Russia sees what B.C. doesn't: Raw log exports cost forest industry jobs
- By Bob Matters, Vancouver Sun, Canada
Someone in Russia figured out there is a lot more potential jobs and profit in processing Russian timber in Russian sawmills and generating investment in Russian value-added plants. Instead of exporting those jobs to China, they'll create jobs at home.
Ironically, in the U.S. Pacific Northwest companies went the opposite direction. After decades of log exports, in the face of the slump in the Japanese housing market of the late 1990s, they finally upgraded their sawmills, selling lumber domestically and even importing logs -- from B.C.
Bob Matters is the chair of the United Steelworkers Wood Council.