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Our leadership team has deep expertise and a bold vision. Find out about our take on evolving trends and patterns in the industry, and how we are carving out a solid, strategic future for our company. 

Building Higher with Interfor Lumber

Bart Bender, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
August 15, 2016

When the Brock Commons student residence at the University of British Columbia opens next year, it will be the world’s tallest timber building. We’re proud that Interfor supplied a third of the more than 2.5 million board feet of 2x6 SPF #2 lumber used to make the cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels for this innovative project.

The last CLT panel was installed earlier this week. What was expected to take 20 months took just nine months. That’s because the CLT panels were prefabricated by one of our customers, Structurlam, at its facility in BC’s interior, and shipped to the site in Vancouver to be installed as they were needed. You can generate a time-lapse video to watch the construction here

Brock Commons has 17 stories of mass timber construction with a reinforced concrete base and core. It is just the latest addition to the growing list of tall wood structures being built around the world. Thanks to advanced wood technology, they’re meeting or exceeding building code requirements.

New Interfor Export Sales & Marketing General Manager

Bart Bender, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
July 28, 2016

I am pleased to welcome Carl Dobler to Interfor as our General Manager, Export Sales & Marketing.

Carl will lead our International Sales & Marketing team in providing Interfor’s diverse range of lumber products to new and existing customers in over 30 countries around the globe.

Carl has over 20 years of experience in the wood products industry. He was with Taiga Building Products for the last 10 years where he was most recently Export Sales Manager.

Carl joins a team committed to earning our customers’ business. Please feel free to reach out to any of our sales groups for your softwood lumber needs:

  • Export Sales - exportsales [at] interfor.com (subject: Interest%20in%20Interfor%20Lumber) (Export Sales)
  • North American Whitewood Sales - whitewoodsales [at] interfor.com (subject: Interest%20in%20Interfor%20Whitewood%20Lumber) (North American Whitewood Sales)
  • North American Southern Yellow Pine Sales - sypsales [at] interfor.com (subject: Interest%20in%20Interfor%20SYP%20Lumber) (North American Southern Yellow Pine Sales)
  • Western Red Cedar Sales - cedarsales [at] interfor.com (subject: Interest%20in%20Interfor%20Cedar%20Lumber) (Western Red Cedar Sales)

 

End-Matched Paneling Added to Reserve Product Line

Bart Bender, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
May 20, 2016

We have expanded our extensive Interfor Reserve product line by adding End-Matched Paneling.

The paneling saves builders time and money because it does not need to end on a framing member so it takes a fraction of the time to install when compared to square-edged products.

Once again, we are offering a program for our Reserve Pine distributors across North America. Fine the contact information for the distributor closest to you here.

Reserve End-Matched Paneling joins our Reserve Boards, Paneling and Decking.

Reserve Pine is a high-end product line using wood from some of the best pine stands in North America. Demand continues to rise, with customers telling us they appreciate the consistent quality and superb finish.

Meeting Special-Length Stud Lumber Demand in Multi-Story Construction

Bart Bender, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
March 31, 2016

If you are involved in a multi-story wood-frame project that calls for non-standard length studs, Interfor is ready to meet your needs with odd-length precision end trim (PET).

There’s more demand for these non-standard length studs as building codes across North America allow taller wood buildings. These multi-family and non-residential buildings are built from the top down, and by using odd-length stud lumber builders and architects can capitalize on the maximum height allowed.

Our stud mills in Port Angeles and Longview, Washington, and Molalla, Oregon, have the capacity to cut studs to the specific lengths for any large-scale building construction. This saves time and money because the builder does not have to go to a remanufacturer to have the stud cut to size.

The photo to the right shows the Holiday Inn Express in Bellingham, WA. We worked with our customer to manufacture odd-length PET studs for the hotel.

If you want to know more about Interfor’s odd-length PET studs, a good place to start is by contacting a member of our Western Dimension Sales & Marketing Team via email at whitewoodsales [at] interfor.com (email) or at (360) 788-2200.

 

Agreement Reached in the Great Bear Rainforest

Bart Bender, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
February 1, 2016

Today marks an important milestone for our Company – the announcement of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement by the Government of British Columbia and First Nations.

Located on BC’s central and north coasts, the area is home to communities and wildlife and is an important source of coastal forest products that are enjoyed by our customers around the globe.

Interfor is a founding member of a unique partnership involving forest companies and international environmental organizations. For 15 years, we worked together to develop the recommendations that would conserve forests while at the same time ensure sustainable logging could continue.

What was achieved in the Great Bear Rainforest is historic; the collaboration that drove the solutions is unprecedented. Interfor is proud to have been part of this achievement.

I encourage you to watch the one minute video with our partners: Government, First Nations and environmental groups.

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