Plywood Manufacturing Process

Have you ever wondered how plywood is manufactured? Here illustrates some of the manufacturing processes at a few of our North American facilities.

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What is the plywood manufacturing process?

  • how plywood is made, plywood, veneer, logsColumbia Forest Products peels about a billion square feet of decorative hardwood veneer a year at our 3 decorative veneer mills. Columbia can source veneers responsibly managed forests from around the country or around the globe.
  • Columbia Forest Products presses about 50,000 panels a day at its 7 plywood facilities in the US and Canada. The majority of our products are made with veneer core substrates. Any decorative face and back species can be applied to this core to make it a beautiful and useful plywood panel.
  • In 1998 Columbia was the first decorative hardwood plywood and veneer manufacturer to attain Forest Stewardship Council®, or FSC® certification for our US mills. This means that all FSC-certified wood products must be documented and maintain a chain-of-custody from the forest to the showroom floor. A product with an FSC® ecolabel is guaranteed to come from forests that are responsibly managed and audited for legitimacy.
  • The PureBond® system got the attention of the EPA, when in 2007 it was awarded The Presidential Green Chemistry ChallengeGreener Synthetic Pathways Award. Columbia’s commitment to no-added formaldehyde manufacturing is better for our employees or customers and the indoor air we all breathe.

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