The U.S. hardwood lumber industry has a heavy reliance on export markets for its survival, and is being devastated by the ongoing trade dispute with China. Domestic mills have suffered sharp declines in export sales. Operations have been shuttered. Jobs lost. Communities, reliant on good paying hardwood jobs, ruined. “The hardwood industry is a fully integrated industry, from logging to manufacturing finished consumer goods like flooring, cabinetry, moldings, railway ties and many other products,” says Hardwood Federation Executive Director, Dana Lee Cole. “The ongoing trade dispute with China and the declared tariffs on U.S. hardwood products ...
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