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...

Supply-Demand Beat Goes On

Article by Rich Donnell Editor-in-Chief During my recent visit to Georgia-Pacific’s newly started up sawmill in Talladega, Ala., and during my discussions there about the fact that GP is building two additional sawmills (in Georgia) this year, the words that kept...

Pursuing Self-reliance

Article by Dan Shell Managing Editor Talking with Timber Processing 2019 Person of the Year Red Emmerson and touring Sierra Pacific Industries’ new sawmill in Shelton, Wash. last year, two themes kept popping up: self-reliance and full utilization. Emmerson, age 89,...

Trying (Unsuccessfully) To Put A Wrap On 2018

Article by Rich Donnell Editor-in-Chief 2018 has to go down as one of the more remarkable years in North America sawmill history. In fact, history was made with a record framing lumber composite price pushing toward $570 in early summer, followed by a record pricing...