ROSEBURG, Ore. — The timber industry may be synonymous with the Northwest in the popular imagination, but the economic reality is the industry’s center of gravity has quietly shifted to the South.

The region’s wood products manufacturing sector has been losing market share to the U.S. Southeast for years and it’s not expected to recover its momentum in the foreseeable future.

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