Dan Smith Speaks to OSU’s Forestry Department

March 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

In February 2011, Dan Smith of Smith&Fong Plyboo gave a lecture at Oregon State University as a part of their 2011 Renewable Materials Seminar Series. In this series, Dan spoke about bamboo as a rapidly renewable material, the growth process, and its merits as a sustainable wood product.

FSC-certified PlybooStrand plywood and flooring will make its debut at Greenbuild 2010

November 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

An interior material popular among architects and designers for its incredible beauty,  durability and compatibility for commercial installations, PlybooStrand flooring and plywood is now available FSC-certified and will be officially launched at Greenbuild 2010 this month in Chicago.

“Strand bamboo has long been popular with the architecture and design community for its performance, aesthetic and environmental qualities,” according to Smith & Fong’s president and founder, Dan Smith. “Adding FSC certification enables architects and designers to potentially capture even more points with an already LEED-rich product.”

Strand bamboo is different from conventional bamboo products, both visually and structurally: flooring planks and panels are manufactured through a process in which bamboo strips are compacted into a super-dense block. The composite material is then milled into planks and panels. No urea-formaldehyde is used in the production process. Its average hardness rating is 3,000 lbf—more than twice that of red oak—making the flooring ideal for high-traffic and commercial installations.

PlybooStrand varies in aesthetic from a traditional hardwood flooring to an exotic feel like Smith & Fong’s popular Neopolitan product, which brings to mind zebrawood.

The company is offering PlybooStrand panels in 3/16” x 30” x 72” single-ply and ½” and ¾” in a 4’ x 6’ three-ply construction. The flooring is available in the same styles in 3/8” and 9/16” thicknesses.

FSC PlybooStrand plywood and flooring are both PlybooPure urea formaldehyde-free. The plywood is certified Indoor Advantage Gold® and the flooring is FloorScore®-certified.

Potential LEED-credit contributions:

MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials
MRc7: Certified Wood
IEQc4.3: Flooring Systems
IEQc4.4: Low Emitting Materials (No Added Urea Formaldehyde)

Smith & Fong featured in Scientific American Earth 3.0

September 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

From the June 2009 Special Editions | 8 comments

Bamboo Boom: Is This Material for You?

It’s not just for tiki torches anymore, but does this wood substitute really make for greener floors, clothing and other products?

By Michelle Nijhuis


Daniel Smith remembers when he first tried to sell a bamboo floor. The San Francisco entrepreneur thought his woodlike product was attractive and durable, but when he took samples to a Dallas trade show in 1994, the reaction wasn’t quite what he had hoped for. No one believed the plant’s round stalks—then most familiar in the U.S. as the stuff of backyard torches—could be turned into a smooth, lasting floor.

“One architect said to me, ‘I appreciate that you’re at the cutting edge of design and development, but I don’t want to be cut by that edge,” Smith says.

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Plyboo.com selected by BtoB Magazine as one of “10 great BtoB websites”

September 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

BtoB Magazine, a marketing magazine owned by New York business periodical publisher Crain Communications, has selected Plyboo.com as one of this year’s 10 best BtoB websites. Smith & Fong’s site shares this designation in 2009 with such notable names as Office Depot, ADP and Getty Images. An excerpt of the story follows.


URL: www.plyboo.com

Target audience: Interior designers, architectural community, homeowners

Key Web executives: Dan Smith, president and founder; John McIsaac, public relations counsel for Smith & Fong at McIsaac Communications

No. of employees working on the site: 8

Last major redesign: First-quarter 2009

No. of pages on site: 215 pages

Web developer: In-house, as well as Pinch, a strategic design and brand development agency

As recently as six months ago, visitors arriving at the Plyboo.com Web site were directed to a press release. Those visitors were likely looking for product and installation specifications, and until recently, that information was often difficult to locate.

“One of the concerns we heard from architects and designers was that they couldn’t find information fast enough,” said company President Dan Smith. “I remember you had to go to flooring and within flooring select a surface and within that section you had to choose a color. It was a five-step process to land in the place you were looking for. That was a very big deal.”

Read the rest of the story here.