Congratulations on Promotion

February 2, 2018

Continental Underwriters, Inc., a Richmond, VA based Managing General Underwriter and Wholesale Broker specializing in providing insurance and risk management solutions for companies in the forest products industry, is proud to announce the promotion of Amanda Huang to Chief Operating Officer. Amanda has been part of the Continental family for over 12 years, and has spent the entirety of that time learning every detail of the business. Amanda has excelled in each role she has taken on, from underwriting to accounting to operations. She has built a strong foundation of knowledge, leadership, and culture that has helped Continental Underwriters, Inc. thrive in a niche focused and highly competitive segment of the insurance industry. “Amanda is a key component of the ...

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How will tariffs imposed on imported Chinese hardwood plywood affect US manufacturers?

January 15, 2018

The International Trade Commission recently upheld tariffs on imported Chinese hardwood plywood that average 208% due to findings that they were "dumping" product on the US market and were having an adverse affect on US manufacturers.  We have been receiving calls from member companies askin...

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Excess Capacity

December 5, 2017

In speaking with many of our members, the phrase frequently being heard is, “We have business, but we would really like to utilize our ‘excess capacity.’ It would really make a big difference on our bottom line.” 

With so many companies running as lean as poss...

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Will Your Asian Manufacturer Always Be Producing Your Product?

November 6, 2017

The number of upper middle class and affluent households in China continues to rise to a projected 30% of urban households, up from a 17% share in 2017. 

This affects the woodworking industry because as the Chinese economy continues to grow, manufacturers as we kno...

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How Can The Export Of Logs Affect Your Woodworking Business?

October 6, 2017

One issue we keep hearing about is the number of US companies that are exporting logs, with a majority of the exports going to Asia. 

Since the Soviet Union changed their policy on the export of raw logs and since China has banned the cutting of timber (under penalty of imprisonment ...

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