Inside North America’s largest CLT operation

Friday 25 Oct 2019

Last week we supplied details of the largest cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam plant in North America that had just been opened. Katerra's new US$150 million, 270,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant will produce up to 13 million board feet of timber per year and it features the largest CLT press currently in operation globally.

Other facts: Twenty truckloads of lumber being delivered daily will provide the raw materials for the 60' long panels. With 1,800 lineal feet/minute of lumber fed into the line, the pieces are scanned and tracked throughout the process at a rate of 140 boards per minute. The annual output is equivalent to 50 x 250,000 sq. ft. commercial office buildings per year.

- Finger jointing 450 linear feet/minute
- 60' board storage and pre-layup
- Applying 320' of adhesive/minute
- 12' x 60' long panels on North America's largest press
- Producing 185,000 m3 CLT annually

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