The Tolko Industries Ltd. plywood mills in Heffley Creek and Armstrong, British Columbia, are joining APA - The Engineered Wood Association, effective Oct. 19, 2013, the company and APA announced this week.
Tolko's OSB mills in High Prairie and Slave Lake, Alberta, and Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, are already members of APA. The Tolko mills produce plywood for flooring, underlayment, sheathing, and specialty industrial applications. Tolko has been manufacturing plywood and veneer products for more than 50 years.
"Tolko has recently launched the T-Ply product family of innovative plywood panel products for flooring, sheathing, and underlayment, giving a good, better, best choice to builders. The support services our OSB mills have received from their APA membership has been invaluable; we look forward to the APA helping us meet our goal of supplying superior products that meet the demands of builders," said Hardy Wentzel, Tolko's Vice President Sales, Marketing & Logistics.
"Tolko has been an active and valued member with their oriented strand board products, and we are pleased to welcome the Heffley Creek and Armstrong plywood mills into APA membership," said APA President Dennis Hardman. "This vote of confidence on the part of Tolko will significantly strengthen APA's voice in Canada and in the broader plywood industry. We look forward to bringing the full value of APA services to them and welcome their participation in our Association activities and advisory committees." Tolko's Vice President of OSB and Kraft Papers, Jim Baskerville, currently serves on the APA Board of Trustees.
APA (formerly the American Plywood Association) represents more than 80 percent of all plywood and oriented strand board produced in Canada and the U.S. Core services for APA members include product certification as well as market and technical support.
Tolko Industries, Ltd. is a private, Canadian-owned forest products company based in Vernon, British Columbia, with approximately 3,000 employees. Tolko is a major producer and marketer of lumber, veneer, plywood, oriented strand board, and kraft papers, with manufacturing operations across Western Canada.