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Weak Southern Pine Lumber Demand Forces Production Slowdown

VANCOUVER, BC Interfor Corp. said weak demand for southern yellow pine lumber is forcing it to reduce production by 20 percent at its southern U.S. mills.

Work hours at the mills were reduced by five hours until further notice, Interfor (TSX:IFP) said.  "Prices for southern yellow pine lumber have fallen by 27 percent since the beginning of the year as available supply has outstripped product demand in the region," said Duncan Davies, Interfor's president and CEO.

WMS News

3D CAD Software To Debut at WMS 2015 in Toronto

Germany's PYTHA Lab will make the North American debut of its PYTHA 3D CAD software at the Toronto Wood Machinery & Supply Expo, November 5-7 at the International Centre. Described as a "powerful, intuitive software," the range of applications includes high end bedrooms, wardrobes and closets, or luxury-level kitchens. Current users apply it to commercial joinery, contract furniture and highly detailed bespoke joinery.

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3 Trillion Trees: What The Global Number Means to You

The Yale-led study that found more than 3 trillion trees on Earth surprised researchers, who previously pegged the number at 400 billion. Thomas Crowther, a Yale Climate & Energy Institute post-doctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies was lead author of the study.

Cabinets

MasterBrand Cabinets Consolidates Operations, Adds Jobs in NC

MasterBrand Cabinets' $3.5 million purchase of a 137,095-square-foot facility in Lexington, NC, is part of the cabinet giant's plan to consolidate three operations in the area. New jobs will be created at the plant, which will begin production of cabinet doors and drawers in October. By spring, employees and operations from three nearby facilities also will be moved over to the plant.

Panel Supply

Stone Countertop Features Antibacterial Surface Treatment

An anti-bacterial coating for granite and other stone has been developed by Antolini, a quarry and stone curator. Based in Italy with U.S. distributors, Antolini says it is the first to apply the treatment - which it brands as A Zerobact - to stone surfaces. Intended for food preparation areas, A Zerobact is available on its newest Signature Stone Collection, and has certifications from the US EPA, EU for Food Contact Safety, NSF for Food Contact Safety. A stamp of authenticity is applied to all slabs treated with A zerobact.

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