LP Mills in Jasper, Texas and Silsbee, Texas Working to Resume Operations in the Aftermath of Hurricane Rita.NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) (NYSE NYSE
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LPX Low Profile Extension ) is evaluating the impact of Hurricane Rita Hurricane Rita was the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the most intense tropical cyclone ever observed in the Gulf of Mexico. Rita caused $11.3 billion in damage on the U.S. Gulf Coast in September 2005. on operations and taking steps to resume operations at affected facilities. LP's Jasper, Texas Jasper is a city in Jasper County, Texas, on U.S. highways 96 and 190, State Highway 63, and Sandy Creek in north central Jasper County. The population was 8,247 at the 2000 census(2006 estimate-7,465). facility, and its Silsbee, Texas facility, both located in Southeast Texas, are currently closed and will not resume operations until utilities are restored and employees can return to the plants safely. The plants did not suffer serious physical damage as a result of the hurricane.
The Jasper mill produces oriented strand board Oriented strand board, or OSB, or waferboard, or Sterling board (UK), is an engineered wood product formed by layering strands (flakes) of wood in specific orientations. (OSB OSB
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"Our first priority is ensuring our employees can return to the area and the work site safely," said Jim Lake, LP's director of OSB operations. "We are working closely with local authorities, utilities and shipping providers to take the actions necessary to resume normal operations and get products flowing to customers as soon as possible."
LP's OSB facility in Carthage, Texas resumed normal operations Sunday, September 25, after a short precautionary closure before the storm, and LP administrative offices in Conroe, Texas, are open.
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is a premier supplier of building products, delivering innovative, high-quality commodity and specialty products to its retail, wholesale, homebuilding and industrial customers. Visit LP's Web site at www.lpcorp.com for additional information on the company.
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