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J.D. Irving to replace mill after delays
J.D. Irving Ltd. announced plans to proceed with a project to replace its sawmill in Doaktown, New Brunswick after two years of delays, according to media reports. Work is scheduled to begin between April and August. The company originally planned to begin the project in the spring of 2015.

U.S. production gained 3.7% through November
U.S. sawmills produced 30.193 billion board feet of softwood lumber in the first 11 months of 2016, an increase of 3.7% from a year ago, according to the Western Wood Products Association. Western U.S. sawmills produced 12.829 bbf through November, up 2.8% from the first 11 months of 2015. Production in the South reached 15.983 bbf, up 4.4% from a year prior. Total U.S. production in November climbed to 2.583 bbf, up 11.9% from the same month in 2015 while lagging the October volume by 5.5%. Canadian sawmills produced 26.312 bbf in the first 11 months of 2016, up 7.4% from a year earlier.

Biewer sawmill in Mississippi up and running
Biewer Lumber has announced that its newest sawmill, located in Newton, Miss., is officially up and running. The state-of-the-art sawmill began shipping January 19. Biewer – Newton, LLC will produce an estimated 250 million board feet per year, with a focus on dimensional lumber and timbers. With this new production, the mill will allow Biewer to expand mill production in the South -- an area with abundant fiber supply -- with strong support from both local and state government. The Newton facility brings the total number of Biewer sawmills to five. The Biewer family of companies also includes three treatment and distribution centers and a full-service logistics company.

Hampton Lumber starts up fourth sawmill in Oregon
Hampton Lumber has announced that the sawmill in Banks, Ore., that it acquired in August will re-open the week of February 6. Hampton spent the last six months making upgrades to improve safety, efficiency, and optimization. Once fully operational, the mill will employ roughly 50 people and produce green Douglas Fir framing lumber.

Conifex announces plans to re-start Arkansas sawmill
Conifex Timber Inc., a forestry and sawmilling company, announced January 30 it is modernizing and will re-start a state-of-the art sawmill complex in El Dorado, Ark. The site was formerly owned by Georgia Pacific. Conifex will create approximately 120 new, full-time jobs as a result of its approximate $80 million commitment to the facility. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson joined the company's leadership and local officials at the announcement in El Dorado. For more, click here...

Tolko progressing in plans to re-open Alberta OSB mill
Tolko Industries is another step closer to its commitment to re-open its oriented strand board plant in High Prairie, Alberta, according to the South Peace News. However, no date has been set. “The plan is to re-open the mill,” says Bob Fleet, Tolko vice-president of environment and forestry, while speaking during an information session January 20 in High Prairie. For more, click here...

Western lumber production up 2.7%
Through November, western lumber production reached 12.820 billion board feet, up 2.7% from the first 11 months of 2015, according to the Western Wood Products Association's Western Lumber Facts. Production in November was 1.125 bbf, down 3.7% from October, but 9% above the November 2015 total. Production in the Coast region was up 2.5% through November vs. the year-ago period, while Inland output gained 3.6% over the same period.

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