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Top North American lumber producers in 2014: Canadian sawmills continue to expand in the U.S.

Canadian and U.S. softwood lumber producers reported modest gains in 2014 as lumber demand continues to rise slowly (but steadily) in the U.S. as well as in key export markets. Total U.S. softwood lumber shipments increased 4.1% to 31.3 billion bf (73,1 million m3) and Canadian production recorded smaller gains, or +3.1% to 24.2 billion bf (57,1 million m3). Corporate acquisitions were again a big part of the story as the Canadian buying frenzy continued in the U.S. South – since 2004 when only 2 U.S. sawmills were owned by Canadian companies (only West Fraser), there are now more than 35 mills that have been purchased by Canadian firms in the South as well as the U.S. West [ more...]

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