Industry News

Today, ALSC updated their approval of SP design values with a supplemental ruling that includes changes to No. 2 2x4 and lesser grades (No. 3, Stud, Construction, Standard and Utility) of the same size.

ALSC announced today it has approved SPIB's proposed design value change for No. 2 2x4 grade of Southern Pine only, with a recommended effective date of June 1, 2012.


A sincere kudos must go out to Timber Products Inspection for taking the initiative to create a very interesting, valuable and innovative lumber grading approach.

SBCA is compiling an ongoing list of lumber mills that have publicly supported the structural components industry’s position regarding the Southern Pine lumber design value change issue.

There is no new news from the ALSC Board of Review deliberations following the January 5 hearing, but there are some interesting observations to be had.

The American Wood Council has announced the election of its 2012 officers and Board of Directors.

In Canada, lumber producers are anticipated to double their profits this year, and around 6,000 forestry-related jobs are expected to be created.

Recent government statistics show a second consecutive monthly drop in property prices in Chinese cities in November.

According to industry sources, the United States and Canada are currently working to extend their softwood lumber trade agreement until 2015