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Publication: Journal of Forest Products Business Research
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Reference ID: Volume 6, Article No. 2
Publish Year: 2009
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Title: Effects of Hurricane Katrina on the Structure, Performance, Capacity, and Future of the Lumber Industry in U.S. Gulf States
The focus of this research was the lumber industry in the area impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The investigation method was a survey of both hardwood and softwood lumber mills in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. The total response rate was 42.4 percent. Results showed that the storm had both a significant and negative effect on lumber production. Contributing factors to this included the
disruption of the wood supply system and the damage sustained by the mill; additionally , there were productivity and quality issues. Mill type and location were not significant indicators of lost productivity . Mills that owned timberland experienced output declines to a greater extent than those that did not. A facility ’s future outlook is dependent upon its location in relation to the storm. Raw material security will be paramount in remaining competitive in the industry .

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