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Using the Wood Industry Almanac As a Forecast Tool

The 2015 Wood Industry Almanac gives snapshot forecasts of 10 major wood manufacturing markets, plus trends in technology, materials, and design. Get first look at the 2015 edition.
Recorded Oct 8 2014 16 mins
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