The rapidly growing local wood products manufacturer SmartLam is expanding its operations beyond the Flathead Valley (Montana) in a move that positions the company at the forefront of the global cross-laminated timber industry.
Despites its growing global dominance, however, Casey Malmquist is most excited about fortifying the company’s local roots.
Malmquist, president and general manager of SmartLam Technologies Group, which reorganized as SmartLam North America on Oct. 1, said the local growth of its Columbia Falls headquarters would mean additional jobs for the Flathead Valley.
“That was intentional and it’s really what I’m most excited about,” Malmquist said. “We started things here and we are relying on this geographic location to attract good talent as we round out the management side of things while moving forward with the expansion of our plant” at the old Weyerhaeuser site in Columbia Falls, which will be fully online by the first quarter of 2020.