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ALC MEETING PHOTOS -Continued Steve, Leah and Claire Leonard, Lawrence Lumber Co., Maiden, N.C.; and Libby and Larry Walker, Forest Products Inc., Conover, N.C. Larry Cockram, Griffith Lumber Co. Inc., Woolwine, Va.; Gale Keener, Mullican Flooring, Ronceverte, W.Va.; and Anne Vogler and Joe Lyle, WNC Dry Kiln Inc., Marion, N.C. Chris Buck, Forest Products Inc., Conover, N.C.; Ray Hunt, Austin Hunt Lumber Co., Statesville, N.C.; and Jimmy Lee, Tides & Times Group USA, Winston Salem, N.C. Marsha and Linwood Truitt, Beasley Forest Products/Thompson Hardwoods, Hazlehurst, Ga. Anna Getzinger and Brad and Martha Merry, Merry Lumber Co., Augusta, Ga. ALC MEETING -Continued from page 22 Scott of Conover Lumber Co., Conover, N.C.; Roy Turner and Linwood Truitt of Beasley Forest Products/Thompson Hardwoods, Hazlehurst, Ga.; and Rodney Lawing, Conover Lumber Co. The second place team with a two under par was Cliff McKittrick, of J.W. McKittrick Lumber Co., Camden, S.C.; Mark Church, of Church & Church Lumber LLC, Millers Creek, N.C.; and Gary Miller, of National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, Tenn. Gary Miller reported for National Hardwood Magazine that, “On my way from Memphis, Tenn., to Myrtle Beach, S.C., I stopped and visited several Hardwood sawmillers and owners of Hardwood distribution/concentration yards in the Appalachian region, and I asked them about current business condi-tions. Some of their comments follow: “On a scale of one to 10, I think business conditions are a six or a seven,” said the sales manager of a large sawmill opera-tion. “We have plenty of logs in our log yard but we are concerned about how we’ve lost many logging companies in our JULY/2011 area. With the low prices we’ve been get-ting for our lumber the last several months, we’ve had to get our loggers to take less money for their logs. They didn’t like it but they accepted it.” An owner of a Hardwood concentration yard with dry kilns told me he thought business conditions were a five on a scale of one to 10. He explained, “The only sav-ing grace for the Hardwood lumber indus-try is the fact that many parts of the east-ern seaboard of the United States have had a lot of rain, therefore, many Hardwood sawmill operations are very low on logs and they are not running their mills at full capacity. So there is not a lot of green or kiln dried lumber available presently. But I think the Hardwood lumber supply is bal-anced with what the demand for lumber is right now.” One of the owners of a sawmill operation that exports both Hardwood logs and lum-ber said, “We’ve had the best several months of sales and profits from October 2010 through May 2011, and most of it is due to our strong export markets. I like the idea that we see Red Oak lumber prices increasing, and our White Oak lumber sales have been strong. But, of course, we’d like to see Poplar lumber prices come up.” A buyer for a Hardwood flooring manu-facturer told me that, in his opinion, the flooring market for his company was a seven. He explained, “Lumber prices seem like they stabilized last month. We’re sell-ing a lot of Hardwood flooring, however, we’re not making any money.” Some interesting comments were made from an individual who worked for a Hardwood lumber company that has sev-eral sawmills in the Appalachian region. He mentioned that some of his firm’s mills were operating 50 hours a week a few weeks ago, but several are now operating only 30 hours a week because they are low on logs due to all the rain we’ve had in the Appalachian region recently. He said, “Overall, prices on Appalachian Hardwood lumber are stable, however, I do see an increase on prices for Northern Hardwood lumber because of the wet weather that has occurred up there. Furthermore, there’s a shortage of lumber in that area of the country; so I see lumber prices increasing in the northern region. In Please turn the page 33

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