Weyerhaeuser one step closer to North American reign
With its recent Longview Timber acquisition under its belt, Weyerhaeuser Company has positioned itself as one of North America’s leading private sustainable forestry operations.
The company, which recently added 645,000 acres of forestland to its portfolio in Washington and Oregon, now manages 20.5 million acres of forestland in the U.S. and Canada that’s been certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative standard.
"Weyerhaeuser is dedicated to industry leadership in forest stewardship and sustainability, and we will continue that leadership as we bring the recently acquired Longview Timber operations into our portfolio," said Tom Gideon, Weyerhaeuser’s executive VP Timberlands. "All of Weyerhaeuser’s North American forests will continue to be certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® standard, which ensures that our forest management practices meet a broad spectrum of social, economic and environmental requirements."
Among the factors responsible for an SFI certification are protection of water resources, biodiversity, fish and wildlife habitats, at-risk species and renewable forest resources. SFI-certified acreage has grown by a whopping 71% since 2007, though globally, only 10% of forests bear this standard (compared to 100% of Weyerhaeuser’s).
According to Gideon, Weyerhaeuser has been SFI-certified for several years in North America, and it recently achieved full certification in Uruguay this year.
Blume’s Solid Surface Products hits 25-year milestone
Blume’s Solid Surface Products, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of solid surface, quartz and granite countertops, celebrated its 25th anniversary recently.
The company took root in 1972 when Gus Blume and his wife, Dorothy, launched a laminate countertop fabrication shop called Topcraft.
They sold the business in 1988 and replaced it with the modern-day Blume’s, which expanded to include stone operations in 2004 and is now a wholesale company selling to kitchen dealers, contractors, millwork houses and builders.
Blume’s is not only recognized by the community it serves, but also by the state of Pennsylvania for being the first stone fabricator in the state (and the 18th in the world) to achieve accreditation from the Marble Institute of America.
Universal Forest Products unveils UFP-Edge
UFP-Edge, a new line of pattern, fascia and trim products made and sold exclusively in the Western U.S., is Universal Forest Products’ latest answer to demand for locally made premium profile products.
UFP affiliates have developed the lumber using modern equipment and processes and premium brite lumber, as well as knives the company grinds itself to assure minimally flawed cuts.
"UFP-Edge products are manufactured locally, so they don¹t sit in a yard where they can be exposed to the elements, nor do they go from distributioncenter to warehouse, where they can be damaged by wear and tear," said the company in a statement.
The wood products are kiln-dried to prevent swelling, warping and shrinkage. A fire-retardant treatment is also available.
"From the lumber we carefully select to the knives we grind with precision to the manufacturing and logistics processes we control, we are proud to be the purveyors of the best products on the market, period," said Joe McGuire, VP Universal Forest Products’ Far West Region. "We are able to leverage our knowledge of our local markets, our relationships with our mills, and our more than six decades of manufacturing experience to bring to market products that we label as premium with confidence and that we offer to our customers with great pride."