Lumber Connection Podcast

This SBCA podcast focuses on the latest trends in North American lumber markets. Each week, experts in the lumber industry will provide insight into the latest trends and provide timely commentary on the many factors impacting the supply and demand of the lumber used in structural components. Their commentary and analysis will be focused on the lumber species and grades most commonly used in the component manufacturing industry and will provide information you may find helpful in making your next lumber purchase.

The Lumber Connection podcast series is a result of the work of SBCA’s Strike Force 2, which has as one of its goals to provide tools to component manufacturers to aid in making better decisions regarding the raw materials used in this industry’s products.

We hope you enjoy this podcast. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to submit your questions regarding the lumber market to lumber@sbcindustry.com. Our guests will attempt to answer your questions in subsequent podcasts.

Disclaimer: The Mission Statement of SBCA includes providing SBCA members with knowledge to enable them to operate successful companies offering competitive advantages where applicable. SBCA believes supply chain information is exactly the type of information that SBCA should therefore be providing its membership. The information and discussion in this podcast is not intended to reduce competition among existing firms or to prevent new firms from entering the supply of materials to the component manufacturing industry. Information presented here is furthermore for discussion and illustrative purposes only and is neither a recommendation nor an offer to buy and sell any commodities. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast by speakers are their own as of the time of the recording and do not reflect the views, opinions, policies, recommendations, or position of SBCA. Any such views are subject to change at any time, based upon market or other conditions, and SBCA disclaims any responsibility to update such views. These views should not be relied on to make purchasing decisions. Neither SBCA nor the speakers are to be held responsible for any direct or incidental loss incurred by applying any of the information included in this podcast.

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Date: August 17, 2020

This week, Ken Timmins and Justin Binning with American International Forest Products look at the past week’s lumber market activity, discuss what they're hearing from component manufacturers, highlight what is going on with other lumber products, and speak to the current relationship between Canada and the United States.

Justin has been with AIFP since 2010 with a focus on Southern Yellow Pine and Ken has been with AIFP since 2017, specializing in Fir species. Both specialize in high grade lumber for the component manufacturing industry.


Date: August 10, 2020

This week, Ken Timmins and Justin Binning with American International Forest Products look at the past week’s lumber market activity, discuss production volume and purchasing, highlight the housing market and metrics to assess, and share strategies that CMs may consider when purchasing lumber.

Justin has been with AIFP since 2010 with a focus on Southern Yellow Pine and Ken has been with AIFP since 2017, specializing in Fir species. Both specialize in high grade lumber for the component manufacturing industry.


Date: August 3, 2020

This week, Ken Timmins and Justin Binning with American International Forest Products provide an overview of the past week’s lumber market activity and the overall economy, and answer listener-submitted questions about inventories at re-load facilities, transportation issues, and if component manufacturers may see a sharp decline in lumber costs toward the end of the year, similar to the lumber market in 2018.

Justin has been with AIFP since 2010 with a focus on Southern Yellow Pine and Ken has been with AIFP since 2017, specializing in Fir species. Both specialize in high grade lumber for the component manufacturing industry.


Date: July 27, 2020

This week, Ken Timmins and Justin Binning with American International Forest Products provide an overview of the past week’s lumber market activity, and answer listener-submitted questions about the European Lumber Market's influence in North America, if they are seeing component manufacturers change their lumber buying strategy as a result of the tight lumber market, and what a typical day looks like for a lumber trader. 

Justin has been with AIFP since 2010 with a focus on Southern Yellow Pine and Ken has been with AIFP since 2017, specializing in Fir species. Both specialize in high grade lumber for the component manufacturing industry.


Date: July 20, 2020

This week, Ken Timmins and Justin Binning with American International Forest Products provide an overview of the past week’s lumber market activity, give listeners a look ahead into this coming week, and dive into lumber production at the mills and log capacity.

Justin has been with AIFP since 2010 with a focus on Southern Yellow Pine and Ken has been with AIFP since 2017, specializing in Fir species. Both specialize in high grade lumber for the component manufacturing industry.


Date: July 13, 2020

This week's podcast features Justin Binning and Ken Timmins with American International Forest Products. Justin has been with AIFP since 2010 with a focus on Southern Yellow Pine and Ken has been with AIFP since 2017, specializing in Fir species. Both specialize in high grade lumber for the component manufacturing industry.