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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Crowds Excited to Attend EXPO 2017

Two years in the making, the Southern Forest Products Association’s (SFPA) 34th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – Expo 2017 – opened June 14 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. For three days, June 14-16, 186 exhibitors showcased the latest technology and services for the wood products industry, displayed across more than 54,000 square feet. The expansion of industry participation at Expo 2017 was reflected by 35 first-time exhibitors. Total attendance is expected to surpass 2,000 people.

“Expo 2017 is the culmination of an industry coming together to demonstrate the advances in technology and services,” notes exposition director Eric Gee. “There’s a promising future for both softwood and hardwood operations in today’s market, and mill owners were here to help upgrade their facilities,” he adds.

Expo 2017 is the largest such event in many years. Partnering with the INNOTECH educational program taking place June 14-15,

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AMSO Website Remodeled

There’s a whole new look to the American Softwoods website, The new site functions as a comprehensive portal of information about North American softwoods for a wide range of applications. It’s built around a highly visual framework, using extensive photo galleries to illustrate both the performance and the appearance of all species.

From the home page, the Species & Characteristics tab takes users to essential listings of the main uses, physical and mechanical properties of various softwoods. The Typical Applications tab describes the versatility of products used for structural and outdoor building as well a decorative uses indoors for flooring, paneling and joinery.

From every page of the site, users can begin a Purchase Inquiry or click on Find Suppliers to locate sources of materials. For Southern Pine inquiries, visitors are linked to the Export Product Locator on

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SFPA Welcomes New Member

SFPA welcomes HUB Industrial Supply of Lake City, Florida, as a new Associate member.  Established in 1990, HUB Industrial Supply provides consumable products commonly used in the forest products industry. Some of the commodities supplied are saw blades, fasteners, safety supplies and paints.

Sam Lacey is the company’s national accounts manager and will represent HUB Industrial Supply with SFPA. Contact him at 800/743-9401, or send an e-mail to To learn more about HUB Industrial Supply, visit

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Collier Journalism Award Announced

The memory of SFPA’s John Collier lives on. Timothy Schuler is the recipient of the 2017 John M. Collier Award for Forest History Journalism, presented by the Forest History Society (FHS). Mr. Schuler’s article, “Searching for a Sign” appeared in the November 2016 issue of Landscape Architecture.

In his letter of recognition to the author, FHS President Steven Anderson explained: “This award recognizes the author of the best article or series of articles published in newspapers, trade press publications, or general circulation magazines in forest and conservation history.” Mr. Schuler receives a $1,000 prize and a plaque.

The winning article was among eleven submissions this year. SFPA’s Richard Wallace, vice president of communications, served as one of three judges. Selecting Timothy’s article for first place, Richard noted: “Here’s an amazing story of ‘old Indian trail trees’ that provided landmarks and bearings to Native Americans.

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