With the recent shortage and increased cost of plywood, Ogden Group has developed a manufacturing method that replaces plywood with a solid engineered core substrate. The solid core substrate consists of a 2-ply construction - a rotary peeled or sawn veneer bottom layer and a top layer comprised of sticks that are gang-ripped from 4/4 low-grade lumber. The wear layer is then applied on top of the core substrate, just as it would be placed on plywood.
The substrate core is typically made into a panel that is 2’ wide by 8’ long. This panel is then ripped into the widths required for the flooring. Based on a 2’ x 8’ panel, the machinery system can produce over 20,000 sq. ft. of substrate core per shift.