Columbia Forest Products Issues "Call for Entries" in the 2016 PureBond Quality Awards Competition

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The annual PureBond Quality Awards competition focuses on the use of PureBond hardwood plywood in quality woodworking projects. It gives Columbia Forest Products the opportunity to recognize the high-quality of work produced by their PureBond Fabricator Network members.

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.

Columbia Forest Products announces the opening of the entry period for the 5th Annual PureBond® Quality Awards competition. The annual competition focuses on the use of PureBond hardwood plywood in quality woodworking projects.

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.

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

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 rpoindexter(at)cfpwood(dot)com or visit

Quality Use of PureBond Hardwood Plywood

The criterion for the winners in the PQA Awards 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’ve 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 fifth year for the competition, which has proven to be very popular, according to Vogelsinger.

Columbia has assembled a distinguished panel of judges for the 2016 competition. They include:

  • C.T. ‘Kip’ Howlett, Jr., president of the Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association and a former executive at Georgia-Pacific.
  • Dr. Katherine Swank, chairperson of the Department of Interior Design and Merchandising, College of Health and Human Performance, East Carolina University.
  • Chip Wade, a woodworking specialist who has lent 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, a 45-year veteran of the building materials industry and a two-term member of the Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association board of directors, and who has served as both chair and member of the HPVA Technical Committee. He is also the author of A Complete Guide to Hardwood Plywood and Face Veneer.

Competition Prizes

In each of the three project categories (Residential Kitchen, Residential Other, Commercial) in the 5th Annual PureBond Quality Awards competition, first place winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Second and third place winners will receive $500 and $250 prizes, respectively.

Judging will be conducted in late July, with the winners announced in August 2016.

How to Enter

For more information on how to enter the 5th Annual PureBond Quality Awards competition, visit, e-mail your request to rpoindexter(at)cfpwood(dot)com, or call 800-637-1609.

You may also access the contest entry form at http://

Entries for the PureBond Quality Awards competition are being accepted until July 15, 2016.

About PureBond® Hardwood Plywood

Columbia Forest Products’ formaldehyde-free PureBond® technology was a major breakthrough in the engineered wood panel market. Developed by Columbia in conjunction with scientists at Oregon State University, the first PureBond hardwood plywood products were produced in 2005. Since then, more than 50 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.

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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