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Call for Entries in the 8th Annual PureBond Quality Awards

Call for Entries in the 8th Annual PureBond Quality Awards

  • December 1, 2019
  • by Columbia Forest Products

Columbia Forest Products is pleased to announce the opening of the entry period for the 8th Annual PureBond® Quality Awards competition.

Up to nine winners will be chosen by a team of expert judges covering three project categories: Residential Kitchen, Residential Other, and Commercial.

To be considered for judging, each project submission must contain formaldehyde-free PureBond hardwood plywood in the construction. The winning selections will be made based on the “quality” use of PureBond hardwood plywood in a project.

Entries for the PureBond Quality Awards competition are being accepted until April 1, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST.

Quality Use of PureBond Hardwood Plywood

The PureBond Quality Awards are open to Columbia’s PureBond Fabricator Network (PFN) members. However, fabricators who use PureBond hardwood plywood in their practice may join the PFN now and become eligible to submit entries before the competition’s deadline.

For more details on joining the PureBond Fabricator Network, contact tvogelsinger@cfpwood.com or visit our website.

The criterion for the winners is simple: demonstrating “quality” use of PureBond hardwood plywood.

“The PureBond Quality Awards is a way for us to recognize and share the high-quality work being produced by our PureBond Fabricator Network members,” said Todd Vogelsinger, Columbia Forest Products’ Director of Marketing. “We created a partnership of craftspeople who build quality finished goods for residential and commercial customers using our flagship brand of PureBond hardwood plywood. We’ve admired their work so much, we decided that a competition would be a great way to spotlight their accomplishments,” he added.

This is the eighth year for the competition, which has proven to be very popular, according to Vogelsinger.

Columbia has assembled a distinguished panel of judges for the 8th Annual competition. They include:



T. ‘Kip’ Howlett, Jr., president of the Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association and a former executive at Georgia-Pacific.




Katherine Swank is chairperson of the Department of Interior Design and Merchandising, College of Health and Human Performance,East Carolina University.



Chip Wade has lend his carpentry and design skills to the Atlanta team of HGTV’s Designed to Sell and appeared on HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block, Ellen’s Design Challenge, HGTV’s Showdown, HGTV’s Design Star, Oprah, Ellen, and the TODAY Show.



Ang Schramm has served the Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association as both chair and member of the HPVA Technical Committee, and is a 2-term member of the Board of Directors.  He is the author of A Complete Guide to Hardwood Plywood and Face Veneer


Competition Prizes

First place winners in the 8th Annual PureBond Quality Awards competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize. The second and third place winners will receive $1000 and $500 prizes, respectively. Judging will be conducted in late April, with the winners announced in May 2020.

How to Enter

The PureBond Quality Awards is the only competition focused exclusively on the use of PureBond hardwood plywood in quality woodworking projects. The competition is accepting entries through April 1, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST.

For more information on how to enter the competition, visit our website, e-mail your request to tvogelsinger@cfpwood.com, or call 800-637-1609.

Columbia’s formaldehyde-free PureBond® technology was a major breakthrough in the engineered wood panel market. Developed by Columbia Forest Products in conjunction with scientists at Oregon State University, the first PureBond® hardwood plywood products were produced in 2005. Since then, more than 100 million panels have been shipped.

PureBond® formaldehyde-free technology continues to be a market differentiator for woodshops that cater to a health-conscious, quality-focused clientele. More than 900 fabricators have joined the PureBond Fabricator Network to identify themselves as leading-edge suppliers who are thoughtful about the materials they use, and who wish to serve customers who care about good indoor air quality and maximizing property resale values.

View the winners from previous years:

About Columbia Forest Products

Established in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is America’s largest manufacturer of decorative hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer. An employee-owned company, it operates facilities throughout North America. It is a leader in sustainable forestry, as well as in developing innovative and environmentally friendly technologies and products for healthy indoor living.

Columbia Forest Products has provided fine decorative hardwood plywood veneer panels to North American fabricators for nearly 60 years. The company is committed to offering the industry’s widest product selection, manufactured in efficient, technologically advanced mills, and backed by exceptional service and product support.

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