Industry: The Fast-Growing Sandwich

Plywood, that prosaic sandwich of wood and glue, was long a low-prestige commodity used chiefly in such things as panel doors, ping-pong tables and bureau-drawer bottoms. No longer. Glamorized almost beyond recognition, it has taken on fancy surfaces, been merged with other materials and found its way into such diverse places as giant freeway signs, the stands for Lyndon Johnson's Inauguration and the outside walls of a 24-story building in San Francisco. Demand for plywood has doubled in the past seven years, and this year the $1 billion industry expects to sell a record 13 billion sq. ft....

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