Weyerhaeuser expands manufacturing at Louisiana mill
Weyerhaeuser has added the capability to manufacture specialty oriented strand board (OSB) using high-performance MDI adhesives at its OSB plant in Arcadia, La. The mill can now produce Weyerhaeuser Edge Gold floor panels, a subfloor product designed to resist edge swell for smooth, even floors. The MDI capabilities also enable potential production of furniture grade OSB and rimboard.
"Converting to MDI allows Arcadia to produce higher quality OSB and gives us the ability to respond to customer needs by providing a wider variety of products not previously available close to southern U.S. markets," said Curtis Rhodes, Arcadia plant manager for Weyerhaeuser. "Plus, the curing properties of MDI allow the press to run faster, which increases our throughput."
Weyerhaeuser Edge Gold floor panels are engineered to help builders construct flat and stable floors in homes, multi-family projects and light commercial construction. In 2012, Weyerhaeuser also started adding patented Down Pore self-draining technology to the panels to drain water off during construction.
Cedar Creek makes Texas acquisition
Oklahoma City-based distributor Cedar Creek has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of Capital Lumber’s distribution locations in Dallas and Houston.
In a deal expected to close Nov. 30, Capital Lumber will continue to operate eight other non-Texas distribution centers and focus on the western United States.
“This move helps us enhance our position in a state that we have served for years,” said Clark Wiens, Cedar Creek’s VP acquisitions. “Our customer base in Texas will benefit from this consolidation, as we broaden our product assortment and continue our consistent service in this key Cedar Creek market.”
Cedar Creek is a leading wholesale building material distribution company with 13 locations covering 20 states in the Mid-South, Midwest and Southeast.
In May 2010, Cedar Creek was recapitalized by Boston-based Charlesbank Capital Partners, with the goal of providing flexible capital for the company to grow beyond its current trade areas.
ENAP has eye on supply
One of the trends emerging from the ENAP Forest Products Conference, held Oct. 21-23 in Baltimore, was the increased emphasis on supply.
“This year’s conference exceeded everyone’s expectations,” said Duncan Facey, VP forest products for the New Windsor, N.Y.-based LBM co-op. “Those in attendance heard the message loud and clear: Supply is a very real concern across our industry as we head in 2013.”
Educational seminars during the event included:
• “Benchmarks & Measurements for the Successful LBM Dealer,” presented by Sandy Sawyer, Sawco;
• “APA, the Engineered Wood Association,” presented by Mark Halverson, Mgr. Field Service Division, APA;
• “How the 2012 Energy Code is Impacting Builders & Dealers,” presented by Kurt Koch, VP product engineering and quality, Huber Engineered Woods; and
• “A Two Year Outlook of the North American Forest Products Markets,” presented by Bob Berg, principal lumber economist, RISI.
“There were levels of optimism and enthusiasm among the attendees that the industry hasn’t seen in several years,” said Stephen Sallah, CEO, ENAP, New Windsor, N.Y.
Jack Moynihan of Moynihan Lumber said: “Whether it was the seminars attended or the contacts that were made or renewed on the floor, the 2012 Forest Conference proved to be a profitable time well spent for all attendees.”