Katerra opens $150 million manufacturing facility in Spokane Valley

The Spokesman-Review

Amy Edelen | Photo: Colin Mulvany, Spokesman-Review

California-based Katerra has opened its $150 million manufacturing plant in Spokane Valley where 100 workers are producing engineered wood products that could eventually replace concrete and steel in high-rise buildings.

The 270,000-square-foot factory opened Friday near Interstate 90 and Barker Road. The owners claim it is the largest cross-laminated timber facility in the United States.

Every year the workers at the factory can make enough product to build thousands of apartments and office buildings, according to the company. Once operating at full capacity, workers may be expected to produce up to 13 million square feet of material per year.

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