Columbia Forest Products Launches "Behind the Ply" Newsletter

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New e-newesletter features Suzanne VanGilder as editor and targets architects, designers and specifiers.

Columbia Forest Products, North America’s longstanding leader in the hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer industry, announces the launch of a new publication. Behind the Ply is a bimonthly e-newsletter focused on news and information of interest to members of the specifier community including architects, designers and specifications experts.

Behind the Ply is a free information resource delivered to the subscriber’s inbox – designed as a “quick read” covering news and practical tips for readers.

The first edition of the new Behind the Ply newsletter, deployed in late March 2015, featured a user-friendly format and appearance. It will be published six times per year, with a rich variety of content that covers important design and materials trends that will be of keen interest to readers.

Suzanne VanGilder Named Editor-in-Chief of Behind the Ply Newsletter

Each issue of Behind the Ply will include articles authored by Suzanne VanGilder, a leading industry specialist and journalist. VanGilder is the North American organizer of the Decorative Surfaces Conference. Prior to this, she spent many years as the editorial director for Surface & Panel magazine, a publication with the stated mission of “uniting materials, technology and design.” VanGilder has a keen interest in the science behind how materials are made and processed, as well as how they are specified and used. She uses this expertise to consult and write about engineered materials.

“I look forward to my role as the editor of Behind the Ply,” VanGilder said. “In a world awash with content – much of which isn’t particularly valuable – my goal is to deliver quality information that makes the newsletter a must-read for all subscribers.”

How to Subscribe to Behind the Ply

The Behind the Ply newsletter is available free of charge to members of the specifier community via a subscription signup form. Subscribers will receive the newsletter in electronic format every other month.

For more information about Behind the Ply, visit or contact cfpmarketing(at)

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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