Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on March 8, 1946 · Page 12
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Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas · Page 12

Pampa, Texas
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Friday, March 8, 1946
Page 12
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Why Don't We Have Lumber FOR HOME BUILDING? There are plenty of frees, plenty of lumber mills, but very little lumber for home building. WHY? Here are the simple facls behind ihe lumber shortage — Jhese facis are stopping Home Biiulding: 1, OPA's war-iime pricing formulas are decreasing production of lumber. 2. OPA's blind "hold the line" policies, plus lack of enforcement, have led io 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 dis- tribution—ihe 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 constuction. As OPA continues this unrealistic policy, manufacturers continue to cut lumber sizes which are unsuitable for home construc- . tion. In some cases premium prices granted by OPA encouraged production of lumber net usable for Home Building. Proper peacetime adjustments have not yet been made to encourage production of home construction lumber such as flooring, ceiling, siding, millwork, plywood — all essential items in home construction. This situation affects all lumber production. 4. The manufacturers of lumber have been provided with a hidden premium on export lumber. The OPA has made it more profitable io produce lumber for export to foreign countries than to produce lumber for home construction. These are merely examples from the lumber field which indicate the type of OPA action that is blocking the production of home building materials in many fields. The fact remains that homes cannot be built by any industry or Government agency without materials. Homes cannot be built without lumber—whether that home be wood frame, brick, concrete, or stone. The.lumber and building material dealers, and the contractors of ihe nation can build all the homes needed—if they have the materials. But ihe flow of materials must be unblocked. Only increased production of building materials can solve the so-called housing problem and the unrealistic pricjjig policy of OPA is the biggest present block to increased production! Any government program that does not FIRST remove the obstacles blocking production of materials will simply add additional difficulties to the problem facing the building industry. * You can help correct this bad condition by writing your Congressman or Senator today! LUMBER DEALERS of RAM PA » ACNE LUMBER CO. HOUSTON BROS, INC. FOXWORTH-GALBRAIf H LUMBER CO. 110W. Thtit Phone «7 420 W. Foste, , Phone 1000 101 S. B.llord HftMtt FOX RIG & LUMBER CO. LYNN BOYD.-"Good Lumber" WHITE HOUSE LUMBER CO. 1QQS, Hobort Phone 210 905 S.. Ciiykr • PtamS 900 3141, Ty«i . — • 7h»n» 19f IONAL RETAIL LUMBER DEALERS ASSOCIAT 1

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