Columbia Forest Products Wins Innovative Design Award from International Wood Products Association
GREENSBORO, NC May 1, 2012 – The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) announced the 2012 IWPA Excellence Award winners at their 56th Annual Convention in Indian Wells, California. Winners were announced in three categories: Environmental Excellence, Aesthetic Design and Innovative Excellence.
Alan McIlvain, Jr., IWPA 2011/2012 President, "This awards program recognizes the innovation, environmental stewardship and best in corporate social responsibility conducted globally by IWPA members. We are constantly humbled by the submissions annually received for this program and welcome the opportunity to recognize these companies for some outstanding achievements."
Innovative Design Winner: Columbia Forest Products for their PureBond® Formaldehyde-Free Technology. This EPA-award winning technology uses soy protein for decorative hardwood plywood assembly instead of traditional urea formaldehyde-based resins, which has allowed Columbia to produce no-added formaldehyde decorative plywood panels using domestic and imported materials.
Other award winners were Interwood Forest Products who received the Aesthetic Design award for incorporating multiple exotic species in the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and UCS Forest Group who received the Environmental Excellence award for distribution of Urufor's Red Grandis (a sustainably grown hardwood species).
IWPA Awards Program voting was conducted by the Association's active membership from over 30 countries.
Established in 1956, IWPA is the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, representing 200 companies and trade associations engaged in the import and export of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests. Association members consist of three key groups involved in the import process: U.S. importers and consuming industries, offshore manufacturers and the service providers that facilitate trade.
About Columbia Forest Products
Established in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is North America's largest manufacturer of decorative hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer. An employee-owned company, it operates facilities throughout the United States and Canada. It is a leader in sustainable forestry, as well as in developing innovative and environmentally friendly technologies and products for healthy indoor living.
Columbia Forest Products has provided fine decorative hardwood plywood veneer panels to North American fabricators for 55 years. The company is committed to offering the industry's widest product selection, manufactured in efficient, technologically advanced mills, and backed by exceptional service and product support.
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