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The Labor Shortage and a Freres Solution

Labor shortages have been acute since COVID, and have directly affected two essential metrics for a manufacturing facility like...

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New Year, New Trucks and Better Tech

2022 brought the end of COVID-19 restrictions to our personal liberties and allowed our lives to return to a...

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January Market Update: Sales Volumes Increase

Western Plywood markets have shown some life this past week, resulting in the best weekly sales volume we’ve seen...

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Market Report: The 2023 Wood Products Market

2023 began with a negative tone in wood products markets. Interest rate increases in early 2022 and the subsequent...

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Reflecting on 2022: A Great Year for Freres

2022 brought the end of COVID-19 restrictions to our personal liberties and allowed our lives to return to a...

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December Market Update: Plywood Markets Headed into 2023

The commodity plywood markets, along with the general marketplace, are at or nearing holiday mode. Customers continue their needs-only...

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November Market Update: Needs-Only Buying Causes Lackluster Pace

The western plywood market continues to plod along into the holidays, with a lackluster trading pace persisting into Thanksgiving....

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Seven Ways to Give in the Santiam Canyon this Holiday Season

It’s the most joyous, festive time of year. Families frantically prepare for holiday parties, shop for presents, and pull...

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October Market Update: Market Reports May Be Too Negative

The western plywood markets continue to grind lower on price, but with decent weekly sales activity over the past...

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What’s Happening at the OSU Advanced Wood Products Laboratory

The Oregon State University (OSU) Advanced Wood Products Laboratory is the site for a slew of exciting projects in...

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