SmartLam North America rises in Montana
A cross-laminated timber giant expects 6 million cubic feet of annual production.
SmartLam announced that it has reorganized as SmartLam North America to better serve the needs of the rapidly expanding mass timber market via intelligent and integrated cross-laminated timber (CLT) and mass timber building solutions.
The Columbia Falls, Mont.-based company said it will “significantly expand” its sustainable model of timber harvesting, mass timber product manufacturing, and cutting-edge project delivery model, to establish a dominant position in the North American mass timber and building industries.
CLT has rapidly gained traction within the past decade in North America among builders, engineers and architects due its cost effectiveness, durability and compliance with building codes.
“We are thrilled to launch SmartLam North America to evolve the role that mass timber products has in transforming the building industry, and to ensure that North America plays a dominant role in the movement” said SmartLam North America’s Casey Malmquist. “Mass timber just got a whole lot stronger. Combining SmartLam’s historic presence in the mass timber market, an accomplished leader like Brian Fehr, and a significant investment in the enterprise, we welcome the work that needs to be done in solidifying North America’s place in the global mass timber market.”
Under the leadership of SmartLam founder Malmquist and timber industry veterans Erik Munck and Brian Fehr, SmartLam North America said that it will utilize important regional wood baskets to support production necessary to expand mass timber into new markets across North America. Fehr has spent over 40 years on the timber supply side of the market and Malmquist’s 40-year career has been spent on the market side of the building industry, while Munck brings 30 years’ experience in the engineered wood product sector.
Along with establishing its Montana headquarters, SmartLam North America has acquired a former IB XLam USA state-of-the-art facility in Dothan, Ala.
With two operational production facilities in Montana and Alabama, SmartLam North America said it will immediately lead the industry with a combined capacity of 6 million cubic feet of annual CLT production.
The company has reported that it is already planning for additional CLT manufacturing facilities strategically located in major wood baskets from coast to coast. It aims to open three more locations by 2022, targeting new plants in the Northeast, West Coast, and timber-rich Southeast. The combined operational facilities will allow the company to produce over 17.2 million cubic feet of annual CLT production.
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