Annual Meeting Center scheduled for March 31, 2011 at the Brooks Center

 The annual Meeting of the Center for Forest Products Business has been scheduled from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M on March 31st at the Thomas M. Brooks Forest Products Center in the Corporate Research Park on the Virginia Tech campus.  This meeting will be held in conjunction with the College’s annual banquet that evening.  The invitation is for the current Center members but if your organization would like to join us at this event please let us know at

 This is the tentative agenda for the meeting:

 Morning Session

  • 9:00 am. Welcoming, introductions and Center Update. Bob Smith

Research Updates

  • 9:20: am. Energy Consumption in the Wood Products Industry.  Omar Espinoza and Brian Bond
  • 9:40: am. The VT Lean Project. Mathias Schmith/Wang Chao
  • 10:00 am. Coffee Break
  • 10:20 am. Supply Chain Management Characterization of the Pallet Industry. Scarlett Sanchez
  • 10:40 am. Marketing Opportunities for Appalachian Wood Products in Central America.  Scott Lyon

The new vision of the Center

  • 11:00 am. Forest Products Marketing. Bob Smith
  • 11:20 am. The WEI program. Earl Kline
  • 11:40 am. Innovation-based Manufacturing. Henry Quesada
  • 12:00 pm. Lunch (if you have special needs, please let us know)

Afternoon Session

  • 1:00 pm. The Future of the Center (SWOT Analysis)
  • 2:00 pm. Sum up
  • 2:30 pm. Adjourn
  • 6:00 pm.  College of Natural Resources and Environment Spring Banquet