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FSC Mass Timber Production Arrives in the Midwest

The east and the west each have their own CLT producers, but now there’s one in between.

Even as the popularity of mass timber increases, sourcing Forest Stewardship Council-certified (FSC) wood is becoming more difficult, especially in certain regions of North America. It’s hardly good for the material’s carbon footprint to ship cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other members all the way across the U.S. or Canada. The location of the new Element5 mass timber factory in St. Thomas, Ontario, helps shorten the supply chain for many buyers, according to Lloyd Alter of Treehugger.

Located near Lake Erie, the factory produces large-format CLT panels, up to 11.5'x52.5' in thicknesses up to 15". It also makes glulam; nail-laminated timber (NLT); cross-laminated insulated panels (CLIPs) incorporating either mineral wool or expanded polystyrene; and BOXX panels, which are CLT panels integrated with engineered joists that can replace concrete slabs.

The plant achieved FSC certification in April 2021.

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Published June 7, 2021

Melton, P. (2021, May 18). FSC Mass Timber Production Arrives in the Midwest. Retrieved from

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