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August 25, 2021
Where Have All the Workers Gone? – How to Survive the Labor Shortages of 2021

I’m writing this the morning of August 6, and the monthly jobs report from the USDOL has just been issued.  Last month’s report was somewhat underwhelming, so this one has been eagerly awaited.  It has lots of good news:


The economy added over 943,000 jobs in July, well ahead of economic forecasts

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August 25, 2021
Looking Inward Before Looking Outward

COVID-19 had an impact on how companies do business, and Portland-based Patrick Lumber was certainly no exception.  The company’s forward-thinking mindset, however,

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August 18, 2021
AGAINST THE GRAIN: SPECIAL EDITION (AUGUST 18, 2021)

The Olympics just ended a few weeks ago and just like every year, I was completely enthralled.

For 17 days, I watched, and this year it seemed extra special. The fact that they pulled it off in the midst of a pandemic is a testament to how important it is to come together,

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August 04, 2021
Save the Date for the 2021 Traders Market

After transforming the 2020 event into a virtual event experience, NAWLA Exchange, we are excited to host the NAWLA 2021 Traders Market in person again this year. The 2021 Traders Market is currently scheduled for November 10-12, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville will be a perfect stage for

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August 04, 2021
Reimagining Your Workplace: Hybrid Work

Operating your business in the current COVID world with the relaxing of COVID restrictions across the country requires considering what your future workplace will look like. According to a survey conducted by Forrester Research, while only 10% of companies offered remote work options prior to the pa

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August 04, 2021
The Wonder of Lumber

When reflecting on lessons learned from the pandemic, there were a number of angles I could take for this article. How did our company react in the initial months of the pandemic? How has remote work affected our team culture? What are we doing to navigate the resulting rise in lumber prices and

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August 04, 2021
Leaving the Pandemic Better Than Before

When the COVID-19 pandemic blew up, we at Snavely Forest Products knew that sitting passively by in hopes the crisis would work itself out wasn’t a realistic solution. Hope is not a plan! With that in mind, our company began making decisions and operating from two distinct, but parallel mindsets.

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