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Lumber Among Three Big Input Reductions

Lumber Among Three Big Input Reductions   Softwood lumber is one of the three largest construction input cost reductions year-over-year from December 2021 to December 2022, according to a recent ConstructionDive market report. Citing Producer Price Index data...

Biofuels Project Sinks

Biofuels Project Sinks   The Red Rock Biofuels project in southern Oregon appears headed for foreclosure according to notices published in the Lake County Examiner newspaper in late December after the company failed to make principal and interest payments on some...

Structurlam Temporarily Suspends Arkansas Operations

Structurlam Temporarily Suspends Arkansas Operations   Structurlam Mass Timber Corp., a mass timber manufacturer in North America, has announced it is temporarily suspending operations and reducing staff at its Conway, Ark., plant due to a customer contract...

Vaagen Puts Emphasis On Midway Closure

Vaagen Puts Emphasis On Midway Closure   Vaagen Fibre Canada (an affiliate of Vaagen Brothers Lumber) announced it is shutting down its Midway, BC sawmill indefinitely, while indicating it is looking for solutions to keep the operation going, and encouraging...

U.S. Housing Starts Dipped Slightly In 2022

U.S. Housing Starts Dipped Slightly In 2022   U.S. housing starts for 2022 came in at 1.553 million units, down 3% from 2021, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development monthly new residential construction report....

Biochar Plant Nears Completion

Biochar Plant Nears Completion   Standard Biocarbon Corp. is building a biochar plant in Enfield, Maine, on a two-acre parcel purchased from adjacent Pleasant River Lumber, whose sawmill will provide chips for the biochar operation. Foundations for the...