Softwood Export Council:
Association Membership



American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC) - The AITC is the national technical trade association of the structural glued laminated timber manufacturers in the U.S. in addition to a number of installers, suppliers, sales representatives, engineers, architects, designers, and researchers. Utilizing the professional talents and extensive experience of its membership base, AITC developed, sponsored and continues to maintain the American National Standard for Structural Glued Laminated Timber. This standard may be identified with the AITC Quality Inspected grademark, the symbol of quality in engineered timber for 35 years. The recognition of AITC as the authority in the laminated timber industry is the direct result of the collaborative efforts of its members in the development and maintenance of today's industry design and product standards, the establishment of the benchmark industry quality assurance, inspection, grademark program and laminated timber research.

California Redwood Association (CRA) - The 80-year-old California Redwood Association is one of the oldest trade associations in the forest products industry. The Association is responsible for promoting the use of redwood, providing technical services to manufacturers, specifiers and builders and maintaining high product quality through its Redwood inspection Service division in Eureka.

The Center for International Trade in Forest Products - Addresses opportunities and problems related to the international trade of wood and fiber products. Emphasizing forest economics and policy analysis, international marketing, technology development and value added forest products, CINTRAFOR's work results in a variety of publications, professional gatherings, and consultations with public policymakers, industry representatives, and community members. Located in the Pacific Northwest, Cintrafor is administered through the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington and is supported by state, federal, and private grants. The Center's interdisciplinary research is carried out and through cooperative arrangements with professional groups,and individuals.

The Evergreen Building Products Association (EBPA)  The Evergreen Building Products Association is a private, non-profit trade association comprised of over 120 building material manufacturers, consolidators, resident/light commercial construction and service related companies. The Association serves the membership by providing leadership and developing key programs that increase competitiveness and assist its members in identifying new domestic and international marketing opportunities. The Association was created to provide the international housing and building materials industries with a focal point - an organization networking all of the key elements in the transaction equation. The diverse membership base ensures a broad representation of all sectors that have a financial stake in the viability of these important industries. The Association works to strengthen the industry and its membership by promoting activities and programs that address education and training, international market promotion and technical transfer needs of the international housing and building products industries.

Idaho Department of Commerce - The mission of the Idaho Department of Commerce is to assist Idaho firms to develop market expertise, make business contacts and improve their ability to compete in the global marketplace by participating in Governor-led trade missions, attending targeted industry specific trade shows and making personal sales calls to businesses abroad.

Ketchikan Wood Technology Center The Ketchikan Wood Technology Center (KWTC) is a complete wood testing and product development facility; a partnership with the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC). The KWTC is working on a project that will benefit the wood products industry in Alaska by helping to raise the market value of Alaskan wood fiber through testing and product development: both for high value export and import substitution. 

North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) - For 106 years, NAWLA has been a leader in the support of interests of forest products distributors in an ever-changing industry. NAWLA is an international trade association of over 500 leading wholesalers and manufacturers throughout the United States and Canada. NAWLA wholesalers and wholesaler-processor members, whose combined 1997 sales were over $17 billion, are dedicated to maintaining the integrity of lumber distribution and to the responsible use of forest resources. As the unifying force for efficient distribution, NAWLA serves as an educator and counselor on issues within the forest products industry. NAWLA provides publications and learning tools for its membership to better understand current trends and opportunities in the forest products industry.

Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD) - The OECDD is a state agency that works with and for Oregonians to build communities and strong businesses. OECDD help Oregon businesses and industries compete globally by developing and expanding export markets including softwood lumber products. Markets of particular focus include Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Southeast Asia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Canada and Western Europe.

Oregon State University - Wood Science and Engineering - The OSU Department of Wood Science and Engineering is one of the largest university forest products science and technology programs in North American. Programs include options in Wood Industry Management and Wood Science and Engineering. Research programs are varied and multidisciplinary, ranging from microbiology to Marketing, from structural engineering to chemistry, from composite materials science to wood quality, and many others.

Pacific Lumber Exporters Association (PLEA) - In the forest products industry, the members of the Pacific Lumber Exporters Association provide consumers with the service, reliability and experience that is demanded within the industry. PLEA members supply softwood and hardwood lumber, lumber by-products, panel products and value added products. Since 1923 the Associations members have worked diligently to provide quality ensured products at competitive international prices and providing solutions to specific market needs.

Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau (PLIB) - The Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau, headquartered in Federal Way, Washington and operating since 1903, is a non-profit lumber quality inspection bureau. It provides services in a uniform manner and in accordance with specifications of a contract between buyer and sellers to lumber manufacturers and or re-manufacturers in Western Oregon and Washington, in the U.S. and the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. It provides supervision of grading and or grade stamping of lumber with its registered logo at 32 member mills in the U.S. and 15 in British Columbia for shipment in either the foreign or domestic trade. Both the American Lumber Standard committee and the Canadian Lumber Standards Accreditation Board approve its facilities.

UAF-Sitka Forest Products Program
The purpose of this project is economic development. The development process requires information about the markets for the Alaskan softwood products.  This program is designed to generate required information and transfer it to the softwood industry. Alaska
sawmills that market products in accordance with the developed information should be able to increase the value of sales by 10 percent. Such an increase would represent $2.3 million increase in sales.

University Of Minnesota Duluth The Forestry and Forest Products Division-   The Forestry and Forest Products Division is part of the Center for Applied Research and Technology Development (CARTD) at the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI), a research unit of the University of Minnesota Duluth.  The goal of the division is to support forestry and forest products industry growth through research, product development, and technology transfer. 


Washington State Trade & Economic Development  (OTED) - OTED is a state agency that assists small and mid size businesses in Washington State compete successfully in the global economy. The division provides services for the businesses such as, specific product market information for individual products and foreign markets, technical information on product standards, licensing, labeling and product certification and organizing workshops and seminars to provide accurate and timely information to Washington businesses on issues related to doing business abroad. 

West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau (WCLIB) - The WCLIB is a non-profit service organization serving over 92 western mills. The primary objective of the WCLIB is the development and maintenance of uniform lumber standards. The WCLIB provides grading supervision service, reinspection, and transient inspection services for solid sawn softwood lumber. The present WCLIB was established as an independent organization in 1968 and has been and remains a leader in lumber grading and grade standardization in the U.S. The West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau is one of six lumber grading rules writing agencies in the United States accredited by the American Lumber Standard Committee, Inc. which write and publish grading rules, and supervise lumber grading.

Western Wood Preservers Institute (WWPI) - WWPI represents the pressure treated wood industry in western North America. WWPI provides educational information to assist consumers in the selection and proper, safe and environmentally appropriate use of treated wood products. WWPI members are dedicated to providing quality products that meet all building and treating code standards within the industry. The Institutes members' treated wood products are produced using only EPA approved Consumer Information Sheets to ensure that quality products continue to meet code standards.

Wood Moulding & Millwork Producers Association (WMMPA) - The WMMPA is an international trade association for manufacturers of hardwood and softwood mouldings, interior and exterior door frames and jambs, plank paneling and related millwork products. WMMPA's primary goals are to promote quality products produced by its members, develop sources of supply, promotes optimum use of raw materials, standardize industry products and to increase the domestic and foreign usage of moulding and millwork products. The functions of the Association provides the necessary tools, information and services necessary to assist members achieve increased sales and profitability.