News from Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc says that the first and biggest cross-laminated timber (CLT) manufacturing plant in the eastern U.S. is nearly operational here. Florida-based International Beams (IB) has built a 227,000-square-foot highly-specialized CLT manufacturing facility which will open in June.
The $19.6 million plant will make panels from southern yellow pine lumber and sold mainly in the U.S. market. Advocates of CLT say it can be used to construct buildings of equal strength and fire-resistance as those made of steel and concrete.
CLT has the interest of architects and the wood products industry who know it is a much greener method for housing the world’s growing population.
AHMI will have a presentation on the second eastern US plant under construction in Maine at the 2018 Summer Conference in July. LignaTerra USA and Argent Timberland’s Michael Shearer will discuss the company’s construction of its CLT plant and plans for the future. The meeting is July 29-31 at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA.