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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EXPO 2017 Approaching a Sellout

With only four exhibit spots remaining, SFPA’s 34th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – Expo 2017 – is virtually a sellout. The three-day event will fill Building A, Exhibit Halls A2 & A3 of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, June 14-16.

“A late surge in exhibit space sales has filled the hall with more than 170 exhibitors, ready to showcase the latest machinery and technology,” noted exposition director Eric Gee. “Among exhibitors, we are proud to welcome 29 first-time exhibitors to the show floor, including companies that have not participated in the last 10 years,” he added.

Click here to register to attend. On Wednesday, June 14, the INNOTECH program offers a full agenda of educational opportunities. For a complete list of all exhibitors, download the show’s app; search FOREST EXPO.

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SP Featured at AIA Show

Southern Pine products made a splash in Orlando last week, as the American Institute of Architects convened for its annual convention and trade exposition. Some 30,000 architects plied the aisles of the expo, collecting ideas and product information. The Softwood Lumber Board sponsored its reTHINK WOOD Showcase, an impressive 30×50-foot exhibit of products and design possibilities. In addition to SFPA representing Southern Pine,industry participants in the Showcase included WoodWorks, American Wood Council, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association and Western Wood Products Association. Architects could view and discuss a variety of products and applications. Information on sustainability, certified materials and environmental benefits of using wood were also available. Click here to see a collection of photos from this event.

SFPA’s Richard Wallace and Communications Director Erin Graham staffed the Southern Pine counter,

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Successful Dubai Wood Fair

The premier event for the wood industry in the Middle East and North African regions included the recent American Softwoods (AMSO) exhibit at the Dubai Wood Show. A 17-member AMSO delegation fielded inquiries from importers, distributors and design professionals regarding the uses and benefits of US softwood lumber. 

More than 200 exhibitors from 37 countries participated, attracting more than 9,000 attendees for the three-day event. Visitors came from throughout the Middle East, India and Pakistan.

A slowdown in economic growth, political unrest and a strong dollar have led to decreased sales to the region. Egypt continues to be the largest market for American softwoods with sales of $8.2 million last year, up from $6.2 million in 2015.

SFPA members can review a complete report of this activity, including a list of contacts made and additional market data,

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Sawmill Safety Awards Announced

Seven SFPA member sawmills are recipients of the Sawmill Safety Award, recognizing outstanding safety records during 2016.

SFPA lumber manufacturer members are considered for the award based on information submitted regarding occupational injuries and illnesses. Safety performance is judged by how each mill’s safety record stacks up against facilities with comparable lumber output throughout the year. Division I includes sawmills that produce 50 million board feet or less annually; Division II sawmills produce 51 to 150 million board feet; and Division III mills produce more than 150 million board feet. The seven sawmills being honored this year:

Division I
Weyerhaeuser Company – Zwolle, Louisiana
Division II
Canfor Southern Pine – Jackson, Alabama
Weyerhaeuser Company – Holden, Louisiana; Millport, Alabama
Division III
Canfor Southern Pine – Graham, North Carolina
Weyerhaeuser Company – Bruce, Mississippi; Dodson, Louisiana

“All seven mills receiving the award for 2016 recorded perfect safety records,

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SP Featured at Delhiwood 2017

This was the fifth year American Softwoods (AMSO) exhibited at Delhiwood at the India Expo Center and Mart, Greater Noida, in Delhi, India. Eight U.S.-based softwood exporters and a member of Oregon State University attended the show under the banner of the American Softwoods Pavilion. Show sponsors stated that over 25,000 visitors toured the displays of 474 exhibitors (239 from India/235 from overseas). SFPA’s European consultant Charles Trevor, based in London, took the opportunity to improve the level of knowledge about American softwood species, grades and sizes among Indian visitors to the stand. Wood samples were a useful aid in explaining the differences. “We are positive that this show offers us a strategic platform from which we can interact with our intended target audience, and enable us to share more knowledge on the wide array of American softwood species and their significant potential for a range of applications,” Charles noted.

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Wood Research Library Opens

Over the past several years, there has been a rise in mass timber construction around the world, demonstrating the strength, stability, and design flexibility of next-generation lumber technologies. To help inform architects, engineers, developers, industry professionals, students and interested parties, The Softwood Lumber Board’s reTHINK Wood campaign has launched its Wood Research Library to serve as the go-to industry resource for those seeking information on the latest advancements in wood’s performance and advantages in the built environment.

Today, mass timber technologies, including cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT) and glued laminated timber (glulam), are gaining traction in the United States for mid-rise and tall wood structures. This publicly accessible and comprehensive reTHINK Wood Research Library will be frequently updated with the latest research on wood building products and systems worldwide, as well as demonstrate where research gaps currently exist.

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