Welcome to Columbia’s Behind the Wood blog for current Columbia Forest Products and industry related news.

Helping our Drivers Succeed

  • December 9, 2021
  • by Columbia Forest Products

“To be a great supplier, you must be a great customer.” — Unknown By now, you’ve probably read and seen the endless stories about port backups, truck driver shortages and challenging conditions around moving goods throughout the country. Columbia’s Logistics Director, Brandie Rader, is using her ample experience and some creative new strategies to make […]

December 2021 Message from Our CEO

  • December 9, 2021
  • by Greg Pray, President and CEO

Another year is almost in the record books, and from my perspective, I can’t wait for 2022. I wish we had a crystal ball to see what’s up ahead for all of us, but I can’t help but think we’ll continue “getting back to normal.” At the very least, that’s my prayer for everybody. I […]

Where’s This Wild Ride Taking Us?

  • December 9, 2021
  • by Nick Allison, Analytics Manager

As a child visiting Disney World, I really enjoyed Space Mountain, but my favorite attraction was Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. I was shattered as an adult to learn that the attraction had been closed in 1998. However, another wild ride continues — the wild ride for domestic hardwood plywood producers. Like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, […]

Pack Baskets Veneer Story

  • December 9, 2021
  • by Columbia Forest Products

What’s been around since 900 B.C. but is still in demand for heavy use or rustic decoration? Pack baskets! Centuries before the thought of canvas or nylon backpacks, woven wood baskets were used to carry firewood, gear, tools and harvests by trappers, hunters, fishermen and gatherers. You’ve probably seen them and maybe even used them. […]