Roseburg News

Mike McCollum addresses symposium

Monday, May 6, 2013

Engineered Wood Products National Sales Manager Mike McCollum spoke at the International Wood Composites Symposium in Seattle, Wash., in early April.  The presentation was titled “Engineered Wood Products continued impact on the wood product industry.”  The symposium was attended by most of the major manufacturers, including Weyerhaeuser, Boise Cascade, Louisiana Pacific (LP), Roseburg, Pacific Wood Tech, West Frasier, Tolko and Georgia Pacific (GP).

Mike reviewed the history of EWP and where it is today. He referenced the beginnings of engineered wood at the most basic level oriented strand board (OSB) in the ‘70s to cross laminated timber (CLT) and the new oriented strand lumber (OSL) which may prove to be a bigger player in the future.

Mike also spoke to the new challenge of wood availability as the housing market returns. This is where EWP has an edge. For example, studies have shown that conventional timber can use up to three times the fiber to construct a wood floor system than EWP.  According to studies conventional timber conversion uses up 50-55 percent of the tree where EWP uses 70-75 percent.

Mike summarized by saying “EWP has changed the way we build forever. It has allowed engineers and architects to design with predictability, precision and imagination. Engineered wood has allowed builders to build better homes, faster with less waste, fewer call-backs and fewer homeowner complaints. It uses less fiber and fewer trees, sustainably and more responsibly.”

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