Timberlab acquires American Laminators accelerating mass timber construction

Hidden Creek Community Center, Hillsboro, Oregon, features CLT construction. 

Photo By TimberLab Inc.

PORTLAND, Ore. —Timberlab Holdings Inc., owner of Timberlab Inc., a national provider of mass timber systems, and Diversified Wood Resources, LLC, doing business as American Laminators, an Oregon-based glue-laminated timber (glulam) manufacturer, 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 June 10, 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 organization will continue to translate into value for our clients," states 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."

Chris Evans, president of TimberLab.

Since its founding in 1962, American Laminators has been one of the leading manufacturers of custom glulam in the United States. They produce the longest-spanning glulam in North America, utilizing 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, utilizing Douglas Fir, Southern Yellow Pine and Alaskan Yellow Cedar, accounting for an annual capacity of 20 million board feet. Each facility will undergo operational upgrades to continue enhancing product optimization 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 awe-inspiring LeMay – America's Car Museum in Tacoma, WA, and The Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, CA. In Portland, OR Timberlab sourced glulam from American Laminators for the new 95,000-square-foot Multnomah County East County Library.

"This is a very exciting time for American Laminators and the future of our company. Timberlab's culture and goals align with American Laminators," says 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."

In March, Timberlab announced it was in the planning stages on a 250,000-square-foot cross-laminate timber facility for a Willamette Valley, Oregon, site. Once completed, the facility is projected to produce an annual output of 100,000 cubic meters of finished CLT products and eliminate "pinch points" in the marketplace.

"Timberlab's objective has been to remove pinch points in the mass timber industry so that timber structures are affordable and widely usable in the U.S. construction market," said Evans. "Over the last four years, we have added two CNC facilities in Portland, OR, and Greenville, SC, focused on expanding the supply chain for mass timber. The increase in mass timber demand, coupled with our successes over the last seven years, is driving us to continue to expand the supply chain by adding our new CLT manufacturing facility in Oregon."



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