Lakes States Lumber Association Newsletter
Letter From President - Rob Paradise
Dear LSLA Membership,
“But tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun” – Beatles
“What is going on with lumber?” I have frequently been asked this question from friends outside the lumber industry. It is not common that we are the industry everyone talks about but currently that is where we are at. Even little comic cartoons have popped up highlighting demands in the lumber world. The housing market has gone bananas, the selling prices of houses has gone up and as charted in publications the housing starts has skyrocketed as well. As a result, about any type of wood product has had record demand. Framing material for house frames, sheet goods along with hardwoods for interior use. However, we are not the only industry that is busy. It seems a lot of businesses are hand to mouth on supply, even car lots seem to have a record low inventory.
Most states have now allowed just about all, if not all, types of businesses to return back to work without any restrictions. Despite record high demands, it has not been easy to just crank up production. A challenge from many colleagues I have talked to is finding enough labor and what seems to be a bigger challenge is skilled labor. Part of this is the competition between industries with everyone looking for help and only so many hands to go around. Despite having these challenges, I believe it to be exciting times. With hot markets and hot weather here as summer begins, this summer is almost certain to fly by.
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