Timberlab acquires US glulam manufacturer, boosting growth in mass timber construction

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US national provider of mass timber systems Timberlab Holdings, and Oregon-based glue-laminated timber (glulam) manufacturer Diversified Wood Resources, doing business as American Laminators, have announced they have entered into an agreement for Timberlab to acquire the assets of American Laminators and will continue operating their two Oregon-based facilities in Drain and Swisshome, beginning 10 Jun 2024.

“American Laminators has a rich history of producing high-quality glulam products. Their attention to detail and the quality of their products are fantastic. The addition of their team to our organisation will continue to translate into value for our clients,” stated Timberlab president Christopher Evans.

“Following our announcement in March to build and operate a cross-laminated timber (CLT) manufacturing facility in the Mid-Willamette Valley, acquiring American Laminators is another leap forward to advancing our capabilities and services in the mass timber industry.”

Established in 1962, American Laminators is said to produce the “longest-spanning” glulam in North America, utilising a clear glue that adds to the high aesthetic value of their product.

The Drain and Swisshome locations have been operating for over 60 years, using Douglas fir, southern yellow pine and Alaskan yellow cedar, accounting for an annual capacity of 20 million board feet.

According to Timberlab, each facility will undergo operational upgrades to continue enhancing product optimisation and continuing the legacy of manufacturing in the Drain and Swisshome communities.

American Laminators provides products to the North American market and has supplied landmark projects, including Autzen Stadium at the University of Oregon, the LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, and the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California, among others.

“This is a very exciting time for American Laminators and the future of our company. Timberlab’s culture and goals align with American Laminators,” said Diversified Wood Resources president Dave Anderson.

“We are enthusiastic about the growth possibilities this acquisition brings to American Laminators and our valued employees, customers, and community. By combining our strengths and expertise, we are well-positioned to expand in the mass timber market while continuing to provide superior service, quality, and craftsmanship. We anticipate a seamless transition and are thrilled to be working together with the Timberlab team.”