Annual Meeting: EXPO Planning Begins

The success of Expo 2017 is a great starting point for planning the next show – SFPA’s 35th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – Expo 2019 – to be held June 26-28 of that year in Atlanta.  Members of the Expo Advisory Committee will gather Wednesday afternoon, October 18, at the SFPA 2017 Annual Meeting to discuss a wide range of topics.

The agenda begins with reviews of surveys conducted after Expo 2017.  Committee members will also be reviewing show policies and the proposed timeline for exhibit space sales. SFPA’s exposition director Eric Gee will review housing contract proposals and explore opportunities that enhance the exhibitor and attendee experience.

“Here’s an opportunity for exhibiting companies to have direct input into the development of another great show,” Eric noted. “All ideas are welcome and the future success of the Expo program depends on committee members’ directions,” he added. 

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Annual Meeting Update

SFPA’s 2017 Annual Meeting is a GO! 

The meeting will be held, as planned, October 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida. The resort withstood the wrath of Hurricane Irma over the weekend, as the storm made landfall just a few miles to the south. The property remains structurally sound, though without power, and hopes to reopen within a week.

“Our meeting contacts at the Hyatt Regency assured us today that our meeting will proceed as scheduled. We look forward to seeing everyone next month,” noted SFPA Executive Director Tami Kessler.

Click here for the meeting agenda, resort information and the registration form. Remember, the hotel cutoff date is September 25 to receive SFPA’s special group rate.  If you make a hotel reservation, mention Southern Forest Products to obtain the group rate, and be sure to also complete and return the meeting registration form.

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Reserve a Room for Annual Meeting

September 25th is the cutoff date for securing a room reservation to attend SFPA’s 2017 Annual Meeting, to be held October 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida. Click here to make a reservation online. Or call 888/421-1442 to book by phone; mention Southern Forest Products Association to receive SFPA’s special group rate of $199/night, plus 11% tax and $10/night resort fee. Reservation requests received after September 25th will be based on availability at the resort’s prevailing rates.

SFPA was notified of a telephone scam where attendees are being called to make hotel reservations. This is a scam. You will not receive a phone call from the Hyatt Regency asking if you would like to make your hotel reservations. If you do receive this phone call, please disregard and do not give out any personal information to the caller.

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Record SP Exports in June

Exports of Southern Pine lumber greatly increased in June, amounting to more than 77 million board feet (MMbf), according to the latest reports from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. This volume represents an increase of 18% above the same month last year, contributing to an overall year-to-date increase of 13% when compared with the first six months of 2016. Offshore shipments during June roughly break down as follows: 40.4 MMbf dressed, 15.8 MMbf rough, and 21.3 MMbf treated lumber.

“We’ve seen continued growth in exports to China, led by SFPA members,” notes Jerry Hingle, the Southern Pine Council’s international consultant. “There has also been strong growth in SP exports to new emerging markets in Southeast Asia and Central America. SPC began promotional efforts in those regions within the past couple of years and those efforts are paying off,” he adds.

Softwood lumber imports to the U.S.

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Annual Meeting Welcomes Sponsors

Registration is now open for SFPA’s 2017 Annual Meeting, to be held October 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida. Click here for complete information about the meeting, including the agenda, hotel information and the registration form.

Ten companies have signed up to sponsor this event. SFPA welcomes the support of the Timber Level sponsors Brunette Machinery Co.USNRKDS Windsor, and Lucidyne. SFPA would also like to recognize the Dimension Level sponsors: Porter EngineeringOptimil and Signode. The hotel key cards will be sponsored by Taylor Machine Works, Inc. The General Session’s coffee breaks will be sponsored by Hyster and TimberMart-SouthClick here for a complete list of sponsors and exhibitors.

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2017 Annual Meeting: Registration Open!

Registration is now open for SFPA’s 2017 Annual Meeting, to be held October 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida. The meeting’s theme: Navigating Our FutureClick here for the complete agenda, hotel details and the registration form.

On Thursday, October 19, the General Session includes a Safety Panel Discussion.  Safety managers from Canfor Southern Pine and Weyerhaeuser will discuss how they attained perfect safety records at their mills last year.  A representative from Interfor will be on hand to outline the success of the company’s millwright apprenticeship program, too. Mill supervisors and safety personnel could benefit by attending this meeting. Plus, machinery & equipment manufacturers are providing exhibits and sponsoring activities at the meeting to foster future relationships with companies attending.

“Our meeting this year brings together important information impacting the future of our industry,

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Big Red Visits White House

Last week, Taylor Machine Works, Inc. represented the state of Mississippi during Made in America Week hosted by President Donald J. Trump on the South Lawn of the White House. The Made in America showcase featured items from homegrown businesses in each state.

“We want to build, create and grow more products in our country, using American labor, American goods, and American grit. When we purchase products in the USA the profits stay here, the revenues stay here and the jobs…stay right her in the USA” commented President Trump.

Taylor Machine Works, Inc. was honored to be a part of the event. “A lot of people say manufacturing’s dead in the United States but you can look right here and see that manufacturing’s definitely not dead. We make things in Mississippi. We do the real manufacturing, not just assemble,”

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Staff Completes Educational Tour

Last week, SFPA staffers visited several members along the Gulf coast for a firsthand look at Southern Pine operations. Our first stop was the Canfor Southern Pine plant in Mobile, Alabama. We met with Lee Goodloe and Peter McGowan who led us on a comprehensive tour of the facility.

The next morning, Eric Gee took the staff on an In-Woods tour to explain the different pine species and forest management practices. From there, we drove to Pensacola, Florida to visit Steve Singleton at the new office of the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB). We met with Lumber Testing Manager Steve Barroga. He explained the process of the resource monitoring effort currently underway and taught SFPA’s Erin Graham how to break a 2×4. Kim Merritt, Director of SPIB’s Treated Division, demonstrated the quality-control processes that samples undergo in the testing lab.

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Welcome New Member

SFPA welcomes Gulf Trading of Mobile, Alabama, as a new Associate member.  Established in 1900, The Stimpson family has been a part of the sawmilling business for over one hundred years. Today, Gulf Trading operates as a global import and export trading company.

John Stimpson is the company’s president and will represent Gulf Trading with SFPA. Contact him at 251/281-1980, or send an e-mail to To learn more about Gulf Trading, visit

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EXPO 2017: A Great Success!

SFPA’s 34th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – Expo 2017 – was a spectacular showcase for the wood products industry last week in Atlanta.  For three days, 186 exhibitors displayed the latest equipment, technology and services available. Featuring a floor plan that was larger than the 2015 event with nearly 2,000 exhibitors and visitors in attendance, Expo 2017 covered more than 55,000 square feet in two halls of the Georgia World Congress Center. Across the show floor, tabletop placards noted the SFPA associate membership of 53 exhibitors. And the growth of the show was evidenced by the list of 35 first-time exhibitors.

“Once again, quality attendance wins,” remarked exposition director Eric Gee. “Exhibitors were pleased seeing decision-makers who were ready to upgrade their hardwood and softwood sawmill operations,” he added.

Exhibitors were impressed with the quality crowd, commenting: “The right people came here with purchasing power.” “Face-to-face time here with mill owners is invaluable to the growth of our business.” “We enjoyed focused visits with decision-makers.”

For the first time,

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