All Eyes on March Madness

March Madness is on all of our minds this time of year, but Timber Products Company’s Michigan facility began its role in one of sport’s biggest events months ago.

Red leaves on maple trees in fall

“October is when we begin accumulating the Maple that will be made into the Final Four floors for both the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments,” explained Mike Larsen, Manager of Timber Products Company’s Michigan facility. “The wood becomes a whiter white when the leaves start to fall so it’s the optimal time to gather the material and make sure it’s uniform in appearance so the floors will look their best.”

This same high-quality wood was also used to make the Pacific Northwest-inspired floors installed in Matthew Knight Arena, home of the University of Oregon Ducks. As a long-time supporter of the Ducks, Timber Products Company is honored to have provided the wood for their home court. “The University of Oregon is special to Timber Products Company and its employees,” said Joe Gonyea III, CEO. “Our involvement in the arena meant a lot to our family and company.”

Oregon Ducks basketball court.

This floor made waves when it was first revealed in 2010, partly for the unique graphics that depict a forest of fir trees, and also because of its high quality. It is made out of 6,944 square feet of Northern hard maple from an FSC®-certified forest, and 225 interlocking panels weighing approximately 45,000 total pounds. “We feel this floor represents the Pacific Northwest and the wood products industry quite well,” said Gonyea.

To say that the Timber Products Michigan team feels a sense of pride in supplying the material for these floors would be an understatement. “When we see the floors on television it’s an emotional experience knowing that our wood is playing a part in the dreams of the student-athletes,” said Larsen.

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