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U.S. Housing Starts Show Big Increase

U.S. housing starts in June increased more than 17% over May to an annual rate of 1.186 million, with both single family housing starts (831,000) and multi-family housing starts (350,000) showing big increases, according to the U.S. Census Bureau monthly…

Forbes Is Sole Owner Of Brunette

Brunette Machinery Co. Inc. announced that Kirk Forbes has concluded the purchase of shares from his business partners and is now the sole owner of Brunette, which is celebrating more than 75 years in supplying the wood products business…

BID Continues Digital Growth

The BID Group of Companies has expanded upon its use of PTC’s products to include Vuforia Augmented Reality (AR) offerings, in particular Vuforia Chalk remote experience software. Prior to leveraging Vuforia Chalk, BID deployed PTC’s…

Next Xylexpo To Be Held In 2022

The Board of Cepra-Centro promozionale Acimall, orgaziners of Xylexpo, speaking through its president Lorenzo Primultini, officially canceled the 2020 show on July 6, 2020. Initially scheduled for late May in Milan, Italy, Xylexpo was first…

TP&EE Announces Cancellation

Organizers of the Timber Processing & Energy Expo announced the cancellation of the event, which was scheduled for September 30 to October 2 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore…

Conservation Group Buys Maine Timberland Tract

The Conservation Fund has purchased 15,408 acres of Maine woodland from Chadbourne Tree Farms LLC in Oxford County. The primarily white pine tract was assembled by the…

Ashton Lewis Acquires W.T. Jones & Sons

Ashton Lewis Holding Co., an affiliate of major treater Great Southern Wood, has acquired the family-owned W.T. Jones & Sons, Inc. southern pine sawmill in Ruther Glen, Va., and is planning to invest $11 million in the facility…

Canfor’s Vida Group Buys Sweden Mills

Canfor Corp. executives announced in mid June that CanFor’s 70%-owned subsidiary, Vida Group, has entered into an agreement to purchase three sawmills located in Sweden from Bergs Timber for $43 million (Can.), plus working capital…

PotlatchDeltic Sells Minnesota Acreage

PotlatchDeltic Corp. officials recently announced an agreement to sell 72,000 acres in Minnesota to The Conservation Fund for approximately $48 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2020. Company officials noted the sale is part…

Indonesia To Keep Export License System

Backing off an earlier announcement that Indonesian wood products exporters would no longer need to obtain a license showing the wood’s origin and legality, Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade recently reversed itself after an outcry from wood…

Indonesia To Keep Export License System

Backing off an earlier announcement that Indonesian wood products exporters would no longer need to obtain a license showing the wood’s origin and legality, Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade recently reversed itself after an outcry from wood…

Interfor Lays Off Gilchrist Staff

Following an earlier announcement, Interfor began laying off 130 of 150 employees at its Gilchrist, Ore. sawmill in late June. Company officials cited difficulties with the coronavirus issue and overall market conditions as reasons for the layoffs…

Wood ID Lab Moves To Oregon State

Thanks to a five-year, $4 million federal grant from the Forest Service International Programs Office, the Wood Identification and Screening Center (WISC) is moving to Oregon State University, where it will join the College of Forestry. The WISC was…

Oregon Salamander Lives With Logging

Following a seven-year study of 88 timber tracts across Oregon’s western Cascade Range, researchers have concluded no “discernable difference” in populations and occupancy of a rare salamander on recently harvested stands compared to…

Sierra Pacific Foundation Grants Scholarships

The Sierra Pacific Foundation is awarding over $618,000 in scholarships to 200 students as they attend colleges, universities and trade schools during 2020-21 school year. “It is both an honor and privilege for our family to continue to offer this…

SmartLam Teams With RedBuilt

SmartLam North America and RedBuilt announced a partnership to supply cross-laminated timber (CLT) products and solutions to architects, engineers and contractors for projects using the mass timber building technology…

Combilift Steps Up With Combi-Ventilate

Irish manufacturer Combilift, best known for its range of space-saving forklifts and other handling solutions, has drawn on its expertise in engineering and software design to develop the Combi-Ventilate, a splitter…

Klausner Files Bankruptcy

Following several years of below capacity operation and controversy, Klausner Holding USA, owner of sawmills in Enfield, NC and Live Oak, Fla., filed for Chap. 11 bankruptcy in early May, claiming more than $100 million in debt, after the…

Microtec Purchases Lucidyne Technologies

In a move that creates one of the largest wood products scanning companies in the world, Microtec has acquired Lucidyne Technologies, Inc. Microtec has been delivering technologically advanced scanning and…

Xylexpo Announces New 2020 Dates

Xylexpo, the premiere Italian woodworking trade show that sees visitors from around the world, will move away from its traditional date in May due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19…

TP&EE Is A Go, But Earlier Events Change Dates

The Timber Processing & Energy Expo is still on tap for September 30 to October 2 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore. Organizers will continue to adhere to the directives of area…

SPI, Puget Sound Energy Team Up

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has teamed up with Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) to purchase 17 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy from SPI’s cogeneration plant at its Burlington sawmill in Mount Vernon, Wash…

Bob Jordan Led Company, Industry, State

Bob Jordan Led Company, Industry, StateRobert Byrd (Bob) Jordan III, who led Jordan Lumber & Supply Inc. to become one of the most progressive sawmill operations…

Timber Processing & Energy Expo Is Still A Go

The Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE)) is expected to be held as scheduled September 30 to October 2 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Oregon, announced…

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