Candidates in Port Angeles port commission race discuss attracting mass-timber manufacturing

Modernized mass-timber products such as cross-laminated timber are meeting a demand for sustainably sourced, renewable materials in the construction of both small and larger buildings.

For obvious reasons, Washington has opportunities to lead in CLT manufacturing. In historic timber communities such as the Olympic Peninsula city of Port Angeles, the issue of how to include CLT in plans for economic development is part of the conversation in this year’s port commission elections.

From the Peninsula Daily News:

PORT ANGELES — The Port of Port Angeles should establish an economic development zone to foster new businesses in Clallam County, port commission candidate Mike Breidenbach said Tuesday. …

[Breidenbrach] also advocated attracting timber mills that would manufacture cross-laminated timber (CLT) components.

Cross-lamination is one type of so-called mass-timber products that also include laminated veneer lumber and laminated strand lumber.

The technology produces superstrong wooden columns, beams and trusses. Although a CRT mill could cost $60 million to build, Breidenbach said, Port Angeles is surrounded by 2 million acres of harvestable timber.


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