The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 14, 1946 · Page 16
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 16

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Tuesday, May 14, 1946
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EOUB. Why Have L There are plenty of trees, plenty of lumber mills, but very little lumber for home building. WHY? Here are the simple facts behind the lumber .shortage — these facts are stopping Home Building: 1. Over 50% of our lumber was once cut by small mills. Thousands of these mills were put out of business during the warTby OP A ceiling prices. OPA still clings to wartime policies and these mills are still olit of business. 2. OPA's blind "hold the line" policies, plus lack of enforcement, have •v-i led to the development of a huge Black Market in lumber. "Black Market" lumber is lumber that costs the people more money than they would pay if lumber were flowing to them through the normal channels of distribution—the retail lumber dealer. 3. Wartime ceiling prices made it profitable for the lumber manufacturer to cut sizes of lumber suitable for war uses, but not suitable for home construction. As OPA continues this unrealistic policy, manufacturers continue to cut lumber sizes which are unsuitable for home construction. In some cases premium prices granted by OPA encouraged production of lumber not usable for Home Building. Proper peacetime adjustments have not yet been made to encourage production of home construction lumber such as flooring, ceiling, siding, mill work, plywood—all essential items in home construction. This situation affects all lumber production. Botsford Lumber Co. NATIONAL RETAIL LUM Bit 4. The manufacturers of lumber h ave 'been «plWide& with a hidden premium«on -export 'luniber. The OP A has made itmore prof itable ;to produce lumber for export to IForeignctturttries "than ; tb produce lumber fbr home cWstruction. ' ; ; •k^'^;l||^ff^''r;lP < !.'3>'.'.:'.; ' ;X5 H •• • ; : j .:;i -\(^ These are merely examples from the luniber Afield Whidh indicate the type of OPA action^that is blocking the production oiF home building materials in many fieslds. |" The fact remains ^ that 'homes carrnot be 'built »l^y«ihy»andujfcry or ^Government agency without materials. ; ^ : , : s/TriiT^q Homes cannot be built without lumber— Whether that home be wood frame, brick, concrete, 0r?»tbhe. : • i i • i The lumber and building material dealers, v5rfhd thfe contractors of the nation can build all the homes needed— 4fithe£|ttto<the materials. But the flow df materials must be unblocked. OrilyihcreiUed producing of building materials can solve the so, ctflled ihottiirtfejiJ^lem and the unrealistic pricing policy of OPA is th«^^e^|^<«ll^p^k^ increased 'production! •• , . ; ;v^ ••••^u,, vl -; -W ' .- N • government ,pf^|pim not FIRST remove the obstacles blocking production of materials Witt simply add additional difficulties to the the building industry. TTI i .£*fe:?;/5tai3iiilw

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