CanWelBroadleaf Enters Multi-Year Agreement to Distribute Ainsworth PointSIX Durastrand Flooring

The CanWelBroadleaf division of the Company ("CanWelBroadleaf") announced today that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Ainsworth® (TSX:ANS) to be its exclusive supplier of the Ainsworth's Oriented Strand Board (OSB) enhanced subfloor product line.

CanWelBroadleaf expects that it will start distributing AinsworthEngineered® pointSIX Durastrand Flooring throughout Canada commencing in late-January.

Based in Vancouver, BC, CanWelBroadleaf is a leading national Canadian building material distributor, supplying commodity, engineered wood, industrial and allied products to regional dealers, lumberyards and home improvement centres.

PointSIX Durastrand Flooring is an engineered subfloor solution that utilizes a patented tapered-edge technology to counteract the effects of swelling due to moisture exposure. Introduced in Spring 2010, the pointSIX technology involves a thin layer of the highly compressed fibre along all four edges of the OSB panel being milled off, removing the part of the subfloor that's most prone to swelling. PointSIX takes its name from research results indicating a .6mm taper depth to be the most effective in reducing edge swell.

The engineered solution was developed over five years of extensive research and testing, where pointSIX was subjected to repeated wet and dry cycles to simulate severe, wet jobsite conditions. In one rigorous test, the engineered panel was flooded for 14 days; after drying out the average edge swell was contained to 0.01 inch, not much more than a sheet of paper.

According to Bob Simko, President of CanWelBroadleaf, the pointSIX Durastrand Flooring product will be a key component of CanWelBroadleaf's extensive product line offering. "Ainsworth is an innovative company that is committed to meeting the needs of the diverse Canadian customer base," Simko stated.

"We are very pleased to be moving forward in a long term partnership with CanWelBroadleaf," said Rick Huff, President and CEO of Ainsworth. "As the largest building materials distributor to the Canadian market, CanWelBroadleaf offers a wide selection of top quality products. It's exciting to have pointSIX Durastrand added to their product line up." Ainsworth offers a Lifetime Limited Warranty against delamination and a 180-day No-Sand Guarantee on pointSIX Durastrand Flooring.


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