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Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592


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Modern forest products research necessitates a highly technical approach. Our scientists and technical staff work in a wide range of science areas including researching and evaluating safe, durable, and energy-efficient housing; developing high quality products from undervalued materials; and producing biobased energy to reduce America's dependence on oil and offset the effects of global climate change.
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Many innovative research efforts now begin in our new Centennial Research Facility (CRF). The CRF houses the following four units:
The details of equipment, capabilities, and research emphasis areas are outlined here.

The FPL has often entered into cooperative agreements with industry partners. Conducting collaborative research allows for leveraging equipment, expertise, and funding to achieve common goals. Expanded authority from the Federal government now allows for rental of Federal research space and equipment.
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Cooperative partners can also now sell limited quantities of prototype materials developed for market-testing purposes, whereas in the past regulations required that pilottest materials be destroyed.

With these new authorities, we anticipate strong interest from many potential partners. Using our extensive facilities and collective expertise to cooperatively develop or refine pilotscale materials and processes is the central intent behind this expanded authority. We invite you to contact us regarding partnership opportunities and to tour our new facilities.