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KLH/Offner announce joint venture with Idaho Forest Group

KLH
March 21, 2014

New venture to bring cross-laminated timber (CLT) to the US market

The Johann Offner Group, a global manufacturing firm headquartered in Wolfsberg, Austria, and Idaho Forest Group, a lumber producer based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, will market and distribute cross-laminated timber building solutions to the US in a joint venture between the two companies.

As a market leader, KLH as a brand is often used synonymously by the building and design industries for CLT as a product. The new joint venture will be strongly supported by KLH Austria and its subsidiary in London until an American-based sales office is established in June 2014.

KLH invented CLT in 1996, creating a process in which wood strips are stacked crosswise on top of each other and glued together. The resulting timbers are strong and lightweight, providing ease of assembly while allowing for maximum architectural freedom.

The core competence of KLH Massivholz GmbH in Austria, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Johann Offner Group, is in the production of large-format timber construction elements, which are sold on the market as cross-laminted timber. These large-sized solid timber panels can be used as wall, ceiling or roof elements.

Wood derived from responsibly managed forests is gaining traction among eco-friendly designers as the preferred building material primarily because the source is renewable and greatly offsets a project's initial carbon footprint. CLT is an engineered wood building system with high strength and dimensional stability that has proven itself as an alternative to concrete, masonry and steel in a variety of building types.

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