Lumber giant Anderson-
Tully sold, 158 employees
After 129 years, Mississippi-based
lumber operation Anderson-Tully has
been sold to an unnamed company.
158 employees will lose their jobs.
Anderson-Tully, who manages
over 300,000 acres of hardwoods
timberlands throughout Mississippi,
Arkansas, and Louisiana, agreed to
sell its sawmill assets, which includes
“substantially all the property, plant
and equipment” to a company described as a “third party purchaser,”
according to a press release.
A letter from the company to the
Mississippi Department of Employ-
ment Security and local officials
said the company “will permanently
discharge all company employees
working at the sawmill from their
employment with the company,”
reported the Vicksburg Post.
Company President Richard
Wilkerson hopes it will re-hire as
many employees as possible, but is
uncertain if the new owner will do
so. – R.D.
Cross-laminated timber panel fails at
Oregon State Univ.
A cross-laminated timber panel has failed during construction of a new campus building at Oregon State
University (OSU), giving way between the second
and third stories. Construction has been halted.
OSU says a 4-foot-by-20-foot cross-laminated
timber (CLT) panel, made up of five layers of 2-by- 6
boards glued together at right angles, came crashing
down after it delaminated at one end. No one was in
the building at the time.
The university says it plans on hiring an engineering firm to find the specific cause of the failure, and
will then determine whether or not it has to re-eval-uate the risks of other CLT elements in the building.
CLT placements will continue when the evaluation
is completed. There are no plans to switch to more
conventional building materials.
The CLT panels used in the building were manufactured by D.R. Johnson, who specializes in CLT
manufacture and glue-laminated beams from Douglas
fir and Alaskan yellow cedar. OSU vice president of
marketing Steve Clark stressed to the Gazette-Times
that the school has the utmost confidence in CLT.
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