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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
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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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