Columbia Forest Products appoints Wade Gregory as senior advisor for its rice straw MDF facility in California

Columbia Forest Products appoints Wade Gregory to the position of senior advisor for its new California-based rice straw MDF operation in partnership with CalPlant I, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

As senior advisor, Gregory will lead the Columbia side of its partnership in CalPlant I, which, having broken ground in August of last year, is expected to be producing high performance MDF panels by summer of 2019.

Gregory joins Columbia with more than 40 years of experience in the composite panel industry, most recently as the western region sales director for Arauco. His career includes executive positions in sales, marketing and manufacturing; notably, Gregory was president and COO of Sierra Pine from 2005 -2008. Widely known throughout the industry, he has served as board chairman of both the Composite Panel Association and the Composite Wood Council, and as president of the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers. Gregory is based in Salem, Oregon.

Columbia Forest Products is North America’s leading manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer products.