NASHVILLE, Tenn. — LP Building Solutions announced the first production of LP SmartSide products at its Houlton, Maine facility on March 24, 2022, followed by production of the first APA-approved SmartSide board on April 19, 2022.
For over 20 years, LP SmartSide Trim and Siding has offered customers an innovative approach to home siding that combines traditional wood and engineered wood.
To meet growing customer demand for SmartSide liner, in early 2021 LP announced a phased multi-year plan to increase liner production capacity, beginning with the conversion of LP’s Houlton plant from the manufacture of oriented strand board (OSB) and SmartSide Coated laminated strand wood.
In less than a year, LP successfully completed the initial phase of converting Houlton into a siding factory, culminating in the pressing of the factory’s first siding panel in late March. Following confirmatory testing by the APA – The Engineered Wood Association, LP Houlton now produces APA certified and trademarked siding.
In the initial phase, LP Houlton will produce LP ProStruct soffit and flooring with SmartFinish, with SmartSide lap and trim commencing production late in the second quarter of this year. The site expects to reach full operational capacity within a year.
“Customer demand for LP SmartSide Trim and Siding is at an all-time high,” said Jason Ringblom, executive vice president and general manager of Siding. “We will always take care of our customers, which is why siding capacity expansion projects, like our conversion of LP Houlton, are incredibly strategic and important to LP.”
Once LP Houlton reaches full capacity after its initial ramp-up period, it will add approximately 220 million square feet of SmartSide operating capacity to LP’s coatings business, bringing the total operating capacity from the company to approximately 1.9 billion square feet.