Weyerhaeuser’s new product is aimed at West Coast builders
Weyerhaeuser's newest engineered lumber products are made to meet the specific code requirements of West Coast builders, and they'll be showcased at the 2016 PCBC in San Francisco later this month.
The new Trus Joist TimberStrand LSL with Flak Jacket FRT protection and Trus Joist Parallam PSL beams are made with regional requirements in mind, but are suitable for a number of residential and commercial applications.
"The engineered lumber products we're featuring at PCBC provide consistent performance and deliver outstanding results," says Wendy Minichiello, regional director of sales, engineered lumber products, with Weyerhaeuser. "We're showcasing products that meet the specific code requirements for the West Coast to support the needs of builders and remodelers."
The Trus Joist TimberStrand LSL with Flak Jacket FRT protection for rim board applications provides an innovative, code-evaluated, patent-pending fire barrier for rim board. Meant exclusively for commercial and multi-family housing applications (Type III), the boards feature factory-applied coating that meets requirements of section 2303.2 "fire-retardant-treated-wood" of the International Building Code (IBC) and complies with the guidelines of ICC ES AC124.
"Unlike fire retardant treated wood using a pressure process, Flak Jacket FRT protection allows for all the benefits of TimberStrand LSL Rim design properties, including fastener values, with no reductions required," says Minichiello. "This hard-working product alleviates dimensional stability and compatibility challenges while being non-corrosive to fasteners, hangers and connectors."
Meanwhile, the new kiln-dried Parallam PSL beams, headers and columns are engineered to support heavy loads and span long distances, and they are consistently straight and strong.
"We manufacture these beams with a patented microwave process that bonds together long, thin strands of wood," says Minichiello. "The result beams provide consistent performance, deliver excellent connection performance, and resist shrinking, twisting, and bowing."
UFP to acquire assets of Florida-based treater
A Universal Forest Products subsidiary agreed to purchase certain assets of Robbins Manufacturing Co., a Tampa, Florida-based manufacturer of treated wood products with facilities in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
Founded in 1938, Robbins is a leading supplier of preservative-treated wood products. The company has two divisions, including Robbins Treating and Manufacturing, which operates six wood treating facilities in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, including an operation in Tarrytown, Florida, which Robbins will continue to operate.
The remaining five operations are included in the acquisition and had 2015 net sales of $83 million. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of August 2016.
“For years, we have respected Robbins as a formidable competitor known for high-quality products and service, and for its integrity and culture of hard work and determination,” said Universal Forest Products Inc. CEO Matthew J. Missad. “They’re a great fit for us strategically and culturally. Bringing them into the Universal family of companies allows us to be an even stronger powerhouse in the preservative-treated market in the Southeast, and solidifies our position as the leading manufacturer of premier treated products in the United States.”
Robbins Board Chairman Laurence W. Hall, Jr. said customers will be well served by the acquisition. “We now can focus on our other division’s niche business of manufacturing and selling wood treated especially for pilings, poles, posts, and lumber for agricultural, marine, permanent wood foundation, and other applications,” he said.
AmericanFlags.com sees run on ‘Stars and Bars’
It’s busy flag-buying buying season. And for Holbrook, New York-based AmericanFlags.com, Confederate flags are leading the charge. A voice message at the company’s call center described the peak season for flag orders. Furthermore, there has been “exceptionally high” order volume for Confederate Flags.
The online retailer describes itself as “the nation’s largest retailer of American flags.” The company could not be reached to comment further on flag demand. But in a press release promotion Made-in-USA flags, President and CEO Jeffrey Reynolds described steady growth for the flag business.
"While nothing could compare to the demand for American flags we saw in the days, weeks and months following 9/11," said Reynolds, "our company has seen a steady increase in flag sales and so far this year, demand is up more than 20%, probably due to the presidential campaigns."
The company’s press release also points out the laws in place to promote Made-in-USA flags.
“Federal law requires country of origin labeling on most flags and in 2014, federal lawmakers passed legislation allowing the U.S. Department of Defense to buy only American-made flags for our nation's armed forces. Several states, including Florida, have imposed flag-buying guidelines for their government agencies and such legislation is pending in about a dozen other states, including New York.”