Columbia Forest Products, a North American leader in decorative hardwood plywood panels, has purchased the shares of Nova Wood Lamination of Kitchener, Ont. from its founding owners, Frank and Donna Decicco.
The company’s latest investment reflects its further commitment to the Ontario market.
"Frank, Donna and the rest of the Nova Wood Lamination team have built an outstanding reputation for delivering a diverse mix of high quality products and services to the decorative hardwood panel industry," says Gary Gillespie, Columbia's executive vice president of Canadian Plywood & Decorative Veneer Operations.
"We are extremely happy to bring the Nova lamination facility into the Columbia Forest Products family.”
Gilles Levesque, Columbia's general manager of Canadian Plywood Operations, adds, "The Nova Wood plant’s flexible, quality-based production line and its proximity to attractive Canadian and U.S. markets will give many Columbia customers a new competitive edge.”
Columbia's acquisition of Nova Wood Lamination comes on the heels of other recent investments in Ontario by the company. Last fall, Columbia commissioned a new Meinan core peeling lathe at its Hearst, Ont. plywood plant, and just this month re-started hardwood veneer peeling operations in Rutherglen, Ont.
Gillespie says, "We are high on Ontario: its resources, suppliers, the close working relationships we enjoy with the government agencies, and especially, the dedicated workforce we employ across the province."
Established in 1957, Columbia Forest Products has provided fine decorative hardwood plywood panels to the woodworking industry for nearly 60 years. Columbia’s decorative veneers and panels are used in high-quality cabinetry, fine furniture, architectural millwork and commercial fixtures.
An employee stock owned firm (ESOP), Columbia is committed to offering products with integrity, originating from responsibly-managed forestlands and assembled with EPA award-winning PureBond® formaldehyde-free technology. All Columbia products are backed by exceptional customer service and technical support.