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Hitting the Pine

A proposal by the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) to reduce certain load values of Southern pine by as much as one-third will face a second hearing on Jan. 5. If approved then, some fear the change could lead to stoppage or delays of scheduled projects, re-designs of current projects, and a reduction in the value of dealers' Southern pine inventories. Others say those claims are overblown. More

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Opinions Vary on Impact of Plan to Degrade Southern Pine Design Values

The proposal to reduce some design values for Southern yellow pine by as much as a third has created fear and concern among some dealers, in part because of uncertainty over just how big a deal the change is, participants in a ProSales discussion say. More

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ALSC Sets Jan 5 as Date for Next Hearing on Southern Pine Proposal

The American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) set January 5, 2012 as the date for its second hearing regarding the Southern Pine Inspection Board's (SPIB) proposal to lower load values and downgrade a large quantity of Southern pine. More

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Industry Associations Voice Concerns Regarding Southern Pine Proposal

Lumber and construction industry associations voiced their concerns over the Southern Pine Inspection Board's change in design value proposal at a hearing before the American Lumber Standards Committee's Board of Review. More

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Agency Extends Hearing Plans in Southern Pine Controversy

The agency responsible for overseeing the setting and publication of performance standards for lumber notified the construction supply industry Wednesday that it will hold a second hearing within two months of the Thursday, Oct. 20, meeting at which it will take up a controversial proposal to lower design values for Southern pine. More

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Trade Groups Decry Proposed Changes to Southern Pine's Performance Standards

Trade groups for lumberyards and makers of building components sounded the alarm 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. More

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