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

“It’s a celebration of coming home.”

  • December 5, 2022
  • by Tiffany Alexander

Bill Thompson, a Team Lead in our Chatham, Virginia mill, has experienced a rather amazing story that touches on history, family, home and friendship.  So amazing, that 60 Minutes chose to report on it earlier this year.  It started when Bills’s grandfather bought a property at an auction in 1917. “There were 220 acres of […]

What’s Up with White Oak?

  • December 5, 2022
  • by Columbia Forest Products

One of the limitations of the hardwood plywood and veneer industry is the availability of responsibly sourced logs.  There’s only so much to go around of all the different trees that have reached proper harvesting stages.  And unlike synthetic materials (think paper or vinyl) we can’t just print more of a given look if we […]

A Fresh Take on Wall Paneling

  • December 5, 2022
  • by Columbia Forest Products

How the University of Cincinnati Leveraged our Plywood “That’s doing it right!” thought Columbia’s Field Sales Representative Bob Stiles when he toured the new $120 million home of the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati. “It could have gone the other way…and I’m glad it didn’t,” said Bob.   He’s referring […]

Hearst Dryer: Making Room for More

  • December 4, 2022
  • by Columbia Forest Products

New Dryer in Hearst Will Increase Capacity in 2023 A new dryer being installed now in our Hearst, Ontario facility will increase the plant’s production capacity by 25%. The team from the dryer’s manufacturer, Raute, will be on-site beginning in Q1 to finalize the work. According to Gilles Levesque, Columbia’s Vice President of Canadian Operations, […]