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Successful Spring Meeting

March 23, 2018

Some 200 registered attendees convened in Atlanta last week for the 2018 SFPA/SLMA Spring Meeting & Expo.  The meeting kicked off with a welcome reception and dinner at the College Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday night. The agenda featured meetings of both boards of directors, as well as industry updates covering tax reform plus issues related to the environment and sustainability. A trade expo featured displays from more than three dozen companies offering products and services to the wood industry.

The SFPA Board of Directors received staff reports on the progress of Expo 2019, the Raised Floor Living campaign and SFPA publications, an update on the recent International inbound China mission, reviewed 2017 financial statements, approved an amendment to the Savings Incentive Plan, and discussed future meetings. The SFPA Board of Directors also welcomed new member, Conifex El Dorado, Inc. to the association with Tami Kessler presenting Adam Lites of Conifex with a new member plaque.

The Friday morning general session included an update from Stephen Lovett of the Softwood Lumber Board, a regulatory update by Gary Sheehan and a CLT panel discussion by Dr. Pat Layton of Clemson University and Steve Lieberman of IB X-Lam USA. The session concluded with a summary of activities in key offshore markets by SPC’s Jerry Hingle and an update from Sharla Moffett with Western Wood Preservers Institute.

Presentations Available
SFPA members can review presentations from the general session within the Members Only section of SFPA.org; the presentations are listed under Meeting Presentations & Minutes.


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Hurricane Ida Update

Initial observations indicate that SFPA offices in Metairie appear undamaged. Power restoration is ongoing in the region; however it may be up to 21 days before the entire grid is up and running. High-speed internet connectivity remains down with no restoration timeline. SFPA staff are in process of establishing remote work locations and continue to remain available via email or cell phone as conditions permit.