Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation announced today it will expand its operations into the United States, with a plant in Conway, Ark., set to open in mid-2021.
The Canadian-based company, in which Walmart has invested, will spend $90 million to purchase, retrofit, and equip a former steel plant and create 130 new jobs. Structurlam says it will source softwood lumber from Arkansas-grown Southern Pine trees.
“The commercial and residential building industry is experiencing a revolution brought on by the rise of mass timber building solutions,” said Hardy Wentzel, CEO of Structurlam. “At Structurlam, we’re transforming wood, one of nature’s most renewable resources, into a greener, more cost-effective, and aesthetically-pleasing alternative to concrete and steel. We’re proud to establish roots in the great state of Arkansas and the City of Conway, and support Walmart as the exclusive supplier of mass timber products for its new home office campus.”