Educational Session at the 2016 Expo Richmond

Taking Advantage of Current Trends, Market Opportunities and Improvements

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Richmond, VA

8:00-9:00am -The Housing Market, its impact on the Wood Products Industry, and opportunities- Urs Buehlmann

This session will focus on the current state of the housing market and discuss its future. The U.S. private construction market generates, with roughly $750 billion per year, approximately 5% of U.S. GDP and if housing services are included it accounts for about 18 percent of U.S. GDP. An estimated $360 billion is spent on residential construction, four-fifths (on a Dollar basis) on single-family homes (700,000 units/year) and one-fifth on multi-family homes (350,000 units/year). The residential building market is of outmost importance to the U.S. wood industry, with an estimated 70 percent of softwood and more than 50 percent of the appearance hardwood harvest going to this market.

9:00am – Building Bigger : New Market Opportunities in Massive Timber– Dan Hindman

Massive timber is a new class of wooden building materials including cross laminated timber and nail laminated timber.  Current production in the United States is limited, but growth and interest in the engineering and architecture community continues to grow.  This presentation will discuss what massive timber is and what market opportunities for softwood and hardwood lumber are available

10:00:10-15 Break

10:15-11:15 – Hardwood Exports: Current State and Opportunities – Mike Snow (TBD)

11:15-12:00: The Pallet Story – Hardwood and Softwood Use, Recovery/Repair/Recycling, and Greenness Opportunities – Phil Araman

 This session will cover information on wood material use and pallet production and will focus on ways to minimize production waste from pallet cants and parts while producing better pallets. Pallet recovery, repair, and recycling techniques and numbers will be discussed. Ways to to be certified by an international environmental group for recycled pallets will be covered.

1:00- 3:00 – Identifying and measuring waste in your supply chain- Henry Quesada

 Measuring waste in your manufacturing process is a critical activity to increase production efficiencies and customer satisfaction levels. However, little has been developed to adopt lean management tools to the entire supply chain. In this presentation we will explain how to use value-stream mapping, a key tool in lean management, to quantify and analyze waste in your supply chain in wood products industries.

3:30- 3:45- Break

3:45- 5:00 – Meeting Your Customer’s Needs: Improving Your Lumber Drying Quality – Brian Bond

Regardless of your position in the value chain, logger, sawmill, drying facility or secondary producer, many aspects of wood quality and customer satisfaction are related to the drying process. This session will focus on achieving the best final moisture content, proper moisture content spread, prevention of warp, stain, and other drying quality issues.

  • Stay tuned for registration instructions.






Mitchell O. Carr Symposium: Creative Use of Wood in Design

  • Student competition: The Wood Truck Camper. Squire Student Center, March 18-20, 2016.
  • Carr Symposium. The Inn at VT. March 21, 2016. The half day symposium includes World experts in creative use of wood in design:

1:00 pm         Welcome and Introduction

1:15 pm         Roald Gunderson, Whole Tree Architecture and Structures

2:00 pm          Robert Malczyk, Equilibrium Consulting, Inc.

2:45 pm         Charles Judd, Blue Heron Timberworks

3:30 pm         Break

4:00 pm        Nathie Katzoff, NK Woodworking Design

4:45 pm         Jim Bowyer, Dovetail Partners

5:30 pm        Break

6:00 pm       Dinner Begins

6:30 pm       Student Competition Presentations

7:50 pm       Presentation of Student Competition Awards

8:00 pm      Conclusion of Symposium

  • Professional credits available!
  • Registration. Free for faculty, students and staff from Virginia Tech. All others, registration is $50.  Registration for all participants includes coffee breaks and dinner. Stay tuned for registration instructions.

woodtruck camper