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FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AIDS HURRICANE ANDREW VICTIMS

 FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AIDS HURRICANE ANDREW VICTIMS
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Convoys of trucks from as far away as Oregon are wending their way southeast as the forest products industry responds to the needs of victims of Hurricane Andrew in south Florida and Louisiana.
 The trucks are carrying lumber, plywood and other building materials to help rebuild hurricane-ravaged communities.
 Industry estimated its contributions top $1 million in building materials and other products, plus cash, according to the National Forest Products Association (NFPA), the industry trade group.
 "This was no centralized effort, just a spontaneous outpouring of concern by companies and employees all over the country who wanted to do something for the victims," said Barry Cullen, NFPA president.
 "I think our members felt that since we make the products that build the homes and schools of America, we're going to do our part to get relief started and reconstruction under way.
 "In addition," said Cullen, "major manufacturers of plywood and other building materials, such as Georgia-Pacific and Louisiana-Pacific, have frozen plywood prices at pre-storm levels to prevent panic buying. Some truck convoys have already dropped off their cargoes. Others are on the way."
 A convoy originating in Portland, Ore., and joined by others along the route, is due to arrive in south Florida on Tuesday, Sept. 15, with cargoes of lumber, plywood, food and other products.
 In an effort called "Project Homestead," members of the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association last week sent two tractor-trailer loads of pine-roofing and sheathing materials to Homestead, Fla., the city hardest hit by the hurricane.
 In addition, Weyerhaeuser Co. donated six truckloads of building materials to hurricane victims in southern Louisiana. The contributions came from company plants in Michigan, Arkansas and Alabama.
 The Louisiana Forestry Association sent $100,000 worth of lumber, plywood and paper products to damaged areas.
 Also, Georgia-Pacific is donating 20 tractor-trailer loads of plywood, lumber and roofing materials, including four trailer loads to Firefighters Relief, which is seeking to assist the 350 Dade County, Fla., firefighters whose homes were damaged by the hurricane.
 Forest products companies also have made cash contributions totalling $150,000 to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund and the Louisiana Disaster Relief Account.
 "I couldn't be prouder of our companies and workers and how they've reacted," said Cullen. "When Hurricane Hugo struck three years ago, we reacted much the same way. We're an industry which has helped house America, and a lot of Americans need to rebuild as quickly as possible."
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 /CONTACT: Barry Polsky, 202-463-2455, or Kevin Brett, 503-222-7456, both of National Forest Products Association/ CO: National Forest Products Association ST: District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana IN: PAP SU:


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