resistance and color stability, and are the most commonly used resin in saturated paper overlays.

POLYESTER: The resin is introduced into the paper during an impregnating operation. After the paper is impregnated it is partially cured (B stage) using curing ovens. Polyester resin is fully cured at 175-200 psi and 275-350 F during hot press lamination. The B staged paper has a definite shelf life that varies with temperature and humidity. Polyester resins are noted for their chemical, stain, water and impact resistance, color clarity and machinability. n

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commercial interiors Commercial interiors provide designers with a unique set of opportunities and challenges. The larger scale of the project can translate to more opportunity for big design impact. Yet it is not uncommon for the build-out or renovation of a commercial space to be done under tight timelines, often while the area is still in use.

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Integrated panel systems offer designers tools to create big impact with relative convenience. Decorative panels are pre-fabricated and pre-finished for ease of installation.

➋ Reception and desking in commercial spaces is often built with HPL panels because of the material’s performance. To add style, sometimes the panels are built into metal framing. ➌ Depending on the end use, a wide variety of decorative surface materials, including HPL, TFL, 3DL, veneer, translucent resin, routed and painted MDF, can be used within a system. In addition to traditional woodgrain, custom logos and designs can be digitally printed to add unique areas of interest. subscribe online at

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Film Overlays

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Known as rigid thermoformable foils (RTF), three-dimensional laminate (3DL) and twodimensional laminate (2DL), these materials are thermoplastic film overlays. They provide end users the freedom to design components with contoured surface profiles and seamless edges without requiring edge treatments. Designers can also use film overlays to customize shapes and incorporate punch-outs, logos and concave/ convex surfaces. These films are available in solid colors or printed designs.

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The films used in 3DL and 2DL are thermoplastic, meaning they soften when heated to take on the shape of their substrate and return to a firm state when sufficiently cooled. 3DLs are primarily made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyester (PET) films. They can be seamlessly membrane pressed or vacuum formed around contoured components, including edges. 3DL can also be used in 2DL applications such as profile wrapping and flat lamination. 3D laminates are available in typical thicknesses from 0.008" to 0.040" and customized gloss ranges. In addition, they can be embossed with specific patterns to improve realistic aesthetics. 3D laminates are resistant to chipping, cracking or breaking making them a popular choice for retail store fixtures. In addition, their application seals the core panel substrate from bacteria and moisture, which make them an increasingly popular choice in healthcare settings for over bed tray tables, furniture and cabinetry. Due to their ability to wrap around custom shapes, edges and contoured surfaces, designers often specify 3DL materials for POP displays, commercial hospitality components, office furniture and door/ drawer fronts for cabinetry. 2DLs are generally made from vinyl, polypropylene (PP) or oriented polypropylene (OPP). They are designed to be flat laminated or profile wrapped.

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➎ 2DLs are available in a variety of thicknesses ranging from 0.001" to 0.007", and can be solid colored, reverse printed or top printed with an overlay based on end use requirements. 2D laminates provide excellent water and chemical resistance, and varying degrees of scratch and stain resistance. Common uses for 2D Laminates include walls and ceilings of recreational vehicles, vertical surfaces for retail store fixtures, cabinets, commercial flooring, and residential components.

Film overlays can be vacuum formed or membrane pressed over . A sEamLEss EDgE PROFILE anD an Easy TO CLEan contoured substrates . Common uses for 3D suRFaCE are ideal for hEaLThCaRE aPPLICaTIOns laminates include cabinet doors and drawer fronts in striking modern , and shelving in home storage . Common uses for 2D kitchens . Laminates include walls and ceilings of recreational vehicles

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3D LamInaTEs REsIsT ChIPPIng, CRaCKIng and bREaKIng, making ThEm a perfect surface layer for CabInET DOORs. Among the desirable qualities of Film overlays are their superior resistance to water and wear as well as resistance to creasing, cracking, shrinking or distortion in a variety of processes and applications.

Films can be divided into eight categories: 2ML Reverse Printed Rigid Film: Print design and base coat are printed on the back of the film in reverse order. This film is used for wall paneling (mostly in recreational vehicles), kitchen cabinets, furniture and manufactured housing. Semi-rigid Clear Film / Reverse printed: The film is frequently embossed and can be coated with scuff-resistant coatings. These films range from 4 to 8 mils in thickness. Some can be mitre folded. Sandwich Film: Semi-rigid two-ply overlay. The opaque base film is top printed and a clear overlay is laminated on top. This film is designed for mitre folding and flat sheet lamination. These films range from 5.5 to 8 mils in thickness. Some are available with scuffresistant topcoating. Solid Color Film / Semi-rigid film: This film is integrally colored and can be top printed and/ or embossed. Top-printed film is used extensively in manufactured housing, recreational vehicles, commercial paneling and movable walls. Plain solids are used in furniture, kitchen cabinets, fixtures, displays and office furniture applications. Thicknesses range from 3.5 to 8.0 mils. Some films are available with scuff-resistant topcoatings. Thermoformed Overlay Films: Single-ply or two-ply construction. Gauges range from .010" to .030" and the film may be printed in wood grain or decorative patterns. Films may be embossed and may be coated with scuff- and stain-resistant coatings. Primers to promote adhesion are available. Films are designed for thermoforming with heat and pressure in a bladder press or vacuum forming process. Decorative effects can be achieved with two-ply films when a router is used to expose a different color in the bottom ply film. Films may also be flat laminated or mitre folded. Raised panel cabinet doors and free-formed furniture components are the most common applications for this type of film. Wrapping Films: Are rigid vinyl films in gauges from .005" to .010". Film may be printed in wood grain or decorative patterns, may be embossed, and may be coated with scratch and stain resistant coatings. Films are designed for wrapping profiles, like picture frames and furniture moulding, and can also be flat laminated and mitre folded. CALENDERED POLYPROPYLENE FILM: These films range from 5 to 20 mils in thickness and are available in a range of solid colors. Typical applications include flat laminations and edge banding for garage and kitchen cabinets, as well as electronics.

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ORIENTED POLYPROPYLENE (OPP) FILM (OPAQUE): Relatively new to the decorative overlay category, these films are stretched (oriented) in both the machine and cross-machine direction to deliver improved dimensional stability. In addition, OPP offers resistance to water and chemicals. Because of its non-absorbent print surface, OPP is ideal for high-fidelity wood grain prints and decorative patterns. OPP films may be embossed and are typically coated for scuff, scratch and stain resistance. Oriented polypropylene films are available in thicknesses ranging from 0.9 to 2.2 mil (23 gsm to 56 gsm). Typical applications include RTA furniture, cabinets, wrapped profiles, ceiling and wall panels. n

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of Quality, Sustainability and Design By the end of the CEU, professionals should be able to:

Explain the basic make up of a 3D laminated component. Identify appropriate applications for specifying 3D laminated components. Understand the benefits of sourcing components that are ECC certified. List the LEED credits that may be available when using 3D laminated components.


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3D laminates provide designers of commercial and residential interiors flexibility to design furniture, fixtures and cabinetry in a variety of shapes without seams or edgebanding. The visual impact offered by 3D laminates is limited only by the imagination. Underlying the aesthetic appeal of 3D laminated components is technology that delivers both a compelling sustainability story and a high-quality finished product.

What sets 3D lamination apart from traditional flat lamination is the ability to draw the decorative film into contours in the substrate, wrap it around the edges and create curved profiles to produce seamless components. This process eliminates the need for edgebanding or T-molding, and encapsulates the substrate. Finished components have a striking resemblance to solid wood, solid metal or solid surfacing.

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OFS Brands uses 3DL components widely in its Carolina line of healthcare furniture. “Spills within a hospital setting are dangerous. They can cause slipping and create an environment that breeds infection,” says Phil Mehringer, executive director of marketing for OFS Brands. “So we offer surfaces with spill grooves for bedside cabinetry and table tops. In those cases, we use 3D laminates.” 3D laminated components are made with thermoplastic decorative films (sometimes called rigid thermofoils or RTFs) that cover five out of six sides of a substrate. The process, called thermoforming, offers many advantages in terms of design flexibility, sustainability and overall quality of the finished product. Aesthetically, 3DL films are available in a vast array of designs including solids, woodgrains, stone, vegan leather, metallic and abstract patterns. Finish options can also vary, including high gloss, super matte, deep texture and ultra smooth. Functionally, 3D laminates can be specified in different thicknesses and specialty surface treatments to meet the required performance criteria of the component. Primary end markets include kitchen, bath and home storage where 3D laminate is used for door and drawer fronts. 3D laminated components are used in store fixtures and sculpted wall panels (where they provide big visual impact) and commercial office furniture products where ergonomics, wire management and overall durability are critical. 3D laminates are increasingly specified for healthcare applications because they are seamless, hygienic, easy to clean and can be used to laminate soft corners. In all market segments, a key advantage of 3D laminated components is that design is not dictated by a two-dimensional surface.

3DL Taking Shape 3D laminated components are comprised of three basic material ingredients: an engineered wood substrate, adhesive and thermoplastic film that can be formed in three dimensions using heat and pressure. Thermoforming is carried out with either membrane pressing, membrane-less pressing or vacuum forming equipment. 3D laminates may also be flat-laminated or profile-wrapped with specific machines. Hand application is not recommended. The 3D lamination process encapsulates all top and side surfaces of the component, including raised panels, deep recesses, compound curves and intricate side profiles. Traditional miter-folding techniques can be applied after pressing to achieve seamless right angles. To balance the panel, a backer of flat laminated 3DL film or thermally fused laminate is adhererd to the bottom of the panel. Using the same 3DL or a color

matched TFL as the backer provides a perfectly complete component that requires no additional finishing. There are essentially two quality 3DL surfacing materials: rigid polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and copolyester (polyethylene terephthalate glycol, PETG). Both materials provide an excellent surface for high-fidelity printing. The design flexibility of 3D laminates allows users to achieve exotic high-end looks without consuming virgin wood or mineral resources from nature. The films also offer great functional advantages. 3DL’s are most commonly produced in a 0.012" thickness. However, within a project different gauges of film can be specified to meet varying performance demands, enabling designers to value engineer precisely to the performance demands while maintaining an exact matching of the design.

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Innovative kitchen cabinet manufacturer Fabritec offers RTF designs from the industry’s best suppliers. “Our mission is to be the leader in the manufacturing of kitchen cabinets. I am looking to get some new effect of wood, and RTF makes a nice addition to our line,” says Richard Gingras, designer/research and development director for Fabritec. “We produce everything from A-Z of what we sell. This year we’ll offer high gloss 3D laminate as a new product for retail. In general it is a good seller.”

The white textured panel inserts at the front desks of CorePower Yoga are a Soelberg Industries 3D laminate product, custom made to mimic the interior window graphics of the studio. “The shape is carved into the MDF with a CNC machine, and then they wrap the laminate over it,” says Kristy Arends, LEED AP and lead designer for CorePower Yoga. “The MDF is made from recycled/reclaimed wood and Soelberg uses only water-based adhesives. Then their wood scraps are composted for farming and gardening and the leftover plastic is recycled. We love this company.”

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The quality of the board used for the substrate impacts both the aesthetic value and sustainability of the end product. The board of choice for 3D lamination is typically refined medium density fiberboard, an engineered product made primarily from recycled wood fiber content. MDF produced in North America is California Air Resources Board (CARB) ATCM compliant and available as an Eco-Certified Composite™ (ECC), a designation that verifies the sustainability and low emission level of the substrate. Because it is homogenous, MDF is easy to machine into contoured shapes with a CNC router and presents a smooth surface. This is important because small imperfections on the surface of the substrate can show through the 3DL film, a condition referred to as “telegraphing.” 3D laminate films are bonded to the substrates using adhesives that are reactivated by heat during the thermoforming process. There are two common adhesive methods used in thermoforming. • The first is either a one-part or a two-part polyurethane dispersion (PUD) adhesive in a water-based sprayable form that is applied to the substrate with a HVLP (high-volume, low pressure) system. In a one-part PUD, a hardener to increase heat resistance is premixed by the adhesive manufacturer, whereas with a two-part system it is mixed onsite by the fabricator. The adhesive is applied to all surfaces of the component that will be in contact with the 3D laminate film, then set on a rack to allow the water to dissipate. • The second adhesive option is a hot melt adhesive that is pre-applied to the 3D laminate film. With both adhesive options, heat from the pressing process is used to reactivate the adhesive, forming a strong and lasting bond between the film and the substrate.

With ECC-certified substrates, 3DL components may contribute to the following LEED credits: • Recycled Content MR Credit 4 • Regional Materials MR Credit 5 • Certified Wood MR Credit 7 • Low Emitting Materials EQ Credit 4.4 • Low Emitting Materials EQ Credit 4.5 Sustainability Some of the environmental values of 3D laminates are obvious, such as replacing rare and precious materials and containing recycled content. However, there are other benefits associated with actual use. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) recognizes that vinyl-based laminates are highly durable with a long service life and a reduced replacement cycle. One of the reasons is that 3D laminates are more impact resistant than other typical flat laminates. In addition, components are seamless which reduces the risk of the edges chipping, cracking and delaminating. Without compromised edges, the entire piece is less susceptible to chipping or cracking. At the end of the product’s life cycle, the component parts are also recyclable. 3DL components have no adverse effects on indoor air quality, and effectively seal the board, effectively reducing VOCs. The contribution to greenhouse gas emissions rates is low, typically comparable or less impactful than alternative materials. stylish

Many retailers tasked with keeping fixtures fresh are turning to vinyl 3D laminate. “Part of using the vinyl laminates, besides the obvious 3D applications, is that you can achieve covered edges,” says Rick Dalton, senior business analyst for J.C. Penney Company, Inc. Charged with sourcing for 1100 stores in North America and Puerto Rico, Dalton works closely with JC Penney’s fixture design team and pays careful attention to materials. “It is primarily the durability and the aesthetic. Eliminating edge banding and the potential for seam lines on the edges of solid pieces, more than anything, that is the reason we are utilizing vinyl in our fixtures programs.”

Design Considerations While 3D laminate is durable, versatile and sustainable, there are certain limitations to consider when specifying components. First, the film and adhesive both respond to heat, so exposure to extreme temperatures (cooking surfaces, exteriors, direct sunlight) is not recommended. The standard maximum panel thickness is 1.5 inches, though thicker components are possible with miter-folding. Different presses (membrane, membraneless, vacuum) have varying capabilities. It is always recommended to collaborate with the component manufacturer and material supplier to ensure proper design of a 3DL component.

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Everyday cleaning of 3D laminated components can be done with a mild liquid soap and soft cloth. Many bleach or ammonia based health-care reagents are also safe to use with most materials. Avoid cleaners that are abrasive or solvent-based. With a little consultation from experts who understand the technical aspects of manufacturing 3DL components, designers can confidently take their practice to a new dimension.

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The 3D lamination process is an established technique for bringing form and function together on today’s furniture, cabinet and fixture components. It is changing the face of design. 3D laminates allow designers to bring profiles, cutouts and curves to both horizontal and vertical surfaces. The technology affords extraordinary design flexibility and results in end products that are beautiful, durable and sustainable. Visit to find out more about 3D laminates and 3D laminated components. s&p 52

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Closets are proving to be an area of the home where consumers feel comfortable dabbling with newer materials and more daring aesthetics. “We’re very driven by fashion and trends,” says Melissa Davis, manager of product sourcing for California Closets Corporate. “It gives people permission to step away from traditional style and move into something with a little more punch. We constantly update our showrooms to show the latest.” California Closets’ showrooms currently display deeply textured surfaces, acid-etched glass and high gloss 3D laminated components. resources The Composite Panel Association (CPA) is the trade association for the North American composite panel and decorative surfacing industries. CPA develops and maintains an online library of educational and technical information on the use and specification of industry products. As an internationally recognized and accredited standards developer, CPA publishes the industry’s definitive ANSI product standards. CPA also operates the International Testing and Certification Center (ITCC) and manages the Grademark Certification Program, the largest and most stringent testing and certification program of its kind for North American composite panel products. The Eco-Certified CompositeTM (ECC) Sustainability Standard is the voluntary industry standard developed by CPA. For more information, visit CPA at

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Decorative foils are an intermediate-range, paperbased overlay and are also called impregnated papers. They are generally pre-impregnated with a blend of melamine, acrylic and urea resins during the paper-manufacturing process, or post-impregnated after the paper is fully cured. Decorative foils weigh between 40 and 200 grams/ m2 untreated. During the impregnation process, the cellulose papers typically gain between 20 and 50 percent of their base weight. Those between 100 and 200 grams are dubbed specialty papers and are more likely than lighter-weight varieties to be used for exposed decorative surfaces.

Heat Transfer Foils Heat transfer foils involve the transfer of a complete coating system from a carrier film to a substrate by means of heat and pressure. When transferred at point of contact between heated roller and substrate, the coating system provides both a decorative effect and a protective layer to provide specified end use properties. The foils are gravure printed in reverse sequence on a co-polymer film. That is, the release coat is applied first followed by a protective coating, the decorative pattern, the base coat and finally, the heat-activated adhesive. These foils can be applied vertically or horizontally to flat surfaces, curves, edges and contoured profiles. They are thermoformable, making them ideal for applications with doors or decorative trim, and can be restamped after application to correct defects or damage. 54

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The impregnated foils are bonded with an adhesive system to a substrate (ex: MDF or particleboard). Quantity, method and type of impregnation, as well as the type of adhesive system and substrate, will have a direct effect on the finished product. These qualities will be demonstrated in cutting and machining performance. Although impregnated papers do not require a topcoat to be considered a foil, most foils receive a finished topcoat for increased durability and scratch resistance. Due to substrate surface advancements, the use and performance of decorative foils has increased. Widespread use of decorative foils ranges from retail fixtures to closet systems, RTA furniture, profile wrappings and POP displays. Specifiers choose decorative foils for their sharp print fidelity; wear-, stain- and water-resistant qualities; ease of maintenance, durability, costeffectiveness, and their reliable machining and manufacturing characteristics. n

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Light basis weight papers range in weight from 23 to 50 grams/m2 . The paper may contain acrylic, polyester or other resins added during the paper making process to improve the internal bond strength. The paper is then printed and topcoated with polyurethane, urea, polyester, acrylic, melamine or a combination thereof for increased durability and performance. These papers can be printed with excellent quality and high-fidelity patterns. Optional chemical, optical, or gloss-matte embossing of these papers enhances the realism of woodgrain and natural patterns. Light basis weight papers have long been common in higher levels of value engineering and are widely used in cabinets, store fixtures, paneling, shelving, closet systems, RTA and home office furniture. Light basis weight papers are usually divided into two categories, standard and industrial. Standard grade papers contain a lower amount of resin in the base paper and offer an economical overlay for use on general surface applications. Industrial grade papers with their higher resin content, should be specified for applications that demand higher production and processing performance (i.e., improved cutting and machining). The cost effectiveness of this overlay group is further enhanced by the possibility of single-sided panels. It is not necessary to laminate both sides of the substrate to achieve a balanced panel. As an additional application, depending on their weight, light basis weight papers can be profile wrapped to produce trim that is an exact match of the flat surface. Light basis weight papers will accept a variety of adhesives applied during the laminating process. Additionally, they can be supplied precoated with hotmelt adhesive ready for hot roll laminating without any additional adhesive application to the paper or substrate. The performance and appearance of the finished panel will be affected by the adhesive system used and substrate quality. n

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Another common decorative surfacing material used in the lamination industry is natural wood veneer. Veneers are available in a variety of wood species, both domestic and imported. Composite panels, like particleboard and MDF, are the preferred substrate for veneers due to their superior surface qualities of being flat, smooth, uniform, dense and free of knots and grain patterns. In addition, their dimensional stability, strength properties and cost advantages further increase the advantages of using these substrates.

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Veneers are typically sliced between 1/25" to 1/50" (1.0 mm to 0.51 mm) and are available plain or with a paper or fleece backer that has varying degrees of flexibility. The backers provide stability and strength to the veneer and minimize splintering, cracking and checking. Veneered composite panel constructions are used in many applications including high quality furniture, case goods, store fixtures and cabinetry. Some veneers are used for profile wrapping, typically over MDF, for high-end millwork applications. Veneers can be overlaid with either heat-activated resins or cold pressed. The main resin used in hot press systems is a urea-based adhesive due to its ability to make the panel more rigid, faster processing parameters and lower-cost base. Another hot press resin system that is increasingly used is a soy-based resin. Cold press systems typically use polyvinyl acetates, casein and contact adhesives. These systems are used for smaller production quantities and may be less rigid than heat-activated resin systems. n



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Office furniture is a market segment that is continually developing and taking advantage of new material technologies. In response to both external credentialling demands (BIFMA, IAQ, CARB) and user performance and design demands, office furniture is a veritable showcase of what panel processing can do.

In this system, the horizontal surfaces are a highly-styled TFL design with a specialty overlay treatment that enhances its wear, moisture and scratch resistance. HPL is also a very appropriate specification for this application. Veneer is sometimes used in higher-end office furniture applications, with special finishing processes to improve the material’s durability.

The substrate materials in this system are also rather special. The thicker surfaces are actually made from light-weight panel, a board that is made up of a paper honeycomb material sandwiched between two thin particleboard or MDF panels.

Other panels are the matched TFL design laid up on standard particleboard.

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➊ Another common decorative surfacing option is paint coating. With the advance of technology, coatings can now be applied to composite wood substrates in either liquid or powder forms. Paint can also be used in tandem with special inks, particularly in applications calling for printed wood grains or abstract patterns. Aside from wood grain printing, coatings are available as a decorative color finish or as a clear protective topcoat. The surface characteristics of composite panel products, especially MDF, allow for direct coating and printing applications, which result in exceptionally consistent defect-free finishes. While some industrial finishes are available on a retail basis, most coatings are custom formulated to fit the specific prefinisher’s line configuration and the requirements of the intended end application.

➋ water-based UV-cured finishes are durable and contribute to . MDF is the perfect improved indoor air quality in home offices , substrate for the striking finishes availalbe in fine cabinetry . Powder coating provides a consistent and and millwork , . It is durable finish for home storage and work surfaces , and is available in perfectly suited for Contoured components a wide range of colors, textures and finishes.


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There are many types of liquid coatings used as industrial decorative surfaces. Coatings can be water- or solvent-based, and chemistry advancements continue to provide increases in performance of both types. Both families of coatings are used in finishing cabinets and furniture, exterior siding, millwork, trim, flooring and fixtures. WATER-BASED ACRYLIC LATEX COATINGS: These coatings are used in industrial, commercial and residential settings, and are formulated for both interior and exterior applications. Manufacturers can modify these coatings with different types of resins and crosslinking agents to extend the service life and exterior durability of the coating system. These additives also improve the chemical, corrosion and water resistance properties. One of the advantages of water-based coatings is their lower VOC content, which reduces their impact to indoor air quality. They are also superior to other coating types in their exterior durability and color retention, which is a function of the acrylic resins used in the formulation. However, these coatings do not perform as well as solvent-borne coatings in chemical and wear resistance. SOLVENT-BASED COATINGS: The higher VOC nature of solventbased coatings limits their use primarily to industrial settings that are equipped with specialized air handling and treatment devices. These coatings can be modified with urethanes, epoxies, nitrocellulose, alkyds and acrylics to impart certain performance qualities. Solvent-based coating systems are widely recognized for their outstanding chemical- and wear-resistant properties. This family of coatings is used for high gloss finishes that have superior abrasion resistance. Their toughness and performance properties are among the reasons they are extensively used in the furniture and kitchen cabinet manufacturing business. In addition, there is minimal grain raise and fiber swell with solvent-based coatings, and the finish is easier to touch up and repair if damaged. ULTRA-VIOLET (UV) COATINGS: The main difference with this coating type is how the coating is cured or dried. UV coatings have special ingredients that react almost instantaneously with UV radiation. This results in a significantly faster curing process. As a result, UV coatings are extremely tough, durable and long lasting. They are mainly formulated as clear coats and sealers.

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The popularity of powder coating has continued to grow as an industrial finishing system. Initially developed as an alternative way to coat metal, the advantages of this evolving technology have made powder coating the fastest growing industrial finish for metal in the world. Powder coatings are used on appliances, machinery, furniture and fixtures. The powder coating process significantly reduces waste, with nearly 95% transfer efficiency and low-VOC emissions. In the late 1990’s, companies began experimenting with applying powder to wood products, particularly MDF. As MDF was a wood-based product and not prone to carrying electrical charges (critical for the electrostatic process), there were significant processing challenges to overcome. With the development of specially engineered MDF and powders, along with new processing techniques, these efforts were successful and a new way to finish composite panel products was launched. Powder coating is an advanced method of applying a decorative and protective finish onto a wide range of materials and products that are used for both industrial and consumer applications. The

powder used for the process is a mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin that is sprayed onto a surface to be coated. The charged particles adhere to the electrically-grounded surface until heated and cured, creating a variety of smooth and textured finishes that are uniform and durable. The coating process is a single-stage application where all exposed surfaces are coated simultaneously. The benefits of powder coatings include increased design flexibility, cost efficiency and seamless edges. Powder coatings also provide high resistance to heat, moisture, abrasion, staining and fading, and offer a range of colors, textures and finishes. n

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The demand to bond face materials to substrates is one constant in the woodworking industry that will continue to evolve. These surfaces convey many things: beauty, wear resistance, impact resistance, texture, tone, reflectivity, and more – all for the naked eye to see and the curious hand to touch. There are many methods for laminating surface materials to substrates. The most current and common technologies can be broadly separated into two categories: 2D laminating for flat panel goods and 3D laminating for contoured panel goods. Technologies in 2D

The lamination processes for flat panel goods can be further differentiated by press type, platen (for laminating sheet goods) or rotary (for laminating high volume or coil stock). Cold and hot platen pressing is a discussion of batch versus single piece flow. By far, the majority of veneers pressed in the industry come off of a hot press of some sort, while the bulk of door assemblies, HPL and composite panels come through a batch process in a cold press. Cold pressing is the fastest way to produce like-sized product of sheet-laminated goods. Hot pressing lends itself to single piece flow and part nesting. Both systems utilize water-based PVA’s as well as urea adhesives. However, use of liquid urethanes is typical to a batch process with a cold press.



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The Most Common and Current Laminating Technologies 2D Laminating Platen Presses • Cold Presses • Hot Presses 3D Laminating

Rotary Presses • Heated Roll • Cold Roll

Thermofoil Machines • Vacuum Presses • Membrane Presses Profile Wrappers

Rotary pressing, on the other hand, evolved out of the demand for producing high-volume product from raw goods in coil stock. The increasing demand for lower-cost surfaces in the marketplace helped to drive rotary technology, which centers on continual piece flow through a high-volume automated system. Rotary systems utilize water-based hot melt and pre-applied adhesives, with the bulk of that product coming off of a water-based system through heated rolls. The labor is light, as most of these systems are automated and yield highvolume product with minimal operators. Cold rotary press systems typically produce sheet goods (versus coil stock) using either high solids PVA adhesives or a water-based epoxy. These systems, frequently referred to as “fast tack laminating systems”, are moderate-level production systems with few operators. Some highly automated systems can work with as few as one operator and one material handler. 3D Laminating

In the field of thermofoil, more accurately named 3D lamination, there are two dominant processes at two different price points, with major differences in their end product. The entry-level process for 3D laminating is with a vacuum press. Vacuum presses offer a radiant heating system above, along with a vacuum draw through the lower tray which generates approximately 14.5 psi to the surface. There are limitations to vacuum pressing, however, which leads to use of the more robust membrane press. A true three-chamber membrane press is the best way to perform 3D laminating. Membrane presses offer a solid contact heat source through a heated platen and an on-board membrane to deliver that heat. This process yields both the vacuum of 14.5 psi on the lower platen, and a positive air pressure from above. The cumulative general standard operating pressure is between 35-50 psi. Because of the pressure from above, the membrane press process will produce greater definition to the surface with a more reliable end product. Another method for 3D laminating is profile wrapping. This process revolutionized the world of trim work and componentry. Profile wrapping allows for repeatable end products, driven through a high-volume process. This method utilizes a hot melt adhesive that is extruded onto the overlay material directly. Then the component is wrapped with the prepared overlay in a continual process of rollers and bars. These are the current and common modes of 2D and 3D laminating used by the secondary market. Each method has specific benefits that meet different criteria of through-put rate and end product performance. The art and science of adhering decorative surfaces to substrate materials results in end products that deliver in many dimensions, from aesthetic appeal to tactile and functional quality. n Ed Strahota started in the industry as a craftsman, building architectural millwork, and custom furniture. He has spent the last 15 years in machinery sales, and is now the Director of Marketing at the Black Bros. Co.

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1. The consistency, durability and accuracy (tolerances) of particleboard, MDF and other hybrid composite products. 2. The emergence of high-technology panel processing machinery Innovations in these areas drive each other. Machines that can consistently process to a few thousandths of an inch command a substrate produced to similar tolerances. Computer controls have further increased panel processing machinery effectiveness, accuracy and ease of set up. Solid wood processing machinery and technology have also made giant leaps forward, but there is one defining difference between the two systems (which in my opinion will allow panel processing to widen the gap in the years ahead). The variability of solid wood “handcuffs” the process. Always has, always will. To illustrate my point, 30 years ago I worked as a young engineer in an upholstered furniture factory. We frequently encountered problems in the construction of the hardwood furniture frames. Cracking, warping and failed joints were common even though proper glue & dowel construction was standard procedure. We controlled kiln drying, grading and defecting in the rough mill. We knew how to control moisture content during cold, dry winters and hot, humid summers.

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We edge-glued properly, planed and jointed components, and made panels in a radio frequency press – only to cut them again into frame parts. We took pride in our hardwood frame construction and it was a big selling point. So we ultimately turned to a top-notch consultant in furniture production, a well-known gentleman from North Carolina. After a weeklong investigation, he could not find anything out of the ordinary. I asked him point blank, “What do you really think our problem is?” His answer (while more anecdotal than scientific) was instructive. He said, "God grows trees and you’ll just have to accept grain variation and the inconsistencies of a natural product.” Many of today’s advanced upholstered furniture operations process frame components on CNC routers, cutting several panels deep after optimizing material with proper nesting software. Solid wood is no longer the preferred material. Engineered panels like plywood, OSB, hardboard, particleboard and MDF are now the substrates of choice. The world is no longer flat in panel processing

Panel processing is still often referred to as “flat panel processing.” Henry Ford said “You can have any color you want as long as it’s black.” In early panel processing, you could make just about anything as long as the components were flat and could be assembled into a box. Not any more. MDF is becoming a substitute for solid wood to produce complex components. Three-dimensionally routed cabinet

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doors (primarily for membrane pressing) and profile wrapped moldings (for baseboard, crown, trim and the production of the popular five-piece door) now all favor MDF as the substrate. This is a shift from the past, when solid and finger-jointed materials were used. Powder-coated 3D components are almost exclusively made with MDF as the substrate. Even complex carvings requiring a 5-axis router are often made with MDF. Panel processing technology rules the world in the production of flat-processed components. Standard equipment includes: panel saw, boring/drilling machine, edgebander and case clamp. Add to that list molder, CNC router, profile wrapper, tenoner, dovetailing machines and more- and the panel processing world is no longer flat. Equipment technology Requires Tooling Technology

A combustion engine is worthless without fuel. Panel processing technology is worthless without tooling. Saw blades, cutter heads, router bits and other specialty tooling have advanced to keep pace with processing machinery. Material type, processing speed and desired tool life between sharpenings are all factors to be considered when selecting the proper tool. High-speed steel, carbide, ceramic and polycrystalline diamond (PCD) (as well as other hybrid materials) are available. Tooling company professionals are well aware of today’s composite panel substrates and can match the right tool to specific needs. Tooling manufacturers employ some of the best engineering minds in our industry, often as sales consultants. Selecting the proper tool material and tooling geometry for your specific need is not something that should be taken lightly. Properly engineered tools can save thousands of dollars by extending the life of the tool while reducing the cost of frequent setup and the downtime between sharpening.

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The technology used to sharpen tools is just as sophisticated as the panel processing machinery the tools run on. CNC sharpening systems can often extend the life of a modern tool twice as long as in the past. It is not uncommon for tools to be sharpened up 12 to 15 times before a tool is taken out of service. The combination of the exceedingly accurate processing equipment matched with the best choice in tooling is a recipe for profit. Panel processing (compared to solid wood processing) is the fastest growing system in the world of woodworking. Investing in modern equipment and tooling can help you maintain a competitive edge in a global arena, create jobs here at home and keep North American industry vibrant as we exit the recession and look to better times ahead. s&p

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eadquartered in Jasper, Ind., Kimball Office is a business unit of Kimball International, a $1.4 billion publicly-held corporation. For nearly 45 years, the company has cultivated an extremely broad product offering ranging from casegoods, desking and panel systems to seating and lounge solutions for commercial spaces. Kimball Office operates five facilities, three in Indiana and one each in Idaho and Kentucky. The company lays up veneer and HPL, processes solid wood, TFL and solid surface, and powdercoats metal components. Combine capabilities with finish options and the number of product SKUs reaches into the tens of thousands. While it is difficult to convey a comprehensive picture of such a vast operation, a look at the company’s finishing operations provides a good snapshot of Kimball Office’s corporate culture and guiding principles. “We continually invest in technology, both in application and materials,” says Steve Brewster, operations program manager for Kimball Office. “We have a very broad product offering with some of the most competitive lead times in the office furniture industry (three weeks), so it is a requirement that everything


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Pentco Industries Inc. speaks out about great products and great relationships We traveled to Surrey, just outside of Vancouver, BC, Canada to talk with Pentco about why they like working with Chemcraft products and with their Chemcraft distributor, Omega Coatings. Pentco Industries Inc. was founded in 1979 and is one of Western Canada’s largest manufacturers and distributors of cabinet doors. They produce industry leading products for single / multi residential developments, and commercial and institutional projects.

“We do a lot of multi-family high rises,” said John McNulty, one of Pentco’s two owners, “You can’t have inconsistent colors rolling through hundreds of units. That’s when we started using Chemcraft.”

“Every company has a good, better, best product. Chemcraft has the greatest Chemlife 24.” Chemlife ® 24 Conversion Varnish

“Chemlife 24 has great fill, you can use it as a self-seal and it has higher solids than most products out there.” continued McNulty. “It’s a go-to product. Very user friendly and cost effective. Using this product, you can cut waste by up to 30%. Consistent. Sprays the same every time.” said McNulty. “Pentco is known for quality products. We have to feel confident that every cabinet door lives up to what we say it will. That’s why we have to use good coatings - and that’s why we have to have good support. We can’t wait a ‘couple of days’ for someone to show up.” “Our Chemcraft distributor representative is in here all the time.” McNulty said, “Having someone like Frank (Brams) to bounce problems off of and bring you solutions is key.”

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Front, L to R: Dallas McNulty - Manager, Pentco Industries. John McNulty - Owner, Pentco Industries. Sandra Filosof-Schipper - President, Omega Coatings. Back, L to R: Frank Brams - Sales Representative, Omega Coatings. Ian Jackson - Owner, Pentco Industries.

“We have sales reps in here constantly trying to get us to switch,” said Dallas McNulty, Pentco’s Manager. “So I asked one rep, how many changes of clothes do you have in your car? And he said to me, ‘what are you talking about?’ I said, ‘Exactly!’ Frank will stick his head in a machine and get dirty to insure our products are 100%, so he keeps a couple of changes of clothes in his car.”

Chemcraft® is a registered trademark of Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc.

“That’s the difference Omega and Chemcraft bring; you’re buying insurance when you buy good coatings and work with good people.”

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Environmental Integrity Kimball Office is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices. With 27 various awards, recognitions and multiple accreditations, Kimball Office walks the talk on many levels. Here are a few highlights:

• ISO 14001: 2004 standard for the performance of Environmental Management Systems

• ISO 9001 standard for Quality Management Systems • 2013 Salem, Ind. facility received the Governors Award for Environmental Excellence for five years of continuous improvement efforts.

• 2012 U.S General Services Administration (GSA) Evergreen Award • IDEM Environmental Stewardship Program Member • All manufactured products are BIFMA® level 2 or 3 certified • Over 5000 models with the option of FSC certification

production,” says Brewster. “PURA turned the cabinet making paradigm around. Between the finish system and investments in precision CNC panel processing equipment, we have moved from assemble then finish, to finish then assemble.” Efficient Equipment

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The functionality of the PURA material makes the process energy efficient and helps the finish meet the most stringent indoor air quality emission levels. While those benefits are obvious, other opportunities for operating efficiency were discovered while the process was implemented. “Kimball Office believes that it is extremely important to build long term relationships with our suppliers, both in finish equipment as well as finish materials,” says Brewster. “One example of the benefits of that is in 2008 when we made an improvement to our Jasper, Ind. facility where we installed a Celfa robotic sprayer to apply the PURA topcoat. We are a LEAN manufacturer with a deep-rooted interest in sustainability, so it is important to us that we consider the impact of all our processes on the environment.” The equipment was programmed to spray the edges of the panel, so there was inevitably overspray on the conveyor belt that was considered waste material with potential environmental impact. “We got AkzoNobel involved with our Cefla contact and explained that we wanted to improve the process and do something with the overspray,” says Brewster. “Because the PURA topcoat is 100% solids suspended in water, we ended up using a food grade conveyor belt. At the end of the operation the machine scrapes the finish material off the belt and deposits it into a container.” The viscosity of the recaptured material is measured. Water is added to reformulate it to the correct viscosity, and then the recovered material goes back into the process, eliminating waste. “Without an excellent relationship with both suppliers, we would be sending a special waste off to be dealt with on a regular basis,” says Brewster. This solution is now fairly common in robotic spray lines. “We believe this type of continuous improvement in our manufacturing processes is important for the environment as well as for the organization,” says Brewster. “That ability to make processes repeatable and well-understood ensures a quality product time after time.” s&p


In our 25,000 square foot sanding and finishing laboratory in High Point, North Carolina, we can test and prove out any process on any material so you can be certain you achieve the best results for your products. Stiles has automated finishing solutions for almost any application in any industry. We offer the latest technology available in: • Roll coating lines • Spray lines • Vacuum coaters • Panel cleaners • Sanding machines • Digital printers • Profile systems • Edge processing • Curtain coating

Our consultants have years of finishing industry experience, and are ready to lower your costs, increase your quality, and manage all your logistical support. Talk to us. We’ll tell you more. For more information, contact Don Leblanc at 616.698.7500 or Please visit us at For information on how Stiles can put new technology and new thinking to work for you, contact Stephan Waltman, VP of Marketing and Communications, at 616.698.7500 or

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Coating Technology Selection b y

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Choosing the correct coating technology for specific process requirements can be the most challenging aspect of finishing. Thousands of coating formulations in a wide variety of technologies are available to the industrial wood finisher. This array of choices can be overwhelming in the effort to understand the best coating solution to meet the project’s requirements. To more clearly understand coatings technologies, we must break down each generic category of finishing technology as follows: • Standard lacquer • Pre-catalyzed lacquer • Conversion varnish • Vinyl • Two-part standard urethanes • Two-part acrylic urethanes • Polyesters In each category, there are many modified and blended technologies. This is where it becomes very confusing. The performance of each specific product is based on formulation factors that make up the DNA of the coating. Its application behavior, and physical and chemical performance properties, are based on the volume solids of the coating, the resin blend, solvent package and any additives used to enhance the performance of the product. Even though each coating has a specific formulation, each will generally fit into a generic category of finish that helps define the material. Standard lacquer

Standard lacquers are made from nitrocellulose and are some of the oldest industrial technology for wood. Standard lacquers are 78

single-component products that are not catalyzed and are formulated with the lowest volume solids, of spray-applied wood coatings. They are the least protective from chemical and physical damage. They are high in VOC content and are highly restricted by environmental regulations in most states. Standard lacquers are most commonly used in the acoustical instrument industry. They have great clarity, good flexibility and do not impede the sound quality of musical instruments. For other uses, they are not recommended. Volume solids of standard lacquers range between 18-25 percent. Pre-catalyzed lacquers

Pre-catalyzed lacquers are sold in large volume to the furniture industry. Kitchen cabinet and architectural industries use pre-cat lacquers for low-cost, price-sensitive products. Pre-cat lacquers are nitrocellulose based and have a weak catalyst pre-installed at the factory. Being pre-mixed and ready to spray, they are a favorite of spray operators for ease of use. Lacquers provide a soft, silky feel that is close to the wood look. They are amber in color and add a warm look to the finish. The clarity of precats is excellent without the plastic look of other types of finishes. Lacquers dry quickly

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and are suited for small shops that may not have good ventilation or curing capabilities. The amber color of lacquers may not be best suited for use in the light stain colors or for use as pigmented coatings. Many pre-cat lacquers are susceptible to color shift where exposed to UV radiation from sunlight. Moisture and household chemical resistance varies from one pre-cat to another. However, they all may experience some coating degradation when exposed to these elements. Therefore, it is recommended that you carefully research the properties of the pre-cat lacquer before purchasing. Volume solids of pre-cat lacquers range between 26-34 percent. Post-catalyzed lacquer

Post–catalyzed lacquers are two-part systems that are mixed by the finisher when ready to use. They are also formulated with nitrocellulose, but are much higher in solids than pre-cat and standards lacquers (and are much more durable than other types of lacquers). They exhibit similar look and properties to pre-cat lacquers except they exhibit increased physical and chemical performance. They are typically used in higher wear and prominent areas of the finished product such as desktops etc. Volume solids range between 38-45 percent.

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Conversion varnish

Conversion varnishes are formulated as a two-component, post-catalyzed alkyedrea resin. Conversion varnishes are extensively used in the high-end kitchen cabinet and architectural wood industries. They exhibit excellent water and household chemical resistance. They are almost water-white in color and provide good UV resistance. Conversion varnishes work well over most color systems, including glazes and are therefore premium products to use in highend wood finishing. Conversion varnishes tend to be harder and therefore slightly more brittle than lacquers. They are not recommended for exterior use and high-wear counter top areas. Conversion varnishes do not have the clarity of lacquers and tend to look milky or plasticlike on dark colors. Conversion varnishes are generally not suitable for furniture other than kitchen tables and chairs (where the look and feel of lacquers are not required). Vinyl

Vinyl coating technologies are mainly used in sealer formulations. Vinyl topcoats are available, but are not commonly used due to the cost of the coating. Vinyl provides exceptional moisture resistance, flexibility and good adhesion. Vinyl sealers can go over and under most any type of coating. They can be used as a bridge coating to lock down a previous coat before applying the next step in the coating system. Vinyls are often blended with other types of technologies to enhance the adhesion and moisture properties of the sealer system. Most vinyl sealers range in the upper 30 percent in volume solids. Standard urethane

Standard two-part urethanes are highperformance coatings that can be used to replace lacquers and varnishes. They generally have better physical and chemical performance than a conversion varnish, but look and feel more like a lacquer. Most standard urethanes are amber in color adding warmth to the finish that a conversion varnish cannot provide. However, they may not be suitable on colors or substrates that require a water-white finish. Standard urethanes are slightly more expensive than lacquers or conversion varnishes, but are more much less expensive than most other high-performance coatings. High-end office furniture and millwork are great candidates 80

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for using a standard urethane. These urethanes normally range from 40-60 percent volume solids. Two-part acrylic urethanes

Two-part acrylic urethanes are very highperformance products that can be used in very demanding performance requirements. They are similar in chemistry to automotive clear coatings. They have very good clarity, moisture resistance, chemical and physical resistance, flexibility, and great adhesion. They are commonly used for high gloss, bar tops, exterior doors/millwork and areas where extreme UV resistance is required. They are extremely water-white and add no color to the overall look of the finish. They tend to be the most costly of all the coating systems, but are well worth the additional cost in situations where demanding finish performance is required. Volume solids normally range 40-60 percent. Polyesters

Polyester coatings are a three-part system that is similar to a gel coat. They can be applied very thickly to a high-build finish. They are approximately 80 percent, the hardness of glass and are best used on bar tops, conference tables, and other highwear areas. Polyesters can also be used as a sealer/primer under two-part urethanes on full-filled, high-build finishes. Polyesters are 80-90 percent in volume solids. Some drawbacks to polyesters are: • More difficult to spray • Susceptible to chipping on impact • Will add a greenish, yellow-brown color to the finish

When evaluating coating, to make the right choices for the finishing system, it is recommended to make a checklist of the following considerations: • Substrate type/type of product to be sprayed • Open-pore verses closed-pore • Interior or exterior use • Water resistance • Hardness (pencil hardness) • Abrasion and scratch resistance • Chemical resistance • UV resistance (sunlight) • Clarity (haze or milky look) • Water whiteness • Touch and feel of the top coat • High-build or close-to-the-wood look • Flexibility • Adhesion • Salt spray (sea shore environments) • Heat resistance • Flame spread • Spray-ability • Pot life • Shelf life • Sanding properties • Gloss level • Cost of coating Before starting each the project, it is recommended to rate each item in the above list on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. This will allow the coating supplier to accurately specify the best coating to fit the production needs. s&p © Copyright January 2014, AWFI

Coating Selection Quick Pick • Standards lacquers – acoustical musical instruments. • Pre-cat lacquers – mono-component coating for furniture production, lower-cost kitchen cabinet/millwork.

• Post-cat lacquers – two-part coatings for higher performance/desktops and for use where matching pre-cat lacquers.

• Conversion varnish – high-end kitchen cabinet/millwork. • Vinyl – used as sealers for lacquers and conversion varnishes. • Standard urethanes – high-performance coatings for office furniture/ millwork or any other use to replace pre-cat lacquers and conversion varnishes.

• Acrylic urethane – use in exterior applications or any area that requires high-performance, water, physical or chemical resistance.

• Polyester – used for high-build finishes on bar or table tops.

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high density

standard Density

Low density

Carb Approved (ULEF / NAF)**

NAUF (no added urea-formaldehyde)*

ECC Certified

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Standard Premium, Flooring Premium, Standard Premium High Density

Hardwoods Northern Softwoods



Solidium, Solidium Free

Southern Pine


Mixed Hardwoods







5 x 18, 5 x 24

4 x 16

5 x 18

5 x Continuous,

10 x Continuous


Southern Pine Mixed Hardwoods

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Krono-light, Krono-med, Krono-DR Krono-dur, Krono-dur plus

Willacoochee, Georgia

Langboard MDF, Elite® • (912) 534-5959

9 x 25

4 x Continuous

Southern Yellow Pine



5 x 18

Southern Pine, • • • • CS HD LF LD MR 10 x Continuous Light Hardwood

Langboard, Inc.

Eastaboga, Alabama • (256) 741-8755

Kronospan LLC



Monticello, Georgia

Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania • (800) 727-9452

Georgia-Pacific Wood products llc

St. Stephen, New Brunswick Fibrex®, Fibrex® Vesta

Superior MDF, Superior Plus MDF, Spruce, Pine, Fir FSC • • • • • HD LP LD M PF 10 x Continuous Superior SW, Superior Lite, Vesta


Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario



Premier®, Premier® Plus, Premier® HD

Premier®, Premier® Plus, Premier® MR, Vesta Pine


Moncure, North Carolina

Douglas Fir, Hemlock

Eugene, Oregon Premier®, Premier® Plus, Premier® FR, Premier® MR, Vesta, eLite™, Evo, Terra™


9 x Continuous

10 x Continuous

Malvern, Arkansas


Bennettsville, South Carolina Premier®, Premier® Plus, Premier® HD, Premier® MR, Vesta • (800) 268-9830


El Dorado, Arkansas • (870) 866-1800

Del-Tin Fiber

Shippenville, Pennsylvania • (800) 373-4383

Clarion Boards, Inc.

3/8 – 1-1/4

1/8 – 1-1/2

1/4 – 1-1/2

1/10 – 1/4

1/16 – 5/16

3/16 – 1-1/2

1/4 – 1 1/8

3/8 – 1-1/2

1/4 – 1-1/4

3/8 – 2

3/16 – 1

3/16 – 1

41 – 52

32 – 62

40 – 55

50 – 56

55 – 62

40 – 50

39 – 58

41 – 46

20 – 55

39 – 55

40 – 60

40 -54

Special Items Density Company certified and Treatments Thickness Range and Mill Location Brand Name Wood Species wood (see legend below) Press Size (ft.) Range (in.) (lbs/ft3)

Medium Density Fiberboard

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Super Refined MDF2®, Western Softwoods SFI • • • • • • CS FD HD LD LF MR Glacier Green™ and Glacier Clear™

100% Pine

ARREIS, Medex, Medite, Medite II Western Softwoods FSC • • • • • • • Medite FR, Medite 3D, Permacore

Nu Green® 2

Uniboard MDF, NU Green® MR50 Softwood, Hardwood




Southern Yellow Pine



Spruce, Pine, Fir

Spruce, Pine, Fir

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6 x 24

10 x Continuous

9 x Continuous

9 x Continuous

5 x 18

5 x 18, 10 x Continuous

8 x 20

4 x Continuous 7 x Continuous

3/8 – 1-1/2

2.5 mm - 3/4

1/16 – 3/8

1/4 – 1-1/4

1/4 – 1-1/2

1/16 – 1-1/2

3/4 – 4

1/12 - 7/32

41 – 60

41 – 60

45 – 62


40 – 55

40 – 60

22 – 65


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** Manufacturers approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to produce composite wood products that meet the no-added formaldehyde (NAF) and/or ultra-low emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) requirements of CARB's ATCM 93120 (2008). See for the most current list of CARB-approved manufacturers.

* Panel products manufactured with No Added Urea-Formaldehyde (NAUF) resins may be eligible for low-emitting materials credit under USGBC's LEED rating systems. Check with the manufacturer to confirm the current eligibility of specific products.

Base Coat (B), Bullnose Edge (BE), Countertop (C), Concrete Form (CF), Colored MDF (C-MDF), Cut to Size (CS), Door Core (DC), Door Stiles and Rails (SR), Edge Fill (EF), Edge Tape (ET), Fill (F), Fire Retardant (FR), Flush Door Skins (FD), Foil (FO), High Density (HD), Hot Melt Wax (H), Laminate Flooring Substrate (LF), Laminated Products (LP), Lockblocks (LB), Low Density (LD), Thermally Fused Laminate (M), Mende (MN), Moisture Resistant (MR), Moulding (MO), Moulded Door Skins (MDS), Paint (P), Paper (PA), Perforated (PE), Prefinished (PF), Print (PR), Shelving (S), Smooth Siding (SS), Stair Tread (ST), Textured Siding (TS), Topcoat (T), Tongue and Groove (TG), Turning and Moulding (TM), Vinyl (V), Wood Veneer (W)

Special Items and Treatments:

Ranger Board

White Court, Alberta

WestPine MDF, EcoGold™

Quesnel, British Columbia • (250) 992-9254

West Fraser Mills Ltd.

Mt. Gilead, North Carolina • (910) 439-6959

Unilin US MDF

Mont-Laurier, Quebec • (800) 263-5240


Medford, Oregon • (800) 676-3339


Columbia Falls, Montana • (800) 548-3099

Plum Creek MDF, Inc.

Broken Bow, Oklahoma • (580) 584-6247

Pan Pacific Products, Inc.

Tlalnepantla, Mexico MACOCELL Pine • CS LP P W • +52 (55) 5715 5870

Maderas Conglomeradas S.A. de C.V.

medium density fiberboard


Industrial Grades

Door Core LD-1, LD-2

Mfd Home Decking D-2, D-3

Floor Underlayment (PBU)


Carb approved (ULEF / NAF)**


NAUF (no added urea-formaldehyde)*

ECC Certified





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5 x 40

28 – 47


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5 x 18, 4 x 24

3/8 – 1-1/4

39 – 50

Western Pine


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5 x 24

3/8 – 1-1/4

42 – 47


8 x 48 Single Opening, 1/8 – 1-1/8 40 – 55 4’ Mende

Douglas Fir, Hemlock Pine Pine Spruce


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HD M MR S ST 4 x 24, 6 x 26 3/8 – 1-15/16 M MR S 10 x Continuous 9/32 – 1-1/2 M 9x24 multi-opening 3/8-1 1/2 LP M MN P PA PF PR T 4 x Continuous, 8 x 32 3.0mm – 1-1/8

32 – 55 30 – 46 30 – 48 42 – 47

Southern Yellow Pine


5 x 12, 5 x 24

5/16 – 5/8


Southern Pine Southern Pine Southern Pine Southern Pine


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1/4 – 1-7/16 3/8 – 1-1/2 1/4 – 1-7/16 3/8 – 1-1/4

41 – 52 41 – 52 41 – 52 41 – 52

4 x Continuous 8 x Continuous 1/12 - 5/16 46 – 49

4 x 24 9 x 25 4 x 24 4 x 24 • (800) 826-4020 Marshfield, Wisconsin Uni-Cor ST, Uni-Cor ST Lite, Uni-Cor FR

Aspen, Basswood, Northern Hardwoods




1-1/8 – 2-1/4 28 – 37

Marshfield DoorSystems, Inc. • +52 (55) 5715 5870 Tlalnepantla, Mexico MACOPAN Pine / Softwood • CS LP P W

Maderas Conglomeradas S.A. de C.V. • (800) 424-2311 Diboll, Texas Temstock Hope, Arkansas Temstock Monroeville, Alabama Temstock Thomson, Georgia Temstock

Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC • (850) 948-2211 Greenville, Florida

Florida Plywoods, Inc. • (800) 268-9830 Albany, Oregon Duraflake®, Vesta, Terra Bennettsville, South Carolina UltraPine®, UltraPine® Plus, Vesta Moncure, North Carolina UltraPine®, UltraPine®Plus, UltraPine® Custom St. Stephen, New Brunswick DuraFR, Rezflake, Vesta

Flakeboard • (505) 217-1700 Parral, Chihuahua Duraplay Supremo, Duramel, Pine • • • • • Duracore, Duralam

Duraplay de Parral, S.A. de C.V. • (800) 547-1793 Klamath Falls, Oregon Collins Pine Particleboard, Collins Pine Freeform

Collins Products, LLC • (888) 264-7372 La Grande, Oregon Boise Select®, Boise Evergreen™, Anchor™ Western Pine, Super Shelf®, Super Step® Mixed Softwoods

BOISE CASCADE COMPANY • (888) 250-5625 Mankato, Minnesota Harvest Gold

Agristrand mankato, LLC 7/16 – 1-3/4

Special Items Density Company Certified and Treatments Thickness Range and Mill Location Brand Name Wood Species wood (see legend below) Press Size (ft.) Range (in.) (lbs/ft3)



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8 x Continuous 8 x 20 Multi-Opening

3/8 – 1-1/8 3/8 – 1-1/4

40 – 50 40 – 50

Canadian Wood Mixture

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5 x 18, 8 x Continuous

1/4 – 1-1/2

42 – 45

Western Softwoods


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4 x 8

1/4 – 1-1/8

28 – 48

Pine (Some Recycled)


4 x 40

3/8 – 1-3/8

42 – 47


8x24 5 x 24 10 x continuous 5 x 24

3/8 – 1-1/2 7/16 – 1-1/2 1/4 – 1-11/16 1/2 – 1-1/4

30 – 55 40 – 49 34 – 50 42 – 52

Western Pine


• • • • • • • • • • BE C CS DC EF HD LD MR S

5 x 24

3/8 – 1-3/16

Spruce, Pine, Fir, Maple, Birch, Aspen


• • • • • • • • •


9 x & 10 x Continuous

1/4 – 1-1/2

38 – 44

32 – 55

Sayabec, Quebec Val-d’Or, Quebec

Fir, Pine


• • • • • • • • • • CS DC FO LP LB M PA PF S V W

• • • • • • • • • C DC LD LP M MR • • • • • • LD LP M

3/8 – 1-3/4

8 x 114, 10 x Continous 1/4 – 1-3/4 8 x 20 (10 multi-platen) 3/8 – 1-1/8

4 x 16

36 – 43 36 – 43

30 – 47


• • • • • • C CS DC LB LD

5 x 12

7/16 – 1-1/2

30 – 48

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** Manufacturers approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to produce composite wood products that meet the no-added formaldehyde (NAF) and/or ultra-low emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) requirements of CARB's ATCM 93120 (2008). See for the most current list of CARB-approved manufacturers.

* Panel products manufactured with No Added Urea-Formaldehyde (NAUF) resins may be eligible for low-emitting materials credit under USGBC's LEED rating systems. Check with the manufacturer to confirm the current eligibility of specific products.

Special Items and Treatments:

Base Coat (B), Bullnose Edge (BE), Countertop (C), Concrete Form (CF) Cut to Size (CS), Door Core (DC), Door Stiles and Rails (SR), Edge Fill (EF), Edge Tape (ET), Fill (F), Fire Retardant (FR), Flush Door Skins (FD), Foil (FO), High Density (HD), Hot Melt Wax (H), Laminate Flooring Substrate (LF), Laminated Products (LP), Lockblocks (LB), Low Density (LD), Thermally Fused Laminate (M), Mende (MN), Moisture Resistant (MR), Moulding (MO), Moulded Door Skins (MDS), Paint (P), Paper (PA), Perforated (PE), Prefinished (PF), Print (PR), Shelving (S), Smooth Siding (SS), Stair Tread (ST), Textured Siding (TS), Topcoat (T), Tongue and Groove (TG), Turning and Moulding (TM), Vinyl (V), Wood Veneer (W) • (276) 236-6141 Galax, Virginia Webb Particleboard

Webb Furniture Enterprises, Inc.

Uniboard PB, NU Green® zero, NU Green® 2 Softwood, Hardwood Uniboard PB Softwood, Hardwood FSC FSC • (800) 263-5240

Uniboard • (800) 547-9520 Medford, Oregon GreenT ™

Timber Products Company • (888) 882-3472 Lac-Megantic, Quebec Tafipan Eco®, Tafipan Evolo® Tafipan®

Tafisa Canada INC. • (800) 676-3339 Martell, California Ampine™, Encore™

SierraPine • (800) 245-1115 Dillard, Oregon UltraBlend™, SkyBlend™ Fir, Pine Blend FSC • • • • • • • • • Missoula, Montana UltraBlend™, SkyBlend™ Western Pine, White Fir FSC • • • • • • • • Simsboro, Louisiana UltraBlend™ Southern Pine FSC • • • • • • Taylorsville, Mississippi UltraBlend™, SkyBlend™ Southern Pine FSC • • • • • •

Roseburg • (619) 819-6064 Tijuana, Mexico Best Board

PPm Pacific Panels Mexico, S.A. de C.V. • (208) 777-2202 Post Falls, Idaho EnStron, EnStron Plus

Plummer Forest Products • (800) 672-6652 Huntsville, Ontario Panolam

Panolam Industries International, Inc. • +52 (55) 91382300 Ext. 2608 Chihuahua, Chihuahua Zitacuaro, Michoacan

Masisa S.A. de C.V.






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Interior Paneling

2" – 12"

N/A 3" – 12"


N/A 16'

9" – 12" 6" – 16"

N/A 8' - 9'

6" – 16" 84" – 108"


N/A 48"



panel siding

3/8 – 7/16 7/16 – 5/4

7/16 – 5/4

thickness categories (inches)

Special Items and Treatments: Base Coat (B), Bullnose Edge (BE), Countertop (C), Concrete Form (CF) Cut to Size (CS), Door Core (DC), Door Stiles and Rails (SR), Edge Fill (EF), Edge Tape (ET), Fill (F), Fire Retardant (FR), Flush Door Skins (FD), Foil (FO), Garage Door Panels (GD), High Density (HD), Hot Melt Wax (H), Laminate Flooring Substrate (LF), Laminated Products (LP), Lockblocks (LB), Low Density (LD), Melamine (M), Mende (MN), Moisture Resistant (MR), Moulding (MO), Moulded Door Skins (MDS), Paint (P), Paper (PA), Perforated (PE), Prefinished (PF), Primed (PM), Print (PR), Shelving (S), Smooth Siding (SS), Stair Tread (ST), Textured Siding (TS), Topcoat (T), Tongue and Groove (TG), Turning and Moulding (TM), Unprimed (UP), Vinyl (V), Wood Veneer (W)

12' 16'






lap siding

Trim (L x W)

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Douglas Fir

Aspen, Mixed Hardwoods





Additional company contact information can be found on pages 122-124.

* Panel products manufactured with No Added Urea-Formaldehyde (NAUF) resins may be eligible for low-emitting materials credit under USGBC's LEED rating systems. Check with the manufacturer to confirm the current eligibility of specific products. • (800) 445-9758 Forest Grove, Oregon Stimson Hardboard

Stimson Lumber Company • (800) 727-9452 Phillips, Wisconsin Jubilee, Lionite, UltraStrate

4 x 16

4 x 8

Georgia-Pacific wood products llc

1/10 – 5/8

1/10 – 1/4

50 - 70

62 - 66

Special Items Density Company certified and Treatments Press Thickness Range and Mill Location Brand Name Wood Species wood (see legend above) Size (ft.) Range (in.) (lbs/ft3)

Hardboard • (888) 820-0325 East River, Nova Scotia Canexel SFI Roaring River, North Carolina SmartSide SFI •

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation • (800) 417-3674 Klamath Falls, Oregon TruWood Siding & Trim •

textured Siding Two-Sided (S2S)

Collins Products, LLC

Smooth trim One-Sided (S1S)

Brand Names Wood certification


Company and Mill Location

textured trim

special items





reversible Un-Tempered

ECC Certified ECC Certified

primed Industrial

Engineered Wood Siding and trim

door skin/face

Smooth Siding NAUF (no added urea-formaldehyde)*


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36. West Fraser Mills Ltd.

35. Webb Furniture Enterprises, Inc.

34. Unilin-US Ltd.

33. Uniboard

32. Timber Products Company

31. Taosa Paneles SA de CV

30. Tafisa Canada Inc.

29. Stimson Lumber Company

28. SierraPine Ltd.

27. Roseburg

26. PPM Pacific Panels Mexico, SA de CV

25. Ponderplay, SA de CV

24. Plummer Forest Products

23. Plum Creek MDF, Inc.

22. Panolam Industries International Inc.

21. Pan Pacific Products, Inc.

20. Masonite International Corporation

19. Marshfield DoorSystems, Inc.

18. MASISA, SA de CV

17. Maderas Conglomeradas, SA de CV (MACOSA)

16. Louisiana-Pacific Corporation

15. Langboard, Inc.

14. Kronospan LLC

13. JELD-WEN, Inc.

12. Industrias Emman, SA de CV

11. Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC

10. Florida Plywoods, Inc.

9. Flakeboard Company Ltd.

8. Duraplay de Parral, SA de CV

7. Del-Tin Fiber, LLC

6. Decorative Panels International, Inc.

5. Dakota Panel

4. Collins Products LLC

3. Clarion Boards Inc.

2. Boise Cascade Company

1. Agristrand Mankato, LLC











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CPA Particleboard Members


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Vinyl Film

Thermally Fused laminate

Saturated Paper





Light Basis Weight Paper

High Pressure Laminates

Heat Transfer Foil

Decorative Foils

3D Laminates

NAUF (no added urea-formaldehyde)*

ECC Certified

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With MDF and CARB II Pine manufactured to M2 Plus specifications. High inventory with 50+ colors in stock as panels, edge-band shelving, line bored or grooved. Available in FSC & other LEEDs credits material.



Duralam, Duramel, Duracore

Mix loads capabilities with raw PB, Mende, softwood and hardwood plywood, CTS, bullnose and furniture parts.

Veneer Core

PB, MDF, Mende,







bottoms. Particleboard manufactured in-house; homogeneous.

PB, MDF, Veneer Core

surface &panel

Exact matching across multiple product lines from one location. Featuring: custom lamination of flat panels (HPL, foils, vinyl, surf(x), FRP, • (314) 291-0414 KYDEX, Boltaron, Metal, duraMAX™ on Plywood, Gyp, PBD, MDF), profile Bridgeton, Missouri • • • • • • • • • • • • wrapped mouldings, membrane pressing, miter-folding, contour & straight banding, routing and drilling. Full part fabrication and assembly to print. Capable of turnkey fixtures and cabinets.

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Additional company contact information can be found on pages 122-124.


* Panel products manufactured with No Added Urea-Formaldehyde (NAUF) resins may be eligible for low-emitting materials credit under USGBC's LEED rating systems. Check with the manufacturer to confirm the current eligibility of specific products.

JMC Wood Manufacturing





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Plywood, NAF

Gypsum, MR, FR.


Standard as well as custom papers available. Can ship raw, • (800) 727-9452 size, printed and paper laminated panels on same truck. Perforation. Monticello, Georgia InfiniCor SFI • • Thin MDF


Sebring, Florida • (800) 438-6276 Hope, Arkansas FUNDER FSC • • • • Multiple surface textures & glosses, complete fabrication/ component PB, MDF capability and multiple sizes. Mocksville, North Carolina •

Funder America, Inc.

Greenville, Florida • (850) 948-2211 Cut-to-size, bullnose edge, drawer sides, shelving, end panels, tops &

Florida Plywoods, Inc.

St. Stephen, New Brunswick

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Moncure, North Carolina

Bennettsville, South Carolina

Albany, Oregon


(Fibrex ), Mende, Mix ship capabilities with raw MDF, melamine laminated MDF and Duraflake®, Terra™ (NAF) FSC • • Fire-rated particleboard. Can produce MDF/HDF, particleboard, mende with (Duraflake UltraPine®, Vesta™ (ULEF) FSC • • paint, print, melamine, paper/foils, CTS and perforated board from one ®FR/ ® Premier FR), Premier®, UltraPine®, HDF FSC • • source. Moisture Resistant Superior MDF, Superior Plus MDF, FSC • • Specialty products also include melamine lamination on thin MDF (VESTEX™ MR50), Superior SW MDF, Vesta (ULEF) (Fibrex®), moisture resistant, fire-rated, NAF and ULEF (Vesta), NAUF(Terra™), ® particleboard and MDF. Fibrex , Rezflake, Vesta (ULEF) FSC • • • • ULEF(Vesta™) • (800) 268-9830


Chihuahua, Mexico • (505) 217-1700

Duraplay de Parral, SA de CV

Riverbank, California • (800) 800-2536

Offering one premium melamine panel product line only (no low line). American Laminates, Incorporated

PB, MDF Company certified Special treatments, substrates or HB and Location Brand Name wood features and capabilities offered producer


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Cut to size, LP in one / two faces, Thickness up to one inch, Mix PB/MDF.



Fiberglass, Plastic

Metal, Backers,

MDF, Solid Wood,

All locations:





Panolam®, Pluswood® TFL

Panolam®, Pluswood® TFL

Norcross, Georgia

Oshkosh, Wisconsin



Panolam®, Pluswood® TFL

Huntsville, Ontario



Hampton, South Carolina

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• All locations: Six laminating plants located throughout North America (Albany, OR; • Auburn, ME; Hampton, SC; Huntsville, ON; Norcross, GA; Oshkosh, WI). •

Pionite Decorative Services®

Auburn, Maine


Panolam®, Pluswood® TFL

Albany, Oregon • (800) 672-6652

Panolam Industries International, Inc.

Panel Specialists, Inc.

Custom Component parts and OEM manufacturing. Manufactures Wall Systems, Casework, Marine Panels, and Panel Board. Services include • (254) 774-9800 laminating, edgebanding, cut-sizing, drilling, and machining. Temple, Texas • • • • (905) 877-7300 Decorative profile wrapped cabinet stiles and rails with thermally Geneva, Illinois Decorative Laminates FSC • • • • • • • • • fused polyester, vinyl and lightweight papers. Vinyl wrapped drawer Georgetown, Ontario Olon Components FSC • • • • • • • • • components, v-grooved, blank, mitrefold and KD drawer systems. birch drawer sides. Jefferson, Indiana Olon Creative Products FSC • • • • • • • • • Baltic Washington, Indiana Olon Components FSC • • • • • • • • •

Olon Industries Inc. (Components Division) • (972) 293-5249 Custom component fabricator. Cut-to-size, edgebanding, CNC routing and boring. National warehouse distribution. Cedar Hill, Texas • • • • •

MJB Wood Group, Inc. • +52 (55) 91382300 Ext. 2332 In-house impregnation, mix loads capabilities with raw PB, Bullnose, Stair Tread and CTS. Chihuahua, Mexico Panelart • • •

Masisa S.A. de C.V.

Tlalnepantla, Mexico • +52 (55) 5715-5870

Maderas Conglomeradas S.A. de C.V.











offered producer

Fully integrated manufacturing facilities featuring continuous and HPL • (800) 231-2523 laminating, membrane pressing plus full fabrication capabilities. Double All locations: Diboll, Texas • • • • • • • • • • • • sided continuous laminators capable of laminating papers, vinyls, PB, MDF, polyester and polypropylene. HPL panels available in many sizes and Gallatin, Tennessee • • • • • • • • • • • • Hardwood Plywood, from all major HPL manufactures. Full fabricating capabilities at all Ridgeway, Virginia • • • • • • • • • • • • locations including cut-to-size, edge banding, drilling, dadoing, toe Veneer Core Tiffin, Ohio • • • • • • • • • • • • notching, mitre folding and routing for custom components.

Laminate Technologies

• including Edgewood. Slotwall panels, edgebanding/shelving, custom Stockton, California components and line boring. High pressure laminate bonded panels.

Tacoma, Washington

Top quality panels with decorative overlays from Uniboard, Arclin, • (888) 358-5075 Wilsonart, Formica and Tafisa. Variety of plate finishes available

KML Corporation

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Design Art Surfaces – Premium Textured Program of Matching TFL & HPL, edge banding, moldings and doors. Embossed In Registration in Walnut, Ash and Alder.  StevensWood textured panels, Cut-to-size panels, Post-form countertops, slatwall, shelving, TFL & HPL panels in Wilsonart, Formica and Arclin papers.

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Stevens HPL, Stevens Shelf™

Artika & Rain Collection, StevensWood™

Design Art Surfaces, Legno Collection,

Lac-Mégantic, Quebec


matching products such as high pressure laminates, PVC edgebanding, polyester wrapped mouldings, thermovinyl films and five-piece doors. TFL panels with Wilsonart and Arclin/Coveright decors are also available. All of Tafisa's TFL decors are available on ULEF PB panels.












Additional company contact information can be found on pages 122-124.


* Panel products manufactured with No Added Urea-Formaldehyde (NAUF) resins may be eligible for low-emitting materials credit under USGBC's LEED rating systems. Check with the manufacturer to confirm the current eligibility of specific products.



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Thermofused laminate panels. Matching products such as high pressure • (800) 263-5240 laminates, PVC edgebanding, mouldings and 3D laminates. All surfaces available Sayabec, Quebec Uniboard TFL FSC • • • PB, NU Green on NU Green particleboard–no urea formaldehyde added. Multiple surface Val-d'Or, Quebec Uniboard TFL FSC • • • textures/glosses and multiple sizes. Thermofused laminate panels with custom MDF, HDF designs: WilsonArt, Formica, Coveright, Arclin and other papers available.


Thermofused laminate panels, rolled laminates (vinyl & foil), UV finish, • (800) 547-9520 extensive custom components capabilities, drawer sides (square edged White City, Oregon Spectraboard, Spectracore, ColorLam, FSC/SFI • • • • • • • • • or bullnosed UV),, shelving. Specialty textured laminates, hardwood PB, MDF, Decraboard face/laminate back panels. Plywood

Timber Products Company

Tafisa Decorative Panels

Tafilam® • (888) 882-3472

NAF (Green) PB, MDF


Fire-rated PB, MDF.

PB, MDF, Plywood.

Tafisa Decorative Panels are offered with various complementary color Tafisa Canada inc.

Teutopolis, Illinois

Plywood • (217) 857-7100

Stevens Industries, Inc.


Duramine TFL

Simsboro, Louisiana

Duramine TFL, SkyBlend™

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Oxford, Mississippi

Duramine TFL, Melagard, SkyBlend™

Missoula, Montana



ULEF SkyBlend™

Duramine TFL, Hardwood Plywood,

Mixed shipments of flat panel, CTS, edge-treated matching surfaces

Dillard, Oregon

UltraFinish-Paper & Vinyl Overlays, from this integrated producer of custom designs, Wilsonart, Formica, Arclin, Coveright and others. RediPly, Melagard, Redishelf, SkyBlend™



Plywood, NAF,



Hardwood, Plywood

and Decorative

PB, MDF, HB, Luan


PB, MDF, HB, • (800) 245-1115

Roseburg • (303) 373-9718 Full spectrum panel laminating. Thermofused HD melamine offering a distinctive deep grain texture. Lightweight PUR panel production using Denver, Colorado PURECORE TFL FSC • • • • • aluminum & paper honeycomb. cores. High Gloss Acrylic laminations using PUR. High pressure laminate panels from all major HPL brands.


Tijuana, Mexico • (619) 819-6064

PPM Panels Mexico, S.A. de C.V. • (574) 294-7511 Eight laminating plants located throughout the US (2-Elkhart, IN; Mt. Joy, Elkhart, Indiana Decorative Dynamics FSC • • • • • • • • • PA; Decatur, AL; Phoenix, AZ; Waco, TX; Tualatin, OR; Fontana, CA). Drawer sides, wrapped mouldings, cut-to-size, HPL panels, edgebanding and custom components, and membrane pressed doors.

Patrick Industries, Inc.

Custom laminating and cutting –shelving and drawer parts – • (253) 863-6323 edgebanding, CNC routing and boring, moulding, profile wrapping and Sumner, Washington • • • • RTA packaging to precise custom specifications.

Pasquier Panel Products

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Light Basis Weight Paper

High Pressure Laminates

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CPL (continuous pressed laminate)

3D Laminates

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Continuous TF laminates for wrapping and edgebanding applications. Designs to complement Arclin, Coveright, Flakeboard, Formica, Nevamar, Panval, Tafisa and Wilsonart. High abrasion resistant wrapping grade laminates for flooring laminate Olon Thermally Fused Continuous • designs. Saturated products with polyester resins, such as décor cellulose paper, Decorative Laminates fiberglass and backers. Available with antimicrobial protection.

Base paper manufacturer (saturated and pre-impregnated) for the printing, saturating & laminating industry Fairlawn, Ohio Auburn, Pennsylvania Jeanette, Pennsylvania Monroe, North Carolina

• (866) 332-5226 EFX 3D Laminates (non-PVC), 2D Paper and OMNOVA Laminates, surf(x) • • • • • • • Vinyl Laminates, Pre-applied adhesive, 3D Laminates, EFX 3D Laminates, Broad range of technical films, Acrylic radiance Flat Laminates, Laminates duraMAX Flat Laminates

North American manufacturer with short lead times, leading print designs, small minimum orders, extensive stock program and a range of performance coatings. Variety of constructions with matching designs across constructions (Harmony Program) provides the best application of laminate based on cost and functional requirements.

Omnova Solutions Inc. • (905) 877-7300 Geneva, Illinois Olon Decorative laminates

Olon Industries Inc. (Decoratives Division)

Decorative printing, in-house laser engraving, design and repro services. Premeer® printed oriented polypropylene decorative overlay with electron beam-cured performance coating.

Decorative printing of saturating papers up to 2700mm wide, • Decorative and solid color printed papers for TFL, HPL and laminate flooring markets along with full digital design and engraving services. • • • (978) 342-1080 Leominster, Massachusetts

Munksjo Paper • (404) 583-6254 Barcelona, Spain Bönen, Germany Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Melamine backers and treated décor papers for laminate flooring and TFL.

High clarity wear resistant overlays for residential and heavy commercial flooring applications, available for deep textures and with enhanced scuff resistance; woodgrains, solids and pigmented whites in roll or sheet form, embossed in register or antistatic; FSC certification.

Arclin's E-Gen™ designated decorative overlays are available for TFL, HPL, CPL, flooring and industrial surfacing applications. Available with GREEN-GUARD Children and SchoolsSM, and FSC® Chain of Custody Certification. High wear and impact resistant melamine.

3D laminates, PVC, PET and PP decorative films for pressing wrapping and thermoforming. Horizontal grades. Extensive stocking with cut roll program. Solids, prints, metallic and high gloss. Popular TFL/HPL matching program.

Producers of DuraSorb® saturating kraft paper for use as core paper for HPL, CPL, and compact laminates as well as overlays • for construction grade applications.

Lamigraf, Inc. • (843) 745-3069 North Charleston, South Carolina

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp • (413) 443-4733 Pittsfield, Massachusetts Premeer®


Exterior Film

Glue film, PG backers, technical films, natural fibre, composite mat, coated glass • • mat, decorative prints for surfaces

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• • • (418) 861-9103 Erndtebrücke, Germany Liquilay Liquiclean

DKB Dekor-Kunststoffe gmbh • (877) 689-914 Roswell, Georgia

ARCLIN • (610) 944-1413 Swedesboro, New Jersey Renolit LaPorte, Indiana

American Renolit Corporation

Company Special treatments, and Location Brand Name other product types features and capabilities

Overlay Manufacturers

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Custom print capabilities in TFL and HPL. ProWrap® Polyester and Melamine in standard and high-wear laminates in a variety of textures. Custom print capabilities in TFL and HPL.

Custom print capabilities in TFL and HPL.

Printing, top coats, non PVC, UV top coats, 3D thermofoil, high gloss thermofoil.

SynDECOR®, a performance polymer-based decorative overlay

Pre-applied hotmelt adhesive coating for all weights of foil and edgings. Slitting services

Water resistant, sustainable overlay. Dimensionally stable. High print fidelity. Miter-foldable. No VOC's. Available 23gsm thru 56gsm; white and beige.

basis weight form. EB and AC topcoated surfaces in smooth, embossed, stippled, and recoatable versions. Melamine Edgebanding for straight and soft formed edges. Decor printing for flooring, furniture and store fixture applications offered with in house design services and cylinder engraving. Treating services for decor and solid designs, backer papers and release papers all available in roll or sheet form.  High abrasive wear layer and a wide range of gloss options available. • (770) 957-5060 McDonough, Georgia G-EFFECT, G-EFFECT-T, G-FORCE, Morgantown, Pennsylvania HD ONE, Design Stimulus Packages

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Printed Non-PVC films, Pre-applied hotmelt adhesive

North American manufacturer of printed light basis weight papers and saturating grade papers for decorative surfacing industries. Printed Non-PVC films also available for commercial market.

In Stock and Custom Manufactured Decorative Solid Color Laminating Papers Coated paper products for industrial using Electron Beam Cure Technology. Smooth, Stipple, High Gloss, Dri Erase applications • and Matte finishes available.

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Wilsonart Solid Surface, Decorative Metals, Adhesives, Performance and Specialty Laminates

AEON™ Enhanced Performance; Custom/Digital Laminates; Laminates; Performance Types: Chemical Resistant, Fire-Rated, Marker Board, Chalkboard, High Wear Laminates.

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Frame and profile wrapping, floor transitions, mouldings.


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wrapping in various surface finishes. High abrasive resistant surfaces including flooring grade. Edgebanding and custom treating solutions up to 1,400 mm (55") wide.

Laminates and continuous pressure laminates for flat surfaces and profile Zamma Corporation • (254) 207-7000 Temple, Texas Wilsonart Laminate, Wilsonart HD High • • • • Definition Laminate, Chemsurf Chemical-Resistant Laminate

Wilsonart LLC • (803) 957-3377 Lexington, South Carolina

U.S. Coating Company

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Toppan Interamerica INC. • (315) 298-8388 pre-impregnated) for the printing, saturatPulaski, New York ing and laminating industry

Technocell Dekor Base paper manufacturer (saturating and • (302) 326-5500 Wilmington, Delaware SynDECOR®

Taghleef Industries • (800) 992-3936 • (413) 821-9000 Agawam, Massachusetts Biscoe, North Carolina East Longmeadow, Massachusetts Myrtle Beach, South Carolina TecoFoil, TecoLine, TecoPrint, TecoLam

SURTECO North America Flat surface and profile wrap Foils in post impregnated, pre-impregnated and low

Stocking distributor with same day shipping and an on-staff technical department. HPL/TFL matching program. Slitting services available. PVC & PET High Gloss and solid color 3DL program. Printed designs with a wide range of embossings from ultra-smooth to deep texture. Special surfaces available for healthcare and fixture & display markets.

Phenolic Backed 3D Laminates, • (973) 598-0152 Randolph, New Jersey Klöckner Pentaplast, Pentadecor®, • • • • • • Peel n stick 3D laminates, Basic Line, Matte Line, Gloss Line, ABS - Edge banding, kpExtreme™, EGR, Stylelite®, Zenolite®, High gloss acrylic sheets Acrylic sheets, 2D Acrylics

Surface Source International • (314) 400-6100 Maryland Heights, Missouri

schattdecor • (248) 513-3511 Novi, Michigan Integra, Tre Nuovo, FINO, Rivestar

Riken U.S.A.

Oshkosh, Wisconsin • (800) 672-6652 Auburn, Maine Pionite® decorative laminate, • • • • • • • Resopreg Treated Papers Hampton, South Carolina Nevamar® decorative laminate • • • • • Morristown, Tennessee ProWrap® Polyester and Melamine • •

Panolam Industries International, Inc.

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ECC Certified

Industrial wood finishes that provide decorative and protective

special treatments, features, capabilities and services

Thin MDF Hardboard

Powder coater of engineered wood.

Standard color and woodgrain line available as well as custom matches. Can ship raw, perforated, cut-to-size and printed on same truck.

Decorative and protective coatings for wood, metal and plastic in

UV fill and topcoat, wood grain print, PB, ULEF MDF, VC, acrylic solid colors with custom color program, prefinished shelving and edge banding.

Additional company contact information can be found on pages 122-124.

PB, ULEF MDF, SkyBlend™, and others

aerosols for architectural use, coatings and inks for rigidpack aging containers, automotive and fleet refinish products, floor coatings and specialty polymers, composites and colorants.

* Panel products manufactured with No Added Urea-Formaldehyde (NAUF) resins may be eligible for low-emitting materials credit under USGBC's LEED rating systems. Check with the manufacturer to confirm the current eligibility of specific products. • (336) 889-2157 High Point, North Carolina

The Valspar Corporation the industrial markets, interior and exterior decorative paints and • (800) 245-1115 Dillard, Oregon UltraFinish-UV Cured Paints & Finishes, SkyBlend™ FSC • • •

Roseburg • (855) 830-6015 Paris, Texas DuraSeam® Powder Coatings

Powder Innovations, LLC • (800) 727-9452 Monticello, Georgia InfiniCor SFI • • • Phillips, Wisconsin Jubilee, Lionite, UltraStrate SFI • • •


Wood powder coating, custom components, cut-to-size, CNC routing.





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PB, MDF, Fibrex®, Yes ULEF (Vesta™), Mende

Funder America, Inc. • (800) 268-9830 Standard acrylic and UV top coat, silkscreen-able paint finishes, St. Stephen, New Brunswick Rezcote FSC • • • unlimited solid colors, wood grain print, ULEF. • (800) 438-6276 FSC • • • Mocksville, North Carolina


Wood powder coating, custom components, cut-to-size, CNC routing. PB, MDF, HB No

products. AkzoNobel specializes in Building Products Interior and Exterior, Cabinetry, Contract Furniture, Distribution, Flooring, Furniture, Windows and Doors, and more.

Flakeboard • (352) 401-6000 Chino, California

ClosetMaid • (336) 801-0894 High Point, North Carolina Chemcraft®

substrates PB,MdF, or offered HB producer

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TecoFoil, TecoLine, TecoLam, TecoPrint

Pre-applied hotmelt adhesive coating for all weights of foil and edgings.

G-EFFECT, G-EFFECT-T, G-FORCE, HD ONE, Design Stimulus Packages


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Additional company contact information can be found on pages 122-124. • (770) 957-5060 McDonough, Georgia Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Toppan Interamerica INC. • (800) 992-3936 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

SURTECO North America • (978) 688-7400 Lawrence, Massachusetts

American Adhesive Coatings LLC

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Home Organization Beyond Closets: Decorative surfaces carried on composite panels have become a mainstay of the growing home organization market. The wide variety of aesthetic and performance possibilities allows closet designers to create storage solutions for any room of the house. From high-end veneer in luxurious dressing rooms, to light basis weight papers used as shelving interiors, home organization absolutely thrives on engineered materials.


Riken USA Corporation produces foils for 3D laminate for seamless cabinet doors, office furniture and store fixtures using Japanese printing technology. Vacuum and membrane press the most complex dimensional profiles on routed substrates in solid colors, patterns and wood grains with satin, matte, desktop and contemporary high-gloss finishes. New items – Graphit, Terra Grau, Champagne Metallic, Circle Line

➍ Because this is a heavier duty application, the vertical surfaces in this garage are powder-coated MDF panels. Powder coating creates a durable, seamless surface that is virtually impervious to chipping or cracking. ➎

The back panel of the system includes slatwall, which is typically made from a composite panel that is first finished in a decorative light basis weight paper, then hogged out with special equipment.

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The incoming chairman for the NBMDA is Rick Turk, distribution division manager for Metro Hardwoods. With over 27 years in the distribution business, serving in every position from outside sales to general manager, Turk brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. He recently took some time to share his observations of industry trends with Distribution Matters.


What is the overall trend in distribution?

We recently went through a pretty difficult time, but now when I talk to my fellow distributors throughout the country, they are looking at three to four years of positive business trends. They saw it happen in 2013 and are really looking forward.



How does that affect distribution organizations?

I’ve seen some consolidation in the distribution business already, and I think we will see more. The recession weeded out a lot of distributors. Now there are some strong ones left that have buying power. That seems to be a trend because it is very difficult to go into an existing marketplace and start all over when nobody knows you. Acquiring a recognized name and sales people that are familiar with the regions gives a bit of a jumpstart. Regardless of size, we can’t be the distributors we were 10 or 15 years ago or we will be out of business. So we have to be exceptional inventory managers. We have to make sure we have the right products when the customers need them. And we must exceed service expectations.



What challenges will distribution face in the future?

R.T. One challenge is big-box retailers. They try to get into the distribution business, and have some success because they have such buying power. The big-box stores touch on the commodity part of the market, but it can take weeks to get product. We have to differentiate ourselves from the big-box entities and the’s by committing to inventory, committing to educating our customers, and committing to intelligent sales people that can go beyond price to describe a value proposition. D.M.

What advantages do distributors offer clients/customers?

Our goal as distributors is to save our customers time and money every day. In practice that is three-fold. The first part is understanding our customers so that we are more solution-oriented. Today’s distributors don’t just complete transactions. We spend a tremendous amount of time making sure we have the best, most knowledgeable sales people. The focus is creating relationships and serving customers’ needs.


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The second is inventory and delivery systems. When customers win projects, they want to get started immediately. Part of that is being able to quickly handle the logistics of moving product. But today’s distributors also make large investments in technology so that we can provide our customers with accurate, real time information about inventory and price. And that helps to forecast demand as precisely as possible. The third way distribution serves the customer is by helping with cash flow. We have the ability to extend credit when deemed appropriate or even extend terms so that our customers can confidently take on larger projects. Those three functions help end users to succeed. They also benefit our manufacturing partners by reinforcing a strong consumer market for their products. D.M.

How do your partnerships with manufacturers come into play?

As a distributor you always have to remember that you don’t manufacture any products, so your relationship with your manufacturing partners is extremely important. Managers of large distribution yards spend a tremendous amount of time working on those relationships, making sure they are mutually beneficial. Good suppliers know that when they help us grow our business, it helps them, too. So they need to continually work on new and cutting edge products. If we just keep selling the same things over and over, it is a fast race to the bottom. So you hope your manufacturing partners can come up with new and innovative products that are captivating to the marketplace. A valued supplier of Metro Hardwoods is Columbia Forest Products, who continually strives to put new and innovative products into the marketplace. There is also a lot of responsibility of distributors towards their manufacturing partners. They put a lot of faith in us. We are selling their product, so we need to stock their inventories adequately and have smart sales people that can go out into the market place and explain the value proposition. R.T.

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A little of both. Customers have become more aware, but they have a lot of other aspects of their businesses to attend to. Take LEED for example. It is extremely complicated. Most distributors have LEED APs on staff that will not just consult on projects, but help to educate customers. Our partnerships with the manufacturers keep us on the leading edge of materials. Then we build trusted relationships with customers and it makes things easier for everyone. R.T.


When you get together with colleagues, what do you talk about?

R.T. We talk about product lines, manufacturer partnerships, customer strategies. I cannot emphasize strongly enough how valuable the NBMDA is. You can learn so much about running a business from colleagues, particularly when they are not directly competitive. I have friends all over the country and we bounce ideas off each other all the time. The NBMDA helps everyone. And that is outstanding because it not only benefits distribution, but all of our partners and customers. s&p

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lthough the remodeling trade is typically comprised of small companies operating in local geographic regions, the market as a whole is significant. According to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA), which calculates the annual rates of change in improvement spending on a quarterly basis to project short-term trends, Americans spent $536 billion in that sector in 2013, up 7.76 percent from the $497.4 billion spent in 2012. The most recent LIRA, published January 16, 2014 by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, predicts even stronger growth in 2014. Double-digit gains in annual home improvement spending are expected for the first half of the year, with continued increases at a rate of just under 10 percent for the third quarter. “The ongoing growth that we’ve seen in home prices, housing starts, and existing home sales is also being reflected in home improvement activity,” says Eric S. Belsky, managing director of the Joint Center. “As owners gain more confidence in the housing market, they are likely to undertake home improvements that they have deferred.” This positive growth trend also holds true in the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Associations (KCMA) monthly Trend of Business Survey; as well as the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) fourth-quarter 2013 Remodeling Business Pulse report of current and future market conditions. “Many remodelers entered 2014 with jobs in the pipeline, which hasn’t happened in the past few years,” says Tom O’Grady, CR, CKBR, chairman of NARI’s Strategic Planning & Research Committee and president of O’Grady Builders, based in Drexel Hill, Pa. “Although inquiries, requests for bids and conversion of bids are down in Q4, that backlog has given remodelers


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confidence that the overall business conditions will remain positive.” Diane Welhouse of Welhouse Construction Services in Kaukauna, Wisc. is experiencing the same in her family’s fourth-generation design, remodel and build firm. “For us 2012 was our toughest year in terms of the recession. We experienced very competitive conditions,” says Welhouse. “It started to turn around for us in the third and fourth quarter of 2012 and we finished 2013 strong. We’re forecasting another good year, and already have work signed and secured for the first and second quarter of 2014.”

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This real life example corroborates the LIRA’s projections, which include some expected slowing in the third and fourth quarter of 2014. “The strong growth for this cycle may start to ebb a bit beginning around midyear,” says Kermit Baker, director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center. “By that time, we’ll be approaching the pre-recessionary levels of spending, and with borrowing costs starting to creep back up, growth rates are likely to slow some.” Alan Beaulieu, president of ITR Economics also predicts a small consumer-led trough in the second half of 2014, with the assurance that regardless of media hype, it will be nothing more than a passing blip in an overall growth trend expected to continue through 2018. “The outlook forecasts that favorable business conditions will remain strong across all regions of the United States,” O’Grady says. “Consumer confidence is up, which translates into more homeowners feeling safe investing in their homes.”

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Welhouse shares that optimistic outlook for the future, due in large part to changes happening in her own business. “The difference is the phone is ringing with customers that have a true desire and interest to actually do something,” says Welhouse. “The past two years people had the impression that it was a buyers’ market, and that renovation costs would be significantly reduced. And some companies did do that as an attempt to remain in business. However, we don’t see that as sustainable business model over time. So we remained true to our values and our business systems.” Welhouse’s specialty is modernizing homes, a challenging niche that often requires significant structural engineering. It is not a purely cosmetic practice where costs can be easily value engineered. Maintaining the excellent 100-year reputation of the company requires Welhouse to be discerning about operations. On the supply side that means partnering with companies that consider Welhouse’s accountability to its clients, including respect for timelines of projects that leave homeowners living in temporary upheaval. On the client side that means working with people who value quality over price. “Overall, our trend today is clientele calling with serious inquiries and a better understanding of what costs will be,” says Welhouse. “We have more of a dialogue than ‘I am looking for the lowest price.’ Again, Welhouse’s experience mirrors the data collected by NARI, which reports a decline in the number of inquiries and requests for bids, but an improvement in the quality of those inquiries. That positive shift is defined by both projected strength of sales and by overall positive business conditions. s&p

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a real struggle finding the entire program of components, edgebanding, matching HPL, etc. I pull my hair out trying to piece it together. I go with products that I know I can get reliably through distribution, so I am not at anyone’s mercy. I try to steer our clients toward what I know will be easy for us to achieve great results with.” This situation is not unique. It is indicative of the modern landscape that distributors must adapt to if they wish to remain relevant in a dynamic marketplace. While there are many factors driving change in the distribution model, there is also a tremendous amount of opportunity. The differences in the approach to modern distribution are subtle, but profound. By leveraging existing infrastructure, technology and people power, forward-thinking manufacturer/ distribution partnerships are already working to bring new products to the people who use them when they are needed. s&p

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att Wasserman, manager of Louis Anthony Custom Cabinetry in Milwaukee, has worked in cabinetry and remodeling, in different geographic regions, his entire life. To him, good distributors share certain characteristics. “A good vendor is going to keep things in stock. Bad ones put things on backorder after you order them. Then you have to babysit them and follow up,” says Wasserman. “A good distributor makes sure things arrive when they are supposed to so that we keep our schedule. We use Metro Hardwoods because they believe in inventory. If something is not available, or I have to buy a railcar full of it, I am not going to show it to my clients.” This point is so important that even though Wasserman buys locally whenever possible, he also relies on distributors such as Aetna Plywood and Sierra Forest Products, both out of Chicago, because they stock a full program (panels, edgebanding, core materials, veneer-ply) of the materials that are staples of Louis Anthony’s production. Wasserman also appreciates vendors that understand his operation. “We do all our own finishing and use M.L. Campbell’s product line. LDS&S Specialty Wholesalers is a good supplier to us for our materials. My person there is excellent at doing stain matches and that is peace of mind,” says Wasserman. In terms of an overall shift toward an annuity-based model of distributor/manufacturer partnerships, Wasserman is emphatically in favor. “I would love to see more of that in the channel,” he says. “One company that is really great that way is Blum. They are amazing. They come out with specialty products like corner hinges and locking devices. But first they test them forever to make sure there are no problems,” says Wasserman. “We tried a less-expensive alternative at one point, and it was a lesson learned. I am a Blum guy through and through. Plus, they have a great relationship with HDL in Minnesota, who is very good at stocking almost the entire line. We do mostly custom work, so that is really important.” n


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s commodity sales increasingly fall to the low-overhead, minimal-service realms of e-tail and big box stores, new opportunities are emerging for wholesale distribution. A word that is often used to differentiate the modern model of distribution is “annuity.” It encompasses the idea that when manufacturers and distributors make the up-front investments to learn how and why end users specify product, they become better prepared to offer comprehensive solutions in the long term. This not only builds relationships, it creates a robust market for sophisticated products while benefiting end users. There is no one right way to go to market, but Panolam Surface Systems is beginning to put into practice many of the strategies that support a strong annuity-based distribution model. It is an interesting example because the company manufactures a comprehensive array of decorative surface systems for applications ranging from typical vertical and horizontal surfaces to the most demanding commercial environments. Prior to Al Kabus, president and CEO of Panolam, taking the helm in 2012 the company isolated the specification and sales functions, resulting in products being positioned in the market separately. “There were a lot of great assets and components in place. What needed to be refined to create real value for all constituents was the route to market and the assembly of the brand,” says Kabus. “If you look at Panolam as an ala carte menu, we are only as good as our individual products. But when you look at the products as a collective, we have a tremendous ability to save customers, (meaning architects, designers and facilities managers) time and money, while serving their design and performance aspirations.”

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While Panolam’s approach sounds straightforward, it is complex in orchestration. First and foremost, it requires changing the conversation with specifiers and channel partners. “Until recently, I believe distribution has been focused on individual products because we (as manufacturers) have looked at distributors as customers rather than partners. We focused on loading them up on inventory and then asking them to sell. And that model is broken,” says Kabus. “We now focus on what they sell to the market, which creates more business for all parties. The objective is to understand everyone’s business to the degree that we can add value and increase the opportunity to succeed. Now not only do we have specification experts who bring architects and designers real time solutions, but we are equally focused on creating a market for our distributors. The goal is to create a buy versus trying to sell. To me that is the huge difference in terms of creating sustainable, long-term growth ” One of Panolam’s distributor partners is McKillican American, Inc., a distribution company with a presence in 13 North American growth markets. The company conscientiously shifted to an annuity-based operating model in 2012. “What is really nice is when the distributor and manufacturer are aligned in their philosophies,” says Jamie Barnes, president of McKillican. “I think there is a business maturation going on that requires distribution to play at a higher level, and I think we are growing in concert with one another right now,” says Kabus. “All we do is make product and focus on making sure we do a good job of marketing its value. We need our distributors; they are truly our partners in educating customers and making sure our product is available. I believe we are just starting to ignite the opportunity to leverage the collective talent in the market place, because all politics are local and every market is a little different. So distributors that understand and can collaborate effectively, are extremely valuable in covering the market and making sure we target the right opportunities and customers that will benefit most from our surface systems.” Serving Customers and Clients

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does business is quite different than another. We look for what we call an ‘uncommon understanding’ and use that to develop solutions that serve the individual business. That is how we add value and maintain relevance in the relationship.” In general, architects and designers are very busy and risk adverse. Time is their currency. When it comes to facilities managers and fabricators, they typically focus on getting the exact right materials in place, on time. Their currency is peace of mind. Panolam addresses this distinction with two functional go-tomarket areas. Specification managers call on the A&D community and facilities managers. Territory account managers work with distribution and fabrication companies. “We recognize that the professional designer is challenged to maintain profitability for their firm by maximizing billable hours with their client. At the same time, we as manufacturers are responsible for keeping the design firms current in terms of product representation and related information,” says Kabus. “Because Panolam has a broad collection of surface solutions, we are in a unique position to best honor the design firm’s time. We have shifted our focus to using a real-time strategic approach that combines technology with a deeper understanding of exactly what the designer needs to satisfy their current project. The idea is for product education/representation to mirror the designer’s needs first and ours second. Our goal is to be the most efficient and trusted designer resource in the surface industry.” In the distribution arm, McKillican also makes a seemingly subtle distinction between clients (typically the A&D community that specifies materials) and customers (typically the buying segments of the channel). “For the most part, architects, designers and specifiers, aren’t looking for immediate product, so it is really more about being that trusted advocate that can educate and be a valued resource time after time,” says Barnes. “Our everyday buying customers have slightly different requirements, so we work with them on things like inventory management, service levels and even things like cash flow via our financial services department.” 112

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In the end, a more annuity-based model of distribution adds value to the channel by reducing risk for both manufacturers and end users. “I’ve heard it said that distribution is like a shock absorber in a vehicle. It provides a flex point for the core business functions,” says Barnes. “The more we understand what makes our customers successful the better chance we have of being relevant to them for the long-term. “ Both Panolam and McKillican are already seeing benefits from their investments in the human resources required to provide end users with a customized experience. And while the annuity model, by design, is intended to have long-term payoffs, Barnes reports that one of the short-term advantages is a positive shift in company culture. “Our goal has always been to make our customers and manufacturing partners more successful in the long run. When we began valuing relationships over transactions, our internal staff became more powerful problem solvers and service providers. It is a great thing to show up for work and know what you do is relevant.” s&p

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Choice Brands Adhesives 666 Redna Terrace #500 Cincinnati, OH 45215 P (513) 772-1234 f (513) 772-9118 Cikel America, LLC 700 S Royal Poinciana Blvd. Miami Springs, FL 33166 P (305) 742-2219 f (855) 462-4535 Clarion Boards Inc. 143 Fiberboard Rd. Shippenville, PA 16254 P (800) 373-4383 Colonial Millworks, Ltd. P.O. Box 436 Beverly, WV 26253 P (304) 636-9338 F (304) 637-5555 Columbia Forest Products, Inc. 7900 Triad Center Dr., Ste 200 Greensboro, NC 27409 P (800) 637-1609 f (336) 605-6969 CompX National/CompX Waterloo P.O. Box 200 Mauldin, SC 29662 P (864) 297-6655 f (864) 297-9987 Darlington Veneer Co., Inc. P.O. Box 1087/ 225 4th Street Darlington, SC 29540 P (843) 393-3861 f (843) 393-8243 Deerwood Fasteners 638 Reese Dr. Conover, NC 28613 P (828) 469-1075 f (828) 469-1050 Doellken-Woodtape, Inc. 18 Covington Dr. Palm Desert, CA 92260 P (760) 862-1285 f (760) 862-1820 DuPont Building Innovations 974 Centre Rd. CRP 730 Wilmington, DE 19707 P (302) 999-4137 f (302) 355-4273

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Far East American 5410 McConnell Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90066 P (310) 822-7771 f (310) 822-2920 Ferrari America Inc. 4189 Eagle Hill Dr. Suite 110 High Point, NC 27265 P (336) 841-1445 f (336) 841-3543 Flakeboard Co. Ltd. 80 Tiverton Court, Ste. 701 Markham, ONT L3R 0G4 Canada P (905) 475-9686 f (905) 475-3827 Formica Corp. 10155 Reading Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45241 P (513) 786-3043 f (513) 786-3566 FormWood Industries, Inc. 1601 Production Rd. Jeffersonville, IN 47130 P (812) 284-3676 f (812) 285-5074 Franklin International 2020 Bruck St. Columbus, OH 43207-2329 P (614) 443-0241 f (614) 445-1813 Fulterer USA, Inc. 542 Townsend Ave. High Point, NC 27263 P (336) 431-4646 f (336) 431-4620 Gemini Coatings 421 S.E. 21st St El Reno, OK 73036 P (405) 262-9310

ITW TACC 56 Air Station Industrial Park Rockland, MA 02370 P (781) 878-7015 f (800) 231-8222 John Boos & Company 3601 S Banker St. Effingham, IL 62401 P (217) 347-7701 f (217) 347-7705 Jowat P.O. Box 1368 High Point, NC 27261 P (336) 434-9000 Karran USA 1291 E. Ramsey Rd. Vincennes, IN 47591 P (866) 452-7726 Kerfkore Company 2630 Sidney Lanier Dr. Brunswick, GA 31525 P (912) 264-6496 f (912) 262-9763 Kessebohmer USA Inc. 2528 Independence Blvd. Suite 102 Wilmington, NC 28412 P (910) 338-5080 f (910) 338-5082 King Plastic Corporation 1100 N. Toledo Blade Blvd. North Port, FL 34288 P (941) 493-5200 f (914) 497-3274 Knape & Vogt Company 2700 Oak Industrial Dr. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505-6082 P (616) 459-3311 f (616) 459-0249

Global Product Sourcing LLC 9 Mary Way Hainesport, NJ 08036 P (888) 305-2007

Kuehn Bevel Inc. 10 Furnance St. Stanhope, NJ 07874 P (800)862-3835 f (973)584-1855

Grand River Wood Products 360 Remington Rd. Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44224 P (330) 945-6464 f (330) 923-8699

L&S Lighting Corporation 4501 Green Point Dr. Greensboro, NC 27410 P (336) 937-9024 f (336) 553-0638

Liberty Woods International 1903 Wright Place, Suite 360 Carlsbad, CA 92008 P (760) 438-8030 f (760) 438-8303 M.L. Campbell 101 Prospect Ave., 525 Republic Cleveland, OH 44115 P (216) 566-2904 f (216) 515-7756 Meganite Solid Surfaces 1461 S Balboa Ave. Ontario, CA 91761 P (800) 836-1118 f (909) 391-8885 Michigan Maple/Bally Block Co’s. P.O. Box 245 1420 Standish Ave. Petoskey, MI 49770 P (231)347-4170 f (800)447-7975 Mirka Abrasives, Inc. 7950 Bavaria Rd. Twinsburg, OH 44087 P (800) 963-6427 f (800) 843-3904 Mohawk Finishing Products, Div. of RPM Wood Finishes Group, Inc. P.O. Box 22000 Hickory, NC 28603 P (828) 261-0325 f (828) 431-4565 NorthStar Chemicals, Inc. 19 Smiley Ingram Rd. Cartersville, GA 30121 P (770) 386-6961 f (770) 386-0615 Panolam Industries International Inc. 20 Progress Dr. Shelton, CT 06484 P (203) 925-1556 f (203) 225-0050 Peter Meier Inc. 1255 South Park Dr. Kernersville, NC 27284 P (336) 996-7774 f (336) 996-1812 Prime Wood, Inc. 1646 51st Court Vero Beach, FL 32966-2339 P (772) 564-2035 f (772) 564-2052 Pro-Ply Custom Plywood Inc. 1195 Clark Blvd. Brampton, ONT L6T 3W4 Canada P (905) 564-2327 f (905) 564-2330

Quickscrews International Corporation 5830 Las Positas Rd. Livermore, CA 94551 P (925) 371-8215 f (925) 371-5384 Rev-A-Shelf LLC 2409 Plantside Dr. Jeffersontown, KY 40299 P (502) 499-5835 f (502) 491-2215 Richwood Industries Inc. – Makers of PolyBak 2700 Buchanan S.W Grand Rapids, MI 49548 P (616) 243-2700 Roseburg Forest Products LP 10599 Old HWY 99 S Dillard, OR 97432 P (541) 679-3311 f (541) 679-2543 RPC-Terry Hardware 2020 Seventh St. Rockford, IL 61104 P (815) 966-2000 f (815) 966-2026 SR Wood Inc. 1801 Progress Way Clarksville, IN 47129 P (812) 288-9200

Uniboard Canada – USA Division 2078 Normandy Dr. Wooster, OH 44691 P (330) 264-9337 f (330) 262-8768

Alpine Sales Inc. 9650 Millfield Rd. Columbia, SC 29223 P (803) 788-9160 f (803) 788-9162

Valspar 1823 English Rd. High Point, NC 27262 P (336) 802-4768 f (336) 802-4711

Amerhart Ltd. P.O. Box 10097 / 2455 Century Rd. Green Bay, WI 54303 P (920) 494-4744 f (920) 494-0388

Vauth-Sagel America 1135 Old Greensboro Rd. Greensboro, NC 27284 P (866) 376-2298 F (336) 464-2277

Arthur Distributor Company 364 N. CR 270 E Arcola, IL 61910 P (217) 543-2166 f (217) 543-2167

Veneer Technologies Inc. P.O. Box 1145 Newport, NC 28570 P (252) 223-6359 f (252) 223-3511 VT Industries, Inc. P.O. Box 490 1000 Industrial Park Holstein, IA 51025 P (712)368-4381 Ext. 342 f (712) 368-4184 West Wood Products 2943 E Las Hermanas St Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221 P (310) 631-8978 f (310) 631-8683

Atlantic Plywood Corp. 8 Roessler Rd. Woburn, MA 01801 P (781 )933-1932 f (781) 933-3654 Babcock Lumber Company P.O. Box 8348/2220 Palmer St. Pittsburgh, PA 15218 P (412) 351-3515 f (412 )351-1522 Bennett Supply Co. 300 Business Center Dr. Cheswick, PA 15024-1071 P (888) 236-6388 f (724) 274-5528 Bond Plywood, Inc. 988 E. Saratoga Ferndale, MI 48220 P (248) 548-3150 f (248) 548-0265

States Industries 29545 Enid Rd. East P.O. Box 41150 Eugene, OR 97404 P (800) 626-1981 F (541) 689-8051

Wilsonart LLC 10501 NW H K Dodgen Loop Temple, TX 76504 P (254) 207-6000 f (254) 207-8620

Stevens Industries, Inc. 704 W. Main Teutopolis, IL 62458 P (247) 540-3100 f (217) 540-3380


BPI (Building Plastics, Inc.) 3263 Sharp Ave. Memphis, TN 38111 P (901) 744-6202 f (901) 745-6344

A & M Supply Corp. 6701 90th Ave. North Pinellas Park, FL 33782 P (727) 541-6632 f (727) 546-3617

C.H. Briggs Company P.O. #15188/2047 Kutztown Rd. Reading, PA 19605 P (610) 929-6969 f (610) 790-1105

Advanced Hardware Supply, Inc. 11849 West Executive Dr. Boise, ID 83607 P (208) 321-8089 f (208) 321-8090 1301 West Copans Rd., Ste. G-6 Pompano Beach, FL 33064 P (954) 428-3800 f (954) 428-5167

Aetna Plywood, Inc. 1401 St. Charles Rd. Maywood, IL 60153 P (708) 343-1515 f (708) 343-1616

Cabinetware Inc. 2025 Cattlemen Rd. Sarasota, FL 34232-6202 P (941) 296-0956 f (941) 379-9654

Alpine Plywood Corporation 12210 W. Silver Spring Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53225 P (414) 438-8400 f (414) 438-8401

Central Florida Cabinet Supply 2617 Pemberton Dr. Apopka, FL 32703 P (407) 292-3644 f (407) 292-3799

Tafisa Canada 729 Meloche Ave. Dorval, QC H9P 2S4 Canada P (514) 780-1324 f (514) 780-1354 Timber Products Company P.O. Box 269 Springfield, OR 97477 P (541) 747-4577 f (541) 744-4296 U.S. Futaba, Inc. 2901 West Garry Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92704 P (714) 751-1593 f (714) 751-2366

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CIDA Member Directory Central Wholesale Supply Corp. 1532 Ingleside Rd. Norfolk, VA 23502 P (757) 855-3131 f (757) 855-4140 Charles McMurray Co. 2520 N. Argyle Fresno, CA 93727 P (559) 292-5751 f (559) 292-6147 Chesapeake Plywood, LLC 1700 Ridgely Street Baltimore, MD 21230 P (410) 244-0055 f (410) 244-1269 Colorspec Coatings International, Inc. 1716 Church Steet Holbrook, NY 11741 P (631) 472-8251 f (631) 472-8255 Compi Distributors, Inc. 2855 Haag Rd. Arnold, MO 63010 P (636) 296-1111 f (636) 296-1411 Connecticut Plywood Corp. P.O. Box 330236 W. Hartford Ind’l Pk/9 Andover West Hartford, CT 06133-0236 P (860)953-0060 f (860)953-0599 Darant Distributing Corp. 1832 E. 68th Ave. Denver, CO 80229 P (303) 289-2220 f (303) 289-2225 Diamond Hill Plywood Co. 1455 Ebenezer Rd. Darlington, SC 29532 P (843) 393-2803 f (843) 393-1245 Distributor Service, Inc. 1 Dorrington Rd. Carnegie, PA 15106 P (412 )279-7824 f (412) 279-8454 Page


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CH Briggs 104 E.B. Bradley 101 MJB Wood Group 104 OHARCO 101 Parksite 101 116

E.B. Bradley Co./West Coast Laminating P.O. Box 58548/5080 S. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90058 P (323) 585-9201 Ext. 3106 f (323) 585-5414 E. Roko Distributors 3150 Lake City Way Burnaby, BC V5A 3A4 P (604) 420-9599 f (604) 420-8914 Formations Inc. 12220-142 Street Edmonton, AB T5L 2G9 Canada P (780) 893-7540 Hardwoods, Incorporated of Atlanta 5400 Riverview Rd. Mableton, GA 30126 P (404) 792-0910 f (404) 799-2079 Holdahl Co. Inc. 1925 Annapolis Ln. Plymouth, MN 55441 P (612) 333-7111 f (612) 550-9966 Horizon Forest Products 2422 Castle Hayne Rd. Wilmington, NC 28401 P (910) 343-3331 f (910) 343-3334 Industrial Plywood, Inc. 550 South Fifth Street Reading, PA 19602 P (610) 376-3343 f (610) 376-2256 Intermountain Wood Products P.O. Box 65970 Salt Lake City, UT 84165 P (801) 486-5414 f (801) 466-0428 Kearns & Co. Architectural Building Products 9 Delta Dr. Londonderry, NH 03053 P (603) 232-4480 Lensing Building Specialties P.O. Box 965/600 N. 6th Ave. Evansville, IN 47710 P (812) 423-6891 f (812) 421-3788 The L.E. Smith Company 1030 East Wilson Street Bryan, OH 43506 P (567) 239-2494 Lumbermen’s, Inc. 4433 Stafford SW Grand Rapids, MI 49548 P (616) 538-5180 f (616) 261-3223

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L.E. Smith Company 1030 East Wilson Street Bryan, OH 43506 P (567) 239-2494 Mac Murray Pacific 568 7th St. San Francisco, CA 94103 P (415) 552-5500 f (415) 552-5840 McFadden’s Hardwood & Hardware Inc. 2164 Buckingham Rd. Oakville, ON L6H 6M7 Canada P (416) 674-3333 f (905) 855-8822 McKillican International, Inc. 16420 - 118 Ave. Edmonton, AB T5V 1C8 Canada P (780) 453-3841 f (780) 481-6904 Metro Hardwoods 9540 83rd Ave. N. Maple Grove, MN 55369 P (763) 391-6731 f (763) 391-6741 Meyer Decorative Surfaces 340 Patton Dr. Atlanta, GA 30336 P (404) 507-1200 f (404) 222-1980 MJB Wood Group, Inc. 2201 Royal Lane, Ste 250 Irving, TX 75063 P (972) 401-0005 f (972) 293-6283 OHARCO P.O. Box 27427/8109 F Street Omaha, NE 68127 P (800) 228-9460 f (888) 808-5575 Parksite, Inc. 1109 Classic Rd. Apex, NC 27502 P (919) 335-0000 f (919) 387-1525 Richelieu Hardware Ltd. 2617 Uwharrie Rd./P.O. Box 400 High Point, NC 27261 Canada P (336) 841-5100 f (336) 887-8677 Rugby Architectural Building Products 10 Ferry St, Suite 427A Concord, NH 03301 P (603) 369-6004 f (603) 369-6005

Russell Plywood Inc. 401 Old Wyomissing Rd. Reading, PA 19611 P (610) 374-3206 f (610) 374-9138 Sunderland Brothers Company 9700 J St. Omaha, NE 68127 P (402) 339-2220 Trade Supply Group 624 W. 52nd St. (btwn. 11th and 12th Ave.) New York, NY 10019 P (212) 255-2522 f (212) 255-4670 United Plywoods & Lumber P.O. Box 1088 Birmingham, AL 35201 P (205) 925-7601 f (205) 925-1315 Web-Don, Inc. P.O. Box 26367 Charlotte, NC 28221 P (704) 375-0250 f (704) 375-6655 White-Wood Dist. Ltd. 130 Plymouth Street Winnipeg, MB R2X 2Z1 Canada P (204) 982-9470 f (204) 633-2557 Wood Stock Supply, Inc. 4705 South I-90 Service Rd. Rapid City, SD 57703 P (605) 341-6900 f (605) 341-0271 Wurth Baer Supply Co. 909 Forest Edge Dr. Vernon Hills, IL 60061 P (847) 913-2237 f (847) 913-9606 Wurth Louis and Company P.O. Box 2253 895 Columbia St. Brea, CA 92822 P (714) 529-1771 f (714) 990-6184 Wurth Wood Group P.O. Box 668005 4250 Golf Acres Dr. Charlotte, NC 28266-8005 P (704) 887-7951 f (704) 394-2141 NBMDA Headquarters 330 N Wabash, Ste. 2000 Chicago, IL 60611 P (312) 321 6845 toll free (888) 747-7862 f (312) 644-0310

Specifying Surfaces


➊ This lobby and reception area is clad in cherry veneer for a familiar, welcoming and reassuring aesthetic.

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Healthcare designers are tasked with creating spaces that are hospitable and durable, often times within strict budgets. Decorative surfaces in combination with composite panels offer a suite of solutions for every area of a healthcare facility.

➋ The desking and columns match, and could also be specified with HPL, which can be wrapped to create curves.


As patients and practitioners move into a more clinical setting, the nurses' stations are built with HPL, which offers excellent wear and impact resistance with the added benefit of being easy to clean.

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Countertops are often made from solid surface, HPL or compact laminate, all of which can withstand the everyday traffic of a busy medical environment.

➎ Within examination and patient rooms, film overlays (3D laminates) are often specified for components. Because a 3D laminated part is wrapped on five out of six sides there are no seams, which is an advantage for infection control. The thermoplastic films used in 3D laminating can typically withstand bleach and other harsh cleaning reagents. Another benefit is that 3D laminates can be wrapped around contours, allowing for integrated handles, soft edges, and built in lips to contain spills. subscribe online at

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Hardware Blum LEGRABOX drawer system Blum is pleased to introduce the new LEGRABOX drawer system. Straight lines create a sleek and elegant design that clearly defines LEGRABOX, the new attractive full-extension box system from Blum. LEGRABOX offers an impressively slim drawer profile thickness of only one half inch (12.8mm), which is straight on the inside and the outside to maximize the usable interior space of the drawer. The LEGRABOX drawer material is offered in either a new, brushed stainless steel or a gray matte finish, giving it a distinctive look and feel. The LEGRABOX program consists of three drawer side heights for standard drawers and two drawer side heights for interior roll-out drawers. The versatile LEGRABOX program allows for a wide range of design options for any kitchen, bath or furniture application. LEGRABOX combines design and function for well-balanced solutions creating elegance in motion. LEGRABOX features a new innovative, runner system utilizing synchronized drawer profiles for greater running action and performance even under heavy loads. This enhanced runner system combines low opening forces with the proven soft-close BLUMOTION to create an experience to behold. To coordinate with LEGRABOX, Blum will also launch AMBIA-LINE, a new interior drawer organization system, specifically designed to complement the LEGRABOX design. n 120

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e Häfele America Co. Solutions for Backsplash and pantry Backsplash Rail Systems Increasingly, designers are turning the backsplash wall space into an interesting storage area to enhance the look and functionality of a kitchen. Häfele’s storage railing system provides visible – and accessible – storage at multiple heights. The result is great flexibility that easily adapts as needs, activities or users change.

Lavido Pantry Pull-Out The Lavido Pantry Pull-Out from Häfele provides a stylish storage solution that offers superior functionality. Lavido addresses the growing need to fully utilize small spaces in the kitchen, ensuring functionality and accessibility. The advanced technology in Lavido requires minimal physical effort to fully utilize the product. Lavido features soft-open and soft-close for smooth operation. These functions allow drawers to fully glide out and prevents shelves from slamming backwards. Lavido pantry trays are height-adjustable and feature non-slip surfaces to keep stored items from sliding while the shelves are in motion. Once in its extended position, the Lavido provides full access to shelves from all three sides to increase functionality and flexibility. n

▲ ▲ Grass Tiomos Impresso Hinge System New from Grass, the Tiomos Impresso is the tool-free version of the popular Tiomos hinge series. Tiomos’ product range provides perfect movement for virtually every application, from standard doors to wide-angle doors, frameless applications to face frame applications. Now Tiomos Impresso is available in a 42mm/45mm boring pattern for a variety of manufacturing needs. The Tiomos Impresso offers a three-tiered adjustable soft-close mechanism which is fully integrated and concealed in the hinge arm. The closing process is smooth and even from the degree that the soft-close is activated until the door is completely closed. n

Salice Lapis Salice introduces Lapis, a radically innovative line of soft close hinges completely hidden by two sliding covers. These fancy covers, available in a variety of different finishes to match most cabinet interiors, are designed to complement high-end cabinetry and totally conceal the hardware. n


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sales information 2014 Information about company products offered by category can be found on pages 82-95. AGRISTRAND MANKATO, LLC PO Box 1328 Mankato, MN 56002 (888) 250-5625 Fax (507) 388-8112 • Particleboard Manufacturer

AKZO NOBEL COATINGS, INC. 1431 Progress Avenue High Point, North Carolina 27261 (336) 801-0894 Fax (336) 883-8494 • Coating Manufacturer

AMERICAN ADHESIVE COATINGS LLC 12 Osgood Street Lawrence, Massachusetts 01843 (978) 688-7400 Fax (978) 691-5015 • Laminating Adhesive Supplier

AMERICAN LAMINATES, INCORPORATED 3142 Talbot Avenue/PO Box 778 Riverbank, California 95367 (800) 800-2536 Fax (209) 869-4040 • Laminator

AMERICAN RENOLIT CORPORATION 403 Heron Drive, Suite C Swedesboro, NJ 08085 (610) 944-1413 Fax (219) 324-1542 • Overlay Manufacturer

ARCLIN 1000 Holcomb Woods Parkway, Suite 444 Roswell, GA 30076 (877) 689-9145 • Overlay Manufacturer

BOISE CASCADE COMPANY PO Box 62 Boise, Idaho 83707 (888) 264-7372 Fax (208) 395-7635 • Particleboard Manufacturer

CLARION BOARDS, INC. 143 Fiberboard Road Shippenville, Pennsylvania 16254 (800) 373-4383 Fax (814) 226-7586 • MDF Manufacturer 122

CLOSETMAID 650 SW 27th Avenue Ocala, Florida (352) 401-6000 • Coater

COLLINS PRODUCTS, LLC 6410 Highway 66 Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601 • Particleboard Manufacturer

(800) 547-1793 Fax (541) 882-8671 • Engineered Wood Siding/Trim Manufacturer

(800) 417-3674 Fax (541) 884-7282 (EWST) DEL-TIN FIBER, LLC 757 Del-Tin Highway El Dorado, AR 71730 (870) 866-1800 • MDF Manufacturer

DKB Dekor-Kunststoffe GmbH Melbacher Höhe 1 Erndtebrück, Germany 57339 (418) 861-9103 +49 2753 5080 190 • Overlay Manufacturer

DURAPLAY DE PARRAL, S.A. DE C.V. Av. Santa Barbara 21 Barrio de Espana Parral, Chihuahua Mexico 33870 (505) 217-1700 Fax (505) 217-1702 • Particleboard Manufacturer • Laminator

FLAKEBOARD St. Stephen and Sault Ste. Marie Sales

80 Tiverton Court, Suite 701 Markham, Ontario L3R 0G4 (800) 268-9830 Fax (905) 475-3988 Western US Sales

PO Box 428, Albany, Oregon 97321 (888) 650-6302 Fax (541) 928-4116 Eastern US Sales

FLORIDA PLYWOODS, INC. PO Box 458, 1228 NW US 221 Greenville, Florida 32331 (850) 948-2211 Fax (850) 948-4616 • Particleboard Manufacturer • Laminator

FUNDER AMERICA, INC. PO Box 729 Mocksville, North Carolina 27028 (800) 438-6276 Fax (336) 751-5623 • Laminator • Coater

GEORGIA-PACIFIC WOOD PRODUCTS LLC 133 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, Georgia 30303 • Hardboard • Laminator • Coater

(800) 727-9452 Fax (404) 924-3170 • PARTICLEBOARD MANUFACTURER • MDF Manufacturer

(800) 424-2311 Fax (936) 829-7846 INTERPRINT, INC. 101 Central Berkshire Blvd. Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201 (413) 443-4733 (413) 443-6940 • Overlay Manufacturer

JMC WOOD MANUFACTURING 13519 NW Industrial Drive Bridgeton, Missouri 63044 (314) 291-0414 • Laminator

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation 5600 Virginia Avenue North Charleston, South Carolina 29406 (843) 745-3069 Fax (843) 745-3068 • Overlay Manufacturer

515 River Crossing Drive, Suite 110 Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715-7900 (877) 273-7680 Fax (800) 808-1454

KML CORPORATION 1616 Saint Paul Avenue Tacoma, Washington 98421 (888) 358-5075 Fax (253) 475-7517

• MDF Manufacturer • Particleboard Manufacturer • Laminator • Coater

• Laminator

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PASQUIER PANEL PRODUCTS PO Box 1170 Sumner, Washington 98390 (253) 863-6323 Fax (253) 891-7993

• MDF Manufacturer

• Laminator

• Laminator

LAMIGRAF, Inc. 201 17th Street, Suite 300 Atlanta, GA 30363 (404) 583-6254

MUNKSJo PAPER 100 Erdman Way, Suite S100 Leominster, Massachusetts 01453 (978) 342-1080

PATRICK INDUSTRIES, INC. PO Box 638 Elkhart, Indiana 46515 (574) 294-7511 Fax (574) 524-7706

• Overlay Manufacturer

LAMINATE TECHNOLOGIES 161 Maule Road Tifflin, Ohio 44883 (800) 231-2523 • Laminator

LANGBOARD, INC. 548 Langboard Road Willacoochee, Georgia 31650 (912) 534-5959 Fax (912) 534-5904

• Overlay Manufacturer

OLON INDUSTRIES INC. Components Division

42 Armstrong Avenue Georgetown, Ontario L7G 4R9 (905) 877-7300 Fax (905) 877-7383 • Laminator Decoratives Division

411 Union Street Geneva, Illinois 60134 (630) 232-4705 Fax (630) 232-4719

• MDF Manufacturer

• Overlay Manufacturer


OMNOVA SOLUTIONS INC. 175 Ghent Road Fairlawn, Ohio 44333 (866) 332-5226

East River Plant

414 Union Street, Suite 2000 Nashville, Tennessee 37219 (888) 457-4246 Fax (877) 606-6015 Roaring River Plant

414 Union Street, Suite 2000 Nashville, Tennessee 37219 (877) 777-6158 Fax (866) 743-3020 • Engineered Wood Siding /Trim Manufacturer

MADERAS CONGLOMERADAS S.A. DE C.V. (MACOSA) Ave. San José # 2 San Juan Ixhuatepec Tlalnepantla, Edo. Mex. CP 54180 +52 (55) 5715-5870 • MDF Manufacturer • Particleboard Manufacturer • Laminator

MARSHFIELD DOORSYSTEMS, INC. 1401 East Fourth Street Marshfield, Wisconsin 54449 (800) 826-4020 Fax (715) 387-4218 • Particleboard Manufacturer

Masisa S.A. de C.V. Blvd. Juan Pablo II km 2.5 Chihuahua, México 31390 +52 (55) 91382300 Ext. 2608 • Particleboard Manufacturer • Laminator

• Overlay Manufacturer

PAN PACIFIC PRODUCTS, INC. 610 W State Highway 3 Broken Bow, Oklahoma 74728 (580) 584-6247 Fax (580) 584-6230 • MDF Manufacturer

PANEL SPECIALISTS, INC. 3115 Range Road Temple, Texas 76504 (254) 774-9800 Fax (254) 774-7222 • Laminator

PANOLAM INDUSTRIES international, INC. Muskoka Road 3, Box 7500 Huntsville, Ontario P1H 2J7 (800) 672-6652 Fax (708) 789-6658 • Particleboard Manufacturer

20 Progress Drive Shelton, Connecticut 06484 (203) 925-1556 Fax (203) 225-0050


MJB WOOD GROUP, INC. 1585 Highmeadows Way Cedar Hill, Texas 75104 (972) 293-5249 Fax (972) 293-6283

KRONOSPAN LLC 1 Kronospan Way Eastaboga, Alabama 36260 (256) 741-8755 Fax (256) 741-8757

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• Laminator

PLUM CREEK MDF, INC. 265 Meadow Lake Blvd. Columbia Falls, Montana 59912 (800) 548-3099 Fax (406) 892-6870 • MDF Manufacturer

PLUMMER FOREST PRODUCTS 401 N. Potlatch Road / P.O. Box 788 Post Falls, Idaho 83854 (208) 777-2202 • Particleboard Manufacturer

Powder Innovations, LLC 2205 W. Park Street Paris, Texas 75460 (855) 830-6015 Fax (903) 784-7982 • Coater

PPM PACIFIC PANELS MEXICO, S.A. DE C.V. P.O. Box 5224 Chula Vista, California 91912-5224 (619) 819-6064 Fax (619) 819-8490 • Particleboard Manufacturer • Laminator

PREMIER EUROCASE 12000 E. 56th Avenue, Unit K Denver, Colorado 80239 (303) 373-9718 Fax: (303) 373-9710 • Laminator

RIKEN U.S.A. 26200 Town Center Drive, Suite 135 Novi, Michigan 48375 (248) 513-3511 Fax: (248) 513-3510 • Overlay Manufacturer

• Overlay Manufacturer • Laminator

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ROSEBURG Western Sales

PO Box 1088 Roseburg, Oregon 97470 (800) 245-1115 Fax (541) 679-2543 Eastern Sales

12000 Findley Road, Suite 320 Johns Creek, Georgia 30097 (866) 387-2646 Fax (678) 474-1258 • Particleboard Manufacturer • Laminator • Coater

UNILIN US MDF 149 Homanit USA Road Mt. Gilead, North Carolina 27306 (910) 439-6959 Fax (910) 439-6497

• Particleboard Manufacturer • Laminator

• MDF Manufacturer

Taghleef Industries 2751 Centerville Road, Suite 400 Wilmington, Delaware 19808 (302) 326-5500 Fax (302) 326-5505 • Overlay Manufacturer

SCHATTDECOR 13950 Riverport Place Drive Maryland Heights, Missouri 63043 (314) 400-6100 Fax (314) 400-6123

TECHNOCELL DEKOR 179 County Route 2A Pulaski, New York 13142 (315) 298-8388 Fax (315) 298-8822

• Overlay Manufacturer

• Overlay Manufacturer

SIERRAPINE 1050 Melody Lane, Suite 160 Roseville, California 95678 (800) 676-3339 Fax (916) 772-3415

TIMBER PRODUCTS COMPANY PO Box 269, Springfield, Oregon 97477 (800) 547-9520 Fax (541) 744-5431

• MDF Manufacturer • Particleboard Manufacturer

STEVENS INDUSTRIES, INC. 704 West Main Teutopolis, Illinois 62467 (217) 857-7100 • Laminator

STIMSON LUMBER COMPANY 520 Southwest Yamhill Street, Suite 700 Portland, Oregon 97204 (800) 445-9758 Fax (503) 295-1849 • Hardboard

SURFACE SOURCE INTERNATIONAL 961 Route 10E, Unit 2-i Randolph, New Jersey 07869 (973) 598-0152 Fax (973) 598-0156 • Overlay Manufacturer

SURTECO North America 1175 Harrelson Boulevard Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577 Bausch Linnemann Sales: (800) 992-3936 Suddekor Sales: (413) 821-9000 • Overlay Manufacturer • Laminating Adhesive Supplier 124

TAFISA CANADA INC 4660 Villeneuve Lac-Megantic, Quebec G6B 2C3 (888) 882-3472 Fax (888) 711-3472

• Particleboard Manufacturer

305 S. 4th Street, Springfield, Oregon 97477 (800) 547-9520 Fax (541) 744-5431 • Laminator

TOPPAN INTERAMERICA INC. 1131 Highway 155 South McDonough, Georgia 30253 (770) 957-5060 Fax (770) 957-6447 • Overlay Manufacturer • Laminating Adhesive Supplier

UNIBOARD Montreal and Quebec Sales

5555, rue Ernest-Cormier Laval, Quebec H7C 2S9 (800) 263-5240 Fax (450) 682-6630

U.S. COATING COMPANY 465 Industrial Drive Lexington, South Carolina 29072 (803) 957-3377 Fax (803) 957-3357 • Overlay Manufacturer

THE VALSPAR CORPORATION 1717 English Road High Point, North Carolina 27262 (336) 889-2157 Fax (336) 802-4736 • Coating Manufacturer

WEBB FURNITURE ENTERPRISES, INC. 150 Jackson Street Galax, Virginia 24333 (276) 236-6141 Fax (276) 236-0963 • Particleboard Manufacturer

WEST FRASER MILLS LTD. 1250 Brownmiller Road Quesnel, British Columbia Canada V2J 6P5 (250) 992-9254 Fax: (250) 992-3034 • MDF Manufacturer

WILSONART LLC 2400 Wilson Place Temple, Texas 76503 (254) 207-7000 Fax (254) 207-3209 • Overlay Manufacturer

255 Summerlea Brampton, Ontario L6T 4T8 (905) 673-5743 Fax (905) 673-0175

ZAMMA CORPORATION Laminates Division 14468 Litchfield Drive Orange, Virginia 22960 (540) 672-5200 Fax (540) 672-9200

US Sales

• Overlay Manufacturer

Ontario and Western Canada Sales

(330) 264-9337 Fax (330) 262-8767 • MDF Manufacturer • Particleboard Manufacturer • Laminator

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CPA Member Directory The 3M Company St. Paul, MN 651-733-9940 ABB Ltd. Douglasville, GA 770-634-5810 Agristrand Mankato, LLC Mankato, MN 888-250-5625

American Adhesive Coatings LLC 12 Osgood Street Lawrence, MA 01843 978-688-7400 Jerry Villa

American Laminates Inc.       P.O. Box 778  Riverbank, CA 95367 800-800-2536 May Yang

American Renolit Corporation 403 Heron Drive Suite C Swedesboro, NJ 08085 973-706-6912 Lana Cella Ameriwood Industries Wright City, MO 636-745-3351 Andritz, Inc. Kalispell, MT 406-212-7192

Arclin 1000 Holcomb Woods Parkway Suite 444 Roswell, GA 30076 678-999-2100 Ralph Yobp 126

ClosetMaid Ocala, FL 352-401-6000 Argos Solutions AS Dyrmyrgata 35 3610 Kongsberg Norway +47 9166 9410 Tor Gustavsen      

Ashland Inc. 8145 Blazer Drive Wilmington, DE 19808  406-360-1411  Coby Stone  Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. Arcadia, WI 608-323-6322

Black Bros. Co. 501 9th Avenue Mendota, IL 61342-0410 815-539-7451 Ed Strahota

Boise Cascade Company 1111 West Jefferson Street Suite 300 Boise, ID 83702-5389 888-264-7372 Steve Stoler Bush Industries, Inc. Jamestown, NY 716-665-2000 CalAg, LLC Browns Valley, CA 530-639-2190

BASF Corporation 1609 Biddle Avenue Wyandotte, MI 48192 734-324-5481 Greg Lonc

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, LP Indianpolis, IN 800-437-3188 Casey Industrial, Inc. Westminster, CO 720-974-2659

Bioformix, Inc. Loveland, OH 513-448-0301 BioPolymer Technologies, Ltd. Mantua, NJ 856-981-4381 BIS Shrapnel Pty Ltd. North Sydney, NSW Australia 612-9959 5924

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Con-Vey Keystone, Inc. Roseburg, OR 541-672-5506 Cornerstone Chemical Corporation Waggaman, LA 504-339-6340 Custom Door Parts Inc. Grand Rapids, MI 616-949-5000 Del-Tin Fiber, LLC El Dorado, AR 870-866-1800 Dieffenbacher, Inc. Alpharetta, GA 404-609-9911 DKB Dekor-Kunststoffe GmbH Erndtebruck, Germany 418-861-9103 Dominion Chemical Company, Inc. Petersburg, VA 804-733-7628 Duraplay de Parral, SA de CV Parral, Chihuahua Mexico 505-217-1700 Duratex North America, Inc. High Point, NC 336-885-1500

Bayer MaterialScience LLC Pittsburgh, PA 412-298-5037

Bedford Falls Communications 1617 Country Club Lane Watertown, WI 53098 920-206-1766 John Aufderhaar

Collins 1618 SW First Ave., Suite 500 Portland, OR 97201-5706 800-329-1219 x 2222 Mike Shuey

Chemcraft 1431 Progress Avenue High Point, NC 27260 336-841-5111 Cayce Hewlett Chem-Trend LP Howell, MI 517-545-7844

Clarion Industries 143 Fiberboard Rd. Shippenville, PA 16254 800-373-4383 Lance Rooney

Eastman Chemical Company Kingsport, TN 423-229-1380 EcoChem International NV Atlanta, GA 706-218-2469 ECOSE Technology Mont-St-Guibert, Belgium 32-1048-8488

EcoSynthetix Inc. 3365 Mainway Burlington, ON L7M 1A6 Canada 905-335-5669 Chris Anderson

Evergreen Engineering Inc. Eugene, OR 541-484-4771

Flakeboard 80 Tiverton Court, Suite 701 Markham, ON L3R 0G4 Canada 800-268-9830 Kevin Shotbolt Florida Plywoods, Inc. Greenville, FL 850-948-2211

Laminate Technologies Tiffin, OH 800-231-2523

GreCon, Inc. 15875 SW 74th Ave. Tigard, OR 97224 503-641-7731 HB Fuller Company St. Paul, MN 651-236-5900

Framerica Corp. 2 Todd Court Yaphank, NY 11980 800-372-6422 Josh Eichner

Funder America, Inc. 200 Funder Drive Mocksville, NC 27028 800-438-6276 James King

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation Nashville, TN 888-457-4246

Interprint, Inc. 101 Central Berkshire Blvd. Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-443-4733 David Field

Maderas Conglomeradas S.A. de C.V. (MACOSA) AV. San Jose 2 Colonia San Juan Ixhuatepec Tlalnepantla, Mexico 54180 +52 (55) 5715-5870

HNI Corporation Muscatine, IA 563-506-1112 Holland Southwest International Houston, TX 713-644-1966

Forest Economic Advisors, LLC Westford, MA 978-496-6335 FPInnovations Ste. Foy, QC Canada 418-659-2647

Langboard, Inc. Willacoochee, GA 912-534-5959

Huntsman 1003 Woodloch Forest Drive  The Woodlands, TX 77380  281-719-6000  John Bebak

Marshfield Doorsystems, Inc. Marshfield, WI 800-826-4020

JMC Wood 13519 NW Industrial Drive Bridgeton, MO 63044 314-291-0414 Jeffrey Jappa

Masco Cabinetry LLC Ann Arbor, MI 734-205-4695 MASISA Chihuahua, Mexico +52 (55) 91382300 Ext. 2608

John Chadwick Corporation Monrovia, CA 626-358-9955

Material Innovations, LLC Dublin, OH 618-761-0643

Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corp Charleston, SC 843-745-3069

Hutton Forest Products Inc. 218 Boida Avenue, Unit 3 Ayr, ON N0B 1E0 Canada 519-620-4374 James Hutton Hymmen North America Ltd. Bolton, ON Canada 905-951-1486 IMAL-PAL Group Ponte di Piave, Italy 39-0422852300

Kimball International Jasper, IN 812-634-3809 Michelman 9080 Shell Road Cincinnati, OH 45236 513-793-7766 Mike Selby

KML designer finishes 1616 East St. Paul Ave. Tacoma, WA 98421 888-358-5075 Leta Falk www. Kronospan LLC Eastaboga, AL 256-741-8755

MJB Wood Group, Inc. 2201 W. Royal Lane, Suite 250 Irving, TX 75063 972-401-0005 Jeff Messick

Kronotex USA, Inc. Barnwell, SC 803-259-4100

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLC 133 Peachtree Street NE, 19th Floor Atlanta, GA 30303 541-928-4171 Jeff Otjen Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC Atlanta, GA 800-727-9452

IMEAS 1125 Commerce Drive, Suite 200 Peachtree City, GA 30269 678-364-1900 Nathan Rutherford Industrial Finishes & Systems, Inc. Eugene, OR 541-485-1503 Intermark Witham, Essex England 44-1376-501565

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Electronic Wood Systems North America Beaverton, OR 503-643-6305

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KSH Solutions Inc. Montreal, QC Canada 514-932-4611

Momentive Specialty Chemicals, Inc. 114 Industrial Blvd. Morganton, NC 28655 888-443-9466 phone inquiries 888-443-9466 order/existing customers

Lamigraf, Inc 201 17th Street Suite 300 Atlanta, GA 30363 404-583-6254 Rafel Bosch


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Munksjo Paper Leominster, MA 978-342-1080 Noble Environment Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA 760-473-8201

OCI Melamine America Advanced Louisiana Logistics, ALL 320 Somerulos Street – Suite 217 Baton Rouge LA 70802 225-685-3020 / 225-685-3037

Olon Industries Inc. 42 Armstrong Avenue Georgetown, ON L7G 4R9 Canada 800-387-2319 Don Hambly

Patrick Industries, Inc. 107 W. Franklin Street Elkhart, IN 46515 574-294-7511 John Schramm

Plum Creek MDF, Inc. 265 Meadow Lake Blvd. P.O. Box 1990 Columbia Falls, MT 59912 800-548-3099 Paula Darcy Plummer Forest Products Post Falls, ID 208-777-2202 Powder Innovations LLC Paris, TX 855-830-6015

Roseburg P.O. Box 1088 Roseburg, OR 97470 541-679-3311 Jeff Lundegard

Setzer Forest Products Sacramento, CA 916-442-2555 Samuel Strapping Systems 1401 Davey Road, Suite 300 Woodbridge, IL 60517 800-323-4424 Dave Gagnon Sandvik Process Systems, LLC Totowa, NJ 973-720-7022

Poyry Management Consulting Portland, OR 503-475-1199 Omnova Solutions 175 Ghent Road Fairlawn, OH 44333 330-869-4560 Eric Johnson Pacific MDF Products, Inc. Rocklin, CA 916-660-1882 Pallmann Industries Charlotte, NC 704-543-4400 Pan Pacific Products, Inc. Broken Bow, OK 580-584-6247 Panel Specialists, Inc. Temple, TX 254-774-9800 Panel World, Inc. Montgomery, AL 334-834-1170

PPM Pacific Panels Mexico, S.A. de C.V Chula Vista, CA 619-819-6064

Premier EuroCase 12000 E. 56th Ave. #K Denver, CO 80239 303-373-9718 Andy Wilzoch Prime-Line, Inc. Malvern, AR 501-844-4429 PUR Polymerics Inc. Boca Raton, FL 519-242-4665

Sasol Wax North America Corp 102 Cutting Blvd Richmond, CA 94804 510-232-8704 Anton Smit Sauder Woodworking Inc. Archbold, OH 419-446-3652

Schattdecor Inc. 13950 Riverport Place Drive Maryland Heights, MO 63043 314-400-6100 Margie Drazen Schelling America, Inc./ IMA America, Corp. Raleigh, NC 919-544-0430

Panolam Surface Systems 20 Progress Drive Shelton, CT 06484 203-925-1556 Rick Ehrsam Pasquier Panel Products Sumner, WA 253-863-6323 128

Riken U.S.A. Corporation 26200 Town Center Drive , Suite 135 Novi, MI 48375 248-513-3511 Katsu Mizushima

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SESA S.p.A. 12, Mantova str. 21057 Olgiate, Italy +39-0331 631388 Andrea Balordi

Scheuch Inc. London, ON Canada 770-420-8266 Seemac, Incorporated Carmel, IN 317-819-4723

Shaw Industries Inc. Ringgold, TN 706-965-0806 Sia Abrasives, Inc. USA Charlotte, NC 704-587-7355 Siempelkamp Limited Partnership Charlotte, NC 704-522-0234

SierraPine 1050 Melody Lane Suite 160 Roseville, CA 95765 800-676-3339 David Smith

Smartech International LP 3120 Latrobe Drive, Unit 260 Charlotte, NC 28211 704-362-1922 Jannica Greife South Shore Industries Ltd. Sainte-Croix, QC Canada 418-926-3291

Southern Chemical Corporation 2 Northpoint Drive, Suite 975 Houston, TX 77060 832-448-7100 Adrian Spencer Steinemann Technology AG Charlotte, NC 704-522-9435

Stiles Machinery Inc. 3965 44th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512 616-698-7500 Steve Waltman Stimson Lumber Company Portland, OR 800-445-9758

The Stow Company 3311 Windquest Drive Holland, MI 49424 616-399-3311 Randy Tallman Stratachem Solutions Group LP Springfield, TN 866-489-9377

BauschLinnemann 1175 Harrelson Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 843-848-3000 Tim Vail

Suddekor 240 Bowles Road Agawam, MA 01001 413-821-9000 Dennis Connor

Uniboard 5555 Ernest Cormier Laval, QC H7C 2S9 Canada 450-664-6000 Don Raymond

Weem Abrasives, Inc. Toronto, ON Canada 416-289-3665

University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN 865-946-1119 Unilin US MDF Mount Gilead, NC 910-439-6959

West Fraser Mills Ltd. 1250 Brownmiller RD Quesnel, BC V2J 6P5 Canada 250-992-9254 James Laundry 250-991-5364

U.S. Coating Company Lexington, SC 803-957-3377 Tafisa Canada Inc. 4660 Villeneuve Lac-Megantic, QC G6B 2C3 Canada 888-882-3472

Taghleef Industries Inc. 2751 Centerville Road, Suite 400 Wilmington, DE 19808 800-688-2044 Ron Rodeck

Williamette Valley Co. Eugene, OR 541-484-9621

Valspar Corporation 1717 English Road High Point, NC 27262 800-395-7047

Wilsonart LLC 2400 Wilson Place Temple, Texas 76503 254-207-7000

Venango Machine Co., Inc. Wattsburg, PA 814-739-2211

Wood Products Lincolnshire, IL 847-634-4366 Yantai Wanhua America Co. Ltd. Media, PA 610-566-5161

Technocell Dekor Pulaski, NY 315-298-8388

Sunset Moulding Co. Yuba City, CA 530-790-2790

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Webb Furniture Enterprises, Inc. Galax, VA 276-236-6141


Surface Source International 961 Route 10E, Unit 2-i Randolph, NJ 07869 973-598-0152 Greg O’Connell

Timber Products Company P.O. Box 269 305 S. 4th Street Springfield, OR 97408 800-547-9520 Mark Herbert

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Stevens Industries, Inc. 704 West Main Street Teutopolis, IL 62467 217-857-7100 Bill Lane

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Zamma Corporation Orange, VA 540-672-5200

Walker Emulsions Limited 4365 Corporate Drive Burlington, ON L7L 5L7 Canada 905-336-1216 Charlie Stout

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Abet Laminati 35 800.228.2238 Amercian Adhesive Coatings LLC 63 978.688.7400 Black Brothers 68 800.252.2568 Blum, Inc. 131 704.827.1345 Boise Cascade 21 888.264.7372 Cascades 26 414.923.1268 Cabinotch 70-71 877.413.4299 Chemcraft, a brand of AkzoNobel 75/103 336.841.5111 Clarion Boards 15 800.373.4383 Collins 25 (800) 547-1793 Composite Panel Association 30-31/88 866.4Composites DC Distributing 65 800.727.0917 Decotone 33 908.301.0600 DVUV 76 216.741.5511 Flakeboard 39 Can 800.268.9830 US 877.273.7680 Formica 113 800.FORMICA Forrest 66 800.733.7111 Georgia Pacific Chemicals LLC 14 866.477.2436 GreCon 27 503.641.7731 Greenlam America Inc. 37 877.647.0388 Hopewell Plastics Limited 60 852.2549 3322 Interprint, Inc. 2 (IFC) 413.443.4733 IWF 98 404.693.8333 iZone Imaging 64 888.464.4663 Jowat 111 +1.366.434.9000 KCD Software 70-71 508.760.1140 Kings Mountain International 9 704.739.4227 Kleiberit 81 +49.7244.62.0 KML-Kustom Material Laminates 5 888.358.5075 Krono System 125 +39.0422.850418 Laminati 61 877.863.7908


Lamitech S.A. 119 571.644.9898 NeoCon 72 (800) 677-6278 Northern Contours 18 866.344.8132 Olon Industries Inc. 55 905.877.7300 Omnova Solutions 47 866.332.5226 Panel Processing 36 800.433.7142 Panolam 132 (BC) 203.925.1556 Plum Creek MDF, Inc. 13 800.548.3099 Renolit 44 856-467-3800 Richwood Industries Inc. 105 616.243.2700 Riken USA Corporation 96 609.387.2011 Roseburg 23 800.245.1115 Sasol 12 510.232.8704 Schattdecor 17 314.400.6100 Sesa 7 +39.0331.631388 SierraPine Composite Solutions 109 800.676.3339 Smartech 97 704.362.1922 States Industries 16 800.626.1981 Stevens Industries 117 800.574.7838 Stiles Machinery, Inc. 59/77 616.698.7500 Surface Source International 45 973.598.0152 Surteco North America 19 843-848-3000 NORT H AMERICA Synergy Thermal Foils 46 954.420.9553 Tafisa Canada 43 888.882.3472 Thermwood 69 800.533.6901 Toppan 57 770.957.6447 Uniboard 41 800.263.5240 Union Tool Corporation 67 574.267.3211 Valspar 79/110 612.851.7000 West Fraser Sales Ltd. 11 780.413.8900 Wurth 107 800.422.4389

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