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RSVP to distribute Lyptus veneer

Weyerhaeuser and Renaissance Specialty Veneer Products have established an exclusive partnership for the distribution of Lyptus veneer worldwide.

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Lyptus is a fast-growing eucalyptus tree cultivated on plantations in Brazil owned by Weyerhaeuser and is harvested to sustainable (FSC) certification standards. RSVP has facilities in Columbus, Ind., and High Point, N.C.

"From our company's perspective, it was a very easy match for us because we are a company that believes in green. It is extremely important and that is probably the biggest single reason that we embraced the product," says Paul Stone, managing partner of RSVP. "We're a company that believes in diversity within our inventory and believe in creating value with our customers. We've always believed in the Lyptus product, but haven't had the opportunity to carry it."

"We found there were tremendous synergies with what RSVP brought to the table and where we actually wanted to go on a national basis," says Walter Benadof, Weyerhaeuser's South American business development manager. "RSVP brings a lot of marketing support and gives us the opportunity to go into markets that we haven't explored in the past. It was an immediate connection there."

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