Seen the prices lately? I'm told that there is a lot of it going for
reconstruction in Iraq, causing a shortage. And Japan pulling the Western
lumber right out onto the boats at premium prices. Anybody know the straight
News reports indicate that defense-related contracts (mostly contractors
supplying troops -- tents, latrines, etc -- rather than rebuilding) are
soaking up 10-15% of all US mill output. Because it's temporary, there's
no incentive for the industry to increase capacity, so smaller retail
and homebuilder operations are getting squeezed. The big box stores have
an easier time dictating prices, though, so you may have to look there
to get the best price.
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