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TJ INTERNATIONAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER TO ATTEND NORTHWEST FOREST SUMMIT

 BOISE, Idaho, March 29 /PRNewswire/ --TJ International (NASDAQ: TJCO) announced today that its president and chief executive officer, Walt Minnick, has been invited by the Clinton Administration to participate in the Northwest Forest Summit to be held in Portland, Ore., on April 2. The summit is being held in an effort to end the gridlock between the forest industry and environmentalists over old-growth forests and the northern spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest.
 "We intend to put technology on the table, both as an economic force and as an environmentally sound, supply-side solution to the old-growth controversy," says Minnick.
 Through its Trus Joist MacMillan joint venture subsidiary, the Boise-based company develops technologies that enable the manufacture of high-quality engineered lumber from the wood of small, fast-growing, abundant trees. The resulting products are direct substitutes for the clear-grained, large-dimension structural framing lumber traditionally obtained from the old-growth forests.
 "Our technologies are the future of the forest," believes Minnick.
 Recent sales of the company's engineered wood products support his optimism. Over the past decade, sales per U.S. and Canadian housing start of these products have grown at an annual rate of 26 percent. For the first two months of 1993, sales of these products into the residential construction market were nearly double those for the same period last year.
 Minnick brings to the conference an example of a successful mesh between industry and the environment. Since taking the helm of the company in 1986, he has guided sales growth from $102 million to last year's record high of $400 million. In addition, he sits on the governing board of the Wilderness Society and has been an outspoken critic of below-cost timber sales.
 TJ International is the 51-percent owner and managing partner of Trus Joist MacMillan, the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of engineered lumber. Canadian forest products company MacMillan Bloedel (NASDAQ: MMBLF) owns 49 percent of Trus Joist MacMillan. TJ International also owns several window companies, including U.S. subsidiary Norco Windows and Canadian subsidiaries Dashwood Industries and Laflamme & Frere.
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 /CONTACT: Walt Minnick of TJ International, 208-345-8500, or home, 208-345-3036; or Russ Stoddard of Oliver Russell & Associates, 208-344-1734, or home, 208-336-8450, for TJ International/
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