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Eastern white pine: production, markets, and marketing of primary manufacturers

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Alderman, Delton; Duvall, Paul; Smith, Robert; Bowe, Scott

Year Published

2007

Publication

Forest Products Journal. 57(10): 19-27.

Abstract

Eastern white pine (EWP) production and manufacturing have been a staple of the forest products industry since the arrival of the first settlers in the United States. Current EWP market segments range from cabinets to flooring to log cabins to moulding to toys. Today's EWP producers and manufacturers are faced with unprecedented challenges from substitute products, in addition to the loss or near loss of discrete markets. Our research question focused on regional differences in EWP production, quality, manufacture, markets and competition, and management. To assess EWP manufacture and production, a mail survey of EWP primary manufacturers was conducted in three regions of the eastern United States: New England (NE), Mid-Atlantic (MA), and Lake States (LS). Our findings indicate that the primary market for NE EWP is retail, while the log home and timber frame segment is the primary market for the LS and MA regions. Seventy-three percent of responding mills, in all regions, have less than $5 mm in total annual sales; 48 percent reported $1 mm or less. Across all regions the typical mill reported 25 employees or less, operates a single facility, and interregional trade is minimal. The effect of imported species was surprisingly less than anticipated, with more than one-half of the respondents reporting that imports did not have an effect on their operation(s). However, in NE, the leading region for EWP production, nearly half of the respondents reported imports as being deleterious to their business. The NE region is clearly the leader in production, markets, and management strategies.

Citation

Alderman, Delton; Duvall, Paul; Smith, Robert; Bowe, Scott. 2007. Eastern white pine: production, markets, and marketing of primary manufacturers. Forest Products Journal. 57(10): 19-27.

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