Altree Leveraged Project
I attribute much of the current industrial excitement for our product to the technical results we received from our collaboration with Sandia. We can now scientifically support everything we claim.
Over a century of livestock grazing, fire suppression, logging, predator control,
and exotic species introductions have altered most southwestern ponderosa
pine forests. This has promoted unnaturally dense stands of small-diameter
trees that threaten remaining large trees through competition and by fueling
extensive crown fires. A new technology developed by Phil Archuletta in 2001
and 2002 resulted in a wood fiber/plastic composite called Generation I Altree™
for non-structural sign substrates and shaped and flat decking products.
In 2015 and 2016, Archuletta expanded this technology to incorporate a screen
mesh into the surface of the waste wood/recycled plastic composite. This new
patented product was named Generation II Altree. Preliminary testing indicated
that the new Altree could handle more demanding uses, including in building
components, and applications where high impact strength or adhesion of
another substrate were required, but additional test data was needed.
To address this problem, PJ Woodlands and partnering companies GL
Environmental, Inc.; Highway Supply, LLC; Mt Taylor Machine, LLC; P & M Lumber,
Inc.; and P & M Signs, Inc. reached out to NMSBA, which connected them with Tom
Bosiljevac at Sandia National Laboratories. Bosiljevac and his team performed a
battery of mechanical and U.S. standards for roadway signs and building products.
PJ Woodlands now has demonstrable test data to address questions from
new customers regarding Altree’s use in a greatly expanded number of ecofriendly
product applications. They are now in the process of selecting their
strategic partner to build an Altree production facility employing 41 full-time
employees within the next three years.