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US Plywood Producers Claim Certifiers Giving Imports a Pass

October 4, 2019

Ten domestic plywood producers have banded together as the “U.S. Structural Plywood
Integrity Coalition” to file a Lanham Act claim of false labeling against three U.S. certification
agencies: PFS TECO, Timber Products Inspection, and International Accreditation Service.

Sturdy, strong and sustainable: Oregon builders more frequently look to engineered wood for construction

September 3, 2019

Mass timber — also called engineered or composite wood — is increasingly popular in construction projects across the country, but especially in the Pacific Northwest.

For a growing crop of revolutionary constructions in Oregon, wood is the new steel.

Commentary: Lumber company stands behind school bond

April 16, 2019

Our company, Freres Lumber Co., wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for the people who work for us. More than 450 employees strong, Freres Lumber relies on its community as much as the community relies on us. We care deeply about our employees, their families and the generations of Santiam Canyon families to come. We are strong supporters of the Santiam Canyon School District in Mill City, Ore., and its students.

Coming Soon: Plyscrapers made from Mass Plywood Panels

March 25, 2019

LYONS, Ore. — There are many ways to glue bits of wood together. Cross-Laminated Timber is the lumber du jour, and is often described as “plywood on steroids” but it isn’t plywood, it’s made from dimension lumber like 2x6s laminated together. Plywood has been made in the USA since the 1880s and Freres Lumber of Oregon has been making the stuff since 1959. It’s well-established technology that uses wood very efficiently, peeling it off logs as small as 5 inches in diameter.

World’s first mass plywood panel approved for 18-story buildings

March 19, 2019

Located in Lyons, Oregon, Freres Lumber has been in business for nearly a century. After starting out producing standard lumber projects, the company moved into wood veneers some 60 years ago and in 1998 purchased a plywood plant. Now, it’s made another step: getting U.S. and Canadian patents on its mass plywood panel (MPP), the first veneer-based mass timber panel in the world, and fire approvals to build up to 18 stories high with the panel.

Freres Lumber named to annual list of most innovative companies

February 21, 2019

LYONS, Ore. — Freres Lumber Co. has been named to Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019, ranking as the fifth on the Most Innovative Company List in the Urban Development/Real Estate category.

Ted Freres, President

Ted Freres awarded Lumberman of the Year

February 15, 2019

The Lumberman of the Year award for 2018 has been posthumously awarded to Ted Freres, former president of plywood and veneer manufacturer Freres Lumber Co.

Freres Lumber’s massive panels get Canadian patent, pass fire safety test

February 7, 2019

Freres Lumber has just received a Canadian patent for its mass plywood panels (MPP). The panels have also passed fire safety tests. Freres’ massive panels, which Woodworking Network covered last year, are assembled by combining densely layered, extremely thin layers of Douglas Fir veneers. MPP would be used for floors and walls in multi-story commercial buildings, and they could be made to order.

Oregon’s Freres Lumber grows mass timber market

December 7, 2018

The website North American Forest Partnership (NAFP)’s website shares stories from its members, a diverse coalition of forest industry professionals, organizations, and government agencies (including the USDA Forest Service) that focus on relevant, responsible, and innovative efforts for forest management, conservation and sustainable harvesting.

Tyler Freres, Rob Freres and Kyle Freres of Freres Lumber Co. pose with the SEDCOR Manufacturer of the Year award.

After Peavy Hall construction collapse at OSU, Freres Lumber steps up with new product

December 3, 2018

Peavy was envisioned as a showcase for engineered wood products and a beacon for the burgeoning industry in the United States, but a 20-foot section of cross-laminated timber sub-flooring collapsed. Kyle Freres knew he had to do something. His family’s company — Freres Lumber Company of Lyons — had $35 million invested in its own new engineered wood product.

Tyler Freres, vice president for Freres Lumber Co., talks about the new mass plywood panels at the company's new $30 million facility between Lyons and Mill City. Credit: Mark Ylen, Mid-Valley Media

Freres builds for the future with new mass plywood panels

November 26, 2018

Tyler Freres, vice president of sales for Freres Lumber Co., walked through a new manufacturing plant between Mill City and Lyons, off of Cedar Mill Road, and pointed out a stack of wood panels destined for Oregon State University this week. “I don’t even think we’ve started to tap the products and the projects we can make out of this,” Freres said.

Tyler Freres

Freres Lumber VP makes bold predictions for 2017

March 3, 2017

After a year that saw log prices increase dramatically and finished wood product prices remain subdued, at best, wood-products industry professionals in the U.S. speculate what will unfold in 2017. Freres Lumber Company’s Vice President of Sales Tyler Freres published his predictions for the 2017 wood products market on the Freres Lumber Co. blog.