SmartLam North America, a manufacturer of cross-laminated timber (CLT), announced it will build a $50 million glulam manufacturing facility in Dothan, Ala. The facility will manufacture 84,000,000 board feet of large glulam and columns annually for the mass timber market.
The company said it has partnered with Ledinek to build a turnkey, state-of-the-art glulam facility. The glulam facility will be operational by October of 2024. SmartLam said Dothan is strategically located to serve the Southeast, the fastest-growing mass timber market in the United States.
“We are pleased to announce the new state-of-the-art custom glulam manufacturing plant which will be the largest custom glulam plant in North America,” SmartLam North America CEO Derek Datchford said. “Most mass timber glulam beams and columns are manually produced. The new glulam plant will be automated, allowing SmartLam to significantly increase production and simultaneously deliver multiple mass timber projects.”
SmartLam said it will spend an additional $24 million to fully automate the existing Dothan, Ala., and Columbia Falls, Mont., CLT facilities. The company said the investment will allow each facility to produce 2 million cubic feet annually.