One of the trends emerging from the ENAP Forest Products Conference, held Oct. 21-23 in Baltimore, was the increased emphasis on supply.
“This year’s conference exceeded everyone’s expectations,” said Duncan Facey, VP forest products for the New Windsor, N.Y.-based LBM co-op. “Those in attendance heard the message loud and clear: Supply is a very real concern across our industry as we head in 2013.”
Educational seminars during the event included:
• “Benchmarks & Measurements for the Successful LBM Dealer,” presented by Sandy Sawyer, Sawco;
• “APA, the Engineered Wood Association,” presented by Mark Halverson, Mgr. Field Service Division, APA;
• “How the 2012 Energy Code is Impacting Builders & Dealers,” presented by Kurt Koch, VP product engineering and quality, Huber Engineered Woods; and
• “A Two Year Outlook of the North American Forest Products Markets,” presented by Bob Berg, principal lumber economist, RISI.
“There were levels of optimism and enthusiasm among the attendees that the industry hasn’t seen in several years,” said Stephen Sallah, CEO, ENAP, New Windsor, N.Y.
Jack Moynihan of Moynihan Lumber said: “Whether it was the seminars attended or the contacts that were made or renewed on the floor, the 2012 Forest Conference proved to be a profitable time well spent for all attendees.”