College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

Roseburg and VaproShield join WU+D membership


Roseburg Forest Products and VaproShield recently joined 14 companies from the building industry representing the membership of Clemson University’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute (WU+D).

“Roseburg is very pleased to be a new member of Clemson University’s Wood Utilization and Design Institute,” said Jake Elston, senior vice president of operations. “We are specifically excited about opportunities to partner in creative and innovative ways to drive increased utilization of carbon-friendly products within the building industry and building process. Our new partnership with the Institute is well-timed given recent growth in the eastern region of the country by Roseburg.”

Roseburg is WU+D’s newest Founding Partner, committing five years to the Institute. They will have the opportunity to contribute to the future vision and direction of WU+D with a permanent place on the board, which helps set organizational goals and guidance for budget spending. Other Founding Partners include Collum’s Lumber Products, Huber Engineered Woods, Weyerhaeuser, McLeod Rhodes, Lendlease, Simpson Strong-Tie, Forestry Association of South Carolina and MiTek.

VaproShield is WU+D’s newest Corporate Partner, committing three years to the Institute. They join a growing list of partners that include Swinerton Mass Timber, Stora Enso and Britt, Peters and Associates, Inc. 

“VaproShield is very excited about the opportunity to partner with Clemson University’s mass timber program over the next three years,” said Mark Johnson, vice president of sales and marketing. “VaproShield has become a leader in the building envelope for mass timber structures with moisture and air management utilizing innovative products and new solutions. We look forward to future opportunities for education and project development with Clemson students, staff and alumni.”

Members support talent development and impact students’ knowledge of wood products and the viability of construction applications. Through their partnership, they are given the opportunity to provide guest lectures, support graduate research projects through material contributions and offer expertise to Clemson creative inquiry teams through the Institute. They are also invited to attend the Institute’s annual meeting each December at the University where industry partners, faculty and students gather with the shared goal of educating about wood products and driving economic growth in the wood products industry. 

“We’re delighted to expand our membership into more traditional engineered wood products and products that protect our buildings from the environment,” said Pat Layton, WU+D director. “This really makes our board and the members of our Institute span even more broadly across the wood products industry.”

Click here to view WU+D’s current members. Contact Pat Layton or Jordan Perkins, executive director of Clemson University Corporate and Foundation Relations, to learn more about becoming a member.

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