Wood Adhesives Tour: A Northwest Bonding Experience

Tour Agenda – Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Load Bus at Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204
~7:00 AM Depart Hotel
Stop 1: OSU Wood Science Building (details below)
3205 SW Washington Way, Corvallis, Oregon 97331
Depart OSU and pick up lunch
Stop 2: Freres Lumber Company (details below)
40519 S Cedar Mill Rd, Lyons, Oregon 97358
Depart Freres Lumber Company
Stop 3: Specialty Polymers (details below)
2475 Progress Way, Woodburn, Oregon 37071
Depart Specialty Polymers
~5:30 PM Arrive back at Hotel


Stop 1 Details:

Oregon State University: A.A. “Emmerson” Advanced Wood Products Laboratory and George W. Peavy Forest Science Center


The A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory and the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center are state-of-the-art mass timber structures that are part of Oregon State University’s recently completed Oregon Forest Science Complex. The facilities are the first buildings in the US to incorporate mass plywood into the structures, and both showcase Oregon-made structural wood products sourced with a few hundred miles of the site. The Emmerson lab is a world-class timber engineering and advanced fabrication facility dedicated to furthering research, innovation and collaboration across disciplines in the timber design, engineering, fabrication and construction sector. In addition to learning about the facility, participants will be introduced to the TallWood Design Institute and a variety of research projects focusing on advanced wood products and construction. The Peavy Forest Science Center is a three-story, approximately 80,000 square foot mass timber structure that will be the new headquarters for the College of Forestry at OSU. A key feature of the structure is its post-tensioned CLT rocking shear walls, which are designed to allow the structure to move with an earthquake in such a way that damage is minimized and focalized in replaceable hardware components.

TallWood Design Institute

TallWood Design Institute unites researchers and educators from top U.S. wood productsengineering and sustainable design programs at Oregon State University and University of Oregon as one of the nation’s first and only interdisciplinary research collaboratives focusing on the advancement of mass timber and structural wood products building solutions.



Stop 2 Details:

Freres Lumber Co. MPP Plant

Freres Lumber Co., Inc.’s MPP production facility is located near Lyons, Oregon, in the heart of Oregon’s Santiam Canyon. The facility is the first of its kind. With 4 acres under roof, it is specifically designed to exclusively manufacture the world’s first veneer-based Mass Timber Panels. Freres Lumber’s proprietary manufacturing approach allows the production of large-format engineered wood panels. Manufactured from timber that averages only 9” in diameter, the maximum dimensions of Mass Plywood Panels (MPP) are an impressive 12’ wide by 48’ long up to 2’ thick. Panel finishing is performed by a Weinmann WMP CNC bridge capable of finishing a panel up to 12” thick. A Beam & Column line was commissioned in 2020 and allows finishing of product up to 24” thick and 60’ long, in anticipation of future plans to increase panel lengths to 60’. Freres has continued to certify additional products through the APA- The Engineered Wood Association including structural panels, structural beams, and industrial mat grade products.


Stop 3 Details:

Specialty Polymers and Roo Glue, Woodburn, OR

Visitors to Specialty Polymers and Roo Glue will tour the manufacturing and R&D facilities located in Woodburn, Oregon and see reactors for emulsion polymerization, processing equipment, and blend tanks. The R&D component of the tour will show the company’s lab facilities, including the QC, polymer synthesis, coatings and wood adhesive testing labs.

Specialty Polymers Inc., is a dynamic, family-owned manufacturer of water-based polymers and formulated adhesives. For more than 50 years Specialty Polymers has been leading the market with innovative polymers and responsive customer service.

Specialty Polymers’ adhesive division, Roo Glue, has been formulating products based on the latest adhesive polymer technology for more than 25 years. All adhesive products are developed in house and are used for industrial wood applications as well as woodworkers and hobbyists.

Specialty Polymers and Roo Glue products are designed to meet the most demanding needs from customers around the world, and our employees are committed to providing the best customer service in the industry. Manufacturing and R&D facilities are located on the East and West coasts. With a fully equipped polymer synthesis, coatings applications, and wood glue testing lab Specialty Polymers and Roo Glue are ready to provide solutions for the customers large and small in the coatings and adhesives industries.