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2017: Record Year for SP Exports

Exports of Southern Pine lumber continue to surge and reached a record level of $312 million in 2017. Within this volume, exports of pressure-treated lumber also reach an all-time sales record of $175 million, a 28% increase from the previous year.

Exports have jumped sharply in regions targeted by the Southern Pine Council’s (SPC) international market development efforts. Record sales were achieved in China and emerging markets recently targeted by SPC in Southeast Asia, Central America, and South America. “Rising demand for Southern Pine lumber is undeniably linked to the industry’s efforts to introduce this species to buyers worldwide,” noted Jerry Hingle, SPC’s international consultant.

SFPA partners with the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA) to unite the common export objectives of Southern Pine lumber producers under the SPC promotional banner. The associations leverage USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)-administered programs to promote exports of Southern Pine lumber. 

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Register for SFPA/SLMA Spring Meeting

Make plans to attend the 2018 SFPA/SLMA Spring Meeting & Expo, to be held March 14-16 at the Omni Hotel at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  Click here to review the agenda and registration form.

During this event, a Trade Expo will be held.  SFPA and SLMA member suppliers to the forest products industry can reserve a tabletop exhibit space during the meeting. Interested SFPA and SLMA members can review the registration form for details and additional sponsorship opportunities.

A block of rooms is reserved for those attending this meeting, at the special nightly rate of $219 plus taxes.  To make your reservation, call 800/843-6664 and mention SFPA. The hotel cutoff date is February 24.

“The meeting agenda includes SFPA and SLMA Board meetings, industry updates, and speakers regarding Southern Pine CLT.”  This is a great opportunity to network with industry representatives and visit with exhibitors,” noted SFPA’s Executive Director Tami Kessler.

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Lumber Industry Impacts U.S. Economy

Recently, a report by Forest Economic Advisors (FEA), commissioned by the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB), emphasized the importance the softwood lumber industry has on the U.S. economy. FEA estimates the 775,674 jobs, with a total payroll of more than $46 billion, are tied to the softwood lumber manufacturing industry. These numbers are based on both direct manufacturing and via downstream industries that use softwood lumber as a primary input.

Currently, 509 sawmills operate in 464 mostly rural communities across 32 states. The direct sales, employment and wages of the nation’s lumber mills have a direct impact on these rural communities. The mills form microeconomic hubs that generate substantial indirect employment and wages, in the form of goods, materials and services employees bought using their incomes, specifically through investment in housing. Because most mills are in rural areas with limited employment opportunities, these jobs are extremely important to both state and regional economies.

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