Raw Materials

Builders are urging the U.S. to allow the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) with Canada to expire as scheduled on Oct. 12, 2013, because the pact artificially boosts lumber prices during periods of normal or slow demand.

SBCA and SFPA hosted the Southern Pine Design Value Forum, a two-day meeting which brought together component manufacturers, homebuilders, Southern Pine lumber producers, and lumber experts to discuss the SPIB's proposed changes to Southern Pine design values.

SFPA has experienced industry-wide interest in the Southern Pine Design Value Forum, to be held next week in Atlanta. SFPA wants to remind all interested parties that participation in this event is by invitation only.

The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) has posted on its website www.southernpine.com the maximum span capabilities for Southern Pine joists and rafters, using the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau’s (SPIB) proposed design values for visually graded dimension lumber.

Crow's Market Recap -- A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow's Weekly Market Report.

BlueLinx Holdings, the Atlanta-based distributor of building products, has announced plans to launch a complete line of privately branded engineered lumber products.

ASTM International has announced ASTM A90 / A90M - 11 standard test method for weight [mass] of coating on iron and steel articles with zinc or zinc alloy coatings.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), in a vote of 4 to 2, cleared the way for the Commerce Dept. to impose antidumping and countervailing duty orders on engineered wood flooring imported from China.

Nucor advised their customers of their intention to raise hot rolled prices by USD 30 per ton, cold rolled by USD 40 per ton and coated (galvanized) by USD 40 per ton.

Recently, there have been design value changes proposed for some visual grades of lumber. These decisions will have no impact on the design values of Machine Stress Rated (MSR) lumber and Machine Evaluated Lumber (MEL) because of the way these products are manufactured and tested.