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Insights From the Competition
Softwood Lumber Board Call for Nominations for 2021 BOD
The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) seeks nominations of softwood lumber manufacturers and importers interested in candidacy for Board seats coming open in January 2021. Each Director will serve a three-year term and may serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms. The deadline for nominations is April 21, 2020.
The SLB is seeking nominees to fill four seats for Directors whose terms expire on December 31, 2020:
- Three U.S. manufacturers (domestic):
- Two large companies representing the U.S. South;
- One company of any size representing the U.S. West; and
- One for an importer:
- A small company representing any importing region.
To be eligible, nominees operating within the regions named above must manufacture and ship within the United States, or import into the United States, at least 15 million board feet of softwood lumber annually. Under the program, large companies are defined as those that account for the top two-thirds of the volume of assessable softwood lumber annually and small companies account for the remaining assessable softwood lumber.¹
The timeline for the nomination, appointment process, and further details can be found here.
¹Based on a review of 2016-2018 data, companies that ship or import about 380 million board feet or more of assessable softwood lumber annually would be considered large.
Softwood Lumber Board Releases 2020 Board Committee Membership
The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB)’s 16-member Board of Directors (BOD) confirmed in January the members for this year’s committees. The SLB’s BOD maintains four standing committees—Executive, Finance, Industry Relations and Governance, and Research and Promotion Programs. Members are divvied up among the committees, except for the Research and Promotion Programs Committee, in which all SLB Directors participate because of its focus on program oversight and return on investment.
SLB Directors serve three-year terms as appointed by the USDA secretary. Members represent both domestic manufacturers and importers of softwood lumber products and hail from the U.S. South, U.S. West, U.S. Northeast and Great Lakes, Canada East, and Canada West regions, with membership proportional to regional production.
Learn more about committee membership and assignments here.
Softwood Lumber Board Announces 2019 Results
In its March/April issue, Softwood Forest Products Buyer (SFPB) highlights the SLB’s 2019 impact and cumulative progress in growing and protecting residential, non-residential, commercial, and industrial markets for softwood lumber products. In 2019, the SLB delivered 18% year-over-year growth and generated more than 1 billion board feet of incremental softwood lumber demand for the third consecutive year.
As SFPB notes, each SLB interaction—be it codes, communications, conversions, or innovation—is intended to drive the entire softwood lumber industry forward toward a future built with wood.
SFPB regularly reaches a circulation of 20,000 buyers and suppliers per issue. To read the article, click here.
Timber Issue of the Architect’s Newspaper Offers Updates on the Industry
The third annual timber issue of the Architect’s Newspaper, featuring a look into the future of wood design in North America, is now available and sponsored by WoodWorks. In collaboration with WoodWorks and the Architect’s Newspaper, an updated map of the timber industry with relevant schools, organizations, manufacturers, and planned factories from coast to coast was created. Conversations with four designers shaping timber’s high-tech future with cutting-edge software and fabrication techniques were highlighted along with new international and local building codes that allow mass timber buildings to rise to new heights.
The wood construction products supplement delivers the latest in fasteners and non-combustible cladding along with case studies of new timber buildings by Jennifer Bonner of MALL, modus studio, and NADAAA. We also surveyed leading timber engineers on what they consider to be today’s standout structures.
Click here to read the latest issue.