Products & Grades

Products and Processes

The American hardwood industry services the growing global demand for American hardwood products including lumber, veneer, plywood, flooring, moulding and dimension materials.

This chapter provides information about the American hardwood processing industry, its products and their availability, according to species and region.



The grading rules for American hardwood lumber were established by the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) and are the national standard for the US hardwood industry, forming the basis for grading export lumber.

The grading of sawn wood into categories as it is processed helps to determine to a large extent the value and potential use possible or each board of sawn lumber.


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