Interesting facts you have out west there. We don’t have high paying markets for pine pulp. But we can still sell logs here and there. And the market for low grade saw logs and high grade poplar logs has increased steadily over the past 7 or 8 months. (pallet shops mostly & cabinet manufactureres) It’s interesting you say there’s no money, because things are booming here. Everyone who is any good at doing something is covered up with work. Our construction company is scheduled out into next march now with no end in sight. My friend with the tree surgeon business is buried for 6 months at least. my brother got a high-paying job offer yesterday to build and set up another quarry in our county. This time mining geodes. It’s hard to find a sheetrock man, or a plumber, or an electrician to do sub-contract work because they’re all busy. Decent low-end labor is getting hard to find and getting more expensive because there are so many new jobs here. the current unemployment rate is down to 4.6% in June in AL.Pretty steadily dropping month by month since last fall. Factories are being built, manufacturing jobs are opening up. Wellborne Cabinet shop is expanding. Car manufacturers are hiring at Honda, Toyota, Kia, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, NABI (North American Bus Industries).
Shredable scrap (tin) is still bringing $5.00/100lb. Scrap thievery has been curtailed significantly with the new(ish) photo law to record all scrap sales.
Gas is only $1.85. Eggs are $.59/dozen and milk is $.99 a gallon. The general sense here is that things are a lot better than they were last year and are consistently getting better. There’s hope in the air again in these parts…
I wonder why things seem so bad on that end of the country and not here…Any ideas…?
And I am curious…This may be a question for another post or even a PM…but what is this “crash” in February I keep seeing mentioned?