LP invests in off-site construction framing manufacturer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Louisiana-Pacific is addressing the construction labor shortage head on. The company has invested $45 million in Entekra, a design, engineering and manufacturing firm that provides off-site framing for both residential and commercial construction.

Entekra provides a fully integrated off-site solution (FIOSS), which integrates concept, design and engineering with off-site manufacturing and on-site assembly, the company said in a press release. Entekra’s system is designed to streamline the process of assembling new builds—reducing construction time, waste and dependency on skilled labor, resulting in faster build cycles and increased production volume for builders.

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“This investment marks a logical extension of our strategy to position LP as a leading building solutions company,” LP CEO Brad Southern said. “The overriding constraint of supply in the housing industry today is a shortage of labor, and combined with rising construction costs, underscores the need for more efficient and innovative building techniques. Entekra’s off-site framing solutions are designed to help builders meet market demand, while increasing productivity, reducing waste and improving quality of the home construction process. We are excited by the prospects in the burgeoning off-site market and the long-term opportunities this investment presents for LP.”

Southern said the partnership will combine Entekra’s proven engineering and automated framing expertise with LP’s market access to regional and national builders. It will also allow LP to leverage its large scale manufacturing capabilities and capital deployment necessary to scale the business.

Entekra is based in Ripon, Calif., where it operates a single manufacturing plant.