Alex Averitt Promoted To CEO Of Cedar Creek

  Cedar Creek, a leading building material wholesaler, announced today that its board of directors has appointed Alex Averitt to succeed D. Wayne Trousdale as the president and CEO of the company, effective September 15, 2017. Read More

Jim Shalvoy Retiring After 38 Years In The Forest Products Industry

Jim Shalvoy

  Oklahoma City, OK–D. Wayne Trousdale, CEO of Cedar Creek, which is headquartered here, recently announced the retirement of Jim Shalvoy, whose career in the forest products industry totaled 38 years. Read More

Armstrong Plans Two Plant Closures

  Lancaster, PA–Headquartered here, Armstrong Flooring recently announced plans to consolidate wood flooring production through the closure of two plants, located in Jackson, TN, and Vicksburg, MS. Read More

Builder Confidence Slips Two Points in July, Remains Solid

  Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes slipped two points in July to a level of 64 from a downwardly revised June reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). It is the lowest reading since November 2016. Read More

Hardwoods Distribution Acquires Downes & Reader Hardwood

  Langley, BC–Hardwoods Distribution Inc., headquartered here, recently announced that it has, through its subsidiary Rugby Holdings LLC, purchased substantially all of the assets and assumed certain liabilities of Downes & Reader Hardwood Co. Inc., headquartered in Stoughton, MA, in a transaction with total value of $6 million.  Read More

Mike Wardlow Named Director of EWP at Cedar Creek

  Oklahoma City, OK–Cedar Creek, headquartered here, recently announced that Mike Wardlow has been hired as the new director of engineered wood products (EWP). A native of West Tennessee, Wardlow received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the North Carolina Wesleyan College, located in Rocky Mount, NC, and earned his Associate of Applied Science degree in Munitions Systems Technology while serving in the United States Air Force. Read More

Boise Cascade Begins Year-Long Celebration Of 60th Anniversary In Business

Tom Corrick

  Boise, ID–Boise Cascade Co. announced recently that it is planning a yearlong celebration of the May 1957 merger of Boise-Payette Lumber Company and Cascade Lumber Company and the creation of the name “Boise Cascade.” This historical milestone will be celebrated with each of Boise Cascade’s over 6,600 employees at nearly 60 locations throughout the United States and Canada.
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Concern For Softwood Tariff Noted By Industry Officials

  Since the start of 2017, the housing industry has been apprehensive of potential tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber in the coming months. Now that the Department of Commerce has announced its sliding scale for tariff charges, several areas of concern have been noted by industry officials. Read More

Canadian Government Responds To U.S. Softwood Tariff

  Ottawa, ON–The government of Canada has responded to the proposed Softwood lumber tariff that was announced by U.S. President Donald Trump in late April. Leaders of the Canadian government, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Columbia’s Premier, Christy Clark, expressed that the tariffs would unfairly punish Canadian exporters of lumber products, but especially export businesses that are smaller in size.
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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Duties On Chinese Hardwood Plywood

  The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of Hardwood plywood products from the People’s Republic of China. Read More

Steve Lindauer Promoted To Regional Vice President Of Cedar Creek

  After over 40 years in the forest products industry, Keith Laugen, Vice President of Cedar Creek’s North Central Region, has announced his retirement. Keith was president, CEO, and a founder of Lake States Lumber, which became part of Cedar Creek in 2016 through acquisition.  Read More

Richelieu Acquires Weston Premium Woods

Brampton, ON–Weston Premium Woods, headquartered here, has been purchased by Richelieu Hardware Ltd., the companies announced recently.
  The acquisition is one of several that Richelieu has completed in the last few years. In 2016 the hardware manufacturer bought Cornerstone Hardware & Supplies, JFH Corp., Eveready Hardware and Neils Sorenson Hardware. Read More

Winston Plywood & Veneer Officially Open for Business

  Louisville, MS–Joined by federal, state and local leaders, company associates and members of the community, Winston Plywood & Veneer recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new plywood mill located here.
  The location was once home to a shuttered mill that was destroyed when an F4 tornado struck three years ago. Today, in its place stands a state-of-the-art plywood facility that employs over 300 associates and is expected to generate tens of millions in annual economic activity for the region. Read More

PPG Makes Revised Proposal To Combine With AkzoNobel

  Pittsburgh, PA–PPG Industries, headquartered here, recently announced that it had made a revised proposal to acquire AkzoNobel for €90.00 per ordinary share, comprised of cash of €57.50 and 0.331 share of PPG common stock. This represents an increase of €7.00 per ordinary share from PPG’s initial offer, which was made in early March of this year. Including the assumption of net debt and minority interests, the proposed transaction is valued at approximately €24.5 billion, or $26.3 billion. Read More

Hardwood Federation Announces Call To Action From U.S. Manufacturers

  Dana Lee Cole, executive director of the Hardwood Federation, released the following call to action for the forest products industry:
  The Department of Commerce is seeking information on the impact of Federal permitting requirements on the construction and expansion of domestic manufacturing facilities and on regulations that adversely impact domestic manufacturers. Read More

NWFA Announces Emerging Leaders Network

  St. Louis, MO–The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) is launching an Emerging Leaders Network to attract young talent who are passionate about the flooring trade and desire to keep the industry thriving. Read More

Buckman Laboratories Announces Leadership Changes

  Memphis, TN–Buckman Laboratories International Inc., headquartered here, announced that Steve Buckman, president and CEO of the global specialty chemical company, will retire April 28, after leading the company for 16 years. Read More

Northern Softwood Lumber Bureau Merges Into NELMA

Jeff Easterling

  Cumberland, ME–Recently it was announced that the Northern Softwood Lumber Bureau (NSLB) has merged into the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA), headquartered here. The decision to start the merging process was finalized at an August 2016 NSLB board of directors meeting. The NELMA name will remain in place. Read More

John Fery Obituary

John B. Fery

  John B. Fery recently passed away at the age of 86.
  He was born on February 16, 1930 to Margaret and Carl Fery of Bellingham, WA.
  Fery served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and upon returning from duty in 1953 he married his college sweetheart, Delores Carlo. The couple relocated to California, where Fery attended Stanford University and earned his MBA. After graduation, Fery joined Oregon-based paper company Western Kraft. It wasn’t long before he headed to Idaho with his mentor Bob Hansberger. They spearheaded the transformation of Boise Payette Lumber into Boise Cascade Corp. in 1957. Read More

Patrick Lumber Expands Into Philomath Facility

Portland, OR–Patrick Lumber Co., headquartered here, has acquired a portion of Mary’s River Lumber Co. in Philomath, OR.  Read More

Wilsonart Moving Into Former Roseburg Plant

Austin, TX–According to an official press release from Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces, headquartered here, the company has agreed to acquire a manufacturing facility in Oxford, MS, from Roseburg. Read More

Jeff Derby To Retire From Western Forest Products

Jeff Derby

  Vancouver, BC–Western Forest Products (WFP), headquartered here, has announced the upcoming retirement of Jeff Derby, manager of Western Red Cedar sales for the company.
  Derby started his career in the Cedar remanufacturing and wholesale business in 1987 and then joined Doman Forest Products as the Cedar sales manager in 1992. Since that time the coastal industry changed significantly; however, Derby successfully weathered the changes and always championed Cedar as the premiere appearance building material. Read More

Cedar Creek Announces New South Central Vice President

  Oklahoma, OK–Cedar Creek, headquartered here, recently announced that Craig McDonald has joined the executive team as the new vice president of the South Central region. Read More

American Wood Council Releases Industry Progress Report

  Washington, DC–The American Wood Council (AWC) has released its second Industry Progress Report, detailing the wood products manufacturing industry's performance across a number of environment, energy and seafety measures. Read More

Industry Associations Spearhead Further Tests Of CLT's

  According to the results of collaborative tests conducted by the WoodWorks  – Wood Products Council, Softwood Lumber Board and U.S. Forest Service, cross-laminated timbers (CLT) have been observed to withstand blast damage from explosions detonated nearby, further signifying its suitability for use in everyday construction, as well as high-security projects. A total of three structures were tested simultaneously. Read More

New Developments In Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy

  According to published reports, Hanjin Shipping Co. has entered an agreement to sell its majority stake in Total Terminals International LLC, in Long Beach, CA, to the Mediterranean Shipping Co. The sale did not have a public valuation at the time of this announcement, though some estimates put it at nearly $340 million. A source involved in the proceedings stated that if all parties agree to the terms of the sale it is expected for an official listing of figures to be made public.
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New Acquisition Completed by Cedar Creek in Kansas City

D. Wayne Trousdale

    Oklahoma City, OK–Cedar Creek LLC recently announced the acquisition of Thomas Nielsen Wholesale Inc., a Kansas City-based wholesale lumber company with operations in Kansas City and Springfield, MO. Read More

U.S.-Canada Softwood Agreement Still Distant

According to a five-year forecast from the International Wood Markets Group, U.S. duties on Canadian lumber exports to the U.S. are expected to cause short-term industry upheaval after they are announced in early Q2/2017.  Read More

Coastal Forest Products Now Distributing Coeur d'Alene Wood's Xcelerated Products

Pike Severance

It was recently announced in a press release from Coastal Forest Products Inc., headquartered in Bedford, NH, that the company will now be the northeastern distribution partner for Coeur d’Alene Wood LLC’s Xcelerated line of reclaimed wood siding.

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Chilean Softwood Sawmills Visited By U.S. Suppliers

With the expiration of the Softwood Lumber Agreement looming, many domestic suppliers of Softwood species are looking to alternative avenues to quench their lumber needs. 

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U.S. Lumbermen Visit China To Expand Relationships

Pictured are U.S. lumber company representatives on a recent trip to China.

Lumbermen from across the United States traveled to China this summer to attend the 21st Annual Southeast Asia AHEC convention and the SYLVA WOOD show. During their 13 days of travel members visited Hong Kong, (Dongguan), Chongqing, Xi An and Shanghai. The group traveled over 4500 miles in country during their visit.

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JD Irving Launches New Product

The JD Irving team at the Doaktown Value Added Center in Doaktown, NB, recently announced that they will launch a new product line. To meet growing consumer demand, the mill will start producing rough sawn board stained to give a weathered “barn door” look.

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Andy Nuffer Elected to IWPA Board

Andy Nuffer

The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) recently held its Spring Board Meeting and officially welcomed Andy Nuffer as a board member.  Nuffer, vice president of North American sales for Robinson Lumber Company, located in New Orleans, LA, is already Co-Chair of the Government Affairs and Lumber Committees. 

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Eastern White Pine Manufacturer Hancock Lumber Opens New Facility

Hancock Lumber Company, located in Kennebunk, ME, recently opened the doors at their new facility located on their 95 York Street property in Kennebunk.

After eight months of site work, building demos, and constructing a 30,000 square foot facility, the new space is open for business featuring a built-to-deliver drive-thru lumberyard and ...

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Maxwell Hardwood Flooring Partnering With Sinise Foundation

Maxwell Hardwood Flooring, located in Monticello, AR, is partnering with the Gary Sinise Foundation through the National Wood Flooring Association to provide Hardwood Flooring for Captain Luis Avila, US Army.

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