Construction Starts on Wood-Plastic Composite Manufacturing Plant

Houston, TX - Boise Cascade is constructing a $65 million wood-plastic composite manufacturing plant in Elma, Washington. The plant is being built on the site of the former Energy Northwest nuclear power plant that shutdown in 1996.

Using Boise's proprietary technology, the plant will turn recovered plastic and urban wood waste into home siding and other nonstructural products. Construction started last April and the project will be completed by May 2002. Four buildings, each approximately 45,000 square feet, are being retrofitted to accommodate a process line being relocated from Germany that will be near 1,000 feet in length. Engineering for the project is being performed by CPM Consultants (Vancouver, BC) while Industra Engineers & Consultants (Portland, Or.) is the construction manager and general contractor of record.

Boise Cascade is a distributor of office products and building materials and an integrated manufacturer of paper and wood products. The Elma plant will employ nearly 200 people.

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