Knock on wood: Positive construction market conditions will support industry revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Lumber Wholesaling market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Improved demand has pushed lumber prices up, raising selling prices and buoying both revenue and profit
  • Metal products are generally becoming more popular in doors, windows and frames
  • Private spending on home improvement is forecast to grow over the outlook period

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Lumber wholesalers distribute lumber, plywood, millwork and wood panel products to residential, industrial and commercial construction companies, hardware stores and carpentry contractors in the United States. Industry revenue performance has been volatile over the past five years. As a major supplier of wood products for the residential construction sector, the Lumber Wholesaling industry suffered a severe contraction in demand during the housing slump and through 2012. In the coming years, the industry is expected to grow due to positive construction market conditions. In turn, construction markets will be fueled by rising disposable incomes, improving business confidence and low interest rates...

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    Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Lumber Wholesaling industry has a low level of market share concentration. In 2016, the top four companies are expected to generate less than 10.0% of industry revenue, signifying a highly fragmented industry composed of mostly small- and medium-sized operators. The industry is fragmented because its operations are often geographically restricted to one state or region and its downstream industrial markets are diverse. About one-third of all industry operators are nonemployers (i.e. sole proprietorships).

    Market share concentration has increased over the past five years, as larger companies partake in acquisition activity to diversify offerings, reach strategic markets and sustain profitability. For..

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    Additional Insights for the Lumber Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Lumber Wholesaling Industry are

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Housing starts and Value of private nonresidential construction in the Lumber Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Lumber Wholesaling Industry?

    This industry distributes a range of lumber, plywood, millwork and wood panel products to contractors, home improvement stores and hardware stores. The industry does not include wholesalers that distribute nonwood roofing and siding materials, nor does it include establishments that distribute timber and timber products, such as railroad ties, logs, firewood and pulpwood. However, it does include distributors of nonwood doors, windows and frames and distributors of metal millwork.

    Industry Products
    Wholesaling lumber and boards
    Wholesaling wood millwork
    Wholesaling plywood and panels
    Industry Activities
    Wholesaling lumber and boards
    Wholesaling millwork
    Wholesaling soft plywood and oriented strand board
    Wholesaling other wood panel products

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Housing starts
  • Value of private nonresidential construction
  • Demand from lumber and building material stores
  • Price of sawmill lumber

  • Current Performance
  • Construction and remodeling
  • Consumer preferences
  • Prices and profit margins
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Ongoing demand from construction markets
  • Metals and nonwood products
  • Stagnant industry profit and consolidation
  • Table: Lumber Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Lumber Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Home Builders
  • Apartment & Condominium Construction
  • Industrial Building Construction
  • Carpenters
  • Hardware Stores
  • Lumber & Building Material Stores
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Municipal Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Millwork
  • Sawmills & Wood Production
  • Wood Paneling Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Wholesaling lumber and boards
  • Wholesaling plywood and panels
  • Wholesaling wood millwork
  • Other
  • Chart: Lumber Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Residential construction market
  • Hardware and home improvement retailers
  • Non-residential construction market
  • Manufacturers and other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Lumber Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWages and depreciationOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Lumber Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Lumber Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Lumber Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Lumber Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Price of sawmill lumber (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • An engineered wood product made from combining wood fibers, resins and adhesive agents. Common types include particleboard, medium-density fiberboard and hardboard.
  • Millwork
  • Woodwork such as doors, windows, flooring and dimension stock.
  • Molding
  • An ornamentally shaped outline used as an architectural feature, used to cover transitions between surfaces or for decorative purposes. Traditionally made from solid milled wood.
  • Plywood
  • An engineered wood product consisting of thin sheets of wood (i.e. plies or wood veneers), layered to varying thickness and widely used for flexibility and strength.
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