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Top News Articles From 2022

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2022 was filled with acquisitions, closures, market fluctuations and business surprises! With 2022 now in the rearview mirror, we take a moment to reflect on the three most read articles from last year.

#3:  How to conduct an interview in 5 uncomplicated steps

No doubt the need to hire quality workers impacted the lumber industry last year.  The Building Gurus informative article about interviewing best practices was the third most read article of 2022.  Their five steps can be summarized like this:

1). Prepare

2). Make a Connection

3). Ask Questions, Show Curiosity And Dig Deeper

4). Turn On Your Recruiter Brain

5). Moving Forward

If you missed it, you can read the entire article here.

#2: NAHB: Housing Market at Inflection Point as Builder Confidence Continues to Fall

Published in April 2022, as mortgage rates jumped at the same time as home prices and material costs were also escalating, this article struck a chord with an industry so tied to housing starts.

By October, NAHB had reported that builder confidence had declined for 10 consecutive months as the housing market continued to weaken. 

This trend will no doubt be closely watched as we move into 2023.

If you missed it, you can read the entire article here.

#1:  Sinclar Announces Temporary Manufacturing Reduction at Lumber Operations

The most read article of 2022 related to Sinclar Group’s April 2022 announcement to temporarily reduce output at three of its sawmill operations.  The firm cited uncertainty of fibre supply and supply chain bottlenecks as the underlying reason for the reduction.

Of course, Sinclar was not the only sawmill curtailing production.  Other notable sawmill curtailments reported in 2022 include Canfor, Neiman Enterprises, Conifex, Rosboro and Western Forest Products.

If you missed it, you can read the entire article here.

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Mark Erickson is Sr. Vice President at Blue Book Services Inc.