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Wood Research Library Opens

Over the past several years, there has been a rise in mass timber construction around the world, demonstrating the strength, stability, and design flexibility of next-generation lumber technologies. To help inform architects, engineers, developers, industry professionals, students and interested parties, The Softwood Lumber Board’s reTHINK Wood campaign has launched its Wood Research Library to serve as the go-to industry resource for those seeking information on the latest advancements in wood’s performance and advantages in the built environment.

Today, mass timber technologies, including cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT) and glued laminated timber (glulam), are gaining traction in the United States for mid-rise and tall wood structures. This publicly accessible and comprehensive reTHINK Wood Research Library will be frequently updated with the latest research on wood building products and systems worldwide, as well as demonstrate where research gaps currently exist.

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Wood: Naturally, a Crowd Pleaser at JLC Live

For the fourth consecutive year, attendees at the JLC LIVE, Residential Construction Show in Providence, Rhode Island were attracted to the lobby display of softwood associations. A great number of the 9,000 attendees were eager to get wood product information from all three organizations: SFPA representing Southern Pine, along with Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association and Western Red Cedar Lumber Association. The Softwood Lumber Board sponsored the exhibit promoting North American lumber products, part of its Wood, Naturally campaign. SFPA’s Eric Gee served as the exhibit’s coordinator for this event and he provided this post-show report:

“With this being our fourth year at JLC LIVE, the attendees have grown eager to speak with associations’ staffers about the benefits of using softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential and nonresidential construction. The discussions focused around application; specifically,

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Communications Director Joins SFPA

Erin Graham has joined the SFPA staff as Communications Director. A native of New Orleans, Erin has more than 12 years’ experience in advertising and graphic design.  She began her career at Innovative Advertising in Covington, LA, working as an account executive for beverage and restaurant accounts, specializing in creating quarterly ad campaigns and assisting with media buys. In 2007, Erin moved to SPAR, Inc., a package design firm, where she began exploring her talents in the design field. She has designed packages for many of Sazerac, Inc. brands including W. L. Weller Bourbon, Ten High Bourbon and Legendre Ojen Liqueur.

“I’m excited to learn about the Southern Pine industry, meet the members and promote the use of member products in domestic and international markets.”  Erin has a BA degree in Integrated Communications with a minor in Graphic Design from Spring Hill College in Mobile. In her spare time she enjoys fishing in Dauphin Island with her family and playing golf with her dad.

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