Mill Spotlight: Grants Pass, Oregon

Located in Oregon, Grants Pass is one of our ten milling operations and rests 150 miles directly south of Eugene and 40 miles west of Medford. This facility employs roughly 170 people and produces our selection of hardwood and softwood plywood.

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Alongside focusing on standard sheet sizes and grades, the Grants Pass mill has the equipment and capacity to accommodate special orders.

When we acquired the facility in 2005, numerous additions to improve the infrastructure of the building and grounds were made. In addition, new or refurbished equipment was brought in to improve the manufacturing process. We continued this initiative in 2016 with the addition of a beautifully rebuilt Kimwood Control Master 5' sander. Equipped with a 6-head configuration. This machine can sand panels up to 5' wide and 10' long.

Hardwood and softwood both have varying differences, and each type is governed by unique industry standards. For instance, hardwood plywood uses an ultra-violet or soy based non-formaldehyde glue and is a type of plywood used primarily for decorative purposes. Softwood plywood, by contrast, is used for structural applications that require an Architectural Plywood Association (APA) stamp for joist and rafter applications. To meet APA strength standards, softwood plywood must pass stress tests for load ratings as well as adhesion tests, all of which can be performed at Grants Pass.

For an added measure of control, Grants Pass receives its veneer from our state-of-the-art Yreka, CA facility, and mixes and monitors glue in-house. The glue meets spread, volume, press temperature and time requirements to produce a quality, uniform product.

All of this serves to provide exceptional products for end users. The set-up of the Grants Pass facility allows for orders comprised of non-standard specifications, such as different types and grades of plywood, sizes up to 5'x10' and unique edge treatments. Grants Pass produces panels at a rate of around 34,000 per week, with the possibility of having no two consecutive runs be alike.

Our Grants Pass facility loves a challenge—it also loves visitors. If your company is interested in touring the mill, don’t hesitate to reach out to our sales team, and they’ll work to get that scheduled. Come see Grants Pass first hand.

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