Eco Building Products fires up Salem plant

Eco Building Products produced the first order from its Salem plant this week.

Eco Building Products produced the first order from its Salem plant this week.

Eco Building Products Inc. started work this week at a new facility in Salem, a plant that could employ as many as 50 people by the end of summer.

Based in Southern California, Eco Building Products specializes in treating wood, especially Douglas fir, with an eco-friendly coating that helps protect it from fire, mold and termites.

The company's stock is traded over the counter under the symbol ECOB.

"We're just coming online now, but we have big plans for Salem," said Steve Conboy, president and CEO of Eco Building Products.

Salem is a strategic location for the company because of its proximity to Northwest lumber mills that process Douglas Fir. Prior to opening its Salem facility, which is located on a rail line, Eco Products was shipping wood down to its facility in Vista, Calif., for coating.

"It makes the lumber more sustainable," Conboy said. "The sooner we get it coated and protected the better."

Conboy said that Eco Building Products' coatings count toward LEED certification and, when ordered by the customer, can be applied to Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood.

The coated wood is finding its way into markets around the world, including Africa, where humid climates eliminated the option of building with non-treated wood.

"We're involved in projects all over the place," Conboy said. "But we're trying to create jobs in the U.S."

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