New plywood line
Ply wood pieces enter Orma glue press for
gluing veneer, the first step in the line.
Automated plywood line
cuts lead time and labor
for panel and veneer supplier.
plywood processing line
By Karl D. Forth, Editor-in-Chief
Select Veneer wants its veneered panels to be in the spotlight.
The Smithfield, Ky., company provides premium
veneer, architectural and custom panels, stock plywood,
LEED-approved panels and FSC panels, veneers and faces.
And customers want more than ever.
“People used to want the wedding cake as batter, now they
want the cake frosted and candles
lit,” says Frank Kilibarda, president.
Veneer in a finished job draws
intense scrutiny, and if there is a
problem, who is responsible?
“We’re able to manage the whole
process,” says Ryan Waldo, vice president of sales. “We call it veneer management. We’ll get veneer approved by
the architect or millworker and supply
it to the millwork provider with all the
blueprint matching required on that
project. That helps reduce the risk to
the millwork company.”
Select Veneer’s customers include
makers of millwork, store fixtures,
laboratory casegoods and furniture.
Select Veneer Co.
Veneered ply wood goes through one tenoner for width trimming.
Product: Veneer products, architectural panels
Annual sales: $12
Square footage: 90,000
As veneered plywood comes out of the Butfering widebelt sander
an inspector looks at each piece closely. Pieces can go back and be
resanded, filled or repaired.
Five business units
The company is divided into five
business units, including an internal
In the veneer division, veneer is
brought in as whole logs, sliced and
sorted. About 85 percent of veneer is