ATHENS, Ga. – The 10 largest softwood lumber manufacturers in the United States, led by Weyerhaeuser, accounted for just over half of all U.S. production capacity in 2020, according to Forisk consulting.
Forisk’s top 10 softwood lumber producers combined for a total production capacity of 22,793 billion board feet (MMBF) in 2020 during a year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Production capacity of the top leaders was up 2.1% compared to 2019 and reflected an increase of 25.3% over 2017.
The top 10 list includes three Canadian-based companies: West Fraser, No. 2; Interfor, No. 4; and Canfor, No. 5.
Georgia-Pacific moved from No. 4 to No. 3 in swapping positions in the standings with Sierra Pacific. Forisk noted that G-P “made the most changes last year.” Among other things, G-P opened a new $150 million sawmill in Albany, Ga., and re-started a rebuilt mill in Warrenton, Ga.
Forisk specializes in analyzing forest supplies, wood demand, and timber pricing to develop forecasts and strategic guidance for clients.