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2022 MSR Annual Workshop

Begun in 1995, the MSR Workshop brings together members of the entire lumber supply chain, from production and grading to sales and distribution to end users, and offers a unique opportunity for participants to directly network and gain a broader perspective on the MSR market and opportunities for growth.

The 2022 MSR Workshop was held April 27-29 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more about how this unique event has been a valuable experience for many over the past 20+ years:


Wednesday, 4/27

  • Social Hour (5-7p)
  • Independent Dinner

Thursday, 4/28

  • Sessions (8a-12p)
  • Plant Tour (1-3p)
  • Hosted Dinner (6-8p)

Friday, 4/29

  • Sessions (8a-12p)

“I have found the workshops to be valuable for the purposes of education, networking, and applicable tours. It is a very relaxed environment that has proven to be a good tool in helping me manage my business.”

–Sean Kelly, Owner, Automated Products Inc.

2022 Workshop Sessions

A Technical Perspective on MSR & MEL

Linda Brown, Southern Pine Inspection Bureau

This session will provide a valuable overview of how machine graded lumber is produced, including information on lumber grading, the difference between visual and machine grading, and the advantages of using MSR/MEL. The speaker will also discuss design values and how engineers design with wood.

Analyzing the True Cost of Lumber Culling

Dennis Westhoff, Lumber Specialties-US LBM LLC

Get a component manufacturer’s viewpoint on the importance of understanding all of the costs associated with using different types of lumber – and the potential savings to be realized with MSR.

Analyzing Trends in the 2021 MSR Production Survey

Francois Robichaud, Forest Economic Advisors, LLC

Since the MSR Lumber Producers Council (MSRLPC) began tracking the progress of the Machine Stress Rated lumber industry in 1994, this annual production survey has been a tool for monitoring the progress of the industry in North America and promoting the use of MSR lumber worldwide. Join FEA’s Francois Robichaud for a deep dive into the most recent MSR Production Survey.

Shifting Dynamics of N. American Lumber Markets

Francois Robichaud, Forest Economic Advisors, LLC

Would you like to have a stronger grasp of the lumber markets that affect your business every day? Francois Robichaud of FEA will take a closer look at consolidation within the industry and consider the vision for the future. Specifically, he will discuss the growth of the Southern Pine industry and the impact of European wood on the market.

Softwood Lumber Agreement Update

Chris Leftis, Canfor

This session will bring the group up to speed on the ongoing issues regarding softwood lumber. The session will include an overview of the history of the trade dispute and an update on admin reviews and other current activities relevant to the SLA.

Summarizing the Effects of COVID on the Lumber Industry

Chris Leftis, Canfor

Canfor’s Director of Market Intelligence will reflect on a past pandemic and its effects on lumber pricing, examine housing affordability trends, and consider the list of current pandemic supply disruptions, including labor markets, absenteeism, and curtailments. His presentation will conclude with a look forward as the industry navigates out of the pandemic and faces new challenges.

What Lumber Should I Be Using?

Brandon Condratow & Tony Bruzzese, Canadian Engineered Wood Products

This session will help you gain a better understanding of what MSR grades and lengths to inventory (spoiler alert: Less is more!). This panel discussion will cover how to interchange MSR grades and species to maximize flexibility in your operations.


Burton Lumber

Burton Lumber’s Salt Lake City lumberyard is home to their corporate offices and main distribution center for their seven other full service lumberyards throughout Utah. This location also boasts Utah’s largest private locally-owned solar array project as Burton Lumber strives toward energy conservation and greater sustainability efforts. The 90-minute tour of the 200,000 square foot facility will include a look at their northern truss plant, custom door manufacturing facility, and prehung door shop.

Read more about how tours at the workshop add a layer of unique learning for all who attend.


Early-Bird (Deadline: 3/15/22)

  • $575 Member
  • $625 Non-Member


  • $625 Member
  • $675 Non-Member

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“It’s a very intimate workshop, not crowded with hundreds or thousands of people, and the educational seminars are very tailored to what we do every day and share value with everyone working in the industry.”

–Kyle Gibbons, Weston Forest Products Inc.