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AWPA Fall Meeting Recap

A cross-section of the treating industry assembled last week in San Antonio for the Fall Technical Meetings of the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA). Some 200 treaters, preservative manufacturers, end users and academia were in attendance.

SFPA’s Eric Gee represented the Southern Pine treating industry at several committee meetings. The wood treatment preservatives MCA and MCA-C were approved in committees and will be presented in committee ballot for consideration; these preservatives are already ICC-approved. If adopted by the AWPA Executive Committee, the preservatives will become official with the publication of the 2017 Book of Standards. SFPA will be revising its booklet Pressure-Treated Southern Pine, producing a new 2017 edition that will reflect any changes to AWPA Standards.

In the Above Ground Use Categories task group meeting, there was a proposal regarding the creation of a new Use Category,

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Industry Updates at Annual Meeting

In addition to SFPA’s program highlights, those attending the 2016 Annual Meeting will hear from representatives of allied industry organizations, providing timely updates of their respective activities.

Bill Parsons is a licensed engineer and the senior national director of architectural and engineering solutions at WoodWorks. He will update attendees on the WoodWorks program and recent successes converting steel and concrete buildings to wood structures. Bill will also provide an overview of tall wood buildings, mass timber systems, and other trends in wood construction.

Since 2003, Jeff Miller has served as president and executive director of the Treated Wood Council. Jeff will recap recent TWC actions concerning federal, state and local regulatory and legislative developments impacting treaters.

Buddy Showalter is the vice president of technology transfer for the American Wood Council. His presentation will cover AWC’s highlights over the past year regarding building codes and regulatory acceptance,

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SFPA Welcomes New Member

SFPA welcomes LB Timber LLC of Buford, Georgia as a new Associate member. After more than 40 years of working in the  Southern Pine business with several different companies, Len Barker has launched a new enterprise under his own company name in a joint venture with Falcon Lumber. LB Timber continues supplying S4S and rough quality SP and American hardwoods, primarily for export customers in Northern Europe, the Middle East, India and the Far East. Domestic customers include some molding operations.

Len handles sales for the company and will represent LB Timber with SFPA. Contact him at 404/216-8383, or send e-mail to lenbarker51@gmail.com.

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