Louisiana-Pacific Corporation today announced that it will add a FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing line at its Clarke County, Ala., facility.
LP FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing will be manufactured under a Technology License Agreement with International Barrier Technology Inc. and features a proprietary, non-combustible Pyrotite® layer that is a code compliant component of fire-rated building assemblies.
Brad Southern, executive vice president, OSB, said, “This substantial investment at our Clarke County mill will increase our ability to meet the growing market demand for fire-rated building products like LP FlameBlock in the single-family, multi-family and light commercial construction markets.”
Construction on the new line will begin in the third quarter of 2015, with completion expected by September, 2016. When fully operational, the expansion will add about 20 new jobs to the mill, which currently employs 159 people.
Thomasville, Ala., Mayor Sheldon Day, who has been working in concert with the Clarke County Commission and Ken Muehlenfeld at the Alabama Department of Commerce to help make the project a reality, said, “We are pleased and proud that LP has chosen to expand their Clarke County mill to include FlameBlock production. It’s a vote of confidence in the positive business environment and quality of life in our community.”
Southern concluded, “Our Clarke County mill was the clear choice for adding FlameBlock production because of the quality of the workforce there. Geographically, manufacturing in Clarke County brings production closer to strong building markets including the Southwest, Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic. In addition, our Clarke County mill produces 9-foot and 10-foot LP LongLength™ Sheathing, often preferred for FlameBlock wall applications.”
About LP FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing
LP FlameBlock is a durable, easy-to-handle sheathing product that combines the strength of LP OSB with a non-combustible, fiberglass-reinforced Pyrotite® layer. LP FlameBlock is ICC certified (ESR-1365) and is code-compliant in a variety of applications including exterior walls, interior walls and roof decking. It is available in a variety Of PS2-Rated thicknesses and lengths. LP FlameBlock carries a Class A, 30 minute flame spread rating.(Per IBC 2303.2).
LP Flamebock installs like conventional sheathing, with no special tools or gear required and comes with a 20-Year Transferable Limited Warranty.
Pyrotite® is a registered trademark of International Barrier Technology Inc. Other trademarks are owned by Louisiana-Pacific Corporation.