SmartLam Announces Alabama Glulam Facility

SmartLam Announces Alabama Glulam Facility

SmartLam Announces Alabama Glulam Facility

SmartLam North America announced several major projects that will have a significant impact to the mass timber industry. SmartLam North America, which is the first U.S. manufacturer and is reportedly the largest manufacturer in North America of cross laminated timber (CLT), announced it will build a $50 million glulam manufacturing facility in Dothan, Ala.

The new SmartLam facility, to be built adjacent SmartLam’s existing CLT facility in a 144,000 sq. ft. structure, will manufacture annually 84MMBF of large glulam beams and columns that are required to properly serve the mass timber market. SmartLam has chosen to partner with Ledinek to build a turnkey, state-of-the-art glulam facility. The new glulam facility is expected to be 100% operational in October of 2024.

SmartLam North America CEO Derek Ratchford states, “We are pleased to announce the new state-of-the-art custom glulam manufacturing plant which will be the largest custom glulam plant in North America,” adding that Dothan is strategically located in Alabama to serve the Southeast, the fastest growing mass timber market in the United States, and that SmartLam North America has 1.5 billion BF of available southern pine lumber annually between its four Southern sawmill shareholders.

SmartLam North America will also spend an additional $24 million to fully automate the existing Dothan and Columbia Falls, Mont. CLT facilities. This additional investment will allow each facility to produce 2 million cubic feet annually.

Ratchford adds, “Most mass timber glulam beams and columns are manually produced. The new glulam plant will be automated allowing SmartLam to significantly increase production and simultaneously deliver multiple mass timber projects. With the CLT automation upgrades and the new glulam addition, SmartLam will become the largest mass timber (CLT/glulam) producer in North America.”

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The Show(s) Must Go On!

The Show(s) Must Go On!

The Show(s) Must Go On!

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-in-Chief, Panel World September 2022

If you think the pandemic caused the death of live trade shows, think again. Just take one quick browse through the Panel World September 2022 issue. In fact, trade shows almost snowballed us over this month.

One of the advertisement selling points of any issue is when that issue will be distributed at an upcoming show. Well, how about three shows, and it could have been more.

When I looked at our media planner some weeks ago it struck me that our ad sales reps were selling the September issue on its distribution at the IWF show in Atlanta, August 22-25; the Timber Processing & Energy Expo in Portland, September 28-30; and the Xylexpo exhibition in Milan, Italy, October 12-15.

Which means we had to be ready to receive press releases from any numbers of companies who are advertising in this issue and also exhibiting at any of those shows. As it turned out, the influx of copy for the IWF and TP&EE shows was significant enough that we created special preview sections. We also received a release or two pertaining to Xylexpo.

The issue was also to have been distributed at the Lesdrevmash event in Moscow, September 12-15, but we decided not to fight through those channels, and who knows if we will ever venture that way again.

But as much as we want to complain about the work load brought on by tons of incoming copy, are you kidding me? Talk about a good problem to have. Think back to two years ago. Silence. Virtual. Boring.

A couple of important points about the TP&EE show in Portland:

As noted in the preview story on page 44, while the Portland machinery show has always been heavier-tilted toward the sawmill industry, and still is, it maintains a significant panel industry presence, by way of multiple exhibitors who partake of that industry. Check out the preview section beginning on page 50 and you’ll see what I mean. These companies will be showcasing and discussing some important technologies and services during TP&EE.

I would suggest, if you work with a panel producer company, that your company consider sending a few folks to Portland. And not only to see what might be new, but to simply get out and talk with other people, in whatever facet of wood products they may be, and enjoy some time away from the mill or office.

Another point about Portland is that it will have a mini-conference entitled, “From Forest to Frame: Mass Timber Developments,” on one day and an optional Mass Timber Tour on the next day.

We realize and appreciate the Mass Timber Conference that is held every spring in Portland. The organizers have done a great job with that event. We view our mini-conference as kind of an in-betweener that serves to educate some people who attend TP&EE and may not be all that in-tune with mass timber developments or the potential of mass timber markets.

Did I mention that this issue will also be distributed at the annual APA—The Engineered Wood Assn. meeting October 15-18 in Miami? See what I mean?

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