LP Building Products Eyes Big Plant Conversion at Canadian Mill
January 25, 2015 | 11:01 pm UTC

LP Building Products Eyes Big Plant Conversion at Canadian Mill LAS VEGAS – LP Building Products said during the 2015 Builders' Show it is planning to expand manufacturing capacity of its LP SmartSide treated engineered wood siding products to meet increased demand from builders, remodelers, and shed fabricators.

LP’s plans for major investments in capacity expansions would encompass all LP SmartSide products, which include a full product portfolio and wide offering of lap, panel, trim and soffit. The treatment lets the boards resists moisture, termites and fungal decay. Expansion involves both a planned mill conversion to LP SmartSide production and increasing capacity at two current siding facilities.

LP says its Swan Valley, Manitoba, mill in Canada is the best option for a mill conversion to LP SmartSide siding. That project, still in preliminary planning, could produce 350 million square feet of LP SmartSide products annually, beginning next year. Other siding capacity expansion projects include expanding lap capacity at LP’s Hayward, WI, mill and adding trim capacity at its Newberry, MI, mill in 2015. These planned expansions would bring LP’s system capacity for LP SmartSide products to more than 1.5 billion square feet.

"Capacity expansions allow LP to make more LP SmartSide products available in more places to help build better homes and sheds and complete better residing jobs and home improvement projects,” said Ben Skoog, director, business marketing – LP Sidings.

In 2014, LP completed an expansion of primarily lap and trim capacity at its Tomahawk, WI, mill. The lap and trim products grew 18 percent from 2013 to 2014, despite the slow-growth residential-construction market.

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