With a new warehouse built using advanced wood products, Nelson Pine Industries is putting its money where its mouth is.
The company is building a new 1.6 hectare warehouse at its Richmond factory.
Rather than using standard steel beams, the company has opted for post-tension box beam, made from laminated veneer lumber created at the factory itself.
The box beam is built with cables inside, with the tension of the cables increased once the beam is installed, making the unit strong, but at a cheaper price.
Managing director Murray Sturgeon said the new warehouse was built using LVL as much as possible.
The warehouse brought the total covered area of the factory to 8.2 hectares, and was covering up a previously undeveloped section of land.
"It's just joining the dots," he said.
Last week, associate primary industries minister Jo Goodhew said Nelson's expertise in engineered wood products like LVL pointed to a way the country could achieve the goal of doubling export value by 2025.
Such products were an example of working smarter and creating higher-value products, she said.
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