Mercer moves into mass timber

By Tony Kryzanowski
The Logging & Sawmilling Journal
October 18, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

In a move into the mass wood market, BC-based, Mercer International last year acquired the bankrupt Katerra Inc mass timber plant located in Washington State’s Spokane Valley. …Relaunched as Mercer Mass Timber, this huge state-of-the-art plant represents one-third of all mass timber production capacity in the entire U.S. It houses America’s largest mass timber press and one of the largest in the world. …Mercer International was founded in 1968 by University of B.C. chemical engineering grad, Jimmy S.H. Lee, who serves as Chairman of the Board. The company has a long and storied history and was involved in a variety of business sectors before settling into forest products in Germany in the 1990’s, and later B.C. and Alberta. …Mercer is approaching their operation of the plant much differently than the integrated model used by Katerra Inc. Their approach… is focused solely on supplying building materials and technical support.

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