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Southern Forest Products Association News Note
                                                                                                   July 12, 2018
Annual Meeting Agenda Available
Make your plans to attend SFPA's 2018 Annual Meeting, to be held October 2-5 at The Greenbrier in scenic White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Click here for meeting details and travel tips.  The agenda includes time for networking with industry colleagues -- golf, fishing and sporting clays -- even an optional bunker tour.  The SFPA Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, October 3, followed by the General Session the next day providing industry updates. 
To make your resort reservations, call toll-free 800/624-6070 and mention the "SFPA Meeting". The meeting registration form -- plus sponsorship opportunities -- will be available soon. "I encourage all members to make time in their busy schedules to join us at The Greenbrier for this important industry gathering," noted Tami Kessler, SFPA's executive director.
No Import Tariffs on U.S. Lumber
With much relief, U.S. lumber is not among the products facing increased import tariffs in the wake of escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and many of our trading partners. China, Mexico, Canada and the European Union are collectively raising tariffs on billions of dollars of products they import from the U.S. in response to Washington’s efforts to curb imports. Fortunately, wood products are largely spared, with the exception of a 10% tariff on plywood exports to Canada.

“Each country’s list of targeted products is largely similar”, says Jerry Hingle, SPC’s international program consultant. “Tariffs on steel and aluminum are heavily targeted, but so is a long list of agriculture products strategically chosen to harm certain congressional districts in the U.S. Thankfully, our industry dodged this one”, he adds.

Canfor Receives Safety Award
For the second time, the Canfor Southern Pine sawmill at Urbana, Arkansas, is being recognized for its outstanding safety record.  The mill operated accident-free for all of 2017, earning top honors for Division II that includes mills producing between 51 and 150 million board feet annually.
This week, SFPA’s Deputy Director Eric Gee visited Urbana and presented this well-deserved award to the plant’s Safety Committee. “This facility’s success starts with a commitment to safety in everything they do,” Eric remarked. “A safe workplace is no accident and Canfor has created safety solutions that work for our industry,” he added. The Canfor mill at Graham, North Carolina, has also earned SFPA’s 2017 Sawmill Safety Award, likewise posting a perfect safety record for 2017.  

Safety Committee members pictured with the award (left to right): Bridgett Lee, Larry Tate, Karla Dontje, Chris Hughes, Holly Shaver, David Anthony, Anthony White, Calvin Henry, Plant Manager Derek Ratchford, Sawmill Superintendent Wade Summerville, Regional Safety Manager Randy Evans and Maintenance Superintendent Rodney Dugal.

Welcome New Member
SFPA welcomes McDonough Manufacturing Company of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as a new Associate member. Founded in 1888, McDonough has focused on delivering the efficiency and speed required by today’s sawmills. The company’s product lines include band mills, carriages, resaws and edgers.

Matt Tietz is the company’s owner and will represent McDonough Manufacturing with SFPA. Contact him at 715/834-7755 or send an e-mail to To learn more about McDonough Manufacturing, visit

International Monthly Update Available
The status of the Southern Pine Council’s international program activities is summarized in the latest report covering June. This eight-page update lists activities undertaken by country, plus the constraints or opportunities faced in each market along with a brief description of actions taken. Any changes that have occurred since the last report are highlighted.
SFPA members can access this update within the Members Only section of, listed under “Market Reports”.
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