Tornadoes and heavy storms felled trees in two wood manufacturing centers, Wisconsin and North Carolina destroying homes and businesses, including Lincoln Windows in Merrill, WI, which recounted the destruction at its website:
"On April 10th, our corporate offices and final assembly plant were severely damaged by a category F3 tornado that hit Merrill, WI. This was one of 11 confirmed tornadoes that hit our state that day.
"Locally, over 60 homes and 12 businesses were either damaged or destroyed. The only injury at Lincoln was sustained by a security guard. Luckily, the tornado impacted on a Sunday evening when personnel were not working.
"Lincoln maintains multiple production locations in Merrill and fortunately only the final assembly plant and offices were damaged. We are repositioning the departments that were affected to our other facilities and plan to resume production within the next 3 weeks. Communications are still limited, but should be reestablished soon."
Woodworkers in several areas around the country hit by tornadoes moved to salvage uprooted trees and mill them into useful lumber, expanded further the trend to urban lumber.