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Associations seek to help members hit by product shortages

Groups concentrate on advocacy and communications; prices skyrocket for lumber, semiconductors and other supply-chain essentials


July 9, 2021
By Walt Williams

The COVID-19 pandemic has left behind a multitude of shortages in products and materials, leaving some associations scrambling to help their members get through the downturn and communicate to policymakers the reasons behind the problem.

One example: Lumber prices shot through the roof, affecting a range of industries. Among them are the manufacturers of wooden pallets used to transport goods. Brent McClendon, CEO of the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association, said the shortage is unprecedented.

“Throughout the whole pandemic, there’s been this tremendous stress and duress that the supply chain has been under,” he said.

(Lumber prices have fallen recently, but they remain above pre-pandemic levels.)