Manufacturing Today - May/June 2017 - 148
Hardel Mutual Plywood Corporation
www.hardel.com / Annual revenue: $250 million / HQ: Chehalis, Wash. / Employees: 280 /
Emmanouel Piliaris, GM: "I believe that the future belongs to the people who prepare for it."
hardel mutual purchases a new press and prepares
to further diversify its product line. by kat zeman
hardel mutual's ability to
customize and diversify
has helped it remain stable
through economic cycles.
Though its portfolio already
features more than 500 plywood
products, Hardel Mutual Plywood
Corporation is gearing up for more.
The plywood manufacturer recently
purchased an additional press for its
state-of-the-art manufacturing plant
in Chehalis, Wash. It hopes to have it
fully operational by October.
"I believe that the future belongs
to the people who prepare for it and we've been preparing," General
Manager Emmanouel Piliaris says. "I
always try to update and modernize
the company. This will allow us to be
more specialized and our product will
become more diversified."
The average plywood company offers about 50 different products, he
manufacturing-today.com MAY/JUNE 2017
says. Hardel Mutual already has that
number beat by the hundreds and the
new press will increase it even more.
The new $5 million plywood press,
which will be the fifth of its kind at the
manufacturing plant, is expected to
increase overall production anywhere
from 10 to 15 percent, Piliaris says.
Product diversity is the edge that
Hardel Mutual holds over its competitors. The company is one of only a
handful of mills that makes plywood
panels that range in size from 4x10
to 5x10 feet. Such panels are generally considered a specialty. "Whatever
they need," Piliaris says. "We will customize it."
Hardel's panel patching procedures
allow the company to customize or-
ders for final applications. In addition,
the manufacturer has the capability to
use two-component synthetic patch
material or repair wood patches.
Over the years, the company's ability to customize and diversify has
helped it remain stable during economic slumps. Its main challenge in
recent years is imported softwood
plywood and hardwood from China
"They dump cheap plywood into
the market," Piliaris says. Hardel focuses on producing high-quality products, he adds.
One of a Kind
Founded in 1953, Hardel is one of
the largest and most successful