Exhibitor Highlight: Columbia Forest Products

Learn more about Columbia Forest Products and visit their exhibitor booth during LF17!

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the work that you do.

Columbia Forest Products is a leading manufacturer of decorative, interior plywood and veneer, replacing formaldehyde in its assembly process with a soy based process that uses soy flour, water and a wet strength resin used in the paper industry to add wet strength to the soy bond to assure conformance to same standards as UF bonded plywood.

With support of building programs like ILFI and LEED®, Columbia is on track to manufacture its 100 millionth PureBond® panel later in 2017 displacing consumption of an estimated 400,000 tons of UF glue.

What we can expect from your trade show booth?

Columbia’s booth is Red List free and its pop up display manufactured out of FSC wood, and other sustainable materials by a firm called Boothster based in Portland, OR.

Our experience at the Living Product Expo in Pittsburgh included a short, intensive hardwood plywood category quiz and product knowledge presentation about visual hardwood plywood identification and categorization to stimulate awareness of the classes, types of plywood in use. This session includes reference to species availability, legality, decorative vs. structural, imported vs. domestic, forest certifications, glue type as well as upcoming EPA Title 6 (TSCA) regulation of decorative hardwood plywood.

There is a lot to learn about decorative panel products and we are happy to share this knowledge with attendees to inform their due care on this panel category.

Can you tell us about your participation in Declare and your commitment to transparency?

We were attracted to ILFI’s Living Building Challenge because of its strength in the areas of FSC, formaldehyde deselection and local products. While challenged by a very large portfolio of product options (over 400,000 SKUs), we are committed to sharing added ingredients identified above trace.

What draws you to attend the Living Future unConference?

We are attracted by fresh thinking and there is always plenty of that at Living Future. We also seek to be challenged and ILFI’s project teams continually inspire us to push the envelop internally within our operations.

Learn more about the Columbia Forest Products used in the Bullitt Center in a recent blog written by CFP’s Marketing Manager, Paul Davis.