One mill dated back to the s, the other had opened in There is a requirement for large proprietary companies, which are required to lodge Form H to the ASIC containing their financial report.
By the middle of the next decade, the company's mills in Arkansas, Maine, North Carolina , Virginia, Ontario, and Quebec produced certified products as well. With certified core material making up 92 percent of finished panel volume, most of the company's hardwood veneers met FSC labeling requirements.
Additional acquisitions in broadened Columbia's presence in the hardwood veneer market. The company purchased two hardwood veneer manufacturing mills in Mellen, Wisconsin , from Louisiana-Pacific Corp. One mill dated back to the s, the other had opened in Two years later, it purchased Weyerhauser's Multiply plywood factory on the shores of Lake Superior in Nipigon, Ontario, and began marketing Multiply, a branded, three-ply quarter-inch plywood used as underlayment for flooring.
And in , it sold the Thomasville, North Carolina, laminate flooring plant and the Corpus Christi , Texas, veneer raised panel and door insert plant. It also partnered with West Virginia -based International Industries in constructing a solid-strip hardwood flooring plant in Holden, West Virginia.
Columbia Forest Products is committed to two basic values: Several unfortunate events drew media attention to Columbia in the early years of the next decade. In , a second employee was crushed by a particleboard press, leading company and union officials to work together to identify safer solo work conditions. Workers pushed for a buddy system as an alternative to working alone. And in , Robert Washburn, a former Columbia worker, who had been fired from his job operating heavy equipment in after he tested positive for marijuana use, sued the company for violating the state Disabilities Act, saying that he had procured and smoked the marijuana through Oregon's medical marijuana program.
The Multnomah County judge ruled against Washburn, saying state law didn't require a company to make accommodations for workers with marijuana in their system, but Washburn appealed and won his case, which then went to the Oregon Supreme Court for review.
As of early , the court's decision was still pending. However, the company remained strong and consolidated its position as a green manufacturer. In , it struck an agreement with Dow BioProducts to become the only hardwood plywood manufacturer to use Dow's Woodstalk Fiberboard made from formaldehyde-free and renewable wheat straw fiber. It also introduced EcoColors, a line of environmentally certified decorative particleboard.
In , it launched Pure-Bond, a cost-neutral formaldehyde-free plywood panel and began converting all of its plywood mills to formaldehyde-free manufacturing processes. Columbia also entered into a project partnership with Clark County Forestry and Parks Department and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to plant and oversee a acre naturally regenerating hardwood site.
Throughout the early years of the new decade, the company also continued to grow in the flooring market. In , it acquired Millwood Specialty Flooring in Ellijay, Georgia, manufacturer of unfinished solid strip hardwood flooring, and completed the equity buyout of Century Flooring of Melbourne, Arkansas, which made pre-finished solid hardwood flooring. In , it purchased McMinnville Manufacturing Company of McMinnville, Tennessee , which also manufactured unfinished, solid strip, hardwood flooring, and completed the equity buyout of Appalachian Precision Hardwood Flooring and Appalachian Custom Dry Kilns of Holden, West Virginia, maker of prefinished solid hardwood flooring.
Columbia Forest Products is the largest manufacturer of hardwood veneer and hardwood plywood in the United States. Founded in , it is headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina.
It specializes in decorative, interior veneers and plywood panels that are used in high-end cabinetry, fine furniture, architectural millwork and commercial fixtures.
The company distributes its products primarily through a network of wholesale distributors, mass merchandisers and OEMs. Since , the company has been completely employee-owned and currently has 10 manufacturing facilities throughout the U.
At the end of , Columbia converted all of its standard hardwood plywood production to produce formaldehyde -free panels called PureBond.
In Columbia added PureBond formaldehyde-free particleboard to its product range. The company began in in Klamath Falls, Oregon as Klamath Hardwoods , establishing its first hardwood veneer plant with 43 employees.
Then, in , employees purchased the company from Columbia Plywood Corporation and reorganized the company as an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
They changed its name to Columbia Forest Products Inc. Columbia underwent a significant growth spurt throughout the s, building and acquiring new facilities across the United States. In , the company built a hardwood plywood manufacturing plant in Old Fort, North Carolina. In , it acquired two hardwood plywood plants in Chatham, Virginia, and Trumann, Arkansas.
Three years later, in , it bought a hardwood veneer manufacturing mill in Rutherglen, Ontario, Canada, and a half-round slicing operation in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. It also established its Laminated Products Division in Thomasville, North Carolina, where it produced laminated panel products and, later, from until , when the company sold it, laminated flooring.
The s were another decade of strong growth and nationwide expansion for Columbia. In , it built a poplar core veneer plant in Craigsville, West Virginia. In , the International Division began exporting hardwood plywood. In , the company purchased Levesque Plywood in Hearst, Ontario, giving the company a larger presence in the Canadian marketplace.
The Levesque division of Columbia Forest Products consisted of four separate operations: Columbia also acquired two other hardwood plywood plants in Danville, Virginia, and DeQueen, Arkansas in That year, too, the Laminated Product Division became Columbia Flooring, a subsidiary of the company.
Harry Demorest left his position as managing partner at Arthur Anderson and Co. Under Demorest, Columbia continued its focus on expansion through acquisition; it acquired a hardwood plant in Cuthbert, Georgia, in and also purchased a veneer raised panel and door insert plant in Corpus Christi, Texas. The company's Columbia Flooring subsidiary acquired an equity position in Arkansas-based Century Flooring in However, Columbia also engaged in some plant closings: In , it closed the DeQueen, Arkansas, hardwood plywood plant, and, in , it closed the New Freedom, Pennsylvania, slicing plant, laying off workers.
In the late s, so-called green certification became a hot topic in the lumber products industry as European wood buyers, Home Depot, Nike, and a number of other large American companies declared a preference for buying certified wood. The FSC, an internationally recognized organization, promoted sustainable, environmentally sound forest management.
Its oversight ensured consistent reforestation, more selective harvesting, enhanced biodiversity, better road construction, special site protection, and forester and contractor training.
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