SAN FRANCISCO – Plyboo bamboo architectural plywood and flooring products manufacturer Smith & Fong Co. announced it is stepping up its operations and taking an active role in the Canadian marketplace, according to company president Angus Stocks.

The expansion includes direct importation and warehousing of its products as well as new distribution and marketing representation. The base of Smith & Fong’s Canadian operations will be Toronto.

“Canada has been a great market for the Plyboo line over the years and we are very committed and excited about the potential there,” Stocks said. “So we are stepping up our engagement and commitment to meet it.”

Direct importation with product on the ground to support the company’s growth strategy and distribution network there was the natural next step for operations there, Stocks said.

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in San Francisco, Smith & Fong Co. says it was the first U.S. company to manufacture bamboo flooring for sale in North America, offering its initial product under the brand name Plyboo in 1993. In 1996 the firm began producing bamboo plywood, followed by coconut palm flooring and plywood products in 2000. Today, the company’s products are distributed and sold throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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