Gross and Janes Co.
Summer 2015
Message From the President

Summer begins with a serious lack of available log production throughout our region. Rains of "biblical" proportions have plagued areas south of Little Rock and in eastern Texas for the past 18 months, keeping loggers idle for extended periods of time. These areas are now beginning to dry out, which should lead to increased tie production in the coming months. This should be a big help to the mills and the railroads.

We are pleased to announce the startup of our new company-owned sawmill in Maplesville, Alabama. We are looking at additional ways to source our own green ties versus competing on price for ties produced by other mills. This will help ensure an adequate supply of logs, which will benefit everyone!


Mike Pourney


Marketplace Report — Summer 2015
A random survey of selected sawmills was taken the week of June 8, 2015 to develop this non-scientific snapshot of the crosstie purchasing market. This report is broken down into four primary log harvesting regions covering portions of Missouri, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana (see map). It covers both oak and mixed wood logs.

Hightlights: Log inventories remain low for several reasons. Drier weather has resulted in a shortage of loggers to fill the mills with logs, as many loggers turn to other seasonal farm-related priorities. Competition with higher-priced lumber mills has also adversely affected log inventories. On the flip side, diesel prices have remained low, helping to maintain reasonable transportation costs.