January 24, 2020  Thanksgiving of last year Freres Lumber was subject to a ransomware attack which shutdown key systems and caused significant disruptions. Luckily, we were able to bring key systems back online within three weeks and recover information that was important for business operations. Most...

December 27, 2019 As a “part 2” discussion on robots in the wood products industry, I’d like to dive in to how robots have long been helpful in labor-intensive positions dealing with higher-value products; in our case, this applies to patching for visual grade veneer products....

December 23, 2019 Commodity plywood markets are unyielding, limping into the holiday weeks with few changes in prices or in the marketplace. Customers seem content to stay the course—that is, buy their needs, only. No changes really. Prices are trading in a very narrow and low range. There is simply...

December 20, 2019 Fear of robots taking over the world began long before the Terminator movies brought human subjugation by Skynet to the screen. Even as children we have long read stories of John Henry fighting off the cold indifference of industrial progress with his powerful...

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