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The latest issue of Import/Export Wood Purchasing News features stories on the recent IWF conference, the AHEC Southeast Asia and Greater China Convention, Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods, Lawrence Lumber and much more.

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Vol.49 No.2 Serving Forest Products Buyers Worldwide OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2022

IWF Sets Sights On 2024 After

Successful Event This Year

Photos By Terry Miller

Atlanta, GA–The International Woodworking Fair® (IWF), North America’s

largest woodworking technology and design trade show/conference, was recently

held here at the Georgia World Congress Center. It attracted thousands of

attendees. The every-other-year event topped 1,000 exhibiting companies in 13

exhibit halls who occupied more than 1.4 million gross square feet of floor space.

The large and diverse exhibitor mix showcased products and services in more

than 542 categories that covered all key market sectors.

IWF offers the latest solutions in architectural woodwork, cabinetry, flooring,

furniture manufacturing, engineered products, doors, windows, machinery, tools,

metals, plastics and more.

Additionally, IWF is where industry professionals find educational opportunities

that allow them to help their companies improve products, work more

efficiently, expand to new markets and become more profitable.

The next IWF in Atlanta is scheduled for Aug. 20-23, 2024. n

Stay up-to-date with announcements about future IWFs

by visiting www.iwfatlanta.com.

(Front row, from left) Kenzie Hand, MiCROTEC, Corvallis, OR; Arianna Giudiceandrea,

MiCROTEC, Bressanone, Italy; and Jonna Wing, MiCROTEC, Linkoping, Sweden; (back

row, from left) Frank Jost, MiCROTEC, Bressanone, Italy; Chris Cournyer, MiCROTEC,

Corvallis, OR; and Stefan Nilsson, MiCROTEC, Linkoping, Sweden

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Bangkok – The Perfect Place For AHEC

25th Southeast Asia And Greater

China Convention this October

Michael Snow

By Michael Snow,

Executive Director

American Hardwood

Export Council

Sterling, VA

703-435-2900

www.ahec.org

As Thailand’s capital, largest city, and economic and

cultural hub, Bangkok is the standout choice for AHEC

25th Southeast Asia and Greater China Convention. On

October 14th, 2022, the American Hardwood Export

Council will host their first networking and educational

AHEC Convention since 2019. This event, postponed

for the last two years, will include presentations from

US hardwood industry experts covering market conditions

and opportunities in the South East Asian market,

as well as presentations targeting the local Thai industry

to promote the expanded use of American hardwood

products. This one-day event will be held at the Bangkok

Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park on Friday October 14th,

right before the VietnamWood Trade Show begins on

Tuesday the 18th. With these two events, US hardwood

companies are able to visit a wide range of potential

customers throughout Southeast Asia in just one week’s

time. Registration for the AHEC SE Asia Convention is

complimentary for all AHEC members.

Over the last decade, Southeast Asia has had considerable

development in middle class incomes and in the

manufacturing sector. This growing region will become

increasingly important over the next decade as a potential

production and end-use market for American hardwoods.

This is the second time that Bangkok will host an AHEC

Convention, and representatives from AHEC offices in

the USA and Hong Kong will be in attendance along with

35 US hardwood companies and other hardwood trade

members. Local representatives from Thai industry bodies including the Thai

Timber Association and the Thai Furniture Industrial Association are excited to

meet with potential suppliers of American hardwood products.

Thailand is the third biggest US hardwood lumber market in the region, following

Vietnam and Indonesia. Exports of US hardwood products to Southeast

Asia were roughly $390 million in 2021, with over $18 million to Thailand.

Through the first half of 2022, all US hardwood exports to Southeast Asia have

grown by 10% and we’ve seen excellent growth specifically in Thailand. US

hardwood lumber exports to Thailand have grown by 54% so far in 2022 from

last year. American White Oak continues to be the most popular species followed

by Western Alder, Ash, and Walnut. American Red Oak is also gaining interest in

line with other regions around the world.

The event promises a packed agenda. It will include presentations from US

experts and cover the most recent market conditions and highlight opportunities

for American timber and Southeast Asian importers, manufacturers and specifiers.

The proven environmental credentials of American hardwood species will

be a central theme for the event and provide information and insight for industry

Continued on page 20


Scott Wood is

responsible for lumber

sales, gunstock sales

and lumber purchasing

at Midwest Walnut

Co., located in Willow

Springs, MO.

Midwest Walnut

offers Walnut lumber

from 4/4 through 20/4

thicknesses, with an

Scott Wood

annual production of

6 million board feet. The company also manufactures

fancy gunstock blanks and dimension. Special

services and features offered include all grades of

veneer and lumber logs in several different species.

Midwest Walnut has been exporting its products

since the late 1960s and was among the first U.S.

hardwood lumber suppliers to obtain an export license

for Walnut. The company has over 50 years of

experience in exporting.

Midwest Walnut is a member of the National

Hardwood Lumber Association, Indiana Hardwood

Lumbermen’s Association, American Hardwood

Export Council, and American Walnut Manufacturers

Association.

Wood has been in his current position for about 10

years. Previous experience includes working at Legacy

Wood Products, Concannon Lumber, and North

Pacific, all located in West Plains, MO.

Who’s Who in Import/Exports

Continued on page 7

Curtis “CJ” Struyk

Jr. is Vice President of

TMX Shipping Co.,

Inc., based in Morehead

City, NC.

TMX Shipping Co. is

an international Freight

Forwarder that specializes

in exporting wood

products. The company

prides itself on top-notch

Curtis Struyk Jr. customer service and

competitive pricing.

Struyk has been with TMX Shipping Co. for six

years, and has been in his current position for three

years. He has played an integral role in process improvement

and using technology to advance TMX’s ability

to serve their customers.

Struyk graduated from East Carolina University in

Greenville, NC, with a bachelor’s degree in industrial

distribution and logistics. In his spare time, Struyk Jr.

enjoys sports (he played center for the ECU football

team), fishing, hunting, traveling with friends, and

spending time with his family.

TMX Shipping Co. is a member of American Hardwood

Export Council, National Hardwood Lumber

Association, Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association,

American Walnut Manufacturers Association,

Lake States Lumber Association, Appalachian Lumbermen’s

Club, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers

Continued on page 7

Trent Yoder is Chief

Operating Officer and

Export Sales for Yoder

Lumber Co./Rolling

Ridge Woods in Millersburg,

OH.

The company manufactures

11 million

board feet of hardwood

and its concentration

yard dries 13 million

board feet of kilndried

lumber annually.

Trent Yoder

Species include Red and White Oak, Hard and

Soft Maple, Poplar, Cherry, Ash, and Hickory (No.

2 Common and Better) 4/4 thickness, kiln-dried,

green, rough and surfaced. S2S and Rip are available.

Yoder Lumber Co./Rolling Ridge Woods also

makes components for customers to assemble as

well as treads, risers and newel posts for the stair

manufacturing industry.

Yoder Lumber Co./Rolling Ridge Woods is a

member of National Hardwood Lumber Association,

Hardwood Manufacturers Association, Ohio

Forestry Association, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers

Inc., Wood Components Manufacturers

Association, Appalachian Lumbermen’s Club,

Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association, Ohio

Valley Lumber Drying Association and Wood Products

Manufacturers Association.

Continued on page 7

Table of Contents

FEATURES:

IWF Sets Sights On 2024 After

Successful Event This Year........ 1

Bangkok - The Perfect Place For

AHEC............................................ 1

Thompson Appalachian

Hardwoods................................... 4

Lawrence Lumber........................ 6

PRS Guitars Limited

Partnership ................................. 8

DEPARTMENTS:

Who's Who in Import/Exports.... 2

SEC Column................................. 3

Washington Scene...................... 7

Business Trends USA............... 16

Canadian Trends....................... 18

Stock Exchange....................25-27

Business Trends Abroad...........28

Newswires...................................29

Index of Advertisers...................34

IMPORT/EXPORT

Rose Braden

By Rose Braden,

President

Softwood Export

Council

(www.softwood.org)

Long Term Global Timber Supply Decline

Signals Opportunity for U.S. Suppliers

Those of us whose livelihoods

depend on international markets have

experienced a couple of challenging

years as most U.S. suppliers focused

on supplying the domestic market and

record high U.S. softwood lumber

prices placed U.S. softwood lumber out

of reach for many international buyers.

However, as prices continue to soften

in response to lower domestic demand,

exports of U.S. softwood lumber

have rebounded. From 2020 to 2021,

U.S. softwood lumber export volume

increased 31 percent and export revenue

increased 56 percent. Total 2021

supply of lumber in the U.S. South, where timber growth is

twice the rate of removals. As companies established mills

in the south to take advantage of the ample supply, they

knew they needed to develop new international markets to

consume the production. COVID-19 and the related housing

and repair and remodeling boom provided a solution,

albeit temporary. Contrary to the gloom-and-doom predictions,

the market surged beyond anyone’s wildest predictions.

However, rising interest rates and inflation have

pushed affordability out of reach for many homebuyers and

remodelers and U.S. suppliers now find themselves both

competitive in and finding international markets necessary.

International buyers who have discovered the benefits of

U.S. species are pleased that U.S. product is more readily

available and affordable. For example, exports to Mexico,

where manufacturers prefer U.S. heat treated species

and American suppliers enjoy more favorable rail prices

compared to ocean freight rates from South America, U.S.

exports increased from $127 million to $272 million over

the past year. January-June 2021 vs 2022 export revenue

softwood lumber exports exceeded $1 billion. While lower

prices have clearly been central reason to this rebound, the U.S.

is poised to continue to increase its global market share over the

long term for a variety of reasons. Many of these reasons come

down to a rising global shortage of legally harvested and sustainably

managed timber – factors where the U.S. excels.

For years mills have debated what to do with the excess Continued on page 22

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Here is an air-drying yard at Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods.

From Forest Floor To Finished Product At

Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods

By Terry Miller

SPECIES

ASH · CHERRY · CYPRESS · POPLAR · RED OAK · SOFT MAPLE

SOUTHERN YELLOW PINE · WALNUT · WHITE OAK

Huntland, Tennessee–Thompson Appalachian

Hardwoods is a full-service hardwood lumber manufacturing

company specializing in Appalachian

species, with 20 million board feet of annual production.

Thompson Appalachian manufactures 4/4

through 8/4 Red and White Oak, 4/4 and 6/4 Poplar,

4/4 through 8/4 Ash, and 4/4 through 8/4 Hard Maple

and Walnut. In addition to lumber, the company also

sells paper-quality wood chips, sawdust and residential

bark mulch.

CEO Nordeck Thompson said, “We work every

day to steward the high-quality timber growing in

our area. Our primary goal is to take care of the

resource and deliver it into the best market for each

specific product. That drives our processes and the

value we can return to the forest landowners in our

region.”

Over Nordeck’s tenure as owner and CEO, the

forest product supply chain has continued to evolve,

creating investment opportunities. Those investments

include several entities: MGT Land Company, a real

estate and standing timber investment company;

Thompson Timber Company, a log harvesting company;

Thompson Transport, a forest products trucking

company; and TAPCO, a domestic, wholesale

company specializing in mixed loads of KD lumber.

When asked about what keeps Thompson Appalachian

Hardwoods successful in the forest products

industry, Nick Thompson, President and COO,

said, “Our focus is on consistent raw material from

the same Appalachian Forest. We want consistent

thickness and manufacturing, and we want our

customers to know what they’re buying. We are

meticulous with stick placement, yarding and drying

schedules. All lumber is stacked on breeze-dried or

fluted sticks. We have three separate yard locations

onsite. Each type provides a different drying environment.

We do not push drying schedules. It takes

the time it takes, which is why we have invested in

one million board feet of dry kiln capacity. We’re

Continued on page 21

THICKNESS

4/4 · 5/4 · 6/4 · 7/4 · 8/4 · 10/4 · 12/4 · 16/4

CUSTOM TIMBERS UP TO 16FT

SPECIALTIES

KILN DRIED LUMBER · SHIP-DRY · STEAMED WALNUT · S2S AND RIPPING

CUSTOM SORTING · CUSTOM PACKAGING · MIX LOADS

TODD NELSON

TODD@THOMPSONAPPALACHIAN.COM

SALES

CHIP UNDERWOOD

CHIP@THOMPSONAPPALACHIAN.COM

Thompson Transport is a forest-products trucking company,

located in Huntland, Tennessee.

Mary Claire Thompson is surrounded by her children

who are succeeding Nordeck and Mary Claire in

ownership and management of Thompson Appalachian

Hardwoods. Bottom row, L-R: Nick Thompson, President

and COO; Mary Claire Thompson, Vice-President; Top

row, L-R: Kathryn T. Greer; Claire T. Getty, CFO; Caroline

T. Huber-Feely; Laura Ann T. Howell; Mary Lee T. Mc-

Connell, CAO.

From left, Nick Thompson, President and COO; Tina Limbaugh,

Lumber Inventory and Shipping Specialist; and

Juan Quintanilla, Southwest Salesman, stand in front of

Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods kiln-dried lumber.

Page 4 Import/Export Wood Purchasing News n October/November 2022

100 Harless Drive Huntland, Tennessee 37345 USA

OFFICE 931.469.7272 FAX 931.469.7269

www.thompsonappalachian.com

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The U.S. Dept. of Commerce recently ruled that certain hardwood plywood

products and veneered panels imported from Vietnam are actually sourced from

China, circumventing antidumping duties, resulting in them now being subject to

tariffs as high as 200 percent.

“Commerce preliminarily determines that certain hardwood plywood products

and veneered panels exported from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, which

were assembled in Vietnam using hardwood plywood inputs sourced from the

People’s Republic of China, are products of China and are subject to the antidumping

duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders,” Commerce wrote in

the Federal Register.

The Coalition for Fair Trade in Hardwood Plywood, which petitioned the DOC

to launch an investigation in 2020, called the ruling a victory.

“The Coalition for Fair Trade in Hardwood Plywood, which includes many

Decorative Hardwoods Assn. members, recently won an important victory in

their trade cases against unfair imports from Vietnam, which have been surging

in recent years,” said Keith A. Christman, DHA president. “Public data suggests

that plywood covered under this finding and subject to duties may be up to 60

WASHINGTON SCENE

percent of all hardwood plywood imported from Vietnam.”

The ruling covers (1) face/back veneers and assembled core components (e.g.,

veneer core platforms) manufactured in China; (2) fully assembled veneer core

platforms manufactured in China and face/back veneer produced in Vietnam or

third countries; (3) multi-ply panels of glued core veneers manufactured in China

and combined in Vietnam to produce veneer core platforms and combined with

either face and/or back veneer produced in China, Vietnam, or a third country;

(4) face/back veneers and individual core veneers produced in China; and (5)

individual core veneers manufactured in China and processed into a veneer core

platform in Vietnam and combined with face/back veneer produced in Vietnam

or a third country.

–This article originally printed in Furniture Today

woodpurchasingnews.com

The tilt hoist feeds boards into the planer.

New Ripping And Surfacing System Is Part

Of Lawrence Lumber’s Commitment to Quality

Maiden, North Carolina—“Load to load, Lawrence Lumber is committed to

ensuring customers receive the finest quality lumber that enables them to get the

best yield out of the products they are manufacturing,” said Joe Gori, a partner

in Lawrence Lumber and in charge of global sales. “We deliver expectations

worldwide.

“Every green load of lumber that arrives in our yard is anti-stain treated with

ISK Biocides Inc. products,” Gori added. “This ensures the 18,000,000 board

feet of lumber we ship out annually has the best possible color and presentation.”

Lawrence Lumber is a 28-acre hardwood concentration yard located in Maiden,

North Carolina at the base of the Appalachian Mountains. Built in 2000 by

the Gori family of Rome, Italy, Lawrence Lumber utilizes state-of-the-art technology

for their Appalachian hardwoods to produce some of the finest hardwood

lumber for their moulding, millwork, flooring, cabinet and furniture manufacturing

customers around the world.

Lawrence Lumber offers kiln-dried Red Oak, White Oak and White Ash in 4/4

through 8/4 thicknesses, Poplar in 4/4 through 16/4 and Hickory in 4/4 and 7/4

thicknesses, all in No. 2 Common and Better grades.

As for its equipment, Lawrence Lumber has a Newman Surfacer, a Cameron

Rip Saw and it recently installed a new ripping and surfacing system. According

to the company, this new system first surfaces lumber and then rips it to the

width that the customer needs. “We rip the wood into 3-inch, 4-inch, 5-inch and

6-inch and sometimes 7-inch widths to 7-feet long and 12-feet long,” Gori said.

“We don’t go any longer than 12-feet because we want to make sure each board

doesn’t get bent but stays straight.”

This lumber is desirable because it’s “a more finished product,” Gori stated.

“When customers put this lumber in their moulders, they don’t have as much

waste and the lumber is already hit-and-miss surfaced. Also, the lumber is

cleaned a little bit, and it goes through the rip saw nice and smoothly.”

With the new ripping and surfacing system, “It takes one person feeding the

surfacer and then a second person taking care of the ripping saw,” he said. “Also,

it takes two guys putting the rips into little buggies, so you have four people working

with this whole system that was installed in the summer of 2021.

For the domestic market, Lawrence Lumber manufactures 1-1/2-inch strips in

Poplar and Hickory.

Currently, Lawrence Lumber takes custom orders as to the width a piece of

lumber is ripped. The company is considering cutting some lumber to certain

popular widths and keeping it in stock, Gori noted.

Continued on page 23

Lawrence Lumber’s three partners are, from left, Joe Gori, Raffaella Carriero and Tito Gori.

Who's Who -WOOD

Continued from page 2

A graduate of West Plains High

School, based in West Plains, MO,

he is married to Bobbie Wood.

For more information, visit

www.midwestwalnut.com. n

Who's Who -STRUYK

Continued from page 2

Inc., Hardwood Federation, Western

Hardwood Association, and National

Customs Brokers & Forwarders

Association of America.

More information is available at

www.tmxship.com. n

Who's Who -YODER

Continued from page 2

Yoder started at the company 25

years ago, stacking lumber off of a

gang saw in its pallet shop. Yoder,

who has been COO for five years,

holds an associate’s degree in business

management from Kent State

University in Kent, OH.

In his spare time, Yoder enjoys

woodworking, fishing, hunting,

camping and spending time with

his family. He and his wife of 13

years, Marissa, have two daughters.

Learn more at www.yoderlumber.com.

n

Boards are conveyed to the rip saw at Lawrence Lumber.

At Lawrence Lumber, boards come out of the planer before going to the rip saw.

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Wood Selection Is Key At

PRS Guitars

Limited Partnership

By Michelle Keller

Annapolis, Maryland–With an official artist roster of hundreds of acclaimed

musicians, the soulful guitar riffs from Carlos Santana, melodic notes by John

Mayer and electrifying sounds from Mark Tremonti all pour out of guitars made

by one guitar manufacturer–Paul Reed Smith Guitars Limited Partnership (PRS).

A leading manufacturer of high-end American solid, semi-hollow, and hollow-body

electric guitars, pickups, acoustic guitars, and amplifiers, the company

purchases at least 100,000 board feet annually in domestic hardwoods (grades

determined by proprietary guitar specific). Domestic species included in the manufacturing

process are Red, Sugar, and Big-Leaf Maple, Swamp Ash and Alder.

Domestic hardwoods are used in electric guitars for bodies, tops, necks, fingerboards,

head plates, binding, knobs, truss rod covers and back plates. In acoustic

guitars, domestic hardwoods are used for tops, backs and sides, necks, fingerboards,

bindings, bracings and head stocks.

Additionally, PRS purchases the following imported species: African, Caribbean

and Big-Leaf Mahogany, East Indian Rosewood, Gaboon Ebony and many

other imported species. All totaled, PRS purchases over a quarter million board

feet annually in both domestics and imports.

Inside the doors of the manufacturing facility, Senior Wood Manager, Michael

Reid said the process of making guitars that produce the best tone and meet expectation

starts with wood selection. “All of the wood that we select is carefully

examined and chosen for tonal qualities (how will it sound); appearance (how

attractive is it visually); and weight (it is generally better to have lightweight

body wood and heavier fretboard wood for example). With every increase in

factory size or production output, we build tighter quality control to make sure

our standards remain extremely high.”

As for the equipment used to build an iconic guitar, Reid said, “We use many

different kinds of equipment, including a Baker resaw, Hitachi band saw, Grizzly

jointer and a Northtech crosscut jump saw. Each year we introduce new products

in varying amounts. As an example, in 2021 we had around 14 new product

introductions in addition to a handful of more minor product updates.”

Reid said PRS is flexible for available wood species but never flexible on the

quality and grade. “Our strength lies in the degree of flexibility we have when

considering supply options and new wood species,” he said. “It’s in the dedication

of our team led by Paul Smith to constantly improve quality. Direct

communication with the salespeople is key and above all else, the unparalleled

value we place on the relationships we have with all of our

wood vendors, no matter how large or small.”

During a factory tour, Chief Operating Officer Jack Higginbotham

said, “The discovery that comes along with guitar

manufacturing is what really drives us every day, that’s the

passion for making a guitar, the passion of chasing sound.

“If you have good ingredients

and a good recipe

you end up with a guitar

that looks good, feels good

and performs as you want

it to perform.”

–Jack Higginbotham,

Chief Operating Officer,

Paul Reed Smith Guitars

Limited Partnership

Pictured is stain touchup being done at PRS Guitars, Annapolis, MD, on a Private Stock

guitar made with a quilted Big-Leaf Maple top from the Pacific Northwest. The company

purchases at least 100,000 board feet annually in domestic hardwoods. Along with imported

woods, PRS purchases over a quarter million board feet annually.

Among the domestic hardwoods purchased

by PRS are: Red, Sugar and Big-

Leaf Maple, Swamp Ash and Alder. Pictured

is a semi-hollow Private Stock guitar

by PRS featuring a burl Big-Leaf Maple

top. Imported species purchased by PRS

include: African, Caribbean and Big-Leaf

Mahogany, East Indian Rosewood and

Gaboon Ebony.

In acoustic guitars, domestic hardwoods

are used for tops, backs and sides,

necks, fingerboards, bindings, bracings

and head stocks. An all quilted Big-Leaf

Maple Angelus Cutaway acoustic guitar

with a natural color top and burgundy

stained sides from PRS is pictured.

Every day when we walk into this factory we’re basically walking in on a tightrope

and we are performing a balancing act in a lot of ways. Some of the ways

are the balance between history and technology and where we’re pushing the art

of making guitars. Then there’s the balance of the art of the guitar itself versus

manufacturing that leads us to the balance of machines and the craftsmanship

and handwork that goes into making a fine instrument. We feel strongly about

the ingredients that go into making a guitar. If you have good ingredients and

a good recipe you end up with a guitar that looks good, feels good and performs

as you want it to perform.”

Discussing the manufacturing process he added, “Guitar making is composed

of materials, design, and processes. The rough cut is where we compile all of

our materials. These materials form the foundation of the guitar. It creates

the sound of the guitar from the woodworking point of view. Once we have

the materials in house, it’s up to us to nurture them and to get everything

we can out of the wood to make the best guitar we can. That starts with

the drying process. You have to be very careful with the drying of Maple

because Curly Maple is very sensitive and it actually can be easily

Continued on page 24

Domestic hardwoods are used in electric guitars for bodies, tops, necks,

fingerboards, head plates, bindings, knobs, truss rod covers and back plates.

This Private Stock “Koi” inlay guitar is made with a quilted Big-Leaf Maple top

with a fade stain.

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IWF PHOTOS – Continued from page 1

Amy Shields, Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group

Inc., Kane, PA; Tom Inman, Appalachian Hardwood

Manufacturers Inc., High Point, NC; and Amy Snell and

Marjorie Van Patten, Wood Component Manufacturers

Association, Lindstrom, MN

Roger Kasper, Overseas Hardwoods Company, Milwaukee,

WI; Joey Skinner, Overseas Hardwoods Company, Mobile,

AL; and Greg Hake, Overseas Hardwoods Company,

Milwaukee, WI

Rex Dou, Moshki Katan and Charles Gao, Rocky Hardwood

Inc., Woburn, MA

Thomas Mende, Binderholz Timber LLC, Atlanta, GA; and

Robert Jordan, Binderholz GmbH, Sankt Georgen bei

Salzburg, Austria

Scott Seyler and Jane Durst, Northland Forest Products

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Lake States

Hardwood lumber sales are proceeding in the Lake States region but are being

pulled down in some cases by market forces, according to sources recently contacted.

A sawmill representative in Michigan remarked, “Markets on certain items

seem like they’re still very strong. Stockpiles on other items at our customers’

places of business are up right now. I would say there are a lot of customers who

seem to be working through inventory and are buying more cautiously or on an

absolute-need basis.”

Asked if the market is better or worse than six months earlier, he replied,

“That’s kind of tough; that’s subjective. I wouldn’t call it worse. I wouldn’t say

better. I wouldn’t call it the same. I’d call it different. What’s different is, we’re

having to stay on top of the market, stay in touch with customers to gauge where

the market is at. Certain prices are coming down with increased supply. A lot of

communication has to be done with every aspect of the industry. Our monthly

sales are about the same as they were six months ago, but the monthly profits

might be a little down – but not much.”

Business Trends U.S.A.

Continued on page 20

Northeast

The hardwood markets in the Northeast are inconsistent, with one sawmill

representative recently reporting a lack of demand in the United States for his

specialty hardwood items.

A Massachusetts sawmill and wholesale representative said, “I don’t like the

pricing. Pricing is still too low. We do a lot of specialty work. There’s not much

demand here in the U.S. for that. All of my business is still export. I have some

standing orders overseas, so I have been lucky in that respect.

“There is virtually no labor in this part of the U.S.,” he added. “My customers

don’t have labor. I don’t have labor. It’s all around in this area.”

Asked to compare the market now to several months ago, he stated, “I’m going

to say it’s the same. I don’t think things have changed much.”

Quarter-sawn is our specialty in Red Oak, Cherry, Birch, Maple, and Ash in 4/4

and 8/4 mostly. He offers only the highest grades of lumber.

Mostly he sells to distribution yards. However, he clarified, “I’ve been staying

away from domestic customers because the pricing is so depressed,” he noted.

“Overseas, they could use as much material as I can produce. I think their sales to

their customers are good. Ninety percent of my customers are in Japan.

“I don’t do anything with

transportation,” he commented.

“Everything is arranged by my

customers. They send the trucks.

I stuff the containers and they’re

gone. I haven’t seen any issues

with transportation.”

Meanwhile, a Pennsylvania

lumberman stated, “The markets

are inconsistent in nature right

now. Some days, some products are

selling well, and sometimes they’re

not selling as easily. There is really

no bright spot of a species that is

selling well. It depends on the demand

of what someone is looking

for and when they are looking for

it.”

Compared to six months earlier,

he noted, the markets are not as

good.

He offers Red Oak, Hickory,

Hard and Soft Maple, Cherry and

Poplar, FAS and No. 1 Common in

4/4 with some 5/4, 6/4 and 8/4.

He sells his lumber to end users

and distribution yards. Their sales

are inconsistent as well, he observed.

“Trucking has been fine for short

and medium hauls,” he said. “For

export,” he noted, “it’s hard to get

containers and equipment and to

secure bookings.”

In New York State, a lumber

representative remarked, “The market

is changing. It’s up and down.

One day you have people contacting

you wanting to know what you

have for sale. Other days you have

people not even calling you back.

Also, everybody’s kind of full on

inventory right now.”

The market is not as good as it

was six months ago, he noted.

He sells 4/4 through 8/4 Red and

White Oak and 4/4 through 8/4

Hard and Soft Maple and Cherry in

No. 1 Common and Better.

He sells to both distribution

Continued on page 20

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Southeast

In the Southeast, sales of hardwood lumber are good at the time of this writing,

but there is a hint of negative factors in the marketplace.

An Alabama sawmill representative stated, “Marketwise, sales are sporadic.

You have some folks who have overbought with higher priced lumber and are

waiting to move it out, so they’re curtailing their purchasing. For other folks,

everything’s fine for them and we sell to them. Right now, it’s not correct to say

it’s absolutely tough. It’s not as tough as it has been in past years. But we’re way

past the peak of this enormous runup of a year ago which was an anomaly in and

of itself. But we don’t know when this industry’s going to get back to a norm.

Overall, I’d have to call it fair. It’s not exactly good; it’s not excellent. I have folks

in the yard in the second generation, talking about how bad it is. I tell them, ‘You

got in at the peak.’ We’re not even halfway down to where bad really is.”

He sells Red and White Oak, Poplar, mixed wood, and Hickory in all grades,

mostly 4/4, some 5/4 or 6/4. His best seller, he noted, is 4/4 FAS and Better White

Oak.

He sells green lumber to concentration yards and end users. “Their sales

success is not the same for each one. I’ve got one that has said, ‘I don’t want to

see another stick of lumber for six

months.’ I’ve got one who says,

‘I need all you can send me, but I

can’t pay as much as I did before.’

Each one of them has a different

situation.

“We’re OK right now with

transportation,” he said. “We send

everything on flatbeds, and if our

regular drivers don’t show up, I’ve

got two backups. We ship within

250 or 300 miles. I can snag trucks

if I need to here.”

“Our business is pretty good.

We’ve had some good sales,” stated

a Mississippi lumber provider.

“However, our customers have

stopped producing products and

using lumber like they were. The

market isn’t as good as it was. I’m

guessing people are not buying

lumber to manufacture their products

like they were because they

aren’t able to sell their products as

well.”

He sells all grades of all species

indigenous to the Southeastern U.S.

and some native to the Northeast.

Thicknesses are mostly 4/4 and 5/4.

He sells his lumber to end use

manufacturers. “Because they’re

not buying lumber like they were

even though lumber is available, it

tells me they’re not selling products

like they were.

“Transportation is not that bad,”

he remarked. “Rates are higher than

a year ago, but that does not cost

us sales. We have long-standing

relationships with trucking companies,

and we get a lot of calls from

trucking companies wanting to haul

our lumber.”

A North Carolina lumber provider

commented, “We’re doing OK.

However, I see rough waters rapidly

approaching. Some aspects of the

market are doing well. But other

aspects, typically on exports to Asia

and Europe, are going through a

Continued on page 28

Business Trends U.S.A.

West Coast

At the time of this writing, hardwood sales on the West Coast are slower than

they have been lately and there is a degree of uncertainty about how the economy

will go.

A lumberman in California stated, “It’s not as busy as it has been but not bad.

You give quotes, the jobs are going to happen and it’s just a question of when

they’re going to need the wood. That’s what’s going on. There’s a lot of quotes

going on which will turn into orders. I’m not saying it’s overly busy, but it’s not

that bad either.”

The market is “about the same” as it was several months earlier, he remarked.

“I’m more optimistic than most people. I just see that the sales are there; you just

have to work it.”

He sells all FAS No. 1 and 2 Common in 4/4 thickness in Walnut, Hickory, and

White Oak.

He sells lumber to architects, flooring companies and retail lumberyards.

“They’re still pretty steady,” he said, “not as busy as a few months ago but they

still have business.

Continued on page 28

Import/Export Wood Purchasing News n October/November 2022 Page 17


Canadian Business Trends

Canadian Trends

Ontario

As we head into the fall season, with summer’s up-and-down activity for

stocks, businesses are being cautious with their purchases. It was noted that

green lumber availability had improved this year, thus businesses had ample lumber.

Competition intensified for green lumber which resulted in downward price

pressure for several key species. Since green output rose, kiln-dried inventories

also improved. As summer drew to an end, however, there was a slowdown in

sales for developing production. With lumber availability being strong, prices

were going down and some felt they may drop further.

Demand for Ash continues to be steady on international and domestic markets,

thus inventories of this species are low. FAS demand is better than the Common

grades. Production is meeting demand for mills and wholesalers. Aspen producers

noted that demand is solid for developing supplies, and production has gone

up slightly, thus end users have more available inventories.

As Birch is often used as a lower priced alternative to Hard and Soft Maple,

demand for this species is strong on local and overseas markets. Price-wise,

it was reported, Birch still has an advantage over Maple even though Maple’s

prices have dropped. Demand is good for the upper grades as are markets for

green stocks.

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Basswood also saw a drop in demand. This is related to Poplar prices which

are impacting demand of upper grades for this species from the millwork and

moulding sectors. However, interest for Poplar is solid keeping prices steady

for kiln-dried stocks. Demand for lower grades softened, but it is still absorbing

production.

As Hard Maple has been a top seller for the past couple of years with prices

reaching all-time highs, there has been a shift from an inventory building mode

to purchases for replacement needs. This change is having a downward impact on

prices. As kiln-dried Hard Maple is readily available, there is increased competition

for orders, and prices are responding. For color classifications figures are

reduced, noted contacts.

There is also a reported slowdown in Soft Maple business, supplies being

higher and a weaker short-term demand. Thus prices are down, as well for color

designated grades. Kiln-dried inventories increased, especially in the Appalachian

region.

Sawmill owners are processing more Red Oak, and so supplies are outpacing

demand, resulting in downward prices. Reports stated domestic and international

markets are not good, with exports flat compared to last year. Some buyers

are able to source Red Oak on short notice and are buying only what they need.

White Oak supplies are also outpacing market needs, therefore price reductions

are being felt both in domestic and

international markets.

Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister

of Natural Resources, announced

a $1-million contribution to the

Wood Manufacturing Cluster of

Ontario (WMCO) to support a

study involving 10 collaborating

wood manufacturing small and medium

enterprises (SMEs) across the

cabinetry, commercial millwork

and furniture sectors. The study

will highlight the importance of

industry-led clusters to identify and

leverage new opportunities for the

wood manufacturing sectors.

“Canada’s competitive and resilient

forestry sector supports good,

middle-class jobs in communities

across the country — including in

Indigenous, rural and remote communities,”

said Minister Wilkinson.

“This represents the livelihoods of

hundreds of thousands of Canadians.

The funding will support innovative

Canadian SMEs, helping

them to seize new opportunities for

business and workers in the wood

manufacturing sector while showcasing

the benefits of industry-led

collaboration.”

The project aims to integrate

Industry 4.0 technology for the optimization

of information and material

flow to establish an industry

roadmap for SMEs. This roadmap

will enable future investments and

demonstrates the role of Canada’s

forest manufacturing enterprises in

utilizing innovative technologies.

This investment will allow Canadian

businesses to diversify and

can help to sustain Canada’s forest

sector while creating best business

practices on the road to net zero by

2050.

Funding for this project is

provided through the Investments

in Forest Industry Transformation

program, which encourages the

Canadian forest sector to adopt

innovative technologies and

processes to establish new product

streams and emerging markets. By

Continued on page 28

Quebec

Contacts recently advised log supplies were better than in late summer. With

warm weather conditions of summer, sawmills had to work fast to process, dry

and ship them to avoid staining. Depending on areas contacted, sales for green

and kiln-dried grade lumber were slow. End users and wholesalers have ample

supplies based on their needs, and so are controlling purchases as required. Prices

for grade lumber are being affected in a downward trend due to steady production

and controlled purchasing. Some species affected are Red and White Oak,

and Walnut.

According to some contacts, demand for Ash was more closely aligned with

supply than most species during late summer. Due to the ravages of the Emerald

Ash Borer, standing timber of this species is limited, and so sawmill production

is declining as a result. On the domestic front, demand is slow compared to earlier

this year, and export markets for Ash are said to be off.

Sawmill operators noted that moving developing green Cherry production

is getting a bit more difficult. Depending on areas contacted there are price

variances for this species. Kiln-dried Cherry markets are reported to be unfavorable,

except with some exporters with longstanding Cherry customers in China

who are seeing decent activity, but prices are continuing to soften.

Basswood has seen record level sales during the first six months of the year

due to strong demand from established customers and buyers seeking lower cost

alternatives to other species. Some contacts said it is still their best seller.

Demand for the regionally important Hard Maple is slow from end users and

wholesalers, which appears to be a result of elevated customer inventories rather

than a decline in consumption. This is impacting kiln-dried sales volumes and is

affecting prices downward for certain grades and thicknesses.

Soft Maple markets contracted since the first half of the year. Sawmill production

is reported to be ramping up in the second quarter, with supplies going from

scarce to ample in a short timeframe. Green and kiln-dried prices went down

from their record highs. Prices are now reported as steady for Sap and Better and

Unselected products.

Poplar is in great demand from moulding, furniture, millwork, and other

product manufacturers and is seeing good quantities shipped to export markets.

Domestic market demand is even with production levels. Prices are going down

for green lumber and for kiln-dried stocks.

Sawmillers and wholesalers of Hickory are finding it more challenging to make

a sale than earlier in the year. The demand from flooring manufacturers has gone

down as the housing sector has slowed down. Most have sufficient supplies on

hand to meet their needs, while they are also dealing with sluggish sales on the

finished goods side. The same is seen in the moulding and millwork and cabinet

manufacturing sectors.

Contacts said sales of Red Oak have dropped in the U.S. and to overseas markets.

Flooring manufacturers are controlling purchases currently. Others who also

usually purchase kiln-dried Red Oak are taking a cautious approach to buying

No. 2A and Better as demand and pricing for kiln-dried Red Oak are off and

falling. Some reported that prices had been decent for this species the first half of

the year but lost traction by summer’s end, especially to China, and quiet on the

domestic front.

Like other species, White Oak also saw a rise in sales through the first quarter

of the year, with a slowdown starting in June through August. Prices have been

affected for most grades and thicknesses, with the concern of paying too much

for green White Oak.

Demand for Walnut has lagged compared to production and is reported as

having slowed down in domestic markets, as it has for exports to China, resulting

in lower prices for this species.

According to a survey released this summer from HomeStars, Canadian

homeowners spent significantly more on renovations in the past year than in

years past. On average, those who completed indoor renovations in the last

12 months spent $13,000—up from $8,300 in the preceding 12-month period

(March 2020 to March 2021). Although more Canadians indicated they intended

to pause home renovations into 2023, even with rising material and labor costs

it is estimated that homeowners, on average, will double their total home reno

spending.

With 80 percent of respondents reporting to have cash on hand for planned

home renovations, there was an average increase of 57 percent in total spending

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the future of our built environments.

The convention will also include a mini trade show and networking reception

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for AHEC members and representatives of US exporters and Southeast

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use American hardwood products. Registration to attend the AHEC SE Asian

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He sells Red and White Oak, Hard and Soft Maple, Cherry, Poplar, Walnut,

Hickory and Basswood, all grades, 4/4 through 8/4 and 10/4 and 12/4.

He sells lumber to distribution yards and end users. “The distribution yards are

facing some of the same issues we are, with their customers working through their

inventory with prices coming down. However, distribution yards need to keep

lumber on their shelves. Also, lumber is still selling; people are buying it.”

As for transportation, he observed, “Higher freight and fuel costs have been an

issue, but it’s getting a little bit better.”

An Indiana lumberwoman stated, “Things are slow. We specialize in the thicker

stock – 8/4, 10/4, 12/4 and 16/4 thickness – and sales of those seem to be OK.

We’re getting a lot of inquiries on that and moving some of it, but 4/4, 5/4 and 6/4

seem very slow in terms of sales.”

The market, she said, is worse than it was several months ago.

She sells all hardwood species in 4/4 through 16/4, in all grades.

Her customers include distribution yards, end users and to export markets. “The

exporting people are saying nobody’s buying, especially in China,” she said. “It’s

very slow. Price is not even an object now; they’re just not buying. Their sales to

their customers are slow. I think all aspects of the business are slow: domestic,

export, end users – it doesn’t make any difference.

“I think transportation is better than it was a few months ago,” she noted.

“We’re not holding loads waiting

on containers or for the customers

to find a truck to pick up the

load. That may be because there’s

not as much business out there as

there was. So, that’s why there is

trucking available. The prices for

transportation are coming down,

too.”

A Wisconsin sawmill representative

said, “Lumber is moving but

it’s a little more of a struggle. Prices

are dropping. But for the most

part, I’m able to sell the majority of

my lumber.”

Compared to several months ago,

he stated, the market is not as good.

He offers Red and White Oak,

Hard and Soft Maple, Basswood,

Aspen, Hickory, and Cherry in No.

2 and Better and 4/4 mostly, with

some 5/4.

He sells 50 percent to end users

and 50 percent to distribution

yards. “Their sales to their customers

are slower than they were a few

months ago,” he noted.

“We’re very fortunate on transportation,”

he commented. “We’ve

been using the same trucking

companies for a lot of years. One

person at a trucking company

retired and we contracted with

another person, and they’re hauling

steadily out of here.” n

Northeast -

Continued from page 16

yards and end users. “The way that

the e-mails have not been pouring

in, I’d say their sales are slow,” he

remarked. “If e-mails were coming

in, I would expect that the information

about their sales would be

positive.

“We haven’t had problems with

transportation,” he stated. “That’s

been steady. We have a core group

of trucking companies that does

most of our trucking.” n

Thompson Hardwoods - Continued from page 4

From left are Nordeck Thompson, owner and CEO, and Nick Thompson, President and

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extremely detailed in our processes, which provides us with the consistency our

customers are looking for.”

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explained. “For our team to be resilient and effective in delivering these products,

we need a combination of experience and fresh ideas. On the executive

level we have Nick Thompson as President and COO, Mary Lee McConnell as

CAO, Claire Getty as CFO, Todd Nelson as VP of Sales, Rob McConnell as VP

of Operations and Drew Getty as VP of Procurement. Under their direction, our

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is just as important as equipment investment. I am confident in the team from the

top to the bottom and back up the chain of command. As I start to take less of a

daily role and pass the baton to the next group, there is no limit to what this team

can do for our customers and supply chain partners.”

Nick added, “Our Executive Team is seasoned with my dad, Nordeck, at the

helm as CEO and strategic planner and Todd Nelson leading sales. Both have

worked together in and on our company for almost 30 years. The rest of our

executive team is celebrating 10 years of employment at TAH this year. Every

day, we get to work with and learn from dedicated and talented employees that

have been with our company for over two decades. Our Lumber Inventory and

Shipping Specialist, Tina Limbaugh, is the best of the best and the pulse of our

company. She manages inventory, coordinates production, fulfills orders and

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Thompson Hardwoods - Continued from page 21

Lawrence Lumber - Continued from page 6

This air-dried lumber is ready to be put in a kiln at Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods.

Two key employees of Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods are Tina Limbaugh, Lumber

Inventory and Shipping Specialist, and Juan Quintanilla, Southwest Salesman.

Boards pile up before they are ripped. Lasers and an optic eye are used on each board.

This is the back of the rip saw, where boards are put into a buggy at Lawrence Lumber.

directs logistics. Juan Quintanilla is the newest addition to our sales team but

has worked in all aspects of the company including production and warehouse

management over his 25-year tenure with TAH. Juan will be focused on the

Texas, California and Mexico markets. Chip Underwood leads domestic sales

in TAPCO and TAH. Todd Nelson directs all export sales. The team we have in

place makes us a premium, strategic partner for buyers of our materials.”

Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods is a member of the National Hardwood

Lumber Association; Hardwood Manufacturers Association; Tennessee Forestry

Association; Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association; and American Hardwood

Export Council.

“As far as our facilities, we have four fan sheds made by SII Dry Kilns in

Lexington, North Carolina, that can hold about 450,000 board feet per charge.

Several years ago, SII also installed 11 dry kilns for us, including a pre-dryer,

which gives our company an additional 900,000 board feet of kiln capacity,”

Gori explained.

In closing, some of the key people at Lawrence Lumber Company include: the

three partners, Tito Gori, his son Joe Gori and Joe’s first cousin, Raffaella Carriero,

who handles accounting and finances; Steve Leonard, lumber purchasing

manager; Ismael Torres, who manages shipping and receiving; Chris Edmisten,

kiln operator; and Kelsey Scott, office manager.

Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods is connected to Thompson Timber Company, a

log harvesting company.

For more information visit

www.thompsonappalachian.com.

To learn more, go to

www.lawrencelumberinc.com.

Steve Leonard, purchasing manager.

SEC - Continued from page 3

is up 43 percent despite lower 2022 prices, and export volume is up 154 percent.

Buyers in Pakistan, which was a non-existent market for U.S. softwoods prior to

2017, is now the leading international market for Eastern White Pine, thanks to

market development efforts by SEC. During COVID, buyers in the country were

largely unable to source supply due to competition from buyers in the U.S., but

with travel restrictions lifted, SEC hosted a group of eight buyers from Pakistan

on an inbound mission in June where they met with suppliers.

As standing timber in much of the U.S. continues to increase, the supply of legally

harvested international timber is declining. A November 2022 ban on timber

sales of old growth forests in B.C. restricted harvests on 1.4 million acres (2.6

million hectares) and analysts project that this could result in the closure of 14-20

mills. Old growth logging, which constitutes one-quarter of B.C.’s annual timber

harvest is declining as availability of these forests is declining and becoming

more inaccessible. Prior to the Ukraine invasion, Russia exported 28 million cubic

meters of lumber annually, much of which is now subject to international conflict

timber bans. While half of Russia’s lumber exports are sold to China, China’s

flagging real estate market is likely to hamper those sales.

The U.S. also benefits from the global drive toward

legally harvested and sustainably managed timber. Global

furniture retailers are increasingly demanding chain

of custody certification to ensure that the products they

carry are produced from legally harvested timber – a

move that is negatively affecting tropical timber in

favor of SFI certified U.S. timber. Finally, South American

producers such as Brazil are facing massive annual

losses which is pushing log costs to a point where

they are now higher than in the U.S. Brazil’s National

Institute for Space Research estimated that between

August 2020 and July 2021 3.3 million acres of forestland

was lost – a 22 percent increase from the previous

year. It marks the greatest area lost to deforestation in

the Brazilian Amazon since 2006 when a total area of

3.5 million acres was cleared. These issues place the

U.S. in a key position to improve its competitiveness in

international markets.

The last two years have been both a challenging

time for U.S. producers and a boon. While logistics will likely remain with us

for a while, recent changes in the domestic economy underscore the importance

of remaining diversified in our domestic and international markets. Thanks to

sound forest management laws and practices, while timber supply in other areas

of the world is declining, the U.S. has a long-term supply of timber – and our

sustainable forest management practices only bolster our marketability. The trade

groups that promote U.S. softwoods internationally remained committed to promoting

U.S. softwood lumber throughout the COVID travel bans and domestic

market boom, and we are now seeing customers return to international trade

shows in greater numbers than prior to COVID. These customers visit our booths

looking for certified products, suppliers who can provide a long-term supply, and

alternatives to Russian Larch. Others specifically seek out the U.S. booth looking

for specific U.S. species such as Eastern White Pine.

With COVID in the background, export is ready to flourish. It’s a lot of work,

but with so many factors working in our favor, it surely will be worth it. At a

minimum, tapping into this ocean of outside demand will allow U.S. lumber

companies to diversify their risk – and rewards, between domestic and international

business while finding new markets for our ample domestic timber supply. n

U.S. Softwood Lumber Exports by Country, Thousands of USD

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Jan - Jun 2021 Jan - Jun 2022

World Total 920,753 948,286 771,019 659,651 1,031,193 455,046 504,021

Canada 183,189 194,781 170,187 169,312 276,785 151,148 149,533

Mexico 171,462 158,349 145,702 127,055 272,596 100,894 144,805

Dominican Republic 58,943 68,794 54,080 49,323 100,528 48,431 36,203

China 159,230 149,972 74,403 65,182 59,754 18,885 12,743

Japan 90,437 95,201 97,157 70,345 56,108 24,999 39,455

Jamaica 18,441 27,493 20,719 25,807 30,006 16,496 11,320

Philippines 12,954 13,654 8,394 7,272 29,126 6,255 21,830

Haiti 17,896 20,342 16,288 17,048 21,523 9,227 6,794

Bahamas 9,512 8,938 6,749 10,760 18,708 11,477 8,908

Pakistan 37,483 35,018 27,703 13,109 17,470 8,083 7,863

Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, GATS Database

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PRS Guitars Limited Partnership - Continued from page 8

PRS Guitars is a member of the International

Wood Products Association,

Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association

and National Hardwood Lumber

Association. Here is a PRS semi-hollow

Private Stock guitar made with a Big-

Leaf Maple spalted flame and burl top

with a tobacco sun-burst stain.

PRS includes softwoods in its product

mix too. This is a Hollow-body II Private

Stock guitar made with a figured Western

Red Cedar top.

damaged if you don’t dry the wood correctly. So, we start with an air-drying

process where the wood is book matched. Book matching is the process

where we take a block of wood and bandsaw it in half on our horizontal mill

and it folds out just like the pages on a book. The wood is then put on a pallet

and separated by stickers, just pieces of wood that separate them from each

other so that air can go between them and slowly dry the moisture off the

wood. Once we get that moisture content down to a reasonable level, we are

then able to put the wood in our drying rooms where we have forced hot air

that circulates in the room and slowly works the moisture out of the wood

and gets it down to below what our humidity levels are in our factory.”

He continued, “How well you dry that wood is directly correlated to how

well that guitar is going to vibrate. It also has a direct correlation to how well

it will stay in tune because if you get that moisture out, you lock it down and

that guitar becomes very stable. You still have to make sure that you have a

quality bridge, quality tuner, quality set up; and that the nut is cut correctly

from the right materials. All these things can ruin a guitar easily, but you

don’t stand a chance of having a guitar that stays in tune if you don’t have a stable

platform. We divide our materials into two groups, we have our core materials and we

have our S2 materials. Inside both groups we use a grading process. When you look

through the factory and you see stacks of Curly Maple with different colors on the end

of them, it's that way so that we can quickly build a schedule, put our guitars together

and make guitars each day based upon the demand of customers.”

In a recent YouTube feature with creator and host of Acoustic Life, Tony Polecastro,

Paul Reed Smith said his personal favorite wood for tonal preference in an acoustic

guitar is between Ebony and Honduras Rosewood. “It depends on the guitar,” he

explained. “History has shown that an Ebony bridge and an Ebony fretboard works.

You can make it with an Ebony bridge and a Brazilian Rosewood fretboard or you can

make it from Honduras Rosewood. But Ebony works for the guitar, just like a Maple

bridge and an Ebony fretboard works for a violin.”

Smith also said, “The guitar is the violin of our time. It’s basically a harpsichord

where you can change the length of the strings with your hand and there’s this visceral

feeling between you and the guitar. It’s the next most intimate instrument other than

voice or saxophone.”

He continued, “I’m always looking for an emotional response to the music. Either

it makes me want to dance, or laugh or cry even. It gives you a feeling that stays with

you. I can mention so many tunes. 'The Wind Cries Mary' will always be in my heart,

it’s just beautiful. I can listen to it a thousand times.”

Smith credits, at least in part the success of PRS Guitars to a combination of being

both a skilled musician and luthier. “I tried to make guitars that were close to what

my heroes played,” he said. “That’s the way it’s done. My experience is that you have

to do it like a musician. You have to learn the language before you can learn to be a

novelist. Somebody’s going to wake up tomorrow and their job in life is going to be

to make guitars. I’m pretty good at letting people do what they’re good at. That’s why

they’re experts.”

Key personnel include Managing General Partner, Paul Reed Smith; Chief Operating

Officer, Jack Higginbotham; President, Jamie Mann; Senior Wood Manager,

Michael Reid; and Wood Supply Manager, Paul Platts. PRS Guitars is a member of the

International Wood Products Association, Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen's Association

and National Hardwood Lumber Association.

For more information visit PRSGuitars.com or check out

their YouTube channel at youtube.com/prsguitars.

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United Kingdom–After the United Kingdom (UK) signaled its intention to

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to introduce the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark instead. For construction

products this was originally due to take place on January 1, 2022, but the

deadline was extended until January 1, 2023, due to the pandemic and because

there was a lack of available UK Approved Conformity Assessment Bodies.

Like the CE mark, the UKCA mark indicates that a product conforms with

the applicable product safety requirements for products of its type sold in Great

Britain.

The UKCA mark shows that a product has been assessed for conformity, with

the results of that assessment being summarized in the manufacturer’s Declaration

of Performance.

Most construction products that are currently CE marked, or new products covered

by a UK Designated Standard, will need to be UKCA marked from January

1, 2023. The marks are required for structural timber and wood-based panels

for which there is a harmonized European standard or UK Designated Standard.

Wood-based products such as skirting, architraves and other wood trim are not

covered by a harmonized standard and therefore do not require CE marking.

Wood-based panels specifically designed for furniture are not construction

products and therefore do not typically require marks. Other wood products not

typically requiring marks are general sawn or machined goods (unless they are

Structural or Flooring). Decking, overall, is exempt but may count as Structural

if it is used as a balcony or raised up on columns.

While the official deadline for introduction of the UKCA mark requirement is

January 1, 2023, the UK Construction Products Association has warned government

that unless they take action to make the UKCA marking requirements more

flexible, many sectors could be left unable to place products on the market after

that date. This could result in tradespeople being unable to purchase essential

construction materials, potentially delaying projects and damaging the UK’s

economic growth.

It is possible that the deadline will be delayed again following passage of the

Building Safety Bill, which gives Ministers the power to alter the date.

Amsterdam– Amsterdam has launched a "Green Deal timber construction,"

in which more than 80 organizations are now involved, including the Dutch

government, various municipalities, the transport authority, scientific institutions,

housing associations, investors, architects, engineering firms and banks. Accordingly,

starting in 2025 at least 20 percent of all new buildings should be made

of wood or other organic building materials. This is one of several strategies with

which Amsterdam wants to reduce CO2 emissions, envisaging that by 2025 every

5th apartment should be made of wood. The city council intends to establish

20 recycling systems for products and raw materials as part of an innovation

program.

Southeast - Continued from page 17

pretty major price correction. Prices are going down pretty much across the board.

I don’t think there’s any grade or species that is unscathed at the moment. The

market is on the decline at this time.”

In fact, he said, the market is not as good as it was a few months earlier.

He offers Red and White Oak and Poplar in 4/4 through 8/4, in all grades including

FAS and No. 1, 2 and 3 Common.

He sells mostly to end use manufacturers and to some distribution yards. “They

are OK today in their sales, but their order files are getting shorter.

“The cost of transportation is difficult and has an effect on our business,” he

observed. “However, transportation is more available.” n

West Coast - Continued from page 17

“It’s tougher getting containers shipped from mills,” he remarked, “but local

transportation is good.”

A lumber provider in Oregon said, “Everyone is seeking clarity about what’s

going on in the marketplace, what will happen.” He said the market is weakened.

There is falling domestic demand as well as a slower global market. “Some

people have pulled back purchases,” he stated. “Warehouses are full or don’t

have much space. There is uncertainty with what the Federal Reserve will do

with interest rates. The November elections, at the state and federal level, also

provide uncertainty,” he said.

The market is not as good as it was several months earlier, he said.

Poplar, White Oak, and Hard Maple are his best sellers. He said that, among

other products, they run a lot of their lumber into profiles at their moulding plant.

He sells his lumber to cabinet manufacturers, commercial enterprises that

refurbish interiors of offices, banks, concert halls, universities, furniture manufacturers

and retailers.

Transportation is getting better, he said.

Germany– Sales in the German wood industry increased by 19.7 percent to

€23.3 billion from January to June 2022 (the most compared to the first half

of 2021), according to an analysis by the German Wood Industry Association

(HDH) based on statistical data Federal Office shows. The sales growth was

quite different in the individual sectors with sometimes considerable increases in

procurement costs. In the wood packaging industry, sales increased by around 56

percent and thus the strongest, followed by the sawmill industry with an increase

of 33 percent and the wood-based materials industry with 25 percent. Although

sales in the construction-related area of the timber industry (+15.5 percent) and

in the furniture industry (+13.4 percent) were also above the previous year's

level, the rates of increase here were significantly lower.

North America– U.S. imports of hardwood flooring came back to earth

this summer (the latest data available) after a record showing in May. Imports

declined 21 percent, mostly due to a steep drop in imports from lower-volume

supply countries such as Vietnam and a 7 percent drop in imports from Malaysia.

Imports from the top U.S. trading partners either stayed level (Brazil down

less than 1 percent) or improved (Indonesia up 70 percent, China up 10 percent).

Total imports are ahead of last year 14 percent through the first half of 2022.

Imports of assembled flooring panels gained 6 percent in June. Imports from

Brazil more than doubled while imports from Indonesia grew by 70 percent.

This was offset to some degree by declines of around 20 percent in imports from

China and Thailand.

Total imports of assembled flooring panels are up 57 percent through the first

half of the year as imports from Brazil are more than double that of 2021 so far

and imports from Thailand are up more than fourfold.

Imports of hardwood mouldings rose a modest 2 percent in June. Imports from

Brazil and China rose sharply to rebound from weak May numbers. Imports from

top supplier Canada did just the opposite, falling 15 percent, continuing an up

and down pattern we have seen all year.

Despite the volatility by countries each month, imports are up sharply among

all suppliers year to date. Through the first half of the year, total imports are

ahead by 38 percent over 2021 with imports from Brazil up 86 percent, China up

54 percent, and Canada up 36 percent.

After setting a record low in May, US imports of wooden furniture fell by

7 percent in June. Despite the retreat, the US$2.33 billion of goods imported

was more than 5 percent higher than the previous June and among the strongest

months ever.

Imports fell from nearly every major partner with imports from India, Malaysia

and Vietnam seeing the steepest declines. Still, total imports of wooden

furniture are up 10 percent through the first half of 2022 with all major trading

partners ahead of 2021 totals. n

In Washington State, a lumberman said, “The market has slowed over the past

month or two it’s a little softer. All the negative news about recessions and the

slowing housing market have affected the market.

“I’d say the market is a little worse than it was a few months ago,” he stated.

“We’re still moving products. The price of lumber is definitely falling. It’s significant

but not drastic: a 20 percent drop on some items. People are holding off

on their purchases and only buying what they need. They’re not stocking a lot of

lumber right now.”

He sells all grades of Walnut, Poplar, Oak, Maple, Basswood, and all Eastern

hardwoods in 4/4 through 8/4 “but you could see any thickness go out of here,”

he noted.

He sells to millwork shops, distribution yards, cabinet shops and others. “I hear

mixed results of sales by those companies. Some companies are so backed up

they’re not seeing a slowdown; others have said the opposite. It’s hard to make

sense of what’s going on. Some sheds are full, and those companies are buying to

replace as needed. Lumber prices are falling a little bit, and people don’t want to

be caught with high-priced lumber.”

For transportation, prices have softened a little, and availability of trucks is

better, he said.

Overall, he observed, “You feel like everyone’s talking themselves into a

recession. Indicators vary, which is weird. Some are bad; some aren’t. In today’s

world, it’s tough to tell where you’re at economically.” n

Ontario - Continued from page 18

investing in innovative forest sector technologies, the forest sector is providing

greener solutions that help tackle climate change and transition to a low-carbon

economy while increasing its competitiveness on a national and global scale. n

Mississauga, Ontario –Tropical Forest Products, with

its head office here, recently announced that its premium

Black Label brand of Ipe and other tropical hardwoods

has partnered with Dakota Premium Hardwoods, a trusted

distributor of high-quality lumber, engineered products

and full job packages such as supports and fasteners.

With branch locations in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma,

Dakota is headquartered in Waco, Texas. Dakota Premium

Hardwoods will distribute the full line of Black Label’s

Brian Lotz

sustainable tropical hardwoods throughout their warehouse

locations.

“The Black Label team is excited to continue the expansion of our distribution

network in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma with Dakota Premium Hardwoods,”

said Brian Lotz, Technical Director for Tropical Forest Products. “Dakota’s

impressive green initiatives, unsurpassed customer service, hardwood expertise

and supply chain mastery are essential to the Black Label brand as we grow our

distribution footprint.”

Black Label is dedicated to offering 100 percent legally harvested sustainable

tropical hardwoods from South America. Every tree chosen to produce Black

Label products is carefully selected based on the forest’s age, size and productive

wellbeing. Black Label features Ipe, Cumaru, Jatoba, Garapa, BulletWood and

Tigerwood, with commercial and residential applications ranging from decking,

cladding and ceilings to architectural millwork. “The Dakota partnership with

the Black Label brand perfectly aligns with our commitment to offering beauty,

sustainability and value across our growing platform,” said Ron Mazzarella, CEO

of Dakota Premium Hardwoods.

Raising the bar for premium, sustainable tropical hardwoods, Black Label’s

kiln-dried process enhances every product for strength and stability, a company

spokesperson said. Every board and hardware accessory must be Premium

Architectural Grade or above to earn the name Black Label. Black Label provides

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IWF Sets Sights On 2024 After

Successful Event This Year

Atlanta, GA–The International Woodworking Fair® (IWF), North America’s

largest woodworking technology and design trade show/conference, was recently

held here at the Georgia World Congress Center. It attracted thousands of

attendees. The every-other-year event topped 1,000 exhibiting companies in 13

exhibit halls who occupied more than 1.4 million gross square feet of floor space.

The large and diverse exhibitor mix showcased products and services in more

than 542 categories that covered all key market sectors.

IWF offers the latest solutions in architectural woodwork, cabinetry, flooring,

furniture manufacturing, engineered products, doors, windows, machinery, tools,

metals, plastics and more.

Additionally, IWF is where industry professionals find educational opportunities

that allow them to help their companies improve products, work more

efficiently, expand to new markets and become more profitable.

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Bangkok – The Perfect Place For AHEC

25th Southeast Asia And Greater

China Convention this October

As Thailand’s capital, largest city, and economic and

cultural hub, Bangkok is the standout choice for AHEC

25th Southeast Asia and Greater China Convention. On

October 14th, 2022, the American Hardwood Export

Council will host their first networking and educational

AHEC Convention since 2019. This event, postponed

for the last two years, will include presentations from

US hardwood industry experts covering market conditions

and opportunities in the South East Asian market,

as well as presentations targeting the local Thai industry

to promote the expanded use of American hardwood

By Michael Snow, products. This one-day event will be held at the Bangkok

Executive Director Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park on Friday October 14th,

American Hardwood

Export Council right before the VietnamWood Trade Show begins on

Sterling, VA Tuesday the 18th. With these two events, US hardwood

703-435-2900 companies are able to visit a wide range of potential

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customers throughout Southeast Asia in just one week’s

time. Registration for the AHEC SE Asia Convention is

complimentary for all AHEC members.

Over the last decade, Southeast Asia has had considerable

development in middle class incomes and in the

manufacturing sector. This growing region will become

increasingly important over the next decade as a potential

production and end-use market for American hardwoods.

This is the second time that Bangkok will host an AHEC

Convention, and representatives from AHEC offices in

the USA and Hong Kong will be in attendance along with

35 US hardwood companies and other hardwood trade

members. Local representatives from Thai industry bodies including the Thai

Timber Association and the Thai Furniture Industrial Association are excited to

meet with potential suppliers of American hardwood products.

Thailand is the third biggest US hardwood lumber market in the region, following

Vietnam and Indonesia. Exports of US hardwood products to Southeast

Asia were roughly $390 million in 2021, with over $18 million to Thailand.

Through the first half of 2022, all US hardwood exports to Southeast Asia have

grown by 10% and we’ve seen excellent growth specifically in Thailand. US

hardwood lumber exports to Thailand have grown by 54% so far in 2022 from

last year. American White Oak continues to be the most popular species followed

by Western Alder, Ash, and Walnut. American Red Oak is also gaining interest in

line with other regions around the world.

The event promises a packed agenda. It will include presentations from US

experts and cover the most recent market conditions and highlight opportunities

for American timber and Southeast Asian importers, manufacturers and specifiers.

The proven environmental credentials of American hardwood species will

be a central theme for the event and provide information and insight for industry

Continued on page 20

a complete marketing and promotional support program along with a very strong

online presence, with the dealer, contractor, architect, designer and homeowner in

mind. Learn more at www.blacklabelwood.com, and www.wearetropical.com

or call 905-672-8000. Also, visit www.dakotahardwoods.com.

Frisco, Texas—NWH, headquartered here, recently announced the company

has launched a corporate rebrand that affects its name and identity, as well

as reframing the company’s positioning. The timing of the refreshed corporate

brand aligns with the significant transformation taking place across the NWH

organization. The new name, shortened from Northwest Hardwoods to NWH,

and modified identity embody the company’s commitment to the simplification

of the customer experience. The change coincides with the headquarters’ move to

Frisco, Texas and communicates NWH’s renewed sense of purpose, energy, and

enthusiasm of all its employees.

The NWH rebrand marks another major milestone in the evolution of the

nation’s largest hardwoods provider, as it continues to evolve and take a fresh and

forward-looking approach to the market. The new positioning, “Simple. Natural.

Hardwoods.” communicates NWH’s unwavering commitment to offering hardwoods

solutions that limit complexities to unlock success for our customers.

“We are committed to maintaining our place as the industry’s premier provider

of high-quality natural hardwoods and world-class service,” said Dave Brower,

Vice President of Marketing. “We’ll succeed by making every NWH experience a

rewarding experience, one that gives our customers a distinct competitive edge.”

The new brand identity comes at an important time as NWH focuses on execution

of its strategy to simplify the customer experience through innovation and

professional excellence at every customer touchpoint. The new branding will be

rolled out across the globe in the coming months.

NWH, founded in 1967, has become the leading manufacturer and supplier

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of hardwood lumber to North America, Europe and Asia. With an unwavering

focus on simplifying the customer experience, NWH serves the furniture,

flooring, cabinet, moulding, and millwork industries with 14+ hardwoods

species from the major U.S. growing regions as well as imported plywood and

exotic lumber. The company operates over 40 manufacturing and warehousing

facilities across the country including sawmills, concentration yards and distribution

facilities using innovative technologies to streamline the procurement

process for customers. NWH supplies only sustainable, high-quality hardwoods

to protect our resources today and for future generations. For more information,

please visit www.nwh.com.

Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania—Andy Nuffer recently

joined the sales team of RAM Forest Products,

a manufacturer of high-quality Northern Appalachian

hardwoods, located here.

RAM Forest Products produces over 25 million board

feet annually in all grades in Hard and Soft Maple, Ash,

Red and White Oak, Cherry and Poplar from their sawmill

and has a drying capacity of 1.5 million board feet.

The company is a member of the National Hardwood

Lumber Association, Hardwood Manufacturers Association,

Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc., and

Andy Nuffer

The Appalachian Lumbermen’s Club.

Nuffer brings over 17 years of hardwood lumber experience in operations

and sales. After starting his career in operations with Baillie Lumber Company,

Nuffer went on to serve in leadership roles at Thompson Mahogany Company/East

Teak Fine Hardwoods, Robinson Lumber Company and Bill Hanks

Lumber Company. After the catastrophic fire at Bill Hanks Lumber Company,

Nuffer led business development for TallyExpress by DMSi.

Nuffer is no stranger to RAM Forest Products, having grown up near the mill

in Portville, New York. Nuffer is a graduate of Clemson University and Temple

University. He has previously served on the board of the International Wood

Products Association and on the Board of Directors for Wartburg Theological

Seminary. He and his wife, Brianna, will continue to reside in Kernersville,

North Carolina with their three daughters.

To contact Nuffer directly, please e-mail anuffer@ramforestproducts.com

or call 336-813-1512.

Lexington, North Carolina–Brian Turlington, Vice

President at SII Dry Kilns, based here, announced

several installations of kiln systems that have been

completed recently. SII Dry Kilns has installed and

started up kilns in a variety of designs and locations

including two kilns for Vaughan Bassett Furniture in

Galax, Virginia, three kilns for Dixie Forest Products

in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, one kiln for East

Perry Lumber Company in Frohna, Missouri, one kiln

Brian Turlington

for Rogers Lumber in Camden, Arkansas, one kiln for

John Boos & Co. in Effingham, Illinois, two kilns for

MacDonald & Owen Lumber in Brookville, Pennsylvania, one kiln for Stoltzfus

Forest Products in Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania, three kilns for Bingaman

& Son Lumber Inc. in Kreamer, Pennsylvania, three pallet kilns for Southern

Packaging (two in Port Allen, Louisiana and one in Woodville, Mississippi),

two pallet kilns for The Timbermen Inc. in Camak, Georgia, three Walnut

steamers for Missouri Walnut in Neosho, Missouri and one Walnut steamer for

Kendrick Forest Products in Edgewood, Iowa.

Additionally, SII has completed controls projects for Ferguson Land & Lumber

in Rocky Mount, Virginia, and Appalachian Hardwood Lumber in Bedford

Heights, Ohio.

SII Dry Kilns is a manufacturer of conventional package-loaded kilns,

dual path continuous kilns and double track-loaded batch kilns, in addition to

various types of fan sheds and multi-zoned pre-dryers for the hardwood and

softwood industries. SII offers complete kiln rehab and rebuild services including

roofs and wall panels, doors, heating systems, fan decks and structural

replacements.

SII Dry Kilns is a 50-plus-year-old family-owned company with 60-plus em-

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ployees and has equipment in operation at over 2,000-plus drying facilities

worldwide.

More information can be found at www.siidrykilns.com.

Prince George, British Columbia —BID Group,

with its head office here, recently announced it has

entered into an agreement to acquire Smith Sawmill

Service. The transaction brings together two customer-focused

organizations and further expands BID’s

industry-leading operational life cycle product and

service offerings to include the essential recurring

saw and tooling capabilities required to support modern

wood processing operations.

Steven Hofer

Smith Sawmill Service is one of the largest suppliers

and service providers of saws, cutting tools, filing

room equipment, and critical consumable products to the wood processing

industry. Smith serves the North American market with both proprietary

cutting technologies and industry-leading brands. With locations in Texas,

Louisiana and North Carolina, Smith is a recognized service leader, equipped

to meet the growing customer demand for personalized saw and knife repair

and reconditioning solutions, according to a company press release.

“We are excited to partner with the Smith team. The combination of our

organizations’ capabilities is a natural fit given our shared emphasis on excellence

in total customer experience,” said Steven Hofer, BID’s executive vice

president, strategy and business development. “The comprehensive new line

of products and services will offer our customers added value through the

best complement of modern tooling technologies and services to meet their

growing demand for the highest quality, innovative outcomes. Incorporating

the Smith product and services into our BID Turnkey and wood process

system offerings further complements the investments BID has made in the

development of its own cutting tools solution, Blade.”

“I am incredibly pleased with the opportunity to unite with an industry

leader like BID,” said Paul Smith, president and CEO of Smith Sawmill

Service. “I would like to thank our team for their dedication and hard work

to build a thriving business. We are confident this partnership will provide

our employees, suppliers, and loyal customers with greater opportunities and

benefits.”

The transaction is expected to close in Q3 2022 and is subject to customary

closing conditions.

About BID Group

Since 1924, the privately-owned BID Group has been providing industry-leading

solutions for its highly valued customers. As one of the largest

integrated suppliers to the wood processing industry, and the North American

leader in the field, BID Group is a one-stop source for guaranteed, comprehensive,

and innovative solutions. The ability to provide complete, smart

connected, turnkey manufacturing facilities that includes engineering, project

management, equipment, software, installation, startup, and after-sales parts

and services is the BID Group companies' strategic value to its customers.

The company has offices in 15 locations situated to serve the predominant

wood processing regions of North America. Learn more about BID at www.

bidgroup.ca.

Woodland, Washington—USNR, headquartered

here, a division of Wood Technologies International,

recently announced that it has acquired Timber Automation,

an industry leader in wood processing equipment

and technology. According to a company press

release, the combination solidifies USNR’s leadership

position in providing equipment and technology to

the global wood processing industry, adding more

than 250 employees and over 200,000 square feet of

Dale Brown manufacturing space.

The transaction will help Timber Automation

gain wider market distribution for its state-of-the-art sawmill and woodyard

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equipment, while USNR will benefit from the addition of Timber Automation’s

highly skilled team members and production capacity.

“The addition of Timber Automation’s LogPro line of log yard equipment

represents a major market expansion for USNR, and their Baxley products—

including optimization, edgers, and lumber processing equipment—complement

our product offering, providing our customers with more options of

high-quality machinery,” said Dale Brown, president of USNR. “We are also

excited to build upon our highly innovative optimization and grading solutions

and the opportunity to bring those products to new markets.”

“We knew that USNR was the right owner for Timber Automation from the

outset,” said John Steck, president of Timber Automation. “USNR’s reputation

for doing right by the customer aligns perfectly with our company culture

and values. This partnership will help give us wider visibility and provide

better solutions for customers.”

Headquartered in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Timber Automation also operates

a manufacturing plant in Baxley, Georgia, and a technology center in Lévis,

Quebec. Learn more about Timber Automation and its products by visiting

www.timberna.com.

USNR, a division of Wood Technologies International, operates facilities

across the United States, Canada, and Europe, including six large manufacturing

plants. USNR is best known around the world for providing end-to-end

solutions for sawmills and planer mills. Learn more at www.usnr.com.

Certified Lumber Grader – Job Description

Cardin Forest Products is a family owned sawmill and kiln drying operation located in

South Pittsburg, Tennessee. We are currently seeking a candidate to fill a hardwood

lumber grading position in our kiln drying operation.

The ideal candidate will have:

•Been NHLA certified

•2 to 3 years of experience grading kiln dried hardwoods

Duties will include, but not be limited to the following:

•Grade and mark all lumber to be sorted according to NHLA rules/guidelines

and industry standards

•Communicate effectively with your team and other departments

•Adhere to all safety policies and perform tasks in a safe and responsible manner

Required Qualifications:

•Minimum of one (1) year experience grading green and/or kiln dried domestic

lumber

•Must be NHLA trained or have equivalent knowledge.

•Must be physically capable of performing all duties of the job and any other

duties assigned by Crew Leader

Position

•Full time position

•Company offers medical, dental, 401(k), and other benefit offerings

We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions

are made without regard to sexual orientation, race, color, age, disability, religion,

national origin, citizenship status and creed.

Salary Negotiable

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Buffalo, New York—U-C Coatings, LLC, based

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protection products, recently announced the hiring of

James Russell as West Coast Territory Sales Representative.

Russell, based in Oregon, is a native Oregonian and

spent the last seven years as an Outside Sales Rep and

a Territory Solutions Specialist for Fastenal Inc. in

the west-central part of Oregon. He gained valuable

James Russell experience providing top-level service and supplies to

sawmills and industrial customers alike, while growing

the territory by adding many new large-scale customers. Russell brings

a strong desire to provide excellent customer service and ambition to grow

personally to U-C Coatings that will mesh well with the company’s solid

reputation.

He spends much of his free time outdoors, whether it is riding, camping

or hunting. James and his wife welcomed the birth of their first child, a son,

earlier in 2022.

U-C Coatings is a leading manufacturer and supplier of premium wood

protection products. For more than 50 years their products have been used in

a variety of industries, including hardwood and softwood logging and lumber

production, wood products manufacturing, woodworking and wood decking

markets.

U-C Coatings’ products are used worldwide to protect, conserve and

enhance forest resources. Their goal is to help their customers achieve more

with less waste and provide the highest level of protection for their products.

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for indoor renovations. HomeStars also saw the continued trend that Canadians

want to stay put. Three-in-four (76 percent) of those surveyed reported

that they are not considering moving in the next 12 months, while 14 percent

are currently undecided.

Though most of Canada has eased out of many pandemic restrictions, the

pandemic continued to motivate Canadian homeowners to renovate their

homes. In fact, two in five (40 percent) homeowners say the presence of

COVID-19 restrictions influenced their decision to renovate. Spending more

time at home and having extra cash on hand because of the pandemic encouraged

even more homeowners to renovate—resulting in an 8 percent increase

from 2021.

HomeStars also surveyed 985 homeowners from its database this summer

to get a sense of whether intentions for renovations for 2023 had changed

following increases in mortgage rates. Despite more homeowners holding

back renovations, HomeStars found intent to renovate remained high. n

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“We “We are a 5th generation family-owned sawmill, shipping lumber

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P.O. Box 457, 12110 Turleytown Road

Broadway, Virginia 22815 (U.S.A.)

Tel: 540-896-7031

Fax: 540-896-7034

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AHEC (Amer. Hard. Export

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Allegheny Wood Products.......... 16

Ally Global Logistics LLC............ 19

Baillie Lumber Co....................... 21

Bingaman & Son Lumber, Inc.........

Cardin Forest Products.............. 13

Clark Lumber.............................. 25

Cole Hardwood, Inc.................... 20

Fitzpatrick & Weller.........................

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Sales Inc................................... 23

HHP, Inc..........................................

IWPA (Int’l. Wood Products

Assoc.)...................................... 30

Kretz Lumber Co., Inc....................

Lawrence Lumber Co., Inc.............

Middle Tennessee Lumber Co........

McIlvain, Alan Company............. 33

NAFF (N. Amer. Forest

Foundation)..................................

Neff Lumber Mills, Inc................. 33

Newman Lumber Co.................. 17

Nyle Dry Kilns.................................

Penn-Sylvan International, Inc... 31

Primewood................................... 3

Ram Forest Products, Inc........... 30

Rocky Hardwood Inc.................. 18

Rolling Ridge Woods, Ltd...............

Roy Anderson Lumber Co.......... 24

SFPA (So. Forest Prodts.

Assoc.)...................................... 15

San Group.................................... 7

Simon Lussier Ltee....................... 2

Snowbelt Hardwoods, Inc...............

TMX Shipping Company, Inc..........

Thompson Appalachian

Hardwoods................................. 5

Transit King City/Northway

Forw. Ltd..................................... 9

Tropical Forest Products............ 36

Wheeland Lumber Co., Inc......... 32

White, Harold, Lumber, Inc......... 31

WOODBOX.................................11

Yoder Lumber.................................

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