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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.
“With this conversion, we estimate it will increase our locally sourced annual fiber consumption by about 30%,” said LP’s Breeanna Straessle, “which of course benefits the supply chain in the local community.”
Of the total, about $110 million will go toward new machinery and $40 million to upgrading different parts of the facility.