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FRERES CELEBRATES CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY

Lyons, Ore.-based Freres Lumber Co., now doing business as Freres Engineered Wood, is celebrating its centennial year, marking a century of transformative growth and positive impact on the wood products industry, clients, employees, and its surrounding communities. Freres celebrates this monumental milestone by unveiling its new brand and logo which commemorate Freres’ longstanding history while reflecting its commitment to innovation and advancements as it looks forward to the next 100 years.

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Microsoft selects Freres Lumber, ACTbiochar CO2 removal project forCarbon Removal Program

ACT, the leading provider of custom market-based solutions for reducing carbonfootprints, and Freres Lumber Co., a premier engineered wood productsmanufacturing company, today announced that Microsoft selected their Biochar CO2Removal Project for its 2022 Carbon Removal Program.

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OREGON TIMBER PRODUCT GETS THE TREMOR TEST IN UNIVERSITY STUDY

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A Lyons-based lumber company is providing wood materials to a large-scale university research project that aims to prove tall timber buildings can be resilient to earthquakes. The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) TallWood project began in 2016. The following year, researchers performed a shake table test at the University of California San Diego on a two-story mass timber building structure to see how it fared when faced with earthquake-like tremors.

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Tragedy to gateway: Wildfire-salvaged wood gets new life at Portland International airport

When the 2020 Labor Day wildfires burned 50 miles to the south, destroying more than 3,000 homes and scorching 1.2 million acres of trees, the lingering smoke cast the state’s largest airport in a haze. Now, as the Portland International Airport takes on an ambitious $2.2 billion makeover that will expand the main terminal and make significant improvements, much of the
wood for the new roof over the main terminal is coming from wood salvaged from those wildfires.

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New net zero Bush School comes together with mass plywoodpanels

It won’t open until next spring, but anaddition to The Bush School in Seattleis already teaching lessons in greenconstruction.
The 20,000-square-foot building isunder construction on Bush’s uppercampus at Hillside Drive East andLake Washington Boulevard East. Itwill serve high school kids with 10seminar-style classrooms, causalbreak-out areas, a 400-seatmultipurpose room with pre-functionspace, student lounge, student/facultycollaboration center, catering kitchen,administrative offices and a facultyworkroom.

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Product Advisory warns of unsafe plywood from Brazil sold in American markets

June 11, 2020 — This week, the U.S. Structural Plywood Integrity Coalition made up of ten U.S. Plywood producers including Oregon’s Freres Lumber Co., 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.

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New Mass Timber Beams and Columns Invented by Freres Lumber

April 15, 2020 — With its new Mass Ply (Mass Ply Panel) beam and column line up and running, Freres Lumber Co., Inc. is now able to provide customers with a cost-competitive Mass Ply solution for all structural elements of large-scale wood buildings. The new beam and column line also gives customers a wider range of product dimensions than most other mass timber options on the market.

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Freres Lumber installs first horizontal plywood press in U.S.

January 28, 2020 — Freres Lumber Co. Inc. said it is the first U.S. manufacturer to install and operate the Taihei Horizontal Press Model P25-AB, a horizontal hot press for laminating plywood after the gluing and prepressing processes. The press was installed between Thanksgiving and Christmas and was fully operational on Dec. 17.

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Freres and Nine U.S. Plywood Producers Claim U.S. Certification Agencies Fraudulently Certify Imported South American Plywood

September 16, 2019 — Freres Lumber Co., Inc. has joined nine other U.S. domestic plywood producers as the “U.S. Structural Plywood Integrity Coalition” to file a Lanham Act claim of false labeling against three U.S. certification agencies: PFS TECO, Timber Products Inspection and International Accreditation Service. The essential point of the claim is that structural plywood panels produced in South America are being fraudulently certified and stamped as compliant with U.S. Product Standard PS1-09 for Structural Plywood, when the panels in fact do not meet the country’s minimum structural requirements for stiffness and deflection.

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