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Later that year, Matt joined Tampa International Forest Products' plywood department and soon transferred into their infant southern yellow pine lumber department. There he bought and sold with a trading floor of over 20 wholesale traders.
In 1982 he co-founded Monroe Wood Products, a subsidiary of Shoffner Industries, Burlington, NC. MWP was the purchasing division for Shoffner's truss plants and remanufacturing facilities, as well as a lumber and plywood office wholesaler.
In the summer of 1984 Matt began creating The Pine Page, and the first issue was published May 1985 as a southern yellow pine lumber and plywood market analysis and forecast. From 1988 through 1990, he traded lumber with Arling Lumber Company, Cincinnati, OH and from 1990-1992 Matt operated and owned a retail lumber business, Woodscapes Plus (specializing in custom pressure treated decks, fencing, playground equipment and outdoor furniture), in Burlington, NC.
In 1992 The Pine Page expanded and rebranded as Layman’s Lumber Guide and became Layman’s full time occupation.
Layman’s Lumber Guide Forecasting Suite is the industry's most prominent and reliable lumber market analyses and forecasts, covering Southern Yellow Pine lumber, Canadian SPF lumber, Western US lumber and OSB...projecting "WHEN" lumber & OSB prices will most likely reverse or accelerate trends.
Product dimensions referred to herein do not imply actual net sizes, rather are commonly used descriptions of the products.
Publisher Matt Laymanhas worked in lumber commodities for nearly four decades, drawing on a wealth of real-world experience.
Matt studied Computer Science and Engineering Operations at North Carolina State University from 1971 to 1975, and began his career in the forest products industry in May 1975 as an inside sales representative for Georgia Pacific Corporation at its Raleigh, North Carolina distribution branch.
After spending two years in sales and panel procurement for the branch, he transferred to the Charlotte, NC branch to manage their “cut-to-size” and industrial program.
In 1979, Matt relocated to Tampa, FL with Pan Pacific, buying and selling various imported wood products, including lumber, plywood, hardboard, and door parts, however the pace was much too slow communicating by telex...yes this was long before the internet, even the fax machine.