Burlington, Washington, June 21, 2022 – Burlington, Washington-based Pacific Woodtech is excited to announce the acquisition of the prestigious Louisiana-Pacific Corporation’s EWP (I-Joist and LVL) division. The acquisition includes LP’s laminated veneer lumber and I-Joist manufacturing facilities in Wilmington, North Carolina; Red Bluff, California; and Golden, British Columbia, associated timber license assets, and the SolidStart® brand.
The two companies have worked diligently to establish contract terms that recognize the value and strengths of their employees and customers, and the sale is targeted to close in early August. The acquisition comes as PWT expands its North American engineered wood product offerings while maintaining its reputation as an industry leader in unrivaled customer service and dedication to innovation and quality. PWT looked to LP’s premier building solutions when identifying the ideal product mix — one that meets the evolving needs of the current building market and answers the call for more sustainable building products.
“Adding Golden, Wilmington, and Red Bluff to PWT’s existing EWP business will propel the company into new growth,” said president and CEO Jim Enright. “PWT continues to drive positive change at the cutting edge of engineered wood products, and this acquisition will provide a more streamlined and focused resource for the industry. We are working hard to make this a seamless transition, one that allows for the retention and care of current employees and clients and strengthens PWT’s position as a leading force in the EWP market going forward.”
PWT has experienced impressive growth in the industry since its inception in 1998, a result of its commitment to innovation and its sole focus on engineered wood products for over twenty years. Today, PWT is the only EWP supplier to offer indoor and outdoor whole home solutions. Customers rely on the quality and reliability of the company’s engineered wood knowing they can count on superior products across the entire line. This trust is backed by application expertise and distinguished customer service. PWT has always been a future-focused organization with environmental stewardship and sustainability woven into its company DNA – all raw materials are sourced from sustainably harvested timberlands.
“We believe that Pacific Woodtech is well positioned to invest in and grow the SolidStart brand, and its acquisition of LP’s EWP business marks another important step in LP’s ongoing strategic transformation,” said LP Chair and Chief Executive Officer Brad Southern. “We will work with Pacific Woodtech to ensure a smooth transition for our EWP employees, customers, and suppliers. I want to express my sincere thanks to the entire EWP team for their patience and professionalism throughout this process. I wish them all the best moving forward.”
With Southern California roots, Jim entered the wood construction business and attended the University of Redlands, earning a degree in Business Administration. His passion for wood and the outdoors brought him with his family to Oregon in 1994, accepting a job with Willamette Industries in their EWP Division. For over 35 years, he has specialized in EWP manufacturing and sales while holding leadership positions with Murphy Co. (LVL) and Rosboro (Glulam Beam). Jim resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Sabrina. His son, daughter, and three grandchildren live in Oregon. His free time is spent with his buddies pursuing his outdoor passion—fly fishing.
After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Dan earned BA degrees in Finance and Accounting from Western Washington University and an MS in Finance from the New England College of Business. Additionally, Dan has completed executive education programs at Stanford University, the University of Washington, and Cornell University. Dan joined PWT in 2006 and has served in various capacities in finance, accounting, administration, and IT within the company before becoming CFO in 2014. In addition, Dan serves on the board of several not-for-profit, professional, and community organizations. Dan is an avid snowboarder and lifelong musician who enjoys relaxing at home with his wife and three daughters.
Raised in Western Washington with deep roots in the timber and wood products business, Randy earned a BS in Agricultural Business at Washington State University, an MS in Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois, and an MS in Forest Economics at Oregon State University. Randy started his career with Weyerhaeuser in 1997 in the strategic planning and analysis group before moving to their Trus Joist EWP division, specializing in sales and operations planning and manufacturing. Randy joined PWT in 2007 when he, his wife Rebecca, and their three young sons moved to Bellingham, Washington. Randy enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, fishing, hiking, and seeing live music in his free time.
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Pacific Woodtech has teamed up with Kop-Coat to create the only commercially available fully treated LVL. Called “TRU-CORE® technology,” this process was developed to move treatment chemicals through wood; the migration process is accelerated when energy, such as heat from an LVL press, is added.
The difference is that traditional processes use VOCs and/or incising to drive treatment into only the outer 0.4” perimeter of a wood member, while the patented TRU-CORE® technology can drive treatment into the entire member (no gradient) without adding regulated mineral solvents or water-based drivers, which can affect strength and/or void warranties in engineered wood products.
PWT Treated LVL can be used in exterior construction above ground applications (UC3B) and for components that are difficult to maintain, repair, or replace and are critical to the performance and safety of the entire system.
Any above-ground interior or exterior use such as deck beams, deck joists, deck columns (when on piers of 8” or greater in height, with a 1” offset). It is also a great product for treated sill plates, when used with a foam gasket for separation from the concrete, which is required by code. PWT Treated LVL should not be used in “ground contact.”
Douglas-fir is a “refractory species,” which means it has different anatomical properties, such as pore size and structure, making traditional treating processes difficult. However, when you look at the physiology of dry Douglas-fir, you will see that with some modern technology, it can be treated quite easily.
Kop-Coat’s TRU-CORE® technology offers full penetration of Douglas-fir using modern preservatives. See ESR-3834 for additional details.
Many western species are considered refractory species.
No, the treatment continues to normalize for about 24 hours after the LVL is pressed. After that time, the process has stabilized within the product.
Kop-Coat developed the technology, who had applied for their first patent on this in 2004. To date, there are over 90 commercial wood treatment penetration programs across the globe.
Other companies have tried to develop similar penetration technologies but have failed.
All organic molecules degrade over time – regardless of treatment process. The ones selected for TRU-CORE® technology retain their strength for 30 to 60 years in use – this is a significant improvement over traditional treatment processes where only the outer layer of wood fiber is treated.
The LVL will also be stamped/marked “PWT TREATED” and will have a muted olive colored sealer that is different than the standard Pacific Woodtech “honey brown” sealer on untreated LVL.
There are no solvents or VOCs in the treatment, so the genuine smell of wood is retained.
Yes, the active chemicals used in the treatment process are below EPA levels for indoor use.
The risks associated with touching/handling PWT Treated LVL are no worse than those of untreated LVL.
Always wear proper PPE per the safety data sheet
The hazards are no worse than those of untreated LVL.
Per the SDS: Ingestion is not an expected route of exposure. Rinse mouth. Immediate medical attention is not required.
No, since PWT Treated LVL is treated throughout the piece (no gradient), re-treatment is not necessary. However, it is recommended to recoat cuts with a sealer or paint to minimize swelling, as moisture will wick into end-grain fibers more quickly than edges and faces.
Yes, PWT Treated LVL can be stained or painted.
Proper flashing is required over ledger boards to meet code. Refer to building code requirements for ledger boards.
Flashing (metal or plastic) or approved flashing tape is required on any upward horizontal surfaces of the PWT Treated™ LVL to satisfy the warranty.
Flashing tape must have passed design standard AAMA 711-13, Level 3, Class A, perform in high and low temperature extremes, and have minimum UV protection of 120 days exposure.
Deck drainage systems that cover upward horizontal surfaces of PWT Treated™ LVL joists and beams, preventing wetting from occurring, are acceptable substitutions for flashing on the joists and beams.
Failure to use proper flashing, approved flashing tape, and/or proper deck drainage systems will void the warranty.
Failure to apply flashing in accordance to the manufacturers’ written installation instructions and as required by code will void the warranty.
Cladding is allowed if it will not trap moisture, as this will reduce the performance and life expectancy of even treated wood products.
PWT Treated LVL can be disposed of in the same manner as untreated LVL.
ACQ, CA, and MCA are chemicals used for post-manufacture, pressure treating of wood products. PWT Treated LVL uses a PTI based system. PTI stands for Propiconazole (fungicide), Tebuconazole (fungicide), and Imidacloprid (Insecticide). Our PWT Treated LVL has twice the PTI retentions required for UC3B, with no gradient that you would see in pressure treated lumber.
PTI is very common. It has been around for over 20 years. These PTI protection systems are used for many types of wood products including decking, fencing, siding, windows, sheathing, flooring, framing and other wood and wood-based building materials.
Yes, PWT Treated LVL qualifies as a ‘green’ building product. Its materials are sustainable, wood is a renewable resource that stores carbon, and its regulated toxins are well below EPA tolerances. PWT Treated LVL also qualifies as a no added urea-formaldehyde (NAUF) and ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) product.
The Green Verification Report documents compliance with recognized green building standards.