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18 June 2009

Woodworks Adds Technical Director in Minnesota

WoodWorks (, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, has added a new Technical Director in Minnesota. Tom Milton, formerly a regional director with APA - The Engineered Wood Association, recently joined WoodWorks and recently invited Barrier's National Sales Manager, Jim Dukart, to a WoodWorks presentation at a downtown Minneapolis architectural firm.

Woodworks is a cooperative venture of all the major wood associations in North America, as well as research organizations and government agencies. Partner organizations include the American Forest & Paper Association, American Wood Council, APA - The Engineered Wood Association, Canadian Wood Council (CWC), Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association, Southern Forest Products Association, and Western Wood Products Association. Research and government agencies connected to WoodWorks include the Forestry Innovation Investment, FP Innovations - Forintek Division, Natural Resources Canada, and the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. As its mission, organization states that it "provides one-stop access to the widest possible range of information on the use of wood in non-residential structures."

One of the ways in which Barrier can help WoodWorks promote the use of wood in non-residential structures is to address the issue of fire-retardant treatment of wood and its uses in commercial construction. WoodWorks currently has three major areas of geographic focus: the Upper Midwest (Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota); the U.S. Southeast (Georgia, the Carolinas) and California. As such, Barrier welcomes new WoodWorks representation in Minnesota and looks forward to ongoing collaborative technical and marketing initiatives surrounding the use of fire-retardant treated wood in commercial construction in each of these geographic regions.

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Barrier develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary fire resistant building materials designed to help protect people and property from the destruction of fire. Barrier's award-winning BlazeguardĀ® structural wood panels exceed International Building Code requirements in every targeted fire test and application. BlazeguardĀ® is coated with Barrier's patented, non-toxic, non-combustible Pyrotite formulation, which releases water when exposed to the heat of fire.