I spent last Wednesday through Friday in New Orleans at the Forest products
Machinery and Equipment Exposition. The show was smaller than I have ever
seen it, very little equipment, most were just booths with videos playing.
All the sawmills and remanufacturers are in bad financial condition and it
shows on the equipment vendors.
About half of the mills in the south are shutdown or in the case of the
bigger firms, operating on a rotating basis. Scary times.
On the bright side I consumed a lot of good food and drink, not too many
places can compete with New Orleans in that regard.