Cross-Laminated Timber Focus of BDN article on regional economic growth
The Bangor Daily News recently featured UMaine’s cross-laminated timber research in its “series seeking to understand how the Bangor region could grow its economy.” From the BDN:
“Mass timber and CLT is the first real wood product that competes with and displaces steel and concrete rather than other wood products,” said Stephen Shaler, director of UMaine’s School of Forest Resources and associate director of the university’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
If builders in New York and Boston alone used new layered wood panels to build just 1 percent of new commercial and multifamily units, it could support at least two mills, employing about 30 people each, according to a study commissioned by the New England Forestry Foundation.
By jobs, that would be a small start, but Shaler said that manufacturing would allow the state to deepen its bench of wood products by adding another layer of in-state processing before products get to the end user.