Mr Milestone, most recently director of mass timber at Katerra, was also the director of offsite manufacturing at the William Hare Group and the managing director of B&K Structures, the largest mass timber construction business in the UK.

“We are excited to have access to the experience and practical, on-site expertise that Nick brings with him,” said Cees de Jager, SLB president and CEO. “His 35 years of construction experience, including 15 years in the mass timber space, will assist the SLB in more aggressively pursuing all wood and hybrid wood-and-steel building systems to the US market at scale.”

The SLB is an industry-funded initiative established to promote the benefits and uses of softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential, and non-residential construction and to increase demand for softwood lumber and appearance products. Through strategic investments in pro-wood communications, standards development, design and engineering assistance, research, demonstrations and partnerships, the organisation seeks to make softwood lumber the preferred material choice from both an economic and an environmental standpoint.