Coronavirus: Industry & Market News


Woodworking Firms See Increasing Impact Of Coronavirus


A Woodworking Network survey confirms that the impact of the pandemic on our industry continues to grow as more companies report a major or serious impact on their business. The breakdown: 35.7% of companies report a major impact; 40.9% a serious impact; 19.1% a minor impact; and 4.3% report no impact.

Source: Woodworking Network


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Updated 5-13-2020


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Quebec has shut down wood product manufacturers from March 24 until midnight April 13, 2020 considering them non-essential services. 

SOURCE: Decorative Hardwoods Association, les boisés La Fleur, March 23, 2020.

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