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.
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.
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.
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.
Oregon’s timber industry has sustained an enormous setback as massive wildfires continue to ravage forests across the state. While the full scale of destruction is still coming into focus, groups representing loggers and wood products manufacturers say losses will total in the hundreds of millions of dollars, including charred timberland that will take decades to replant and regrow once the fires are extinguished.
Amid the massive destruction wrought by Beachie Creek Fire up and down the Santiam River, the Freres Lumber Co., one of the area’s largest employers, escaped largely intact. The company’s six mills in Lyons and Mill City, which employ about 415, all survived the fire undamaged. The mills will resume operations some of them perhaps as soon as late this week, said Rob Freres, president.
At a time when many companies are struggling to keep employees on the payroll, one of the state’s largest wood products manufacturers can’t find enough employees to operate at full capacity. While Oregon’s unemployment rate is at near-record levels, Freres Lumber of Lyons is seeking to hire 100 workers to get back to full capacity after a number of workers resigned over the past months.
LYONS, OR – The U.S. Structural Plywood Integrity Coalition issued Product Advisory notices regarding Brazilian structural plywood. The distribution of the notices is the result of a motion for preliminary injunction filed on June 5 by the coalition of 10 U.S. plywood producers including Oregon’s Freres Lumber Co.
With its new Mass Ply Panel beam and column line up and running, Freres Lumber
Co., Lyons, Or., now has the ability to provide customers with a cost-competitive Mass Ply
solution for all structural elements of large-scale wood buildings.