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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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SLB Features Treated SP Deck

The “Project of the Month” is a regular feature of the Softwood Lumber Board’s Wood, Naturally campaign. For May, a custom elevated deck in Des Moines built using pressure-treated Southern Pine is being featured on Wood, Naturally’s Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest channels. Click here to view the tweet; click here to see it on Facebook. The tweet directs the nearly 10,000 followers of Wood, Naturally to visit SFPA’s dedicated website, SouthernPineDecks.com.

This deck, designed by Bruce Pierce of Concepts In Design in Des Moines, solved the homeowner’s remodeling objective of adding outdoor living space on a steeply sloping backyard. Railings included creative uses of cow-panel fencing and black drainage pipe. When it was built several years ago, this project was featured in a national consumer magazine.

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