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Clarke County OSB Mill Expands for LP FlameBlock Production

Last week, our Clarke County, Alabama, OSB mill broke ground on a new expansion for production of our LP FlameBlock fire-rated OSB sheathing. Dignitaries from around the area joined LP officials in celebrating the groundbreaking for a new building that will house the production. 

LP selected the Clarke County mill for the FlameBlock sheathing production line because of its strong workforce and proven performance in manufacturing commodity OSB from safety, quality and environmental perspectives.  In addition, the Clarke County mill produces 9- and 10-foot LP LongLength OSB Sheathing, often preferred for FlameBlock fire-rated wall applications.

Plans call for the multi-million dollar project to be completed in the third quarter of 2016, with production scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016.  

The Freedonia Group predicts that US flame retardant demand will rise 6.0% yearly to 1.1 billion pounds in 2016, with construction products being the fastest growing market. LP is committed to meeting the high demand for fire-rated OSB with adequate production facilities such as our newest mill expansion in Clarke County.

Curious how LP FlameBlock helps slow the spread of flame and heat? Read about the science behind the product.

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Industry Trends5 min

Helping Small Builders Compete Against the Giants

Big builder market share has doubled in the last 25 years and now represents about 50 percent of housing starts nationwide – and even 75 percent in some major metro areas. These mega-builders have huge budgets for both land development and marketing. It’s increasingly difficult for small and medium-sized builders to compete, but LP is committed to helping them prosper.

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Leading the Way in Supply Chain Innovation

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The Importance Of Vapor Permeability In Building Envelopes

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How “Attainable” Are New Homes?

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