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RESEARCH REVEALS AMERICANS WOULD STILL PICK WOOD TO BUILD NEW HOMES

 PORTLAND, Ore., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The American home has come a long way since the log cabins pioneers built centuries ago. Nevertheless, its chief constituent -- wood -- is still considered to be the best residential building material, according to Trus Joist MacMillan.
 "An overwhelming majority of people not only believe wood is the best material for building new homes, but think new technologies that better utilize the world's forest resources need to be developed," says Walt Minnick, one of 50 experts President Clinton is assembling in Portland to address the timber crisis at the Northwest Forest Conference April 2. "What most people don't realize is that these technologies already exist, and they've given birth to products like engineered lumber that can substantially decrease the amount of structural wood that America's homes consume."
 Minnick is board chairman of Trus Joist MacMillan, the world's leading manufacturer of engineered lumber -- a high-tech wood product that reduces the need to harvest old-growth forests. The company recently hired independent research firm Market Focus Inc. to study Americans' attitudes about wood use in residential construction. Minnick says the survey, conducted March 26-28, revealed that:
 -- Despite issues with forests, 68 percent of Americans still believe wood is the most viable material for future new home construction;
 -- 77 percent think wood and wood products have a long-term future in new home construction because wood is a renewable resource;
 -- 76 percent want the government to support new technologies in wood products to reduce the lumber from old-growth forests necessary to build houses;
 -- And 81 percent want the forest products industry to develop and promote new technologies such as wood engineered from small, fast- growing trees as an alternative to lumber from old-growth forests.
 According to Minnick, Trus Joist MacMillan is the first forest products company based on technology rather than ownership of timberlands. Its engineered lumber, used primarily in residential construction, is a high-quality alternative to the framing lumber traditionally obtained from old-growth trees.
 Trus Joist MacMillan's manufacturing technologies permanently bond strands of wood or veneer cut primarily from small-diameter, second- and third-growth trees via heat and pressure to produce structurally superior, large-dimension lumber. The Boise, Idaho-based company is also experimenting with abundant, new species, such as aspen, to relieve the pressure on America's embattled Douglas fir and southern pine forests.
 Trus Joist MacMillan is a joint venture owned 51 percent by Boise-based managing partner TJ International (NASDAQ: TJCO) and 49 percent by MacMillan Bloedel of Vancouver, British Columbia. The company employs almost 2,000 people and commands more than two-thirds of the engineered lumber market. Annual sales are approximately $300 million.
 For more information on Trus Joist MacMillan and its products, telephone the company toll-free at 800-338-0515.
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 /CONTACT: Tony Harrison of Oliver, Russell & Associates, 208-344-1734, or home, 208-327-0759, for Trus Joist MacMillan/
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