Despite horrendous winter rains in the South, several new southern yellow pine sawmills are pushing the “go” button. Rex Lumber’s new sawmill at Troy, Ala. is starting up and should hit its stride in late summer. The greenfield mill broke ground less than a year ago in July 2018. This is Rex Lumber’s fourth SYP sawmill.

Angelina Forest Products will begin commissioning in August at its new sawmill at Lufkin, Texas and hopes to begin selling some product in September-October.

On the heels of its new sawmill startup at the beginning of this year in Talladega, Ala., Georgia-Pacific’s new sawmill project at Warrenton, Ga. is on plan, with the sawmill project at Albany, Ga. right behind it.

Meanwhile Westervelt is clearing land and moving dirt at the site of its planned sawmill in Thomasville, Ala. The company anticipates a late 2020 startup.

Biewer Lumber, which started up a new sawmill in 2017 at Newton, Miss., is in the process of adding a second (identical) line—including new crane, debarker, log cutup line and sawline—which is expected to start up in November.

One question frequently asked is does the removal of Canadian spruce-pine-fir lumber capacity impact southern yellow pine production. Less lumber on the market impacts everybody, but perhaps more specifically, as one lumberman states, in certain applications such as truss manufacturing the two species are readily substituted and therefore there is a strong link in their supply and demand. And apparently the supply of SPF is shrinking while SYP is growing.