updated 5/26/2011 4:45:29 PM ET 2011-05-26T20:45:29

FEDERAL WAY, Wash., May 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In June, iLevel by Weyerhaeuser will begin distributing James Hardie fiber cement siding and trim products through its Pacific Northwest service centers. The new availability to customers in Western Washington, Oregon and Hawaii supplements iLevel's existing distribution of James Hardie products in 20 markets throughout the U.S.  Available will be a complete line of Engineered for Climate™ Exterior Siding and Trim featuring ColorPlus® Technology, Artisan® Lap Siding and Trim, as well as HardieBacker® Cement Board and other specialty accessories.  www.iLevel.com , www.jameshardie.com

"The Pacific Northwest is one of the largest fiber cement markets in the U.S.," said Prashant Panchal, Head of Marketing for James Hardie.  "As the world's top engineered lumber products distributor, iLevel has a strong distribution network throughout the region and the entire country.  They provide a great way to get our siding and trim products to more customers."   

"We've worked closely with James Hardie in many other markets and are pleased to offer their siding and trim more places in the West," added Nate Jorgensen, Vice President of iLevel Distribution.  "We look forward to building upon the strong foundation established with the James Hardie team today and in the years to come."

With 90 years of experience, iLevel is a leader in building materials distribution, serving the residential, multi-family and light commercial construction sectors.  Its 30 strategically located facilities can reach 80% of U.S. housing starts with iLevel branded structural framing products, along with a growing list of third-party products, including siding and trim, insulation and housewrap, steel concrete reinforcing materials, plywood, cedar products and a range of customized regional product offerings.  The company's experienced in-market sales and service associates provide multiple distribution services to dealers of all sizes, including just-in-time delivery, mixed material loads, training, marketing support, and design services. 

About iLevel by Weyerhaeuser

iLevel by Weyerhaeuser provides the building industry's most comprehensive and innovative collection of structural framing products, technical support and software for homes, multi-family and light construction.  It is a leader in developing ways to help builders and dealers improve quality, reduce costs and streamline construction.  iLevel's Trus Joist® brand celebrates 50 years of engineered wood product innovation, building on a legacy started in 1960.  All of the engineered wood products and specialty dimension lumber iLevel manufactures are SFI® certified.  iLevel is the world's largest engineered lumber products distributor.  iLevel continues to grow on 90 years of building products distribution experience, offering both iLevel and third-party products through an extensive network of company-owned and independent distribution facilities.  www.ilevel.com .

About Weyerhaeuser

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest forest products companies, began operations in 1900. We grow and harvest trees, build homes and make a range of forest products essential to everyday lives. We manage our timberland on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. At the end of 2010, we employed approximately 14,000 employees in 10 countries. We have customers worldwide and generated $6.6 billion in sales in 2010. Our stock trades on the New York Stock exchange under the symbol WY. Additional information about us is available at http://www.weyerhaeuser.com .

Based on net sales, we believe we are the largest manufacturer of fiber cement products and systems for internal and external building construction applications in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.  Our current primary geographic markets include the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Europe and Canada.  Our fiber cement products are used in a number of markets, including new residential construction, manufactured housing and repair and remodeling and a variety of commercial and industrial applications.  We employ approximately 2,500 people and generated net sales of $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2010.  http://www.jameshardie.com/

For more information, contact:
Greg Wells
(208) 364-1428
greg.wells@weyerhaeuser.com


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