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Flooring Firms Taper Buys as Hardwood Markets Start Off 2015

By Andy Johnson Posted: 01/15/2015 5:46PM

Hardwood sales to cabinet plants were steady to a bit better. Flooring plants continued to restrict incoming lumber with lower prices or by restricting purchase orders to a few loads per vendor.

Hardwood Checkoff Proposal Moves Forward, with Controversy

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 01/14/2015 4:26PM

Despite an opposition group's claim to the contrary, a "green light" has been given to the proposed Hardwood Checkoff program for further review by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, says the committee sponsoring the initiative.

Interfor Acquires Four Sawmills from Simpson Lumber

Posted: 01/13/2015 7:41AM

Canadian lumber firm Interfor will acquire four sawmills from Simpson Lumber for $94.7 million. The move increases Interfor's total capacity by 30% and pushes its U.S. business from 57% to 67% of Interfor's total capacity.

Plum Creek's Timber Sustainability Challenged by Watchdog Group

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 01/08/2015 12:18PM

Plum Creek's logging practices are under fire by the Center for Sustainable Economy for what it claims is a "pattern of willful non-compliance with the law and clearcuts that have left extensive resource damage on the ground."

Remodeling Market Continues to Spur U.S. Lumber Demand

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 01/07/2015 7:30AM

The U.S. lumber market will continue to rebound in 2015, following a year which saw demand strengthen due to an improving construction market. U.S. lumber demand is projected to rise 8 percent to 44.87 billion board feet.

U.S. Hardwood Export Pinched by Dollar's Rise, Port Strikes

By Andy Johnson Posted: 12/31/2014 2:17PM

U.S. hardwood exports were beginning to be pinched by Wests Coast labor strife and a rising dollar. Red Oak was in very strong demand, as U.S. sales reached $219 in October, and were up 28 percent for the year so far at $1.97 billion.

Happy Holidays from Woodworking Network!

Posted: 12/25/2014 7:36AM

Happy Holidays from Woodworking Network!

Balsa Wood Subsitute Developed for WInd Turbine Blades

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 12/21/2014 7:30PM

Balsa wood, providing rigid frames in thousands of wind turbine blades, is in short supply - especially as blades get longer. Harvard University researchers have found a way to mimic wood's cell structures and strength with 3D printing.

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