As LP Houlton’s 160 employees keep busy this summer turning hundreds of thousands of tons of Northern Maine trees into millions of square feet of engineered–wood products, work was underway to expand the mill in response to increased demand for its flagship line, an exterior siding and trim called SmartSide.
“LP has seen consistent year-over-year growth of SmartSide and needed to add more capacity,” said Nathan Whitney, the plant’s manager. “With our location here, next to a plentiful wood basket, it made perfect sense to convert our mill.”
The $150 million expansion and conversion, which broke ground in June, is driven by market growth in the home construction, repair and remodel markets.
The project’s general contractor is Miron Construction, headquartered in Neenah, Wis., which has worked with Louisiana-Pacific Corp. on similar conversions. Stantec, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, is providing engineering services.