Vaagen spinoff will turn scrawny trees into engineered building material

A spinoff of Vaagen Brothers Lumber Inc. plans to start making a product that could transform how high-rise buildings are constructed, someday making wooden skyscrapers part of city skylines.

By late next year, Vaagen Timbers LLC plans to begin producing cross-laminated timber in Colville.

The sturdy, structural panels are made from compressed wood where the grain is layered at 90-degree angles. The panels are strong enough to replace concrete and steel in multistory buildings.

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