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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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