Lakes States Lumber Association Newsletter
Letter From President - Rob Paradise
“What a long strange trip it's been” – Grateful Dead
A typical conversation at the end of every year is, “what do you think next year will be like”. This forecast combines current market conditions with an educated guess, but that is just it, it is mainly a guess. These conversations have popped up lately like Christmas lights on houses and everyone takes a look at their crystal ball and makes their guess. With people busy, everyone I have talked to expects at least the start of the year to be good. I would like to go back a year and see what everyone thought at this time last year. While there was an uptick late in 2020 showing signs the start of 2021 could be busy, I don’t think anyone would have predicted the 1st half of 2021 to go like it did. Labor shortages, supply shortages, price increases, it was a market I am not sure anyone had experienced prior. While most anticipate a good year in 2022, I am not sure the start of 2021 will be repeated.
After having to cancel the 2021 winter meeting, the 2022 meeting is back in session in Green Bay. I am hoping to see a lot of members there where everyone can share their forecasts on the lumber markets of 2022. Two things I am almost certain of at the meeting, the weather outside will be cold while the auction inside is hot. See you in Green Bay!
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