Raw Materials

The following is a perspective submitted to us by Matt Layman, publisher of Layman’s Lumber Guide. Matt has been publishing a lumber report since 1984 and regularly provides his expert analysis to SBCA chapters and individual members.

The following analysis is in reaction to the President Trump’s announcement he will pursue a 25 percent tariff on foreign sources of steel and 10 percent on foreign sources of aluminum.

When evaluating the past with a view toward the future of today’s North American softwood lumber markets, another factor to keep in mind is the relatively recent shift (since 2015) in the controlling ownership of U.S. mills, particularly in the southern yellow pine region.

When evaluating the past with a view toward the future of today’s North American softwood lumber markets, another factor to keep in mind is the relatively recent shift (since 2015) in the controlling ownership of U.S. mills, particularly in the southern yellow pine region.

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.

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.