SFPA Welcomes International Beams

SFPA welcomes International Beams, LLC of Sarasota, Florida, as a new Associate member. International Beams is a worldwide leader in providing superior quality engineered wood products including their IB MAX-CORE I-Joists, LVL and Rimboard. The most recent additions to the company’s IB MAX-CORE product line, Cross laminated Timber and Glulam, will be manufactured in the newest IB facility in Dothan, AL. This new product line will carry IB’s latest branding label, IB X-LAM USA.

Steve Lieberman, P.E. is the company’s Senior Product Engineer. Contact Steve at 844/952-6872 or send an e-mail to  To learn more about International Beams, visit

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Mark Your Calendar: SFPA/SLMA Spring Meeting

Make plans today to attend the 2018 SFPA/SLMA Spring Meeting & Expo, to be held March 14-16 at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center.  A complete agenda, including industry speakers, and the meeting and exhibitor registration forms will be distributed in January; however, you can review the tentative agenda by clicking here.   Hotel Reservations can be made online by clicking here, or call 800/843-6664, press 1 for new reservations, and mention “SFPA Block”.

“This meeting is open to all individuals interested in the Southern Pine industry.  We are developing the industry speaker agenda, and it will be a meeting you will not want to miss,” noted SFPA’s Executive Director Tami Kessler.

For questions about the 2018 SFPA/SLMA Spring Meeting & Expo, e-mail Tami at

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SFPA Welcomes Conifex

SFPA welcomes Conifex El Dorado, Inc. of El Dorado, Arkansas, as a new Lumber Manufacturer member.  Established in 2008, Conifex manufactures softwood lumber products primarily for North American and Asian markets. To further diversify the company’s product and geographic reach, Conifex has upgraded and restarted an idled sawmill complex in El Dorado, with an estimated annual capacity of 180 million board feet.

Adam Lites is the company’s controller. Contact him at 870/677-3968, or send an e-mail to  To learn more about Conifex, visit

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SFPA Elects 2018 Slate of Officers


The SFPA Board of Directors elected its 2018 slate of officers during its recent Annual Meeting in Bonita Springs, Florida.  They are Chairman Donna Whitaker of Interfor U.S., Peachtree City, Georgia; Vice Chairman Steven Mason of Deltic Timber Corporation, El Dorado, Arkansas; Treasurer Donny White of Ray White Lumber Company, Sparkman, Arkansas. The Board also reelected Tami Kessler as Executive Director and William Almond of Almond Brothers Lumber Company in Coushatta, Louisiana, to serve as Immediate Past Chairman. The officers assume their duties immediately.

“I look forward to continuing the legacy of this association, working with the excellent staff at SFPA,” Chairman Whitaker said.  “Our association is a strong voice in the industry, and I hope to build on that strength as we continue activities through the coming year,” she added.

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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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