Dave Farley | dfarley@bcwood.com

 

A few comments, suggestions, and ideas…
Upcoming on the market development front, we have the PCBC Builders show in San Francisco and AIA National in Las Vegas, both taking place in the next three weeks. BC Wood and value-added companies will be participating in our coordinated wood products pavilion at both these events. If you find yourself at either event, please stop by the pavilion to say hello.
For manufacturers in the re-manufactured, pre-built housing and finished products sector, BC Wood will once again participate in the annual Circle of Trade event as part of Assembly of First Nations (AFN) – Circle of Trade Conference. After a successful event in Vancouver, the 2019 event moves right across the country to the Maritimes, landing in Fredericton, New Brunswick at the end of July. Circle of Trade provides a good opportunity to meet directly with community leaders and decision makers from Indigenous and First Nations Communities from across the country. From past experience at these events, opportunities develop on both the procurement of fibre side, and on the supply of much needed pre-built housing. If this is of interest, I would be happy to provide further details.
In other news, I had the pleasure of touring the new C&C Wood Products plant in Cranbrook this week and wow, was it impressive. Not so much in the world class automation, equipment and plant layout that is all there and skillfully thought out, but rather impressive for what it produces. The Cranbrook plant is essentially taking waste wood, end-cuts and fibre that would normally be destined for the chipper, and producing amazing exterior trim and siding products for the residential and light commercial construction sector. I won’t go into all the details here, but keep an eye out for these products as they enter the market in the next while. Kudos to Ted Dergousoff, Mike McInnes and the team at C&C for putting in all the hard work ,and having the fortitude to see their vision become a reality.
As always feel free to reach out to me at darley@bcwood.com for more information on the US market development program and the opportunities that are available.