SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — A new manufacturing plant in the city of Spokane Valley will employ 150 people to make engineered-wood products.

Katerra, based in Menlo Park, California, plans to open the 250,000-square-foot factory early next year.

The factory will produce cross-laminated timber and other engineered products that can replace concrete and steel in wooden high-rise buildings and parking garages. They also can be used for other applications, such as walls and flooring.

The Spokesman-Review says the environmentally friendly products are made from wood scraps, which are compressed and glued together in layers, forming structural panels and beams.

The products can be made from the small-diameter trees crowding Eastern Washington forests, which foresters are eager to thin to reduce wildfire intensity.

Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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