News Releases

Product Advisory warns of unsafe plywood from Brazil sold in American markets

June 11, 2020 —  This week, the U.S. Structural Plywood Integrity Coalition made up
of ten U.S. Plywood producers including Oregon’s Freres Lumber Co., issued Product Advisory
notices regarding Brazilian structural plywood. The distribution of the notices is the result of a motion
for preliminary injunction filed on June 5 by the Coalition.

New Mass Timber Beams and Columns Invented by Freres Lumber

 April 15, 2020 — With its new MPP (Mass Plywood Panel) beam and column line
up and running, Freres Lumber Co., Inc. is now able to provide customers with a cost-competitive
MPP solution for all structural elements of large-scale wood buildings. The new beam and column
line also gives customers a wider range of product dimensions than most other mass timber
options on the market.


Freres Lumber installs first horizontal plywood press in U.S.

January 28, 2020 — Freres Lumber Co. Inc. said it is the first U.S. manufacturer to install and operate the Taihei Horizontal Press Model P25-AB, a horizontal hot press for laminating plywood after the gluing and prepressing processes. The press was installed between Thanksgiving and Christmas and was fully operational on Dec. 17.

Freres and Nine U.S. Plywood Producers Claim U.S. Certification Agencies Fraudulently Certify Imported South American Plywood

September 16, 2019 — Freres Lumber Co., Inc. has joined nine other U.S. domestic plywood producers 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. The essential point of the claim is that structural plywood panels produced in South America are being fraudulently certified and stamped as compliant with U.S. Product Standard PS1-09 for Structural Plywood, when the panels in fact do not meet the country’s minimum structural requirements for stiffness and deflection.

Encore Architects Partners with Freres Lumber Company to Design its Block Party Showcase – BALhaus – with MPP

August 19, 2019 — Can design help us achieve personal balance and live our best lives? How can design thinking foster a society that balances the needs of all of its people and the planet? What is the role of design to mitigate our impact on the planet and achieve greater natural balance?

Freres Lumber Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019

February 20, 2019 — Freres Lumber Company 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.

Freres Lumber Co. Receives Patents and Fire Test Results

January 31, 2019 — Freres Lumber announces receipt of final patents in multiple countries

Freres Lumber Co. Mass Plywood Panel earns APA Certification

August 7, 2018 — First Mass Timber Panel constructed entirely from Structural Composite Lumber

Freres Lumber’s Veneer Plant Reconstructed, Back Online

November 21, 2017 — Tragic fire put Plant 4 out of commission June 26; rebuild completed, crews back to work by November

Freres Lumber Awarded $250,000 Wood Innovations Grant

June 13, 2017 — Mass Plywood Panel project gets boost from U.S. Forest Service grant

Freres Lumber Partners with Portland Art Museum for John Yeon Exhibit

April 24, 2017 — Opening May 13: Quest for Beauty Exhibit

Seven Predictions and Trends in 2017 Wood Products Market

March 1, 2017 — Freres Lumber VP makes bold predictions for 2017

Freres Lumber Unveils New Wood Product Innovation

October 20, 2016 — Mass Plywood Panel to revolutionize tall wood structures