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Rise of the Machines, Canadian Production Decline Boosts Prospects for Southern Lumber Mills

Installations of technology throughout the South for machine stress-rated (MSR) lumber combined with expected declines in production of MSR lumber in Canada are helping minimize the potential damage from this summer's reduction in design values for visually graded Southern yellow pine. More

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Timber Firms' Growth Has Potential To Be a 4-Year Run'

Mills are running at five-year highs as a U.S. housing rebound and near-record Chinese demand push Canadian lumber industry profits to its highest level in six years. More

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Southern Pine Design Value Changes Take Effect

New design values for Southern pine take effect today, ending the almost six month phase-in period and marking the first design value changes to Southern pine in two decades. The changes reduce by 25% to 30% some of the design values, but not all, for Southern pine and mixed Southern pine. More

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