In The News
Pending Sale of Tacoma Sawmill to Pony
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation signed a letter this fall regarding its intent to
sell its Tacoma, Wash. sawmill, which produces kiln dried hemlock studs and
other dimensional lumber, to Pony Lumber Company, LLC. The sale should close
before the end of the year.
A portion of the funds to purchase the mill is slated to come from City of
Tacoma programs available through the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Small Business
"LP is delighted to be able to sell the mill to an organization that will
continue operations in its current location," said Chris Paulson, Lumber
Business Manager for LP. "The sale of this mill will place it in the hands of a
company focused on the lumber business, while allowing us to focus on growing
our retained businesses."
HFI Legislation Ready to Be Signed
On Dec. 3, President Bush signed into law the Healthy Forest Restoration Act of
2003. The new law will:
. • Revamp the Forest Service's conflict-ridden administrative appeals process,
requiring would-be appellants to participate early in the development stages of
a forest restoration project in order to reserve the right to file an appeal.
. • Create an paradigm shift in the way Courts consider legal challenges to
hazardous fuels reduction projects, mandating that the Courts weigh the
environmental consequences of management inaction when the specter of
catastrophic wildfire looms. It would also require that federal judges
reconsider any injunctions to projects every 60 days.
. • Expedite analysis and review requirements for priority wildfire mitigation
projects, applying House-passed environmental analysis requirements to projects
focused on protecting communities, and Senate-passed analysis procedures to
projects focused on protecting watersheds and endangered wildlife.
. • Ensure that the public has a full and thorough opportunity to participate in
the decision-making process. It embraces the House-passed, bipartisan Western
Governor Association 10-Year Strategy's robust public input and participation
requirements, ensuring that interested persons will have numerous opportunities
to engage decision-makers during all phases of a project's development and
"This bipartisan legislation represents an epic
victory for the health of our nation’s forests, both public and private," said
AF&PA President and CEO W. Henson Moore. "Federal land managers will now have
the tools they need to address the forest health crisis that has resulted in the
destruction of millions of acres of public and private forestland, not to
mention the loss of homes and other property resulting from catastrophic
A new campaign to promote products made by U.S. companies will be rolled out in
2004 — Brand America. Some of the individuals behind the drive include: H. Ross
Perot; U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Detroit industrialist Max Fisher;
and Michigan congressman John Dingell.
Brand America will take a kinder stance, and try to avoid the bashing done in
the 1990s campaign, "Buy American." It will use advertising and educational
reports to promote goods offered by publicly traded businesses with U.S.
"Brand America is nonpartisan, free trade neutral and we won't be bashing
foreign-owned companies and products," said Wayne Doran, a board member of Brand
Brand America comes at a time when the U.S. continues to lose jobs to overseas
countries, namely in the manufacturing, technology and service industries.
AEM Forecasts Growth
The construction machinery manufacturing industry expects overall business to
remain slow through the end of 2003, but then anticipates 2004 growth between 3
to 5 percent, according to an annual industry forecast of the Association of
Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Sales increases in 2004 are predicted for all
major product groups covered in the AEM forecast, with the biggest gains in U.S.
Machinery manufacturers participating in the annual AEM "outlook" survey expect
construction equipment business in the United States to close out 2003 with a
0.4 percent loss, followed by 2004 growth of 5.5 percent.
"We are certainly more optimistic than we have been in the past few years,"
stated Ron DeFeo, 2003 AEM Chairman and Chairman/CEO of Terex Corp., Westport,
Conn. "We look for a general improvement in business conditions to positively
impact the construction equipment manufacturing industry. For our business
segment in particular, our customers’ fleets are aging and need replacement.
Also, the federal government needs to pass highway spending legislation, and
this should boost equipment sales."
Husqvarna Sponsors the 2003 Capitol Tree
For the fourth consecutive year, Husqvarna will serve as an official sponsor of
the 2003 Capitol Holiday Tree. As in years past, Husqvarna will provide two
professional grade chain saws for the tree cutting ceremony as well as safety
apparel for the individuals who will perform the tree felling.
The 2003 Capitol Holiday Tree will decorate the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Building in Washington, D.C. during the holiday season. The 70-foot Engelmann
spruce was cut in the Boise National Forest on November 3 and traveled to
communities throughout Idaho before being carried cross-country via truck.
Western Lumber Output Up
Lumber production in the West totaled 1.49 billion board feet in September. This
figure is up 4.8 percent from the September 2002 total, according to the Western
Wood Products Association. Year-to-date production through September totaled
13.05 billion feet, which is 0.6 percent more than the same period last year.
The Oregon Department of Forestry reports that Oregon’s 2002 timber harvest was
at its highest since 1977. The 2002 harvest increased to 3.91 billion board
feet, a 14 percent increase over the record low in 2001 of 3.44 billion board
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