Jim Logan, owner and president of Metriguard Inc. of Pullman, Washington, was honored with the Bronson J. Lewis Award from APA-The Engineered Wood Association during its Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in November. The annual award is named after the late Bronson Lewis, who served for 24 years as secretary and then executive vice president of APA. The award recognizes individuals for their leadership and outstanding contribution to the industry.
For 42 years, Logan and his company have provided the engineered wood industry with laboratory and production equipment to produce and test lumber, veneer and panels.
In the early 1970s, Logan contributed expertise in electronics and instrumentation to several research projects in the Wood Technology section of the Washington State University College of Engineering. This early work involved methods to better characterize the structural properties of both solid wood and wood composites. His projects and inventions were the foundation of Metriguard, which was incorporated in 1973.
The first Metriguard products included a Stress Wave Timer, a Tension Proof Tester and a Bending Proof Tester. These products measure the basic properties of lumber and all are still being manufactured and sold today. Metriguard equipment is used extensively in engineered wood product manufacturing facilities, where the knowledge and measurement of the mechanical properties of wood is critical.
In presenting the Bronson J. Lewis Award, APA Chairman Tom Temple noted that Jim Logan “is truly a pioneer in the engineered wood products industry.”
About APA – The Engineered Wood Association
Founded in 1933 and based in Tacoma, Washington, APA represents approximately 162 plywood, oriented strand board, glulam timber, wood I-joist, Rim Board and structural composite lumber mills throughout the U.S. and Canada. Its primary functions are quality auditing and testing, applied research, and market support and development. www.apawood.org