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WAL-MART SELECTS ENGINEERED WOOD FOR EARTH-FRIENDLY 'ECOSTORE,' TRUS JOIST MACMILLAN SAYS

 WAL-MART SELECTS ENGINEERED WOOD FOR EARTH-FRIENDLY 'ECOSTORE,'
 TRUS JOIST MACMILLAN SAYS
 BOISE, Idaho, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Trus Joist MacMillan today announced its engineered wood products are being used by Wal-Mart Stores, the nation's largest retailer, to build a prototype "ecostore" in Lawrence, Kan. The store, to be constructed this November, will showcase environmentally conscious architecture and building products.
 "Our products were selected because they are high-quality, wood-efficient alternatives to old-growth lumber. This is indicative of growing sensitivity about the harvesting, manufacture and economics of forest products -- all of which are boosting demand for our environmentally friendly engineered wood products," said Trus Joist MacMillan President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Denig.
 Trus Joist MacMillan's TJI(R) wood I-joists will be used as the structural backbone of the ecostore's roof system. The advanced technologies employed to manufacture the joists greatly reduce pressure on the natural resource base. In fact, these products can decrease wood consumption by as much as 50 percent in a structural floor or roof system.
 The TJI joist does more with less wood for several reasons. Chief among them are that the manufacturing process converts more of each log to structural wood, and the efficient "I" shape only puts wood where it's needed to carry the load.
 "The efficiency and reduced waste achieved by Trus Joist MacMillan's new manufacturing technologies really are critical components of making sustainable forestry work, both economically and environmentally," said Richard Miller, a partner in The Timber Source Inc., a Vermont-based company that is sourcing only sustainable/"forest-friendly(R)" wood products for the project.
 On Wal-Mart's ecostore, Trus Joist MacMillan's products will conserve 6,528 cubic feet of wood compared to traditional glulam beams that were considered for the project. This is the equivalent savings of 87 trees that are 18 inches in diameter and 120 feet tall.
 "It's also important to note the design with glulam beams made from solid-sawn lumber would have required substantially larger and older timber than our products, which can be made from smaller and younger second- and third-growth timber," said Don Berry, Trus Joist MacMillan manager of Timber Resources. He said most of the company's engineered wood products are made from logs averaging just 8-12 inches in diameter.
 Wood for this portion of the project is being obtained from a privately owned, 140-acre parcel southwest of Eugene, Ore. The Timber Source has retained The Rogue Institute for Ecology and Economy, of Ashland, Ore., to monitor the harvesting and milling of the products to ensure sustainable forestry practices are being followed.
 Wal-Mart's new demonstration store is a laboratory for new ideas, according to Bill McDonough of William McDonough Architects in New York. "Its design promotes low-embodied energy, lower energy consumption and lower waste. With this example, Wal-Mart is taking encouraging steps in the right direction," he said. McDonough is serving as consultant to a design team headed by BSW Architects of Tulsa, Okla.
 In addition to its traditional retailing activities, the ecostore will have a classroom for environmental education and a recycling center that accepts materials ranging from aluminum cans to motor oil and automotive batteries.
 Trus Joist MacMillan is the world's first forest products company based on technology rather than ownership of timberlands. The Boise-based company is a joint venture owned by TJ International (NASDAQ: TJCO) of Boise and MacMillan Bloedel (NASDAQ: MMBLF) of Vancouver, British Columbia. It employs 2,000 people and has 14 manufacturing plants across North America. Annual sales are in excess of $250 million.
 NOTE: TJI(R) is a registered trademark of Trus Joist MacMillan, A Limited Partnership, Boise, Idaho; forest-friendly(R) is a registered trademark of The Timber Source Inc., Burlington, Vt.
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 /CONTACT: Craig Bodmer of Trus Joist MacMillan, 208-375-4450, or after hours, 208-336-2464; or Russ Stoddard of Oliver, Russell & Associates, 208-344-1734, or after hours, 208-336-8450, for Trus Joist MacMillan/
 (TJCO MMBLF) CO: Trus Joist MacMillan; Wal-Mart Stores ST: Idaho, Kansas IN: PAP SU:


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