Waste wood recycler plans facility in Klamath Falls


Small plastics company P&M Signs Inc. is in negotiations to open a $7 million wood recycling factory in Klamath Falls.

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Small plastics company P&M Signs Inc. is in negotiations to open a $7 million facility in Klamath Falls.

They would occupy a space adjacent to Jeld-Wen Inc.’s Reach mill and use its waste wood to make signs.

The move would be a big leap for P&M Signs, which currently employs 18 people and whose previous annual revenue topped out at $2 million. But it capitalizes on 17 years worth of research and investment by the company, which led to patenting the material “Altree” with the United States Forest Service through work with the Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis.

Altree combines No. 2 plastics with noncommercial wood from western juniper and pinyon pine trees harvested to reduce fire risk. The resulting product is entirely recyclable, longer lasting than wood, impervious to insects and mold, and nontoxic. It won a National Fire Plan Award in 2003 and was selected by the United Nations for a recent display of wood and paper products at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the organization’s European headquarters.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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