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Desert Sage Elementary School Receives Grant from RedBuilt


Boise, ID – Desert Sage Elementary School announced today that it is the recipient of a $7,500 grant from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to implement the organization’s premier career learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum for its students.  This new grant was made possible by a generous donation from RedBuilt, an engineered wood products company headquartered in Boise.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the United States. Through PLTW’s pathways in engineering, computer science and biomedical science, K-12 students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate with hands-on learning and activities that reflect real-world scenarios and careers.

“The demand for STEM knowledge and skills is not going away—it’s getting stronger,” said Lisa Hahle, Principal of Desert Sage Elementary School. “It’s absolutely wonderful to be able to introduce our students to this lifetime learning pathway and help them develop the skills they will need to succeed in the future.”

Funds from the grant will be used specifically to start Desert Sage Elementary School’s PLTW Launch Program. It will cover program expenses such as annual program fees, teacher professional development, and required classroom equipment and materials.

Kurt Liebich, CEO of RedBuilt, said his company will contribute beyond the donation. He said his company plans to lead fundraising efforts to support the grant, create unique hands-on opportunities, and participate in schoolwide events, along with plans to form a partnership with PTLW to help mentor students, liaise with local officials, identify professional development opportunities, and provide supplies and equipment.

“This unique partnership we’ve built with Desert Sage Elementary will hopefully grab the attention of young students,” Liebich said. “Today’s jobs require a more enhanced skill set, and STEM are where more and more of the opportunities will be tomorrow.  We believe strongly in the PLTW curriculum as it inspires students to seize these opportunities by embracing the subjects, and pursuing the careers, that will be the backbone of our economic future.”  

According to PLTW, studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science. Recognizing that K-5 students already have the qualities of great makers and innovators, PLTW Launch taps into students’ exploratory nature, engages them in learning that feels like play, and encourages them to keep discovering and embrace failure.

“Project Lead The Way is committed to a transformative educational experience that empowers students to prepare for and thrive in an evolving world,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “We are grateful for the truly unique corporate partnership demonstrated by RedBuilt. Their approach, which involves not only expanding access to PLTW programs in their local community through monetary support, but also the engagement of company leaders and associates, sends a clear message. They are committed to career learning and to strengthening their community. In so doing, they will help spur the creation of tomorrow’s innovators.”

For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org or contact Jennifer Cahill, PLTW senior director of media and public relations, at jcahill@pltw.org.

About Project Lead The Way
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world, and provides teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students. PLTW programs can be found in over 9,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.

About RedBuilt
RedBuilt™ is a leader in the design, manufacture, and support of proprietary engineered structural wood products for commercial applications. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, RedBuilt operates four manufacturing plants and more than 30 design and sales offices throughout the United States. The company delivers innovative, leading-edge engineered wood products and building systems for commercial and multifamily applications, as well as a wide range of concrete forming and shoring and scaffold plank solutions. RedBuilt products include open-web trusses, Red-I I-joists, RedLam LVL and all of the complementary components, as well as product engineering and technical on-site support. Learn more at www.redbuilt.com

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RedBuilt doubles capacity with new laminated veneer lumber line


BOISE, Idaho (Aug. 26, 2015) — RedBuilt LLC, a leading manufacturer of engineered structural wood products, today announced the addition of a new laminated veneer lumber (LVL) line at its engineered lumber products facility in Stayton, Ore. RedBuilt’s new four-foot LVL press is being supplied by Taihei Machinery, a top manufacturer of plywood and woodworking machinery in Komaki City, Japan.

“This press will nearly double our existing RedLam™ LVL capacity,” RedBuilt President and CEO Kurt Liebich said. “Our new line will help us meet demand for our engineered wood products. We’re committed to investing in the future of the business and providing the innovative solutions our customers have depended on for decades.”

Shortly after the invention of LVL in the 1970s by Art Troutner, who was co-founder of RedBuilt’s predecessor company, it quickly gained a foothold in the industry as a stronger, lighter weight product that minimized inconsistencies found in natural wood.

“LVL is at the heart of virtually all of our products, from RedLam headers and beams and flanges in Red-I I-joists and open-web trusses, to RedPlank scaffold plank and our concrete forming and shoring solutions,” Liebich said. “With this new line, RedBuilt is better positioned to control the supply and quality of products we manufacture and serve our customers’ growing needs.”

About RedBuilt
RedBuilt™ is a leader in the design, manufacture, and support of proprietary engineered structural wood products for commercial applications. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, RedBuilt operates four manufacturing plants and more than 30 design and sales offices throughout the United States. The company delivers innovative, leading-edge engineered wood products and building systems for commercial and multifamily applications, as well as a wide range of concrete forming and shoring and scaffold plank solutions. RedBuilt products include open-web trusses, Red-I I-joists, RedLam LVL and all of the complementary components, as well as product engineering and technical on-site support. Learn more at www.redbuilt.com.

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RedBuilt Welcomes New Regional Sales Managers and Marketing Manager


BOISE, Idaho (Jul. 16, 2014) — RedBuilt, LLC recently added Cornelia Sprung as Marketing Manager and bolstered its sales leadership in the Western United States and Canada with the addition of Mike Hayley and Jason Weber as Regional Sales Managers. They bring a combined 59 years of EWP experience to the RedBuilt sales and marketing leadership team.

With a strong background in brand management, product marketing, and personnel management, Cornelia Sprung brings 25 years of experience in the wood products industry to RedBuilt. Prior to RedBuilt, Sprung worked for Weyerhaeuser Wood Products and the former Trus Joist engineered wood products business in a variety of roles, including Marketing Communications Manager and Manager of Technical Literature. She received a B.S. in Marketing from Boise State University and a diploma in Architectural-Engineering Technology from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science & Technology.

“I started my career in the commercial wood products industry over two decades ago, and it feels good to return to my roots,” she says. “I look forward to working with the RedBuilt team to implement innovative, cohesive marketing campaigns.”

South Coast Region Sales Manager Mike Hayley has years of experience designing structural framing systems in wood, steel and concrete, and has assisted architects and engineers for more than a decade with floor and roof framing systems that use commercial engineered wood products. Since 1999, he’s managed business development over a large territory.

Most recently, Hayley served as a Technical Sales Representative for RedBuilt and Weyerhaeuser in California where he earned numerous sales awards, including the Weyerhaeuser PROS award. He also worked as a Project Engineer for Teter Consultants and as a Staff Engineer for Parrish Hansen, Inc. and Mesiti-Miller Engineering. Hayley received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State University in Fresno and holds a current California professional engineering license.

Intermountain Region Sales Manager Jason Weber has 19 years of engineered wood products sales experience. He is a recognized leader among his peers, and has received numerous sales awards during his career, including being recognized as RedBuilt Sales Rep of the Year in 2010.

He has served as a Technical Sales Representative for RedBuilt and Weyerhaeuser, and Technical Representative for Trus Joist, and holds a diploma in Architectural-Engineering Technology from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science & Technology.

About RedBuilt
RedBuilt™ is a leader in the design, manufacture, and support of proprietary engineered structural wood products for commercial applications. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, RedBuilt operates four manufacturing plants and 13 design and sales offices throughout the United States.

RedBuilt delivers innovative, leading-edge engineered wood products and building systems for commercial and multifamily applications. RedBuilt products include custom Open-Web trusses, Red-I™ I-joists, RedLam™ LVL and all of the complementary components, as well as product engineering and technical on-site support. In addition, RedBuilt has a wide range of concrete forming and shoring and scaffold plank solutions. Learn more at www.redbuilt.com.

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Open-Web Truss Review from Matt Risinger


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Risinger Homes is a custom builder whose principal, Matt Risinger, has become nationally known for his expertise in Building Science for the hot, humid climate in central Texas, and who builds exclusively for Architects.

Recently, Risinger has been working with the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. Their current project is a modern duplex project showcasing headers to the ceiling line. These were made possible by using our open-web trusses. This was Risinger's first time using RedBuilt™ open-web trusses, but based on his review that was published on the Journal of Light Construction’s website it won't be the last.

Walk through the project with him in his video review below.

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A remnant of Trus Joist rises in Boise


The Idaho Statesman published a feature article on RedBuilt™ in today's Business Insider. Below is the text from the original article.

By LENNON S. REID — SPECIAL TO BUSINESS INSIDER

Just off Boise’s East ParkCenter Boulevard stands a low-slung, nondescript office building. It houses the corporate descendant and core of what was one of the city’s premier homegrown business success stories — a company that saw annual sales reach nearly a billion dollars.

But this story is not about Albertsons, located just a few blocks away. It’s about RedBuilt LLC, a building products and engineering company descended from Trus Joist, which rocked the North American construction industry in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s with new ideas and building products that industry titans struggled to compete against.

Today’s RedBuilt is a smaller, more focused company in a narrowly defined niche. It is also the central part of the business success story that wood products goliath Weyerhaeuser fought to buy in the 1990s. A decade later Weyerhaeuser decided to split up the company, allowing RedBuilt to come full circle back to Boise.

“We have deep roots here in Boise,” says RedBuilt President and CEO Kurt Liebich. “We like it here.”

RedBuilt’s products — manufactured at its plants in Oregon, California and Ohio — are used throughout the U.S. and in Japan and Australia. They help support notable Idaho structures, including the University of Idaho’s Kibbie Dome, Boise’s Barbacoa restaurant and Boise’s Riverstone International School, where Liebich is chairman.

BORN IN A BARN IN 1960

Boise inventor, architect and engineer Art Troutner had an idea for a new building product, and local lumber salesman Harold “Red” Thomas was impressed. Thomas pitched Troutner’s product to industry giants Boise Cascade, Potlatch and Weyerhaeuser, but they weren’t interested.

So Thomas provided $8,000, and Troutner supplied the technology, tools and ideas to launch Trussdeck Corp. The company created new products and a new category of materials — engineered wood products — that still dominate much of the world’s light-commercial and wood-framed residential construction.

Thomas and Troutner perfected new roof-beam designs and ways to process smaller, raw timber into composite boards, structural pieces and solid beams that could replace and often outperform traditional lumber. Natural wood veneers, strands, chips or particles are aligned, compressed and glued together to achieve structural integrity and performance characteristics not found in natural wood.

The first product, the one initially dismissed by the big corporations, was an open-web truss — a roof beam marrying a W-shaped tubular steel web and relatively small wood beams. As an alternative to all-steel trusses and heavier laminated beams, the open-web truss eventually was adopted for commercial construction projects ranging from office complexes, restaurants and convenience stores to apartments and warehouses.

As Trussdeck grew, Thomas and Troutner tried franchising. They found the business structure unwieldy. In 1969 the company merged its franchise operations into one company, renamed Trus Joist Corp. Thomas and Troutner each retained 20 percent of the business. Franchise investors and new investors claimed the rest.

EXPANSION AND COMPETITION

By 1970, with revenues reaching $11 million and a sales force of 155, Trus Joist introduced another product: the engineered-wood I-joist. It was strong for its weight and used up to 50 percent less wood than traditional lumber floor joists.

The company also marketed laminated-veneer lumber, or LVL. While plywood had been commercially manufactured for decades, Trus Joist’s LVL was the first to replace traditional lumber in structural uses such as beams and doorway headers.

The company went public in 1973, enjoyed consistent sales increases through the 1970s but declined in the early 1980s. An attempt to diversify into energy-management systems in the mid-’80s failed. Acquisition of two window manufacturers helped buoy sales.

The company reorganized. In the ’80s and ’90s, it faced stiffening competition in engineered wood products from lumber makers like Boise Cascade and Weyerhaeuser. The recession of the early 1990s brought the company its first annual loss in 1991: nearly $11 million.

One large competitor — Vancouver, British Columbia-based MacMillan Bloedel — considered buying Trus Joist but was rebuffed by the Boise company’s management.

A DAVID AND GOLIATH PARTNERSHIP

“MacMillan Bloedel was the largest integrated forest products company in Canada,” says Walt Minnick, Trus Joist president and CEO until 1995. “They developed a copycat product using a different way of making engineered lumber out of strands of lumber. They built a $100 million plant in Vancouver.”

Trus Joist remained on top, Minnick says, “because we had an established product and an established customer base. They [MacMillan Bloedel] lost a lot of money on their product — several hundred million dollars. But they caused us marketing problems, too.”

MacMillan Bloedel’s CEO called Minnick, suggesting “it would make more sense to combine our products than to continue knocking each other out in the market,” Minnick says. After about a year and half of negotiations, they formed a joint venture company in 1991 that merged Trus Joist with the Canadian firm’s engineered-wood group.

“We had a management agreement where they owned 49 percent and we owned 51 percent, and we were the managing partner,” Minnick says. “That was the way we, as David, partnered with them as Goliath, and we kept control of a piece of the business.”

The joint venture was named Trus Joist MacMillan. Each company’s CEO joined the other’s board of directors.

“We provided the marketing that allowed their product to get through its learning curve and find its place in the market,” Minnick says. “They provided the heft so we could build another plant.

“We thought that with our marketing and our know-how, and their money and new technology, we could substantially expand the market.”

Trus Joist MacMillan became the world’s leading maker and marketer of engineered lumber products.

NINE YEARS INSIDE WEYERHAEUSER

By the late 1990s, the Trus Joist board decided to sell the company, recalls Minnick, who was no longer running Trus Joist but remained close to the company by virtue of his seat on the MacMillan Bloedel board and the ongoing joint venture.

Minnick, a Democrat, was elected to the U.S. House in 2008 to represent western Idaho but lost his bid for a second term to Republican Raul Labrador in 2010. Minnick is now a partner in a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm that he co-founded in 2011.

“We had great technologies, and every forest products company in the United States and a lot of them from overseas tried to buy us,” he says. “Everyone wanted to buy us for about 15 years. Weyerhaeuser was quite persistent.”

Persistence — and lots of cash — paid off. In 2000 Weyerhaeuser paid $720 million to buy Trus Joist, still a 51 percent owner and managing partner of Trus Joist MacMillan. By this time Weyerhaeuser already owned 49 percent of Trus Joist MacMillan, by way of its $2.45 billion acquisition of MacMillan Bloedel.

EQUITY FIRM, PARTNERS BUY THE BUSINESS

Nine years later, Weyerhaeuser decided the commercial-building unit of Trus Joist no longer fit the corporation.

“Theirs is a production and distribution system that delivers an array of relatively standard engineered wood products to dealers who then sell to residential builders and contractors,” says Liebich, who was vice president of Weyerhaeuser’s Trus Joist division. “Success in this [commercial] arena demands a high degree of consultative, personal service and technical engineering skills coupled with state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facilities.”

In August 2009, a Connecticut private equity investment firm, Atlas Holdings, and a small group of operating partners — including Thomas, Liebich and RedBuilt Chairman Tom Denig — bought the commercial-building unit from Weyerhaeuser. RedBuilt won’t say what the buyers paid.

Atlas, which still owns RedBuilt, is a partnership that describes itself as “a diversified group of manufacturing, distribution, service and trading businesses.” Some financial experts describe Atlas as a company keen on scooping up distressed businesses or companies in distressed industries.

“The Atlas folks got together a team of individuals who had worked in this business,” says Denig, the former president of Weyerhaeuser’s Trus Joist division. “So when Atlas came to me and said they wanted to look at the acquisition of the commercial division of Trus Joist, it was a piece of the business that was near and dear to my heart.”

Weyerhaeuser kept the Trus Joist name and still sells Trus Joist engineered wood products.

The RedBuilt name is “a tip of the old hard hat” to original founder Thomas, Liebich says.

Liebich has worked in the building materials, construction and distribution industries for more than 15 years.

SALES, LIKE ECONOMY, ARE PICKING UP AGAIN

“We’ve got to be there just when the idea [of a new building project] is beginning to happen,” Liebich says. “We need to sit down with the architects to convince them that they should be thinking about a wood building versus a steel building. As soon as they decide to build a steel building, we’re done.

“So we’re in there really early with the architects. Once they decide it’s a wood building, we’re in there working with the structural engineer. After all that upfront effort, we’re hoping to have a set of plans that specifies RedBuilt products. We do sell products, but we think about our business more as providing solutions for customer projects. Those solutions tend to be project by project.”

The terms of the 2009 sale prevented RedBuilt from competing directly with Weyerhaeuser in the residential market for three years — a dark period that didn’t see much residential construction anyway.

Now RedBuilt has several national and international competitors, including Weyerhaeuser, though RedBuilt’s focus is still commercial and Weyerhaeuser’s isn’t.

Only now, with residential and commercial construction showing signs of rebounding from the recent recession, is RedBuilt business picking up again.

“In the good times, [sales] were north of $100 million,” Liebich says. Annual sales fell to about $40 million by 2009.

“We bought the company pretty close to the low point” of its market value, he says. “The business had been decimated.”

Now sales top $50 million.

“Our business was cut in half during the Great Recession, and now we’re recovering,” he says.

Says Denig: “Now we’ve got a great management team, and the commercial construction business is beginning to pick up a bit, so we’re seeing steady growth in the number of projects we’re working on. I feel very good about the team we have assembled and the prospects for the future.”

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RedBuilt™ Products now In StruCalc™


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RedBuilt™ acquires certain Standard Structures Inc. assets as SSI exits the engineered wood products


BOISE, Idaho (Aug. 30, 2011) — RedBuilt™, a leading supplier of engineered lumber products, signed an agreement today to purchase certain Standard Structures Inc. (“SSI”) assets, such as equipment, raw materials inventory and intellectual property.

SSI, a leading manufacturer of glulam beams, I-joists and open-web trusses for commercial and multifamily roof and floor systems, plans to exit the engineered wood products business and restructure its remaining business around its core glulam product line. SSI’s president and CEO, Richard Caletti, cited extraordinary financial stress associated with the worst recession since the Great Depression as the cause in SSI’s Aug. 19 announcement.

“Standard Structures has been a strong competitor of ours over the years and we have a great deal of respect for the company and the Caletti family, who founded SSI more than six decades ago,” said RedBuilt president and CEO Kurt Liebich. “It’s unfortunate when any company finds itself in this situation. However, RedBuilt’s acquisition of certain assets related to SSI’s engineered wood products business is a logical fit, and it is in the best interests of both companies and the many customers we both serve.”

RedBuilt will not be manufacturing SSI-branded engineered wood products. “We’re not able to produce Standard Structures products due to building code regulations, so SSI engineered wood I-joists and open-web trusses will no longer be available,” Liebich said. “However, RedBuilt offers many comparable, innovative, industry-leading products, and we hope to work with SSI’s former engineered wood products customers to identify suitable alternatives that satisfy their project requirements.”

RedBuilt has been recognized as a leader in developing wood-based structural solutions since 1960. It offers the industry’s most innovative engineered-lumber products and building systems for commercial, industrial and multifamily applications. RedBuilt’s offerings include composite wood-and-steel open-web trusses, engineered wood I-joists, engineered lumber like LVL, and complementary components, product engineering, and onsite technical support, as well as a range of concrete-forming and scaffold-planking solutions. Visit www.redbuilt.com for more details.

Founded in 1947, Standard Structures Inc. pioneered the glulam beam industry. It designs and manufactures engineered wood products for commercial and multifamily construction. The leading fabricator of heavy timber beams in the western United States, SSI currently fabricates 14 million board feet of glulams per year, as well as 10 million lineal feet of I-joists and open-web trusses. Visit www.standardstructures.com for more details.

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RedBuilt expands footprint with new distribution in key states


BOISE, Idaho (Aug. 31, 2010) — RedBuilt™, one of the world’s leading suppliers of engineered wood products, is making a sizable addition to its U.S. footprint by naming Lam-Wood Systems Inc. its exclusive distributor in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas and Western Iowa. As it continues to grow, RedBuilt is also seeking representation for its pioneering, resource-efficient industrial and commercial building products on the East Coast.

As RedBuilt’s exclusive distribution partner in those six markets for all light-commercial and multifamily applications, Lam-Wood will represent the manufacturer’s complete line of Red-I™ joists, open-web trusses, and RedLam™ laminated veneer lumber beams, headers and rim board. As part of the deal, one of RedBuilt’s most experienced and knowledgeable technical sales representatives, Bret Maynard, is signing on as the fourth member of the Lam-Wood sales team to ensure a seamless transition as they expand the engineered lumber leader’s presence in those markets.

Lam-Wood’s engineered lumber sales team will offer assistance with system selection, cost analysis, detailed shop drawings, timely delivery, and job-site follow-up. The Denver-based distributor, which also maintains offices in Colorado Springs, CO, and Omaha, NE, will be responsible for all the design and engineering for projects in the territory. The projects will be sold as Lam-Wood packages and the distributor will field technical calls during construction.

According to Randy Ruim, RedBuilt’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Lam-Wood has been a trusted supplier of quality structural wood products for commercial and multifamily buildings for more than four decades. “Our new relationship with Lam-Wood provides RedBuilt with the best opportunity to effectively meet the needs of the commercial construction industry throughout these key markets,” he says. “Lam-Wood has been the preferred choice for engineers, specifiers, and builders throughout the region thanks to their vast industry knowledge and unparalleled service and support, and we couldn’t be more excited they’re joining the RedBuilt team.”

Lam-Wood executives are equally thrilled about the new relationship. “RedBuilt provides the best overall package for our customers — the best products in the industry, top-notch design and engineering, and support that is second to none,” Lam-Wood President Chris Anderson says. “In today’s uncertain world, RedBuilt’s ability to respond and react quickly to any customer needs sets the company apart and is extremely important to us and our clients.”

Ruim says the partnership with Lam-Wood is the first of several such relationships RedBuilt is seeking. “To complement our existing, in-house team of technical sales representatives,” he says, “we are expanding our geographical coverage by creating partnership arrangements with qualified potential representatives in select areas.” RedBuilt is currently actively looking for distributor representation in the following regions: Minnesota/Wisconsin; Northern Illinois; Southern Illinois/Missouri; upstate New York; New England; Maryland/Delaware/District of Columbia; the Carolinas; and Georgia. The company also has its sights set on Texas.

RedBuilt has been recognized as a world leader in developing wood-based structural solutions since 1960. It offers the industry’s most innovative engineered wood products and building systems for commercial, industrial and multifamily applications. RedBuilt’s offerings include composite wood-and-steel open-web trusses, engineered wood I-joists, engineered lumber like LVL, and complementary components, product engineering, and onsite technical support, as well as a range of concrete-forming and scaffold-planking solutions. RedBuilt’s manufacturing facilities are located in Delaware, OH, Stayton, OR, Chino, CA and Hillsboro, OR. Visit www.redbuilt.com or www.lamwood.com for more information about the company and its products.

RedBuilt™, Red-I™ and RedLam™ are trademarks of RedBuilt LLC.

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RedBuilt™ Introduces RedSpec™ - Innovative New Software Program for Architects and Engineers


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RedBuilt™ Receives FSC® Certification at Hillsboro Plant


BOISE, Idaho (July 21 , 2010) – RedBuilt™, formerly the Commercial Division of Trus Joist®, announced the Forest Stewardship Council has awarded a chain-of-custody certificate for engineered wood products the company manufactures at its Hillsboro, Oregon plant.

RedBuilt’s FSC®-certified products now include all series of open-web trusses (Red-L™, Red-W™, Red-S™, Red-M™, and Red-H™) and Red-I™ joists, as well as RedLam™ Laminated Veneer Lumber and glulam beams at all four RedBuilt manufacturing plants. The FSC® certification for the Hillsboro plant follows previously awarded certifications for RedBuilt’s facilities in Stayton, Oregon, Chino, California and Delaware, Ohio.

Incorporating FSC®-certified building materials such as RedBuilt’s engineered wood products can earn points toward LEED® certification. LEED®, an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The certification is increasingly a requirement for public works projects, and a growing number of architects, developers and engineers are adopting the organization’s sustainable building and development practices.

RedBuilt products can contribute to the following LEED® points: MR4.1-2, MR5.1-2, MR7, and EQ4.4, and they support seven different categories of the Green Globes building rating system.

“I’m pleased to announce the most recent expansion of RedBuilt’s FSC® certification at our Hillsboro plant. We are well positioned to meet FSC® requests for a wide rang of building projects throughout the United States and Canada,” said Kurt Liebich, President and CEO of RedBuilt.

RedBuilt has a longstanding history of efficient wood fiber utilization and responsible fibersourcing practices. Providing FSC® certified products as an option to the construction industry is in alignment with the company’s culture and business practices.

RedBuilt – formerly the Commercial division of Trus Joist – has been recognized as a world leader in developing wood-based structural solutions since 1960. Acquired in August of 2009 by Atlas Holdings LLC in partnership with a group of former leaders of Trus Joist Corp., RedBuilt offers the industry’s most innovative engineered wood products and building systems for commercial, industrial, and multifamily applications. RedBuilt’s offerings include composite wood-and-steel open-web trusses, engineered wood I-joists, engineered lumber like LVL, and complementary components, product engineering, and onsite technical support, as well as a range of concrete-forming and scaffold-plank solutions. Visit www.redbuilt.com for more details about the company.

RedBuilt™, Red-I™, RedLam™, RedPlank™, and RedForm™ are trademarks of RedBuilt LLC. Trus Joist® is a registered trademark of Weyerhaeuser Co.

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Boise engineered-wood products firm RedBuilt™ navigates tough market


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Principals in commercial engineered-wood products company RedBuilt™ launched the Boise-based company last August anticipating rough going in the commercial construction market. And it has been challenging, though RedBuilt™ is bringing in new business, President and CEO Kurt Liebich said. RedBuilt™ has ties to Trus Joist, founded 50 years ago by wholesale lumberman Harold "Red" Thomas and ...

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RedBuilt™ Expands to Canada: Code Approvals and Plant Expansion


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RedBuilt™ FSC® Certification


BOISE, Idaho (Nov. 17, 2009) — RedBuilt™ today announced the Forest Stewardship Council® has awarded chain-of-custody certificates for engineered wood products the company manufactures at its plants in Chino, Calif., and Stayton, Ore. RedBuilt FSC®-certified products now include their open-web truss line (Red-L™, Red-W™, Red-S™, Red-M™, and Red-H™), as well as Red-I™ joists, RedLam™ Laminated Veneer Lumber and sourced glulam beams. In addition to these certifications, RedBuilt expects to extend their chain-of-custody their Delaware, Ohio plant in January. FSC®’s accredited thirdparty certifiers evaluate forest management activities and track forest products.

The company has a strong history of efficient wood fiber utilization and responsible fibersourcing practices, and is proud to add RedBuilt FSC® certified products as an option to the construction industry.

According to Jeff Jack, RedBuilt’s Manufacturing Technical Director, FSC® certified products can help the company’s customers earn LEED® green building certification. “This certification removes any barriers to specifying and purchasing RedBuilt products when you’re seeking green certification, whether that be LEED® or other,” Jack says.

LEED®, an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system the U.S. Green Building Council employs for evaluating a structure’s resource efficiency. It is becoming a requirement for many public works projects, and a growing number of architects, developers, engineers, specifiers, and others are adopting the organization’s sustainable building and development practices.

Jack says incorporating FSC®-certified building materials like RedBuilt’s engineered wood products and open-web trusses can earn points toward LEED® certification. RedBuilt products can contribute to the following LEED® points: MR4.1-2, MR5.1-2, MR7, and EQ4.4, and they support seven different categories of the Green Globes building rating system.

In addition, Jack points out RedBuilt products contain no urea formaldehyde. He also says the steel RedBuilt employs as web material in its open-web trusses and joist hangers include recycled content.

RedBuilt — formerly the Commercial division of Trus Joist® — has been recognized as a world leader in developing wood-based structural solutions since 1960. Acquired in August by Atlas Holdings LLC in partnership with a group of former leaders of Trus Joist Corp., RedBuilt offers the industry’s most innovative engineered wood products and building systems for commercial, industrial, and multifamily applications. RedBuilt’s offerings include composite wood-and-steel open-web trusses, engineered wood I-joists, engineered lumber like LVL, and complementary components, product engineering, and onsite technical support, as well as a range of concrete-forming and scaffold-plank solutions. Visit www.redbuilt.com for more details about the company.

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RedBuilt™, Red-H™, Red-I™, Red-L™, Red-Lam™, Red-M™, Red-S™, and Red-W™ are trademarks of RedBuilt LLC. Trus Joist® is a registered trademark of Weyerhaeuser Co.

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RedBuilt™ engineered wood products secure ICC-ES evaluations


BOISE, Idaho (Oct. 1, 2009) — RedBuilt™ today announced the company’s engineered wood products received evaluation reports from ICC Evaluation Service, providing evidence they meet code requirements. ICC-ES evaluation reports are now available for RedBuilt Red-L™, Red-W™, Red-S™, Red-M™, and Red-H™ open-web trusses (ESR-1774), as well as RedLam™ laminated veneer lumber (ESR-2993) and Red-I™ joists (ESR-2994).

Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, and designers utilize ICC-ES evaluation reports to provide a basis for using building products in construction projects that follow the International Building Code.

“RedBuilt can now reference the evaluation reports to ensure building officials and the building industry that these RedBuilt products meet I-code requirements,” ICC-ES president Mark Johnson explains. “Building departments have a long history of using evaluation reports, and ICC-ES operates as a technical resource for the building department. Final approval of building products is always in the hands of the local regulatory agency.”

RedBuilt executives are excited about the ICC-ES evaluations. “These reports mark a milestone in the development of our full suite of specification tools for the design community and building officials,” says Ted Osterberger, RedBuilt’s vice president of engineering. “ICC-ES thoroughly examined our product information, test reports, calculations, quality-control methods, and other factors to ensure the products are code compliant.”

ICC Evaluation Service is the leading U.S. source for technical information about building products and technologies for code compliance. It is a subsidiary of the International Code Council, an association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention that develops codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools.

RedBuilt — formerly the Trus Joist® Commercial division of Weyerhaeuser Co. — has been recognized as a world leader in developing wood-based structural solutions since 1960. Acquired in August by Atlas Holdings LLC in partnership with a group of former leaders of Trus Joist Corp., RedBuilt offers the industry’s most innovative engineered wood products and building systems for commercial, industrial, and multifamily applications. RedBuilt’s offerings include composite wood-and-steel open-web trusses, engineered wood I-joists, engineered lumber like LVL, and complementary components, product engineering, and onsite technical support, as well as a range of concrete-forming and scaffold-planking solutions. Visit www.redbuilt.com for more details about the company.

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RedBuilt™, Red-H™, Red-I™, Red-L™, Red-Lam™, Red-M™, Red-S™, and Red-W™ are trademarks of RedBuilt LLC. Trus Joist® is a registered trademark of Weyerhaeuser Co.

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Idaho Statesman – Part of former Trus Joist Corp. opens in Boise as RedBuilt™


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Part of former Trus Joist Corp. opens in Boise as RedBuilt
Former leaders of Trus Joist Corp. and a Connecticut-based holding company have purchased Trus Joist Commercial division from Weyerhaeuser Co.

The company will be renamed RedBuilt in honor of Harold "Red" Thomas," who was a co-founder of Trus Joist in Boise in 1960.

Weyerhaeuser purchased Trus Joist in 2000.

The new company will locate its headquarters in Boise.

Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Atlas Holdings out of Connecticut is the majority owner.

The company has about 234 employees. About 32 are in the Treasure Valley.

The company begins in one of the worst slumps in a half century, company officials said. They believe they have purchased the commercial business at the bottom of the market and face a couple of hard years before conditions turn around significantly.

Former Trus Joist leaders involved in the new company are: • Tom Denig, former CEO, is chairman of the board. • Kurt Liebich, who worked for the Trus Joist division of Weyerhauser, is RedBuilt's president and CEO.

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Idaho Business Review – Weyerhaeuser Unit Sale Leads to Creation of Boise based RedBuilt™


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Weyerhaeuser Co. has completed the sale of its commercial engineered lumber business – which has ties to the former Trus Joist Corp., Boise – to a subsidiary of Atlas Holdings LLC.

Atlas, in partnership with a group of former Trus Joist leaders, plans to base its new business in Boise and rename it RedBuilt.

Weyerhaeuser and Atlas on Aug. 17 said they completed the transaction, first announced in mid-October. About 234 employees will transfer from Weyerhaeuser to RedBuilt – which will continue to operate commercial manufacturing plants in Chino, Calif.; Hillsboro and Stayton, Ore.; and Delaware, Ohio as well as 13 design and sales offices.

RedBuilt now employs about 32 in Boise, Sales and Marketing Manager Randy Ruim said.

“As the economy recovers and as this business recovers, we expect we would hire engineering and design associates here in Boise,” said RedBuilt President and CEO Kurt Liebich. The transaction also means that many corporate functions will move from the Seattle area back to Boise, he said.

Leaders of the new company include Board Chairman Tom Denig, former Trust Joist Corp. CEO; Vice Chairman Bill Walters, former Trus Joist general manager and operations vice president; and RedBuilt President and CEO Liebich, who oversaw commercial and industrial operations at Trus Joist for Weyerhaeuser before succeeding Denig as the division’s chief executive. Liebich also serves on the board.

RedBuilt leaders, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and other dignitaries plan a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 19 at the RedBuilt office on Mallard Street.

Federal Way, Wash.-based Weyerhaeuser acquired Trus Joist in 2000 and still owns the Trus Joist brand and the residential side of that business.

Weyerhaeuser spokeswoman Shannon Hughes said selling the commercial assets allows the company to focus on its core business of residential structural frame construction, and multi-family, hotel-motel and light commercial segments with its iLevel Trus Joist family of engineered lumber products and iLevel services and software. The company operates an iLevel service center in Boise.

Weyerhaeuser continues to employ 125 at its Boise technology center, she said.

“The unprecedented downturn we have experienced in the housing market necessitates we continue to evaluate our manufacturing operations and our overall office locations,” Hughes said. “In the case of Boise, this has led to the reduction of 55 jobs since early 2009.”

Employees at the Boise technology center focus on process engineering and manufacturing support; codes, standards and product engineering; new product pilot operations; product evaluation; wood sciences and testing; and customer service, marketing, and supply replenishment.

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RedBuilt™ launched with acquisition of Trus Joist® Commercial division from Weyerhaeuser Company


BOISE, Idaho (Aug. 17, 2009) — Atlas Holdings LLC, in partnership with a group of former leaders of Trus Joist® Corporation, has acquired Weyerhaeuser Company’s former Trus Joist Commercial business. They will locate the company’s headquarters in Boise, Idaho, where Trus Joist Corporation was founded nearly 50 years ago and emerged as a world leader in engineered wood products.
The acquired business will be renamed RedBuilt™, and the firm will again be led by several former members of Trus Joist’s management team who serve on RedBuilt’s new board of directors and oversee day-to-day operations of the company.
RedBuilt will continue to operate commercial manufacturing plants in Chino, Calif., Hillsboro and Stayton, Ore., and Delaware, Ohio, as well as 13 design and sales offices located across the United States. The company employs 234 people throughout the country. Terms of the transaction, which concluded Aug. 14, were not disclosed.
Formerly owned by Weyerhaeuser, the commercial division of Trus Joist, now RedBuilt, has been recognized as a world leader in developing wood-based open-web structural solutions since 1960. It offers the industry’s most innovative engineered wood products and building systems for commercial, industrial, and multifamily applications. RedBuilt’s offerings include composite wood-and-steel open-web trusses, engineered wood I-joists, engineered lumber like LVL (laminated veneer lumber), and complementary components, product engineering, and onsite technical support, as well as a range of concrete-shoring and scaffold-planking solutions.
The Atlas Holdings acquisition marks the return of an experienced management team, including distinguished industry veterans who are credited with Trus Joist Corporation’s meteoric rise in the 1980s and 1990s:

  • Former Trus Joist Corporation CEO Tom Denig, who ran the company for more than two decades, serves as RedBuilt’s chairman of the board.
  • Former Trus Joist Corporation general manager and operations vice president Bill Walters serves as vice chairman.
  • Kurt Liebich, who oversaw commercial and industrial operations at Trus Joist for Weyerhaeuser before succeeding Denig as the division’s chief executive, is president and CEO of RedBuilt, as well as a member of its board of directors.


“We’re starting RedBuilt in a time of unprecedented market challenges because we have enormous confidence based on experience in industry-leading products, talented people, and the innovative culture of this business,” Liebich said. “Often the greatest opportunities are born in times of great turmoil. Backed with the strength of Atlas Holdings, the team at RedBuilt is poised to take our business to a bold, new level and in the process resurrect the can-do culture and spirit of innovation.”
Atlas executives share Liebich’s enthusiasm.
“We are excited about the acquisition and look forward to growing RedBuilt over the long term,” Atlas Holdings Chairman Andrew Bursky said. “We’re impressed with the tradition of excellence the company has built and we’re excited to own this dynamic leader in the commercial building-solutions sector. We’re committed to investing in the future of the business so RedBuilt can continue to provide the exceptional customer service and innovative solutions its clients have depended on for decades.”
According to Liebich and Bursky, the company’s innovation-oriented, entrepreneurial culture and experienced, versatile staff will prove invaluable in continuing to meet the needs of diverse customers in many states. They said the business is based on making technical sales of products to architects, engineers, and builders and complying with stringent and complex code requirements that vary from state to state. “This is a highly specialized business,” Liebich explained, “but it fits perfectly in Atlas’ international portfolio of businesses, many of which are divisions of larger companies that Atlas purchased and then helped grow into strong, successful, independent entities.”
Liebich said RedBuilt, the company’s new name, is “a tip of the old hard hat” to Harold “Red” Thomas, the wholesale lumberman who co-founded the original Trus Joist Corporation with inventor Art Troutner in 1960. “Starting with little more than $8,000, some machinery, and an old barn, Red and Art pioneered products that revolutionized the building industry,” he said. “Together with our invaluable associates and loyal customers, RedBuilt will continue to flourish for decades to come by building on the legacy and core values of innovation and industry leadership Red inspired that has made Trus Joist such a great success.”
Atlas Holdings LLC operates businesses in a number of industrial sectors, including the building materials and wood products, pulp and paper, packaging, capital equipment, and industrial services industries. Founded in 1999 with the acquisition of a single operation, Atlas Holdings has since expanded its operations to include more than 40 facilities across North America and Europe and now employs more than 3,200 people. 
Atlas Holdings works effectively with corporate owners to purchase discontinued and “carve-out” operations. In addition, Atlas Holdings specializes in the purchase of stressed and financially distressed businesses, including bankruptcy purchases, reorganizations, and out-of-court restructurings, and it has the demonstrated ability to resolve challenging operational issues. 

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RedBuilt™ is a trademark of Atlas Holdings LLC. Trus Joist® is a registered trademark of Weyerhaeuser Co.