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SPFs Strength Properties Monitoring Underway

As required by the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC), all approved species or species grouping must be tested every 5 years by their rules-writing agency to ensure that the assigned…

July, 26th 2017

Northeastern Loggers’ Expo Exhibit

NELMA continued its visibility before the northeastern logging and related forest industry audience with an exhibit at the Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Expo, sponsored by the Northeastern Loggers’ Association. The…

May, 30th 2017

NELMA Helps Architects Re-Think Wood at AIA ’17 Expo

An estimated 30,000 architects, designers, and others affiliated with the design profession descended upon Orlando for this year’s Conference and Exposition of the American Institute of Architects, held April 27-29…

May, 3rd 2017

NELMA’s Red Pine Subcommittee Convenes for First Time

The January 1 official merge of the Northern Softwood Lumber Bureau with NELMA included the creation of a Red Pine Subcommittee under the Association’s Grading Committee. With Red Pine’s dominance…

May, 3rd 2017

2016 Mill Performance Safety Awards Announced by NELMA

NELMA is pleased to announce this year’s safety awards based upon 2016 performance records submitted by Association members.  Awards are given to the top mill performers in three categories; Sawmill…

May, 2nd 2017

2017 Sustainable Versatility Design Competition Underway

NELMA’s design competition for student architects and interns for 2017 is well underway with informational “Grow Your Own Building” posters mailed in January to 76 colleges and universities that have…

March, 28th 2017

JLC Live and Lively!

The wildly popular JLC Live Residential Construction Show continues to be a huge draw for building and construction specialists from throughout New England and the northeast.  Held March 23-25 at…

March, 28th 2017

Lumber Shipments on a 10-Year High

Reported shipments for the year 2016 from NELMA’s Northeastern Dimension and Eastern White Pine lumber mills have reached a new 10-year high as a total of 947.4 million board feet…

March, 28th 2017

Skip & Wane No. 6

Skip has certainly turned into the “gung-ho” employee!

February, 28th 2017

NELMA’s Virtual Tour Opens Up Third Door

First launched in 2014, NELMA’s online Virtual Home Tour continues to expand, with the addition of Door No. 3 this past month to the collection of homes currently available for…

February, 28th 2017

NELMA Exhibits at International Builders’ Show

As part of the Softwood Lumber Board’s continued promotional support of “appearance” grade products, NELMA once again participated  within the Wood Naturally exhibit at the 2017 International Builders’ Show (IBS), held…

January, 24th 2017

NELMA Grows Attention with Architects @ ABX in Boston

The ArchitectureBoston Expo was held November 15-17 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, drawing over 8,000 professional architects, designers, and architecture student attendees from throughout New England and beyond,…

December, 12th 2016

Norway Spruce Approved for SPFs Grouping Inclusion

After 4 years of discussing, researching, locating, verifying, planning, sampling, testing, and analyzing, Norway Spruce becomes the 10th softwood species to be included within the Spruce-Pine-Fir south (SPFs) grouping of…

November, 8th 2016

NELMA @ NAWLA Traders Market

The Mirage in Las Vegas hosted this year’s Traders Market, October 26-28, sponsored by the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA).  More than 1,600 representatives of this important lumber customer…

November, 1st 2016

New Inspector Added to the NELMA Staff

NELMA is pleased to welcome Brian Ward as a new employee to the Association in the position of Inspector, effective August 29.  Brian brings more than 25 years of experience…

September, 30th 2016

NELMA Welcomes Egypt Furniture Manufacturers

A group of 9 representatives from the furniture industry in Egypt visited New England the week of August 28 to learn first-hand about Eastern White Pine.  Sponsored by the USDA’s…

September, 29th 2016

NELMA Exhibits @ AIA in Philadelphia

As part of the “Re-Think” Wood Pavilion, NELMA participated in the 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention, held May 19-21 in Philadelphia.  Made possible with funding provided by the…

June, 14th 2016

Pakistani Lumber Importers Visit NELMA

NELMA was once again the first stop in the U.S. for a group from Pakistan involved with importing softwoods and hardwoods from around the world.  Accompanied by the Agriculture Marketing…

June, 14th 2016

UMaine Hosts Grading Workshop for Students

The University of Maine’s School of Forestry hosted a 2-day grading workshop on May 19 and 20, with 20 students and School faculty in attendance. NELMA’s Director of Inspection Services,…

June, 14th 2016

easternwhitepine.org – Visually Enhanced!

To keep things online-fresh, a visual overhaul has been completed for NELMA’s easternwhitepine.org website, the Association’s primary informational portal for its promotion of Eastern White Pine.  Multiple activities within NELMA’s…

April, 5th 2016

Wainscoting @ JLC Live 2016

With the financial support of the Softwood Lumber Board’s “Wood Naturally” campaign, NELMA once again exhibited and showcased product at this year’s JLC Live Expo, held March 18 & 19…

April, 5th 2016

Shipments Top 900 million for 2015!

Total shipments from NELMA’s lumber manufacturers in 2015 exceeded 900 million board feet (MBF), the largest volume reported since 2006!  Both Dimension lumber (primarily Spruce-Pine-Fir species) and Eastern White Pine…

March, 7th 2016

Our 35th Year @ LBM 2016

The 2016 version of NRLA’s Lumber and Building Material Expo was held February 10-12 for the first time in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center.  This year marked NELMA’s…

March, 7th 2016

A First for NELMA: IBS 2016

The International Builders’ Show (IBS) is THE annual place to be for the building and construction industry, where thousands are in attendance during the 3-day event.  The 2016 Show was…

February, 5th 2016

Bark Measurement Tool Reprinted

NELMA’s bark measurement ruler is back in print for use by wood packaging facilities and now available from your NELMA Inspector.  This unique tool has been a handy reference piece…

January, 4th 2016

The Adventures of Skip & Wane No. 4

Issue number 4 of The Adventures of Skip & Wane introduces us to our mill owner, Mr. Pickwick and his attempt to keep the mill on top of the latest…

December, 31st 2015

Where in the World is NELMA @ ABX Boston

NELMA utilized its new Eastern White Pine – Grown for Modern Spaces exhibit at this year’s Architecture Boston Expo (ABX), held November 17-19 at the Boston Convention Center.  ABX is…

November, 30th 2015

The 2016 Sustainable Versatility Design Competition Announced

The 2016 Sustainable Versatility Design Competition was recently announced to over 80 accredited U.S. architecture and design schools.  In addition to emailing information regarding the upcoming competition to over 200…

November, 30th 2015

Annual Outreach to Overseas Lumber Buyers

With its full page advertisement titled See the Stamp, Trust the Quality, NELMA continues its visibility within the global market via the 2015 edition of the Forest Products Export Directory.  This…

November, 30th 2015

Breaking Norway!

Norway Spruce lumber that is!   Beginning October 20, the final phase of NELMA’s project to test Norway Spruce to obtain strength values got underway. To summarize from the beginning,…

October, 30th 2015

NELMA’s Exhibit Outreach Ramps Up

The Association’s exhibit hits the road beginning in November at a number of significant events attended by important targeted audiences identified within NELMA’s Marketing Program. Here’s a preview of where…

October, 30th 2015

Kennebunkport Hosts NELMA’s Fall Meeting

NELMA’s Fall Golf Tournament and Board of Directors Meeting was held September 24 & 25 in Kennebunkport, Maine.  A total of 121 Association members and guests attended all or part…

September, 30th 2015

Up Close: Eastern White Pine in BPD

Eastern White Pine and NELMA are prominently on display within the current issue of Building Products Digest.  Since 2004, the magazine has provided the Association with a special section in…

September, 30th 2015

New Mobile Access Features at nelma.org

This month, NELMA is pleased to make available a broader accessibility to member-specific information.  While all of NELMA’s information has been viewable online via a desktop/laptop computer for years, we…

August, 31st 2015

The Adventures of Skip & Wane – No. 3

In this third installment, Wane is obviously losing patience with his brother Skip’s happy-go-lucky personality! This single-panel issue utilizes the same graphics used at NELMA’s Annual Convention in April for…

August, 31st 2015

Wood Surroundings are Healthy! Here’s Proof.

For those that have long felt there were health benefits to living and working in spaces that contained wood products on the walls, floors, and/or ceilings, new research proves their…

July, 28th 2015

See What’s Behind Door No. 2

NELMA is pleased to offer Door No. 2 in our Virtual Home Tour series, now available for viewing on the Association’s Eastern White Pine exclusive website.  This new doorway is…

July, 28th 2015

The Adventures of Skip & Wane – No. 2

This second issue of NELMA’s industry-related comic strip introduces us to Skip and Wane’s co-worker at the mill, Ms. Dolly Varden, and Spike Knot, the mill’s mischievous bulldog mascot.  Once…

June, 26th 2015

NELMA Announces 2015 Safety Award Winners

The Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA) is pleased to announce the 2015 Safety Award winners, honoring the 2014 calendar year lumber manufacturers’ safety performances.  These Awards are given annually in…

June, 16th 2015

Looking for NELMA Grader No. 2039!

In 1970, the Association’s process of certifying lumber graders at a member sawmill mill was officially developed into a more formalized process.  In the decades previously, NELMA’s inspectors would work…

May, 20th 2015

New NELMA Exhibit Unveiled @ AIA Atlanta

Occupying one corner of the Wood Products Showcase pavilion at the National Convention of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), NELMA introduced its new exhibit graphics and hands-on wood visuals…

May, 20th 2015

2015 Grader Competition Dates

  Mark your calendars for the 2015 NELMA Grader Competitions! Dimension Grader Competition – Saturday, June 13th – DiPrizio Pine Sales, Middleton, NH Pine Grader Competition – Saturday, June 27th…

May, 18th 2015

NELMA Does Boston for its 82nd Annual Convention

The Marriott Long Wharf Hotel hosted the 82nd Annual Convention of the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA), April 23 & 24 in Boston.  This year’s event was attended by 189…

April, 28th 2015

NELMA @ JLC Live

NELMA was front and center, and on-stage at this year’s JLC Live Expo, held March 20 & 21 at at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.  2015 marked the…

April, 20th 2015

NELMA Introduces The Adventures of Skip & Wane

Leave it to NELMA to come up with the first-ever forest products industry-themed comic strip, The Adventures of Skip & Wane!  Issue No. 1 introduces the two brothers that both…

April, 8th 2015

Eastern Softwood Spotlight & NELMA Close-up

An added feature debuted in the March issue of Building Products Digest magazine, with the front-page headline spotlighting Eastern Softwoods. This special feature provided an opportunity for NELMA to zero…

March, 19th 2015

Staff Changes @ the HQ Office

NELMA is pleased to announce two recent changes in staff positions within the headquarters office in Cumberland, Maine, effective March 9.  First, the position of Admin. Asst. – Bookkeeping &…

March, 19th 2015

Total Lumber Shipments for 2014 Highest Since 2007

Final shipment data reported to NELMA from its member lumber manufacturers indicate that totals for the calendar year 2014 reached the highest levels since 2007, when combining shipments of Eastern…

February, 19th 2015

Pleasant River Lumber to Purchase Moose River Lumber

The owners of Pleasant River Lumber (PRL) have agreed with the Lumbert family and Kruger, Inc. to purchase Moose River Lumber Company (MRL) subject only to final documentation.  The parties hope to…

February, 5th 2015

The Tough gets Tougher – Grader Academy 300 Series

The next level of NELMA’s Grader Training program is now up and running!  Level 300 courseware for Eastern White Pine is the latest installment to this unique online educational series…

January, 21st 2015

NGR Added to NELMA Library

The official Interpretations of the National Grading Rule (NGR) for Softwood Dimension Lumber have been added to NELMA’s print and online library.  These Interpretations, approved by the National Grading Rule…

January, 20th 2015

NELMA @ NAWLA Traders Market

NELMA’s “See the Stamp, Trust the Quality” 10’x10’ trade show exhibit greeted 1,300 registered attendees at this year’s Traders Market, hosted by the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) November 12-14…

December, 2nd 2014

3Q Lumber Shipments by NELMA Mills

NELMA’s lumber mills shipped a total of 631 million board feet (MMBF) of softwood lumber through the first 9 months of this year according to reports received by the Association….

December, 1st 2014

“The Next Generation” White Pine Monograph

The latest issue of The White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs is now available from the Association, the eleventh issue published since their rebirth in 2006.  Volume 26, No. 1…

November, 4th 2014

Architects See Wood!

NELMA continued its presence before the largest regional gathering of architects and building design professionals with its 10×10 exhibit at the 2014 ABX event held at the Boston Convention Center,…

November, 4th 2014

New NELMA Inspector in Midwest

NELMA is pleased to welcome John Stiefel (pronounced STEE-fell) to the Association’s Inspection Team, effective October 6. John is a native Ohioan, residing in Perrysburg, Ohio (Toledo metro area), and…

November, 3rd 2014

NELMA @ ENAP

NELMA recently participated in the 2014 ENAP Annual Forest Products Conference, held October 27 in Baltimore. ENAP is one of the largest forest product buyer co-ops that services a large…

November, 3rd 2014

New Tree Host for Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed

(USDA) On October 14, 2014, the USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) at the Smithsonian confirmed the partial adult and larval specimens recovered from a white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) as emerald…

November, 3rd 2014

NELMA Invites you to ABX 2014

ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) is one of the largest events for the design and construction industry in the country, and the largest regional conference and tradeshow. The show’s attendance typically numbers…

September, 25th 2014

Seeking the NEXT Generation!

Currently in print, the latest issue of the White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs will display a selection of architectural designs featuring Eastern White Pine from young, aspiring architects motivated…

September, 4th 2014

NELMA Welcomes New Addition to the Inspection Staff

The Association said goodbye on August 1 to Dennis Cornelius, NELMA’s retiring Export Wood Packaging Inspector for Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and Eastern Iowa. Dennis has provided inspection services to NELMA’s wood…

August, 7th 2014

Pellet Inspection Program Promoted

NELMA was one of 2 agencies accredited by the ALSC to provide certification for wood pellets that chose to exhibit at this year’s annual conference of the Pellet Fuels Institute….

August, 6th 2014