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How Do High Lumber Costs Affect Margins?

Mon, 2018-02-26 14:22

A recent series of articles leave a reader wondering, “what are the true impact of higher lumbers costs are on the ultimate price of a house?”

Duties Harm U.S.Lumber Buyer Businesses, Not Canadian Producers

Mon, 2018-02-26 13:22

It is currently estimated that over $1.2 billion in duties on softwood lumber imported from Canada will be collected in 2018.

Builder Communication Key for Effective Truss Design

Mon, 2018-02-26 13:05

At the National Frame Building Association’s (NFBA) Frame Building Expo in Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 14 – 16, SBCA’s Vogt highlighted the importance of understanding the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved in projects using metal plate–connected wood trusses.

5 Aspects of Design Where CFS Framing Excels

Mon, 2018-02-26 12:59

Often, traditional construction methods and materials make it difficult to achieve those goals. As a result, cold-formed steel (CFS) is becoming the go-to material to make these projects a reality. Here’s why.

Bankers Predict Early-Year Spike in New Home Sales

Mon, 2018-02-26 12:51

Based on responses to its Builder Application Survey (BAS), MBA estimates that applications for the purchase of newly constructed homes rose 18.4 percent compared to those during the previous January and were up 34 percent from December.

Total Housing Starts Reaching Post-Recession Record

Mon, 2018-02-26 12:50

Total housing starts increased in January, led by strong gains for multifamily development. Starts jumped 9.7% to a 1.33 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD.

Potlach and Deltic Complete Merge; 1.2Bbf Capacity

Mon, 2018-02-26 12:47

Potlatch Corp. has completed its merger with a smaller rival, Deltic Timber Corp., in an all-stock deal that creates a company with 2 million acres of private timber holdings.

Georgia Pacific Announces Plans for $135M SYP Mill

Mon, 2018-02-26 12:46

Georgia?Pacific today announced it will build a new softwood lumber production facility that will cost $135 million. The Georgia-based plant is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2018 with an anticipated startup in spring 2019.

84 Lumber Builds Children's Library After Harvey

Mon, 2018-02-26 12:11

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, 84 Lumber's Building Hope Foundation set out to build a library for the Hitchcock Head Start Program, a federally funded program for nearly 220 three- and four-year-old students.

Is Canadian Ownership of U.S. Mills Having an Impact?

Mon, 2018-02-26 11:47

When evaluating today’s North American softwood lumber markets, it’s important to keep the relatively recent shift (since 2015) in the controlling ownership of U.S. mills, particularly in the southern yellow pine region.

CMs Develop Plan to Bolster Relationships with Building Officials

Mon, 2018-02-26 09:53

Component Manufacturers in Minnesota have a plan to build a report with their local building officials, and all it will take is a book.

OSB Prices Rebound Sharply on Tight Supply

Mon, 2018-02-19 19:53

After a precipitous drop in OSB costs from November 2017 to January 2018, prices have climbed just as quickly in recent weeks.

Jobsite Construction Robots Becoming More Viable

Mon, 2018-02-19 13:25

Tech startup Doxel has developed a system driven by robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and LIDAR laser scanning technologies to streamline construction processes, according to Disruptor Daily.

Scientists Develop Wood with Titanium-Like Strength

Mon, 2018-02-19 13:23

Scientists have successfully engineered wood which with its bulletproof competence could be the sturdy construction material of the imminent future.

SC Firefighters Advocate Sprinklers to Reduce Deaths

Mon, 2018-02-19 13:13

South Carolina is a leading state for fire deaths, but after an apartment fire in Port Royal this weekend, firefighters say sprinkler systems could get the state out of the top ten.

Photos: Does Log & Lumber Inventory Suggest Enough Supply?

Mon, 2018-02-19 13:05

With softwood lumber costs reaching record levels, SBCA’s component manufacturer (CM) members are left wondering where the market may go from here.  There are several factors to consider, but the primary one is the relationship between ongoing demand and available production capacity.

Precast Concrete Panel Maker Sees Double-Digit Growth

Mon, 2018-02-19 12:51

Based on accelerated new home starts and increasing requests from builders for precast concrete foundations, Superior Walls celebrated a 12 percent business growth in 2017 over the previous year. Company leaders project that another 10 percent growth can be anticipated for 2018.

How Structural Component Systems Grew to 350K Square Feet

Mon, 2018-02-19 12:44

Along with steady development throughout the last 30 years, Structural Component Systems continues to grow quickly as it has added around 100 employees over the past two years.

Lumberyard Details the Benefits of Adding a Truss Plant

Mon, 2018-02-19 12:36

Discount Lumber was founded in Spokane all the way back in 1943. But for more than a decade now, it's added new dimensions to the business, making it a lot more than just lumber.

DOC Steel Investigation Suggests Future Supply Constraints

Mon, 2018-02-19 12:18

While steel consumers will likely continue to take a “wait and see” attitude, the findings the DOC emphasized in their report to the president indicate there may be future trade action to protect domestic producers.  President Trump has until April 11 to act on the DOC’s recommendations.