DOTHAN, Ala. – Florida-based International Beams, a manufacturer of high-quality, pre-fabricated i-joists, will convert a General Electric building as its new 227,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Dothan, Alabama.

The City of Dothan approved several tax abatements for the factory conversion, including $632,000 and four annual payments from July 2018 to July 2021 “to meet obligations with the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority to facilitate the project,” reported the Dothan Eagle.


Technology for tall wood construction expands in U.S. market 

At the Leadership Forum, Iain MacDonald from the TallWood Design Institute and Valerie Johnson, CEO of DR Johnson Lumber, explain the phenomenon leading to Portlands 14-story wood high rise.



The number of jobs created and more details about the expansion will be announced next week, Dothan officials said. It is reportedly unknown precisely what International Beams will manufacture at the facility, but the state said the company made sure the facility was highly-specialized.

At its other plants, International Beams produces solid-sawn i-joists - strong, lightweight, "I" shaped engineered wood structural members that meet demanding performance standards. I-joists are comprised of top and bottom flanges, says the APA, which resist bending and provide outstanding shear resistance. The flange material is typically laminated veneer lumber (LVL) or solid sawn lumber, and the web is made with plywood or OSB. The robust combination of structural characteristics results in a versatile, economical framing member that is easy to install in residential and light commercial projects.

A recent project using International Beam's LVL I-beams was the Element Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa. The architects chose a U-shape footprint that offers a “courtyard” sense of privacy. They designed two-way cantilevered corner offsets that are subtle, yet can be noticed from a block away. The 6” bump-outs create exterior lines that suggest structure and class.
At the heart of the engineers’ strategy was engineered wood with fiber reconstituted in a way that allows bending values to be assigned in a uniform manner. This permits design engineers to select sustainable products that perform reliably day in and day out. On floor joists, for example, the guestroom layout called for a 22-foot clear span, and the wood I-Joist are light, straight, and strong with proven bending values

International Beams is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida and runs two manufacturing facilities, one in Pohenegamook, Quebec, and the other in Tillson, Ontario. The company employs 95 workers across the two sites.

Find more about International Beams here.

Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.