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LOUISIANA-PACIFIC TO BUILD WOOD PRODUCTS PLANT IN FERNLEY, NEVADA

LOUISIANA-PACIFIC TO BUILD WOOD PRODUCTS PLANT IN FERNLEY, NEVADA
 PORTLAND, Ore.; July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (L-P) (NYSE: LPX) announced today that it will build a plant in Fernley, Nev., that will make laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and engineered wood I-joists, two construction products that reduce our nation's reliance on old growth timber.
 Louisiana-Pacific LVL is made from ultrasonically graded veneers bonded together with exterior adhesives. It has greater load bearing capacity than solid sawn lumber and is available in greater thickness, width and length. LVL is used in both commercial and residential construction for beams, headers and other primary load carrying members.
 L-P's I-joists are made with LVL flanges and oriented strand board webs for superior strength and stiffness. They are available in a variety of depths and are accepted by major building codes.
 "The development of affordable building products that don't rely on large trees has become a hallmark of Louisiana-Pacific," said Harry A. Merlo, L-P's chairman and president. "The best part is that these new products perform better than the traditional ones they replace."
 L-P's engineered products are designed to eliminate the common problems of solid sawn lumber. Available in lengths up to 80 feet, they are virtually defect-free and are straighter, stronger, stiffer and more predictable.
 "We can make engineered I-joists that are better than 2x10 or 2x12 lumber, yet use half the wood and are about 45 percent lighter,"
Merlo said. "And because these engineered joists are stronger and can be made up to 80-feet long, the builder uses fewer pieces and has to deal with fewer joints."
 Construction of the new L-P plant will begin immediately and the company hopes to have it in operation by early 1993. When it's running at capacity, the new facility will employ about 100 people. The plant's products will be marketed throughout the Western United States and Canada.
 Merlo said that L-P's decision to locate the plant in Fernley was expedited by the excellent assistance the company received from officials and community members in Fernley and Lyon County and by the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada. This is L-P's second facility in the area. The company recently opened a plant in Reno that manufacturers a line of energy-conscious vinyl windows and doors.
 Louisiana-Pacific is a major building products company known for its innovation in developing high-performance, affordable, environmentally sound construction materials.
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 /CONTACT: Barry Lacter of Louisiana-Pacific, 503-221-0800/
 (LPX) CO: Louisiana-Pacific Corp. ST: Oregon, Nevada IN: PAP SU:


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