Mass Timber Beams are the Newest Addition of Freres

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Freres Lumber Co.’s Mass Plywood Panel beam and column line is now up and running.

The company can now provide customers with a cost-competitive MPP solution for all structural elements of large-scale wood buildings.

The latest product line also offers customers a wider range of dimensions compared to other mass timber options available.

Freres’ column and beam products have APA certification of up to a 12” width with a 72” depth. It can cut products up to 24” thick.

The beam and column line has the features to allow running a product up to 60 ft. in length, but Freres’ current press can only accommodate up to 48 ft.

The company will seek certification for products that require longer widths and deeper depths in the next months.

“We are excited to round out our MPP offering with these beams and columns,” said Kyle Freres, VP of operations.

The patented MPP process enables the user to produce large timber dimensions from small diameter timber.

The panel thicknesses come in 1” increments, starting at 2” thick and available up to 24” thick.

The 1” increments in thickness occur in either the depth or width of the product, but depend on the beam’s orientation.

The APA product certification provides specific engineering.

“Most manufacturers produce either panels or glulam beams, but not necessarily both. Now, Freres is positioned to be a one-stop-shop for all the structural elements of large-scale wood buildings at a cost-competitive price,” Kyle Freres continued.

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