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  • Builders Say Lumber Prices Are Hurting Affordability June 22, 2018
    In a recent NAHB survey, over 40 percent of builders said construction costs in general are causing home buyers to hold back from purchasing a new home, and over 90 percent said that lumber prices specifically are hurting affordability. The results are consistent with yesterday’s post, which described a surge in the number of builders reporting a shortage […]
    Paul Emrath
  • Number of Builders Reporting a Shortage of Framing Lumber Surges June 21, 2018
    Shortages of framing lumber are now more widespread than at any time since NAHB began tracking the issue in a consistent way in 1994, according to results from the May 2018 survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.  Over 30 percent of single-family builders responding to the survey’s special questions in May reported a shortage of framing […]
    Paul Emrath
  • Existing Sales Retreat 0.4% in May June 20, 2018
    Existing-home sales decreased 0.4% in May to a level 3.0% below a year ago, and sales have now decreased year-over-year for three consecutive months. The first-time buyer share of 31% was down from 33% last month and a year ago. The National Association of Realtors reported that 58% of homes sold last month were on […]
    Stephen Melman

WMIA has collected a variety of tools to help solve problems in woodworking projects. The Woodworking Technology Shop Guide contains useful conversion tables and other information relating to machinery repair and installation.

You can download the Shop Guide, personalize it by adding your company’s logo, have it printed by your local print shop and distribute it to your customers as a useful tool that will remind them of your company.

Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, produce a monthly housing report. These reports contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market and are intended to help gauge future business activity.

March 2018 Housing Report

All past Virginia Tech – U.S. Forest Service housing reports are archived here

International Trade Administration Industry Snapshot

Global Industry Snapshot – Sawmill & Woodworking Equipment

This Industry Snapshot is presented by the Office of Transportation and Machinery and Global Manufacturing Team within the U.S. International Trade Administration. The International Trade Administration is dedicated to supporting U.S. jobs by strengthening the international competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements.

Introduction:  The sawmill and woodworking industry is a vibrant marketplace. From large machinery to handheld tools, woodworking equipment is used to manufacture essential everyday products with increasing levels of precision, quality, and scale. Across the United States, the industry supports over 11,000 well-paying jobs. Many of these jobs are directly attributable to exports. This Industry Snapshot is intended to provide U.S. manufacturers with an overview of the global trade landscape for sawmill and woodworking equipment. Click here to read the full report.

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