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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Forestry

City taking look at increasing utility, forest land tax rate

Campbell River Courier-Islander
November 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Campbell River phone, hydro and cable users are subsidizing taxes paid to other communities by such companies as Fortis, Telus and Shaw. And that is one reason Campbell River city council should increase the tax rate on both the utility class and managed forest lands within the city, says a report by financial consultant Al Kenning. The report, which will be discussed at council’s Dec. 9 council meeting, shows that both the managed forest lands and utility tax rates are lower than almost anywhere else in the province and should come up.

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Scientists reproduce pheromone to count — and fight — mountain pine beetles

Canadian Geographic
November 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Love is in the air for the mountain pine beetle, but it may not lead to a happy ending. Scientists have begun to use the insect’s pheromones against them in an effort to curb the spread of the invasive species in jack pines. Nadir Erbilgin, an associate professor and forest entomologist at the University of Alberta, is working with a team to use traps baited with a synthetic version of the beetle’s pheromones to monitor populations in different areas. If all goes to plan, the same pheromones that draw love-stricken beetles to certain trees may be used to kill them off.

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Fighting pine beetle spread

Yorkton
November 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Saskatchewan will provide up to $1.1 million over the next year as part of a partnership agreement with Alberta to help prevent the spread of the mountain pine beetle into northern forests. The two provinces will collaborate for a third year on the removal of beetle-infested trees in eastern Alberta. “As we’ve seen, the mountain pine beetle has no regard for provincial boundaries, making a regional strategy essential,” Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said.

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Rock narrowly misses passenger

Cowichan Valley Citizen
November 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Abe Bruinsma and his daughterin-law had the wits scared out of them last Thursday morning. As he does a few times each week, Bruinsma was driving west along Highway 18 to his place in Lake Cowichan. …. “We were going up there about 11:30,” Bruinsma explained. “And right there, where that fella was killed with the rock from the logging truck, the same spot, a logging truck came towards me and threw a boulder across the road.” The eastbound truck flung a rock that smashed the front windshield of his vehicle – right on the passenger side in front of his daughter-in-law.

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Audit of Ka-Bar Resources near Princeton finds good practices

BC Forest Practices Board
November 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of Ka-Bar Resources Ltd.’s forestry activities, 45 kilometres northeast of Princeton, found compliance with B.C.’s forestry legislation, according to a report released today. “This was a small operator that harvested 10 cutblocks to salvage beetle-killed trees and reduce forest fuels to protect the community of Bankeir from wildfire,” said Al Gorley, board chair.

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Eleven Direct Harvesting Deaths So Far Sparks Safety Alert

250 News
November 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The BC Forest Safety Council has issued an alert in the wake of yet another forestry sector death. The death of the driver of a loaded logging truck November 7th near Chetwynd, is the eleventh direct harvesting fatality this year. In that case, the tractor went off the side of a single lane bridge, and came to rest on the driver’s side of the cab. The driver found on the ground under the cab. The investigation is still in progress and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Time for action on forestry issues: Opposition

The Telegram
November 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The provincial Liberals and NDP want an explanation from Kathy?Dunderdale’s Progressive Conservative government why there was a decision to scrap seven proposals for the use of a timber resource in central Labrador. They also — given the potential for piles of rotting wood from Muskrat?Falls, an idle plant in Roddickton after millions in public investment and a lack of decision on what will be done with a resource in central — want the government to present a clearer vision for the future of the provincial forestry industry.

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No plan for Labrador wood

Provincial government passes on seven separate proposals for forestry resource
The Telegram
November 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Since the close of a call for proposals April 26, the department had whittled down seven proposals to two preferred options. “Based on the two proposals and the additional information received in August 2013, the evaluation committee felt that the responses provided were not sufficient to the long-term sustainability of the forest resource in Labrador. Therefore, no detailed business plan was requested,” reads a statement provided by a government spokeswoman on behalf of Natural?Resources Minister Derrick Dalley.

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Key meeting

tbnewswatch.com
November 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Politicians in this region hope an hour-long meeting with the Premier will go a long way to help Northwestern Ontario. Members of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association met with Kathleen Wynne in Toronto Tuesday during a lobbying day at Queen’s Park. President David Canfield said the group focused on the region’s energy needs, mining and an opportunity to revitalize the forestry sector.

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Government and Logger Have Court Date

VOCM
November 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Government and GNR Enterprises will finally have their day in court next week – and company Spokesperson Ralph Payne says he’s eager to get it out of the way and back to work. Payne has been protesting the loss of GNR’s logging permit in Port Saunders, even going on a hunger strike for several days. He claims he and the company have done nothing wrong, but the Department of Natural Resources says both violated the Forestry Act and have to answer to the charges. The court date is next Tuesday.

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Forest Service only listens to folks under threat of lawsuit or money

Letter to the editor
The Missoulian
November 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US West

It’s sad that the leaders of the U.S. Forest Service Northern Region care more about providing opportunities for short-term corporate profit than they do driving a species to extinction.The only Americans who are able to convince the Forest Service to obey the law are those with enough money to hire attorneys. Perhaps Regional Forester Faye Krueger should be asked to rule on legitimate appeals of proposed Forest Service projects describing clear violations of law as if the appellant would pursue court action if their appeal is denied.

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Daines’ forest bill a top-down approach

Helena Independent Record
November 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…That’s why I question Congressman Steve Daines’ support for a bill that undermines the values Montana veterans and sportsmen stand for. Don’t let the name fool you: the “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act,” or H.R. 1526, replaces good elk habitat with a web of logging roads threatening the longest hunting season in the lower 48 states. The bill was born in a Washington, D. C. lobbyist’s office. It’s a top-down land grab that fails the made-in-Montana sniff test.

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BLM Sets Temporary Closure On Forestland

The Roseburg News Review
November 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bureau of Land Management plans to close to the public 2,167 acres of forest east of Myrtle Creek to minimize conflicts between contractors and timber sale protestors while the area is being logged. Pending any appeals, the temporary closure will go in effect Dec. 24, according to a decision signed last week by BLM Field Manager Steven Lydick. The blockage, which includes 15 miles of road, will not exceed two years and will be lifted as soon as the harvest activities that cause safety concerns are completed, Lydick said.

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Wyden forest plan has all sides barking

The Mail Tribune
November 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

United States Sen. Ron Wyden’s proposal for O&C lands has been met with mostly lukewarm endorsement or flat-out rejection by many who have been active in the debate over the management of the forestlands.  . …John Rachor, vice-chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, spoke out in favor of the bill….But Joseph Vaile, executive director of the Ashland-based Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, felt the timber industry was getting too much of the O&C pie.

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Leadership, not blame, is the solution

Press Release: Forest Industry Contractors Association
November 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

This week’s workplace death is a tragedy. Everybody in our industry acknowledges this – one death is too many. These people are our workmates and family members. We know many forest workplaces are in need of serious reform. The reform needs to start at the top. It is too early to know what caused David Beamsley’s death. The problem is complex. There is no single simple solution. Many of our members already operate with proactive and  employee-owned safety measures.

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Scientists urge tact in crafting forest governance systems

CIFOR
November 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest governance often means addressing the inconsistencies of land, tree and resource management, a process that can be complicated by interactions among governments, the private sector and civil society, according to scientists. “Standards can be one approach to improve governance, but in many cases, they remain international voluntary standards without compliance requirements — we know from experience that they’re often circumvented,” said Andrew Wardell, research director of the forests and governance portfolio with the Center for International Forestry Research.

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Forest safety orator delivers powerful message

Friday Offcuts
November 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…But it was a most compelling speech from a local speaker that made the biggest impact on the audience. He is a professional safety advocate whose son, Robert Epapara, died 8 months ago while working in the forest.On two separate occasions during the Forest Industry Safety Summit the entire group of some 400 people were moved to tears by Wiremu Edmonds, one of the most passionate orators ever to speak to a forest industry audience in New Zealand. Joined by his wife Marsella Edmonds and their son Whanarua, Wiremu spoke with passion and commitment about how everyone in the workplace had the power to make change for the better. 

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Government steps back from more forestry safety regulation

Radio New Zealand
November 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Government has condemned the forest industry’s poor safety record after the latest fatality in the industry. But it isn’t picking up on calls to impose more controls on forestry employment practices. …More than 90 workers have also been seriously injured. Labour Minister Simon Bridges says the number of forestry fatalities is too high and the industry needs to get its safety house in order. But the Combined Trade Unions president, Helen Kelly, says the Government needs to step in as well, and immediately, by regulating forestry employment practices.

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Company & Business News

EACOM Timber Corporation Announces Changes in Management Team

Canada Newswire press release
November 27, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

MONTRÉAL AND VANCOUVER, – EACOM Timber Corporation, a leading manufacturer and marketer of lumber related products in Eastern Canada, today announced the appointment of Kevin Edgson as its President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing current CEO Rick Doman who will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors going forward. These changes will be effective on December 1, 2013.

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Timberwest CEO Meets With Chamber Members

Cowichan Valley
November 28, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

The CEO of Timberwest plans to explain how the company contributes to the local economy to the Duncan/Cowichan Chamber of Commerce today (Thurs). Brian Frank says the outlook for the industry is improving after a downturn but there are some major issues facing logging manufacturers. Of the biggest concern are the export restrictions the province has on logs. Frank says in this province, log manufacturers are forced to sell half their production into the domestic market and those prices are below the cost of production.

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Canfor in Chinese lumber venture (Video)

Business in Vancouver
November 28, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jen St. Denis discusses Canfor’s joint-venture lumber processing facility in China. 

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Mill workers back strike

Vernon Morning Star
November 29, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada West

Local mill workers have sent a loud message to their employers. Members of United Steelworkers Local 1-423 voted 97.5 per cent in favour of strike action to back contract demands, though the local president is hopeful a new collective agreement will be reached this week. The numbers include about 500 North Okanagan workers at Tolko’s sawmill and plywood plant in Armstrong, veneer mill in Lumby and forest techs and road crews that work out of Tolko’s Lumby office.

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Canfor planning wood joint venture in China

Business in Vancouver
November 27, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new Chinese sawmill Canfor plans to invest in will make some of the same products that are currently cut in the company’s Quesnel mill, set to close in March, and for the same market. Canfor announced November 26 that it will form a 50/50 joint venture with a Chinese company, Tangshan Caofeidian Wood Industry Co. Ltd., to build a wood manufacturing plant at a deep-water port near Beijing.

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Northwest BC think tank faces financial difficulty

Terrace Standard
November 28, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

A REGIONAL think tank is in danger of closing down if it can’t raise more money. …And while LNG plants will have an impact, Brouwer says the region’s economic future also rests in a stable forest industry where value-added enterprises can avoid the boom and bust cycles of past forest uses.  “There’s been some great work done but long-term sustainability just isn’t there yet,” he said of plans for a stable regional forest industry.

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Mill can begin drawing on government loan at any time: Dunderdale

Western Star
November 28, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — Premier Kathy Dunderdale says Corner Brook is moving forward “with confidence and strength” as the hub of the province’s forestry industry. That sector hinges on the presence of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper as the mill continues to fight its way through the downturn in the global newsprint industry. The province’s integrated sawmilling industry relies on the mill to purchase pulpwood the sawmills cannot use.

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Resolute faces WSIB charges

Chronicle Journal
November 28, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

As it works toward achieving a safer workplace at its Thunder Bay lumber mill, Resolute Forest Products continues to contend with four accusations of failing to report work-related accidents at the plant in a timely manner. The province’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) says that in four separate incidents between December 2011 and April 2013, the company failed to report to the board incidents in which workers required health care or had suffered injuries that left them “not able to earn full wages.”  Under the Workplace and Insurance Act, incidents that meet that criteria must be reported to the board within three days.

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Premier responsive to concerns, Canfield

Kenora Online
November 28, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association and Kenora mayor Dave Canfield says they had great meetings with ministers and premier Kathleen Wynne this week. They were in Thunder Bay to meet with the province, and leaders of both the NDP and Conservatives. One of the topics discussed during the meeting was the comeback of the forest industry. Canfield says they expressed some concerns over the speed at which projects were able to move forward. “We have had some concerns on the MNR not moving quickly enough with some of those allocations of wood supply to get mills up and running…”

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Forest industry welcomes government’s trade strategy

Canada NewsWire
November 27, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada appreciates the government’s announcement about a Global Markets plan aimed at creating opportunities through trade. This is a welcome complement to current industry efforts to bolster international exports. The $57 Billion a year Canadian forest products industry is one of the country’s leading export sectors with almost 50% of its revenues coming from products sold abroad. Canada is one of the most successful global exporters of forest products with more than 180 markets around the world.

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Counting new rings: Transformation, innovation in Maine’s forest products industry

November 28, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

After four decades of experience in the Maine forest products industry, I have seen the average per-logger product output increase by over 25 cords a week and the per-year average increase by over 1,500. These simple figures may largely be attributed to technological advance, as well as new market demand. But transformation in forestry is not defined necessarily by how much more wood we can extract.

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EPD says Rayonier is Meeting its Requirements, Won’t Comment on Lawsuit

“Rayonier needs to stop treating Georgia’s largest river as its private sewer,”
Pulp and Paper News
November 28, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

The Altamaha Riverkeeper (ARK) intends to file suit against Rayonier for violations of the Federal Clean Water Act and the Georgia Water Quality Control Act. The violations relate to ongoing effluent discharges into the Altamaha River from the Rayonier Performance Fibers plant located in Jesup, Georgia. “They have just spent several hundred million dollars to update their mill, but they continue to discharge dark, chemical-laden water into the Altamaha,” said Deborah Sheppard, executive director of ARK. “While most paper companies cleaned up their effluent discharges and modernized their water treatment processes, Rayonier continues to use 1970s technology in its effluent treatment. Water sampling and plenty of visual evidence show it isn’t working.”

EPD says Rayonier is Meeting its Requirements, Won’t Comment on Lawsuit From WSAV.com
Jesup pulp mill accused of polluting Altamaha River from Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Counting new rings: Transformation, innovation in Maine’s forest products industry

November 28, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

After four decades of experience in the Maine forest products industry, I have seen the average per-logger product output increase by over 25 cords a week and the per-year average increase by over 1,500. These simple figures may largely be attributed to technological advance, as well as new market demand. But transformation in forestry is not defined necessarily by how much more wood we can extract.

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UK forest property market shows substantial growth

Property Wire
November 28, 2013
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

The UK’s forest property market has never been more active than in the last 12 months with Scottish sales leading the way and significant growth in Wales, according to the latest market report from Savills and UPM Tilhill. The data shows that 50% more forestry property was traded in the last year compared to 2012, to the value of £97.3 million, some 8.5 times the value traded in 2000. This made 2013 a record year, both in the total value of the market and its unit price.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Chase wood-pellet plant to proceed slowly

Opponents still have time to try to stop development
Kamloops Daily News
November 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Months could pass before there’s any visible progress on a proposed wood-pellet plant in Chase, which gives opponents plenty of time to renew efforts to stop the $40-million project. “We’re not going to give up,” vowed Dale Robinson, who opposed the plant from the start. “It’s not a good deal for the town and it’s not a good deal for anybody who lives in close proximity.” Robinson was among the 69 people who attended a meeting Tuesday during which councillors approved rezoning residential land on Aylmer Road to industrial so the project can proceed.

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Opinion: Forests have role to play in resolving the carbon conundrum

November 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

As British Columbians consider the potential benefits and risks associated with growing the province’s capacity for natural gas and oil production and transportation, carbon emissions and climate change have been illuminated as key issues. And so they should: carbon dioxide is the most voluminous and challenging of the greenhouse gases to be managed. Several million additional tonnes of CO2 per year would result from proposed LNG facilities, and natural gas and oil pipelines proposed for B.C. over the next decade.

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Opinion: Forests have role to play in resolving the carbon conundrum

November 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

As British Columbians consider the potential benefits and risks associated with growing the province’s capacity for natural gas and oil production and transportation, carbon emissions and climate change have been illuminated as key issues. And so they should: carbon dioxide is the most voluminous and challenging of the greenhouse gases to be managed. Several million additional tonnes of CO2 per year would result from proposed LNG facilities, and natural gas and oil pipelines proposed for B.C. over the next decade.

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Inside Pinnacle Renewable Resources’ Westview Terminal in Prince Rupert

The Northern View
November 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The work is nearing completion on Westview Terminal, and the first ship to carry Pinnacle Resource pellets from Prince Rupert to overseas destination was set to arrive yesterday. Pinnnacle chief operating officer Leroy Reitsma took the Northern View for a tour of the operation ahead of the first shipment, with pellets running through the site beginning last week. The pellets are unloaded from the train cars at a rate of approximately five-and-a-half minutes per car, with the product being dumped from the underside of the car through a grate and into a series of covered conveyors that run beneath the tracks.

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More trees does not mean less carbon dioxide

Prince George Citizen
November 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Indeed, there is an argument that with increasing carbon dioxide levels, the enhanced growth of the forests should make these “carbon dioxide credits” more significant. Unfortunately, science doesn’t agree. Many controlled experiments in which forests or agricultural stands have been exposed to artificially high levels of carbon dioxide have found that forests are not the insatiable sinks for carbon dioxide that global change studies often assume.

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$10 Million for Pine Beetle Wood-to-Fuel Efforts

Biomass Magazine
November 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

At the beginning of my career at Biomass Magazine about five and a half years ago, I wrote about the massive pine beetle outbreak in the Rocky Mountain West and the potential of using the material as a biopower/biofuel feedstock. At the time, wood pellet producer Confluence Energy of Colorado was the first bioenergy company I had heard of making use of the material. Since then, it’s been widely discussed and a little—not a lot—has happened. I’ve heard a great deal about its potential benefits, which includes, of course, wildfire mitigation, but I’ve also heard the argument that costs of removal and transportation make beetle kill biomass wood uneconomical for energy purposes, and this has hindered any real progress.

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Satellites to Monitor UN Forest Protection Goals

IEEE.org
November 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Climate change negotiators agreed Sunday to monitor deforestation and to pay developing countries for keeping carbon trapped in forests. To measure just how much forest those countries are conserving, the United Nations Collaborative Program on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+, to its friends) will rely on a complex system of satellite measurements and field checks. The agreement is a victory for advocates in the research and conservation communities.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Mass timber used for new wood manufacturing facility

journal of Commerce
December 2, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mass timber construction was utilized to build a new facility for the manufacturing of mass-timber products. Structurlam Products recently built a 10,000-square-foot addition to its Okanagan Falls factory. Cross-laminated timbers, glue-laminated wood arches and steel columns were used in the expansion, built to house the $1.5-million, Hundegger wood-cutting “robot.” When the Penticton-headquartered company, which manufactures heavy timber products, decided it needed a second addition to the original 50,000-square-foot facility, Structurlam’s president, Bill Downing, figured that it better be built out of wood.

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