April 30, 2018

A large percentage of the phone calls we are receiving are from employers who are having difficulty hiring and retaining qualified employees.  In addition to wages being offered, many owners are at a loss regarding what else they have to offer a potential employee. Long gone are the days when a weekly paycheck was enough to entice a new employee to join your firm.  Today, many people are looking for a work/life balance.  They are expecting and almost demanding that there must be more than a financial benefit to their employment. The first question I ask a company is if they have walked around their plant at break or lunch time?  Does the company provide a clean and comfortable lunch room that is conducive to networking and good times among fellow em...

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How Are Domestic Markets Changing?

April 9, 2018

With the virtual elimination of credit lines, many manufacturers are being forced to operate on cash flow which has dramatically reduced the size of orders placed with suppliers.  Companies may have increased the frequency that they order, but much smaller orders have forced companies to re-...

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How Demand for Products in China that are Manufactured with American Red Oak May Affect Your Business

March 1, 2018

The Government banning the harvest of timber in China, coupled with a huge increase in demand for products manufactured from American hardwoods, has placed a strain on the availability of logs for US sawmills. Demand increases outpaced production increases in 2017 and that gap will likely widen t...

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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....

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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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