Manufacturers: Opportunity Awaits
An exciting opportunity for manufacturers in Oregon and SW Washington has emerged in the form of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) industry. OMEP is identifying companies interested in entering this market. If you would like to have your capabilities assessed for CLT manufacturing, please fill out the form below.Yes, I want to Produce CLT
What is the Manufacturing Opportunity?
OMEP is assisting Oregon BEST and its partners to prepare a feasibility study to evaluate the opportunities, options, and challenges involved in adopting Cross Laminated Timber production in the regional marketplace.
Working in partnership with Economic Development Administration (EDA) Districts, Oregon State University, Washington State University, State of Oregon’s Business Development Officers, and OMEP; Oregon BEST is conducting a manufacturing capacity and market development study of Pacific Northwest communities to evaluate what resources and investments are necessary to spur this new industry.
Oregon BEST’s goals for this study are:
- Assessing the region’s natural resource capacity
- Identifying potential producers and local manufacturing capacity –that’s where you come in!
- Quantifying economic benefits for the potential players along the CLT supply chain in the region—they could be significant, particularly for rural areas of the state.
- Assessing and proposing ways to overcome barriers to market
What is Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)?
CLT panels are manufactured by bonding together layers of dimensional lumber to form massive timber panels (currently panels as large as 13’ x 65’ are being produced in Europe). The panels can be used as walls, floors and roofs. It is not merely a new structural material but a new structural building technology. CLT provides construction efficiencies similar to tilt up style buildings, although longer and lighter than steel or concrete. CLT can be a cost-effective replacement for steel or concrete in many structures, particularly 40’ to 80’ high buildings. Also CLT, as other wood-based structural composites, has numerous environmental benefits over non-renewable alternatives. Read about CLT’s advantages over steel or concrete here.
As an added benefit, CLT allows efficient use of forest products by turning lower grade #2 and #3 lumber that is in not typically used for glulam beams into value-added products. OSU researchers are also investigating the potential of using lumber from smaller diameter forest resources in core layers of CLT. See more here.
How do Oregon and SW Washington Manufacturers Get Involved?
OMEP’s role in this study is to identify capable producers. That means you! Our task in the this project is to identify 10 forest product manufacturers in Oregon and Southwest Washington who are even potentially interested in and capable of extending their current business to manufacturing structural grade CLT. We will base our analysis on existing company location, assets, and knowledge base.
Are you interested in producing CLT? Recently, DR Johnson Lumber Co. became the very first structural CLT manufacturer in the US. This project is focused on growing the industry with the help of the wide expertise and support network existing in the region. We are working to identify 10 companies who would like to consider entering the nascent regional CLT industry. If that’s you, let us know.
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