Castanet News – August 14, 2013
Steve Thomson, minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations, toured Structurlam’s Okanagan Falls manufacturing plant on Tuesday. At the end of the tour led by Structurlam’s president Bill Downing, he had nothing but praise for the plant’s operations.
“It is a real pleasure to be here to help celebrate your investment and innovation,” he said. “You are on the leading edge here and this is great news for the province and the forest sector.”
Structurlam recently expanded to allow for increased production of its cross-laminated timber panels, a solid wood product that offers a lighter-weight alternative to concrete in commercial construction.
It is currently one of only two companies in Canada to manufacture the building product. It also exemplifies the province’s Wood First Initiative, introduced in 2009, to promote BC wood in commercial construction, according to President Bill Downing.
“Wood has been enjoying a renaissance in the commercial construction market, and thanks to the things like the Wood First Initiative and the ongoing collaboration between industry and government, we are opening up markets around the world for commercial structural applications for homegrown wood products,” he said.