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August 19, 2021

Is the Delta variant able to disrupt US lumber supply again?

Is the Delta variant able to disrupt US lumber supply again?
Pandemic-related labor shortages had a substantial impact on sawmill output and productivity and ultimately contributed to record wood products price hikes. Production and shipping capacity were heavily hampered by the Covid-19 quarantine guidelines and rising positive virus cases at business operations. Unable to remedy with added shifts and overtime, mills struggled to ramp up production in response to the surprising and sudden housing demand for much of 2020 and early 2021.    Understaffed sawmills initially struggled to respond to the DIY boom and housing market demand    Although, similar scenarios played out ...

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