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December  2013
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Our President's Forecast for 2014
By: Ken Laughlin, HLPA President

Although higher lumber consumption resulted in a boost for domestic production in 2013, suppliers remained cautious with inventory. The recent government shutdown caused a ripple effect throughout the economy and created a feeling of uncertainty for many in the industry. But there is good news for the lumber sector. Construction growth is expected to be one of the economic saviors for Hawaii in 2014 with projects ranging from housing developments in West Oahu to high-rise condominiums in Kakaako to city and state infrastructure improvements statewide.

The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization's (UHERO) state forecast released this past October estimates authorizations for all new construction will exceed a growth of over 20 percent next year. Construction employment in Hawaii is poised for an 11 percent jump — resulting in more than 3,000 new jobs — with overall employment expected to go up 2.4 percent, according to the report. An increase in employment numbers will help drive the demand for more housing.


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2013 Pacific Building Trade Expo
HLPA was there!

The Hawaii Lumber Products Association was proud to exhibit at the recent Pacific Building Trade Expo Wednesday, November 13th at the Hawai`i Convention Center.

Admission for attendees was FREE and exclusive to building industry, design professionals & contractors.

We enjoyed:
  • FREE seminars.
  • An Expo floor open from 9am to 5:30pm. Products and services from 250 knowledgeable vendors.
  • FREE buffet lunch.
  • Pau Hana Reception & Super Blowout Prize Giveaway 4:00pm

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