Mass timber — also called engineered or composite wood — is increasingly popular in construction projects across the country, but especially in the Pacific Northwest.
For a growing crop of revolutionary constructions in Oregon, wood is the new steel.
Our company, Freres Lumber Co., wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for the people who work for us. More than 450 employees strong, Freres Lumber relies on its community as much as the community relies on us. We care deeply about our employees, their families and the generations of Santiam Canyon families to come. We are strong supporters of the Santiam Canyon School District in Mill City, Ore., and its students.
LYONS, Ore. — There are many ways to glue bits of wood together. Cross-Laminated Timber is the lumber du jour, and is often described as “plywood on steroids” but it isn’t plywood, it’s made from dimension lumber like 2x6s laminated together. Plywood has been made in the USA since the 1880s and Freres Lumber of Oregon has been making the stuff since 1959. It’s well-established technology that uses wood very efficiently, peeling it off logs as small as 5 inches in diameter.
Located in Lyons, Oregon, Freres Lumber has been in business for nearly a century. After starting out producing standard lumber projects, the company moved into wood veneers some 60 years ago and in 1998 purchased a plywood plant. Now, it’s made another step: getting U.S. and Canadian patents on its mass plywood panel , the first veneer-based mass timber panel in the world, and fire approvals to build up to 18 stories high with the panel.
LYONS, Ore. — Freres Lumber Co. has been named to Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019, ranking as the fifth on the Most Innovative Company List in the Urban Development/Real Estate category.
The Lumberman of the Year award for 2018 has been posthumously awarded to Ted Freres, former president of plywood and veneer manufacturer Freres Lumber Co.
Freres Lumber has just received a Canadian patent for its mass plywood panels . The panels have also passed fire safety tests. Freres’ massive panels, which Woodworking Network covered last year, are assembled by combining densely layered, extremely thin layers of Douglas Fir veneers. Mass Ply would be used for floors and walls in multi-story commercial buildings, and they could be made to order.
The website North American Forest Partnership (NAFP)’s website shares stories from its members, a diverse coalition of forest industry professionals, organizations, and government agencies (including the USDA Forest Service) that focus on relevant, responsible, and innovative efforts for forest management, conservation and sustainable harvesting.
Peavy was envisioned as a showcase for engineered wood products and a beacon for the burgeoning industry in the United States, but a 20-foot section of cross-laminated timber sub-flooring collapsed. Kyle Freres knew he had to do something. His family’s company — Freres Lumber Company of Lyons — had $35 million invested in its own new engineered wood product.