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AWMAC's national convention to be held in Toronto June 4-7

TORONTO -- Registration is now open for 2020 Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers of Association of Canada (AWMAC) national convention.  The event, which is themed, "Vision for Success," will be held June 4-7 at the Hilton, Toronto.  ...
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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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Mans Lumber acquires Detroit-area Legendary Millwork

TROY, Mich. -- Mans Lumber and Millwork, specialists in lumber, millwork, decking, kitchens and baths, has announced the acquisition of Legendary Millwork, manufacturer of custom millwork, trim and doors. Legendary Millwork was founded in 1998 and focuses on producing high-end custom millwork in all manners of wood, from historical renovations to new construction, in commercial and residential applications. Their work includes...
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Laminate Works introduces new Surface Solutions for custom component parts

Laminate Works has introduced a new Surface Solutions program that gives their customers the ability to add the latest in material finishes, textures and patterns to their component parts. The new surfaces are made possible because customers now have access to the advanced technology, like PUR lamination and laser edgebanding, required to manufacture with them. Laminate Works Surface Solutions offers face and edgeband materials that mat...
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Window and door market to top $235 billion by 2026

Global window and door market size is expected to account for more than $235.2 billion by the year 2026, according to Global Market Insights. Increases in energy efficiency as well as green technology demand in building construction will drive windows and doors market trends across the globe. Technology modification as well as integration and home automation technology has been gaining in th...
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Kasten named IBS Millwork general manager

MANASSAS, Virginia -- USA Millwork announced it has hired Greg Kasten to head operations in the mid-Atlantic region, as the general manager of Manassas-based IBS Millwork, a USA Millwork company. “We are honored that Greg has chosen to join our team,” said Patrick Dickinson, CEO of USA Millwork. “Greg’s thirty-plus years in the industry and deep knowledge brings us additional strength in the growin...
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Composite panel products, Part one: Plywood

Composite panels are made of small pieces of wood that are glued together. The basic idea of a composite material is that the properties of the composite are different (usually better) than the properties of the individual raw materials. There are at least 20 different wood composite products. Those used commonly within the furniture and cabinet industries include: Plywood Particleboard Medium density fiberboard (MDF) High...
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Architectural hardware dealer Mockett names its color of the year

Doug Mockett & Company announces their Color of the Year – Aero Blue.    Mockett doesn’t typically find itself following interior design color trends as its contemporary hardware collection tends to take a timeless approach to design, but after not...
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U.S. mouldings, millwork producers target China and Brazil imports

WASHINGTON -- The Coalition of American Millwork Producers (CAMP) has petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to restore the conditions of fair trade in wood mouldings and other millwork products among the United States, China, and Brazil. Filed by Wiley Rein LLP, CAMP's new antidumping and countervailing duty cases represent a U.S. industry that employs thousands of America...
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AAMA & IGMA form new fenestration & glazing group

CHICAGO - The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) is a newly formed joint organization by the American Architectural Manufacturers Assn. (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA). The FGIA became effective Jan. 1. The group's vision focuses on improving home and building performance through better glass, window, door and skylight technologies and standards. The group said it will work to lead...
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USA Millwork acquires California’s Mission Bell

MANASSAS, Va. -- USA Millwork has announced it has acquired Mission Bell, an architectural millwork manufacturer in California. Mission Bell was founded in 1959, and is known for such high profile work for tech companies, hospitals and universities. The acquisition brings the number of USA Millwork locations to five with a combined manufacturing footprint of nearly 400,000 square feet. Additionally, the acquisition adds west coast ca...
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World door market to grow 5% through 2026

Increasing urban population across the Asia-Pacific region will have a major influence over the door market forecast over the coming years, according to a report from Global Market Insights, Inc. Asia-Pacific has about 60 percent of the world’s population, accounting for about 4.3 billion people. This includes the most populated countries in the world such as China and India. There has been a sizeable migration flow in and out of the region whi...
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Stylex Furniture making masks for New Jersey hospitals

DELANCO, N.J. -- While much of the world is staying home, commercial furniture manufacturer Stylex is getting to work. The New Jersey-based company is producing washable, protective masks for COVID-19 healthcare workers.  A handful of the company's skilled seamstresses and craftspeople are making the masks, which will be donated to local hospitals as long as there is a need. As of March 31, 2020,...
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New residential furniture orders show rise in January, pre-COVID-19

HIGH POINT, N.C. - New furniture orders rose 2% in January compared to the same period a year ago, continuing the upward trend from last month, said Smith Leonard in the latest Furniture Insights survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors. "While on the surface that may not seem all that great, a very high performance in January 2019 helps to tell a bigger part of the story. January 2019 orders were up 8% o...
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Mississippi furniture employees test positive for virus, prompt shutdowns

PONTOTOC, Miss. - Mississippi-based furniture makers Behold Washington, Southern Motion, Fusion Furniture, and Franklin Corp. will temporarily shut down all production - putting thousands of employees out of work. The coronavirus outbreak is to blame.   Southern Motion, who owns Fusion Furniture, will remain closed for at least this week. The decision was made after an employee was tested to have the viru...
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Schmidt joins Flexsteel as CFO and COO

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- Flexsteel Industries, Inc. has announced that Derek P. Schmidt will join Flexsteel and assume the role of chief financial officer and chief operating officer. Schmidt brings over 25 years of broad financial leadership and general management experience driving profitable growth across multiple industries, including over seven years in the furniture industry. He was most recently senio...
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Kristina Madsen to receive Furniture Society Award of Distinction

The Furniture Society has named Kristina Madsen as the 2020 recipient of its coveted Award of Distinction. Her award will be presented at a luncheon ceremony on Saturday, June 20, 2020 during the society’s annual conference in Asheville, North Carolina. The award, designed and fabricated by TFS member Fred Rose, will be presented by long-time friend and supporter Andrew Glasgow. Jurors Andy Buck, Kathryn Hall and Craig Nutt describe Kris...
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Trendway expands Los Angeles contract showroom

LOS ANGELES –Trendway has announced the opening of its new Los Angeles showroom on the 12th floor of The Reef, home to a diverse group of entrepreneurs, events and wholesalers as well as makers in fashion, technology, media, design and the arts.  “We are excited to share this new space, with other innovators, entrepreneurs and creators,” said Mark Rhoades, president, Trendway. “Our Los A...
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Herman Miller eyes a new audience: Video gamers

ZEELAND, Mich. - Office furniture giant Herman Miller is partnering with electronics and gaming accessory manufacturer Logitech G on a new chair designed for those who play video games.   The two have formed an exclusive partnership to research, design, and manufacturer "next-generation, high-performance furniture solutions for gamers." The first of those products will be a gaming chair launching in Sprin...
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December residential furniture orders see uptick: Smith Leonard

HIGH POINT, N.C. - New furniture orders rose 4% in December compared to the same period a year ago, reversing the previous months' decline, said Smith Leonard in the latest Furniture Insights survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors. "The ups and downs of business continued in the December results of our survey. The 2% decline in orders for the year and a very slight increase in shipments, resulted in a r...
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Wharton Esherick furniture auctioned to benefit theater

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Rare furniture crafted by legendary woodworker Wharton Esherick for the historic Hedgerow Theatre will be put up for auction for the first time on March 31 in Philadelphia at Freeman’s. Representing decades of creative exchange between Esherick and the Hedgerow Theatre, the pieces to be auctioned include eight of Esherick’s earliest “Hammer-Handle” chairs and the important “Thund...
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Contract furniture highlights from Stockholm

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The Stockholm Furniture Fair is held yearly in February and unveils the latest trends and products from Scandinavia. The Fair is known for having the most comprehensive selection of Scandinavian design. Scandinavian Spaces visited partner brands at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. “Stockholm Furniture Fair is a great opportunity for North American designers to discover new brands and get a head start on...
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Wood flooring made from vintage fishing boats in Thailand

Sacred Crafts believes there is endless beauty and potential in existing materials, and it’s their mission to transform these materials into one-of-a-kind products that bring meaning to their clients and their homes. The Sacred Crafts team has most recently designed a product called Kudmai Engineered Wood Flooring, sourced from vintage and decommissioned boats in Thailand....
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Ipe Woods USA offers rare teak wood

SALT LAKE CITY -- Ipe Woods USA has specialized in Brazilian hardwoods, and especially Ipe wood. However, in some cases Ipe will not fit in a customer's budget or for aesthetic reasons, people choose different types of wood. The latest product available at Ipe Woods USA is teak wood. Teak wood is rare and until recently was not part of the inventory due to its past that involved illegal and unethical harvesting. This type of w...
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Composite panel products, Part one: Plywood

Composite panels are made of small pieces of wood that are glued together. The basic idea of a composite material is that the properties of the composite are different (usually better) than the properties of the individual raw materials. There are at least 20 different wood composite products. Those used commonly within the furniture and cabinet industries include: Plywood Particleboard Medium density fiberboard (MDF) High...
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$99 million wood pellet plant planned in Alabama

DEMOPOLIS, Ala.  — Construction of a $99 million wood pellet production plant is planned for Demopolis, Alabama, the second announced in the state in the last three months. In October Enviva announced plans to invest approximately $175 million to construct a wood pellet production plant in Epes, which is in Sumter County, West Alabama. The Demopolis facility will be a partnership between Pinnacle Renewable Energy (7...
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Cupping in flooring

Q. I had standard 2-inch wide maple flooring put in our house. Now, almost every piece has developed a little cupping with the edges high enough that it feels like a corrugated surface. What is going on? A. First, we know this is a moisture issue, as wood does not change size or shape unless the moisture changes. One of the keys here is that every piece is cupping upwards. The natural tendency is for wood to cup toward the bark. Because...
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Cupping is creating problems

Q. We manufacture moulding and buy FAS grade lumber that sometimes is cupped edge to edge so much that it gives us problems. Can you please clarify the NHLA Rules, especially paragraphs 14 and 61? Our supplier hides behind these rules. I think we might have improperly graded lumber. A. It is my experience that the seller of dried hardwood lumber almost always tries to deliver the quality that the customer needs, rather than use the ru...
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Woodcraft recognized for sustainable forest involvement

HOUSTON, Texas – Woodcraft Industries, a Quanex Building Products company, was recently recognized by the Forest Stewardship Council for its commitment to forest stewardship. It was one of six companies honored during Greenbuild 2019 for being FSC certified from its beginning, 25 years ago. “The FSC is one of the most recognized and well-respected forest stewardship organizations in the world, and we are proud to h...
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Arkansas pine lumber attracts new mass timber operation

CONWAY, Ark. -- Mass timber manufacturer Structurlam Mass Timber Corp. has announced today it will expand its operations into the United States, with a plant in Conway set to open in mid-2021. The Canadian-based company, in which Walmart has made an investment, will spend $90 million to purchase, retrofit and equip a former steel plant and create 130 new jobs, and will source softwood lumber from Arkansas-grown Southern Pine trees....
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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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Bubinga (African Rosewood)

Bubinga lumber as sold today includes two species (Guibourtia tessmannii and G. pellegriniana). Bubinga is a hard and heavy wood that is grown in Cameroon, Gabon and the Ivory Coast of Africa. It would be classified as a tropical hardwood. It is widely available as lumber and veneer in the U.S. market; it is often quite expensive. (Good news: Some supplies of this wood available in North America are from environmentally responsible...
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Hickory and pecan

Hickory lumber (Genus: Carya) comes from eight different trees, four species called "true hickory" (shagbark, pignut, shellbark and mockernut) and four species of "pecan hickory" (bitternut, pecan, water hickory and nutmeg hickory). In the marketplace, you can get any of the eight species when you buy hickory lumber. True hickory is found throughout the eastern United States. However, the range of pecan hickories is limited; bitternut is throu...
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Red Oaks a diverse group

Of all the species in the eastern U.S. hardwood forest, the red oaks (Quercus species) are the most plentiful. The name "red oak" is actually the name given to a grouping of 12 major oak species. All the red oak trees are characterized by points at the ends of the leaves and bitter acorns that mature in two years and germinate in the spring after dropping the previous fall.   Red oak lumber's widespread availability, fair...
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Red alder started from the bottom

Red alder (Alnus rubra), once considered a trash species and useful only for fuel, grows abundantly in the Pacific Coast regions of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. It produces excellent lumber, and now demands fairly high prices.   It is a pioneer species, coming into the ecosystem after fire and logging disturbances, thereby protecting the exposed soils and watersheds. Trees mature within 40 to 60 years, reachin...
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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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Mar. 5, 2019

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