ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Construction is underway at StructureCraft on North America's first large-scale plant for production of dowel laminated timber (DLT). The 50,000-square-foot facility in Abbotsford, British Columbia will include a fully automated machine line for production of DLT, and is expected to be completed in August.
A variety of profiles can be integrated into the bottom surface of the DLT panel, StructureCraft Builders noted. The company said it plans to use a variety of species, including SPF wood (spruce-pine-fir), Douglas fir, hemlock, Sitka spruce, and western red or yellow cedar, to manufacture the timber product.
The Delta, B.C.-based StructureCraft said the new plant will be designed and built with a variety of mass timber and engineered wood products, including DLT, NLT, LSL (laminated strand lumber) and Glulam. The shop has been designed as a demountable structure, with modular wall and roof panels to allow for future expansion, the company added.
StructureCraft manufactures and sources mass timber products including DLT, CLT, NLT, and Glulam as well as steel components such as connections, cables, and castings.
Also known under the name dübelholz, DLT has been manufactured commercially in Europe for a number of years.