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Hafele America to carry TAG Hardware's Symphony Wall Organizer

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada — TAG Hardware Systems, Ltd., announced immediate availability of its new Symphony Wall Organizer system through Häfele America.   “The Symphony Wall Organizer solves storage problems for constrained spaces,” said Sergi Ullod, an industrial design engineer at TAG Hardware. “It combines low-profile wall storage with a high-end design aesthe...
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California Closets Ohio sets grand opening for its largest showroom

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The grand opening of California Closets Ohio’s largest showroom in its Midwest franchise (Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Central Illinois) will take place August 29. Attendees will enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers during the unveiling of the 2,200-square-foot space, originally occupied by the Malton Art Gallery, the company says.   The three-story showroom will offer the...
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Storage tips for wine collectors

PASO ROBLES, Calif. - Allegretto Wines, a single vineyard winemaker in Paso Robles, California,  released the report ‘Storage Tips for Wine Collectors,’ providing tips on storage space, storage methods, the best temperatures for storing and serving, and creative ideas for building a wine cellar on a budget.    “One of the conversation topics in our tasting room is the best stor...
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Cabinets To Go’s new Texas location first to sell custom closets

Photo: Kim Giannetti, Community Impact Newspaper HOUSTON, Texas - Cabinets To Go, a retailer of solid wood kitchen cabinetry, bathroom vanities and flooring, recently opened a location in Houston, Texas, which is the first in the company to sell custom closets, acco...
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California Closets adds Baltimore and New Jersey locations to company-owned operations

TORONTO - FirstService Corporation, the parent company of California Closets, expanded its company-owned operations with the acquisitions of Baltimore and South New Jersey franchises.    “These two acquisitions provide key market footholds in the attractive and growing Mid-Atlantic region,” said Charlie Chase, President & CEO of FirstService Brands. “Both operations will benefit...
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Recession coming? Find out from EBC keynote Alan Beaulieu

San Jose -- Alan Beaulieu, president and a principal of ITR Economics, will discuss the economic outlook for 2019 in a webinar on Tuesday, January 29 at 3 p.m. Eastern.  His presentation, "Shifting Gears and Looking Ahead," will discuss how the U.S. and global economies are not what they we...
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2020 holiday design contest winners announced

LAVAL, Canada - 2020 recently announced the winners of its 2018 Holiday Design Fest Contest. Interior designers submitted their "jolliest and cheeriest" designs using 2020 Design and 2020 Fusion.    “All the designs that were submitted are both beautiful and very festive,” says Santiago Morales, 2020 Design product manager. “I’m glad designers are using the new 2020 Cloud Deco...
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Sustainability challenges to be discussed at Decorative Surfaces Conference

MIAMI -- All economic activities that occur in the natural world require resources such as energy, materials and land, while generating waste and polluting emissions as unwanted byproduct. Today the demand for natural resources and the production of pollution exceed the regenerative capacity of the Earth and put us face to face with one of the biggest challenges of our time: moving towards a sustainable economy. But what does sustain...
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WMS 2019 reports brisk exhibit sale activity

Mississauga – CCI Canada, the organization that runs the 2019 Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference and Expo, reports that exhibit sales are running well ahead of last year’s event a year out from the show.  WMS, to be held October 31 to November 2, 2019,  is more than 30% ahead of the 2017 event's pace in terms of exhibitors and exhibit space.  “Our 2017 event created a lot of positive moment...
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Next month's Decorative Surfaces Conference offers a glimpse of the future

MIAMI -- Get a glimpse of the future at the Decorative Surfaces Conference 2018, 4-6 December in Miami, organized by TCM North America. Conference topics include: •    The latest on lightweight decorative surfaces: Not just for RTA anymore! The incredible realism of these materials have put architectural surfaces in play. We’ll be analyzing these opportunities. •...
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Wood and laminate flooring industries: projections & trends

Despite increased publicity of these products on home improvement/flipping shows, sales for wood and laminate flooring both dropped in 2018. According to Catalina Research, the hardwood flooring market dipped 3.7% in 2018, to $3.52 billion. Laminate flooring, which faces greater competition from low-cost imports as well as LVT (luxury vinyl tile) and WPC (wood plastic composite), dropped 6.7% to $922 million. The generally positive remodeling...
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Windows & doors industry: A look ahead

Global demand for windows and doors is forecast to rise 4.5% per year to $214 billion in 2021, fueled by building construction and a demand for high-value products. According to the Global Windows and Doors study by The Freedonia Group,  China will post one of the fastest rates of market growth. In the United States, new home construction will help boost sales. Market advances will also be fueled by gains in consumer spending on...
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What's ahead for architectural & custom woodworking: trends & statistics

Although earlier indications showed challenges ahead for the construction and architectural industries, the latest Confindex by the Construction Financial Management Assn. gives cause for optimism. There’s an upbeat sentiment for the third quarter, with those surveyed indicating that deal flow remains solid. Although the Architectural Woodwork Institute’s Cost of Doing Business Survey Business Sentiment Index indicates architectura...
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Woodfold acquires Panelfold accordion door line

FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Woodfold Manufacturing has acquired the intellectual property rights and key equipment of Panelfold Inc.'s accordion door line. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Woodfold, which also manufactures accordion doors, said the product line acquisition "will bring synergy and natural line expansion," to its current range of products. Woodfold's product line includes custom accor...
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Delivering on details helps Covenant Millwork win design award

Covenant Millwork minded the details, and more, in its recent work for a high-end hotel. The Louisville, Georgia, shop won the overall Cabinet Makers Association Wood Diamond Award, and the project also won for the category Commercial: Hospitality. Kent Holdeman and Ron Shultz own the company. Holdeman is in charge of the millwork shop and Shultz takes care of the cabinet shop. The millwork shop builds custom doors and windows, moulding...
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Canada hotel construction reaches record high

At the close of the third quarter of 2019, analysts at Lodging Econometrics have reported that the total construction pipeline in Canada soared to an all-time high with 289 projects and 38,453 rooms. Construction pipeline projects are up 17 percent and rooms are up 28 percent year-over-year. Currently, there are 85 projects with 10,337 rooms under construction. Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months have experienced a l...
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Roseburg opens new plant with highest-capacity continuous LVL press

CHESTER, S.C. -- Roseburg Forest Products celebrated the opening of its new plant in Chester featuring the world’s highest-capacity laminated veneer lumber (LVL) continuous press. President and CEO Grady Mulbery and Roseburg owner and chairman Allyn Ford welcomed South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and other state officials and business partners to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and plant tour. Upon full production, the...
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Marvin acquires distributor A.W. Hastings

Marvin has announced that it has acquired the assets of A.W. Hastings in Enfield, Connecticut, and is now the owner of its distributor in New England and Eastern New York. A.W. Hastings has served as Marvin’s exclusive representative in New England and Eastern New York for more than 40 years. The companies’ shared values have contributed to years of success and this acquisition now brings centralized, one-step service and support r...
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HDI completes purchase of Pacific Mutual Door

LANGLEY, B.C. -- Hardwoods Distribution Inc. has announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of substantially all of the assets, and assumption of certain liabilities, of Pacific Mutual Door Co. The transaction was completed for a purchase price of U.S. $34.5 million and other consideration, subject to final working capital adjustments. Pacific is a wholesale distributor of interior and exterior doo...
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Meet the 2019 Wood Industry Market Leaders

Meet the 2019 Wood Industry Market Leaders, a diverse group of individuals that are making a difference. These distinguished men and women are meeting – and beating – the global and domestic competitive and economic challenges affecting their companies and the industry as a whole...
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Residential furniture industry snapshot: trends & analysis

New furniture orders have been down six of the last seven months, according to research analyst firm Smith Leonard, which noted orders were also down 2% compared to the same period a year ago. Shipments were off 6% in August compared to August 2018, and down 1% for the year to date, according to Ken Smith. Backlogs were 3% higher than August a year ago. While tariffs and the economy continue to have an impact on the residential furniture marke...
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Forecasting the contract furniture industry: trends & statistics

While still relatively strong, the office furniture market is showing signs of slowing, not unexpected considering the current economic situation, and the effects of tariffs, according to the latest MADA/OFI Trends Survey from Michael A. Dunlap & Associates.  North America continues to be a top market for office furniture, with sales estimated at $16.53 billion in 2018, the most recent figures published by BIFMA/IHS Markit. The...
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Video: Motorized storage bed solutions

The Italian company Pessotto Reti specializes in the high-automation manufacturing of customized storage bed systems and wooden and metal anatomic supports. The company's production process is all in-house from planning to punching, from folding to powder coating, from laser cutting to product testing.   Products include systems for storage beds, pull-out beds, hide-away beds, lay-on bedsprings, structural bedsprings and...
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Entries open for new ISFD furniture design competition

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The International Society of Furniture Designers has announced Innovation + Design, a new juried and curated furniture design competition and exhibition open to ISFD members as well as members of the professional maker and designer community. The finalists’ pieces will be on display during the April High Point Market, April 17-22, 2020. “We are looking for cutting-edge, highly innovative furnish...
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Trade war boosts furniture prices, but many customers aren't aware

Even though the price of furniture is rising, the impact on consumers appears to be cushioned.   "While a 25 percent tariff suggests steep price increases and plummeting sales, retailers and industry experts said the furniture industry’s pain has been dulled by several factors, including furniture shipments from countries other than China and suppliers who agreed to cover some of the costs," the...
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Residential furniture orders rebound in September, up 7%

HIGH POINT, N.C. - New residential furniture orders were up 7% in September compared to the year prior, a nice turnaround after the drop in August. The latest Furniture Insights survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors from Smith Leonard indicates 64% of survey participants reported increased orders for the period. However, despite the rise in September, year-to-date new orders are down 1% for 70% of the...
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Brazilian furniture giant Herval opens first U.S. warehouse

MIAMI - One of Brazil's leading furniture makers has ventured into the U.S. - opening its first U.S. warehouse in Miami.    “We are opening the new warehouse in Miami to offer fast delivery service and support to premium re...
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Trendway names Rhoades president, new executive leadership

HOLLAND, Mich. – Trendway Corp. has announced the appointment of Mark Rhoades to president. Rhoades replaces Bill Bundy, who served as interim president from July to October 2019. Jack Chance, who has been serving as Trendway chief financial officer, for the past six years, has been promoted to the expanded role of CFO and vice president of operations and customer experience. The company also hired Chris Tattersall and Kerry Fe...
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RTA furniture spurs global market growth for furniture

SELBYVILLE, Del. -- ​​​Global Market Insights, Inc. has published a new report with an overview of the global furniture market which forecasts that the market will exceed $885 billion by 2026. Increasing adoption of modular and self-assembled furniture will induce significant growth potential in the furniture industry landscape. Proliferating demand for modular and ready to assemble furniture is providin...
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Furniture retailer will give away free furniture if it snows on Christmas

FORSYTH, Ill. - The Back Store, which sells office furniture, recliners, mattresses, and other home furniture, will give full refunds on certain furniture items bought between now and December 18.    The catch?   It has to snow more than three inches on December 25.   “This is normally a busy time of year for us, and with all of the early sn...
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Wood components & industrial products: trends & statistics

The market outlook continues to be positive for wood components and industrial products, which are a vital part of the cabinet, furniture, architectural, store fixture and other wood products industries. A snapshot of the $8.6 billion U.S. wood moulding and millwork segment projects 4.4% annual growth through 2022. According to The Freedonia Group, rising new house completions, particularly in the South and West, residential remodeling, and in...
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What’s our sustainability story? ‘Waste wood made good’

It’s time we told the truth about composite wood decorative panels. If you make products from composite wood panels, we have to talk.    We – North America’s producers of particleboard, MDF and decorative TFL panels – have a confession to make. There are some things we haven’t been telling you, about who we really are and what we actually do.    S...
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WPMA announces 2020 board

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Wood Products Manufacturers Association elected its 2020 Board of Directors during the group's annual meeting, held Oct. 16-17 in Savannah, Georgia. WPMA's slate of 2020 officers includes: Chris Moore, Graf Brothers, president: Sandra Ann Bean, J.M. Champeau, vice president; Terry Gross, Brown Wood, Inc., treasurer; and John Lentine, Boyce Highlands Inc., assistant treasurer. Philip Bibeau is WPMA executive...
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Is warp covered in lumber grade?

Q. We bought some No.1 Common kiln-dried hardwood lumber and it is warped up and down along the length. This cannot be used to make our larger doors, as the pieces we cut will not be flat. The supplier says that warp is not covered in the grades. Is this correct? A. It is incorrect. The NHLA rule states that for Common grades, like No. 1 Common, the clear areas, called cuttings, used to establish the grade, "shall be flat enough to surface two...
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11 ways technology improves profits: WOOD 100 Strategies for Success

New technology helps these WOOD 100 companies finish first by reducing time, labor and improving quality. What follows are some of the methods put in place by the 2019 WOOD 100 class, which includes cabinet manufacturers, residential and office furniture producers, architectural woodworkers, wood component manufacturers, closet companies and more. Now in its 30th year, the WO...
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WCMA elects new board

NEW ORLEANS - Members of the Wood Component Manufacturers Association's Board of Directors were recently elected at the group's annual Fall Meeting & Plant Tour event, held Sept. 22-25 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The WCMA Executive Committee includes: Leon Osborne, Osborne Wood Products, president; Frank Fitts, Fitts Industries Inc., vice president; Mark Elliott, Elliott W...
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Planed lumber pieces that are bowed

Q. We have some lumber that we planed on our two-headed planer. We are certain that the lumber was flat going and coming out. We then stacked the lumber and now about four weeks later, we are seeing a lot of pieces that are bowed. In fact, within the stack, all are bowed the same direction…ends down and center up. Where should we look? A. We know that stacking for drying was OK or else there would have been warp before planing. We know...
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Delta post oak for interior doors

Q. I am thinking about using delta post oak for making some interior doors. Is this a good choice? A. Delta post oak has total radial shrinkage of 5.4 percent, from 28 percent MC to 0 percent MC (radial would be the width of a quartersawn board) and a shrinkage of 9.8 percent tangentially (width of a flatsawn board). For comparison, northern red oak is 4.0 and 8.6 percent  which is over 15 percent more stable than post oak; but red oak is...
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Appalachian Partnership launches new Ohio Wood Products website

NELSONVILLE, Ohio -- Appalachian Partnership, Inc. has announced the launch of the new website for Ohio Wood Products. Designed to be Ohio's foremost wood products resource, is a single hub where distinct sectors of the hardwood industry can easily connect. At the heart of the website is the Ohio Wood Products Directory with a GIS-enabled supply chain map that is making the industry more accessible.  "The site and company...
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Regular and exterior wood adhesives

Q. What is the difference between regular wood adhesives and those that say “exterior?” A. Here is a general explanation…read the label for complete information. Interior Adhesives will soften or lose strength (the joint will likely come apart) when exposed to water or heat, especially after an hour or two of exposure. Essentially, the glue, with water exposure, begins to return to the consiste...
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Dawn redwood: A living fossil

In 1940, scientists found some fossils in Japan for a new, unfamiliar species of wood that was quite similar to redwood and sequoia that are living trees in California. (Since this find, fossils of the same genus have been found in the Badlands of western North Dakota.) Then in China in 1941, botanists and foresters were surprised when three living trees of an unknown species, that eventually turned out to be the same tree as the fossils, were found...
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Lauan, meranti or Philippine mahogany

Lauan is one common name for lumber from a large number (over 120) of species in the Shorea genus. These trees are grown in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. There are thousands of local names for these species, but from a lumber point of view, the species are divided into four groups, based on color and weight: dark red meranti, also called tanguile, (pictured) which is dark red and very heavy (over...
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Jarrah

There are many species that are in the Eucalyptus genus. Some are small and produce leaves for floral arrangements; others (including jarrah, and also blue gum, karri and Tasmanian oak) produce excellent timber and lumber products. Jarrah, Eucalyptus marginata, is a dark red wood with outstanding strength and stiffness. This species, also called Swan River mahogany in the past, is found along the coastal area of Southwest Australia, and is i...
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Rubberwood

Rubberwood is the name given to lumber from the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), which is a tree producing latex which is then used to produce natural rubber. (Other names today include parawood and Malaysian oak.) Although Christopher Columbus was shown rubber on his journeys to the New World, it was not until 1839 that the vulcanization process was invented that made the elastic properties of rubber permanent. Prior to WW II, a vast fores...
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California black oak

California black oak (Quercus kelloggii) is in the red oak group of species, but its source of supply (It grows primarily in northern California and southwest Oregon), physical properties (It is weaker than most red oaks, but machines better), appearance (It is not as red, but has tighter grain), and processing differences (Drying is difficult) merit a special discussion of this species. The tree reaches maturity in 90 years or longer...
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Santos mahogany

Santos mahogany (scientific name: Myroxylon balsamum) is also called balsamo (English) and palo de balsamo (Central America) in the lumber business. Although this wood is not related to Honduran (or true) mahogany or to African mahogany, it is a rich dark mahogany colored wood and is actually a bit harder then Honduran mahogany. The wood has interlocked grain, which gives it a strong ribbon-like pattern. The tree, which is in the legu...
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Lodgepole pine

Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) grows in the Rocky Mountains, from Alaska to northern New Mexico, in the Black Hills and on the Pacific Coast. Poles of this tree were used by Native Americans for structural supports for teepees and lodges; hence the common name of lodgepole. Lodgepole pine trees are not very large. In the Rockies, they may reach 80 feet in height, but seldom exceed 14 inches in diameter. Oftentimes, lodgepole pine lumber and p...
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What you need to know about bamboo

Bamboo is not wood, but a grass with no woody material in its stem. But we are seeing more and more use of this grass in cabinets and as a substitute or adjunct to "good old, solid wood." And I have seen some pretty good- looking bamboo items. This grass that looks just like the bamboo fishing rods used by Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, only larger, is being harvested in a manner similar to trees. The round, hollow stem, with closed se...
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Western spruces, Engelmann and Sitka

Two major spruces are found in the western forests of the U.S. Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii) is found throughout the Rocky Mountains, from Alberta to Arizona. It is named after George Englemann who discovered this species in the mid 1800s. Sitka spruce is found primarily within 50 miles of the Pacific Coast from Alaska to northern California. The name comes from Sitka Island where the tree was discovered in 1892; Sitka spruce is also...
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Longleaf pine

Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris), also called fat pine or heart pine, is one of the four major species making up the Southern pines. It is the strongest of the four, the tallest (over 100 feet) and the most fire resistant. While the tall, stately longleaf pine once covered 30 to 60 million acres of the southeastern U. S. coastal plain, 200 years of logging and land clearing have greatly reduced its range to 10 percent of the past acreage. The t...
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Mar. 5, 2019

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