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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 john@gulftradingllc.com. To learn more about Gulf Trading, visit www.gulftradingllc.com.

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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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