SPRINGFIELD, OR — Timber Products Co. announced that it has been approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as an ultra low-emitting formaldehyde resin manufacturer of wood products.

The designation means the company is exempt from third-party certification requirements under the CARB regulations for its veneer core hardwood plywood made at its Medford, OR, facility.

“As one of the earliest CARB-certified manufacturers, this exemption means our customers can be assured that every veneer core panel we produce will meet California’s Phase 2 formaldehyde regulations,” said Timber Products’ Vice President Roger Rutan. “Also, this certification allows us to reduce the amount of testing, lowering our overall costs. Keeping our panels cost-competitive is critical to our customers.”

CARB Phase 2 requirements for veneer core hardwood plywood went into effect Jan. 1, with lower formaldehyde emission levels than in Phase 1 of the program. Raw particleboard and MDF have an additional year, until Jan. 1, 2011, to comply with Phase 2 emission levels. Hardwood plywood with a composite core has a deadline of July 1, 2012.

Timber Products’ mills in Medford and Grants Pass, OR, and Corinth, MS, have all earned Phase 2 certifications to produce CARB-compliant hardwood plywood.

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