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SAGOLA — LP Building Solutions is converting its Sagola plant from manufacturing oriented strand board to producing its flagship product — engineered wood trim and siding called LP SmartSide.

Coatings production at LP Sagola is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2023, the company announced in May.

The Sagola facility offers good proximity to rail and utility infrastructure, a stable supply of timber resources and a strong workforce, according to industry officials.

For over 20 years, LP SmartSide Trim and Siding has provided customers with an innovative approach to home siding that combines the beauty of traditional wood with the durability of engineered wood.

During that time, SmartSide siding products have enjoyed tremendous success and become one of the fastest growing siding brands in the United States, the company said.

To meet growing customer demand, in early 2021 LP announced a phased multi-year plan to increase coating production capacity. This plan began with the conversion of its New Limerick, Maine plant, commonly referred to as LP Houlton, from manufacturing OSB and glulam to SmartSide siding.

In June 2021, the company broke ground on a $150 million project at LP Houlton.

In less than a year, she successfully completed the initial phase of converting Houlton into a siding factory, culminating in the pressing of the factory’s first siding panel in late March.

After confirmatory testing by APA – The Engineered Wood Association, an organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop national consensus standards for engineered wood products – LP Houlton now produces APA certified siding and trademark.

“Customer demand for LP SmartSide trims and coatings is at an all-time high,” said Jason Ringblom, LP’s executive vice president and general manager of coating. “We will always take care of our customers, which is why siding capacity expansion projects, like our conversion of LP Houlton, are incredibly strategic and important to LP.”

The Sagola project will be the second phase of LP’s plans to expand coating production. Earlier this year, LP began talks with Michigan Strategic Fund officials about the incentives, but no action has yet been taken by MSF’s board.

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, LP has 4,800 employees worldwide, including about 150 in Sagola, where it opened its OSB plant in 1988.

LP, founded in 1972, operates 25 plants in the United States, Canada, Chile and Brazil.

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