Media: Housing Innovation Yields New Timber Jobs in Washington State
Breakthrough Challenge winner Forterra drew coverage from KING 5 on its plans to produce cross-laminated timber (CLT) in Darrington, Washington, for its affordable housing innovation.
The broadcast reported that CLT is “cheaper to use, more environmentally friendly and just as strong as concrete or steel.”
Forterra is building two facilities in Darrington that will yield 150 jobs in the historic logging town. At one site, workers will create the CLT. At another, they will build the modules, which can be stacked in multifamily midrise buildings or used for single-family homes.
"I can't think of anything better than providing jobs in Darrington and creating wealth for families in places like the Hilltop in Tacoma," Forterra CEO Susan Connor told KING 5’s Eric Wilkinson.