Sustainable Timber Investment eXchange (STIX, L3C)
STIX, L3C is the low profit wood division that has grown out of our twenty year commitment to sustainable timber and the forestry practices in the woods of southern Vermont. Our state was the first to offer this company structure that combined the LLC's flexibility with the mission-based business practices of a non-profit, and we were the among the first adopters. As we like to joke, low profit sounded like our wood business already! But this division of our company is engaged in some of the most serious, long-term, and technically challenging problems of how we link up sustainable local forestry practices, engineering, and prefabrication.
STIX's Mission and Activities
- STIX practices a unique supply chain that takes custom designs and timber lists from our 3D CAD/CAM software into the woods, harvests exactly what is needed with no waste, and comes through our small sawmill or local supply partners in a "cut for use" process.
- We work at identifying the select structural material that grows here in the northeast, and elevating its use in engineered structures.
- We were the winner of a wood science and testing grant from the Wood Utilization Foresters at VT FP&R in 2009, through the focus of Senator Leahy's office. This helped us to build a structural timber testing rig for our shop that we are calibrating with "in the field" measurements of standing timber. Our goal is to be able to find the premium material and manage for it to grow even better.
- This effort led us to consult with the engineering group of our state's bridge and roads division, to see if we could help the covered bridge restoration field deal with the damage from Hurricane Irene, and bring local timber back into the restoration fields.
- We also believe that(with a little more time and assistance) we could help to identify, treat, and rescue "seed trees" in the path of invasive insects like the hemlock wooly adelgid.
- STIX, L3C also just won a competitive award and job creation/facility expansion loan from the state of Vermont's Agency of Commerce and Economic Development. In 2015 we'll be building the APTI-Shop for Timber: read more about this on our Research and Development page.
Timber and Forestry Photo Gallery
Some of our recent work