Day in the Life: CLT Factory

The “Day in the Life” blog series provides a peek into the day-to-day of leaders and teams across Katerra as they develop strategies and new methods of working on the journey to transform the way we build.

Alana Wallace

Engineering Manager, Spokane Valley CLT Factory

What do you do at Katerra?

I am the Engineering Manager at Katerra’s first CLT factory. My team and I were deeply involved in the commissioning of all the factory equipment and bringing the facility into production. Now we’re working on optimizing efficiency and reducing costs as we continue to ramp up production.

My background is in molten steel and iron production, and at various times in my career, I have been responsible for process improvement, production, quality, and maintenance. While wood is a bit different from metal, both are incredibly variable materials, and my background in a variety of departments helps me approach this position with an open mind and look at challenges from many different angles.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding aspect of working at Katerra is watching an enthusiastic manufacturing team come together with CLT product experts and create a place with an extremely high-quality product on an accelerated timeline. We’ve all learned and grown together and it’s incredibly rewarding to see that development and the team succeed.

It’s inspiring to be a part of doing something that hasn’t been done before. Every time we produce a new product or discover a way to do something better, it excites me to see our progress and think of the things we may be doing in the future.

What makes your team unique?

I think the most unique thing about our team is that everybody cares passionately about our people. It’s incredibly important to each of us to make high-quality products done right the first time every time, but it’s also essential to make sure our employees are being challenged and fulfilled. Our passion spreads to every employee, and we’re all rowing in the same direction.

It’s also essential to make sure our employees are being challenged and fulfilled. Our passion spreads to every employee, and we’re all rowing in the same direction.

What initially attracted you to Katerra?

Katerra is trying to do things that haven’t been done before. I was inspired to join a company that was pushing the boundaries of what is possible every single day and trying to do that sustainably.

Learn more about Katerra’s CLT product, here.

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