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TJ INTERNATIONAL TELLS TECHNOLOGY STORY TO STOCKHOLDERS AT ANNUAL MEETING

 BOISE, Idaho, May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing strong market share gains and continued technology advances at its Trus Joist MacMillan joint venture subsidiary, TJ International (NASDAQ: TJCO) reported to stockholders at its annual meeting that management is optimistic about the company's business prospects.
 "We've long said that engineered lumber is the product of the future. Judging by the accelerated conversion to Trus Joist MacMillan's products, that future is now arriving," said TJ International Chief Executive Officer and President Walt Minnick.
 Trus Joist MacMillan, a joint venture owned 51 percent by TJ International and 49 percent by MacMillan Bloedel (NASDAQ: MMBLF), is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of engineered lumber. These products are high-quality substitutes for the clear-grained lumber obtained from large, old-growth logs. Their manufacture requires fewer trees and can accommodate a wide range of species and log sizes.
 Trus Joist MacMillan Chief Executive Officer and President Tom Denig briefed stockholders on recent developments with the company's newest technology, a steam-injection process used to make TimberStrand(TM) laminated strand lumber.
 "We are making steady progress in the start-up of our first manufacturing facility in Deerwood, Minn., and are experiencing our first success with a rim board product for use with the Silent Floor(R) system," said Denig. "The outstanding demand for the rim board indicates that there definitely is a market opportunity for the structural products we're able to engineer using this exciting technology." In addition to structural lumber, he said that TimberStrand laminated strand lumber is also being marketed as a core material to the millwork and furniture industries.
 The joint venture is currently manufacturing TimberStrand laminated strand lumber at a plant in north-central Minnesota and recently announced that it is working with the State of Kentucky to secure a site for a second plant in Kentucky. Construction of the second plant will proceed once product performance, manufacturing costs and market acceptance objectives are achieved at the first facility.
 Laminated strand lumber uses fast-growing and abundant aspen or poplar as its wood fiber resource. Prior to Trus Joist MacMillan's development of the laminated strand lumber technology, these two wood species were not used for lumber because they don't naturally grow strong enough, straight enough or big enough to make lumber using traditional sawmill processes. Because of this, TimberStrand laminated strand lumber substantially broadens the wood resource available for structural lumber in North America.
 TJ International also owns three window companies, which Minnick said were rebounding slowly from the recent housing recession. "Over the last year, we have pushed forward with a long-term strategic initiative to further our leading position in the window market in Eastern Canada and significantly increase our penetration in the United States. We are encouraged by our market share gains," he commented.
 In other news at the annual meeting, stockholders re-elected all 10 existing TJ International directors to a new slate of staggered terms. The company's directors include Harold S. Eastman, Robert B. Findlay, Robert V. Hansberger, Robert G. Linville Jr., Walter C. Minnick, J.L. Scott, Harold E. Thomas, Arthur L. Troutner, J. Robert Tullis and Steven C. Wheelwright.
 In addition, TJ International Chairman of the Board Harold E. Thomas announced the board has re-elected all existing TJ International officers and approved payment of the regular quarterly dividend of 10-1/2 cents per share payable on July 23 to stockholders of record as of June 25.
 TJ International is a Boise-based specialty building materials company. In addition to serving as managing partner of Trus Joist MacMillan, it owns three window companies: Dashwood Industries, headquartered in the province of Ontario; Laflamme, located in the province of Quebec; and Norco Windows, based in Boise with manufacturing operations in Idaho, Michigan and Wisconsin.
 NOTE: Silent Floor is a registered trademark of Trus Joist MacMillan, a limited partnership, Boise. TimberStrand is a trademark of Trus Joist MacMillan, a limited partnership, Boise.
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 /CONTACT: Russ Stoddard of Oliver Russell and Associates, 208-344-1734, or home, 208-336-8450, for TJ International; or Walt Minnick of TJ International, 208-345-8500, or home, 208-345-3036/
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