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2019 Canadian Annual Manufacturing Survey Published

Canadian wood product sales in 2019 were $31.6 billion, a decrease of 11.9% over 2018 and the first decline in eight years.  Wood products exports to the U.S. dropped 14.8% from 2018 to $12.3 billion. Furniture and related products were nearly unchanged at $13.3 billion in 2019.  Canadian manufacturing sales for all industries increased 1.4% from

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USDA Seeks Input on Climate-Smart Forestry

On March 15, the U.S. Department of Agricultural (USDA) requested input from foresters, farmers, and the public on how the Biden Administration should promote climate-smart forestry and agriculture.  The solicitation is in response to President Biden’s January 27 Executive Order  on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. The notice seeks information on four

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OSHA Initiates Special COVID-19 Emphasis Enforcement Program

On March 12, OSHA announced plans to initiate a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to protect essential workers in critical industries, such as healthcare and manufacturing, from contracting COVID-19 by ensuring work environments are implementing related safety protocols.  The new directive identifies manufacturing, including wood products, as the second priority group following healthcare.  This follows OSHA’s

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U.S. Home Sales Drop in February

U.S. sales of new single-family homes in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 775,000, decreasing 18.2% from January but 8.2% higher than the comparable month last year. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new homes for sale at the end of February was 312,000, representing a 4.8-month supply at the current sales rate.

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U.S. Housing Starts Decrease in February

U.S. housing starts in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.42 million, down 10.3% from the revised January estimate and 9.3% lower than the comparable month in 2020. Single-family housing starts decreased 8.5% from January to 1.04 million. U.S. building permits in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.68

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2019 Canadian Annual Manufacturing Survey Published

Canadian wood product sales in 2019 were $31.6 billion, a decrease of 11.9% over 2018 and the first decline in eight years.  Wood products exports to the U.S. dropped 14.8% from 2018 to $12.3 billion. Furniture and related products were nearly unchanged at $13.3 billion in 2019.  Canadian manufacturing sales for all industries increased 1.4% from

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USDA Seeks Input on Climate-Smart Forestry

On March 15, the U.S. Department of Agricultural (USDA) requested input from foresters, farmers, and the public on how the Biden Administration should promote climate-smart forestry and agriculture.  The solicitation is in response to President Biden’s January 27 Executive Order  on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. The notice seeks information on four

Read More »

OSHA Initiates Special COVID-19 Emphasis Enforcement Program

On March 12, OSHA announced plans to initiate a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to protect essential workers in critical industries, such as healthcare and manufacturing, from contracting COVID-19 by ensuring work environments are implementing related safety protocols.  The new directive identifies manufacturing, including wood products, as the second priority group following healthcare.  This follows OSHA’s

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U.S. Home Sales Drop in February

U.S. sales of new single-family homes in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 775,000, decreasing 18.2% from January but 8.2% higher than the comparable month last year. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new homes for sale at the end of February was 312,000, representing a 4.8-month supply at the current sales rate.

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U.S. Housing Starts Decrease in February

U.S. housing starts in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.42 million, down 10.3% from the revised January estimate and 9.3% lower than the comparable month in 2020. Single-family housing starts decreased 8.5% from January to 1.04 million. U.S. building permits in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.68

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