Soon, the wood industry will gather in Atlanta for Expo 2017 – the 34th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – sponsored by the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA).  Over the course of three days, June 14-16, those working in lumber manufacturing, forestry and related processes can inspect the latest machinery and technology for virtually all segments of their industry, serving both softwood and hardwood operations.

“Much of the sawmill equipment we display is interchangeable for either hardwood or softwood manufacturing,” comments Tony Stringer, president of Stringer Industries. “Expo is not just a pine show – this year we’ll display machinery that’s sold to a hardwood stave mill,” he adds.

“Nearly 30% of the Expo 2017 floor plan features equipment for hardwood operations,” notes exposition director Eric Gee. Beyond lumber manufacturing and engineering services, exhibitors include the biomass, pallet fabrication, material handling, treating and engineered wood segments of the industry.

Sponsored and conducted by SFPA every two years since 1950, this event has traditionally included many of the biggest names in the business, attracting key representatives from the nation’s largest wood products manufacturers.

Registration to attend Expo 2017 opens soon. Some exhibit space remains available.  Complete information, including the exhibit space application, the floor plan and a list of exhibiting companies, is available at

For questions about Expo 2017, contact Eric at 504/443-4464 (option 3), or e-mail him at

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SFPA is a nonprofit trade association that has represented manufacturers of Southern Pine lumber since 1915. Today, SFPA is the leading source of information about Southern Pine products for design-build professionals and consumers.