Oakdale, Louisiana – (January 31, 2017) – Today, RoyOMartin’s oriented strand board (OSB)-manufacturing plant in Oakdale, Louisiana, celebrated its tenth anniversary of operations. Construction began in 2005 on the Allen Parish OSB facility, which continues to be one of the largest of its kind in North America. Its first southern yellow pine OSB panel was pressed on January 31, 2007, with the official plant-opening coming three months later on April 23, 2007.
Taking part in the festivities, which will span several days to accommodate each production shift, were company leaders such as RoyOMartin Chairman Jonathan E. Martin; President, CEO, and CFO Roy O. Martin III; Senior Vice President and COO Scott Poole; and Vice President of OSB and Corporate Safety Director Terry Secrest. They reminisced about accomplishments and about what they had learned during start-up and throughout the previous decade. They also thanked OSB team members for their contributions toward the RoyOMartin corporate values of operational excellence and commitment to customers and each other. To conclude the ceremony, Jonathan presented his 2016 Health, Safety, and Environmental Chairman’s Award to the entire Oakdale OSB team in recognition of their superior achievement in those areas. Employee attendees then enjoyed a fellowship luncheon.
Regarding the special occasion, Secrest stated, “Over the past 10 years, the RoyOMartin Oakdale OSB team has taken a first-class asset and made it into a world-class organization that is admired across the industry. Through innovation and a continuous-improvement mindset, the facility has out-produced its original design capacity by 15%. The entire OSB team continues to demonstrate its commitment to working safely, operating at top efficiency, and satisfying customers every single day.”