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#1 posted 06-05-2018 05:50 PM

I spent several years working for a large chemical company that makes adhesives, formaldehyde, and such for forestry products. The folks in the lab had a small press that they used to make plywood, glue laminated beams, and other products to test new formulations. It was still a massive beast of a machine that had some serious hydraulic cylinders to press the mats, as well as steam injection for thermosetting. I was able to get a lot of hardwood plywood for free after they were done with their tests.

I’ve also been in the big GP and Roseburg mills and seen plywood, OSB, and particle board made commercially. I really have to question whether you think you will be cost competitive with the big boys. Additionally, the capital cost to get into even a small press will be extremely expensive. Based on your comments, I’m not entirely sure that you really understand what you are considering getting into. My back ground is in engineering with 30 years of experience in process, production, and project engineering.

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