Like many people in the wood products industry, I am the ultimate information junky. I enjoy reading statistics, following trends, and analyzing the past in order to predict the future. Yet so many transformational changes in markets and technology have occurred over the past six years that one needs to use more caution, as relying on the past as a strong predictor of the future may no longer hold true. China’s demand for wood fiber, a lack of long length cutting mills, and the dramatic demand change of 2×10 and 2×12 dimension lumber are all contributing to this transformational change.
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