The forest products industry in the United States faces increased competition from every corner of the globe. In addition, population pressures and changes in land use in the US South where the industry has traditionally been most competitive are also impacting the industry. For years our industry was a low-cost producer, benefiting from excellent infrastructure, productive forests on low-cost land, innovative logging contractors, and strong product markets. The South is no longer the low-cost producer, even after discounting the impact of the recent weak dollar. To successfully compete in a global marketplace, our industry must continually evaluate how it supplies it mills and implement changes to keep it competitive.
This project, funded by the Wood Supply Research Institute, is addressing the following questions:
View the results of this study, as reported in the October 2006 issue of the Forest Products Journal, by clicking Center for Forest Business Research Note #23.