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South and Latin American Building Professionals Explore North American Softwoods

August 31, 2022

South and Latin American Building Professionals Explore North American Softwoods in Texas, Louisiana and Florida

Why choose American softwoods? That’s precisely what delegates from Peru, Colombia, Panama, the Bahamas, Costa Rica and Mexico found out during a recent Reverse Trade Mission visit to the U.S. South. The group consisted of lumber importers, distributors and architects interested in learning more about U.S. structural wood panels, engineered wood products and southern yellow pine. 

During this full-week visit hosted by APA and SFPA in July, the group of visiting South American building professionals experienced the southern lumber industry, from seedling to finished buildings and everywhere in between. Stops included:

  • Simpson Strong-tie (metal connector) facility tour
  • Construction site visits in Dallas, TX
  • Boise Cascade plywood plant tour
  • RoyOMartin OSB tour
  • Plywood plant tours
  • Logging site visit
  • West Fraser Sawmill tour
  • Gulf South Forest Products meeting
  • Universal Forest Products meeting

The fully immersive experience was punctuated with excellent conversations surrounding the benefits of American softwoods and softwood products and their many applications throughout both Latin America and South America. The APA and SFPA were very pleased to strengthen relationships with global prospects and looks forward to transforming fruitful discussions into future lumber sales.


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