Wood Products

Weyerhaeuser’s Plant in Columbia Falls, Montana, Is the World’s Longest-Running Medium-Density Fiberboard Facility

In the 1920s, inventor William Mason was determined to find a use for scrap wood left over from lumber manufacturing. As the story goes, one night he accidentally left a press machine running and returned in the morning to find a primitive sheet of what we now know as “masonite,” or fiberboard. ... Read More
April 11, 2022

Innovative Custom Fall-Prevention System in Columbia Falls Poised To Boost Safety at More Locations

Every day, the crew at our medium density fiberboard plant in Columbia Falls, Montana, loads finished products onto dozens of rail cars to ship to customers. Until recently, someone had to climb a ladder to crawl inside each loaded rail car to secure the MDF with dunnage, airbags and banding to protect them on their journey. ... Read More
February 24, 2022

A Focus on Team and Community Helps Edson OSB Hit a Major Milestone

There was clapping and cheering and a host of cheerful faces when our oriented strand board plant in Edson, Alberta, achieved a significant milestone in the early morning hours of Nov. 17. The team had just run its 4 millionth press load — the critical step that squishes a massive mat of loose wood fibers into a solid board. ... Read More
December 9, 2021

Holes in Parallam® PSL - How to get it right

When designing a home, identifying where to run plumbing and electrical can be a real challenge! Redesign? Reroute? Cut holes? If the surprise demand for a hole occurs during rough-in, you may have more options than you think. ... Read More
September 27, 2021

Ridge board or ridge beam? Which one does my roof need?

This is a very common question our team of tech support engineers frequently discuss with designers. The difference between a ridge board and a ridge beam comes down to whether the roof is designed as a compression style or structural style roof. Though there is also a third type of roof when using Weyerhaeuser engineered wood products. ... Read More
August 10, 2021