Portland Business Journal – James Cronin
Advanced wood products proponents in Oregon are hoping construction technology that’s brand new in the U.S. catches on, increasing demand for the state’s timber here and across the nation.
My cover story this week takes a long, hard look at cross-laminated timber, which many in the state are gambling on to add value to one of the state’s legacy industries.
Already, CLTs have given Riddle-based D.R. Johnson Lumber Co. the boost it needed to restart production at its flagship mill. The technology has been used in Europe, Asia and Australia for years, but there is no market for it here — yet.
Oregon State University is the leading U.S. researcher into CLT, and cleantech booster Oregon BEST, along with the state’s economic development arm, Business Oregon, have already invested in the promise of this new use for Oregon’s timber.