Raw Materials

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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

by Sean Shields and Kirk Grundahl


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.

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.

A group of U.S. Senators today announced a common-sense proposal aimed at providing legal certainty for undocumented children brought to the United States by their parents and preventing others from falling into the same legal limbo in the future.