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.
Tyler Freres, vice president of sales for Freres Lumber Co., walked through a new manufacturing plant between Mill City and Lyons, off of Cedar Mill Road, and pointed out a stack of wood panels destined for Oregon State University this week. “I don’t even think we’ve started to tap the products and the projects we can make out of this,” Freres said.
After a year that saw log prices increase dramatically and finished wood product prices remain subdued, at best, wood-products industry professionals in the U.S. speculate what will unfold in 2017. Freres Lumber Company’s Vice President of Sales Tyler Freres published his predictions for the 2017 wood products market on the Freres Lumber Co. blog.