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A Building Block of the Economy Begins Comeback

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Demand for lumber is growing, fueled by more building at home and abroad.

A resurgent lumber industry could be a harbinger of an economic comeback for our nation.

Northern Michigan saw mills went through tough times during the recession. Many closed, and those that didn't slowed production and endured layoffs.

After five long years orders are picking back up again, and some mills are hiring heading into 2013.

For the first time in several years mill operators are planning for the future instead of simply hoping for a few more days.

Investors are confident, lumber futures in the market hit an eight-year high recently.

The lumber industry is a vital sector for homebuilding, a cornerstone of our economy.

9&10's Michael Kasiborski has more details on why one mill, operating in its seventh decade, feels confident moving into the new year.