Trade Groups Decry Proposed Southern Pine Values

Originally published by: ProSales MagazineOctober 13, 2011

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Trade groups for lumberyards and makers of building components sounded the alarm Wednesday over a proposal to rate visually graded Southern pine, a mainstay in American construction, as being up to one-third weaker by some standards than it currently is regarded. If approved, the changes could force builders, remodelers, and architects to reduce the maximum spans for joists and rafters they had planned to build with Southern pine, buy higher, more expensive, grades of Southern pine, buy other species of wood, or perhaps even shift to different construction materials.

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