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Georgia-Pacific adopts environment-friendly policy

ATLANTA — The nation’s largest manufacturer of plywood, Georgia-Pacific LLC, will not buy timber from environmentally sensitive areas and will discourage landowners from clearing hardwood forests under a new policy, it said yesterday. Georgia-Pacific, which makes wood and fiber products, announced the plan with three environmental groups. Activists said the company’s new policy goes a step beyond conservation policies set ...

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Georgia-Pacific buys Alabama mills

MONROEVILLE, Ala. — Georgia-Pacific says it has reached an agreement to acquire Alabama River and Alabama Pine pulp mills for an undisclosed amount of cash from current owner Parsons & Whittemore. Georgia-Pacific announced the deal Wednesday. It says the deal includes a biodiesel plant, chip mills and a wood yard. George Landegger, chairman and CEO of the current ownership, says ...

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Sawmill to close, then reopen

ACKERMAN — Packaging Corporation of America will close its Choctaw County Sawmill this year, but it won’t lie dormant for long. The company mentioned the closing during its first quarter earnings conference call. Alan Bates, director of the Choctaw County Mississippi Economic Development Foundation, says officials confirmed they were closing the Ackerman plant. However, it is being purchased by another ...

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Alabama company buys sawmill

BROOKHAVEN — An Alabama wood treatment company has completed its acquisition of the former Rex Lumber sawmill in Brookhaven. Terms were not disclosed. Great Southern Wood Preserving Inc. (GSWP) of Abbeville, Ala., announced that it had completed the acquisition this week. The company will produce its YellaWood pressure-treated lumber at the site. The company has said it intends to hire ...

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State loses one in 10 sawmills

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The overall value of Mississippi’s 2009 timber harvest failed to reach $1 billion for the first time in 16 years, but unlike other crops, extreme weather was not the reason, the Mississippi State Extension Center reports. New housing starts dropped off sharply because of the current economic downturn. The decline in demand for lumber caused the 2009 ...

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Steel costs highest ever; lumber does nosedive

There is good and bad news regarding construction material costs. Lumber costs are the lowest seen in a very long time; however, the price of steel is at an all-time high.   The high cost of steel, a lot of which is imported, is linked to strong activity in the commercial building sector, said Bob Hellenthal, executive director, Mid South ...

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