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International Focus: LVL Facility Updates to Benefit Australian Market
The evolution of the Australian building products industry has caused engineered wood products to become more prominent at distribution centers throughout the country. With the consistency in sizing and quality of materials like those in the LP® SolidStart® Engineered Wood Products family, it’s no wonder distributors and builders alike are turning to engineered wood. To help meet this demand, LP Building Products recently updated its LP SolidStart LVL facility in Golden, British Columbia, Canada.
“This year has already brought a lot of changes to our Golden facility, including new gang rip saw equipment, SiteCote™ sealing capacity and unit size flexibility, H2S treatment capability and increased cargo capacity. All of these updates have positioned the mill to become LP’s primary source for international LVL,” said Bryce Piggot, Golden plant manager.
Renovations started with the installation of new state-of-the-art gang rip saw equipment in January, which increases metric dimension offerings and allows LP to consistently offer eased or arrised edges on the corners of its LP SolidStart LVL, according to Piggot.
“The facility can now also apply LP’s SiteCote seal to only the wide faces or ends of LP SolidStart LVL when special ordered by customers. We can mix these special orders with product that has LP’s standard application of SiteCote on all six sides—ends, edges and wide faces—in the same shipping container,” Piggot said.
LP SiteCote is a water-resistant coating that provides protection builders need for short-term construction delays. SiteCote has been trusted by builders in the Australian market for more than 4 years and in North America for nearly 20.
LP has also established smaller unit sizes to help eliminate length constraints that were present at its other manufacturing facilities. Smaller unit options will allow Australian dealers and distributors more flexibility in stocking inventories and help them provide better service to their customers. The Golden facility recently completed its fifth month of manufacturing H2S treated LVL.
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