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July, 2014

CTR collaborates with Infilco Degremont to improve the waste water treatment plant at Heinz Frozen Food Company

This month CTR will complete fulfillment of an order for 37 semi-truck loads of ABF (Activated Bio-Filtration) Redwood fill media for Heinz Frozen Food Company. This plant produces over 600 million pounds of potato products annually and employs around 1,000 people. The Redwood ABF fill media will replace 17-year-old plastic fill media in a 30 foot tall by 80 wide tower.

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July, 2013

Reclaiming a Treasure from the Past –
CTR Participates in the Revitalization of a Popular Shopping Center in Santa Rosa, California

David Codding has recently unveiled an exciting new project at his shopping center, Montgomery Village.  It is a 6,468 square foot building surrounded by gardens, trees, patios and sculpture.  In so doing, he has uncovered what many architects, builders and artisans consider to be a rare treasure.  After the long-time occupant, Copperfield’s Bookstore, had moved to their new location in the shopping center, Codding began to dismantle one of the original Montgomery Village structures.  Some 60 years ago, David’s father, Developer Hugh Codding, had built on this very site, using abundant Redwood lumber.  While the use of old growth Redwood was common then, it is practically unheard of today.  For Codding the discovery of this material on a demolition site was a chance to memorialize his father’s legacy and create something very special.

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February, 2013

CTR Industrial Fabrication & Supply Now Stocking Fiberglass Grating and FRP Structural Shapes and Plate!

The time has arrived for the cooling tower industry to be made aware of alternatives that will allow for a continued supply of redwood lumber for structural members and components that are both cost effective and in abundant supply. The redwood region is the most productive forestland in the United States and remarkable growth rates are being realized in California’s younggrowth redwood forests. A single acre of redwoods has been known to grow more than 2,000 board feet each year from age 40 to 60.

Unlike most western timber species, redwood production is almost exclusively on private timberlands zoned for commercial timber production. Consequently, redwood harvests are not dependent on the uncertainties of public timber supply.

Aside from the presence of sapwood in young-growth redwood lumber, there are other equally important differences between old- and young-growth redwood. Old growth is denser than young growth and contains greater amounts of extractives; those chemical components responsible for the natural resistance to decay. Since characteristics of young growth are clearly different than old growth, it is necessary to investigate specifically the treatability of young-growth redwood. Young-growth heartwood does not have the same high uniformity of decay resistance as old growth, and young-growth lumber contains proportionately more sapwood.

Young growth, while needing treatment to perform adequately in decay hazard environments, still maintains the low shrinkage characteristics of old growth. Also, there is increasing evidence not all the heartwood found in young-growth trees is as decay resistant as that from old-growth trees.2 The most effective manner in which to improve the durability of a species, or to make it more uniform and predictable, is to treat it with preservative.

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February, 2012

Redwood: Cost-effective alternative for cooling towers

The time has arrived for the cooling tower industry to be made aware of alternatives that will allow for a continued supply of redwood lumber for structural members and components that are both cost effective and in abundant supply. The redwood region is the most productive forestland in the United States and remarkable growth rates are being realized in California’s younggrowth redwood forests. A single acre of redwoods has been known to grow more than 2,000 board feet each year from age 40 to 60.

Unlike most western timber species, redwood production is almost exclusively on private timberlands zoned for commercial timber production. Consequently, redwood harvests are not dependent on the uncertainties of public timber supply.

Aside from the presence of sapwood in young-growth redwood lumber, there are other equally important differences between old- and young-growth redwood. Old growth is denser than young growth and contains greater amounts of extractives; those chemical components responsible for the natural resistance to decay. Since characteristics of young growth are clearly different than old growth, it is necessary to investigate specifically the treatability of young-growth redwood. Young-growth heartwood does not have the same high uniformity of decay resistance as old growth, and young-growth lumber contains proportionately more sapwood.

Young growth, while needing treatment to perform adequately in decay hazard environments, still maintains the low shrinkage characteristics of old growth. Also, there is increasing evidence not all the heartwood found in young-growth trees is as decay resistant as that from old-growth trees.2 The most effective manner in which to improve the durability of a species, or to make it more uniform and predictable, is to treat it with preservative.

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September 27, 2011

J Vineyards and Winery & CTR Sparkle Together

CTR, also known as Cooling Tower Resources, has been expanding its manufacturing base across many different industries. Recently, CTR was asked by J Vineyards and Winery to manufacture new commercial riddling racks to be used in their sparkling wine production. Martin Guzman, J Vineyards and Winery’s production director contacted CTR’s production manager, Arturo Pureco about replacing the older wooden racks whose time to be replaced has come. Arturo created a parts list, made a per part shop drawings, and sent it outside to CTR’s Northern California industrial fabrication plant in Healdsburg, California. The first rack was completed last week and sent to Martin to review and test. The rack was filled with sparkling wine and by the following afternoon was elevated onto the wineries motorized riddling system. Speaking with Martin at J Vineyards and Winery’s 25th anniversary celebration, Brad Pirrung, CTR’s Vice-President of Operations, was glad to hear that Martin was very happy with the product and quality of workmanship supplied. J Vineyards and Winery plans to have CTR manufacture 7 additional racks which will be completed shortly. After finishing the new racks, CTR will then upgrade some of the other riddling racks.

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August 10, 2011

GEDC0028 (1).JPGHowden Cooling Fans and Cooling Tower Resources
Reach Distribution Agreement

Howden Fans (Netherlands) and Cooling Tower Resources (CTR) have entered into a distribution agreement where CTR will become a stocking supplier of cooling fans at their Baytown, Texas distribution center. 

Citing the need for quick response during events such as hurricanes and other unexpected outages, CTR will have Howden cooling fans in stock and ready to ship within hours rather than weeks.  “We recognize the value of immediate response when there is an unexpected disruption at one of our customer’s plants, and this clearly fits our business model with respect to the customers we serve and their emergency preparedness programs” stated Brad Pirrung, manager of operations.

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August 1, 2011

GEDC0028 (1).JPGCTR Industrial Fabrication & Supply Announces Official Grand Opening!

CTR introduces itself to Baytown and the greater Houston area industrial businesses and contractors.

CTR provides structural lumber and plywood to the cooling tower industry and other industries requiring structural grade lumber and plywood. Our expertise in the lumber industry combined with our onsite milling/fabrication facilities allow us to provide quality structural components as well as assembled parts to both new tower constructors and the after-market and repair specialists.

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