Family Matters To Fritz Mason

Family Matters To Fritz Mason It’s time for the 32nd annual announcement of the Timber Processing  Person of the Year—a time that always excites me. I am a bit of a person of the year specialist, having written my first profile on Jill Snider Brewer in 2016 and then...

99 Years And Counting

George Varn, Sr. “Gee, ain’t it funny how time slips away,” Willie Nelson sings in what is probably one of the great American songwriter’s less well remembered gems. Willie is getting on up there—86 this year; he released a new song in 2018 with the lyrics: “I...

Arizona Seeks Huge Forest Investment

Article by Dan ShellManaging Editor Lumber-producing companies make investments all the time to capitalize on targeted resources and wood baskets. What kind of investment would it take to handle 1.097 billion BF of mostly small logs and 152 million cubic feet of...

Getting The Kids To Join Up

Article by Rich DonnellEditor-in-Chief I keep running into long-time acquaintances at lumber industry events who tell me they’re about to retire. This always depresses me, because for one thing it means I probably won’t see them much anymore, and it means that I’m...

Taking The Pulse Of Optimism

Article by Rich DonnellEditor-in-Chief Once again we present the Softwood Lumber Sawmill Operations and Capital Expenditure survey results. Again, this is a survey of U.S. softwood lumber operations. We receive a sprinkling of sawmillers from Canada and overseas who...

Market Trends Bear Watching

Article by Dan Shell Managing Editor There was an interesting note in a recent issue of the Random Lengths newsletter highlighting a report from the National Assn. of Homebuilders (NAHB): Following years of a trend toward larger houses, including square-footage...