Materials

Most of the conversations I’ve had with component manufacturers (CMs) about increasing production efficiency inevitably focus on one thing: bottlenecks.

I was recently sitting in an SBCA meeting and a fellow component manufacturer (CM) on the board spoke passionately about how important it was for all CMs to promote the benefits of component framing over stick framing. The way he talked, if I didn’t know him, I would have guessed he ran a plant in Texas or Mississippi and was constantly having to fight for market share against stick framers. In actuality, he operates in Florida. Stick framing doesn’t even affect him.

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its procedures for excluding products from the recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum product imports.

On March 8, President Trump signed two proclamations to temporarily increase tariffs on imported steel by 25 percent and aluminum by 10 percent. The new tariffs will take effect March 23, but it’s currently unclear how long they will remain in place and which countries they will ultimately be imposed upon.

President Trump is anticipated to slap new tariffs on aluminum and steel later this week, or early next week. Some are wondering, will these be applied to everyone?

Rebuilding a historic church after a ruinous fire was a project not to be forgotten.

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?”

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

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.

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.