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Successful Seminars in South America

Market assessments completed last year for Colombia and Peru recommended technical training for wood traders and construction design professionals on the proper specification and uses of U.S. wood products.  Recently, in support of the wood industry’s Emerging Markets Program (EMP), seminars were held in both countries targeting importers, distributors and building professionals. The seminar content covered grading practices, plus the uses and benefits of both treated and untreated U.S. softwood lumber.

A group of 25 importers, wholesalers, treaters, architects and engineers gathered in Medellin, Colombia, the city identified as having the largest concentration of construction activity.  Lon Sibert, president of Renewable Resource Associates, explained in detail the characteristics of U.S. softwoods, the grading process and quality-control standards. SFPA’s Eric Gee was on hand with a presentation about the specification and use of pressure-treated lumber products. Dr. Jeffrey Stone focused on the practical aspects and benefits of building with wood,

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Architects Collect SP Facts at AIA

More than 30,000 architects and design professionals attended AIA Convention 2016 last week in Philadelphia. Dozens of them collected the latest information from the Southern Pine counter, part of the reThink Wood Showcase, presenting a unified forest industry presence at the show. Information ranging from sustainable and certified wood construction material to innovative building systems and products were available within the showcase.

In addition to SFPA, the Softwood Lumber Board provided exhibit space for other industry participants, including Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, and Western Wood Products Association. Representatives from the American Wood Council and WoodWorks were available to field questions. SFPA’s Eric Gee was on hand with a collection of helpful publications and online resources. “Overall, architects have a positive understanding about wood as a building resource,

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Trade Mission Arrives from Pakistan

This week, a delegation from Pakistan is completing an extensive two-week tour of the U.S. lumber industry. Eight traders and importers, along with a USDA representative from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, want to learn more about American lumber grading systems, how sawtimber is procured, as well as wood preservation processes. The tour includes visits to New England and the Pacific Northwest. This activity was made possible under the Cochran Fellowship Program.

Crystal Collier, a consultant with American Softwoods, led the Southern portion of the program last week, accompanied by SFPA executive director Tami Kessler who welcomed the group to the U.S. South.  “This reverse trade mission provided excellent time for both the visitors and the companies to develop contacts for future business opportunities,” Tami noted.

Last week, their itinerary included two full days exploring Southern Pine manufacturing and treating facilities in Alabama and Mississippi.

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