Organizers of the 2014 Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) announce that attendee registration for the event has opened. PELICE will be held March 20-21, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom North of the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the same location as the previous three biennial PELICE events.

PELCE immediately follows the Bioenergy Fuels & Products Conference & Expo, which will be held March 18-19, also in the Grand Ballroom North of the Omni Hotel. Both events are supported by Panel World and Wood Bioenergy magazines, and Georgia Research Institute.

Attendees can register for one conference or both conferences on the web site. Registration includes five food functions for each conference.

PELICE also announced its first round of keynote speakers. They include Roger Tutterow, one of the nation’s leading economists and a Professor of Economics at Mercer University; Kelly Shotbolt, President, Flakeboard Company Ltd.; Brian Luoma; Senior VP and General Manager, Engineered Wood Products, LP Building Products; and Tapani Kiiski, President and CEO, Raute Corp.

In addition to the general session keynoters, some 50 speakers will address a range of technologies and issues in the structural and non-structural wood products industries during specialized sessions in any of the three meeting rooms in the Grand Ballroom North.

The final agenda will be announced this month, but some of the session topics include: Resins & Adhesives, Air & Dust Emissions Control, Veneer Drying, Quality Control, Maintenance Management, Plant Operations and others.

The exhibitor portion of the event was already two-thirds sold out five months before the event. The Grand Ballroom North can field approximately 75 exhibits, which are immediately adjacent the session meeting rooms. Half the exhibitors will participate in both PELICE and the Bioenergy conferences because their technologies and services apply to both.

Exhibiting in one or both conferences is once again built within a Gold-Silver-Bronze sponsorship framework, which includes hotel rooms at the Omni, conference registrations and of course the exhibit space itself.

Following the 2012 PELICE, a survey of attendees revealed that:

• 96% rated PELICE as either good or excellent.
• 93% rated the quality of exhibitors as either good or excellent.
• 100% said they definitely or possibly found something that would useful for their business during their discussions with exhibitors.