Mercer International Inc. reported it has signed its first major mass timber project contract with a large consumer products retailer. The project, which is composed of cross-laminated timber panels, glue-laminated beams and connector elements, is expected to utilize four months of capacity at Mercer’s Spokane, Wash. facility on a one-shift basis over the course of 2023.
Mercer didn’t reveal the name of the customer, but it’s possible it is Walmart for Walmart’s new home office campus in Bentonville, Ark. Walmart and mass timber producer Structurlam recently severed plans for Structurlam as the exclusive supplier to the Walmart multi-building project.
Juan Carlos Bueno, Mercer President and CEO, states, “We are delighted to conclude our first major mass timber contract. Our customer has selected mass timber for its appearance, structural integrity, fire resistance, construction efficiency and carbon footprint that only mass timber construction can provide. We expect that this is the first of more major projects to come as Mercer’s innovative product line and services become more recognized in the growing mass timber construction space.”
Mercer International Inc. is a global forest products company with operations in the U.S., Germany and Canada with an annual production capacity of 2.3 million tonnes of pulp, 960MMBF of lumber, 140,000 m3 of cross-laminated timber, 17 million pallets and 150,000 tonnes of wood pellets.
Mercer purchased the new high production Spokane CLT facility in 2021 upon the bankruptcy of previous operator, Katerra.
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