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 report.

Housing starts performance in June continues a bounceback from the low of 934,000 starts in April following the onslaught of the pandemic. The June 2020 number is only 4% below June 2019.

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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…

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…

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