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Western Lumber Output off 12.8%
The Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) didn’t have positive news to report on wood production in the west. Western lumber production totaled 12.328 billion board feet through September 2007, off 12.8 percent compared to January- September 2006. Output in the Coast region was also down 11.3 percent, and Inland production declined 15.8 percent. September production in the West totaled 1.167 billion feet, which was down 16.6 percent compared to September 2006.

IWPA Praises Compromise on Illegal Logging Legislation
The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) praised a compromise approach to combat illegal logging that provides forfeiture liability protection for small businesses that have practiced due diligence in their supply chain. The Legal Timber Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (DOR), would target illegal logging by extending protections to plants illegally harvested outside of the United States.                       

“We are pleased that Chairman Rahall and the committee understood and appreciated the legal and technical concerns raised by small, family-owned businesses within the original bill’s language,” said Brent McClendon, IWPA Executive Vice President. “The 745,000 businesses represented by our coalition partners are unified in the fight against illegal logging and welcome this amended legislation as it provides all U.S. consumers continued confidence that the wood products they use are legal.”                       

IWPA is joined in its efforts to encourage sound and fair legislation by the National Association of Home Builders, National Federation of Independent Business, National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, American Home Furnishings Alliance, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association

Online Registration for Work Truck Show 2008
Online registration and housing for The Work Truck Show® 2008 and 44th Annual NTEA Convention are now open. This world-class event brings together truck fleet managers, truck buyers, and maintenance personnel from Class 1-8 markets with hundreds of manufacturers, distributors and dealers. The Work Truck Show, to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, runs Feb. 26-28, 2008, with the Convention (including more than 40 education and training sessions) starting Feb. 25. Visit NTEA.com today for a complete listing of exhibitors, schedule of events, educational sessions, and much more.

Construction Equip. Exports Up
The Association of Equip-ment Manufacturers (AEM) reported that exports of U.S.-made construction machinery totaled $8.2 billion for the first half of 2007, a 22 percent increase compared to Jan-uary-June 2006. Construction equipment export volume to the Asia region overall rose 67 percent to total $1.16 billion at mid-year 2007. And exports to China gained 181 percent for the first half of 2007 to total $319.5 million. The top 5 export destinations for American-made construction equipment for the first half of 2007 were: Canada $2.6 billion, up 3 percent; Australia $696 million, up 9 percent; Mexico $588 million, up 26 percent; Chile $346 million, up 40 percent; and Belgium $331 million, up 78 percent. They were followed by China, South Africa, Venezuela, Germany, and Russia.  

Miller says over inflation will also decrease tire life. At 60 percent over in- flation, for example, the tire loses 75 percent of its life expectancy. Similarly, load capacity is an issue, with 40 percent overload reducing tire life by half. Such figures indicate that checking tire pressure translates into real savings over time. Miller stresses that operators should minimize tire spinning, and avoid trash buildup between the rim flange and the tire bead to get the most out of tires.                                   

“With one tire for a skidder costing up to $3,000, and a set running between $10,000 and $12,000, loggers really need to take care of their tires and check air pressure routinely,” Miller emphasizes. “If that pressure is too low you can over-deflect and that can cost you big money.”