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FPJ Publishes Carbon Analysis of Wood Composite Panels

The Forest Products Journal recently published a research paper titled, Carbon Analysis of Wood Composite Panels, authored by Maureen Puettmann, Principal, WoodLife Environmental Consultants LLC. This paper was sponsored by CPA and provides information on the net carbon impact of particleboard, MDF and hardboard–engineered wood siding and trim (EWST)  by measuring the total carbon storage

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Harvard Releases 2022 State of U.S. Housing Market Report

The housing market outlook is still strong despite increased costs and interest rates, according to the State of the U.S. Housing Market 2022 report recently released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Home price appreciation reached a record high at 20.6% in March. Despite these challenges, housing construction is still strong

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June Consumer Confidence Declines

U.S. consumer confidence in June registered at 98.7, falling 4.5 points from May, according to The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index.  The index measuring current business and labor market conditions, dropped slightly to 147.1 from 147.4 in May.  The short-term outlook for income, business and the labor market decreased 7.3 points from May to 66.4.

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U.S. Home Sales Up in May

U.S. sales of new single-family homes in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 696,000, a 10.7% increase from April but 5.9% lower than the comparable month last year. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new homes for sale at the end of May was 444,000, representing a 7.7-month supply at the current sales

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April Furniture Orders Drop

U.S. residential furniture factory orders in April decreased 20% from the comparable month in 2021 but rose 4% from the same period in 2019. In April, 70% of participants reported decreases. Furniture shipments grew 13% from April 2021 and up 6% year-to-date. With new orders still outpacing shipments, backlogs climbed 9% from April 2021. See Smith

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Industry Shipments Report Available for May

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Manufacturing Institute Publishes Workforce Compensation and Competitiveness Report

The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, this month released a report titled, “The Manufacturing Experience: Compensation and Labor Market Competitiveness.”  The report examines current manufacturing workforce practices, and the impact recruiting and retention has had on compensation.  The report explores topics at the top of many

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Uniboard to Invest in New Particleboard Line

Uniboard, Laval, QC, announced a $250 million (CAD) investment to build a new particleboard press line at its Val-d’Or plant. Construction will begin this summer and is expected to be complete in 2025. The new project will add approximately 190 jobs. See Uniboard

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U.S. Architectural Billings Fall in May

The May Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell three points to 53.5 according to The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Economics & Market Research Group. A score above 50 indicates growth in billings. Design contracts improved 1.5 points to 56.9 from April. May billings were in positive territory for all geographic regions, with the West leading

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FPJ Publishes Carbon Analysis of Wood Composite Panels

The Forest Products Journal recently published a research paper titled, Carbon Analysis of Wood Composite Panels, authored by Maureen Puettmann, Principal, WoodLife Environmental Consultants LLC. This paper was sponsored by CPA and provides information on the net carbon impact of particleboard, MDF and hardboard–engineered wood siding and trim (EWST)  by measuring the total carbon storage

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Harvard Releases 2022 State of U.S. Housing Market Report

The housing market outlook is still strong despite increased costs and interest rates, according to the State of the U.S. Housing Market 2022 report recently released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Home price appreciation reached a record high at 20.6% in March. Despite these challenges, housing construction is still strong

Read More »

June Consumer Confidence Declines

U.S. consumer confidence in June registered at 98.7, falling 4.5 points from May, according to The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index.  The index measuring current business and labor market conditions, dropped slightly to 147.1 from 147.4 in May.  The short-term outlook for income, business and the labor market decreased 7.3 points from May to 66.4.

Read More »

U.S. Home Sales Up in May

U.S. sales of new single-family homes in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 696,000, a 10.7% increase from April but 5.9% lower than the comparable month last year. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new homes for sale at the end of May was 444,000, representing a 7.7-month supply at the current sales

Read More »

April Furniture Orders Drop

U.S. residential furniture factory orders in April decreased 20% from the comparable month in 2021 but rose 4% from the same period in 2019. In April, 70% of participants reported decreases. Furniture shipments grew 13% from April 2021 and up 6% year-to-date. With new orders still outpacing shipments, backlogs climbed 9% from April 2021. See Smith

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Industry Shipments Report Available for May

This content is restricted and requires a login to view. CPA launched a new website in August 2021 so your previous password will not work.  If you’ve requested a new password and did not receive one, please check your spam folder and also make sure the following domain is “whitelisted” as a safe sender: weblinkinternational.com. 

Read More »

Manufacturing Institute Publishes Workforce Compensation and Competitiveness Report

The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, this month released a report titled, “The Manufacturing Experience: Compensation and Labor Market Competitiveness.”  The report examines current manufacturing workforce practices, and the impact recruiting and retention has had on compensation.  The report explores topics at the top of many

Read More »

Uniboard to Invest in New Particleboard Line

Uniboard, Laval, QC, announced a $250 million (CAD) investment to build a new particleboard press line at its Val-d’Or plant. Construction will begin this summer and is expected to be complete in 2025. The new project will add approximately 190 jobs. See Uniboard

Read More »

U.S. Architectural Billings Fall in May

The May Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell three points to 53.5 according to The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Economics & Market Research Group. A score above 50 indicates growth in billings. Design contracts improved 1.5 points to 56.9 from April. May billings were in positive territory for all geographic regions, with the West leading

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