Freres in the News

Restore Forests, Decarbonize Building, And Sequester Carbon Through Forestry, Biomass Energy, And Biochar

Forest and biomass industries can help grow biochar production and use. One Oregon mill, the Freres Lumber Company, converts renewable fiber to carbon smart building materials, supplies fiber to paper and engineered wood products, generates firm renewable power, sequesters carbon, and enables carbon and nutrient cycling with biochar.

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Santiam Canyon district turns a $17.9 million bond into a $26 million project

Alex Mitchell never thought the day would come when he would want to come to school. After almost a year of learning entirely in front of a computer screen, he was ready to come back to Santiam High School to complete his senior year. “Sitting behind a computer all day wasn’t working,” Mitchell said.

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Meyer Memorial Trust by LEVER Architecture

Michelle Depass, the CEO of the Portland, Oregon-based Meyer Memorial Trust, the state’s largest private foundation, thinks the label “civic building” is less about the architecture than action. She would argue that the Trust’s new headquarters fits the definition: “Building democracy isn’t about four walls. It is a participatory practice.”

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Freres Lumber Utilizes Caldwell Rotary Leg Lumber Lifter

Freres Lumber Co. Inc. is using a custom below-the-hook attachment, manufactured by Caldwell, to lift long lumber loads at it’s Mass Ply Panel facility in Lyons, Oregon.

The 15-ton capacity, 53 ft.-long, motorized rotary leg lumber lifter handles lamellas (thin layers / plates) of structural composite lumber, used to manufacture Mass Ply products. It is attached to a 20-ton capacity overhead crane with two hoists; the lifting equipment and attachment were provided by U.S. Crane & Hoist, also of Oregon (Wilsonville).

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No time to waste: Freres begins post-wildfire timber salvage

LYONS, OR – The suffocating smoke that blanketed the Santiam Canyon after Labor Day wildfires consumed nearly everything in their path is gone. The Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires displaced more than 1,200 residents, destroyed more than 500 homes and consumed 400,000 acres of forest lands, both public and private.
The long process of rebuilding homes and lives has begun.

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Freres Lumber mass timber Mass Ply beams and columns now APA certified

LYONS, OR – Freres Lumber’s mass timber Mass Ply beams and columns are now APA certified. Freres has continued to innovate and expand its Mass Ply Panel products, and is now able to offer its customers beams and columns in dimensions up to 24 inches thick and 48 inches deep.

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Oregon businesses fear being publicly identified as COVID-19 workplace outbreak

Freres Lumber in Lyons knew of one employee who tested positive in August for COVID-19. But the next month, the state identified Freres as the site of an outbreak — reporting they’d had five and then later 14 cases. Businesses argue they’re being stigmatized by a state reporting system they describe as unfair and misleading.

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Meyer Adopts Advanced Equity and Sustainability Approach in Construction of New Portland Headquarters

Values-driven real estate developer, project ^, Meyer Memorial Trust and award‐winning design firm, LEVER Architecture, has announced the completion and official opening of the new Meyer headquarters in Portland.

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ROAD TO RECOVERY: A ‘can do’ spirit emerges as Santiam Canyon residents face rebuilding

Homeowners and business operators throughout the Santiam Canyon are assessing the damage and options for the future. Rebuilding will be a long, tough process as specialists plot a path forward for the national forest.

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