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January 3, 2019 Media Contact

Advanced Wood Products Use in Construction Highlighted at Mass Timber Conference in Salem

The Oregon Mass Timber Development Summit takes place January 15, 2019, at the Salem Convention Center and is the culmination of a partnership between Oregon State University's Tallwood Design Institute and Business Oregon. Mass timber is the name for massive, very strong engineered wood panels used in commercial construction, the most recognized being Cross Laminated Timber (or CLT).

The summit, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Partnership, is uniquely designed for public officials, economic development professionals, and manufacturers to support the use and production of mass timber in Oregon, and also develop the larger domestic market. Presenters from government, academia, industry, public/private organizations, and finance will take part in five panel presentations including:

  • Where are We Now
  • The Opportunity for Oregon
  • Current Initiatives and Strategies Through Oregon
  • Key Supply Chain Needs for a Successful Mass Timber Sector—Part I and II
  • Innovation and Investment

Oregon is home to the first certified, commercial producer of Cross Laminated Timber in the United States, DR Johnson Company in Riddle, Oregon. The country's tallest wood-framed building also resides in Oregon, the Carbon12 building in Portland, using CLT. While Oregon is ahead in the U.S. market, there are more than 500 buildings in the United Kingdom alone that use mass timber construction.

The summit takes place on January 15, 2019, from 8:00am to 3:45pm and costs $35. Online registration and event information. Registration includes morning refreshments and lunch.

Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy. The agency's services span rural community development and infrastructure financing; business retention, expansion and recruitment; export promotion and international trade; investments in industry research and development and entrepreneurship; small business assistance; and support for arts and cultural organizations.