Product Review

SierraPine Bets on Phenolic Particleboard

SierraPine, which manufactures the Medex, Medite II, and Arreis lines of architectural fiberboards and moldings made of recycled and recovered wood free of added urea-formaldehyde, has begun producing particleboard using a phenol-formaldehyde (phenolic) binder rather than the conventional urea-formaldehyde (UF) binder. The new particleboard, called Encore, is made with 100% recycled wood fiber from sustainable forestry operations and produced at SierraPine’s facilities in Georgia, California, and Oregon.

Encore can be used in any application where typical particleboard is used, such as casework, countertops, and stair treads. It carries Scientific Certification System (SCS) and Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) certification, is approved for CHPS Section 01350, and complies with CARB Phase II regulations. The product is comparable in constitution and cost to Roseburg’s SkyBlend (see

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Published August 2, 2007