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With 2012 behind us, the new year is shaping up to be one of growth and steady revival for the building industry. And that’s something we can all cheer about. At Engineered Wood, we want to make sure you’re ready for the changes the reemerging market has in store.

In an effort to provide you the best information with the greatest impact, we’ll be providing shorter stories on more topics. This issue, focused on technology, takes a look at how you can differentiate yourself by staying ahead of the innovation curve and unveils the secrets behind a number of engineered wood technologies. In “The Invisible Magic” on page 08, you’ll get a quick look at the types of engineered wood technology we’ll be diving into in this issue.

“A Little Something Extra” on page 10 examines opportunities with value-added OSB products. “Siding Gets Smart” on page 16 details the manufacturing process for treated engineered wood siding, while our infographic on page 15 gives a quick picture of how laminated strand lumber can help multifamily builders reduce wall plate shrinkage. In “Shrinkage: Less is More” on page 14, we interview Chris Newhouse with SCA to learn more about how LSL can help eliminate shrinkage in wood-framed construction.

Want to know how other building professionals are embracing technology? Our “Industry Spotlight” on page 13 examines Zeeland Lumber’s use of prefabrication and engineered wood products as well as their enterprise resource planning system and warehouse management system. And don’t forget to check out this issue’s case studies on pages 03 and 19 to see how builders are using engineered wood.

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