What to Expect in OSB

Demand for U.S. housing is trending steadily upward. One reason for this is shifting demographics. Certain key markets are experiencing a significant influx of new residents, creating immediate demand for housing and opportunities for OSB manufacturers to fine-tune their product mix and market positioning.

Roseburg Develops 7 EPD’s

Roseburg Forest Products, Springfield, Or., recently published its first verified Environmental Product Declarations, providing standardized and objective information about the lifecycle environmental impact of many of the company’s wood products.

Balance Cost vs. Service with Route Optimization – Get the ebook!

Today, exceeding customer expectations has become increasingly difficult. Customers expect immediate information about their orders, personal engagement, and more.

The Low-Down on Hardwood Lumber

The building and construction industry is booming—and has been growing steadily since 2011. Much of this growth can be attributed to the residential sector, led primarily by single-family construction, which is projected to see a 9% growth, while multi-family construction, which hit its peak in 2017, is expected to decrease slightly.

Change at Helm of MRS

Brian Boyd has named president of Manufacturers Reserve Supply, Irvington, N.J., succeeding his father, Stephen Boyd, and completing an eight-year succession plan. 

New OSB Technologies Offer Solutions to Old Problems

If you’re still categorizing OSB as a commodity or treating it as an afterthought, it’s time to rethink your approach. Thanks to advances in manufacturing, OSB has evolved into a category where dealers can sell panels based on builders’ specific needs, from budget to functionality to labor concerns. Options abound, with some premium panels offering performance like never before.

Parr Converts Software

Parr previously ran on-premises software from Epicor and Infor.

Mining Social Media Data to Grow Western Red Cedar Sales

The Western Red Cedar Lumber Association represents a significant portion of North America’s WRC manufacturers, distributors and retailers, and supports their members’ business through programs including advocacy, education, and advertising and marketing; of which social media has been playing an increasingly bigger role.

A Durable Fencing Collection

The collection combines the durability and low maintenance of PVC with a unique coloring process, yielding a multi-dimensional finish that is popular in the marketplace.

Columbia Signs Sales Pact with New MDF Plant

Columbia Forest Products has signed a deal with MDF producer CalPlant I to be the exclusive sales agent for all MDF made at its new plant in Willows, Ca.

The High Cost of Low Grade Lumber

One buyer reported that in late spring he visited a massive sawmill in Georgia. The facility was running at maximum capacity, while telling all callers they’d love to sell them lumber, but didn’t have a stick to spare.

Commercial Insulation Climbs

U.S. demand for insulation in the commercial building market is forecast to increase 3.0% annually through 2022 to $3.1 billion, according to a new Freedonia Group report.

Making a Post Connection

OZCO Building Products is expanding its line of decorative wood connectors by adding Post Bands for wood structures like decks, pergolas and pavilions.

Operator Eyes Foreclosed Oregon Sawmill

The Dexter Mill had not operated for years and had fallen into disrepair until it was foreclosed on by the county last September.

Happy 85th Birthday, NELMA!

June 1933. Deep in the middle of the Great Depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as part of his New Deal, instituted the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA), legislation authorizing the President to regulate industry and permit cartels and monopolies in an attempt to stimulate economic recovery.

Arauco Buys Panolam’s Albany Operations

The Panolam complex, which will be called Albany Treating & Lamination, sits about 10 miles from Arauco’s existing particleboard and TFL operations in Albany. The site includes two thermally fused lamination lines, as well as two impregnation lines and warehouse capacity.

An Unlikely Path to the Industry

My big break came in the second half of last year, after running into some employees of Canadian Wood Products whom I met at Global Buyers Mission 2016. Those connections landed me an audience with the company’s senior officials soon after.