Savona Mill: A Producer of Specialty Overlaid Plywood

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We own and operate a specialty overlaid plywood mill in Savona, British Columbia, and an associated veneer plant in Lillooet, British Columbia.

Our Savona mill is the second largest producer of specialty overlaid plywood panels in North America. Specialty overlaid plywood is a high performance wood product used in concrete forms, trailer decking and paint-grade signs and earns premium prices over commodity plywood. The plant is located on a 64 acre site owned by us and is serviced by rail. Specialty overlaid plywood products command premium prices that are less volatile than conventional plywood sheathing and we have typically been able to realize premium margins from our specialty overlaid plywood product line. In addition, we have continued to focus our efforts on developing new products in order to diversify our specialty overlaid plywood product lines and to access broader international markets.

Our Pourform® brands of concrete forming products are recognized for their superior performance characteristics and longevity. The primary AinsworthEngineered® specialty overlaid plywood product produced at Savona is a medium density overlay concrete forming panel called Pourform-107®, which is used for industrial concrete forming work, including high rise construction, dams and highway infrastructure projects. Pourform-107® is manufactured using a resin-impregnated paper overlay that leaves an architectural finish on the concrete, and enables the panel to be re-used multiple times. The balance of Savona's production consists of high- density overlaid panels used for concrete forming, decking material for flat deck trailers, and general purpose overlaid panels used for paint grade sign material as well as panels designed specifically for use in flat deck trailers, dry freight vans and intermodal container systems. Savona's annual capacity is 155 mmsf. Production of plywood at the Savona mill for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2003 was 119 mmsf. All of the...
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