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On the Brink of Major Development, SmartLam Rebuilding Blue-Collar Heritage in Columbia Falls

October 29, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS — After gaining widespread appeal across Europe and Canada as a cutting-edge building material, cross-laminated timber is making inroads in America, and a manufacturer in Columbia Falls is at the forefront of the major breakthrough. Operating out of a 40,000-square-foot facility near the heart of town, SmartLam is the nation’s largest producer of CLT. Only one other manufacturer is online in the U.S., an upstart in Oregon. In only three years, the local company has capitalized on the market interest and already outgrown its plant, leading SmartLam to develop plans for the world’s largest CLT manufacturing site.