Russ Vaagen, a fourth-generation lumberman in northeastern Washington and vice president of Vaagen Brothers Lumber Co., pioneered the use of small-diameter timber in wood products manufacturing two decades ago.
Now he’s building the state of Washington’s first mass-timber production plant.
He announced the formation of Vaagen Timbers at this year’s International Mass Timber Conference in Portland. By this time next year, the Colville plant will be churning out cross-laminated timber and glue-laminated beams – the two primary mass timber building materials.
“This is the revitalization of the timber industry,” Vaagen said. “Mass timber allows us to do the right thing at the right time. It’s not a political deal at all. It’s a mix of science and social science.”[Read more…]