Huber Engineered Woods Expands Product Availability

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Manufacturer increases production capacity through agreement with Arbec Forest Products Inc.

We are making arrangements to augment capacity as part of our ongoing commitment to keep pace with the growing needs of our customers for AdvanTech® and ZIP System® products.

Specialty products manufacturer Huber Engineered Woods LLC (“HEW”) announced today that the Charlotte, N.C., company will increase production capacity through a contractual manufacturing agreement with Arbec Forest Products Inc. The agreement establishes the opportunity for HEW to produce its ZIP System® sheathing at Arbec’s Quebec, Canada facility.

"We have seen a strong start to 2016 in our industry and are optimistic for continued growth in the coming years,” said HEW President Brian Carlson. “We are making arrangements to augment capacity as part of our ongoing commitment to keep pace with the growing needs of our customers for AdvanTech® and ZIP System® products.”

All specialty products manufactured under the agreement between HEW and Arbec will be stamped and sold under the HEW brand.

“In the coming months, we will collaborate with Arbec to help set processes and procedures in place to ensure the consistent quality and reliability of HEW products our customers have come to expect,” Carlson said.

Since its introduction in 2007, ZIP System® sheathing and tape has been widely adopted by many builders as a replacement for traditional sheathing and housewrap. The innovative exterior wall and roof system consists of an enhanced moisture-resistant, engineered wood panel, with a built-in, moisture-resistive barrier that eliminates the need for housewrap or felt. Completed with taped panel seams using high-performance ZIP System™ flashing tape, the system helps protect construction timelines by creating quick dry-in status and reducing risk of rework, while providing advanced moisture protection and reduced air leakage. ZIP System® wall sheathing has been named #1 in quality for two consecutive years by Builder magazine readers (1), and ZIP System sheathing and tape were most recently named “Best Energy Efficient Product” of the International Builders’ Show (2).

HEW launched AdvanTech® flooring and sheathing panels nearly 20 years ago. AdvanTech® flooring is a brand builders trust for quiet, stiff floors, as evidenced by its #1 rank in quality for its category every year since 2002, by the readers of Builder magazine (3). The engineered wood panels offer a unique combination of powerful moisture resistance and strength and stiffness for subfloors, walls and roofs. Manufactured with advanced resin technology and high wood density, AdvanTech® panels help builders minimize risk of schedule delays for rework and sanding of warped or swollen panels during construction and help provide solid-feeling, quiet floors for years to come.

(1) Builder Magazine’s annual Brand Use Study, 2015 - 2016; exterior sheathing category
(2) 2016 “Best of IBS” Awards, NAHB
(3) Builder Magazine’s annual Brand Use Study, 2002-2016; oriented strand board category

About Huber Engineered Woods
Huber Engineered Woods LLC continually strives to create innovative products that suit customers’ needs. Specialty products AdvanTech® flooring and sheathing, AdvanTech™ subfloor adhesive, ZIP System® wall and ZIP System® roof products, ZIP System™ tape and ZIP System™ stretch tape each deliver outstanding performance, easy installation and great strength in single family, multifamily and light commercial projects. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Huber Engineered Woods has manufacturing operations in Maine, Georgia, Virginia, and Oklahoma, as well as research and development facilities in Georgia. Huber Engineered Woods also serves industrial markets with products for door manufacturers and the transportation industry. For more information, visit

About J.M. Huber Corporation
J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Edison, New Jersey (U.S.), operates a portfolio of companies with a focus on its core engineered materials businesses. Founded in 1883, today Huber is one of the largest family-owned companies in the United States. The diversified, multinational company creates products that are used in a broad range of consumer and industrial applications, including oral care, personal care, food, beverage, pharmaceuticals and building materials. For more information, see

About Arbec Forest Products
Arbec is a private Canadian manufacturer of softwood lumber (in conjunction with an affiliate company) and oriented strand board (OSB) panels, with production activities carried out through mills located in several locations within the province of Quebec and New Brunswick. Arbec’s mills have an annual production capacity of softwood lumber of 700 Mmbf and OSB panels of 620 000 m3 (700mmsf).

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