December 05, 2019

DHA eNews - Congress Introduces Law To Fight Trade Cheating

Congress Introduces Law To Fight Trade Cheating

The Play by the Rules Act will crack down on unfair trade practices and outright cheating by nonmarket economies like China. U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) are co-sponsors. Dr. Cassidy stated, "The United States can outcompete any country in the world if the rules are applied to both countries. This has not been the case between the United States and China, and it has hurt the American worker."

Commerce Confirms Chinese Circumvention On Hardwood Plywood

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced its affirmative final antidumping and countervailing duty circumvention rulings involving exports of hardwood plywood from China, finding that hardwood and decorative plywood with face or back veneers of radiata or agathis pine circumvent existing orders. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to collect the antidumping and countervailing duties on Chinese hardwood plywood.

Trump Trade Policy Analyzed In Trade Talks Podcast

Former USTR General Counsel Stephen Vaughn analyzes the Trump administration's trade policy in a recent Trade Talks podcast.

Source: Trade Talks (podcast)

Beasley To Purchase Mohawk Flooring Plant

Beasley Flooring Products has entered into a letter of intent to buy Mohawk Industries' solid and engineered hardwood flooring facilities in Melbourne, AR. Mohawk will partner with Beasley to continue to provide solid and engineered wood flooring to customers.

Masco Sells Cabinetry Business

Masco Corporation will sell its cabinetry unit, which produces KraftMaid and Merillat cabinets, to ACProducts for $1 billion. The buyer is owned by American Industrial Partners.

Announcing Second Public Comment Period: Revisions to ANSI/HPVA EF 2012 - American National Standard For Engineered Wood Flooring
Purchase Your Copy Of The Complete Guide To Hardwood Plywood & Face Veneer

Written by Ang Schramm, A Complete Guide to Hardwood Plywood and Face Veneer is the authoritative resource that provides a comprehensive explanation of hardwood plywood and face veneer components, manufacturing, and troubleshooting.

Vietnam's Wood Products Sector Grows

The reality of the export-import market and shift in foreign direct investment in the wood industry in Vietnam shows that China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea are operating many large-scale wood product projects in Vietnam. China topped the list with 40 such projects.

Ikea Buys "Climate Positive Investment:" U.S. Forestland

IKEA is nearly doubling its U.S. forestland with two recent land acquisitions. The company bought 42,000 acres in East Texas after acquiring 18,000 acres in Southeast Oklahoma.

Invasive Tree Pests & Car Emissions

Invasive insects and pathogens have wreaked havoc on ash and elm trees over the past few years. Researchers at Purdue University showed that the carbon storage lost to invasive insects each year is the same as the amount of carbon emitted by 5 million vehicles.

India Scraps Plan To Militarize Its Forests

The secret plan to militarize India's forests was created with input from WWF-India's CEO. When the plan became public, however, thousands protested to Indian authorities, who then scrapped the plan. Under the secret plan, millions of tribal people would have been stripped of their rights and forest guards would have been given extraordinary powers.

Mozambique Charges Log Poachers

Seven people were identified and charged in connection with a large-scale illegal logging operation near Mozambique's Zinave National Forest, after the arrest of a zebra poacher who was supplying them with meat.

Kitchen Remodeling Trends For 2020

Trending colors in 2020 will reflect nature, serenity, and comfort and include a range of greens. Natural wood cabinets will include ash, walnut, pine, and other woods with a more subtle grain. For flooring, hardwood and wood-like materials join tile and linoleum as the go-to products.

See This Year's Champion Trees

The National Register of Champion Trees lists the largest and most impressive trees in the U.S. each year. Click below to see the latest list and photos.

Sales Of Existing Homes Up 4.6% In October
New-Home Mortgage Applications Jump 31.5%
Mortgage Rates Decline Again
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2020 Economic Forecast Brightens: Expect GDP To Grow By 1.9%
WWII De Havilland Mosquito Fighter: Made With Birch Plywood

The de Havilland Mosquito fighter, made with birch plywood, was probably the most versatile aircraft used in WWII. Some versions had top speeds of more than 420 mph. Nearly 8,000 were built, including over 1,000 in Canada. Commonwealth Plywood's Husky Plywood in Ste-Therese, Quebec was a major supplier.

Source: Wikipedia

Wind Turbine Towers To Be Built With LVL

A Swedish company is building 492' wood turbine towers using laminated veneer lumber. This will reduce mass by about 30% and cut manufacturing costs by about 40% as compared to tubular steel towers with a base diameter of six to seven meters. LVL towers are easier to ship, too.

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