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Freres Lumber Co. chosen as Manufacturer of the Year

Thursday, September 20, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristine Thomas
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FRERES LUMBER CO. CHOSEN AS SEDCOR'S 2018 MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR

 

When he was 10 years old, Rob Freres earned $1 an hour to use a pike-pole to push logs from the pond into his family’s veneer plant. The pond has since been filled and the pike-pole replaced with a crane to move logs from the decks to the veneer plant.

While equipment and techniques have come and gone since T.G. Freres established Freres Lumber Co. in 1922, what has remained steadfast is the family’s pioneering spirit.

Now President of Freres, Rob, 62, shared their newest innovation- the Mass Panel Plywood or MPP.

“What we are doing with MPP is a natural evolution of everything we have already done,” Rob said.

At a tour of the new MPP plant along with Kyle and Tyler Freres, Rob shared MPP is set to revolutionize the wood products and construction industries. Kyle is the Vice President of Operations and Tyler is the Vice President of Sales.

Freres’ innovation is transforming the way people think about construction and the building materials used. MPP is a building product that sequesters carbon, is sustainable, and it can reduce the labor and time required to construct mid to high-rise buildings. 

On a trip to Germany, twin brothers Tyler and Kyle traveled with representatives from Oregon State University’s College of Forestry and the Center of Advanced Wood Products to learn about Cross Laminated Timber or CLT.

“While CLT is a beautiful product, we knew we could do something better,” Kyle said.

 


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