Norbord – raising the roof in Jefferson

NorbordNorbord, a leading global manufacturer of wood-based panels in Jefferson, Texas, and 17 other national and international locations, has stepped up to help with the restoration of the historic Union Missionary Baptist Church located in Jefferson, Texas. By donating five units of oriented strand board materials for use in various aspects of the renovation, Norbord will assist in making the structure stronger than it has ever been and help it to meet museum standards for atmospheric controls.

Leta Kay, marketing coordinator for Collins Academy said, “The completion of the church is a priority for Collins Academy, and the generous donation by Norbord improves prospects for a quicker and better result.”  Richard Collins, founder of the academy said, “The donation by our corporate neighbor, Norbord, will help immensely.

When the project is completed, it will enhance ongoing tourism development in Jefferson and we encourage other businesses and individuals to join in to help see the project to completion.”

“We are very grateful to the Norbord team and their solid commitment to community service and involvement,” said Gary Endsley, director of Collins Academy. “We’ve been fully engaged with the steps in this process since early spring with asbestos and lead paint abatement, demolition of the 1950’s annex, archaeological investigations of the back yard and area under the annex, and leveling and foundation repairs.

What once had a noticeable lean, is now standing straight and tall.” The church was constructed and dedicated as Missionary Baptist in 1883.

According to Danny Hurt, general contractor for the church, the Norbord product will be used to make the finished structure stronger and more air tight for a better controlled environment.

“With the foaming that this will facilitate, the building will be tighter, more rigid, the flooring…

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