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. Read More
LYONS, Ore. —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…. Read More
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.
Plywood is usually sold in sheets of 4′ by 8′ around an inch thick, but back in 2016 Freres forgot to turn the machine off… Read More
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.
The mass plywood panel has already been put to the test on a smaller scale—this past year Freres worked with design-build startup BuildHouse to construct an A-frame house ... Read More
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.
The list honors the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today’s volatile world. Half of the companies on this year’s MIC 50 list are appearing for the first time... Read More
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, who died last year of pancreatic cancer at 68, is credited with buying the company’s first computer, eventually leading to the advanced computer-controlled manufacturing technologies employed by Freres Lumber today... Read More
Robert Dalheim,Woodworking Network February 7th, 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. Panels can be as much as 12 feet wide and 2 feet thick. Freres says there are many potential benefits…. Read More
Freres Lumber Company announced that it has been granted a Canadian patent for its revolutionary Mass Plywood Panel (MPP), which is currently the only mass timber panel constructed entirely from Structural Composite Lumber (SCL). MPP will allow builders to build taller structures for less cost, faster, while using less wood than with any other mass timber product on the market today…. Read More
Bill Poehler, Salem Statesman Journal Dec. 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. Freres’ Mass Plywood Paneling is different than the cross-laminated timber that failed at Peavy Hall, but damage to one product in the fledgling industry could hurt everyone… Read More
Tyler Freres, Commentary, Statesman Journal 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… Read More
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. Freres Lumber Co.’s mass plywood panels were certified for use at the end of July, and the product is already being used in buildings and for other construction purposes. And Freres is thinking big…. Read More
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. This month, the site features a video on the Freres Lumber Company… Read More