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Freres Lumber's massive plywood panels selected for Oregon State lab
LYONS, Ore. - Freres Lumber's massive plywood panels (MPP) will be used in the new A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory at Oregon State University (OSU). MPP is being used for both interior and exterior walls of the lab as well as roofing in the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center.
“This is our largest commercial project to-date, and we are thrilled to showcase the strength, versatility, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of MPP in this premier project at OSU,” said Tyler Freres, vice president of sales for Freres Lumber Co. “Partnering with Oregon State has been such a positive experience from research and development, to the final shipment of MPP to OSU.”
Freres' massive panels, which Woodworking Network covered last year, is assembled by combining densely layered, extremely thin layers of Douglas Fir veneers. MPP could be used for floors and walls in multi-story commercial buildings, and they could be made to order. Panels can be as much as 12 feet wide and 2 feet thick.
Freres says there are many potential benefits.
Structures made of MPP could be made in days instead of months, says Freres, and use 20-30 percent less wood than cross-laminated timber. The lightweight nature of MPP could reduce truckload transport costs. Large format panels could be manufactured at a facility to include window, door, and all other required cut-outs – minimizing waste and labor on the job site.
Oregon State University's timber building
“The construction, look, and atmosphere of the complex will reinforce Oregon State University’s international status as a premier institution devoted to improving the health of our forest landscapes and ecosystems,” said Anthony S. Davis, interim dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry. “We are dedicated to seeking out innovative partners like Freres Lumber, who want to develop sustainable solutions while also creating economic vitality.”
The 15,000 square foot facility is expected to open by Fall 2019. Sierra Pacific Industries committed $6M to the project in honor of its founder, A.A. “Red” Emmerson.

Posted: 11/15/2018

More arson: 150 firefighters engage at Gascoigne Lumber
SEATTLE - A four-alarm blaze at Seattle-s Gascoigne Lumber Co. and Northwest Millwork lumber yard has been ruled arson by police.
“During the course of the investigation, (fire investigators) determined the fire was intentionally set, and are ruling it as arson,” the fire department said in a statement Tuesday. The Seattle Police Department’s Arson and Bomb Squad has taken over the investigation.
The fire did an estimated $4.3 million in damage. Gascoigne Lumber and Northwest Millwork, a family business in operation since 1926, has vowed to restart the business but likely in a different location.
Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins told local news that the fire was the largest in Seattle since 2010, requiring nearly 150 firefighters, four departments, and 12,000 gallons of water per minute to defeat. Two buildings were completely destroyed and three more were damaged. At one point, Scoggins says flames reached 100 feet into the sky.
It remains unclear as to whether accelerants were used. Samples are currently being tested.
Arson seems to be plaguing lumber and furniture companies as of late. Last month, a fire at American Furniture Manufacturing in Pontotoc, Mississippi destroyed much of the company's 1-million-square-foot facility. It's the second blaze this year, leading authorities to suspect arson. Also in Pontotoc, authorities have ruled a September 29 fire at Washington Furniture as arson.

Posted: 11/14/2018


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