Composites Key In On Cladding

For years, home designers have been specifying the use of hardwood decking as exterior cladding. Now composite decking manufacturers want a piece of the action, extending their warranties to cover cladding applications or introducing new products similar to their decking but configured with a rainscreen for moisture protection, specifically so it can be used as cladding.

New Owner for Idled C&C Mill

Quesnel Investment Corp. has sold the mill operation assets of the bankrupt C&C Wood Products Co., which it bought in 2020, to Kandola Forest Products, a Williams Lake forestry company.

RoyOMartin Expands Capacity for Eclipse OSB Radiant Barrier

RoyOMartin is adding a new production line for Eclipse OSB Radiant Barrier at its Corrigan, Tx., facility.“ As always, RoyOMartin strives to be on the cutting edge, increasing production to meet the growing demand of our products,” said Bobby Byrd, director of sales.

NewLife Christens Arizona Sawmill

NewLife Forest Restoration and its operating entity, NewLife Forest Products, held a ribbon-cutting event with city officials and state representatives to officially mark the start of operations for its new 425,000-sq. ft. sawmill and remanufacturing facility in Bellemont, Az.

Customer Service and Communication

When we began our remodeling careers over 30 years ago, we quickly learned that doing good work wasn’t enough to guarantee a smooth project or a satisfied customer.We learned that quality craftsmanship and top materials are essential, but of equal importance is the overall customer experience.

Interest in Fire-Retardant-Treated Wood Heats Up

The record wildfires of 2020 have sparked significant interest in fire-retardant-treated wood products. Visits to the FireResistantWood.org website nearly doubled last year, as people turned to the web to find out more about fire retardants. The website is maintained by Western Wood Preservers Institute (WWPI), which represents treaters in the West who produced fire-retardant-treated wood.

Termite Infestation Is Increasing, Protection Is Improving

During the early 1970s in suburban Chicago, homeowners were introduced to Wolmanized pressure treated wood during a test market to see if do-it-yourselfers would be interested in building their own decks. Thus began the outdoor living revolution.

Dealer Profile: Simonson Lumber

As a little kid, Richard Hobbs had big plans. “When I grow up, I want to be a Senator,” he told his mother. As second-generation co-owner with her husband of Simonson Lumber, today headquartered in St. Cloud, Mn., she delivered the verbal equivalent of a slap up the head: “So everything Grandpa Nels worked for would be wasted?”

Healthy Insulation

Owens Corning Pure Safety High Performance Insulation is the first insulation of its kind to be scientifically tested and identified as a consumer product more suitable for people with asthma and allergies.

MFM Undertakes Large Expansion

Marking its 60th anniversary, MFM Building Products has broken ground on a significant expansion project at its Coshocton, Oh., headquarters and manufacturing complex.

TAL Buys Mount Vernon Building Center

Ten-unit TAL Holdings, Vancouver, Wa., has agreed to purchase Mount Vernon Building Center, Mount Vernon, Wa., from Kevin Kok. After a transition period, Mount Vernon Building Center will begin operations as part of the TAL family of companies on April 19. Kok will stay on to manage the store’s daily operations.

Hancock Purchases Maine Lumberyards

Hancock Lumber Casco, Me., is acquiring Lapointe Lumber, a fourth-generation independent building materials supplier that’s operated in Augusta and Gardiner, Me., since 1947.

Russin Plans Finishing Plant

Russin has broken ground on a state-of-the-art factory finishing operation across the street from its main distribution center in Montgomery, N.Y. Called “RFF” for short, Russin’s factory finishing operation will continue to provide the market with industry-leading wood priming, top-coating and staining services for customers in its 13-state trading area.

What Doesn’t Kill Your Business Makes It Stronger

NAWLA had just wrapped up its Leadership Summit early last March when the significance of the COVID-19 outbreak slammed home. Attendees had no idea then, but that would be the last in-person industry gathering for the foreseeable future.

Peel & Stick In-Floor Heat

The only peel-and-stick, primerless, cut-to-fit, ground wired in-floor heating system in an ultra-thin profile has been introduced by Protecto Wrap. Peel & Heat Cutting Edge’s length can be cut down to fit the room’s layout right out of the box with no dry or curing time needed.

LP Converting Maine OSB Mill

Louisiana Pacific Corp. is investing $150 million to convert its LP Houlton, Me., OSB mill to begin manufacturing SmartSide engineered wood strand siding. Within the coming year, the facility will cease manufacture of laminated strand lumber products for its EWP division and in 2022 will begin SmartSide production.

Raise Your Margins with Value-Added Treated Wood

All pressure treated lumber is not equal. Beyond preservative type and retention level, wood preserving companies are increasingly adding “extras” to their treatments to make their products more durable and more attractive.