Pacific Woodtech’s

Mike St. John Scholarship Program

Pacific Woodtech is pleased to announce its 2020 Scholarship Program.
Eligible students seeking higher education or training are encouraged to apply.
Several $1,000 scholarships are available!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Eligible student is the dependent child of a full-time Pacific Woodtech employee and must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program at time of payment.

Applicant must be accepted, and attending in Fall 2020, a North Amerian-based university, college, technical school, or vocational school.

Interested applicants must submit an online application which includes a written essay.
Applications are closed for this year.

Other Information

Scholarship awards will be announced by July 6, 2020
Funds will be made payable to the university, college, community college or technical trade institute AND the qualified student (a joint check) at the beginning of the student’s academic school year.

Definitions

Dependent Child is a child of an employee, under 25 years of age and dependent for support on the full-time continuing employee. Age restriction of 25 years does not apply to a physically or mentally disabled dependent in which this condition existed before age 25 years. The following dependents are eligible for tuition reimbursement:

  • Children of the employee
  • Stepchildren of the employee
  • Adopted children of the employee

Program of study means a program of study leading to a first undergraduate degree and which does not require prior undergraduate preparation.

Policy

Pacific Woodtech Corporation offers financial assistance for the education of dependent children of eligible employees. Pacific Woodtech Corporation shall establish annually a fixed sum of money available for such scholarships. Should the eligible applications for scholarship exceed the funds available under this program, then the Scholarship Committee will establish and apply selection criteria to award the scholarships.

For the dependent children of employees who are pursuing a full-time post-secondary program of study, this benefit takes effect with the first full school year after the continuing full-time employee has completed one year of service with Pacific Woodtech Corporation.

Upon request, an employee must produce any supporting documentation requested by the company to show that the dependent child meets the criteria set forth in this program.

Benefit Amount

If approved for admission to a post-secondary institution, dependent children of full-time employees may apply for a scholarship award. Dependent children of staff are eligible to receive a tuition scholarship valued at up to $1,000 per school year. Eligible schools include Universities, Colleges (including community colleges) and Technical Trade Institutes. The scholarship is available for a maximum of four years. The value of the scholarship does not change in instances where the student is the dependent of more than one employee. The employee must have been accepted to and enrolled in the post secondary institution. The scholarship does not apply to dependent children who study on a part-time basis.

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PWT Treated FAQS

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

  • Handle in accordance with good industrial hygiene and safety practice.
  • Keep away from open flames, hot surfaces, and sources of ignition.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation or use appropriate respiratory protection to avoid wood dust inhalation.
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke when handling this product.
  • Remove and wash contaminated clothing before re-use.

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.