Plum Creek begins recovery after Montana blast
A day after explosions set its Columbia Falls, Montana plant on fire, Plum Creek Timber Company is starting to pick up the pieces.
Nearby residents reported two or three loud blasts around 3 p.m. Tuesday, though the cause of the explosions is as of yet undetermined.
It took fire and emergency officials all afternoon to quell the fire, but fortunately, all workers were safely led outside without sustaining any major injuries. A few were treated on-site for smoke inhalation.
“We are very thankful that all of our employees are safe," said Tom Ray, VP Northwest resources and manufacturing. “Everyone at Plum Creek commends the efforts by fire departments to protect the people working at the facility. Their work is greatly appreciated."
Today, the company reported that a recovery effort was underway at the medium density fiberboard (MDF) facility. There was still some residual fire activity during the early morning hours, which fire crews promptly put out.
The company is investigating the cause of the fire, but in the meantime, production will be suspended for about 30 days.
At Plum Creek’s nearby sawmill and plywood mills, everything is business as usual.
DaVinci’s Shake it Up Contest finds its winners
With nearly 1,000 votes to consider, DaVinci Roofscapes selected Brigitte and Mike Meehan (of Elgin, Illinois) as the winners of a $5,000 cash grand prize in its 2014 "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest.
The Meehans were among five finalists in the contest, ultimately winning over the bulk of the voters with their "Trapped in Cookie Cutter Land!" entry. The Meehans live in a sprawling, 1,000+ home neighborhood, and their appeal to stand out captured the electorate’s imagination.
“The judges saw the potential for dramatic change using color on the Meehan home exterior to get them out of Cookie Cutter Land,” says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager at DaVinci Roofscapes.
National color expert Kate Smith helped give Meehan’s vision life with an artist rendering, which included a new Brownstone blend polymer slate roof from DaVinci, a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Collection fiberglass door and sidelites painted Cochineal Red. She also recommended some low-maintenance porch columns and a balustrade system from Fypon.
"Obviously the voting public saw the potential in adding ‘top down’ color to the home that will increase the overall curb appeal of the house and make it a stand-out in its neighborhood," added Bruch. "For our 2014 contest, the Meehan home rose above more than 125 entries to capture the grand prize."
Roxul begins production in U.S.
Roxul, a manufacturer of stone wool insulation products, officially began production in Marshall County, Mississippi, at its first manufacturing facility located in the United States.
The $160 million plant encompasses 600,000 square feet and is located on a 100 acre site in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park, approximately 30 miles south of Memphis. This location will help Roxul maintain its growth in key insulation markets such as residential, commercial building, flat roof, and industrial applications, in the mid and southern USA and Mexico.
Roxul will employ approximately 150 workers on-site once the plant is fully operational.
The factories’ location was announced at a September 2012 event. The company officially broke ground on May 8, 2013, on the state-of-the art facility.
Roxul currently operates two North American facilities in Canada, located in Milton, Ontario and Grand Forks, British Columbia.