Governor Steve Bullock presented SmartLam LLC with Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Use and Promotion of Montana Wood at the 2016 Forestry Pioneers Ceremony on October 18th in Missoula.
Established by Executive Order No.12-2014 to Promote Use of Montana Wood Products, this award is part of a greater effort to foster economic growth, community enhancement, and conservation in the state of Montana.
In his presentation of the award, Bullock noted that practices and efforts laid down by history’s forestry pioneers have paved the way for new visionaries like SmartLam to keep us on the trajectory of innovation.
SmartLam, founded in 2012 in Columbia Falls, is one of only a handful of producers of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) in the US. The company is dedicated to creating change in the building industry and driving innovation in mass timber construction, while demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and the forest dependent communities of Montana.
CLT is an engineered wood building arrangement intended to accompany light and heavy timber framing options. It is very durable and can be used as an alternative to concrete, masonry, and steel in many building types. It also offers a fundamental, effortlessness necessity for cost-effective building.
“All of us at SmartLam appreciate the efforts and initiatives of the Governor in forest management and forest product issues in the State of Montana and are truly honored to receive this award,” states Casey Malmquist, President and General Manager of SmartLam. “We look forward to continued cooperation and collaboration in both the private and public sectors to help strengthen the wood products industry in the great state of Montana.”