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Katerra CLT manufacturing plant passes first milestone

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Katerra factory, October 2018

Katerra provided an update in early July to its cross-laminated timber manufacturing facility which is nearing construction in Spokane Valley. The company announced that the plant had passed a critical milestone – successful completion of product testing for first project use. Initial product offerings at the facility include 5-layer and 3-layer CLT panels used primarily for floors, and later 7-layer and 9-layer shear panels for walls.

An innovative company that produces mass timber products, Katerra has constructed a 250,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in the Centennial Business Park (formerly the northeast industrial area) in the city.

The facility occupies 29 acres of a 52-acre industrial site with easy access to transportation corridors via rail and Interstate 90. Construction of the factory generated more than 150 jobs in the valley. The facility will employ about 125 people.

The products manufactured include cross-laminated timber and Glulam. Mass timber is considered an emerging new wood product in the United States. Through an end-to-end construction services model, Katerra plans to supply much of the CLT to projects where it will also serve as both architect and contractor. Learn more about the Katerra factory.

Two projects in Spokane Valley currently using Katerra materials are Pine Valley Ranch Phase 2 and River House apartment communities. In addition, the company will supply CLT to the construction of the Catalyst Building in Spokane and a new Hospitality Center – a collaborative project between Kootenai Health, Ronald McDonald House and the Community Cancer Fund – in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

In its new release, the company stated: “Katerra’s manufacturing  presence in the region will provide hundreds of jobs, while also stimulating the growth of thousands of additional jobs through the larger supply chain and associated industries, including design, engineering and construction.”

In January 2018, Katerra announced that it had raised $865 million in a Series D funding round to continue its manufacturing expansion and further investments into research and development.

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Katerra announces new projects (Feb. 21, 2019)
Katerra Raises $865 million as it redefines the construction industry (Jan. 24, 2018)
Katerra announces a new design consortium (Dec. 12, 2017)
Katerra announces new mass timber facility (Sept. 26, 2017)

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